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Zach Zorich
Freelance Journalist & Contributing Editor at Archaeology Magazine

Hello, I'm Zach Zorich, a freelance journalist and contributing editor at Archaeology magazine. If I’m not already busy, I would prefer to be reporting a story where I get to meet people doing things like racing the world's fastest electric motorcycle, or fighting in a combat ritual in highland Mexico that dates back thousands of years, or making some of the most intriguing films of the past 50 years as Werner Herzog has. I'll write anything, but the stories I specialize in are about the people and the science that are revealing how human society and biology are changing in ways they never have before.

In my pre-journalism days, I worked as an archaeologist digging very precise square holes in the ground across the northeastern US and on paleolithic sites in England, France, Portugal, and Ukraine. Neandertals and other ancient humans remain a special interest of mine.

I began my journalism career as a fact-checker and reporter at Discover magazine. I was also an editor at Archaeology magazine until 2013 when I began freelancing. Since then, my articles have also appeared in Scientific American, Nautilus, Science, Hakai, Popular Science, and on the website of the New Yorker.


Last year, a couple from Denver went faster then anyone ever has in an electric motorcycle that they built in their garage.


In this article which was named to the Atlantic magazine’s 2014 “Nearly 100 pieces of fantastic journalism” list, innovative research seeks to answer a long-standing question in evolutionary biology, what course would life take if evolution could be re-started?


Just before the release of Werner Herzog’s film Cave of Forgotten Dreams, he sat down with me for this Q+A interview.


In 2012 when doomsday predictions about the Maya apocalypse reached their peak, I wrote this article about Maya calendars and the way they understand the concept of time.

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New research shows that the earliest stone tools were 3.3 million years old and probably not made by a primate that could be called “human.”