Africa

Ancient places can be found all over Africa. Their fascinating histories and impressive artifacts open intriguing glimpses to times past, and open up a window on African history. Visiting such historical places in Africa can be an unforgettable experience.

Science is constantly discovering new archaeological places and uncovering more evidence into what we once thought we knew about our history, therefore offering new pieces to the ever changing puzzle of humanity’s past and altering how we interpret it. This section will present ancient African history articles, highlighting the most interesting archaeological sites all over Africa, as well as new discoveries of ancient places that are worth paying a visit.

The Great Pyramid of Giza  monument of creation

The Great Pyramid of Giza as a monument of creation - Part 3: Air Element

Sound is defined as a vibration of the element of Air or a small change in air pressure, which is propagated through the medium of air. The number of vibrations or changes in air pressure, per unit...
Great Pyramid of Giza - monument of creation

The Great Pyramid of Giza as a monument of creation - Part 2: Water Element

The Sphinx is not a mythical creature from Egyptian mythology and no half man/half lion, but a lying, guardian lion who was worshiped. At the time of the life-giving floods of the Nile, the Sun and...
Great Pyramid of Giza as a monument of creation

The Great Pyramid of Giza as a monument of creation - Part 1: Earth

The four elements Earth, Water, Air and Fire are decoded in the Great Pyramid of Giza. Each of the elements represents a part of our creation in which the divine is represented by the overarching...
Miniature Pyramids - Sudan, Nubian

The Mystery of the Miniature Pyramids of Sudan

The Egyptians built pyramids as tombs for hundreds of years, a trend which we still do not know where it came from and why the pyramid shape was so important for the Pharaohs. We know of course that...
Sphinx

Mysterious & powerful: The Sphinx of Egypt

A sphinx is a monstrous being, a mythical creature with the face of a man, the body of lion, and an eagle’s wings. According to the Greek mythology it was sent by the gods to punish the town of...
The Lost City of Petra in Jordan

The magnificent ancient city of Petra, Jordan

The lost city of Petra in Jordan - named as one of the new 7 Wonders of the World - is a majestic place thousands of years old that still holds hidden secrets waiting to be unveiled. In 1812 the site...
Karnak, Egypt

Karnak, Egypt

A complex of many different temples in Karnak, Egypt built more than 3000 years ago—although the age of the complex is under debate —is the largest known complex of temples on Earth, and was referred...
Great Pyramids - Egypt

Great Pyramids - Egypt

When you say the word pyramid, Egypt immediately comes to mind. Of the 138 pyramids identified in Egypt—many of which are world-renowned pyramids —the three pyramids of Giza are certainly at the top...
Lalibela Rock hewn Church of St George

The Incredible Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

In the heart of Ethiopia is situated one of its holiest towns, known as Lalibela , where a group of eleven monolithic rock-hewn churches stand. They are the biggest monolithic temples in the world,...

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The Pylos Combat Agate, an ancient object found in Pylos, Greece and created around 1450 BC.
The discovery of the Pylos Combat Agate in a Mycenaean shaft-grave tomb dating to 1500 BC may be one of the most significant archaeological and artistic finds in decades, perhaps in centuries. The level of artistic sophistication and detail are stunning -- the more so because the piece itself is so small and the level of detail is so incredibly high.

Myths & Legends

Human Origins

Sumerian creation myth
Sumer , or the ‘land of civilized kings’, flourished in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq, around 4500 BC. Sumerians created an advanced civilization with its own system of elaborate language and...

Ancient Technology

Detail of a star chart dating to the Middle Kingdom.
The calendar is one of mankind’s most important inventions. Calendars allowed societies to organize time for religious, social, economic, and administrative purposes. The calendar, or rather, two sets of calendars, were invented by the ancient Egyptians. One of these was a lunar calendar, which was used mainly for the organization of religious festivals.

Ancient Places

The public entrance to the Unicorn Cave.
Einhornhöhle, which may be translated as ‘Unicorn Cave’ in English, is a cave located in the Harz, a low mountain range in a highland area Northern Germany. It has been pointed out that the Unicorn Cave is the largest cave in the western Harz that is open to the public.

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At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

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By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

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View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)