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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.

Stonehenge Treasures

The mysterious golden lozenge of Stonehenge

Almost everyone has heard of Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England made up of huge megalithic stones arranged in a circular shape. But not many people know about the spectacular...
Wari Culture

Pre-Incan Culture Didn’t Rule by Pillage, Plunder and Conquest

The Wari (Spanish: Huari) civilization flourished from about 600-1000 AD in the Andean highlands and forged a complex society widely regarded today as ancient Peru’s first empire. Their Andean...
Stonehenge

Amesbury dig may unravel Stonehenge mysteries

Archaeologists are planning to begin a new excavation of Amesbury in an attempt to uncover some of the mysteries of Stonehenge. Amesbury is located in southern Wiltshire, England, and in recent years...
Henry IV - France

Mummified Head May Not Belong to King Henry IV

Three years ago, a decapitated mummified head was identified by a French osteo-archaeologist as that of the French king Henry IV. The claim was based on a forensic examination of the head which...
Chogha  Mish Balls - Iran

Unravelling the Mystery of the Mesopotamian Clay Balls

Research conducted in late 2013 offered intriguing clues to decoding the secrets of the Mesopotamian clay balls , which date back 5,500 years. The study, which used CT scanning to look inside the...
Australia’s Stonehenge

Australia’s Stonehenge Resurrected Part 2: Original Elders and Custodians on Site

This Original complex of “terraces, mounds and stone arrangements,” according to the President of the Australian Archaeological Research and Education Society, Frederic Slater, contained “the basis...
Lake Titicaca Bolivia Artefacts

Archaeologists in Bolivia find 1,500-year-old treasures

Archaeologists have discovered around 2,000 gold and silver pieces as well as bones and pottery at the bottom of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. The objects come from different eras, both Inca and pre-Inca...
Thessaloniki Byzantine Underground Road

Greeks rally to save ancient road on subway site

Archaeologists in Greece are fighting a battle to save an ancient Roman road which was found on a planned subway station. Around 200 state-employed archaeologists formed a chain around the site in...
Tutankhamun’s Brooch - Meteorite

Tutankhamun’s Brooch Holds Evidence of Ancient Comet Striking Earth

The treasures of the 18 th Dynasty pharaoh Tutankhamun were first discovered by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922 when they uncovered his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Among the gold,...
Ancient Chinese Map showing America

Did China discover America 70 years before Columbus?

Recently we reported on a new book by Italian physicist and philologist Lucio Russo who presented the controversial claim that the ancient Greeks discovered America long before Christopher Columbus...
Bronze Age sundial

Archaeologists find Bronze Age sundial dating back more than 3,000 years

A new study which will be published in the journal Archaeoastronomy and Ancient Technologies reports on the discovery of a carved sundial on top of a Bronze Age grave in the Ukraine, now known to be...
Vampire Kit

Anti-Vampire Rituals Practiced in Bulgaria up until 25 Years Ago

Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov has said that anti-vampire rituals , which have been practiced since at least the 13 th century, only stopped being practiced around 25 years ago. According...
1,500 years old crime scene in Sweden

Archaeologists unearth 1,500-year-old crime scene in Sweden

Swedish archaeologists have discovered the remains of a brutal massacre in which peaceful town’s people were mercilessly slaughtered approximately 1,500 years ago. The violent attack took place on...
Rare ritual burial in El Nido

Ancient human remains in Philippines reveal rare ritual burial

A team of scientists have discovered the 9,000-year-old remains of a woman buried in a cave in El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines, which reveal evidence of an elaborate and bizarre ritual burial...
Bosnia Pyramids Complex older 20,000 more

Bosnian Pyramid complex pushes back timelines of civilization by 20,000 years

New research conducted by Dr Sam Osmanagich has revealed that organic material recovered from inside the Pyramid of the Sun dates back 29,200 years which, if proven correct, would force the world to...

The Sagas of the Icelanders May Not be Myth After All

Despite numerous so-called myths which existed in stories, sagas and texts of our ancient past being proven true, many still insist that all myths and legends are simply down the imagination and...

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