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Ancient Roman Well

Sacred Roman Well with Evidence of Dog Sacrifice Uncovered

Archaeologists in Portsmouth, UK, have discovered a Roman well buried just a few feet under a garden in the centre of Havant. The well was filled with coins, a bronze ring with a carving of Neptune,...
Etruscan Prince

Archaeologists Uncover 2,600-Year-Old Etruscan Prince

Archaeologists made an extraordinary finding when they opened a tomb in Italy that had been sealed for 2,600 years – the skeletonized body of an Etruscan prince , possibly a relative to Tarquinius...
Ancient Zagora - Andros

In search of the Lost City of Zagora

During the times of Homer, Zagora, a city on the island of Andros was the most powerful city during the Iron Age. However, the city was abandoned and disappeared without a trace. Now a team of...
Dalmanutha Israel

Has the lost Biblical town of Dalmanutha been found?

Today we reported on the discovery of a 2,000-year-old mansion at Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, which is believed to have belonged to a member of the Sadducees class, whom Jesus criticised for their wealth...
Mansion in Jerusalem related to Jesus

Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old mansion which probably belonged to enemy of Jesus

Archaeologists excavating at Jerusalem’s Mount Zion have uncovered the remains of a 2,000-year-old ruined mansion near the Second Temple erected by Herod. The discovery sheds light on the wealthy...
Angkor Wat

Laser Technology Reveals Surprising New Features at Angkor

Utilising the latest cutting-edge technology, archaeologists studying Angkor Wat in northwestern Cambodia have made some surprising new findings , most significantly that the ancient Khmer Empire...
Shumen Fortified Walls

7,000-year-old defensive walls in Bulgaria

Shumen is a city in Bulgaria that has existed since the Iron Age. The name is thought to have come from the Bulgarian word ‘shuma’, which means forest. The first fortified stone wall surrounding the...
Astronomical Observatory in Machu Picchu

Archaeologists Discover Astronomical Observatory in Machu Picchu

A monument discovered in part of Machu Picchu in Peru has been identified as an astronomical observatory by a research team led by Professor Mariusz of the University of Warsaw. The monument, called...
Australia’s Stonehenge

The Resurrection of Australia’s Stonehenge

According to Frederic Slater, who was the President of the Australian Archaeological and Education Research Society, an Original stone arrangement he and a colleague were investigating throughout...
Human Remains in Archaeology - Ethics

Archaeologists ‘Do the Right Thing’ with Human Remains

Archaeologists who uncovered the remains of individuals in 15 ancient burials at Polesworth Abbey in Warwickshire will be reburying the Saxon remains in a church service once samples have been taken...
Ancient female ‘prime minister’ in China

Archaeologists uncover tomb of ancient female ‘prime minister’ in China

Archaeologists in China have discovered the burial chamber of a 7 th century ‘prime minister’ , who was one of the most powerful women in China’s ancient history. The finding was made in the northern...
Maya dismembered enemies

Archaeologists Make Grisly Find in Historical Maya City

A team of researchers have made a gruesome discovery in a man-made cave in the ancient Maya city of Uxul in Campeche (Mexico). Scientists from the Department of Anthropology of the Americas at the...
Ancient Remains at Somerset

Mystery over ancient remains of dozens of people in Somerset

On a prehistoric hillfort at Ham Hill in South Somerset, UK, archaeologists have uncovered the remains of dozens of people who died in a savage and mysterious way. However, there is something quite...
Ancient Technology to Harness Hydropower - Archimedes Screw Pump

Developer Plans to Use Ancient Technology to Harness Hydropower

A property developer based in North Kingstown plans to build a hydropower project at the Natick Pond Dam using Archimedes’ screws , generators developed over two millennia ago by a Greek engineer and...
Stonehenge

New Research Refutes Long-Held Beliefs about Stonehenge

Excavations and research conducted by English Heritage has revealed controversial findings which question the long-held view that Stonehenge was built to record astronomical movements such as the...
Ancient Greece - Astronomical Knowledge

Did Ancient Greeks use Venus Calendar to Track Pregnancy?

Research has suggested that a calendar based on the movement of planet Venus was used in the daily lives of people in ancient Aegean civilizations about 4,000 BC, and may have even been used to track...

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