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Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ Etched Into Ancient Clay Tablet Unearthed In Olympia

The Greek culture ministry announced that archaeologists have found an ancient clay tablet containing 13 lines from Homer’s ‘The Odyssey.’ This is the oldest known fragment of the epic poem found in its homeland.

Ancient July 12, 2018

Archaeologists Trace ‘Stone Highway’ Used To Transport Stonehenge Megaliths

Researchers followed the path, which the ancient megaliths used to build the Stonehenge. Their journey took them down a ‘stone highway’ made of rivers and roads where the giant stones were transported.

Ancient July 3, 2018

3D Reconstruction Of Julius Caesar’s Face Shows Roman Dictator Looked Less Heroic Than Imagined

Julius Caesar had a ‘crazy bulge’ in his head, according to a 3D reconstruction of the Roman general’s face. Archaeologists at the National Museum of Antiquities created the new likeness, which is currently on display until August.

Ancient June 26, 2018

Rack Of Skulls Larger Than A Basketball Court Reveals Aztecs Took Human Sacrifice To The Extreme

Researchers found a giant rack of skulls in Mexico City built during the Aztec period. The discovery includes the skulls of thousands of sacrificial victims offered for the Aztec gods to feed on.

Ancient June 22, 2018

Remains Of Men With Chopped Legs And Smashed Heads Buried In Garbage Dump Show Romans Were Brutal

Archaeologists unearthed the remains of two men believed to have suffered a horrific fate at the hands of the Romans. The skeletons were found in England, at the site of a future highway.

Ancient June 21, 2018

Rare 1,000-Year-Old Amulet Is Glimpse Into Day-To-Day Life During Golden Age Of Islam

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced that it had discovered a rare, 1,000-year-old Islamic amulet inscribed with a plea for protection from Allah. The object dates back to the Abbasid Caliphate, also known to be the Golden Age of Islam.

Ancient June 21, 2018

Scientists Have No Idea What These Ornately Carved Baseball-Sized Neolithic Stone Balls Are For

Archaeologists found fine works of art some 200 years ago. However, they’re still stumped as to what purpose these intricately carved stone balls from the Neolithic period served for their makers.

Ancient June 19, 2018

2,000-Year-Old Forgotten City Of Bassania Unearthed In Albania

Archaeologists found the lost city of Bassania in Albania. The 2,000-year-old city was a fortress city surrounded by thick stone walls and spanning 20 hectares.

Ancient June 12, 2018

Archaeologists Dig Up Mass Grave Of Soldiers Crushed By Napoleon's Troops

Archaeologists discovered a mass grave of soldiers who died at the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte. The remains of the 200-year-old army were found in modern-day Deutsch-Wagram.

Ancient June 12, 2018

Inaccuracies Of Radiocarbon Dating Could Shift The Timeline Of History

Archaeologists discovered that radiocarbon dating produces a 20-year offset in calendar dates of organic material. Small as this may be, this minuscule variation may totally alter the timeline of history.

June 6, 2018

Scientists Say They Discovered A 300-Year-Old Mystery About The Hats On The Easter Island Statues

New research suggests that the hats on the Easter Island statues were likely rolled up a ramp and then tipped on top of them. Photogrammetry and high-tech 3D imaging were used to determine this.

Ancient June 4, 2018

Stolen Sumerian Tablets Reveal Mysterious 4,000-Year-Old Lost City Of Irisagrig

Some 450 cuneiform tablets unearthed in modern-day Iraq reveal clues about day-to-day life in the ancient lost city of Irisagrig. The tablets were looted and smuggled into the United States and confiscated from an antiques collector.

Ancient May 31, 2018

How The Bones Of An Ancient Rhino Placed Humans In The Philippines 700000 Years Ago

Scientists recently discovered the fossilized skeleton of a rhinoceros in the Philippines from 700,000 years ago. It is likely that early humans were on the island at that time.

Ancient May 2, 2018

Largest Child Sacrifice In History Found In Ancient Mass Grave In Peru

A group of archaeologists, supported by grants from the National Geographic Society, found what they believed could be the largest child sacrifice site in history. The ancient mass grave they found also included skeletal remains of baby llamas.

Ancient April 28, 2018

Prehistoric Women Had Bones Stronger Than Today’s Athletes, Study Finds

Prehistoric women were doing all sorts of laborious farm work during their time. That’s why their bones were much stronger than most athletes at present, including a modern rower’s.

