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Wooden fragment discovered in Uunartoq, Greenland, in 1948, which is believed to be a sun-compass used to determine direction

New study reveals Vikings could navigate after dark using sun-compass and mythical sunstone

The Vikings have been reputed to be remarkable seafarers who would confidently head into unexplored waters. Now a team of researchers from Hungary and Sweden claim to have a clue as to how the Norse...
Ancient caves depicting 7000-year-old civilisation and culture discovered in India

Ancient caves depicting 7000-year-old civilisation and culture discovered in India

A group of caves containing ancient rock art have been discovered by a researcher in Akkampalli, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The discovery has been described as archaeologically...
4,400 years old Skeleton in Abusir - Egypt

4,400-year-old skeleton of top government official found in Abusir, Egypt

A Czech archaeological team has discovered a well-preserved skeleton of a top government official in Abusir, Egypt, dating to the fifth dynasty (2465 – 2325 BC). The remains belong to a man named...
Egypt Wine Guards

Egyptian Grape Guards Ancient Contract Decoded

I agree that I have made a contract with you on the condition that I guard your property, a vineyard near the village Panoouei, from the present day until vintage and transport, so that there be no...
Mayan Wall Depiction - Spiked Skulls

Traumatic skull injuries reveal Mayans used spiked clubs

Archaeological clues such as fortified defences, remains of obsidian blades and projectile points, as well as numerous murals depicting warfare, suggest that Mayan society was not a peaceful one. The...
Amenhotep Statue in Luxor

Two colossal statues of Amenhotep III unveiled in Luxor

Archaeologists have just unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt’s famous temple city of Luxor. The statues had lain in pieces for centuries, with more and more pieces getting...
Oldest Roman irrigation system in Britain

Archaeologists uncover oldest Roman irrigation system in Britain

Excavations at a £1 billion housing development site at Cambridge University in England have revealed what archaeologists believe is Britain’s oldest-known Roman irrigation system . In addition to...
The Taiji Palace complex

Ancient palace ruins unearthed in China

Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of an ancient imperial palace in Henan Province, China, dating back at least 1,700 years. According to historical records, the Taiji Palace was built by...
Blarney Stone

Myth and mystery of the Blarney Stone has been shattered by new research

The Blarney Stone is a block of stone which was built into the battlements of Blarney Castle in 1446 AD. The legendary stone is shrouded in myth and mystery and according to tradition, kissing the...
Ancient Artefacts Found in Taiping Lake in China

Ancient Artefacts Found in Taiping Lake in China

An underwater archaeology team from the Provincial Institute of Archaeology and the National Museum's Underwater Archaeology Research Center in China have discovered ancient artefacts in Taiping Lake...
Royal Tombs in Greece

Newly discovered ancient tomb in Greece may belong to King Cassander

Last week, a Greek archaeologist announced the discovery of 20 burials near Macedonia’s ancient capital in northern Greece dating back to the 6 th century BC until the early Hellenistic era (4 th – 3...
Tomb Raiders - Coffin in Mongolia

Ancient coffin rescued from tomb raiders in Inner Mongolia reveals remains of aristocratic woman

Chinese archaeologists rescued an ancient coffin from tomb raiders trying to break in to a grave site via a 10 metre hole in a pasture region of China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The 1,500-...
Twenty burials in Greece may be linked to Macedonian kings

Discovery of twenty burials in Greece may be linked to Macedonian kings

A Greek archaeologist has announced the discovery of 20 burials near Macedonia’s ancient capital in northern Greece. Researchers are hoping that the graves are associated with the early Macedonian...
Ancient Maya Ball Court

Archaeologists uncover ancient Maya ball court used as a ritual centre

Workers were constructing a school’s basketball court in the municipality of Maxcanu in the Yucatan region of Mexico when they stumbled upon an ancient ball game court which was used as a ritual...
The Terracotta Army - China

Secrets of Chinese Terracotta Army Weapons Revealed

In 1974, one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the world took place when more than 8000 life-size clay warriors were uncovered in Xi’an, China. They have become known as the ‘...
Rare Egyptian princess statue found guarding a Luxor temple

Rare Egyptian princess statue found guarding a Luxor temple

Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious giant statue of an Egyptian princess guarding a temple outside the southern city of Luxor in Egypt. The 6.5 feet tall statue, which dates back more than 2,...
Ancient Ritual Wand in Syria

9,000-year-old ritual wand etched with human faces discovered in Syria

Archaeologists made an incredibly unique and unusual discovery during excavations at Tel Qarassa, a site in southern Syria, when they unearthed an ancient wand carved with two realistic human faces...
Rare pre-Hispanic shaft tomb uncovered in Mexico

Rare pre-Hispanic shaft tomb uncovered in Mexico

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient shaft tomb in Colima, Mexico, containing the remains of children and small dogs, as well as the sculpture of a long-faced shaman. The intact pre-Hispanic tomb...
Caves of Qumran Scrolls

Newly discovered ancient manuscripts from Dead Sea Scroll caves

An archaeologist has announced a remarkable finding at the International Research Seminar, History of the Caves of Qumran, which was held in Lugano, Switzerland – nine scrolls dating back 2,000 years...
Irish Cave

Stone Age bones found in Irish cave may reveal prehistoric practice of excarnation

An archaeologist made a chance finding while investigating the Knocknarea cave in Ireland and caught a glimpse of a sliver of bone, leading to the discovery of numerous bones belonging to a Stone Age...
Four New Kingdom rock-hewn tombs discovered in Egypt - Elephantine Island

Four New Kingdom rock-hewn tombs discovered in Egypt

The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt has announced the discovery of four rock-hewn tombs on Elephantine Island in Aswan, Egypt, which date to the New Kingdom period (16 th – 11 th century BC). The...
Old man Site - Vero

Will new excavation solve mysteries of Old Vero Man site?

A major excavation is due to begin soon in Vero Beach, Florida at the site where Old Vero Man was discovered, the remains of a male human believed to be at least 13,000 years old. Scientists from the...
Siberia Megaliths

Have enormous megaliths been discovered in Southern Siberia, or are they a rare product of nature?

A series of incredible photographs have been released by Dr Valery Uvarov , Head of the Department of Palaeoscience, Palaeotechnology, and UFO Research of the National Security Academy of Russia,...
Crossing Beringian land bridge

Did first Americans make a 10,000-Year Pit Stop on Beringian land bridge?

It has long been debated whether the first human settlers of the New World arrived by walking over a land bridge across the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska, or whether they arrived by sea from...

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