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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.

Beachy Head Lady

The 1,800-year-old face of Beachy Head Lady is revealed for the first time

The face of an African woman who lived more than 1,800 years ago, whose skull was found in 1953 in Beachy Head, England, has been recreated using craniofacial reconstruction techniques. Known as the...
Camels

Does latest dating of camel bones reveal inaccuracy in the Bible?

Archaeologists from the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, have found that camels were not domesticated in Israel until around 900 BC , which is centuries later than famous Biblical figures were said...
Sri Lanka - Oldest Shipwreck

Archaeologists set to excavate 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Sri Lanka

A team of underwater archaeologists are set to excavate a 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Sri Lanka, the oldest known shipwreck in the Indian Ocean. It is hoped that the month-long...
Miami Archaeological site

One of the most significant prehistoric sites in the United States found in Miami

Archaeologists who have spent the last few months excavating a planned development site in the middle of downtown Miami have discovered an ancient and extensive Native American village , which...
Ancient Rabbits

Family of rabbits unearth 8,000-year-old Stone Age artefacts

Rabbits are considered to be the bane of a farmer’s life as they relentlessly burrow and dig-up the land. However, one family of rabbits has won some favour in Land’s End, England, after their...
Pyramid discovered at Edfu in Egypt

4,600-year-old step pyramid uncovered in Egypt and its purpose is a mystery

In an incredible new discovery in Edfu, southern Egypt, archaeologists have uncovered a step pyramid that they believe dates back 4,600 years. The pyramid has no internal chambers and was not...
Mahendraparvata

New research unravels rise and fall of ancient Cambodian city Mahendraparvata

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has shed new light on the ancient city of the Khmer Empire era, Mahendraparvata, which was rediscovered in June last year by an Australian team of...
Sirius Star

The ancient wonder and veneration of the dog star Sirius

Sirius, the brightest star in our sky, has been the object of wonder and veneration to ancient peoples throughout the whole of human history. Si rius is also known as the "Dog Star", reflecting its...
Charlemagne

1,200-year-old bones found in Aachen Cathedral in Germany believed to belong to Charlemagne, King of the Franks

German scientists have announced after almost 26 years of research that the bones interred for centuries at Aachen Cathedral are likely to be those of Charlemagne , King of the Franks. Charlemagne (...
Magic Mirror - Japan

The magic mirror of shaman Queen used in ancient Japanese rituals

An experiment conduced earlier this year on a replica of an ancient bronze mirror held at Kyoto’s National Museum revealed that the original may have been used as a so-called magic mirror to conjure...
Ancient Roman Cult Temple - Capitoline Hill

Archaeologists uncover ancient Roman cult temple

Archaeologists excavating a site in central Rome have uncovered what may be the oldest known Roman temple . The finding was made at Sant’Omobono, one of the most remarkable and least understood...
Port discovered in Giza

Ruins of ancient port and barracks found near Giza pyramids

Archaeologists have made some incredible new discoveries in Egypt including the remains of a bustling port, as well as barracks for sailors or military troops near the Giza pyramids. The findings...
300,000-year-old hearth found In Israel

300,000-year-old hearth found In Israel

Archaeologists conducting an excavation at a well-known archaeological site near Tel Aviv, Israel, have discovered the remains of a 300,000-year-old hearth , shedding new light on when ancient humans...
Swedish Stone Age 'Atlantis'

Not Atlantis, but significant nonetheless – the discovery of 11,000-year-old relics in Sweden

Earlier this year, Swedish divers made a unique and rare discovery in the Baltic Sea – Stone Age artefacts left by Swedish nomads dating back 11,000 years. Media sites went a little berserk with...
2500 years old rice - Japan

Archaeologists discover 2,500-year-old rice – will we ever resurrect it?

Archaeologists have uncovered eleven grains of brown rice at a former rice paddy at the Akitsu archaeological site in Goze, Japan. They are believed to date back around 2,500 years. This is not...
Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang

Human remains found in Mausoleum of First Emperor of China

Archaeologists have said that a five-year excavation of small burial pits inside the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, China’s First Emperor (259-210 BC), have proven historical records that say imperial...
Baiae - Italy

Floods expose Roman ruins near famous Gulf of Baiae crossing

Heavy flooding south of Naples has caused a series of landslips, exposing old Roman walls at Baiae (now known as Baia), an ancient Roman seaside resort on the Bay of Naples in Italy, much of which is...
Priester in deTombe van Roy TT255, Dra Abu el Naga, Luxor West-Bank

Leopard teeth discovery suggests ancient home belonged to elite members of Egyptian society

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered the remains of a mansion near the Giza pyramids , along with leopard teeth, seals used on documents, and the hind limbs of young cattle. The combination of...
Carthaginian infanticide

Carthaginian infanticide not just Roman propaganda

Recent research revealed that the Carthaginians really did kill their own infant children , a practice once dismissed as just ancient Greek and Roman propaganda. Ancient Carthage was a Semitic...
Human Bones - Aztecs ritual cannibalism

Human bones show evidence that Aztecs practiced ritual cannibalism

New research has revealed the Aztec rulers, priests, and high ranking warriors practiced cannibalism as a research rite. Evidence comes from fragments of human bones found in the Sacred Grounds of...
Alfred the Great

Have archaeologists finally found King Alfred the Great?

In August last year we reported on plans to search for the remains of Alfred the Great , a Saxon king who ruled from 871 to 899 AD. The task was not easy as archaeologists first needed to secure...
Astronomical Writing in Cyprus Figurines

Religious statues from Cyprus show evidence of astronomical writing

An analysis of five late Bronze Age Terracotta religious statues , dating back around 3,300 years and found at various sites in Cyprus, has revealed the presence of astronomical ‘writing’, which has...
Elongated skull in Mayan cave

Elongated skulls and a mythical underwater Mayan cave

A flooded sinkhole in southern Mexico that terrifies local villagers was recently explored by underwater archaeologists , who found the submerged cavern littered with elongated skulls and human bones...
Trophy Skulls - Headhunters in London

Gruesome evidence of ancient Roman head hunters in London

A report in the Journal of Archaeological Science published earlier this year revealed grisly evidence of beheadings and brutality inflicted upon the Roman Empire’s gladiators, criminals and war...

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