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The city of Aarhus has installed Viking crossing signals. Source: Rapeepat / Adobe Stock.

Viking Crossings in Denmark: Stop, Look, Listen and HIDE

An ancient Danish city has adopted a novel way to highlight its seafaring and plundering heritage by installing axe-wielding Viking road crossing signals. The coastal Danish city of Aarhus is located...
The majestic and mysterious Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

The Parthenon: An Epic Monument Or a Mystery in Measurements?

The Parthenon, proudly standing on the Athenian Acropolis , is considered by many historians and archaeologists alike as the undisputed symbol of Athenian democracy and the cradle of Western...
The Cooper’s Ferry site, Idaho is the oldest example of human habitation in North America, influencing theories of the first Americans..

First Americans Arrived by Sea Over 15,000 Years Ago, Surprise Finding Suggests

Archaeologists have made what could be a pivotal discovery in the populating of the Americas , challenging previous dominant theories of how the first people arrived. They have unearthed a series of...
An example of ancient Greek construction is this Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens. Source: anastasios71 / Adobe Stock.

Greek Construction Methods Now Pushed Back In Time

Ancient Greeks used cranes over a century earlier than currently believed, according to a new scientific paper. Walking through any modern city will confirm that as a species we have our heads fixed...
Rounded stone blocks forming an arc (in the foreground), cairn and monolithic alignment at Veyre-Monton, France.   Source: Denis Gliksman, INRAP

Prehistoric Monolithic Monument Unearthed in France

Archaeologists in France have unearthed a series of monolithic stones and a cairn burial which most likely date back some 6000 years. These monuments known as ‘menhirs’ are the first to be found in...
2,300 year old Pazyryk culture house has been reconstructed in the Altai Mountains. Source: Nikita Konstantinov / Siberian Times.

2,300 Year-Old Log Cabin Dug Out Of Permafrost Rebuilds Perfectly

By The Siberian Times reporter Timber from a potentate’s log cabin was superbly persevered in permafrost , allowing us to see how ancient man lived. The house itself, that has been extracted from...
Facial reconstruction of Australopithecus anamensis by John Gurche made possible through generous contribution by Susan and George Klein. Photograph by Matt Crow, courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Australopithecus anamensis Skull Discovery: A ‘Game Changer’ in Human Evolution

Before the famed Australopithecus afarensis Lucy roamed the land of Ethiopia some 3.18 million years ago, one of her progenitors, an Australopithecus anamensis, met its demise in what is now the...
Skull of a child sacrifice at Huanchaquito-Las Llamas in Peru.

Hundreds of Children were Sacrificed in Peru, But Why?

Archaeologists and anthropologists excavating in the north of Peru have made the horrifying discovery of more than 227 child burials near Huanchaco. This is added to the “140 children, three adults,...
Incas sacrificed little girls and displayed their skulls. Source: dk_patt / Adobe Stock.

Inca Elites Displayed Young Women's Skulls To Gain Power

The Inca Empire was the largest and most extensive ancient society that ever lived in the Americas. However, government of such a vast community is not without its issues. A new report examines...
Ramesses III was Murdered by Multiple Assailants Then Received Postmortem Cosmetic Surgery to Hide it

Harem Conspiracy Proof: Multiple Assailants Killed Ramses III

A theory about the assassination of Ramses III was confirmed by researchers at the University in Cairo, revealing the true gruesome details of his murder. They say that he was killed by multiple...
Temple of Athena in Priene. Source: Yilmaz Oevuenc / CC BY-SA 2.0

Is Zeus To Join Stellar Crowd At Ancient City In Turkey?

A temple has been discovered by archaeological excavators in the ancient city of Priene in Turkey . The Ionian ruins of Priene are located within the borders of the modern village Güllübahçe, 9.3...
Padar Island, Flores, Indonesia, part of the Wallacea group of islands.

17,000-Year-Old Skulls Discovered On Migration ‘Highway To Oz’

Two 12,000 and 17,000 year old human skulls , smaller than expected, were discovered on what scientists are calling an ancient migration highway to Australia . A new research paper features a study...
Part of the 2571 coin hoard found in Somerset in January      Source: Adam N Lisa / Facebook

£5million Coin Hoard Found By Metal Detecting Couple In England

In England, a metal detecting couple has found an amazing treasure trove of coins. They have unearthed a hoard of silver coins that date from the famous Battle of Hastings. The find is expected to...
Representation of the biblical war mentioned on the altar inscription. Source: fluenta / Adobe Stock.

2,800-Year-Old Altar Inscription Talks Of Biblical War

Two inscriptions found on an ancient carved altar are revealing new information about a rebellion against the Kingdom of Israel that is described in the Bible. The 2,800 year-old cylindrical stone...
Left: The Medieval ring. Right: Tom Clark Credit: Hansons Auctioneers

Medieval Ring Depicting God Mars Will Earn Pensioner a Fortune

A British pensioner, who has been a long-term metal detectorist, discovered that he had found a rare medieval ring depicting Roman god Mars forty years ago. He simply put the ring away and forgot...
Dolmen de Guadalperal in Spain Credit: Rubén Ortega Martín/Raíces de Peralêda

5,000-Year-Old Temple Emerges from Underwater in Spain

An ancient megalithic complex in Spain comparable to England’s Stonehenge has emerged from receding waters in Spain, but within two weeks it might vanish again, forever, if action is not taken now...

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