Remains of the original apse built in 1077 was unearthed during excavation work at St Albans Cathedral.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 00:46

The foundations of a Norman cathedral have been found under just 3ft (90cm) of soil during excavations at St Albans Abbey, the oldest place of continuous Christian worship in England. They are dated to 1077AD, making it one of the earliest Norman cathedrals in the country.

A Mayan zoomorphic ceramic of a chihuahua with a corn cob in its mouth.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 21:57

A new study shows that animal domestication was not only a question of food for the ancient Maya. Remains of a variety of species, including small dogs, large cats, and some turkeys, suggest the Maya domesticated animals as symbols of social and political strength, traded them, and also used them in ceremonies.

Representative image. The Eruption of Vesuvius in December 1820 by Johann Christian Dahl
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 17:54

Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the island's conversion to Christianity, new research suggests.

The Combat of the Thirty (26-27 March 1351) (French: Combat des Trente) by Octave Penguilly L'Haridon - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:55

The Combat of the Thirty is an episode in the War of the Breton Succession, which in turn was part of the Hundred Years’ War. This combat, which took place on March 26/27, 1351, was fought between 30 combatants from each side, hence its name. 

All Giza Pyramids in one shot.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 00:59

Ever since humans could look up to see the sky, we have been amazed by its beauty and untold mysteries. Naturally then, astronomy is often described as the oldest of the sciences, inspiring people for thousands of years. 

The ancient vessel (center) that was found to contain 2,000-year-old alcohol.
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 21:59

ArchaeologChinese Vesselists have unearthed an ancient tomb in China’s Shaanxi Province, containing a hoard of relics, including a sealed bronze kettle filled with 2,200-year-old liquor. Would you be game to try this ancient brew?


Archaeology News on Human Origins, Ancient Places and Mysterious Phenomena

Graves and Pyramids in Mexico

Construction workers stumble upon 2,000-year-old Ancient Settlement in Mexico

Construction work taking place in the town of Jaltipan, southeast of Veracruz in Mexico, has uncovered an ancient settlement dating back 2,000 years . So far, archaeologists have found 30 skeletons,...
‘Vampire’ burial site found in Poland

The Vampire burials of Poland

The last few weeks we have been bombarded by the discovery of graves, evidence of ancient massacres and dead bodies found all over the world. But we do not hear every day about ‘vampire’ bodies! Well...
Technology and the Face of Archaeology

How Technology is Changing the Face of Archaeology

This week, Peruvian archaeologists announced plans to use mini remote control helicopters with high definition cameras to study and protect archaeological sites in Peru. Through a partnership between...
Crimea: A 2,300 years old massacre discovered

A 2,300 years old massacre discovered

Chersonesos is an ancient city on the Crimean peninsula, which was founded by Greek colonists at the end of the 6th century BC. The area was once used to cultivate crops to create food for the Greek...
Ancient Chinese Writing Discovered in Shanghai

Oldest Ever Chinese Writing Discovered in Shanghai

Archaeologists have discovered inscriptions on artefacts dating back 5,000 years , which is 1,400 years older than the most ancient written Chinese language known to date, previously found on animal...
Neanderthals more sophisticated than currently believed

Were Neanderthals more sophisticated than currently believed?

Neanderthals were once considered to be subhuman brutes with low intelligence and capable of communicating through little more than a series of grunts. However, research fuelled by a fascination into...
Israel Egyptian sphinx paws

Archaeologists make rare find of Egyptian sphinx paws in Israel

A team of archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have made a surprising discovery in Hazor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site north of the Sea of Galilee in Israel: the paws of an Egyptian...
Lake Vostok, Australia

The Mystery of Lake Vostok

Lake Vostok is located in Antarctica and is a subglacial lake hidden under the ice. It is the largest of all subglacial lakes in Antarctica and exists 4,000 meters under the surface of ice. Andrei...
5,000-year-old pyramid decimated in Peru

5,000-year-old pyramid decimated in Peru

Private construction companies have destroyed pyramid El Paraiso, a 5,000-year-old ancient structure located near the river Chillon, several kilometres north of Lima in Peru. The archaeological site...
Ancient Hillfort Research

Archaeologists call on Citizens to Help in Ancient Hillfort Research

Researchers in Britain are undertaking a large-scale projec t to gather information on approximately 5,000 Iron Age hill forts scattered throughout the UK and Ireland and are calling on the help of...
3,000 year old Chinese Tombs - sacrifice

Evidence of sacrifice found in 3,000 year old Chinese Tombs

In 2011, excavations began in the Jiangzhai village in China, which uncovered an ancient graveyard known as the Yejiashan graveyard. More than 3700 square meters have been excavated and many...
The Golden Man of Kazakhstan

The Reburial of a 2500-year-old Cursed Ancient Warlord

Last year, the Kazakh Culture Ministry ordered the reburial of the remains of an ancient warlord in the Shiliktinskaya Valley in eastern Kazakhstan after elders claimed that a curse associated with...
Remarkable 3,000-year-old Subterranean Tunnels Discovered in Jerusalem

Remarkable 3,000-year-old Subterranean Tunnels Discovered in Jerusalem

Last month we reported on the massive network of underground tunnels which are scattered throughout Europe and explored myths and legends from around the world that present stories of mysterious...
Toe Rings, Ancient Egyptian Skeletons

Archaeologists Uncover First Ever Ancient Egyptian Skeletons Wearing Copper Toe Rings

Just south of the ancient city of Akhetaten in Egypt (now called Amarna), archaeologists have made a perplexing discovery – two Egyptian skeletons dating back 3,300 years, both of which were wearing...
60 billion habitable planets

Milky Way may contain 60 billion habitable planets

A new study by the University of Chicago and Northwestern University has revealed that our galaxy may contain as many 60 billion planets capable of supporting life, which is double the most recent...
agriculture farming iran zagros

Evidence suggests agriculture evolved independently throughout the world

Domestication of plants in agriculture was developed at least 10,000 years ago, according to a new study. It was when ancient humans decided to take control of their food production by introducing...


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