Category: Archaeology

Unravelling the Mystery of the Bearded Man

Unravelling the Mystery of the Bearded Man

Via Ancient-Origins “He looks almost Byzantine or Greek, gazing doe-eyed over the viewer’s left shoulder, his mouth forming a slight pout, like a star-struck lover or perhaps a fan of the races witnessing his favorite charioteer losing control of his horses,” write Heritage Daily in a report about new research being undertaken to solve the mystery of the Bearded Man. […]

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Three Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle

Three Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle

Via Discovery A monster mouth doorway, ruined pyramid temples and palace remains emerged from the Mexican jungle as archaeologists unearthed two ancient Mayan cities. Found in the southeastern part of the Mexican state of Campeche, in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, the cities were hidden in thick vegetation and hardly accessible. “Aerial photographs helped us in locating the sites,” […]

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Greek tomb at Amphipolis is ‘important discovery’

Greek tomb at Amphipolis is ‘important discovery’

  Via BBC News Archaeologists unearthing a burial site at Amphipolis in northern Greece have made an “extremely important find”, says Greek PM Antonis Samaras. Experts believe the tomb belonged to an important figure dating back to the last quarter of the Fourth Century BC. A large mound complex has been unearthed at the Kasta hill site in the past […]

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The 7,000-Year-Old Chinchorro Mummies of the Andes

The 7,000-Year-Old Chinchorro Mummies of the Andes

Via Ancient-Origins The mummies of ancient Egypt are arguably the most famous mummies in the world. They are not, however, the oldest that we know of.  The Chinchorros of South America began preserving their dead about 7,000 years ago and their mummies have become one of the wonders of Andean archaeology. The Chinchorros were a people who inhabited the coast […]

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Mysterious Viking Sword Made With Technology From the Future?

Mysterious Viking Sword Made With Technology From the Future?

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times/Via Ancient-Origins The Viking sword Ulfberht was made of metal so pure it baffled archaeologists. It was thought the technology to forge such metal was not invented for another 800 or more years, during the Industrial Revolution. About 170 Ulfberhts have been found, dating from 800 to 1,000 A.D. A NOVA, National Geographic documentary titled “Secrets […]

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6,500-Year-Old ‘Noah’ Skeleton Found in Museum Closet

6,500-Year-Old ‘Noah’ Skeleton Found in Museum Closet

Via Discovery The University of Pennsylvania did have a skeleton in its closet — and it was quite old. Scientists at the Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) announced Tuesday they had found a 6,500-year-old skeleton in the museum basement. The bones belonged to a once well-muscled, 5’9″ man of at least 50 years old. […]

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The Mysterious Toltec Civilization of Mexico

The Mysterious Toltec Civilization of Mexico

By Brien Foerster, Hidden Inca Tours/Via Humans Are Free The Toltec people were an amalgam of people from southern Latin America that came together as one to form the Teotihuacan civilization. This “empire” grew to include the Pacific Coastal Chiapas and Guatemala, the Yucatan Peninsula, and much of Northern and Western Mexico before collapsing most likely in the 12th century AD. […]

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2,100-Year-Old Royal Tomb Discovered in China

2,100-Year-Old Royal Tomb Discovered in China

Via Ancient-Origins Archaeologists in China have announced the discovery of an ancient tomb belonging to a King Liu Fei, who ruled over the Jiangdu Kingdom in China 2,100 years ago, according to a report in Live Science.  The spectacular mausoleum, which contains three main tombs and eleven attendant tombs, was found to contain more than 10,000 artifacts, including several life-size […]

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Mysteries of medieval graffiti in England’s churches

Mysteries of medieval graffiti in England’s churches

By Neil Heath/BBC News Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and “demon traps” have been offering a tantalising glimpse into England’s past. What do the pictures reveal about life in the Middle Ages? A project to record the graffiti, which began in Norfolk, has now been rolled out to other areas and is gradually spreading across England. Armed […]

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The ornate and beautifully-carved stepwell of Rani-Ki-Vav

The ornate and beautifully-carved stepwell of Rani-Ki-Vav

Via Ancient-Origins The Rani-Ki-Vav is a stepwell located at Patan, Gujerat, India. Stepwells are a unique form of water resource and storage system in India, as they are wells in which the water may be reached by descending a series of steps. The Rani-Ki-Vav is said to have been built during the 11th century A.D. in memory of the Solanki […]

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