It's not the Islamic Empire that brought the end to the ancient city of Elusa. By digging through trash, scientists discovered clues to the real reason: a rapid climate shift.
Ancient March 26, 2019
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
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 unearthed the skeleton of a man who died on a wooden cross. This is only the world’s second piece of evidence of the brutal form of execution called crucifixion.
Ancient June 6, 2018
A team of archeologists found ancient human bones in a wetland in Denmark. The finding suggested that barbarian tribes fought among each other in a yet recorded battle that took place in the first century A.D.
Ancient May 22, 2018
Lead pollution trapped in ice cores taken from Greenland shows mining operations from the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman empires. This shows the economic vitality of the empires by how much lead is found in the ice.
Ancient May 14, 2018
Concrete sea walls built by ancient Romans can withstand constant pounding from ocean waves for thousands of years. The key lies in aluminum tobermorite in the lost Roman concrete recipes, according to researchers.
Material Science July 4, 2017
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
Analysis of teeth samples from skeletal remains dating back to the era of the Roman Empire unveiled mitochondrial genomic evidence of Plasmodium falciparum, the mosquito-borne parasite that causes malaria. What did the discovery prove?
Public Health December 6, 2016
Archaeologists found ancient Roman coins in the ruins of the Katsuren Castle in Okinawa, Japan. The copper coins bear the image of Constantine the Great.
Ancient September 29, 2016
Research suggests they could have found the route Hannibal took, while leading his Army through the treacherous Alps. The clue was surprisingly found in the horse dung.
April 6, 2016
The ancient population of Imperial Rome had flourished at its peak. Among its people were migrants from surrounding cities and regions, experts said.
Arts & Culture February 11, 2016
Can political and social upheavals such as the fall of the Roman Empire be directly linked to the so-called Little Ice Age? Scientists say that a connection is likely, given how the cooling period caused changes in agriculture, human movement, and spread of disease at that time.
Earth/Environment February 10, 2016
Climate change contributed to the rise and fall of empires in central Asia and Europe. A study found that the so-called Late Antique Little Ice Age coincided with several social disorder in ancient times including the plague that swept Eastern Europe.
Society February 9, 2016
Through a state-of-the-art genome analysis, archeologists in the United Kingdom unraveled the mystery behind the burial of ancient gladiators. The technology used in the study would be helpful in future investigations of the origins of skeletons, experts said.
Animals January 20, 2016
Let's all look to the past before greeting 2016. Learn how Jan. 1 came to be known as the New Year and why most of the world celebrates on this specific day.
Society December 31, 2015
Roman aqueducts could reveal information about the climate thousands of years ago, according to a new study. How does this work?
March 20, 2015
An amulet from 1,500 years ago contains passages from the Christian Bible, and may be the oldest artifact of its kind ever discovered.
September 8, 2014
We're not certain what 114 bronze coins could have bought 2,000 years ago, but we'd like to believe it is a lot. The person who lost this money box was probably in tears, but that's if he survived the great revolt.
Earth/Environment August 7, 2014
The discovery of one of the world's largest schools for gladiators shows how these fierce warriors lived and trained. The researchers have even made a 3D model of the facility.
Animals March 3, 2014