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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.

Suleiman the Magnificent

Archaeologists search for ‘lost heart’ of Suleiman the Magnificent

Archaeologists in Hungary have uncovered the remains of an Ottoman-era town in the area in southern Hungary where Suleiman the Magnificent’s heart is believed to have been buried, and now the hunt is...
Easter Island's main diet: Rats

Easter Island Inhabitants Ate Rats as Major Part of Their Diet

New research published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology has revealed that the indigenous population that once inhabited Easter Island, famous for its more than 1,000 ‘walking’ Moai...
2,500-year-old chariot

Complete remains of 2,500-year-old chariot and two horses found in Bulgaria

Archaeologists have uncovered the incredible remains of a complete Thracian carriage and two horses that appear to have been buried upright. The horses and carriage were found in a Thracian tomb...
Australian Aboriginals and Ice Age

How Aboriginal Australians Survived the Last Ice Age

A new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science has investigated how Aboriginal Australians managed to survive during the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago in which they would have had to...
Pyramid in Azores - Portugal

Reports of Underwater Pyramid off the Coast of Terceira Island

Portuguese news sites are reporting on the apparent discovery of a man-made subaquatic pyramid between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azore in Portugal. The underwater pyramidal...
African in England

What were remains of 1,000-year-old African skeleton doing in England?

A skeleton discovered by teenagers earlier this summer from the River Coln in England has been identified as an African woman who died around 1,000 years ago, between 896AD and 1025AD. Now the...
England Practice Ancient Egyptian Mummification

Ancient Egyptian Practice of Mummification May Have Spread to England

The embalmed body of a child who died around 300 AD has been found near Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. Egyptologist Joann Fletcher says that the remains indicate that the practice of...
Viking slaves buried with their masters

Discovery suggests Viking slaves were buried with their masters

Archaeologists have completed their analysis of a 1,000-year-old Viking man buried on an island in the Norwegian Sea, along with several other bodies buried nearby without their heads. Shockingly,...
Cyprus human figurine

Archaeologists unearth earliest complete human figurine in Cyprus

Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest ever human figurine in Cyprus , which has been dated to 10,500 to 11,000 years old. It was discovered during excavations at Agia Varvara-Asprokremnos, a...
Old Cave Paintings

Cave Paintings Among the Oldest in Europe

A team of scientists from Spain and France have discovered that a series of wall paintings in the Altxerri cave system in northern Spain date back to around 39,000 BC, making them among the earliest...
Ancient Greeks Discovered America Thousands of Years Ago

Reconsidering History: Ancient Greeks Discovered America Thousands of Years Ago

A new book by Italian physicist and philologist Lucio Russo presents the controversial claim that the ancient Greeks discovered America long before Christopher Columbus set foot on American soil in...
The Asur People - Hindu

Indus Valley Civilization Built By Technically Advanced Ancient Tribe

The sophisticated Indus civilization flourished over four millennia ago spanning an area greater than that of ancient Egypt in what is now Pakistan and western India. They lived in well-planned...
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...

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