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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 instrument Turkic warrior burial in Kazakhstan

Ancient instrument found in Turkic warrior burial in Kazakhstan

In a string of archaeological discoveries, Kazakhstani scientists have now found what looks like an ancient musical instrument. The discovery was made in Altai in East Kazakhstan Oblast, Tengrinews...
Ancient Well, Etruscan and Roman

Ancient well sheds light on 1,500 years of Etruscan, Roman and medieval civilization

During a four-year excavation of an Etruscan well at the ancient Italian settlement of Cetamura del Chianti, a team led by a Florida State University archaeologist and art historian unearthed...
Viking Sword Made With Technology From the Future

Mysterious Viking Sword Made With Technology From the Future?

By Tara MacIsaac , Epoch Times The Viking sword Ulfberht was made of metal so pure it baffled archaeologists. It was thought the technology to forge such metal was not invented for another 800 or...
‘Noah’, a 6,500-year-old skeleton

The rediscovery of ‘Noah’, a 6,500-year-old skeleton, who survived a Great Flood

Scientists at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia recently re-discovered a rare and important find in their storage rooms – a complete human skeleton who lived around 6,500 years ago in the Sumerian city...
Ancient Skeletons Reveal Cataclysmic Violence in Mesa Verde

Ancient Skeletons Reveal Cataclysmic Violence in Mesa Verde

New research has revealed that parts of the American southwest experienced unprecedented levels of violence around 800 years ago, according to a news release in Live Science . The new study published...
2,100-Year-Old Royal Tomb Discovered in China

2,100-Year-Old Royal Tomb Discovered in China

Archaeologists in China have announced the discovery of an ancient tomb belonging to a King Liu Fei, who ruled over the Jiangdu Kingdom in China 2,100 years ago, according to a report in Live Science...
Nazca geoglyphs exposed by the wind

High winds expose previously unknown Nazca geoglyphs

Strong winds and sandstorms reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, which occurred in the region of Ica last week, have revealed previously undiscovered Nazca lines in the Valley of El Ingenio in...
300 burials in ancient Merovingian necropolis

Archaeologists discover 300 burials in ancient Merovingian necropolis

Archaeologists carrying out excavations at a site in Saint-Aubin-des-Champs in France have uncovered an ancient Merovingian necropolis dating back to the 5 th -7 th centuries AD, according to a...
Ancient Ivory Figurine

Archaeologists unearth fragment of ivory belonging to 40,000 year old animal figurine

Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen have found an ancient fragment of ivory belonging to a 40,000 year old animal figurine. Both pieces were found in the Vogelherd Cave in southwestern...
Alken Enge  skulls

Ancient remains of entire army found at Alken Enge were desecrated in post-war rituals

In 2009, a dramatic discovery was made in the Alken Enge wetlands at Skanderbord in Denmark – the skeletal remains of an entire army of Iron Age warriors who had been slaughtered and tossed into the...
Orkney 5,000-year-old temple complex

Incredible sophistication of 5,000-year-old temple complex on Orkney Island

In 2014, a groundbreaking excavation of a prehistoric temple complex on the Scottish island of Orkney revealed that the Neolithic inhabitants of the island were far more advanced than initially...
The megalithic gate of Ha’amonga ‘a Maui, Tonga

New research suggests Tonga was a vast seafaring empire

Scattered over 500,000 square kilometres in the southern Pacific Ocean are the Tonga islands. The kingdom of Tonga is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising nearly two hundred...
Sunken ships discovered in the Aegean

Major find as eight sunken ships discovered in the Aegean

A team of underwater archaeologists from Dokuz Eylül University’s Institute of Marine Science and Technology (IMST) have discovered eight new shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea, near Antalya in Turkey,...
Ancient astronomical symbols in Peru

Archaeologists find stone engraved with 3,500-year-old astronomical symbols in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru made a remarkable discovery when they found what they believe is a stone altar containing ancient petroglyphs dating back to 3,500 to 4,000 years ago, according to a news...
Wari geoglyph - Peru

Wari geoglyph similar to Nazca lines found in Peru

Archaeologists carrying out excavations in Arequipa in southern Peru were stunned to find a large geoglyph which resembles the famous Nazca lines, according to a report in Peru21 . The massive...
Pre-Hispanic mortuary bundle in Mexico

Archaeologists uncover Pre-Hispanic mortuary bundle in Mexico

Archaeologists in the Hidalgo region of Mexico have discovered a rare mortuary bundle in a containing a well-preserved skeleton wrapped in fabric, according to Art Daily . The funerary practice, in...
Egyptian carving of Akhenaten

3,300-year-old Egyptian carving bears scars of religious revolution under Akhenaten

Archaeologists have announced the discovery of an ancient Egyptian carving, which had once adorned a temple dedicated to Queen Tiye but was later defaced under the reign of Akhenaten, who unleased a...
Moche sculptural stirrup spout bottle showing a man riding a shark

Temple Discovery in Peru Sheds Light on Life of Ancient Shark Hunters

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered a 3,500-year-old temple belonging to the first fishermen of Gramalote, a village of shark hunters on the sea near Huanchaquito, according to a report in Peru...
10,000-year-old rock paintings depict UFOs and extra-terrestrials - Charama India

10,000-year-old rock paintings depict UFOs and extra-terrestrials, claims archaeologist

The State Department of Archaeology and Culture in Chhattisgarh, India, is seeking assistance from the Indian Space Research Organisation to research a set of ancient rock paintings found inside...
Mummified Detmold Child - Peru

Scientists reveal cause of death of 6,500-year-old Detmold child

The Detmold Child is the name that has been given to an ancient Peruvian mummy that dates back an incredible 6,500 years - that's 3,000 years before the birth of Tutankhamun. Recent computer...
Mars, the fiercest warship of the 16th century

Archaeologists to explorer secrets of Mars, the fiercest warship of the 16th century

The Mars, named after the Roman god of war, was once the largest and fiercest warship in the world and the leading ship in the fleet of King Eric XIV of Sweden. But in 1564, during the Northern Seven...
Prehistoric bookkeeping tokens

Prehistoric bookkeeping continued long after invention of writing

An ancient token-based recording system from before the dawn of history was rendered obsolete by the birth of writing, according to popular wisdom. But now, latest excavations show that, in fact,...
Machu Picchu - Astronomical knowledge of Incas

New discoveries confirm astronomical knowledge of Incas at Machu Picchu

A Polish-Peruvian archaeological team has confirmed what has been suspected for many centuries – the Incas used the ancient city of Machu Picchu as a mountaintop observatory. Although astronomical...
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...

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