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Medical marijuana: Modern hunter-gatherers may use cannabis to treat intestinal infections

It has been found that the more cannabis that modern foraging tribes smoke, the less they are infected with parasitic intestinal worms. Scientists are trying to determine if ancient-hunter gatherers...
Illustration for the Chronicles from the Future - Paul Deinach

Chronicles from the Future: A True Story Kept Hidden by the Masons now Revealed

Chronicles from the Future tells a remarkable story about a bizarre and incredible event experienced by Paul Amadeus Dienach, the author, who lived during the beginning of the previous century in...
The Zoroastrian Ateshgah “Fire Temple” near Baku, Azerbaijan. The temple was built over natural burning vents which no longer provide gas, and so the flame is now artificially fed via a pipe.

Eternal Flames: Geologists Investigate Ancient Myths to Know More about Modern Fuel

Millennia ago, ancient cultures were astounded by the seeming miracle of natural flames which burned day and night for weeks, decades, or even centuries. The tales of such flames have become a focus...
The mummified head of Egyptian pharaoh King Ahmose I, whose parents and grandparents were probably both sets of siblings.

Study Presents Evidence of Extensive Inbreeding among Ancient Egyptian Royalty

A 2015 study revealed little variation in body height among Egyptian Pharaohs compared to the general population, signaling the presence of extensive inbreeding among the ancient Egyptian royalty...
The enigmatic archaic faces, found in large numbers over the Burrup are among the earliest rock art works in the region.

Oldest and largest concentration of ancient rock art under threat from Australian Government

Australian Indigenous art is the oldest unbroken tradition of art in the world. It is so old in fact, that examples have been found that depict long extinct megafauna. One particular region, the...
Caravan on the Silk Road (1380 AD).

100 Merchants Retrace Silk Road Trade Route on Camelback in Epic Year-Long Journey

In a quest to repeat the traditions of ancient merchants, more than 100 tea traders are making an epic journey, crossing 15,000 kilometers on camelback and retracing the steps of the Silk Road...
The Pharos of Alexandria by Fischer von Erlach

Ancient Wonder of the World: Egypt Approves Plan to Rebuild Pharos of Alexandria

The Pharos of Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the most famous lighthouse in antiquity. The incredible feat of ancient engineering stood at an impressive height of 130...
Hundreds of Shipwrecks Revealed in Lake Michigan

Hundreds of Shipwrecks Were Revealed in Lake Michigan as Water Cleared

In 2015, Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, put on a particularly rare show – crystal clear waters were created by specific climatic conditions that prevented the growth of...
Actaeon Surprising Diana (Artemis) in the bath, by Titian

Poet Sappho, the Isle of Lesbos, and sex tourism in the ancient world

The sexual proclivities of ancient Greece is almost as mythologized as their legendary heroes. In fact, the entire Greek pantheon of gods is renowned for its hedonistic sexual antics and exploits...
Detail, The Conversion of St. Paul. Paul and companions are knocked to the ground during the profound event.

Ancient Signs in the Sky: Did a Meteorite Change the Course of Christianity 2,000 Years Ago?

Did an ancient meteor have such a life-changing impact on witnesses of the day that it shaped a religion and altered the course of history? Astronomers theorize that the dramatic flash and boom that...
The James Ossuary, a first-century limestone box used for containing the bones of the dead is now reportedly connected to the “family tomb of Jesus” in Jerusalem.

Chemical analysis on ancient stone bone box reignites debate over alleged family of Jesus

Nothing seems to stir controversy in the historical, archaeological and theological research fields more than relics associated with Jesus. A weathered limestone box found in the 1970s and said to...
1500-year-old canals of Wari culture to be revived in attempt to solve Lima water crisis

1500-year-old canals of Wari culture to be revived in attempt to solve Lima water crisis

Peru has been facing a severe water crisis as chronic problems, such as polluted water supplies, and environmental change combine to undermine the water security of the entire country. However, a new...
A masked woman leads a procession as part of the ceremony of Pawkar Raymi.

Andean Village comes alive with Pawkar Raymi, Equinox Celebration to honor Mother Earth

On March 21, residents of three indigenous communities in Saraguro, a remote Andean municipality in Ecuador, celebrated the Pawkar Raymi (ceremony of blossoming) to honor the Pachamama (Mother Earth...
Darius the Great receiving greetings and gifts from governors and ambassadors. Relief from Persepolis, Iran

Nowruz - The Persian New Year and The Spring Equinox

Nowruz, known as the Persian new year, is one of the most ancient celebrations in history and has been celebrated for around 4000 years in what is now Iran and in the extended cultural area known as...
Solar Eclipse

Ancient Myths and Legends Served to Explain the Startling Phenomenon of Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is set to darken the sky over Europe, as well as parts of Asia, North West Africa, and North America in the biggest eclipse since 1999. Expected to plunge some countries into 98...
A statue of a Norse valkyrie, or battle maiden, on a horse in a park in Copenhagen, Denmark

Neo-pagans are building a temple to practice the ancient Norse religion

In many ways, the old Norse beliefs of Scandinavia are strange and wonderful. The old pagan religion had gods and goddesses of music and fertility, nature deities, elves, dwarves, giants, magical...
Unravelling the Mysteries of Ancient Artifacts - Ebook

Unravelling the Mysteries of Ancient Artifacts - Free Ebook

On 22nd February, Ancient Origins will be celebrating Two Years since its launch. To mark the occasion, we will be giving all our subscribers a Free Ebook titled 'Unravelling the Mysteries of Ancient...
Second anniversary - Ancient Origins

Ancient Origins 2nd Anniversary Prize Giveaway

On 22nd February, we celebrated the Two Year Anniversary of Ancient Origins. To mark this happy occasion, and as our way of saying thank you to all our loyal readers, we held a book prize giveaway,...
Old Map of the Philippines in year 1628 showing the Reed Bank (an area just East of the Spratly islands) as part of the Philippines.

Ancient Maps spark debate between China and Philippines over South China Sea islands

The Chinese government claims ninety percent of the South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands, an archipelago of 750 islands and reefs nearer the Philippines. However, a series of ancient maps...
A manuscript illustration of the Sky Battle of Kurukshetra, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, recorded in the Mahabharata Epic

Speakers at Science Congress says ancient India mastered advanced space flight thousands of years ago

A controversial paper presented at the prestigious science conference, the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, claims human aviation and advanced space flight was achieved and mastered by the...
A Council at Lanka, an episode from the Ramayana. Color and gold on paper.

Smithsonian releases massive digitized collection of Asian treasures for public use

The Smithsonian Institution has released more than 44,000 images of precious artworks and artifacts from two of their museums of Asian art, many of which have never been shown publicly before. The...
Top Ten Underwater Discovered of 2014

Top Ten Underwater Discoveries of 2014

Out of all the amazing archaeological discoveries made each and every day around the world, those that emerge from the depths of the ocean are among the most captivating. There is something about the...
Newly-discovered tunnels and dungeons in Tokat Castle

Turkish castle where 'Dracula' was imprisoned will open to the public

The dungeons in Turkey where Vlad the Impaler is believed to have been held will now open to the public. Vlad was the notorious 15th century Prince of Wallachia from Transylvania, and the model for...
Golden Masks from Sanxingdui

New research may solve mystery of enigmatic Sanxingdui civilization of China

Amid the once-tranquil village of Sanxingdui, in a quiet part of Sichuan province in China, a remarkable discovery took place which immediately attracted international attention and has since...

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