AO User Benefits and Reward System

Our intention from the start of Ancient Origins has been to foster an open community where people with a passion for investigating, understanding, and explaining ancient mysteries and human origins can discuss their ideas, views and/or research. We have therefore implemented a user point system which will reward you for your role in developing and participating in this community.

With this system, once you register, you will accumulate points for logging in, visiting and sharing content, writing articles, inviting friends to join the community, and commenting on articles. In the future, you will also be able to earn points by posting in forums, or taking on other roles (if you wish), such as moderating or editing. 

Why should I participate?

Communities connect people from all over the world, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds for a common interest.  By participating in such a community you can make contacts, share opinions, find answers, engage in debates, learn new information, inform others, gain or give support, and most importantly, enjoy yourself.

For the professional users of our community, it is a chance to demonstrate your expertise, and for others, it is the chance to reach out to a pool of potential experts and engage prominent academics and researchers in discussions about topics that really matter.  Our number one objective at Ancient-Origins is to get to the root of the origins of mankind and the fascinating journey we have taken over thousands, if not millions, of years. We believe that this can only be achieved by great minds coming together.   

What can I get with my points?

Users who accumulate points will receive the following benefits:

  • You can redeem your points for gifts such as books, art, crafts, and more
  • Enhanced reputation and recognition within the community
  • Opportunities to become a moderator or editor at Ancient Origins
  • Further benefits to be released in future, including free subscription options and eligibility to participate in competitions

How do I earn points?

First you need to register on the site as the users point system only works with registered users.  As a user, there are a number of ways you can earn and accumulate points.

Here's a list of the current opportunities:

  • Login – 1 point (maximum 1 per day)
  • Write an article that is approved for publishing – 10 points
  • Sharing content – 2 points (TBA)
  • Commenting on articles – 1 point for each comment
  • Inviting friends – 2 points (TBA)

Comments that are not meaningful and appear to have been posted simply as a way to accumulate points will be removed, as will the points associated with those comments. You will also only be able to earn a maximum of 1 point a day for logging in. This is to prevent people logging in and out simple to earn points. However, there are plenty of other ways you can earn points and there is no maximum as to how many points you can earn in a day.

How can I check my points?

You can view your points and rank by clicking on ‘My Points’ on the top menu of the site.  Your points will also be displayed next to your username when you post a comment on the site.

Rewards

You can redeem your points for a wide range of great products!

Here is an initial list but more items will be uploaded to the site shortly, so stay tuned!

Click to REGISTER

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Myths & Legends

An image of Enki from the Adda cylinder seal.
In the belief system of the Sumerians, Enki (known also as Ea by the Akkadians and Babylonians) was regarded to be one of the most important deities. Originally Enki was worshipped as a god of fresh water and served as the patron deity of the city of Eridu (which the ancient Mesopotamians believe was the first city to have been established in the world). Over time, however, Enki’s influence grew and this deity was considered to have power over many other aspects of life, including trickery and mischief, magic, creation, fertility, and intelligence.

Human Origins

Detail of ‘God creating the Sun, the Moon and the Stars’ by Jan Brueghel the Younger.
Although most mainstream scientists and most of the developed world now accept the theory of evolution and the scientifically established age of Earth and the universe, there is still a group of people that resist the status quo and insist, based on a particular literal interpretation of Genesis 1-11 in the Hebrew Bible

Ancient Technology

Representation of an ancient Egyptian chariot.
The wheel can be considered mankind’s most important invention, the utility of which is still applied in multiple spheres of our daily life. While most other inventions have been derived from nature itself, the wheel is 100% a product of human imagination. Even today, it would be difficult to imagine what it would be like without wheels, since movement as we know it would be undeniably impossible.

Opinion

El Caracol Observatory at Chichen Itza (Wright Reading/CC BY-NC 2.0) and Composite 3D laser scan image of El Caracol from above
In 1526, the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo arrived on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and found most of the great Maya cities deeply eroded and unoccupied. Many generations removed from the master builders, engineers, and scientists who conceived and built the cities, the remaining Maya they encountered had degenerated into waring groups who practiced blood rituals and human sacrifice.

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.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

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. 

Ancient Image Galleries

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)