Human Origins

In this section we will present how human origins are explained through three different perspectives: a)science and scientific evidence, b) religions and creation stories and c)folklore and mythology.

Looking at things from different angles is vital in better understanding of any situation in life. We will present the facts and the opinions (although we recognise that the boundary between fact and opinion is often very thin) allowing you not only to see that a vital clue is missing in our understanding about human origins, but to realize the possibility that what we already know may be completely wrong.

Dating Methods in Archaeology

Dating methods in Archaeology. Are they accurate?

Dating refers to the archaeological tool to date artefacts and sites, and to properly construct history. All methods can be classified into two basic categories: a) Relative dating methods : Based on...

Olmecs, Ancient American Civilization with African Characteristics

When we speak about ancient Mexico, the first civilizations that come to mind are the Maya, the Incas, and the Aztecs. It wasn’t until the 1930s when a mysterious civilization was discovered that...
Minoan Civilization

The Minoan Civilization

In Crete , Greece, there existed one of the oldest and most powerful civilizations on earth: the Minoan civilization. They received the name from the legendary King Minos , though some suggest that...
The Hindu sacred texts about human origins

The Hindu sacred texts about human origins

Third in the list of major religions, with more than 870 million followers, is Hinduism. Hinduism goes back to 5000 BCE and is a compilation of many diverse traditions (in contrast to Christianity...
Sumerian creation myth

The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts

Sumer , or the ‘land of civilized kings’, flourished in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq, around 4500 BC. Sumerians created an advanced civilization with its own system of elaborate language and...
Greek mythology and human origins

Greek mythology and human origins

Greek mythology begins with the Creation Myth , which is contained within many different sources of ancient Greek texts. The most complete one is Theogony from the Greek poet Hesiod, who lived around...
The Maya myth of creation

The Maya myth of creation

The Maya civilization flourished in South America at approximately 2000BC. They developed a unique style of arts and architecture, astronomy, even a written language. Though their writing—and even...
Muslims: The Origins of Human Beings

Muslims: The Origins of Human Beings

With more than 1.67 billion followers, Muslims are the second biggest religious population on Earth. The major sacred text of the Muslims is the Quran (also spelt Koran), which they believe is the...
Darwin Theory

Darwin Theory

On the 24 th of November 1859, Charles Darwin published his famous work titled On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection , thus setting the basis for the development of evolutionary...
Panspermia Theory

Panspermia Theory

The first reference to the word ‘Panspermia’ is in the 5 th century BCE by the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras . The theory was again revived in 1834 by scientists, specifically Jons Jacob Berzelius ,...
Creation according to the Christians & Hebrews

Creation according to the Christians & Hebrews

Christianity is the world’s biggest religion, with 2.3 billion followers as of 2010. The Christianity account of creation is described in the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis . In the beginning...
Mormons’ creation theory: Christian creation with a twist

Mormons’ creation theory: Christian creation with a twist

The Mormon Church, a sect of Christianity sometimes referred to as a cult, has a collection of sacred writings called the Pearl of Great Price . Mormons believe in the concept of creation according...
Egyptians and the beginning

Egyptians and the beginning

According to archaeologists, Egypt—alongside Sumer—produced one of the first known civilizations. There are many Egyptian myths related to creation; however, all of them share a common theme: that...
Celtic Myths on creation

Celtic Myths on creation

Celtic mythology does not propose a single version or description of the creation as a whole, as other religions and mythologies do, but a few Celtic myths mention that heaven and earth was created...
Aztec Creation myths

Aztec Creation myths

The Aztecs civilization flourished in Central America a few hundred years after the Mayans. The creation myth according to the Aztecs is a continuous story of creations and destructions, called suns...
The meaning of the word Myth

The meaning of the word Myth

The word ‘myth’ has generally come to identify any story that is believed to be a work of fiction; however, when analyzing myths and legends, it is important to understand the evolution of the word...

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Human Origins

Kalash girls with traditional clothing.
The Kalash (known also as the Kalasha) are an indigenous people living in what is today Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language.

Ancient Technology

An Ulfberht sword displayed at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany
Ulfberht was like a Medieval luxury brand for swords—but unlike your Gucci purse, the swords were of such high quality they were almost … mystical. Dozens of these swords—made with metal so strong and pure it’s baffling how any sword maker of that time could have accomplished it

Ancient Places

Kalash girls with traditional clothing.
The Kalash (known also as the Kalasha) are an indigenous people living in what is today Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language.

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)