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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.

Pyramid Builders

Why did pyramid builders remain in dangerous flood zone?

A team of archaeologists from the University of Texas have discovered that Heit el-Ghurab , an administrative centre where the workers who built the pyramids of Giza lived along with accountants and...
Offerings to the Mayan Gods

Ancient Offerings to the ‘Gods’ Discovered in Mexico

More than 400 animal species have been found in offerings to the gods in Mexico at the temple of Tenochtitlan from approximately 1,500 BC probably during the Temple’s construction. The animals...
Decoding Mayan Glyphs

Linguists Finally Unravelling the Mysteries Trapped Within Mayan Hieroglyphs

For hundreds of years, linguists have been trying to decode the ancient hieroglyphic script of the Mayans, left behind on monument carvings, painted pottery, and drawn in handmade bark-paper books...
rock art

6,000 Year-Old Rock Art Discovered in Tennessee

According to a new report published in the journal Antiquity, the oldest collection of prehistoric rock and cave art has been discovered in Alabama, providing new insights into ancient Native...
 Ancient Underground Network of tunnels From Scotland to Turkey

Extensive Ancient Underground Networks Discovered Throughout Europe

Archaeologists uncovered thousands of Stone Age underground tunnels, stretching across Europe from Scotland to Turkey, perplexing researchers as to their original purpose. German archaeologist Dr...
Lost City of Heracleion

Spectacular Photographs Reveal Beauty of the Lost City of Heracleion

A few weeks ago, we reported on the discovery of the sunken city of Heracleion , which had disappeared into the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Egypt nearly 1,200 years ago. Now, for the first...
Archaeologists Fighting to Protect Mes Aynak

A Victory for Archaeologists Fighting to Protect Mes Aynak

Back in April we told you about a 5,000 year-old settlement in Afghanistan called Mes Aynak, facing destruction by a Chinese mining company who were drooling at the prospect of exploiting its rich...
Anatolia ancient underground city in Turkey

Ancient underground city unearthed in Turkey

Turkey is famous for its underground cities with the city of Derinkuyu in Cappadocia as one of the most well-known. Why those cities were built remains an unresolved mystery with many suggestions...
Hidden Treasure in Pyramid

Hidden Treasure May be Hidden inside Great Pyramid

Dr Zahi Hawass, the controversial former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities under President Mubarak’s regime, has announced that there are significant discoveries still to be made in the...
Ancient Roman Concrete superior to our own

Scientists Discover that Ancient Roman Concrete was Far Superior to Our Own

Scientists studying the composition of Roman concrete , which has been submerged under the Mediterranean Sea for the last 2,000 years, have discovered that it was superior to modern-day concrete in...
Ancient Ball Player

Ancient Ball Player Statue Found in Mexico

Workers repairing an old water pipe line made a surprising discovery when they stumbled upon a 1,000 year-old granite statue representing a Mesoamerican ball player at a pre-Hispanic site at Piedra...
3,500 Year-Old Log Boats

Archaeologists Dig up Eight 3,500 Year-Old Log Boats

Eight Bronze Age log boats have been dug out of the ground from the now silted up course of the River Nene near Peterborough and are now being preserved for study and for the public to see and learn...
Mes Aynak under Chinese 'Capitalism' - Faces destruction

One of the most important archaeological discoveries faces destruction

A 5,000 years old settlement which includes an ancient Buddhist monastery, manuscripts and other treasures that was discovered in 1963 in Afganistan’s Mes Aynak and is considered one of the most...
Bronze Age Boat Replica

Reconstruction of Bronze Age boat changes archaeologists’ views

It is not often that you hear of archaeologists attempting to reconstruct the accomplishments of the past in order to explore and understand the lives of our ancient ancestors, but that is exactly...
Iraq Arch Restoration

Iraq set to Restore World’s Largest Arch

Iraqi authorities have approved the restoration of the ancient Arch of Ctesiphon , which is the world’s largest brick-built arch and the last structure remaining intact from the ancient Persian...
Ancient Japanese Mask

World’s Oldest Japanese Mask Unearthed

Archaeologists have unearthed a fragment of the oldest known Japanese mask at the Daifuku archaeological site in Japan. The finding suggests possible cultural links between this area of western Japan...

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