Ancient Places

Ancient places can be found all over the world. Their fascinating histories and impressive artifacts open intriguing glimpses to times past, and visiting such ancient places in the world 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 the most interesting archaeological sites all over the world, as well as new discoveries of ancient places that are worth paying a visit.

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,...
Kaimanawa wall - New Zealand

Kaimanawa wall - New Zealand

Near Lake Taupo in New Zealand is an enigmatic wall called the Kaimanawa wall . It faces north and consists of smooth, megalithic stone blocks with symmetrical corners. The blocks form perfectly...
Pyramid in Bosnia

Pyramid in Bosnia

In the town of Visoko in Bosnia stands one of the largest pyramid s—only this pyramid is in the form of a hill. The hill is comprised of all the necessary elements needed to classify it as a pyramid...
Kalkajaka: Australia's Black Mountain

Kalkajaka: Australia's Black Mountain

Black Mountain, known to the Aboriginals as Kalkajaka meaning ‘the place of the spear’, is located in Queensland, Australia. The mountain consists of large piles of black granite rocks and huge...
Delphi

Delphi

Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later...
Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

In the Northern Territory of Australia lies the single largest monolith rock in the world: Ayers Rock, or Uluru . At a staggering height of 346 meters and running about 2 miles in length and width,...
“Gate of the Sun” at Tiwanaku, Bolivia

“Gate of the Sun” at Tiahuanaco, Bolivia

In western Bolivia, at a height of 13,000 feet, lies the ancient city of Tiahuanaco (Tiwanaku). It is the capital of an empire that extended into present-day Peru and Chile, flourishing from 300 to...
Lake Titicaca – Gate of the Gods

Lake Titicaca – Gate of the Gods

In the distant Peru, close to the Lake Titicaca , an ancient site was rediscovered in 1996 by Jose Luis Delgado Mamani, a local tour guide. The name of the site was ‘Puerta de Hayu Marca’ or ‘The...
Pyramid in Argos, Greece

Pyramid in Argos, Greece

When we hear the word pyramids, our minds immediately go to Egypt; however there are pyramids scattered all over the world : America, Europe, Asia and India. One of those pyramids that few know is...
Puma Punku

Puma Punku

Puma Punku (or Puma Pumku), a mysterious site located in Bolivia, has astounded archaeologists. It is part of a larger archaeological complex known as Tiahuanacu , and is considered to be one of the...
Jericho ruins

Jericho ruins

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have...
Glastonbury Tor, England

Glastonbury Tor, England

Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, where a very important hill exists known as the Glastonbury Tor. On top of the Tor stands the remains of St. Michael’s Tower, with a strange system...
Derinkuyu – the underground city in Cappadocia

Derinkuyu – the underground city in Cappadocia

Under the town of Nevsehir , near Cappadocia in Turkey, lies an extraordinary underground complex known as the Derinkuyu underground city. There have been more than forty underground cities...
Mohenjo Daro, Pakistan

Mohenjo Daro, Pakistan

Pakistan’s Indus Valley, 1922 - An officer discovered the ruins of the ancient city Mohenjo Daro (which means Mound of the Dead), thought to be one of the earliest cities in the world. According to...

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Myths & Legends

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A legend is a tale regarded as historical even though it has not been proven, and the term “myth” can refer to common yet false ideas. Many myths and legends describe our history, but they are often treated skeptically. This is because many of them, while explaining a phenomenon, involve divine or supernatural beings.

Our Mission

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)