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  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by grandtheftsoul
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    Archaeologists discover remains of 'vampire' child buried in cemetery

    The grave of a 'vampire child' buried more than 2,000 years ago has been excavated by stunned archaeologists who found the body had been weighed down, over fears it would rise from the dead. Evidence of a ritualistic burial was found deep underground when a team in Rome, Italy, dug up the remains of a child aged 10, which had a stone placed in its mouth.

  • Video/Audio
    8 days ago
    by estherschindler
    +1 +1

    The World’s Oldest Dress

    This Tarkhan dress was found in an Egyptian tomb.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by junglman
    +17 +1

    Eight-year-old Swedish-American girl pulls pre-Viking era sword from lake

    "It's not every day that one steps on a sword in the lake!" Mikael Nordström from Jönköpings Läns Museum said when explaining the significance of the find. But that's exactly what happened to Saga Vanecek, who found the relic at the Vidöstern lake in Tånnö, Småland earlier this summer. "I was outside in the water, throwing sticks and stones and stuff to see how far they skip, and then I found some kind of stick," Saga told The Local.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +31 +1

    Neanderthals Hand Structures

    According to the study, the hands of the Neanderthals, in contrast to the predicted, were too curvy to hold objects between the thumb and the other fingers. The Neanderthals could hold objects between the thumb and the other fingers, just as we would hold our pencil, because their hands were much more curved than they thought. The finding helps explain the activities that require a large number of skills, such as the Neandertals, tool making, painting cave walls, drawing patterns on the bird’s bones, and twine.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by dianep
    +2 +1

    A year of unprecedented archaeological findings in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia has concluded the past Hijri (Islamic calendar) year with unprecedented archaeological findings, as well as achievements in archaeological protection, rehabilitation of sites and restoration of national antiquities. The recent discovery of the 85,000-year-old remains of an ancient man in the Nefud Desert on the outskirts of Tabuk was considered among the most important discoveries announced by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Heritage (SCTH) this year.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by distant
    +16 +1

    'Priceless' 2,800-year-old 'royal gold jewellery' stash boasting some 3,000 items is found inside a burial mound in remote Kazakhstan mountains

    An astonishing stash of 2,800-year-old gold jewellery has been unearthed by archaeologists in Kazakhstan. Some 3,000 golden and precious items were found in a burial mound in the remote Tarbagatai mountains. The treasure trove - described as 'priceless' - is believed to belong to royal or elite members of the Saka people who held sway in central Asia eight centuries before the birth of Christ.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +10 +1

    Aboriginal archaeological discovery in Kakadu rewrites the history of Australia

    Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years, a team of archaeologists has established - 18,000 years longer than had been proved previously and at least 5000 years longer than had been speculated by the most optimistic researchers. The world-first finding, which follows years of archaeological digging in an ancient camp-site beneath a sandstone rock shelter within the Jabiluka mining lease in Kakadu, Northern Territory...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by bkool
    +1 +1

    Mexican archeologists find 7,000-year-old Mayan remains in cave

    Archeologists in Mexico have discovered sets of human remains from the early ancestors of the Mayan civilization that could be as much as 7,000 years old, officials reported on Tuesday. According to archaeologists at a Mexico City news conference, three sets of human remains were unearthed at the Puyil cave in the Tacotalpa municipality of Tabasco state, located in southern Mexico.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by larylin
    +13 +1

    Homo erectus were too short-sighted and lazy to survive, research finds

    It may have been a lazy, 'why bother?' attitude that led to the downfall of an early species of human, according to new research. Findings from the Australian National University after an archaeological excavation in Saudi Arabia found Homo erectus tended to do the bare minimum to get by, while other species of human were inclined to put in the effort. They used "least-effort strategies" for tool making and collection of resources, as opposed to Homo sapiens and Neanderthals, who would climb mountains and haul materials over dozens of kilometres to ensure they had quality goods, the research showed.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TheSpirit
    +12 +1

    'Oldest solid cheese ever found’ discovered in Egyptian jar

    For thousands of years beneath Egypt’s desert sands a solidified whitish substance sat in a broken jar. Scientists now say it’s “probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found.” Archaeologists came across the finding while cleaning the sands around a 19th-dynasty tomb at the vast Saqqara necropolis of the ancient city of Memphis. The tomb of Ptahmes, the mayor of ancient Memphis, was initially discovered in 1885 but had been swallowed by shifting sands until its rediscovery in 2010.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +16 +1

    Evidence in the bones reveals rickets in Roman times

    Rickets is mostly seen as a 19th-century disease, but research has revealed that the Romans also had a big problem with getting enough vitamin D. Researchers from Historic England and McMaster University in Canada examined 2,787 skeletons from 18 cemeteries across the Roman empire and discovered that rickets was a widespread phenomenon 2,000 years ago.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by junglman
    +11 +1

