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A section of the Pilgrim’s Path dating to the Second Temple period.    Source: SHAI HALEVY/Israel Antiquities Authority

Evidence Indicates Pilgrim’s Path Was Built By Pontius Pilot

The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced it has found solid evidence the Pilgrim’s Path in Jerusalem dates from the 1 st century AD. This means that it was possibly commissioned by Pontius...
The world’s oldest pearl has been discovered at Marawah Island, United Arab Emirates. Source: Arundhati Chaudhuri / CC BY-SA 2.0.

World’s Oldest Pearl Found in Abu Dhabi is 8,000-Year-Old!

Archaeologists in Abu Dhabi have found an 8,000-year-old pearl - the world’s most ancient specimen. According to Emirati archaeologists the exquisite natural pearl is proof that valuable objects have...
The Tower of London (Photocreo Bednarek /Adobe Stock). Inset: Representational image of a skeleton (tuulimaa / Adobe Stock)

Skeletons of Woman and Child Found Beneath Tower Of London

The skeletons of a woman and child have been discovered at London’s famous 1,000-year-old royal fortress and prison, the Tower of London. But while the Tower is notorious for imprisonments, torture...
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The Essenes: The Mystery Holy Men Behind the Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Essenes were a Jewish sect that flourished around the end of the Second Temple Period, i.e. between the 2nd century BC and the 1st century AD. The main source of information regarding this...
Representative image of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians

Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, Struck Fear in Viking Hearts

Aethelflaed, also known as the Lady of the Mercians, was an Anglo-Saxon ruler of Mercia who lived between the 9th and 10th centuries AD. When Aethelflaed was still a child, the Vikings controlled a...
: Aerial view of the large Roman necropolis found in Narbonne, France

Roman Necropolis of "Regular Folk" Found in France

A magnificent Roman necropolis has been unearthed at Narbonne, in Occitaine, southwestern France. Archaeologists from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research ( INRAP ) have...
Sword removed from stone in the Vrbas river, Srpska             Source: Izvor / N1

Medieval Bastard Sword Pulled From River Stone

Weapons experts confirm that a medieval bastard sword found in a stone is a significant archaeological find. This summer at the bottom of the river Vrbas in Republika Srpska, archaeologists...
Roman chariot and horses. An ancient ritual horse burial has been discovered In Croatia. Source: Fernando Cortés / Adobe Stock.

1800-Year-Old Horse and Chariot Burial Discovered in Croatia

Archaeologists in Croatia have unearthed an 1,800 year-old fossil of a Roman chariot and two horses. Archaeologists from the City Museum Vinkovci and The Institute of Archaeology from Zagreb...
Migration of Neanderthals discovered on Naxos. Source: eleftherostypos

Early Humans Migrated to Greek Islands 200,000 Years Ago

Scientists have proven early humans migrated through the Mediterranean much earlier than currently believed. A team of international scientists led by Tristan Carter, an associate professor of...
It is alleged that biblical artifacts have been bought by Hobby Lobby for the Museum of the Bible shown here. Source: CC BY-SA 4.0

Oxford Professor Embroiled In Biblical Artifacts Scandal

An Oxford University professor stands accused of illegally selling rare ancient Bible fragments to a controversial religious US company. Dirk Obbink was one of the world’s most celebrated classics...
Marine Archaeologists Retrieve New Treasures at the Elgin Marbles Shipwreck

Marine Archaeologists Retrieve New Treasures at the Elgin Marbles Shipwreck

Marine archaeologists have recently added to the collection of valuable finds at the Elgin Marbles shipwreck. A remarkable collection of artifacts has been discovered when they were revisiting the...
Some of the twenty coffins found in the Assasif necropolis.    Source: Ministry of Antiquities

Huge Cache of Exquisite Coffins Found in Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has announced a major discovery near Luxor in the south of the country. Archaeologists have unearthed at least 20 wooden coffins that date back to the era of the...
Archaeological site (Dunluce Castle ruins) in Northern Ireland. Source: Goinyk / Adobe Stock.

800 Archaeological Sites Unearthed in Northern Ireland

Since 2015 there have been approximately 800 sites with archaeological potential found in Northern Ireland . New rules mean that construction companies are obliged to record sites of possible...
Stone cist graves on Saba represent the burial practices of British settlers. Source: J Haviser/ Antiquity Publications Ltd

Tiny Caribbean Island is the Only Place with Cist Graves in the Americas

Stone cist graves on the Caribbean island of Saba are found to represent a cultural continuity with the burial practices of rural 17th-century British settlers. It is known that since the Bronze Age...
Photograph of the assemblage. Credit: Uhlig et al., (2019), photograph by V. Minkus / Antiquity Publications Ltd.

Relics of Fallen Warriors in Germany Reveal Secrets of Bronze Age Battle

Archaeologists in Germany have made an exciting breakthrough regarding a Bronze Age battle , one of the oldest known in Europe. Divers retrieved more than 30 objects from a river, including weapons...
Aerial view of the Great Orme mine site looking south-east towards Llandudno).

Copper Mining Boom Across Britain 3,600 Years Ago Found in New Study

Researchers have made a major breakthrough with regard to the history of mining in Bronze Age Britain . They have established that there was a great mining boom in the area much earlier than thought...

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