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Disease in ancient Mesopotamia

Unravelling the mystery of disease in ancient Mesopotamia

Despite intensive research over many decades on one of the most famous kingdoms of the ancient world , scientists still know little about the diseases which plagued the people of Mesopotamia. An...
Voynich Manuscript Decoded

First words in mysterious Voynich Manuscript decoded

We’ve got to hand it to the persistent and determined researchers who have not given up hope of decoding the enigmatic Voynich manuscript despite dozens of studies over the last few decades, many of...
Ancient roots of leprosy

Uncovering the ancient roots of leprosy

New research conducted at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center is finally unearthing some of the ancient mysteries behind leprosy, which has plagued mankind throughout history. The study...
Nibelung Legend Treasure

Is treasure hoard found in Germany linked to Nibelung legend?

An amateur treasure hunter equipped with a metal detector has discovered a hoard of gold and silver dating back to late Roman times in a German forest. The finding has prompted speculation that it...
Parthenon Marbles - Acropolis

Row heats up over the Parthenon Marbles

Hollywood actors George Clooney, Bill Murray and Matt Damon have become embroiled in one of the fiercest of all heritage controversies: should the Parthenon marbles be returned by the British Museum...
Ancient Egyptian practice of mummification now available

Modern version of ancient Egyptian practice of mummification now available

A company based in Utah, who has been mummifying beloved pets for the last three decades, are offering people a modern-day version of the ancient Egyptian practice of mummification , at a cost of...
Bottle gourd

How the most important plant for Prehistoric Man migrated across the planet

The bottle gourd, otherwise known as the calabash plant, was prehistoric man’s most useful plant. It is believed to be the first cultivated plant in the world, and may have been domesticated even...
Bamiyan Buddhas

World Heritage Committee halts reconstruction of ancient Bamiyan Buddhas

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) has halted the reconstruction of the magnificent Bamiyan Buddhas , which were obliterated by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 despite wide-spread campaigns to...
Chinese cell printing technique

Scientists turn to ancient Chinese woodblocks to develop new cell-printing technique

Scientists have abandoned high-tech devices for a 2,000-year-old Chinese woodblock in order to find an improved way of squeezing tiny, individual living cells out into orderly patterns for lab...
Petralona Cave - Greece

The controversial Petralona skull and Greek government suppression of information

Recently, we posted an article about the discovery of a skull that has the potential to challenge what we know about human evolution. We have now received an update directly from the head researcher...
Shroud of Turin

Could ancient earthquake explain face of Jesus in Shroud of Turin?

The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. However, the origin and authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been in...
Unravelling Mysteries Ebook

Unravelling the Mysteries of Ancient Places Ebook

To mark the occasion of our one year anniversary, Ancient Origins wanted to give something back to our readers for making it such an enjoyable website and community to be part of. The ebook is a...
900-year-old secret Viking code - Runic Experts

Runic expert cracks 900-year-old secret Viking code

Researchers have been trying for years to crack a little-known runic code called Jötunvillur, which has only been found in nine inscriptions in northern Europe. However, a runes expert has finally...
New DNA method

New technology will unravel mysteries of ancient humans and shed light on our origins

The last few months has seen the release of several ground-breaking research studies which are beginning to demystify our ancient origins. This included the first ever complete sequencing of a...
Mohenjo Daro

Fragile Mohenjo Daro threatened by festival plans

Dating back at least 5,000 years, Mohenjo Daro, which is located in what is now Pakistan, is the world’s only surviving Bronze Age metropolis and is considered to be the most important site of the...
Ancient Roman infanticide

Ancient Roman infanticide did not favour boys

A team of scientists who have been trying to unravel why ancient Romans committed infanticide have discovered that equal numbers of boys and girls were killed . This challenges the assumption that...
Black Death - Plague

Scientists decode 1,500-year-old plague and warn it could strike again

Scientists have, for the first time, achieved a complete reconstruction of the genome responsible for the bubonic plague, which struck the Eastern Roman Empire 1,500 years ago, and is said to have...
Ancient Russian Hermit

A day in the life of an ancient Russian hermit

A 24-year-old man in Russia is spending eight months living alone in the freezing Russian wilderness as a 10 th century hermit as part of a social experiment. The project began in September and is...
Reconstruction of Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark to be reconstructed following instructions on ancient Babylonian tablet

Work has begun on a full-scale reproduction of Noah’s Ark according to an ancient manual written on clay tablet dating back 3,700 years. The reconstruction will form the basis of a new television...
Cairo Islamic Art Museum Bombing

Ancient Islamic art decimated in latest Egypt bombings

Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art —home to more than 100,000 priceless artefacts that comprise one of the world's most important collections of its kind—was significantly damaged in a suicide car bomb...
Horoscope of Prince Iskandar

Thousands of years of visual culture made public

The Wellcome Trust Library, one of the world’s leading libraries on the human condition, has just released more than 100,000 images demonstrating thousands of years of culture and tradition...
Dolphin Masacre in Japan

Ancient customs used to justify dolphin slaughter

Most of the articles published on Ancient Origins advocate for the preservation of ancient cultures and customs around the world. But what happens when ancient customs conflict with modern-day...
Timbuktu Manuscripts

The fight to save the ancient texts of Timbuktu

Located at the gateway to the Sahara desert in what is now Mali, within the confines of the fertile zone of the Sudan, Timbuktu is one of the cities of Africa whose name is the most heavily charged...
Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes

Icon of Neolithic technology given enhanced protection by UNESCO

The Neolithic flint mines at Spiennes in Belgium, which cover more than 100 hectares, are the largest and earliest concentration of ancient mines in Europe and reflect an extremely high level of...

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