History & Archaeology

From the powerful civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Indus Valley, to the fearsome yet sophisticated society of the Vikings, the ancient world was a surprising and challenging place. Here we bring you latest history news about some of the most seminal and influential events and people throughout history, that have helped shape the world we know today. We also bring you latest news in archaeology and discoveries relating to ancient human history. 

Hierapolis - Gate to Hell

A gate to the ‘Underworld’ found in Turkey

In the ancient ruins of Hierapolis in Turkey, archaeologists have discovered an ancient ‘Gate to the Underworld’. In ancient Greek and Roman Mythology, there were many different places on Earth where...
Sundial Egypt Valley of the Kings

Ancient Sundial Discovered in the Valley of the Kings

Archaeologists may have discovered the world’s oldest ancient Egyptian sundial, dating to the 13 th Century BC. The sundial, which is made of a flat piece of limestone divided into 12 sections, was...
Antikythera Wreck

More artefacts to be found at Antikythera

The Antikythera mechanism is one of the most famous ancient technology artefacts. It is an artefact that keeps puzzling the scientists who are still trying to find out what its real purpose was. The...
Mes Aynak

Remarkable Ancient Site in Afghanistan at Risk

In the rocky foothills of South East Kabul lies Mes Aynak, a site of immense historical importance which is now under threat after the sites massive copper reserves were solve off to the China...
Neanderthals Big Eyes

The large eyes of Neanderthals probably the cause of their extinction

A study that took place at the Oxford University by Eiluned Pearce , suggests that Neanderthals became extinct because of their big eyes, which are approximately 6mm more from top to bottom. The...
Apollo Cunomaglus

Artefact depicting Apollo Cunomaglus was found

A valuable artefact depicting the Roman God, Apollo Cunomaglus, has been found in a basement cupboard after being missing for over 100 years. The artefact dated 150-350AD, was first discovered in...
Eudald Carbonell

Once Boy’ Discovery Casts Doubt on View of Human Origins

Recent discoveries show that the first human inhabitants of Western Europe came from Asia, and not from Africa, as previously believed. Spanish Paleontologist, Eudald Carbonell, has said that the...
Durg district of Chhattisgarh

2500 year-old Ancient City Discovered in India

It all started in 2008 when the J R Bhagat, Deputy Director of the Archaeology Department, Chhattisgarh, found some old items (coins, pottery and bones) close to the Kharun River, indicating the...
Sekhmet

Sekhmet – The warrior Goddess, Statues found in Egypt

The German Egyptologist, Horig Sourouzian, discovered in West Luxor 14 statues made of black granite, depicting the lionhead goddess Sekhmet . Sekhmet, was a powerful Goddess, daughter of God Ra,...
Ancient Chinese Tools

Old tools found in China go back earlier in time than previously believed

In a publication on the Journal of Human Evolution, Feng Li, Steven L. Kuhnm Xing Gao and Fu-you Chen have investigated the presence of large blade technology in East Eurasia. Lithic assemblages that...
Neolithic House

Archaeologists Unearth 12,000 Year Old Settlement in Berkshire

Since 2003 a team from Wessex Archaeology has been investigating a large area at Horton in Berkshire which was used as a settlement for people before the last Ice age (Approximately 12,000 years ago...
Arizona Canals

Ancient Canals in Arizona Show Signs of Advanced Engineering

In the foothills of Mount Graham in Arizona lies a network of mysterious canals believed to have come from an ancient civilization that existed thousands of years ago. The sophisticated irrigation...
Stonehenge

Archaeological Discovery brings us Closer to Unravelling Mysteries of Stonehenge

A remarkable discovery in Stonehenge may hold the key to finally understanding its original purpose. A team of archaeologists who have been working on the site for more than a decade have just...
Pyramids in Sudan

35 Pyramids Uncovered in Sudan with Intriguing Links to Ancient Egypt

Archaeologists have unearthed a remarkable find in Sedeinga, Sudan, including 35 densely concentrated pyramids and a number of important artefacts. The site was originally part of the ancient Kingdom...
Angkor Wat Ironworks

Ancient Ironworks discovered in Angkor Wat – Cambodia

In 2010 ancient ironworks were discovered in the Preah Vihear province in Cambodia, from archaeologist Thuy Chanthourn of the Royal University of Fine Arts, who was looking for an old settlement...
Viking Navigation Crystal

The crystal discovery that suggested legend of Viking Sunstone is true

An ancient Norse myth describing a magical gem which could reveal the position of the sun when hidden behind clouds or even before dawn or after sunset, has been the subject of intrigue for many...

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Virtual recreation by Charles Chipiez. A panoramic view of the gardens and outside of the Palace of Darius I of Persia in Persepolis.
Once the stunning capital of the Persian Empire (also known as the Achaemenid Empire), Persepolis was lost to the world for almost nineteen hundred years, buried in the dirt of southwestern Iran until the 17th century. Founded in 518 BC by Darius I of the Persian Empire, Persepolis (called Parsa by the native Persians) lasted only a mere two hundred years despite the grandeur Darius and his followers abundantly heaped on its construction. Notwithstanding Persepolis’ tragic end, what remains of the Persian citadel is astounding.

Myths & Legends

The Smelliest Women of Ancient Greece: Jason and the Argonauts Get Fragrant
We all know Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, made sure that she was worshipped by punishing those who ignored her altars. One brief appearance of this wrath in the tale of Jason and the Argonauts turned into a particularly fragrant episode.

Ancient Places

Inside one of the tunnels under Valetta, Malta.
Hordes of tourists visit the Mediterranean island of Malta each year to enjoy the above ground attractions the country has to offer such as breath-taking sandy beaches, historical buildings, and traditional cuisine. Yet, there is also a subterranean world hidden beneath the island’s surface. These are the rumored secret tunnels of Malta.

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