New Expedition Hints at a Lost City Near the Tayos Caves in Ecuador
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 00:51

After building trust with a local Shuar village, Ancient Origins returned once again to explore the Tayos caves in Ecuador.  While the search for hidden cave entrances continues, our recent expedition also demonstrated that the secrets of the area may go beyond the caves and tales of Father Crespi and his mysterious treasures.

Two Rare Swords found in 6th-century Underground Tunnel Tomb in Japan
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 21:47

Two rare and unique swords have been found in a 1,500-year-old underground tunnel tomb in southern Kyushu, Japan.

The Marriage of the Sky and the Sea: Visayan Creation Myths
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 17:21

Although there are different versions of the Visayan creation myth, they are similar in characters, conflicts and resolutions. The way the story was narrated and its different subsequent retellings strongly portray the common experience of the people.

Ancient Burials Suggestive of Blood Feuds
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 15:29

There is significant variation in how different cultures over time have dealt with the dead. Yet, at a very basic level, funerals in the Sonoran Desert thousands of years ago were similar to what they are today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 03:48

Relationships between the ancestors of modern humans and other archaic populations such as Neanderthals and Denisovans were likely more complex than previously thought, involving interbreeding within and outside Africa, according to a new estimator developed by geneticists.

The Prehistoric Feast of the Cannibals of Gough’s Cave
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 00:46

A new study that examined cut marks on bones in order to distinguish between cannibalism and ritualistic defleshing practices have determined th


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Archaeologists from Mainz reveal new findings on the history of the early-Islamic caliphate palace Khirbat al-Minya

Archaeologists from Mainz reveal new findings on the history of the early-Islamic caliphate palace Khirbat al-Minya

Archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) started excavations in September 2016 at Khirbat al-Minya, an early-Islamic caliphate palace on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel...


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