Category: Archaeology

‘Extremely rare’ early Christian charm discovered

‘Extremely rare’ early Christian charm discovered

Via Daily Mail It has laid largely unstudied in a university library for more than 100 years. But now a 1,500-year-old papyrus has been identified as one of the world’s earliest surviving Christian charms. The ‘remarkable’ document contains some of the earliest documented references to The Last Supper and sheds new light on early Christian practices, experts say…..

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The Great Smithsonian Cover-Up: 18 Giant Skeletons Discovered in Wisconsin

The Great Smithsonian Cover-Up: 18 Giant Skeletons Discovered in Wisconsin

By Mark Shernick, Old Curiosity Shop/Via Humans Are Free Here’s one for your “Forbidden Archaeology” file. Scientists are remaining stubbornly silent about a lost race of giants found in burial mounds near Lake Delavan, Wisconsin, in May 1912. The dig site at Lake Delavan was overseen by Beloit College and it included more than 200 effigy mounds that proved to […]

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Ancient beehive tombs of Oman – so where are the bodies?

Ancient beehive tombs of Oman – so where are the bodies?

Via Ancient-Origins Lined up dramatically atop a rocky ridge, the beehive ‘tombs’ of Bat and Al Ayn are two of Oman’s most celebrated prehistoric sites. Little is known about the stone structures, or the culture that constructed them. However, despite this lack of knowledge, UNESCO feels it knows enough to conclude that “the necropolis of Bat bears characteristic and unique […]

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Fifteen previously unknown monuments discovered underground in Stonehenge landscape

Fifteen previously unknown monuments discovered underground in Stonehenge landscape

Via Ancient-Origins A groundbreaking new survey of Stonehenge and its surrounds has revealed fifteen previously unknown Neolithic monuments underground, according to a new report released by the Smithsonian Institute. The results show that there is a lot more to Stonehenge than meets the eye. It has long been known that Stonehenge was not just an isolated monument in an unspoilt […]

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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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