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  1. Cannabis: A Journey Through the Ages

    In 1997, a hemp rope dating back to 26,900 BC was found in Czechoslovakia, making it the ... object to be associated with cannabis.  Since that time, hemp has played an important role in humanity’s development.  For thousands ... cannabis-driven.  Archaeological evidence shows they wore hemp clothing, wove hemp, and produced hemp pottery.  Yangshao hemp ...

    Bryan Hill - 19/05/2015 - 00:35

  2. First hemp-weaved fabric in the World found wrapped around baby in 9,000-year-old house

    ... of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has revealed the world’s first hemp-weaved fabric, which was found wrapped around a baby skeleton in the ... due to its high level of preservation. The hemp-weaved fabric found in Çatalhöyük. Photo Credit “The fire ...

    aprilholloway - 06/02/2014 - 22:05

  3. Breathtaking Ellora Caves Were Preserved by Hemp

    ... discovered the reason the caves are so well preserved – hemp. The study was conducted by former superintending archaeological chemist ... and Sardesai explained the preservative qualities of the hemp mixture, as reported by Discovery . The cannabis fibers are more ...

    mrreese - 14/03/2016 - 20:48

  4. Surprising 5,000-Year-Old Cannabis Trade: Eurasian Steppe Nomads Were Earliest Pot Dealers

    ... Hill, a writer of Ancient Origins, reports : ''In 1997, a hemp rope dating back to 26,900 BC was found in Czechoslovakia, making it the ... object to be associated with cannabis.  Since that time, hemp has played an important role in humanity’s development.  For thousands ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 22/07/2016 - 15:01

  5. Ancient Chinese Paper Armor Put to the Test – You Won’t Believe How Strong It Is!

    ... the year 105 AD. However, there is recent evidence that hemp paper may have been invented earlier, closer to 100 BC. Paper eventually ... heavy and less expensive than silk. Fragments of hemp wrapping paper dated to the reign of Emperor Wu of Han (141–87 BC) ( ...

    Caleb Strom - 02/05/2017 - 14:04

  6. A Versatile Plant: What Were the Many Uses of Cannabis in Ancient Egypt?

    ... so far. It mentions a number of formulas which make use of hemp to alleviate pain and inflammation caused by various diseases and ... of the boat’s curved hull were lashed together with hemp rope in a technique used until recent times by traditional shipbuilders on ...

    Robert Brusco - 17/03/2017 - 00:55

  7. The Kangyur Written with 9 Precious Stones

    Buddhism was founded over two and a half millennia ago in India by Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha (Sanskrit for ‘awakened one’). Like the practitioners of Hinduism, Buddhists believe in the concept of reincarnation, and the only way to escape this perpetual cycle of rebirth is through the attainment of Enlightenment. Having attained the state of Enlightenment whilst meditating under a Bodhi tree, the Buddha went on to spend the next 45 years of his life teaching many others the way to achieve Enlightenment.

    dhwty - 15/04/2014 - 03:26

  8. Archaeologists are Ecstatic that a Major Viking Age Manor is Finally Found in Sweden

    For centuries it has been speculated where the manor of the royal bailiff of Birka, Herigar, might have been located. New geophysical results provide evidence of its location at Korshamn, outside the town rampart of the Viking Age proto-town Birka in Sweden.

    The results will be published in the international scientific journal Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt.

    ancient-origins - 19/01/2017 - 21:50

  9. Archaeologists Are Surprised to Find a 2,500-Year-Old Cannabis Burial Shroud Found in China

    ... time period: as a psychoactive substance, for textiles via hemp fibers, and as a food source with its seeds. However, as Jiang noted to National Geographic, “no hemp textiles have been found in Turpan burials, and the seeds of the plants in ...

    Alicia McDermott - 06/10/2016 - 00:52

  10. Researchers Unlock the Mystery of the Mummified Lung of a Merovingian Queen

    ... and a red and yellow silk veil. She was then wrapped in a hemp shroud, or had been covered with a hemp cloth. An interpretation of Queen Arnegunde in her burial ...

    Alicia McDermott - 20/04/2016 - 14:52

  11. The Everlasting Shoe: What Does This 5,500-Year-old Shoe Found in a Cave Tell Us About Ancient Armenians?

    ... In a moist, warm climate, most organic material such as hemp, cloth, wood, and leather will decay, leaving nothing but stone and ...