Medicine November 30, 2017

Scientists Find Evidence That Ancient Canaanites Survive Today: Was The Bible Wrong?

Ancient Canaanites were annihilated according to a passage in the Old Testament, but the Bible may be mistaken. Archaeologists have found evidence of Canaanite DNA in modern-day Lebanese.

Ancient July 28, 2017

Boy Finds 1.2 million-year-old Stegomastodon Bones: Other Chance Prehistoric Fossil Discoveries

A 9-year-old kid from New Mexico literally stumbled upon a 1.2 million-year-old stegomastodon fossil while playing with his siblings. Here are some other incredible and interesting accidental fossil finds.

Ancient July 23, 2017

Modified Human Skulls Discovered In Turkey Provide Evidence Of ‘Skull Cult’

Researchers from the German Archaeological Institute unearthed hundreds of human skull fragments in an ancient temple in Turkey. Stone carvings suggest evidence of a skull cult.

Ancient June 30, 2017

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Roman Road, Find 2,000-Year-Old Coins Between Pavement Stones

Archaeologists digging near Bet Shemesh uncovered a perfectly preserved ancient road dating back to the time of Emperor Hadrian. Hidden between cobblestones, they also found a prized array of Roman coins.

Ancient March 14, 2017

Archaeologists Unearth Impressive Rock Art Carved In 4,000-Year-Old Tomb

Abstract engravings uncovered in an ancient dolmen near Kibbutz Shamir are the first documented rock art ever found in the Middle East. The tomb’s impressive size and structure suggest there was more to the 'Dark Ages' of the Levant than previously thought.

Ancient March 11, 2017

Dead Sea Scrolls: Archaeologists Discover Cave In Israel That May Have Contained The Scrolls

Archaeologists have discovered another cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were believed to have been housed. The cave is located in Israel in the cliffs of the Judean desert.

Ancient February 9, 2017

5000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Tastes Fruity: Stanford Students

Stanford University students successfully recreated a 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe uncovered by scientists last year. The result was a fruity, cider-like concoction.

Ancient February 9, 2017

Inscription In Ancient Tomb Of Chinese General And His Princess Wife Reveals Couple Was Buried On Same Day

The ancient tomb of a general who served the rulers of the Northern Qi dynasty and his princess wife was found during an excavation between August 2012 and June 2013. The tomb was filled with pottery figurines.

Ancient February 8, 2017

Skeletons Of At Least 6 People Unearthed In 2,400-Year-Old Tomb In Iraq

A 2,400-year-old ancient tomb, discovered in northern Iraq by construction workers, has been further excavated by archaeologists to reveal at least six skeletons and a number of artifacts.

Ancient January 10, 2017

Mayan ‘Nesting Doll’ Pyramid Discovered In Mexico’s Chichen Itza Ruins

New archaeological research suggests that the Pyramid in Mexico's Chichen Itza ruins nests another inner structure, smaller and incorporated in the largest ones. The finding opens a new line of research possibilities.

Ancient November 18, 2016

Humans Settled, Developed Sophisticated Tools In Australia’s Arid Interior 10,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

A new study found proof of people settling down in Australia as many as 10,000 years before previously thought. The analysis of the objects found revealed some surprising facts about early Aboriginal culture.

Ancient November 4, 2016

400-Year-Old Petroglyphs Unearthed On Hawaiian Beach

One July evening, two tourists strolling on a Hawaiian coast accidentally stumbled upon something fascinating. The tourists discovered curious carvings believed to have been made by Hawaiian indigenous people.

Ancient August 11, 2016

Archaeologists Reveal Vast, New Medieval Cities In Cambodia

New medieval cities surrounding Angkor Wat in Cambodia were finally revealed in a groundbreaking discovery. Through airborne laser scanning technology lidar, archaeologists were able to map out a vast cityscape buried underneath vegetation.

Ancient June 13, 2016

What Is The Mysterious Monument Discovered At Petra?

An ancient, massive structure has been discovered in the city of Petra in Jordan. What was the purpose of this once-magnificent building?

Ancient June 9, 2016

Archaeologists Test New Scanner That May Unlock Ancient Secrets Of Egypt's Great Pyramid

The quest for Egypt's ancient secrets continues. A team of French scientists is testing a new telescope that can scan the pyramids' hidden chambers as well as other undiscovered structures inside.

