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Three of the rings up for auction.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 13:59

A stunning assemblage of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Viking, and medieval rings is going up for auction next week. They come from a remarkable ancient rings collection which was once owned by a Leicester gas engineer, who amassed his personal treasure during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Colossus of Rhodes: Ancient Greek Mega Statue
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 03:28

The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the most ambitious and tallest statue of the Hellenistic period. The last of the seven wonders to be completed, it was a statue built to thank the gods for victory over an invading enemy.

A panoramic view of Spis Castle.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 01:59

13th century Europe was under attack by the Mongols and the Kingdom of Hungary was right in the sights of the invaders. Something had to be done, and the creation of great fortified castles was seen as one way to possibly resist the mighty force.

Temple of the Mayan King Pakal
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 01:01

Hieroglyphic inscriptions on the tomb of an ancient Mayan King have been translated more than 60 years after archaeologists discovered the hidden burial crypt in the rainforests of Mexico.

Two graves with mutilated skeletons found
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 22:56

According to The Guardian newspaper, archaeologists in the UK have made a grisly discovery. They have found the graves of two men who have had their lower legs detached at an archaeological site in Cambridgeshire. The graves discovered are among many found at a huge archaeological site that is being explored prior to development. 

Picts, Gaels, and Scots: Exploring their Mysterious (and Sometimes Mythical) Origins
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 20:55

When the tribe of Chatti arrived in Scotland at the beginning of the Christian era and became the embryonic clan Keith, they assimilated with the people known to us by their Roman name, the Picts.

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Archaeology News on Human Origins, Ancient Places and Mysterious Phenomena

Akitu Festival

New Year’s Traditions around the World and Their Origins

In many countries around the world, New Year’s Day is celebrated on 1 st January with fireworks and festivities the evening before. But this is not the only type of New Year’s celebration and not...
Ancient China - Cats

Chinese May Have Loved Cats before Ancient Egyptians

The Egyptians are well known for their love of cats . Not only were they praised for controlling vermin and snakes, but the cat was a symbol of grace and poise. The goddess Mafdet, the deification of...
Dujiangyan Irrigation System

The legacy of Dujiangyan: China’s ancient irrigation system

Dujiangyan is the oldest and only surviving non-dam irrigation system in the world, and a wonder in the development of Chinese science. Built over 2,200 years ago in what is now Sichuan province in...
Kharga Oasis Rock

Could Kharga Oasis Rock Panel Represent Zodiacal Constellations?

Two weeks ago, Egyptologist Salima Ikram announced the discovery of a very unusual rock panel in the Kharga Oasis, 175 kilometres west of Luxor in Egypt. While the date of the panel is still...
Hhunter gatherers

Sharks, bees and humans use same mathematical pattern to hunt

A mathematical pattern of movement called a Lévy walk describes the hunting behaviour of many animals, including sharks, birds and honeybees, and now for the first time it has been shown to describe...
Stone Age Beer

Beer was more important than bread for our Stone Age ancestors

Around 11,500 years ago, hunter gatherers ceased being nomadic and began to cultivate crops and form settlements. But what is it that made our Stone Age ancestors start harvesting? A logical...
Vatican Cemetery

Ancient Roman cemetery to be opened by the Vatican next year

The Vatican will be opening an ancient Roman cemetery to the public early next year. The ancient burial site, which was discovered under a Vatican City car park 60 years ago, contains the remains of...
Neanderthal Skull

Diabetes gene may come from Neanderthals

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells in the body do not use insulin properly. It is an illness which is known to disproportionately affect...
Kharga Oasis spider rock art

Kharga Oasis spider rock art may be astronomical writing

Last week we reported on the discovery of a very unusual rock panel in the Kharga Oasis, 175 kilometres west of Luxor in Egypt, which Egyptologist Salima Ikram claimed was a depiction of spiders...
Indonesia Cave

Record of ancient tsunamis found in Indonesia cave

A limestone cave discovered in Sumatra, near the source of the deadly tsunami that hit Indonesia on 26 th December, 2004, contains the footprints of past ancient tsunamis dating back 7,500 years. The...
Abacus

Ancient Chinese abacus receives UNESCO recognition

The abacus , also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool that was in use centuries before the adoption of the written modern numeral system and is still widely used by merchants, traders and...
4,000-year-old cosmetics shop

4,000-year-old cosmetics shop found in Cyprus

Archaeologists have unearthed a unique 4,000 year-old cosmetics workshop at the Pyrgos-Mavroraki archaeological site in Limassol, Cyprus. It is the first time that evidence has been found of...
Bian Que

Ancient Chinese Medical Texts verified to belong to legendary Bian Que

Several days ago we reported on the discovery of 920 bamboo strips at an archaeological site in China containing recipes for treating ailments that date back 2,000 years. Archaeologists speculated...
Unusual Discoveries 2013

Ten unusual archaeological discoveries

One of the best things about archaeology is uncovering the unexpected. Some of the findings listed below certainly fit into this category – from elongated skulls to vampire graves, green slime, and...

Christmas tree has its roots in ancient customs

The Christmas tree is probably one of the most recognizable symbols of Christmas, seen on greeting cards, advertisements, cookies, wrapping paper, and in the homes of millions of people around the...
Kaipawa Harbour

Unknown Shipwreck could rewrite New Zealand history

Last week, an 11-year-old boy stumbled upon an old bronze canon in Darwin, Australia that predates the arrival of the acclaimed Captain James Cook to the continent in 1770. Now, a new discovery has...

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