    700,000-Year-Old Stone Tools Point to Mysterious Human Relative

    Stone tools found in the Philippines predate the arrival of modern humans to the islands by roughly 600,000 years—but researchers aren’t sure who made them. The eye-popping artifacts, unveiled on Wednesday in Nature, were abandoned on a river floodplain on the island of Luzon beside the butchered carcass of a rhinoceros. The ancient toolmakers were clearly angling for a meal. Two of the rhino's limb bones are smashed in, as if someone was trying to harvest and eat the marrow inside. Cut marks left behind by stone blades crisscross the rhino's ribs and ankle, a clear sign that someone used tools to strip the carcass of meat.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +30 +1

    DNA shows cave girl was half Neanderthal

    Once upon a time, two early humans of different ancestry met at a cave in Russia. Some 50,000 years later, scientists have confirmed that they had a daughter together. DNA extracted from bone fragments found in the cave show the girl was the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by darvinhg
    +21 +1

    Oldest surviving Maya book declared authentic

    Fifty-four years after it was sold by looters, an ancient Maya pictographic text was judged authentic by scholars Thursday. Mexico's National Institute of History and Anthropology said the calendar-style text was made between 1021 and 1154 A.D. and is the oldest known pre-Hispanic document. The 10 surviving pages of the tree-bark folding "book" will now be known as the Mexico Maya Codex. It had been known as the Grolier Codex.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +4 +1

    Archaeologists uncover one of oldest villages ever found in Nile Delta, Egypt

    Egypt says archaeologists have unearthed one of the oldest villages ever found in the Nile Delta, with remains dating back to before the pharaohs. The Antiquities Ministry said Sunday the Neolithic site was discovered in Tell el-Samara, about 140 kilometres north of Cairo. Chief archaeologist Frederic Gio says his team found silos containing animal bones and food, indicating human habitation as early as 5,000 B.C.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ckshenn
    +2 +1

    Ancient village found in Egypt predates time of pharaohs

    Archaeologists believe they have unearthed one of Egypt's oldest-known settlements in the Nile Delta, dating back some 7,000 years to the Neolithic era. The country's ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of a village in the Tell el-Samara area of the Dakahlia governorate, north of Cairo, in a statement posted to Facebook on Sunday.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by drunkenninja
    +11 +1

    Fancy a 13,000-year-old beer, anyone?

    Researchers believe they have found the world's oldest brewery in a prehistoric cave in Israel.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by Cobbydaler
    +14 +1

    Ancient History in depth: Echoes of Plato's Atlantis

    Article discussing the possible sources of the Atlantis myth first recorded by Plato

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +21 +1

    British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

    A lost world off the British coast which was flooded by the rising North Sea thousands of years ago, is finally to reveal its secrets. The ancient country of Doggerland was once the home to thousands of stone age settlers and was an important land bridge between Britain and Northern Europe. Now archaeologists at the University of Bradford have begun a huge project to reconstruct the ancient Mesolithic landscape which is now hidden beneath the waves.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by Petrox
    +37 +1

    The remote lake that tells the story of humanity's birth

    Our ancient human ancestors were an elusive lot. Their remains are literally thin on the ground, and even when fossils are unearthed it is rare for them to be complete. Sometimes they must be pieced together from dozens of fragments. That is why a staggering find in 1984 excited the entire field, and continues to do so today over 30 years later. It was a skeleton of a young boy, discovered at Lake Turkana in the deserts of northern Kenya.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +39 +1

    The Atlantis-style myths that turned out to be true

    Local legends often tell of cities or islands that have been lost to the waves. Nowadays we are sceptical of these tales, but some of them really happened. In one cataclysmic night, the gods sent a battalion of fire and earthquakes so intense that the Utopian kingdom of Atlantis sank deep into the ocean, never to be found again.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +30 +1

    Female 'Amazon' warrior buried 2,500 years ago in Altai Mountains was... male

    New DNA findings alter the sex of one of most famous recent Siberian archeological finds of human remains. A Swiss taxidermy expert brought 'her' to life, recreating the 'virgin' warrior's looks from facial bones, and some observers commented on her distinctly masculine appearance. Yet archeologists and anthropologists believed she was not only female - and a pig-tailed teenager - but a member of an elite corps of warriors within...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +6 +1

    New evidence: Easter Island civilization was not destroyed by war

    Hundreds of years ago, an advanced, seafaring civilization called Rapa Nui built more than 800 monuments that were so massive and ambiguous that they remain a mystery to this day. The Easter Island statues, or moai, are enormous stone figures placed along the coastline as if surveying the island's interior lands. One of archaeology's greatest mysteries is what happened to the Rapa Nui of Easter Island.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +8 +1

