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We bring you all the latest historical news and archaeological discoveries relating to ancient human history. Read more history news from around the world here at Ancient Origins.

Two porcelain Ming Dynasty flasks, not necessarily part of the dispute. 	Source: British Museum/Public domain

Chinese Artifacts in Repatriation Row Were 'Given Willingly' to British Museum

The British Museum, renowned for its extensive collection of Chinese antiquities, has been at the center of debates regarding the repatriation of artifacts. Historically, many assumed that these...
The stone carvings found during a diving expedition near Aswan, Egypt.	Source: © Dr Cristian Craciun/Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs Rediscovered Underwater Near Aswan

Archaeologists recently unveiled a remarkable discovery near Aswan, Egypt: rock carvings depicting ancient Egyptian pharaohs, submerged for decades due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam. This...
LiDAR scan image of the Bodbury Ring Hillfort. 	Source: University of Chester

Bodbury Ring Hillfort Six Times Larger Than Thought

A remarkable discovery at Shropshire's Bodbury Ring Hillfort has shed new light on the region's Iron Age history. Archaeologists from Channel Four’s Time Team, alongside experts from the Universities...
Roman circus found in Iruña-Veleia, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.	Source: Arkikus

Roman Circus Discovered in Northern Spain Could Host 5000 People

A large Roman venue hosting horse-drawn chariot races in antiquity has been found in northern Spain at the Iruña-Veleia site. Situated 10 kilometers from Vitoria-Gasteiz, it was found to contain a...
RHODRI MAWR ('the Great') (died 877), king of Gwynedd, Powys, and Deheubarth 	Source: Dictionary of Welsh Biography

Rhodri Mawr, One of the Greatest Kings in Wales

Rhodri Mawr, known as Rhodri the Great, is one of the most celebrated figures in Welsh history. His reign marked a significant period in the consolidation of Welsh territories and the defense of...
The recently restored portion of the marble floor of the villa in the submerged park of Baia, Bacoli, Italy. 	Source: Edoardo Ruspantini/ Parco Archeologico Campi Flegrei

Marvels Beneath the Waves: Restored Marble Floor of Sunken Roman Villa Revealed

The underwater world of ancient Rome continues to yield astonishing discoveries, the latest being a stunning marble floor of a sunken villa near Bacoli, Italy. This remarkable find is part of the...
AI image representing the destruction at Pompeii due to seismic activity.  Source: Ruslan Batiuk/Adobe Stock

Syn-eruptive Seismic Destruction Increased Pompeii Death Toll

The eruption of the powerful volcano Vesuvius , which destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, remains one of history’s most well-known and well-remembered natural disasters. But what many don’t...
The 1800-year-old Athena ring found in Carmel, Israel        Source: Emil Eljam/ Israel Antiquities Authority

13-Year-Old Discovers 1,800-Year-Old Ring Featuring Goddess of War

13-year-old Yair Whitson from Haifa made a significant archaeological discovery during a recreational walk with his father. The boy somehow happened upon an approximately 1,800-year-old bronze ring...
Sample of the oldest known insect-dyed fabric.	Source: Dafna Gazit/Israel Antiquities Authority

4000-Year-Old Fabric from Cave of Skulls is Oldest Known Insect-Dyed Textile

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient textile dyed with the Kermes vermilio insect, from the Cave of Skulls in Israel. This significant find dates back to the Middle Bronze Age (1954–1767 BC) and...
The six Roman medical implements that have been 3D scanned. 	Source: University of Exeter

2,000 Year Window into the World of Roman Medical Techniques Opened

By Andrew Merrington, University of Exeter The intricate design and workmanship of a set of medical instruments used by Roman surgeons 2,000 years ago have been revealed thanks to state-of-the-art...
One of the 11 elite individuals from the Chimú period uncovered at Chan Chan, Trujillo, Peru.	Source: Peruvian Ministry of Culture

Bone Remains of 11 Deceased Elite Uncovered at Chan Chan

A team of researchers has uncovered the bone remains of 11 individuals at the Chan Chan Archaeological Complex, dated to 800 years old. These have been located specifically at the foot of the...
The crocodile mummy entering the CT scanner.	Source: University of Manchester This article is a press release by the University of Manchester, originally titled, “Croc’s deadly last meal in Ancient Egypt unearthed”.

