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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.

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...
Ancient Egyptians - Jewellery From Meteorites

Ancient Egyptians Crafted Jewellery From Meteorites

Scientists have discovered that an ancient Egyptian jewellery item found in a 5,000 year old tomb was carved from a meteorite. The tube-shaped iron beads were originally uncovered over a hundred...
Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Mysterious Gardens of Babylon may not have been in Babylon at All!

According to new research, the legendary Gardens of Babylon , famous for being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, may not have been in Babylon at all, but rather 340 miles north of that...
Ancient Roman Pill

Scientists Reveal Contents of 2,000-Year-Old Roman Pill

A team of Italian scientists have conducted a chemical analysis on some ancient Roman medicinal pills discovered in the Relitto del Pozzino, a 2000-year-old submerged shipping vessel which sank off...
Shaman Rain Making in Africa

Shaman 'Rainmaking' Center Discovered in South Africa

Archaeologists in South Africa have stumbled upon an ancient shamanic rainmaking site atop a 1,000-foot-tall hill at Ratho Kroonkop,(RKK) Zimbabwe, while investigating rock art. The shamans would...
Dead Sea Scrolls sold

Dead Sea Scrolls Being Sold off to Private Buyers

A family who owns pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been causing uproar amongst archaeologists and academics for selling off postage stamp sized fragments of the ancient documents to private buyers...
20 Han Dynasty Tombs - Three Gorges Dam

20 Han Dynasty Tombs Found Near Three Gorges Dam

Archaeologists in the Fengdu region of China have discovered twenty tombs which date back more than 2000 years. The tombs, which were found on the banks of the Yangtze River close to the Three Gorges...
Decoding Mayan Glyphs

How Internet helps to decode Mayan scripts

The Mayan civilization was an advanced Mesoamerica civilization which developed art, agriculture, written language as well as mathematical and astronomical systems. People know the Maya mainly from...
Discovery at Machu Picchu blocked

Breakthrough Discovery at Machu Picchu is blocked by the Government

Any new major discovery always has to face those who control the dissemination of information in our world today, as well as those who hold the power. Unfortunately very few things go out to the...
Israel Underwater Structure

Mysterious Man Made Structure Found in The Sea of Galilee Perplexes Scientists

A massive man-made structure was found, using a sonar scan, at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee in Israel in 2003 and has been perplexing archaeologists ever since. However, researchers are now...
Ancient Egyptian Land at Risk of Destruction

Ancient Egyptian Land at Risk of Destruction

Ancient and valuable land in Egypt is at risk of destruction as illegal building gathers pace near the Black Pyramid at Dahshur, 25 miles south of Cairo. The land of the Pharaohs is being excavated...
Mexico Cave Paintings

Archaeologists Discover Nearly 5,000 Cave Paintings in Mexico

Archaeologists in Mexico have found 4,926 cave paintings in north-east Mexico in Burgos providing new information about the presence of pre-Hispanic people in a region which was previously believed...
Bahrain - World's oldest civilization

Archaeologists unearth one of the world’s oldest civilizations in Bahrain

When people think of ancient civilizations they usually conjure up images of Egypt, China, the Mayans, the Indus Valley or Mesopotamia. Very few will think of Bahrain, which is actually home to one...
Herods Mount Temple in Jerusalem

Second Temple Mount during Herod’s era has been found

We all know how the Temple Mount is the most important Jewish religious site and has been used for thousands of years. And why is it so important? Because it is the place where people go to...
The Mystery of the Lion Man

The Mystery of the Lion Man sculpture

In 1939 in Germany, in a cave inside a mountain, the oldest sculpture in the world was found . It represents a lion head human and it is carved out of mammoth ivory and is about 30cm in height. At...

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