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Lincoln Castle Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus in Lincoln Castle Believed to Contain ‘Somebody Terribly Important’

Archaeologists in Britain believe they are on the verge of an important discovery as they are set to extract a sarcophagus discovered at Lincoln Castle , which was built by William the Conqueror in...
women ruled ancient Peru - Moche Culture

Tomb find confirms women ruled ancient Peru

Archaeologists have discovered a tomb belonging to a powerful pre-Hispanic priestess in Peru, the eighth in more than two decades, confirming that women ruled the region approximately 1,200 years ago...
Alexander the Great - tomp Greece

Have archaeologists discovered the grave of Alexander the Great?

Archaeologists have discovered an enormous marble tomb fit for a king under a huge mound in Greece and believe that they have unearthed the grave of Alexander the Great. The elaborate tomb was found...
Prehistoric Humans Pots

Prehistoric Humans Spiced Up Their Food

Archaeologists have just completed an analysis of 6,000-year-old cooking pots still containing food residues found at sites in northern Europe. The finding indicates that prehistoric humans were...
Faroes - Settlers before Vikings

Mystery Settlers Reached 'Step to Americas' Before Vikings

New research published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews has found that the Faroes islands, the first stepping stones for Europeans as they explored across the Atlantic to ultimately land in...
Oldest Globe of New World Carved on Ostrich Eggs

Oldest Globe of New World Carved on Ostrich Eggs?

A long-forgotten globe carved onto an ostrich egg and dating back to the early 1500s has resurfaced and may be the first ever globe to depict the New World. Purchased anonymously at the 2012 London...
slave tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa

Archaeologists discover hidden slave tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa

A team of archaeologists have found a very large hidden tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa near Rome, which would have been used by slaves to ferry food, fire wood and other goods from one part of the...
Ring of Death - Bulgaria

The 14th-Century Bulgarian Ring of Death

Bulgarian archaeologists excavating the remains of the medieval fortress on Cape Kaliakra, near the town of Kavarna on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, last year found a well-preserved man’s ring which...
Assyrian fortifications from a legendary battle

Archaeologists discover Assyrian fortifications from a legendary battle

About 3,000 years ago during the Iron Age, the Assyrians were a major power in the Middle East and North Africa. Their military might was terrifying. And now, a new archaeological finding reveals...
Ancient Egyptian Jewelry from Space

Origin of Ancient Egyptian Beads is Out of this World

A new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science has revealed that Ancient Egyptian beads found in a 5,000-year-old tomb were made from iron meteorites that fell to Earth from outer...
Gobekli Tepe - Sirius - Temple

World's oldest temple, Göbekli Tepe, built to worship Sirius?

New research has revealed that the world’s oldest known temple, Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, was probably built to worship the star Sirius. Göbekli Tepe is at least 12,000 years old and has been...
Graves of Slavic Warlords

Badger Digs Up Graves of Slavic Warlords

A badger living in the countryside near the town of Stolpe in Germany has uncovered a remarkable site: the 12 th -century burial ground of eight people, two of whom were Slavic warlords...
Monks and Beer

Medieval Monks of Bicester Drank 10 Pints of Beer a Week

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient brew house which was visited daily by monks of the former Bicester Priory in England. The holy men drank beer daily to kill off bacteria and would have drunk...
Gaming Tokens

Oldest Gaming Tokens Found in Turkey

Archaeologists have found a set of gaming tokens in a grave at Başur Höyük in southeast Turkey dating back to at least 3000 BC, making them the earliest gaming pieces ever found and confirming that...

The Oldest Rock Art in North America

A set of petroglyphs in western Nevada dated in August 2013 to between 10,500 and 14,800 years old, are the oldest rock art ever found in North America, tracing back to a time in which it is believed...
'Gladiator' Emperor’s Colosseum

Archaeologist Discover 'Gladiator' Emperor’s Own Colosseum

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient structure in Genzano, Italy, which is thought to be a mini-colosseum that belonged to the Roman emperor Commodus depicted in the Hollywood film ‘Gladiator’...
Ancient Roman Shipwreck

Ancient Roman Shipwreck May Contain 2,000-Year-Old Food

A 2,000-year-old shipwreck buried in mud off the coast of Varazze in Italy contains sealed clay amphorae which may still hold preserved food items. Police divers identified the shipwreck 50 metres...
Cashel Man

Mummified remains found in bog are world’s oldest

The remains of a young man found in a Laois bog in Ireland have been dated back 4,000 years, making it the world’s oldest ‘bog body’ ever recovered in the world. The chemical composition of bogs can...
Saxon King - Alfred the Great

Archaeologists on Mission to Find Remains of Saxon King, ‘Alfred the Great’

A team of archaeologists have applied for permission to excavate the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s Church in the city of Winchester, England, in the hope of finding the remains of ‘Alfred the Great...
Ancient dagger artefact link between Japan and northern China

Ancient dagger artefact suggests link between Japan and northern China

Archaeologists in Japan were astonished to discover the molds for a dagger dating back nearly 2,500 years which bears a striking resemblance to artefacts found in remote areas of northern China. The...
Remains of Mona Lisa

Scientists Believe they have Found the Remains of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

Scientists believe that they have found the remains of the woman who inspired Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Researchers believe the woman depicted in the painting is Lisa...
Tool-Making Factory in London

Archaeologists Discover 9,000-Year-Old Tool-Making Factory in London

A 9,000-year-old Mesolithic tool-making factory has been found in London during excavation work to create a new 13 mile high-speed railway line. It is believed that the site, located alongside the...
‘Lost Souls of Bedlam’ Under London Streets

Archaeologists Discover 20,000 ‘Lost Souls of Bedlam’ Under London Streets

Established in 1247, the notorious Bethlem (“Bedlam”) Royal Hospital was the first dedicated psychiatric institution in Europe and possibly the most famous specialist facility for care and control of...
Byzantine Coins and Gold

Rare Byzantine Coins and Gold Uncovered in Ancient Garbage Pit

Archaeologists have found a hoard of ancient coins, lamps, jewellery, and other artefacts in a Byzantine refuse pit uncovered near the ancient city of Apollonia-Arsuf in Israel. The ancient garbage...

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