Events

The Birth of Christmas: How Ancient Cultures Shaped Our Holiday | In-Depth Interview with Ashley Cowie

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 15:15 to 16:15
Are you reenacting ancient rituals each year? History says yes! At Christmas time, why do we decorate a tree? Why do we eat certain foods? Is this Pagan? How far back does this all go? As you celebrate Christmas, explore with Scottish historian, author, and documentary filmmaker Ashley Cowie the truly ancient origins of Christmas, food rituals, and religious traditions, as he explains why the...

Egypt! Lost Technology and Wisdom of the Ancients Tour

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:00 to Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 17:00
Egypt! Lost Technology and Wisdom of the Ancients Tour March 2018: Egypt! Lost Technology and Wisdom of the Ancients Tour March 5th – March 18th, 2018 With Optional March 19th – 22nd Lebanon Extension, featuring visits to Byblos & Ba’albek Join these Researchers and Explorers as they examine the evidence and discuss the remarkable indications of what is possibly the world’s greatest secret–...

Hidden Charms 2 : The magical protection of buildings

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00 to 18:00
I am excited to announce that once again I (Brian Hoggard) have teamed up with Jeremy Harte and John Billingsley to organize Hidden Charms 2. Our conference in Norwich last year was a great success and we're confident we will have another great day, this time in the Medieval Hall in Cathedral Close, Salisbury.

Human Origins

Map of sites and postulated migratory pathways associated with modern humans dispersing across Asia during the Late Pleistocene.
Most people are now familiar with the traditional "Out of Africa" model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached Australia in a single wave about 60,000 years ago. However, technological advances in DNA analysis and other fossil identification techniques, as well as an emphasis on multidisciplinary research

Ancient Technology

Ancient Places

Illustration of the "Emmons mask", a Mississippian culture carved cedarwood human face shaped object once covered in copper and painted with galena and used as part of a headdress
The City of Moundsville is located along the Ohio River in Marshall County, West Virginia. From the time of European settlement in the 1770s, Moundsville was regarded by antiquarians as one of the most significant ancient sites in North America. For it was here that the Adena mound builders and their descendants constructed the largest ceremonial center in the Upper Ohio Valley

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)