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. 

Neolithic Carpenters - Water Well

First Carpenters in Europe more than 7,000 years old

Wood was one of the first materials to be used by the early humans. Many different artefacts like wooden tools have been found in Tanzania, England and Germany but even more depicted in the paintings...
Indus Valley Civilization

The Indus Valley Civilization – One of the Oldest and Most Neglected

In the same period that the Egyptians were building their pyramids, the people in the Indus Valley (located in what is today Pakistan and western India), were building India’s first cities. Evidence...
Ancient Structure Galilee  Israel

Large Stone Structure found under Sea in Israel

A strange structure was discovered in 2003 with the use of Sonars in the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It looked like a cone shaped structure with a diameter of 70 meters and a height of 10 meters...
Belgammel Ram

2000 years old Warship Reveals Secrets

In 1964 near Tobruk in Libya an old bronze battering ram belonging to a 2000 old ship was discovered. The artefact is known as Belgammel Ram. What is interesting about the ram is its composition. At...
Ancient Giza Under Water

Fossils at Giza Plateau show that it was once covered by Sea

In one of our articles on the Sphinx of Egypt, we have mentioned one hypothesis supported by evidence showing that the Sphinx was once under water, which means that the age of the Sphinx must have...
Gonur Tepe

Ancient Fortress Gonur-Tepe Reveals it Mysteries

Gonur Tepe is one of the largest Bronze Age sites that was discovered by Russian archaeologists in Turkmenistan in Central Asia. It was a fortress town that was built in a strategic place about 2300...
Satellite Photos for archaeological discoveries

Satellite Photos lead to new archaeological discoveries

Using satellite images to monitor sites from orbit, provides information that can lead to new discoveries of underground structures. The reason for that is that any underground structure will alter...
Maya Village

Unexpected Agriculture and ‘invisible’ crops found on Maya Village

A news research on an ancient Maya Village which was destroyed by a Volcano about 600 AD, brought up some interesting results. Ceren which is a Unesco World Heritage Site is known as the Pompeii of...
Darwin Theory Debunked - Washington Man

New Fossil Turns Darwin’s Theory of Human Origins Upside Down

The Smithsonian Institution's Hall of Human Origins has announced that one of its scientists has discovered a hominid skull fragment that is approximately 5 million years old, drawing Darwin’s theory...
Neanderthal Hybrid

Human-Neanderthal Hybrids discovered

In a recent scientific paper, a skeleton found in Italy is suggested to be a Neanderthal-human hybrid. Further analysis is to be done, but if correct then it will prove that humans and Neanderthals...
Ancient Sumerian Temple

New breath-taking ancient temple discovered in ancient Sumeria

The ancient city of Ur was he last capital of the Sumerian empire and was first excavated in southern Iraq in 1930. At about 10 miles from the city, British archaeologists with the help of satellite...
Ancient Egyptian Pot

More light shed into the ancient Egyptian port

Further research into the ancient Egyptian port which had the role of a gateway revealed more than 60 sunken ships, as presented at a recent conference in Oxford discussing the maritime life of...
Ancient Sex Cult Objects

Ancient Sex Cult Objects discovered in Israel

In Northern Israel archaeologists have discovered an ancient Stone Age village and while the findings show how agricultural revolution was happening in Stone Age, they have also discovered sex...
Ancient Medicine

More than 20,000 years ago humans used plants for medicine

Even if archaeological research shows that the first farming of plants started about 11,000 ago in China, where we have the first evidence for cultivation of plants, new research shows that humans...
Prehistoric Indian Skull

Prehistoric American Indian Skull Found in Kansas City

Two teenagers in Kansas City have stumbled upon the skull and tooth of a woman that is many centuries old. The discovery of the skull was initially believed to be that of a homicide victim,...
New Ancient Structures in Mexico

New unknown structures found in Mexican archaeology zone

In Mexico city in the archaeological zone of El Tajin, a researcher has uncovered some ancient structures - two of them are unknown types of structures (referred to with the name ‘balconies’)...

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Roman glass (not the legendary flexible glass). Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart.
Imagine a glass you can bend and then watch it return to its original form. A glass that you drop but it doesn’t break. Stories say that an ancient Roman glassmaker had the technology to create a flexible glass, ‘vitrium flexile’, but a certain emperor decided the invention should not be.

Human Origins

Photo of Zecharia Sitchin (left)(CC0)Akkadian cylinder seal dating to circa 2300 BC depicting the deities Inanna, Utu, and Enki, three members of the Anunnaki.(right)
In a previous 2-part article (1), the authors wrote about the faulty associations of the Sumerian deities known as the Anunnaki as they are portrayed in the books, television series, and other media, which promotes Ancient Astronaut Theory (hereafter “A.A.T.”).

Ancient Places

Caves of Loltun, Mexico
It goes on speak about the challenges and wonders of Columbus’s voyage to the new lands known today as the Caribbean. It even goes on to mention Columbus’s blunder in assuming that this newly discovered land was India when in fact it was what we know today as the Bahamas.

Opinion

Hopewell mounds from the Mound City Group in Ohio. Representative image
During the Early Woodland Period (1000—200 BC), the Adena people constructed extensive burial mounds and earthworks throughout the Ohio Valley in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Many of the skeletal remains found in these mounds by early antiquarians and 20th-Century archaeologists were of powerfully-built individuals reaching between 6.5 and eight feet in height (198 cm – 244 cm).

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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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