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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.

Child Coffin in the UK

Archaeologists Open Ancient Child’s Coffin for First Time

Last month we reported on the rare discovery of a Roman coffin belonging to a child in a field in Leicestershire, England. However, archaeologists could not open it until conditions were right out of...
Temple in Iran

Archaeologists discover ancient temple in Iran

A team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists has discovered the remains of an ancient temple in an Elymais site in the Kaleh Chendar region in southwestern Iran. Elymais (the Greek name for Biblical...
Tutankhamun

Scientists Refute Tutankhamun Death Theory

A recent investigation and documentary which re-examined the forensic evidence surrounding King Tutankhamun’s death revealed a ground-breaking new theory on how he died. According to researchers, his...
Nemrut

Have archaeologists found the tomb of the ‘god king’?

King Antiochus 1, ruler of Commagene from 70 BC to 36BC, an ancient Armenian kingdom, was a most unusual king. He claimed descent from Greek conqueror Alexander the Great on his mother’s side, and...
Brazil Ancient Rock

Researchers studying pigs in Brazil stumble upon ancient rock art that had never been seen before

While tracking pig-like animals called peccaries in Brazil’s forests, a group of researchers inadvertently stumbled upon an incredible display of ancient rock art that had never been seen before. The...
Ancient Naval Battle

Artefacts retrieved from site of first ever ancient naval battle to be discovered

Underwater archaeologists have recovered a treasure trove of artefacts off the coast of Sicily from the site of the first ancient naval battle ever discovered , including battering rams, helmets,...
Dog Skeleton

Archaeologists discover more than 100 dog skeletons dating back 1,000 years

Peruvian archaeologists have uncovered the remains of over 100 dogs , thought to be 1,000 years old, lying alongside human remains in the ancient ruins of Parque de las Leyendas in Lima, Peru. It is...
Elongated Skull - France

Archaeologists Discover Mysterious Elongated Skulls in France

French archaeologists made a surprising discovery during an excavation in Alsace, France, when they uncovered a substantially elongated skull dating back 1,500 years . The finding prompted the...
Ancient Flutes in China

9,000 year-old-flutes found in China

Researchers in China have discovered six complete ancient flutes made of bone belonging to the Neolithic period carbon dated to about 9,000 years old. Fragments of many more flutes were found in the...
Ancient Structur e in Turkey

Massive 4,500 year-old structure uncovered in Turkey

Archaeologists have found a huge structure at a dig site known as the Kultepe mound in Turkey which dates back four-and-a-half thousand years. It is believed that the building belonged to an...
Baby tomb in Poland

Archaeologists uncover 2,500-year-old baby grave containing a toy rattle

Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of pit tombs in the Polish village of Łęgowo near Wągrowiec, some of which contain tiny urns containing the cremated remains of babies dating back two-and-a-...
The Forbidden City of China

The discovery that revealed how the Forbidden City of China was Built

In November last year, the translation of a 500-year-old document answered one of the greatest mysteries surrounding the Forbidden City in Beijing, China – how the ancient people managed to transport...
Bohol Empty Tombs

The mystery of the empty honeycomb tombs of Bohol

In the municipality of Dimiao in the province of Bohol, Philippines, lies an eerie and perplexing image – rows and rows of honeycomb-like tombs . The site would not be so strange if it were not for...
Kaimur Range Rock Art - India

Newly discovered Rock Art Heritage in the Kaimur Range of Bihar - India

The Kaimur Range, located in the eastern margin of the Vindhyan Range in India, is comprised of about 800 square miles of undulating tableland. The present study is primarily based on archaeological...
Tutankhamun

Mystery of King Tutankhamun's death solved after more than 3,000 years

It is one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world – how the Egyptian boy pharaoh Tutankhamun died. Theories have ranged from a violent murder to leprosy and even a snake bite. But now, 91...
Chavin Culture

3,000-year-old religious sanctuary discovered in Peru

During archaeological excavations in the Congona archaeological zone in Peru, archaeologists stumbled upon a sanctuary that predates the Incas and goes back to the Chavin culture. Researchers believe...

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