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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.

Ancient Moche tomb artifacts

Archaeologists uncover ancient Moche tomb along with stunning and unique artifacts

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered the tomb of an elite Mochica ruler at the Huaca de la Luna archaeological complex, an ancient temple located in what is now the city of Trujillo on the north...
Ancient child skulls  gifts for Bronze Age lake gods

Ancient child skulls may have been gifts for Bronze Age lake gods

A new study published in the journal Antiquity has revealed that a number of Bronze Age child skulls discovered around the perimeter of ancient settlements in Switzerland and Germany show signs of...
Man made ditches in Brazil - Parana

The Mysterious Man-Made Ditches that Predate Amazon Rainforest

A recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that a series of mysterious lines and geometric shapes carved into the Amazonian landscape were...
Lost ancient temple - Iraq-, Musasir

Long-lost ancient temple discovered in Iraq

Local village people in the Kurdistan region or northern Iraq have just made a remarkable discovery – the long-lost temple of the city of Musasir, dedicated to the god Haldi. According to a report in...
Moonlight Garden Taj Mahal

Archaeologists uncover summer palace in Moonlight Garden opposite Taj Mahal

Excavations carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have uncovered the remains of a summer palace in the Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) opposite the Taj Mahal, according to a report...
Rome's Colosseum

Colosseum of Rome, a Condominium in Medieval Times

The Colosseum of Rome is infamously known as the site of brutal gladiator battles in which slaves, Christians, and gladiator fighters were mercilessly slaughtered for the enjoyment of the emperor and...
Ancient burial of a child with Down syndrome

Ancient burial of a child with Down syndrome reflects lack of stigmatization

Archaeologists have uncovered the oldest known remains of an individual with Down syndrome in a 5 th - 6 th century necropolis near a church in Chalon-sur-Saone in eastern France, according to a...
King Mentuhotep II

Archaeologists uncover chapel of King Mentuhotep II

Archaeologists from the Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage (MAH) in Egypt made a significant discovery when they unearthed an ancient Egyptian chapel carved out of limestone, which dates back to...
Flesh-eating sarcophagi of Assos in Turkey

The Ancient City of Assos and its Strange Flesh-Eating Sarcophagi

The flesh-eating sarcophagi located in the ancient city of Assos in Turkey are so named due to the unusual discovery that the bodies inside the tombs disintegrate at a very rapid rate, according to a...
Burial site at Peru

Archaeologists discover burial site of unknown culture in Peru

Archaeologists from the University of Wrocław have discovered more than 150 ancient graves in the Atacama Desert belonging to a previously unknown culture in Peru, according to a report in PAP -...
4,000-Year-Old Chariots Discovered in Burial Chamber of Bronze Age Chief

4,000-Year-Old Chariots Discovered in Burial Chamber of Bronze Age Chief

Archaeologists made an incredible discovery when they found two very ancient chariots, and a hoard of well-preserved artifacts, within a 4,000-year-old burial chamber in the country of Georgia, in...
Incas counting gold - Ancient Mathematical Device

Quipu: The ancient mathematical device of the Inca

A team of archaeologists recently discovered twenty-five well preserved quipus, an ancient form of record-keeping used by the Inca, in the archaeological complex of Incahuasi in Peru, according to a...
Carwynnen Quoit - Cornish Monument

Carwynnen Quoit: 5,000-year-old Cornish monument restored in celebration of Summer Solstice

The Carwynnen Quoit is an ancient dolmen which once sat in a field a few miles from the town of Camborne in Cornwall, in South West England. The 5,000-year-old structure collapsed in 1967 but the...
The Lost Persian Army

Has the mystery of the Lost Persian Army finally been solved?

The final resting place of a 50,000-strong Persian army which was swallowed up in a cataclysmic sandstorm in the Sahara Desert around 524 BC is one of the greatest mysteries in ancient history. Many...
Neolithic site of Burzahom

Protection sought for mysterious Neolithic site of Burzahom

An ancient settlement in India is among the list of sites expected to get World Heritage status at a two-week UNESCO meeting currently being held in Doha. The Neolithic site of Burzahom is a story...
Elixir of Long Life recipe

Archaeologists recreate Elixir of Long Life recipe from unearthed bottle

Beneath a construction site for a glassy, 22-story hotel in New York, archaeologists unearthed a history of drinking, eating and lodging, along with a tradition of consuming cure-alls and potions for...
Ancient Chinese city of Loulan

Scientists to map out vast ancient Chinese city of Loulan

A team of Chinese scientists have plans to undertake a five year, government sponsored project to fully map out the kingdom of Loulan, and to solve the mystery of its sudden abandonment, according to...
Ancient Tomb in Oman

Ancient tomb discovery reveals traces of Indus Valley civilization in Oman

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient tomb dating back 2,300 years in Oman, which contains weapons that trace back to the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization, according to a report in the Times...
Necropolis of Otuzco - Peru

Peru plans to revive the spectacular Necropolis of Otuzco

The ancient necropolis of Otuzco bears testimony to the past grandeur of the people of Cajamarca, a valley nested in the highlands of northern Peru. But very little is known about this curious...
Han Dynasty tombs in China

Archaeologists announce rare discovery of more than 100 Han Dynasty tombs in China

Chinese archaeologists have discovered more than one hundred tombs from the Han Dynasty (25-220 AD) in Jiangsu province, Eastern China. Such a large cluster of Han tombs are a rare discovery and...
Britain’s A1 road - Ancient 10,000 years old

Archaeologists stunned to discover Britain’s A1 road is 10,000 years old

A team of archaeologists, who were working alongside the A1, the longest road in Britain, were shocked to discover evidence of a Mesolithic settlement which suggests the route may have been in use...
Ancient Mexican mural depicting drunken

Ancient Mexican mural depicting drunken revelry revealed for the first time

An ancient mural which depicts a scene of drunken revelry as part of a pre-Hispanic ceremony dedicated to the goddess Mayahuel, is being opened up to the public for the first time, according to a...
Ancient Mayan Altars in Guatemala

Ancient Mayan Altars, Sculpted Artwork Discovered in Guatemala

Archaeologists in Guatemala have unearthed an ancient Mayan council house containing altars, incense burners and sculpted images of animals, according to a report in Live Science . The finding is...
Elite tomb in Luxor

4,000-year-old elite tomb unearthed in Luxor

Spanish archaeologists carrying out excavations in the Egyptian city of Luxor have discovered an 11 th dynasty tomb of considerable size, suggesting it belonged to a member of the royal family or...

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