Category: Archaeology

Witch bottle found during Newark Civil War Centre dig

Witch bottle found during Newark Civil War Centre dig

Via BBC News A suspected witch bottle has been unearthed by archaeologists during a dig at the site of the new Civil War Centre in Nottinghamshire. The green bottle, which is about 15cm (5.9in) tall, was probably used in the 1700s to ward off evil spells cast by witches, researchers believe. The witch bottles were usually filled with fingernails, hair […]

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Stunning murals uncovered in Ming Dynasty tomb

Stunning murals uncovered in Ming Dynasty tomb

Via Ancient-Origins Archaeologists in China have unearthed a Ming Dynasty tomb decorated with spectacular and finely-detailed paintings, according to a report in China.org.cn. Scientists are excited by the finding as it is the first time that murals have been discovered in an ancient tomb in the region. The 16th century tomb was discovered accidentally while workers were paving the way […]

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Georgia Guide Stone 2014 cube stone removal

Georgia Guide Stone 2014 cube stone removal

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The enigma of the Shugborough Inscription

The enigma of the Shugborough Inscription

Via Ancient-Origins In the grounds of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England, sits an 18th-Century monument known as the Shepherd’s Monument. The Monument contains a relief, depicting a copy of a Nicolas Poussin painting, and a cipher text that has stumped historians and decoders for hundreds of years. What is the meaning of this outwardly simple, 10-letter text? Why was it […]

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The puzzling case of the Atacama Giant

The puzzling case of the Atacama Giant

Via Ancient-Origins The most well-known geoglyphs in the world are undoubtedly the Nazca Lines of coastal Peru. Yet, in the Atacama Desert of Chile, there is another group of geoglyphs that are equally as impressive. Although the geoglyphs of the Atacama Desert are less familiar to most, they are far more numerous in number, more varied in style, and cover […]

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The Mystery of the Roman Tunnels of Baiae

The Mystery of the Roman Tunnels of Baiae

Via Ancient-Origins There are certain places on Earth in which nature is imbued with the supernatural. Over the ages, human beings attach mythological stories to these places of mystery; one such place is located at the ancient Roman resort of Baiae. Baiae is located in the Southern Italian region of Campania. Situated on the Bay of Naples, Baiae was a […]

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Did ancient Siberian princess use cannabis to cope with breast cancer?

Did ancient Siberian princess use cannabis to cope with breast cancer?

Via Ancient-Origins The Siberian Ice Maiden, also known as the Princess of Ukok and the Altai Princess of Ochi-Bala, is a 2,500-year-old mummy of a woman found in 1993 in a kurgan (mound) of the Pazyryk culture in the Republic of Altai, Russia. Her discovery was considered to be among the most significant Russian archaeological findings of the late 20th […]

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The Mysterious Stone Kingdom of the Great Zimbabwe

The Mysterious Stone Kingdom of the Great Zimbabwe

Via Ancient-Origins Zimbabwe is home to one of the most stunning historical monuments in Africa – the monument of the Great Zimbabwe.  Built 900 years ago, the massive stone structures of the Great Zimbabwe create a breathtaking view, leaving visitors to wonder about the historical events that transpired many centuries ago. How were these massive stone structures built? What kind […]

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Antikythera wreck yields new treasures

Antikythera wreck yields new treasures

Via BBC News An international expedition says it has made further, remarkable finds at the site of the Antikythera shipwreck.  The vessel, which dates from 70-60BC, was famously first identified by Greek sponge divers more than 100 years ago. Its greatest treasure is the remains of a geared “computer” that was used to calculate the positions of astronomical objects…..

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Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art

Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art

Via BBC News The artworks are in a rural area on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. Until now, paintings this old had been confirmed in caves only in Western Europe. Researchers tell the journal Nature that the Indonesian discovery transforms ideas about how humans first developed the ability to produce art…..

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