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Plain of Jars
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 19:46

The Plain of Jars in the Xieng Khouang plain of Laos is one of the most enigmatic sights on Earth. The unusual scattering of thousands of megalithic jars across nearly one hundred sites deep in the mountains of northern Laos has fascinated archaeologists and scientists ever since their discovery in the 1930s.

Stone cist graves on Saba represent the burial practices of British settlers. Source: J Haviser/ Antiquity Publications Ltd
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 15:15

Stone cist graves on the Caribbean island of Saba are found to represent a cultural continuity with the burial practices of rural 17th-century British settlers.

Photograph of the assemblage. Credit: Uhlig et al., (2019), photograph by V. Minkus / Antiquity Publications Ltd.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 15:05

Archaeologists in Germany have made an exciting breakthrough regarding a Bronze Age battle, one of the oldest known in Europe.

Aerial view of the Great Orme mine site looking south-east towards Llandudno).
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 12:16

Researchers have made a major breakthrough with regard to the history of mining in Bronze Age Britain. They have established that there was a great mining boom in the area much earlier than thought.

Khmer Empire city found north of Angkor Wat. Here, Ta Prom Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 11:57

Ancient Cambodia’s Mahendraparvata, one of the first Angkorian capital cities of the 9th to 15th century Khmer Empire, has finally been located to the northeast of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Ancient site of Göbeklitepe in Turkey, the oldest temple in the world. Source: JB Press / CC BY-SA 2.0)
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 23:04

Göbeklitepe, the world’s oldest temple, is around 12,000 years old. It was built by hunter-gatherers in the pre-pottery Neolithic period, before writing and the wheel were invented. Göbeklitepe has rewritten the history of human civilization.

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Ancient dog prints and Iron Age mint in England

Ancient dog prints and Iron Age mint unearthed in England

Archaeologists excavating in Blackfriars, Leicestershire, England have uncovered ancient coin mould fragments , which they believe were used to produce the gold and silver coins of the famous...
Neanderthals Parenting

Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

A team of archaeologists from the Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins at the University of York have challenged the traditional perspective that Neanderthal childhood was...
Ancient Puebloan trade network - Chaco Canyon

Ancient Puebloan trade network much more extensive than previously believed

For over 2,000 years, ancient Pueblo peoples occupied a vast region of the south-western United States. Chaco Canyon, a major centre of ancestral Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250, was a focus for...
Papyrus referring to wife of Jesus

Scientists say papyrus referring to wife of Jesus is no fake

In September, 2012, a faded fragment of papyrus, which has controversially come to be known as 'The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife', made international headlines when it was unveilled by Harvard Divinity...
Neanderthals and humans interbred

New study leaves little room for doubt – Neanderthals and humans interbred

In recent months, numerous DNA studies of ancient humans have all converged on one conclusion – Neanderthals and Homo sapiens interbred. While for many this may seem unsurprising or even obvious, we...
Prehistoric rock art sites in Northumberland

Historically important prehistoric rock art sites in Northumberland receive National recognition

In its undeveloped landscape of high moorland in the north east of England, Northumberland harbours well over a thousand examples of ancient occupation in the form of rock art, made by Neolithic and...
Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus in Israel

Surprise finding as ancient Egyptian sarcophagus is found in Israel

Archaeologists made a rare and unexpected discovery during a natural gas pipeline salvage excavation in Jezereel Valley, Israel, when they came across a 3,300-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus complete...
Ancient Manuscript - Athos, Greece

Ancient manuscript returns home to Greek monastery on Mount Athos

The Getty Museum is returning a 12th century illuminated New Testament to the Monastery of Dionysiou on Greece's Mount Athos after it came to light that it had been illegally removed from the...
Ancient earthwork bordering England and Wales

Ancient earthwork bordering England and Wales is older than previously thought

A famous ancient earthwork in Britain known as Offa’s Dyke may have to give up its name – it is named after Offa, King of Mercia, due to the belief that it was built during his reign (757 to 796 AD...
Human Body and Skeleton

From farming to sedentary lifestyles - how 6,000 years has transformed the human body

New research conducted by the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge University, has examined human bones over the course of 6,000 years to determine how changes in lifestyle have...
Saksaywaman Peru

Do the ancient stone walls of Saksaywaman in Peru contain hidden communication?

Lying on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco in Peru, lies the remarkable walled complex of Saksaywaman (Sacsayhuaman), believed to have been built by the Inca. The site is famous for its...
1,700-year-old mummy

Ancient Egyptian mummy underwent ritual healing for the afterlife

An analysis on a 1,700-year-old Egyptian mummy has revealed two plaques placed over her body – one on her sternum, the other on her abdomen. Researchers believe the plaques were intended as a type of...
1000 Old Village - News Mexico

Archaeologists discover hidden architecture of 1,000-Year-Old Village in New Mexico

Buried under a thousand years’ worth of sand and stone, Blue J is an ancient Puebloan settlement in New Mexico, which is only just beginning to reveal its secrets. For more than four decades,...
Hi-tech scans of ancient mummies from around the world show evidence of heart disease

Hi-tech scans of ancient mummies from around the world show evidence of heart disease

Research has shown that some Egyptian mummies, dating back as far as 3,500 years ago, show evidence of clogged arteries and heart disease. However, critics had dismissed the findings as being related...
8,000-Year-Old Settlements and Necropolis in Southern Greece

Accidental Discovery of 8,000-Year-Old Settlements and Necropolis in Greece

An impressive discovery of ancient lacustrine settlements and a huge necropolis, dating back as early as 8,000 years ago, has been brought to light by an archaeological excavation in the area between...
Elongated skulls in the Carpathian Basin

New study reveal origins of elongated skulls in the Carpathian Basin

New research published this month in the journal Neurosurgical Focus , has sought to unravel the history, origin, and ethnic context of elongated skulls found in the Carpathian Basin, a large basin...

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