Ancient June 4, 2016

Ancient City Of Palmyra Retains Authenticity, Integrity Despite Destruction: UNESCO

The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra was visited by UNESCO as part of a technical rapid assessment mission to take preliminary stock of its destruction. The World Heritage site fell under a year-long invasion by Islamic State terrorists (ISIS).

Ancient April 30, 2016

Mother Embracing Her Baby For 4,800 Years: Fossilized Remains Unearthed In Taiwan

Another great discovery of early human activity in Asia has been found in Taiwan and it is heartwarming. Take a look at the fossilized remains of a mother cradling her child.

Earth/Environment April 28, 2016

Giant Sphere In The Forests Of Bosnia Stirs Controversy: Is It Proof Of An Ancient Civilization?

"Bosnian Indiana Jones," an archaeologist in Bosnia, has landed in a controversy yet again with his claims of discovering the largest manmade spherical rock. He claims it’s humanly constructed and that it proves an ancient advanced civilization existed 1,500 years ago.

April 15, 2016

When Was The Bible Written? New Study Suggests Earlier Than We Thought

Literacy rates of a bygone era could possibly shed light on when the Bible could have been ideally written. Research suggests that it could have been inked much earlier than previously believed.

April 13, 2016

Archaeologists Find 1,500-Year-Old Mummy Wearing Adidas Boots

Archaeologists found an ancient Mongolian mummy wearing a pair of well-preserved boots whose design resembles the Adidas logo. The mummy grave included several items such as a clay vase, iron kettle, four Mongolian coats and the carcass of a whole horse.

Arts & Culture April 13, 2016

Archaeologists In Boston Dig At Former Home Of Human Rights Activist Malcolm X

Boston archaeologists are hoping to dig important historic artifacts in Malcolm X's boyhood home. The 'community dig' would last for two weeks.

Society March 29, 2016

Archaeologists Unearth Lost Medieval Castle In Glasgow

Scottish Water discovered two castles in Glasgow while laying the groundwork for a wastewater infrastructure upgrade. One is a castle that was used by 12th- or 13th-century bishops, and the other is a tower house, Partick Castle, that was constructed on the site in the 17th century after the earlier castle was demolished.

Arts & Culture March 24, 2016

Researchers Create World's First 3D Replica Of 3,000-Year-Old Chinese Oracle Bone

A 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bone made history as the first artifact to have a high-resolution 3D image and replica. With its ease of use, 3D technology continues to aid experts and researchers in their studies.

Arts & Culture March 24, 2016

11,000-Year-Old Stone Pendant Is Oldest Work Of Art Uncovered In Britain

An 11,000-year-old engraved shale pendant was recovered from an archaeological site North Yorkshire. The artifact is believed to be the earliest example of artwork in the United Kingdom from the Mesolithic Period.

Animals February 26, 2016

You Can't Go More Vintage Than World's Oldest Known Dress From More Than 5,000 Years Ago

UK’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology presented a well-preserved 5,000-year-old haute couture dress that was recovered from an ancient Egyptian tomb. The Tarkhan dress, was bundled with ragged pieces of clothing when it was first discovered in 1913.

Animals February 19, 2016

Badger Unearths Bronze Age Cremation Site Near Stonehenge

A badger uncovered an archaeological site dating from the Bronze Age. What do we know about the person who was interned at the location near Stonehenge?

Animals February 10, 2016

Diamonds From Ancient Rock Formations Hold Clues To Primeval Earth

Geoscientists have long been debating about the right period that plate tectonics began to operate on Earth. Three diamonds unearthed in Johannesburg during the 19th century may finally help shed light on the matter.

Animals January 25, 2016

Pre-Historic Indonesian Island Was Home To Ancient Hominin 'Hobbits'

Ancient Sulawesi was home to dwarf-sized hominin species dubbed 'hobbits' but the ancient stone tools found 400 kilometers away may not be theirs. Find out why archaeologists think hobbits are unlike the mysterious toolmakers they are commonly perceived as.

Animals January 14, 2016

Archaeologists Unearth Bronze Age Village They're Calling 'Britain's Pompeii'

Remarkably well-preserved ancient dwellings are a window into everyday Bronze Age life, researchers say. Five circular houses making up the settlement are dated to 1,000 to 800 B.C.

January 13, 2016

England's Stonehenge First Built In Wales, Moved Later, Study Suggests

Identification of a quarry in Wales where stones were cut suggests they may have first been used to construct the monument there, researchers say. The stones were quarried 500 years before Stonehenge was built, suggesting initial use in Wales before they were moved to England.

December 9, 2015

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