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Massive Maya Frieze

Archaeologists Discover Massive Maya Frieze Found in Guatemala

Archaeologists have discovered a giant Maya frieze in the buried city of Holmul in the Peten region of Guatemala. It depicts a mythological setting with a ruler sitting atop the head of a Maya...
Ancient Egyptian Brewery

Archaeologists Virtually Recreate Ancient Egyptian Brewery

A Polish archaeologist at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Archaeology has made a 3D reconstruction of a 5,500-year-old brewing installation which was found at Tell el-Farcha, an...
 Ancient Treasures at Russian Burial Site

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Treasures at Russian Burial Site

Archaeologists have uncovered the tomb of a noble woman from a powerful tribe called the Sarmatians, Iranian people that roamed the Eurasian steppes 2,500 years ago in southern Russia. While most...
Relief of Zeus in Bulgaria

Archaeologists Uncover Large Votive Relief of Zeus in Bulgaria

A team of Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed an unusually large votive relief of the ancient Greek God Zeus near the Bulgarian village of Starosel. According to the National History Museum for...
Rare Coins Mark anthony and Cleopatra

Archaeologists Discover Rare Bronze ‘Lovers’ Coin’ Depicting Mark Antony and Cleopatra

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze coin depicting Cleopatra and Mark Antony in the ruins of a first-century house in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. The rare coin measures 22 millimetres in...
Crusader Hospital in Jerusalem

1000-Year-Old Crusader Hospital Unveiled in Jerusalem

Thirteen years after excavation work quietly began, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have just announced the finding of a 1000-year-old building which was once the largest hospital in the...
Pakal II's crypt

New cutting-edge techniques help archaeologists study Pakal II's crypt

Advances in technology are helping archaeologists unravel the mysteries surrounding many archaeological sites around the world. In a recent example, scientists are using new geophysical techniques,...
Medieval Boat in England

Discovery of Medieval Boat in England Hailed ‘Rare and Important’

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a medieval boat during construction of a drainage project along the River Chet, near Loddon in England, which dates back to around 1400. The finding has...
3,500-year-old Neolithic art in Scotland

Archaeologists uncover magnificent example of 3,500-year-old Neolithic art in Scotland

Archaeologists have uncovered the finest ever piece of Neolithic art on a stone, which was found at the base of vast temple complex built in 3,500 BC on Orkney Island, Scotland. The carved stone was...
Morelos -Mexico Ancient Warrior

Archaeologists in Morelos find Remains of Decapitated Warrior

Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have discovered the remains of a decapitated warrior and a pre-Hispanic oven meant for ceramic production at the foot of...
Feathered Shield in Peru Temple

1,300-Year-Old Feathered Shield Found in Peru Temple

Archaeologists have found an ancient feathered sh ield in a sealed portion of a temple at the site of Pañamarca in Peru, which was made by the Moche people. The Moche was a mysterious civilization...
Pre-Contact Native Village in Alaska

Archaeologists Discover Pre-Contact Native Village in Alaska

A team of archaeologists have discovered a Native village site in Northwest Alaska that dates from just before first contact and is one of the biggest archaeological sites discovered in the Arctic...
Jesus Cross piece of wood

Archaeologists in Turkey Claim to Have Discovered Piece of Jesus’ Cross

Archaeologists in Turkey were excavating at the 1350-year-old Balatlar Church in the Black Sea province of Sinop when they discovered a fragment of a wooden cross , which they claim is linked to the...
Lost village in Nottinghamshire

Archaeologists find 'lost village' in Nottinghamshire, England

Archaeologists have found cobbled surfaces and medieval pottery beneath the town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire, England, and believe they are the remains of a “lost village” . The presence of...
Peru Moche Civilisation

Ancient Mural in Peru Reveals Intriguing Insights into Mysterious Moche Civilisation

In an ancient site known as Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) located in an unforgiving desert landscape in northern Peru, the people of the Moche civilisation painted and sculpted elaborate...
3,000-Year-Old Inscription - King David - Old Testament

Expert Cracks Code of 3,000-Year-Old Inscription with Dramatic Implications for the Bible

Earlier this month we reported on the discovery of a 3,000-year-old pottery fragment , now known as the Ophel Inscription, near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, inscribed with the earliest written text...
War Minoan Europe’s first civilisation

War was central to Europe’s first civilisation – contrary to popular belief

A new study has revealed that Europe’s first civilization, known as the Minoan civilization , was characterized by war and was not the peace-loving culture that it was believed to be. The ancient...
Pyramid Structure in Java 9,000-years-old

On the Verge of a Major Discovery – Pyramid Structure in Java May be More than 9,000-years-old

Geologist Danny Hilman is on the verge of a major discovery – 120 kilometres south of Jakarta in Gunung Padang, sits an ancient arrangement of large stones atop a hill. Now evidence suggests that...
6000-year-old ‘halls of the dead’ Manchester UK

6000-year-old ‘halls of the dead’ discovered in the UK

Archaeologists have made a sensational find in Herefordshire, England, where they uncovered the remains of two large 6000-year-old halls buried within a prehistoric burial mound. They would have been...
Incas mummies sacrificed

The Last Moments of 500-Year-Old Child Mummies

Over a decade ago, the remains of three children were found, remarkably preserved, atop the summit of Volcan Llullaillaco in Argentina. In 2012, an analysis on the bodies of the 13-year-old ‘Maiden’...
Ancient "Hobbit" Looked Like Humans

New Research Suggests Ancient "Hobbit" Looked More Like us than Apes

Recently, we reported on new research proving that the remains of the “hobbit” (technically known as Homo floresiensis) did not belong to that of a Homo sapien with pathology but to a distinct...
Prehistoric civilization along Silk Road

Prehistoric civilization found along Silk Road

Archaeologists have found artefacts that suggest ancient humans lived along the Silk Road long before it was created about 2,000 years ago and that trading between east and west began prior to the...
Aggressiion related to Diet and Brain

The origins of aggression in humans – New Evidence

If we look at our history we will see that aggressive human behaviour and wars among us have always been there. Today that type of behaviour is even more dangerous because of the use of weapons of...
Prophet Elisha

Archaeologists may have found home of Bible Prophet Elisha

Archaeologists in Israel have found a shard of pottery with the name of the Old Testament prophet Elisha on it, leading them to believe they have discovered his home. The pottery shard has been dated...

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