    Caleb Strom - 09/05/2017 - 22:59

  12. Why Do Couples Exchange Rings with Vows? The Elusive Ancient Origins of Wedding Rings

    ... ceremony, as early as 3000 BC. Rings were made of braided hemp or reeds formed into a circle—the symbol of eternity, not only for the ...

    lizleafloor - 09/10/2015 - 14:58

  13. The Oldest Known Calendar in Europe is based on the Orion Constellation

    In the late 1970s during the construction of an atomic bomb shelter, a shattered pot was found amongst the rubble. Archeologists were baffled by the strange patterns on the vessel, which dates back to 2600 BC until Dr. Aleksandar Durman finally cracked the code: it was a calendar. Yet, unlike the contemporary Egyptian or Sumerian calendars, this European timetable was based not on the sun or the moon but rather on the stars. Central to the charting of the seasons was the constellation named after the noble Greek hunter, Orion.

    Kerry Sullivan - 17/07/2016 - 21:57

  14. Drugs in Ancient Cultures: A History of Drug Use and Effects

    ... Ages Cannabis was cultivated in the past for its hemp fiber but it has also been used as a meditation aid and painkiller by ...

    Liza Knox - 09/06/2016 - 00:44

  15. The Cucuteni-Trypillian culture and the mysterious burning of the buildings

    ... They grew club wheat, oats, proso millet, rye, barley, and hemp, all which would have been baked into bread. In addition to grains, they ...

    mrreese - 22/03/2015 - 20:31

  16. When it Came to Ancient Undergarments Less Was Often More

    ... spectacular textiles in Ming Dynasty Tomb First hemp-weaved fabric in the World found wrapped around baby in 9,000-year-old ...

    dhwty - 02/10/2015 - 21:50

  17. Mythical Ancient Emperors Who Fought Over the Birth of China - Who Started It?

    ... Five Grains (soybeans, wheat, broomcorn, foxtail millet, and hemp or rice (depending on the version)). However, in other accounts Shennong ...

    Veronica Parkes - 15/04/2017 - 14:01

  18. The Ancient ‘Plant of Immortality’ That Treats Over 50 Medical Conditions

    ... Knights Templar created a drink of palm wine, aloe pulp and hemp, which they named the “Elixir of Jerusalem,” and they believed that ...

    Veronica Parkes - 06/02/2017 - 21:09

  19. Experts Investigate a Long Forgotten Iberian Ship that Sank off the Spanish Coast

    ... two days, equipped with diving suits and ropes of straw and hemp, they pulled amphorae of different shapes and sizes from the water. In ...

    ancient-origins - 10/10/2015 - 21:47

  20. The Eagle Huntress: New Generations of Eagle Huntresses in Kazakhstan and Mongolia – Part II

    Nomad Women Have Hunted with Eagles since Antiquity

    The ancient practice of eagle hunting is carried on today by a few hundred nomadic Kazakhs in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Xinjiang (northwest China). The majority of Kazakh eagle hunters live in Mongolia, and keep in touch with Kazakhs in other countries.

    Adrienne Mayor - 06/04/2016 - 14:48

Top New Stories

The old packhorse bridge in Carrbridge, Scotland
The oldest surviving packhorse bridge in the Scottish Highlands, the "coffin bridge" at Carrbridge in Inverness remains one of the most significant. Built in 1717, this packhorse bridge is located near the city of Inverness, capital of the Highlands, and was erected in an arch from "tooled rubble…springing from natural rock abutment".

Myths & Legends

Was the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaton in Fact the Father of Modern Monotheism?
This passage may read like a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible; but, this is a quote from the Hymn of Aten, a work by Pharaoh Amenhotep IV better known as Akhenaton. This so-called heretic king was the only known Pharaoh in Egyptian history who believed in a monotheistic doctrine when most of the ancient world adhered to polytheism.

Human Origins

Was the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaton in Fact the Father of Modern Monotheism?
This passage may read like a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible; but, this is a quote from the Hymn of Aten, a work by Pharaoh Amenhotep IV better known as Akhenaton. This so-called heretic king was the only known Pharaoh in Egyptian history who believed in a monotheistic doctrine when most of the ancient world adhered to polytheism.

Ancient Technology

Left side view of the Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan.
Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings, a television special, took an hour long look at the great city, its inhabitants, and the excavation of the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, (also known as the Feathered Serpent Pyramid.) The program revealed evidence of advanced engineering built into a tunnel system, and placed directly underneath the Pyramid.

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. 

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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)