An ancient gift. Credit: kharchenkoirina / Adobe Stock
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 01:52

It is not entirely clear when the custom of anniversary gifting began. However, early records show that marriage ceremonies and contracts were in existence four millennia ago – as far back as in ancient Mesopotamia. 

The Pictish stone was reused as a horizonal grave slab in the 1790s - hence the inscription in the corner. Source: NOSAS
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 17:54

The rare discovery of a Pictish symbol stone has been uncovered deep in the Scottish Highlands, and it is truly marvelous.

Fresco of the battle of Troy. Credit: quasarphotos / Adobe Stock
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 17:15

The city of Troy has fascinated people for millennia. Once thought to be purely mythological, the lost city emerged as a real place in history when it was discovered in Turkey by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s.

Hippocrates Statue and Dooley Hospital Door.	Source: CC BY 2.0
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 14:01

Classical Greece is considered by many to be the birthplace of modern Western civilization. 

The remaining arch of Fort Kyk-Over-Al         Source: homocosmicos/ Adobe Stock
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 01:38

The Dutch have had a long presence in the Caribbean and Latin America and a form of Dutch is still spoken in parts of the region.

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 22:58

The early medieval period in Ireland (400-1200 AD) was a time of key importance. It was a turning point in European history and the origin of much contemporary Irish culture and identity.


Archaeology News on Human Origins, Ancient Places and Mysterious Phenomena

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Could Cave Findings Unravel Mysteries of Human Origins?

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Archaeologists may have found children’s cemetery belonging to ‘Warriors of the Clouds’

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Pyramids of Egypt

Egyptian Antiquities Ministry refutes claim that the Great Pyramid is Much Older

German archaeologists are currently embroiled in a dispute with Egypt’s antiquities ministry after they allegedly removed samples from the Great Pyramid and subsequently announced that the...
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Did Humans Inherit Disease Immunity from Neanderthals

It seems that Neanderthals passed on more than just their tool-making know how. A new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has revealed the discovery of a receptor that allows the...
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The heart-breaking love letter found in a mummy’s tomb

I just want to go to you. Please take me to where you are. My feelings towards you I cannot forget in this world and my sorrow knows no limit. Where would I put my heart now and how can I live with...
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Largest Byzantine monastery in Istanbul to be converted into mosque

In a move that has attracted significant criticism and controversy, the St John Stoudios (Imrahor) Monastery in Turkey, the largest Byzantine monastery in Istanbul, will be converted into a mosque...
Ethiopia Findings

Discovery of 280,000-Year-Old Javelin Challenges Current Beliefs on Evolution

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed a discovery that serves to challenge a number of adamant and self-assured scientists who have refused to believe that pre-human species had...
Israel Cult Temple

10,000-Year-Old House and Cult Temple Found in Israel

Archaeologists made an incredible discovery at a construction site in Israel when they unearthed the oldest dwelling to date in the Judean Shephalah , along with a “cultic” temple, and a number of...
Birthplace of Buddha

Incredible Discovery Reveals Birthplace of Buddha

In what will become one of the most significant discoveries in Nepal in decades, archaeologists have found the birthplace of Buddha and therefore the origins of Buddhism. This is the first ever...
Papua New Guinea phallus artefacts

6,000-year-old carved phallus artefacts found in Papua New Guinea

Archaeologists in Papua New Guinea have made a rare discovery – six ceremonial tools carved out of volcanic black glass , which date back around 6,000 years. However more significantly, the artefacts...
Sidron Cave

Grisly discovery in Spain reveals Neanderthal family was butchered and eaten

Nearly a decade ago, a group of cave explorers stumbled upon a large collection of Neanderthal remains in the El Sidrón cave system in north western Spain. In new research presented to the Royal...
Babylon Hanging Gardens

Searching for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The real location of the elusive Hanging Gardens of Babylon has eluded researchers for centuries. It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World whose location is still unknown, yet...
Denisova Cave

Ancient Humans Bred with Completely Unknown Species

A new study presented to the Royal Society meeting on ancient DNA in London last week has revealed a dramatic finding – the genome of one of our ancient ancestors, the Denisovans, contains a segment...
Human Remains in Spain

6,400-year-old human remains found in hidden cave in Spain

Archaeologists from the University of Barcelona in Spain have uncovered a rare Neolithic death ritual containing the remains of four individuals which are incredibly well preserved, and the funerary...
oldest wine in Israel

Largest and Oldest Wine Cellar of the Middle East Unearthed

Archaeologists have unearthed what may be the largest and oldest wine cellar in the Middle East in Tel Kabri, Israel. The massive cellar contained forty jars, each of which would have held fifty...
Giant Sloth

Were the Americas inhabited 30,000 years ago?

One of the most dramatic discoveries to fuel the debate about the date of habitation in the Americas was made in a streambed in southern Uruguay – a set of 30,000-year-old fossilised animals which...