Croc’s Deadly Last Meal in Ancient Egypt Revealed

Scientists have used state of the art 3D imaging technology to piece together the life - and probable death - of a 2.2-meter-long crocodile mummified by the ancient Egyptians. The researchers from...
A marine archaeologist holds up intact glass vessels.	Source: Regional Historic Museum Burgas

Ancient Glassware Recovered from the Depths off Bulgaria’s Coast

In June 2024, an extensive underwater archaeological survey was carried out in Chengene Skele Bay, near the city of Burgas, Bulgaria. The expedition explored five distinct areas within the bay,...
Excavation of Anglo-Saxon remains at The Old Bell.  Source: Cotswold Archaeology

1,100-Year-Old Anglo Saxon Cemetery Uncovered in English Pub Garden

Archaeologists have unearthed burials dating back over 1,000 years in the garden of The Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. These Anglo-Saxon remains, which include 24 skeletons and material...
Lady Jane, from the ‘My Lady Jane’ trailer. 	Source: Jonathan Prime/Prime Video

Does ‘My Lady Jane’ Give Any Insights into the Story of the Tudors?

John Reeks /The Conversation The long Tudor century (1485-1603) lasted 42,947 days and Lady Jane Grey reigned for nine of them. Jane’s cousin, the sickly boy-king Edward VI, named her heir to keep...
The site of Tava-tepe where the walls and artifacts	Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

3,200-Year-Old Biblical City Uncovered in ‘The Promised Land’

Archaeologists have uncovered intriguing secrets of a Biblical city situated in the 'Promised Land,' where the Israelites settled after their exodus from Egypt under Moses' leadership (roughly 1446...
Aerial image of the partially excavated site at Tava-tepe, with the ritual table center	Source: GaRKAP/CAMNES

3500-Year-Old Ritual Table Unearthed in Azerbaijan's Tava-tepe

Archaeologists from the University of Catania have made a groundbreaking discovery in the ancient settlement of Tava-tepe, located in the Agstafa district of Azerbaijan. This 3500-year-old site,...
The remains of the earliest Christian building in Bahrain. Source: Courtesy of the University of Exeter.

One of the Earliest Christian Buildings in Bahrain Discovered

Archaeologists have discovered evidence for one of the earliest Christian buildings in all the Arabian Gulf , producing physical evidence for a long-lost community. Uncommon with the Gulf today, the...
Sampling crew collecting a sediment core at PaJs-13, a Thule-Inuit site on Somerset Island, Nunavut, with the remnants of whalebone houses visible in the background.	Source: Jules Blais/University of Ottawa

Unveiling 1,200 years of Human Occupation in Canada's Arctic

A recent study provides new insights into ancient cultures in Canada's Arctic, focusing on Paleo-Inuit and Thule-Inuit peoples over thousands of years. Jules Blais, professor of biology at the...
Archaeologists have uncovered remnants of an ancient Roman city beneath a 19th-century hospital in northwestern France.	Source: Emmanuelle Collado/ INRAP

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Roman City in Rennes, France

In Rennes, northwestern France, archaeologists have uncovered remnants of a vibrant ancient Roman city beneath a 19th-century hospital. This significant discovery, initiated in 2022, is now revealing...
Top image: The oldest stone needles that have been found in Tibet.	Source: Yun Chen/Sichuan University

World’s Oldest Ground Stone Needles Found in Tibet, Dated to 9,000 Years Old!

In 2020, archaeologists excavating near the shore of Lake Xiada Co in western Tibet uncovered six distinctive stone artifacts. Each artifact measured about half the length of a golf tee, featuring a...
Tower of Rouen Cathedral billows smoke.

BREAKING: Fire Engulfs Iconic Rouen Cathedral Spire in France

In the historic city of Rouen, France, a fire has engulfed the spire of the renowned Gothic cathedral, Our Lady of the Assumption. Firefighters are currently battling the blaze, which has prompted a...
ational Trust Uffington White Horse after a phase of refurbishment where erosion and bad weather have caused shrinkage of the Bronze Age chalk carving over the decades. The artwork measures 111-metres long from head to tail and depicts a white horse near the Oxfordshire village of Uffington.	Source: BBC/ PA Media

Restoration of Uffington White Horse, Britain's Oldest Chalk Figure, Complete

The Uffington White Horse, an iconic prehistoric chalk figure believed to be Britain's oldest, has undergone significant restoration after archaeologists discovered it had been shrinking. This 3,000-...
Located in the foothills of Mount Elgon near the Kenya-Uganda border, Kakapel Rockshelter is the site where WashU archaeologist Natalie Mueller and her collaborators have uncovered the earliest evidence for plant farming in east Africa. 	Source: Steven Goldstein/ Royal Society Publishing/CC BY SA 4.0

Earliest Evidence of Plant Farming Unearthed in East Africa

Located in the foothills of Mount Elgon near the Kenya-Uganda border, the Kakapel Rockshelter has provided remarkable insights into the origins of agriculture in East Africa. Archaeologists, led by...

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