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Giant stone circles in the Middle East

Giant stone circles in the Middle East puzzle archaeologists

Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from the air, but researchers remain puzzled as to why they exist, and who made them. 11 Big Circles dot the landscape across Jordan and Syria...
Education in Ancient Egypt

2,000-year-old youth organization was established in Roman-occupied Egypt

In Roman Egypt, 14-year-old boys were enrolled in a youth organization in order to learn to be good citizens. So says social historian and historian of ideas Ville Vuolanto, University of Oslo, who...
5,000-year-old stepwell found in Dholavira

5,000-year-old stepwell found in Dholavira, said to be largest in India

An ancient stepwell has reportedly been found in Dholavira, one of the largest cities of the Indus Valley Civilization. The 5,000-year-old stepwell is said to be three times bigger than the Great...
3,400-Year-Old Underwater Temple from Era of Thumosis III near Cairo

3,400-Year-Old Underwater Temple from Era of Thutmosis III Discovered near Cairo

The Minister of Antiquities in Egypt has announced the discovery of an ancient Egyptian temple near Cairo, from the time of Pharaoh Thutmose III. The ancient temple was found beneath a house,...
2,600-Year-Old Greek Wine Cup May have Oldest Depiction of Constellations

2,600-Year-Old Greek Wine Cup May have Oldest Depiction of Constellations

An ancient Greek wine cup long thought to depict a random assortment of animals in a hunting scene, may actually have the earliest known depictions of star constellations, a new study shows. The cup...
Ancient ritual sacrifice of children and llamas unearthed in PeruAncient ritual sacrifice of children and llamas unearthed in Peru

Ancient ritual sacrifice of children and llamas unearthed in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru have announced the rare discovery of a ritual sacrifice of children and young llamas dating back 600 years. The finding is believed to be linked with the Chimú culture, which...
Inside Amphipolis Tomb

First Ever Video Shot Inside Amphipolis Tomb Released, Plus More Discoveries

The Greek Ministry of Culture has released the first ever video footage taken inside the Amphipolis tomb at Kasta Hill in northern Greece. The footage shows the meticulous work being carried out by...
Teotihuacan

Ancient tunnel under Teotihuacan may lead to Royal tombs

Mexican archaeologists have announced that a years-long exploration of an underground tunnel beneath the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico has yielded thousands of artifacts and may lead to royal...
4,000-year-old Phaistos Disc

Have researchers cracked the code of the 4,000-year-old Phaistos Disc?

The Phaistos Disc is a fired clay plate from the 2 nd millennium BC with both sides showing a spiral of strange stamped symbols. Ever since its discovery in 1908, in a palace called Phaistos on the...
The fallen soldiers of Marathon

The quest to recover the fallen soldiers of Marathon

The battle of Marathon took place by the end of summer 490 BC just 42 km or 26 miles northeast of Athens on a plan surrounded by hills and the sea. It is one of the earliest recorded battles thanks...
Thirteen-angle stone discovered in ancient Inca wall

Thirteen-angle stone discovered in ancient Inca wall reveals incredible skill of masons

Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed an ancient Inca wall during excavations at the Incahuasi archaeological site in the Huancavelica Region of Peru, which includes a precisely carved stone with...
Easter Island

New research suggests early contact between Easter Island and Americas

People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722, according to new genomic evidence showing that...
5,500-year-old ceremonial center and circular pyramid in Peru

5,500-year-old ceremonial center and circular pyramid discovered in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered an ancient ceremonial center and a circular-shaped pyramid in Miravalles, in the region of Cajamarca in northern Peru. According to a news report in The Epoch...
12,800-year-old campsite found at extreme altitude in Peruvian Andes

12,800-year-old campsite found at extreme altitude in Peruvian Andes

A new report published in the journal Science has revealed the discovery of an ancient shelter, rock art, and a tool workshop at an altitude of nearly 14,700 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level...
Damascus Gate -Jerusalem

Ancient tablet dedicated to Emperor Hadrian may explain mystery of Jewish revolt

Archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered an extremely rare limestone block inscribed with an official commemoration to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who reigned in the 2 nd century AD. The ancient...
6,000-Year-Old Temple in Ukraine

Archaeologists unearth 6,000-Year-Old Temple in Ukraine

A massive prehistoric settlement has been uncovered in the Ukraine consisting of a large temple, human-like figurines, and animal remains, which dates back to around 4,000 BCE. According to Live...

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