The Shum Laka rock shelter in Cameroon, home to an ancient population that bears little genetic resemblance to most people who live in the region today.    Source: Pierre de Maret
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 00:20

Africa is the homeland of our species and harbors greater human genetic diversity than any other part of the planet. Studies of ancient DNA from African archaeological sites can shed important light on the deep origins of humankind. 

The temazcal, sweat lodge, found in La Merced, Mexico City, Mexico. Source: INAH
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 22:59

The ruins of a 14th century Aztec ‘sweat lodge’, known as a temazcal, have been unearthed in Mexico City. It is located in the historic La Merced district and helps experts pinpoint where Temazcaltitlán

Spartan woman in foreground with her warrior husband in the background.   Source: serhiibobyk / Adobe stock
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 18:46

In Sparta, the individual did not matter. Everything was for the preservation and continuous strengthening of the state. They built no walls since they welcomed any to challenge invasion. 

Victims found in a fornici hiding from the blast of Mount Vesuvius     Source: Rachelle Martyn et al, Antiquity
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:00

A multi-disciplinary team has determined that death for some of the victims of Mount Vesuvius was far from instantaneous.

Phaèdra by Alexandre Cabanel (1818) Musee Fabre. (Public Domain)
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 02:38

Hidden deep within the bowels of the earth and ruled by the god Hades and his wife Persephone, the ancient Greek Underworld was the kingdom of the dead, the sunless, cold and shadowy place where the souls of those who died went after death. 

Fire services fought to save the Budj Bim site.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 02:11

UNESCO has given a 6,000-year-old Aboriginal cultural landscape called the Budj Bim archaeological site in Victoria, Australia the status of a World Heritage Site.