Temple at Ceibal site, Guatemala
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 01:58

With the help of airborne laser mapping technology, a team of archaeologists, led by University of Arizona professor Takeshi Inomata, is exploring on a larger scale than ever before the history and spread of settlement at the ancient Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala.

Head of the statue discovered at the site of Dangeil in Sudan.
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 23:00

Almost a decade ago archaeologists exploring a ruined temple dedicated to the Egyptian god Amun, near the Nile River in modern day Sudan, found a 2,600-year-old statue, but his identity remained secret, until now.

Homo erectus statue, taken at David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins as the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 18:54

Were our primeval ancestors skilled mariners who sailed thousand of miles to distant islands using language, or did they grunt at each other while holding onto tree trunks being blown randomly on the waves of tsunamis? That is the big question!

Replica of the Golden Sun Disk on display outside the Coracancha Temple, used in modern day festivals in Cuzco.
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 14:59

The high priests of the Inca Empire of ancient Peru used their sacred texts, known as the Codes of Sacred Geography, to build sacred community centers (wakas) along 42 long-distance ceke lines.  These alignments were all centralized at the Coracancha Temple of the Sun in Cuzco, where a huge golden disc at the center of this temple, radiated these lines across the entire Inca empire.

This 2,700-year-old seal impression contains the Hebrew name for "Isaiah" and may refer to the biblical prophet who lived at the same time.
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 13:58

Back in 2009, archaeologists working near Temple Mount came across a collection of clay seals. One was identified in 2015 as belonging to King Hezekiah, an 8th century BC biblical king. Now, another of the seal impressions is making headlines for its possible connection to the prophet Isaiah. It seems to read “belonging to Isaiah the prophet” – but there is something missing.

Reconstruction of a Beaker burial, (National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid).
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 02:02

Scientists once could reconstruct humanity's distant past only from the mute testimony of ancient settlements, bones, and artifacts.

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Temple at Ceibal site, Guatemala
With the help of airborne laser mapping technology, a team of archaeologists, led by University of Arizona professor Takeshi Inomata, is exploring on a larger scale than ever before the history and spread of settlement at the ancient Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala.

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