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Ancient places can be found all over Africa. Their fascinating histories and impressive artifacts open intriguing glimpses to times past, and open up a window on African history. Visiting such historical places in Africa can be an unforgettable experience.

Science is constantly discovering new archaeological places and uncovering more evidence into what we once thought we knew about our history, therefore offering new pieces to the ever changing puzzle of humanity’s past and altering how we interpret it. This section will present ancient African history articles, highlighting the most interesting archaeological sites all over Africa, as well as new discoveries of ancient places that are worth paying a visit.

The Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Egypt

36,400 BC: The Historical time of the Zep Tepi Theory

Many conjectures have been made concerning the monumental complex of Giza. Some of these fall within the theories of the so called “independent school of Egyptology”, of which they constitute a great...
The desecrated royal coffin found in Tomb KV55.

The Mystery of Egyptian Tomb KV55 in the Valley of the Kings

In 1907, a mysterious tomb was discovered in Egypt. Known as KV55, the tomb contained a variety of artifacts and a single body. Identification of the body has been complicated by the fact that the...
Akhenaten depicted as a sphinx at Amarna, solar rays bathing him.

The Art of Amarna: Akhenaten and his life under the Sun

The Amarna period, roughly 1353-1336 BCE, introduced a new form of art that completely contradicted what was known and revered in the Egyptian culture. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV not only changed his...
The silver coffin of Psusennes I

Psusennes, the Silver Pharaoh with riches that rivalled those of Tutankhamun

In 1940, the Second World War broke out in Western Europe. In the same year, in Tanis, Egypt, thousands of kilometres away from the theatre of war, a French archaeologist by the name of Pierre Montet...
The Intricately Carved Tiya Megaliths of Ethiopia

The Intricately Carved Tiya Megaliths of Ethiopia

The Tiya stones are part of an archaeological site located in central Ethiopia, in an area known as the Gurage Zone. The 46 large, decorated Tiya megaliths have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage...
Top Ten Ancient Egyptian archaeological  Discoveries of 2014

Top Ten Ancient Egyptian Discoveries of 2014

Throughout the year, we reported on more than fifty incredible archaeological discoveries in Egypt, challenging the long-held view that there is nothing of significance left to dig up in the desert...
Reconstruction of what the monument in the Siwa Oasis would have once looked like

The despairing cry of the tomb of Alexander the Great from the desert at Siwa Oasis

The following is an article written by Liana Souvaltzi, Archaeologist and Director of the Greek Mission at Siwa Oasis, who we invited to report on her research regarding the discovery of a large...
Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara

The Magnificent Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara

The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza is arguably the most famous of all pyramids in Egypt, or in the world for that matter. Yet, this was not the first pyramid that was built by the ancient Egyptians...
Grave of Sennedjem - Sais, Osiris, Egypt

The Pharaonic Royal City of Sais Leaves Few Clues for Researchers

On the Canopic branch of the Nile laid a city known as Sais, or Sa el-Hagar. The ancient city dates back to 3,000 B.C, however habitation at the site extends back to the pre-dynastic and Neolithic...
The sacred symbol of the Djed pillar

The sacred symbol of the Djed pillar

Hieroglyphics play an important role in understanding ancient Egyptian culture. One of the most commonly found and mysterious hieroglyphic symbols is known as the djed symbol. With the appearance of...
Mathematical Encoding in the Great Pyramid

Mathematical Encoding in the Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, has attracted the interest of philosophers, savants, and travelers for at least four millennia. Some of this...
The stunning temple of Seti I in Abydos - Egypt

The stunning temple of Seti I in Abydos, Egypt

Seti I was probably one of the least well known pharaohs of the New Kingdom period of ancient Egypt. However, his temple in Abydos is among the most famous, cited by many as the most impressive...
Nubia and the Powerful Kingdom of Kush

Nubia and the Powerful Kingdom of Kush

Pharaonic Egypt is arguably the most famous ancient civilization on the African continent. This does not mean, however, that it was the only ancient civilization that sprang from African soil. Egypt’...
The Mysterious Stone Kingdom of the Great Zimbabwe

The Mysterious Stone Kingdom of the Great Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to one of the most stunning historical monuments in Africa – the monument of the Great Zimbabwe. Built 900 years ago, the massive stone structures of the Great Zimbabwe create a...
Mummy from the Valley of the Golden Mummies

The Valley of the Golden Mummies and a wealth of knowledge about our ancient past

In 1996, an astonishing discovery was made in Egypt. Archaeologists uncovered a two-square-mile necropolis that contained a number of important tombs. Upon the first excavation, four of the tombs...
The White Slaves of Barbary

The White Slaves of Barbary

Much attention and condemnation has been directed towards the tragedy of the African slave trade, which took place between the 16 th and the 19 th centuries. However, another equally despicable trade...

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