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2500 years old rice - Japan

Archaeologists discover 2,500-year-old rice – will we ever resurrect it?

Archaeologists have uncovered eleven grains of brown rice at a former rice paddy at the Akitsu archaeological site in Goze, Japan. They are believed to date back around 2,500 years. This is not...
Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang

Human remains found in Mausoleum of First Emperor of China

Archaeologists have said that a five-year excavation of small burial pits inside the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, China’s First Emperor (259-210 BC), have proven historical records that say imperial...
Baiae - Italy

Floods expose Roman ruins near famous Gulf of Baiae crossing

Heavy flooding south of Naples has caused a series of landslips, exposing old Roman walls at Baiae (now known as Baia), an ancient Roman seaside resort on the Bay of Naples in Italy, much of which is...
Priester in deTombe van Roy TT255, Dra Abu el Naga, Luxor West-Bank

Leopard teeth discovery suggests ancient home belonged to elite members of Egyptian society

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered the remains of a mansion near the Giza pyramids , along with leopard teeth, seals used on documents, and the hind limbs of young cattle. The combination of...
Carthaginian infanticide

Carthaginian infanticide not just Roman propaganda

Recent research revealed that the Carthaginians really did kill their own infant children , a practice once dismissed as just ancient Greek and Roman propaganda. Ancient Carthage was a Semitic...
Hypogeum of Malta

The incredible sound effects of Malta’s Hypogeum Hal Saflieni

The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in Malta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is believed to be the oldest prehistoric underground temple in the world. The subterranean structure is shrouded in mystery...
Human Bones - Aztecs ritual cannibalism

Human bones show evidence that Aztecs practiced ritual cannibalism

New research has revealed the Aztec rulers, priests, and high ranking warriors practiced cannibalism as a research rite. Evidence comes from fragments of human bones found in the Sacred Grounds of...
Alfred the Great

Have archaeologists finally found King Alfred the Great?

In August last year we reported on plans to search for the remains of Alfred the Great , a Saxon king who ruled from 871 to 899 AD. The task was not easy as archaeologists first needed to secure...
Astronomical Writing in Cyprus Figurines

Religious statues from Cyprus show evidence of astronomical writing

An analysis of five late Bronze Age Terracotta religious statues , dating back around 3,300 years and found at various sites in Cyprus, has revealed the presence of astronomical ‘writing’, which has...
Elongated skull in Mayan cave

Elongated skulls and a mythical underwater Mayan cave

A flooded sinkhole in southern Mexico that terrifies local villagers was recently explored by underwater archaeologists , who found the submerged cavern littered with elongated skulls and human bones...
Trophy Skulls - Headhunters in London

Gruesome evidence of ancient Roman head hunters in London

A report in the Journal of Archaeological Science published earlier this year revealed grisly evidence of beheadings and brutality inflicted upon the Roman Empire’s gladiators, criminals and war...
Pharaoh King Seneb Kay - Egypt

New Pharaoh Discovered In Egypt – Introducing King Seneb Kay

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the burial place and the remains of a previously unknown pharaoh who reigned more than 3600 years ago and now believe the finding could lead to more royal...
Trafael Stone

Renowned Trafael Stone is much older than previously believed

Archaeologists have discovered that a well-known ritual burial site in Pembrokeshire , Wales, may have been in use from as far back as 10,000 years ago, which is almost twice as far back as expected...
Zakynthos underwater ruins

Finder of Zakynthos ruins refutes natural phenomenon claim

Last month we reported on a study which claimed that the ancient ruins of Zakynthos in Greece are nothing but a natural phenomenon . It was a strange u-turn considering that the Underwater...
3,500-year-old Scandinavian alcohol

Brewery recreates 3,500-year-old Scandinavian alcohol

New research has found that ancient Scandinavians drank alcohol made from a combination of barley, honey, cranberries, herbs and grape wine. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery have now recreated the Nordic...
Belize Maya mural

Archaeologists discover rare ancient Maya mural on cattle ranch

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Maya mural underneath a mound of jumbled trees and bushes on a cattle ranch in Belize. The landowner has agreed to leave it untouched for now, but there are...

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