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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.

Mayan Wall Depiction - Spiked Skulls

Traumatic skull injuries reveal Mayans used spiked clubs

Archaeological clues such as fortified defences, remains of obsidian blades and projectile points, as well as numerous murals depicting warfare, suggest that Mayan society was not a peaceful one. The...
Amenhotep Statue in Luxor

Two colossal statues of Amenhotep III unveiled in Luxor

Archaeologists have just unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt’s famous temple city of Luxor. The statues had lain in pieces for centuries, with more and more pieces getting...
Egyptian mummies with tattoo of Archangel Michael

High-tech scans of ancient mummies revealed tattoo of Archangel Michael

In 2014, a team of scientists in London carried out high-tech scanning on eight Egyptian mummies from the British Museum, uncovering fascinating information about them, including the revelation that...
Oldest Roman irrigation system in Britain

Archaeologists uncover oldest Roman irrigation system in Britain

Excavations at a £1 billion housing development site at Cambridge University in England have revealed what archaeologists believe is Britain’s oldest-known Roman irrigation system . In addition to...
The Taiji Palace complex

Ancient palace ruins unearthed in China

Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of an ancient imperial palace in Henan Province, China, dating back at least 1,700 years. According to historical records, the Taiji Palace was built by...
Blarney Stone

Myth and mystery of the Blarney Stone has been shattered by new research

The Blarney Stone is a block of stone which was built into the battlements of Blarney Castle in 1446 AD. The legendary stone is shrouded in myth and mystery and according to tradition, kissing the...
Ancient Artefacts Found in Taiping Lake in China

Ancient Artefacts Found in Taiping Lake in China

An underwater archaeology team from the Provincial Institute of Archaeology and the National Museum's Underwater Archaeology Research Center in China have discovered ancient artefacts in Taiping Lake...
Boat Wreck Croatia

Incredible discovery of boat wreck in Croatia dated to 3,200 years

Marine archaeologist and researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, Giulia Boetto, has announced the incredible discovery of a boat wreck in Zambratija Cove,...
Royal Tombs in Greece

Newly discovered ancient tomb in Greece may belong to King Cassander

Last week, a Greek archaeologist announced the discovery of 20 burials near Macedonia’s ancient capital in northern Greece dating back to the 6 th century BC until the early Hellenistic era (4 th – 3...
Tomb Raiders - Coffin in Mongolia

Ancient coffin rescued from tomb raiders in Inner Mongolia reveals remains of aristocratic woman

Chinese archaeologists rescued an ancient coffin from tomb raiders trying to break in to a grave site via a 10 metre hole in a pasture region of China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The 1,500-...
Twenty burials in Greece may be linked to Macedonian kings

Discovery of twenty burials in Greece may be linked to Macedonian kings

A Greek archaeologist has announced the discovery of 20 burials near Macedonia’s ancient capital in northern Greece. Researchers are hoping that the graves are associated with the early Macedonian...
Ancient Maya Ball Court

Archaeologists uncover ancient Maya ball court used as a ritual centre

Workers were constructing a school’s basketball court in the municipality of Maxcanu in the Yucatan region of Mexico when they stumbled upon an ancient ball game court which was used as a ritual...
The Terracotta Army - China

Secrets of Chinese Terracotta Army Weapons Revealed

In 1974, one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the world took place when more than 8000 life-size clay warriors were uncovered in Xi’an, China. They have become known as the ‘...
Rare Egyptian princess statue found guarding a Luxor temple

Rare Egyptian princess statue found guarding a Luxor temple

Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious giant statue of an Egyptian princess guarding a temple outside the southern city of Luxor in Egypt. The 6.5 feet tall statue, which dates back more than 2,...
Ancient Ritual Wand in Syria

9,000-year-old ritual wand etched with human faces discovered in Syria

Archaeologists made an incredibly unique and unusual discovery during excavations at Tel Qarassa, a site in southern Syria, when they unearthed an ancient wand carved with two realistic human faces...
6,000-year-old crown in Dead Sea cave

The 6,000-year-old Crown found in Dead Sea Cave

The oldest known crown in the world, which was famously discovered in 1961 as part of the Nahal Mishmar Hoard, along with numerous other treasured artifacts, was recently revealed in New York...

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