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.

Kuntillet Arjud Inscriptions

Kuntillet Ajrud: The Ancient Fortress that puzzles archaeologists

In the Sinah desert stands Kuntillet Ajrud, a remote settlement that was found in 1975 by the archaeologist Ze’ev Meshel of the University of Tel Aviv. The settlement is dated to the 8 th century BC...
Angkor Wat

The Mysteries of Angkor Wat

Deep into northwest Cambodia is the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire, a great site dedicated to the god Vishnu. It was built by the King Suryavarman the Second (Shield of the Sun) of the Khmer...
Easter Island

Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui , in the Polynesian language, is a small remote island a few thousand miles west of South America. One of the most interesting features of this island is its 887 giant...

Ancient Arkaim: The Stonehenge of Russia

An archaeological expedition led by the University of Chelyabinsk in 1987 discovered an ancient fortified settlement in the Southern Urals of Russia dating back to two or three thousands of years BC...

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...
Bosnia Pyramids

World History and Bosnian Pyramids

Dr. Sam Semir Osmanagich, Ph.D. Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences Anthropology Professor and Director of the Center for Archaeology and Anthropology at the American University...
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...
Ajanta Ellora Caves

The Wonderous Ajanta Caves

It was in 1819 when John Smith , a British army officer in pursuit of a tiger came across a cave near Ajanta village in India. More than thirty caves carved inside the rock of the mountainside and...
Mycenae Lions Entrance

Mycenae, the Ancient city founded by Perseus

Mycenae was once a very powerful kingdom in ancient Greece. King Agamemnon was considered to be one of the greatest leaders of his era (not to be confused with the distorted, Hollywood portrayal of...
Machu Picchu

The Mysteries of Machu Picchu

In the Cusco region of Peru, 2.4 km above sea level in the mountains, the ruins of Machu Picchu were re-discovered in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham . Machu Picchu, which means ‘Old...
Gobekli Tepe inTurkey

The Mysterious Gobekli Tepe in Turkey

Less than ten years ago, Professor Klaus Schmidt and his team made one of the most important archaeological discoveries of our century. In south Turkey, close to the city of Urfa, Professor Schmidt...
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,...
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...


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A photo of the Casa do Penedo.
Sensationally dubbed online as a ‘real life Flintstones house’, the Casa do Penedo dates not to the Stone Age, but to the 1970s. Being such a curious structure, the Casa do Penedo has since become a tourist attraction…though not all the visitors have been friendly.

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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.

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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)