Rick Potts, director of the National Museum of Natural History’s Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian, surveys an assortment of Early Stone Age hand-axes discovered in the Olorgesailie Basin, Kenya.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 00:59

The first evidence of human life in the Olorgesailie Basin comes from about 1.2 million years ago. For hundreds of the thousands of years, people living there made and used large stone-cutting tools called handaxes (below left). 

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 21:57

Back in September 2017, underwater archaeologists met a decade-long goal in discovering the submerged ruins of the port of Neapolis. Now, they have identified the location of the port which preceded it, Palepolis, a site the Greeks wrested from the Etruscans some 3000 years ago. Today, Palepolis is known as Naples.

Viking warrior with an axe. Source: Lamin Illustration & Design
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 17:55

When you think of a fearless Viking wielding a weapon, what do you imagine? A sharp, heavy sword used to slice through enemy lines? Or perhaps a massive, battle-stained axe which hacked out the warrior’s path?

Buffalo Hunt: A Numerous Group by George Catlin 1844.
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 14:20

A new technology in weaponry, the introduction of the bow and arrow, might have led to the collapse of the prehistoric, American Hopewellian Culture somewhere between 450 to 500 AD.  A socio-spiritual tripartite existed between the Scotio Hopewell cultures and these three communities congregated at times to bury their dead in communal mounds.

Foreigners accompany a triumphal procession of the King; design by Anand Balaji (Photo credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York); Deriv.
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:58

Egypt witnessed religious and cultural upheaval on an unimaginable scale when Pharaoh Akhenaten assumed the reins of power and declared the Aten as the supreme god. One of the noteworthy contributions of this king can be had from his determined deviation from forms of art that had governed the land from time immemorial.

Central mound of a khirigsuur complex (burial mound) in the Asgatiin Valley.
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 00:51

The history and archaeology of Mongolia, most famously the sites associated with the largest land empire in the history of the world under Ghengis Khan, are of global importance. But they’re facing unprecedented threats as climate change and looting impact ancient sites and collections.


Archaeology News on Human Origins, Ancient Places and Mysterious Phenomena

Beowulf and Grendel

Uncovering the long-lost secrets of Beowulf

For those who are unaware, Beowulf is an Old English heroic epic poem set in Scandinavia and cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature of all time. Dated between the 8 th and...
Gaza's ancient ruins

Archaeologists race against time to save Gaza's ancient ruins

A plethora of archaeological treasures lie scattered across the territory of what is now known as the Gaza strip, a stretch of land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt...
Lincoln Castle Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus in Lincoln Castle Believed to Contain ‘Somebody Terribly Important’

Archaeologists in Britain believe they are on the verge of an important discovery as they are set to extract a sarcophagus discovered at Lincoln Castle , which was built by William the Conqueror in...
women ruled ancient Peru - Moche Culture

Tomb find confirms women ruled ancient Peru

Archaeologists have discovered a tomb belonging to a powerful pre-Hispanic priestess in Peru, the eighth in more than two decades, confirming that women ruled the region approximately 1,200 years ago...
Alexander the Great - tomp Greece

Have archaeologists discovered the grave of Alexander the Great?

Archaeologists have discovered an enormous marble tomb fit for a king under a huge mound in Greece and believe that they have unearthed the grave of Alexander the Great. The elaborate tomb was found...
Prehistoric Humans Pots

Prehistoric Humans Spiced Up Their Food

Archaeologists have just completed an analysis of 6,000-year-old cooking pots still containing food residues found at sites in northern Europe. The finding indicates that prehistoric humans were...
Faroes - Settlers before Vikings

Mystery Settlers Reached 'Step to Americas' Before Vikings

New research published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews has found that the Faroes islands, the first stepping stones for Europeans as they explored across the Atlantic to ultimately land in...
Oldest Globe of New World Carved on Ostrich Eggs

Oldest Globe of New World Carved on Ostrich Eggs?

A long-forgotten globe carved onto an ostrich egg and dating back to the early 1500s has resurfaced and may be the first ever globe to depict the New World. Purchased anonymously at the 2012 London...
slave tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa

Archaeologists discover hidden slave tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa

A team of archaeologists have found a very large hidden tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa near Rome, which would have been used by slaves to ferry food, fire wood and other goods from one part of the...
Ring of Death - Bulgaria

The 14th-Century Bulgarian Ring of Death

Bulgarian archaeologists excavating the remains of the medieval fortress on Cape Kaliakra, near the town of Kavarna on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, last year found a well-preserved man’s ring which...
Assyrian fortifications from a legendary battle

Archaeologists discover Assyrian fortifications from a legendary battle

About 3,000 years ago during the Iron Age, the Assyrians were a major power in the Middle East and North Africa. Their military might was terrifying. And now, a new archaeological finding reveals...
Ancient Egyptian Jewelry from Space

Origin of Ancient Egyptian Beads is Out of this World

A new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science has revealed that Ancient Egyptian beads found in a 5,000-year-old tomb were made from iron meteorites that fell to Earth from outer...
Gobekli Tepe - Sirius - Temple

World's oldest temple, Göbekli Tepe, built to worship Sirius?

New research has revealed that the world’s oldest known temple, Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, was probably built to worship the star Sirius. Göbekli Tepe is at least 12,000 years old and has been...
Graves of Slavic Warlords

Badger Digs Up Graves of Slavic Warlords

A badger living in the countryside near the town of Stolpe in Germany has uncovered a remarkable site: the 12 th -century burial ground of eight people, two of whom were Slavic warlords...
Monks and Beer

Medieval Monks of Bicester Drank 10 Pints of Beer a Week

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient brew house which was visited daily by monks of the former Bicester Priory in England. The holy men drank beer daily to kill off bacteria and would have drunk...
 Hala Sultan Tekke

Climate Change may have Caused Collapse of Civilizations in Late Bronze Age

New research published in the journal Plos One has shown that climate change occurring towards the end of the 13 th century BC may have caused the collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean civilizations...


Myths & Legends

The Green Man Legend
An enigma spanning thousands of years, the Green Man is a symbol of mysterious origin and history. Permeating various religious faiths and cultures, the Green Man has survived countless...

Ancient Technology

Grinding stone, Dendera Temple, Egypt.
Most people know of the great construction achievements of the dynastic Egyptians such as the pyramids and temples of the Giza Plateau area as well as the Sphinx. Many books and videos show depictions of vast work forces hewing blocks of stone in the hot desert sun and carefully setting them into place.

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