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Dog burial in Siberia. Stone and bone implements are present near and under the cranium, and a round pebble is visible within the mouth.

2,000-Year-Old Dog Burials in Siberia Reveal Relationship Between Ancient People and Their Pets

Archaeologists have uncovered the 2,000-year-old remains of five dogs, which had been carefully buried in a pit near the Arctic Circle in Siberia. It is believed that the dogs served as pets, workers...
The Spectacular War Helmet of Meskalamdug, the Powerful King of Kish

The Spectacular War Helmet of Meskalamdug, the Powerful King of Kish

The war helmet of Meskalamdug is an artifact that was discovered in one of the graves in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. This grave was found to have belonged to an ensi (roughly translated as ‘ruler’) of...
Some of the shackled skeletons found in a mass grave near Athens, Greece

Archaeologists Speculate Shackled Skeletons Were Slain Comrades of Greek Coup Leader Cylon

Archaeologists are speculating that 36 skeletons bound in irons and buried ignominiously in a mass grave were comrades of Cylon, who tried but failed to become the tyrant of Athens in a 632 BC coup...
A girl age 14 to 19 was buried with a sickle across her throat, a copper headband and a coin near her mouth; the authors of a new study said her community may have thought she had demonic tendencies.

17th Century Sickle Burials Reflect Belief that Demons Stalked War-Torn Poland

Poland during the 17th century was a nation torn by war, social upheaval, pestilence, famine and Catholic clerics inciting the populace with tales about the devil and witchcraft. The imaginations of...
A crypt with up to 30 burials discovered in Siberia

Haunting new find of death masks from ancient Siberian warrior race

By Anna Liesowska / The Siberian Times A crypt with up to 30 burials is giving archaeologists fresh insights of intriguing ancient Siberians famed for their death masks which give us a clear idea of...
Ancient Egyptian relief carving of a dog.

Ritual and Burial: The Strange and Elaborate Ways Humans Prepared Animals for the Afterlife

The practice of animal burial is one that dates back to prehistoric epochs. Many cultures around the globe have buried animals for various reasons: sentimentality, religious rituals, superstition,...
Small grave at the Children’s Fort in Tullycrine, Ireland

The Graveyard of the Lost: Why Hundreds of Children were Buried in an Old Irish Ring Fort

Inside the ring fort at Tullycrine in West Clare, Ireland, visitors can see the graves of hundreds of children dating from a period in Irish history when those who had not been baptized were banned...
Skeletons were discovered completely intact beneath the Old Divinity School at St John's College.

More than 1,000 Ancient Skeletons found beneath Cambridge University

Archaeologists have discovered an enormous medieval cemetery containing an estimated 1,300 burials beneath St John’s College, Cambridge, thought to be among the largest medieval hospital burial...
Painted clay goddess face with eyes inset with jade, found at Goddess Temple, Niuheliang.

Relics from the Niuheliang Goddess Temple, the most mysterious site of the ancient Hongshan

The Neolithic Hongshan culture has revealed itself to researchers through its long-preserved bounty of jade artifacts, its ceremonial monuments, its burial traditions, and its influence in the...
The female musicians in the center of the image are playing transverse bamboo flutes and guan

Earliest ancient Chinese musical instruments unearthed in tomb complex

Ancient musical instruments, some the earliest of their kind ever found, have been discovered by archaeologists in the tombs of Zaoyang city, China. China Daily reports the musical finds were...
The Mysteries of the Coddu Vecchiu Tombs of Giants

The Mysteries of the Coddu Vecchiu Tombs of Giants

During the Bronze Age (3300 – 700 BC), the Nuragic civilization built what are known as the Tombs of Giants (Tomba dei Gigantic). These megalithic gallery graves were used by the Nuragic people as...
Ancient Tombs in Sudan

Evil Eye Box and Other Treasures Found in Ancient Tombs on the Shores of the Nile

Archaeologists have discovered a number of elaborate underground tombs containing precious artifacts in a 2,000-year-old cemetery on the shores of the Nile River in Sudan, according to a report in...
300 burials in ancient Merovingian necropolis

Archaeologists discover 300 burials in ancient Merovingian necropolis

Archaeologists carrying out excavations at a site in Saint-Aubin-des-Champs in France have uncovered an ancient Merovingian necropolis dating back to the 5 th -7 th centuries AD, according to a...
Ritualistic Burials in Iran

Strange Ritualistic Burials Discovery in 5,200-Year-Old Burnt City of Iran

An archaeological team assigned to reconstruct the 5,200-year-old Burnt City, a recently listed World Heritage Site in Iran, have unearthed a series of unusual burials depicting ritualistic funerary...
Burial site at Peru

Archaeologists discover burial site of unknown culture in Peru

Archaeologists from the University of Wrocław have discovered more than 150 ancient graves in the Atacama Desert belonging to a previously unknown culture in Peru, according to a report in PAP -...
Han Dynasty tombs in China

Archaeologists announce rare discovery of more than 100 Han Dynasty tombs in China

Chinese archaeologists have discovered more than one hundred tombs from the Han Dynasty (25-220 AD) in Jiangsu province, Eastern China. Such a large cluster of Han tombs are a rare discovery and...

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The ride to Asgard" by Peter Nicolai Arbo. 1872.
In the beginning there were only native forests and wasteland. The Aesirs, one main group of Norse gods, cleared places to stay, both for themselves and the humans. They named the human’s home Midgard – because it is placed in the middle of the world. And in the middle of Midgard

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The Ancient Invention of the Water Clock
Today, the ability to keep track of time seems to be taken for granted. One just simply needs to glance at a watch, clock, or mobile phone to know the exact time, even down to the nearest second...

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