    520m-year-old nervous system among oldest and most detailed ever found

    It might resemble a menacing shrimp, but scientists have discovered an immaculately preserved 520-million-year-old creature was also a bundle of nerves. Unearthed in southern China, the fossils boast among the oldest and most extensive nervous systems ever preserved, researchers claim. Unlike bones and teeth which are commonly found in fossilised form, soft tissue - and in particular nerve tissue - is another matter. “Nerve tissue is extremely rare, and...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +33 +1

    Scientists gear up to drill into ‘ground zero’ of the impact that killed the dinosaurs

    This month, a drilling platform will rise in the Gulf of Mexico, but it won’t be aiming for oil. Scientists will try to sink a diamond-tipped bit into the heart of Chicxulub crater—the buried remnant of the asteroid impact 66 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, along with most other life on the planet. They hope that the retrieved rock cores will contain clues to how life came back in the wake of the cataclysm, and whether the crater itself...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Apolatia
    +29 +1

    Scientists discover 99-million-year-old lizards preserved in amber

    Some 99 million years ago, 12 unsuspecting lizards stepped or fell into sticky tree resin and couldn't tear themselves loose in the forests of what is now Myanmar. Over time that resin fossilized into amber, preserving the little lizards for scientists to study later. Now, researchers are looking to these prehistoric golden chunks to better understand how lizards have evolved.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +28 +1

    1,000-year-old ‘lost’ medieval village found under M74 motorway

    The lost medieval village of Cadzow may have been finally located after artefacts more than 1,000 years old were unearthed during upgrading work on the M74. The discoveries near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire include coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th century, and fragments of glazed medieval pottery and clay smoking pipes. They were found under the motorway verge near junction six, opposite the Hamilton Services.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by manix
    +41 +1

    Slaughter at the bridge

    About 3200 years ago, two armies clashed at a river crossing near the Baltic Sea. The confrontation can't be found in any history books—the written word didn't become common in these parts for another 2000 years—but this was no skirmish between local clans. Thousands of warriors came together in a brutal struggle, perhaps fought on a single day, using weapons crafted from wood, flint, and bronze, a metal that was...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +32 +1

    New type of dinosaur egg found in China

    Researchers have found a new type of dinosaur egg from the Lower Cretaceous, or Early Cretaceous, in northwest China. The strata encompasses fossils dated between 100 million and 145 million years old. Dinosaur eggs from the Lower Cretaceous are hard to find. Eggs from the Upper Cretaceous -- a bit younger at 66 million to 100 million years old, and typically closer to the surface -- are much more common.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by melaniee
    +40 +1

    Newly discovered mass graves could be filled with an ancient Greek tyrant’s followers

    Thousands of years ago, an ancient Greek athlete named Cylon tried to overthrow the government. It did not end well. Now, archaeologists have stumbled upon mass graves near Athens containing the skeletal remains of 80 men who the researchers believe may have been followers of that wannabe tyrant, Cylon of Athens. The remains — which had teeth in good condition — were found in two graves that date to between 675 and 650 B.C....

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by timex
    +3 +1

    12-year-old Israeli girl discovers ancient Egyptian amulet

    JERUSALEM — A 12-year-old Israeli girl has discovered an ancient Egyptian amulet dating back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs. Neshama Spielman and her family took part in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, an initiative to sort through earth discarded from the area of the biblical temples in Jerusalem. There she found a pendant-shaped amulet bearing the name of the Egyptian ruler Thutmose III.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +44 +1

    Historian uncovers 'eye watering' scope of Black Death devastation

    A new analysis of broken pottery fragments collected from various rural locations throughout east England has shed new light on the devastating impact of the Black Death, the fearsome pandemic that ravaged much of Europe between the years of 1346 and 1351. University of Lincoln Professor Carenza Lewis and her colleagues collected pieces of pottery from nearly 2,000 standard-sized test pits in more than 55 locations in six counties which were also settlements during the 14th century.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by cone
    +42 +1

    Shipwreck found in Boston construction site

    It was a typical day at work for construction crews in Boston. They were digging on a lot of land planned for a 400,000-square-foot office building, but little did they know they were about to unearth a historic find: the remains off a 50-foot wooden ship from the mid- to late 1800s. "This is the first shipwreck that I know of in Boston discovered in filled land," city archaeologist Joe Bagley told CNN affiliate WBZ. "This is the largest and most significant by far." The Skanska construction crew stumbled across the discovery in the Seaport District last week and immediately halted construction.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by melaniee
    +20 +1

    Man finds 22-pound chunk of butter estimated to be more than 2,000 years old in Irish bog

    Finding buried treasure is a dream as old as stories themselves. Treasure chests overflowing with gold doubloons, shiny lamps containing genies, gargantuan lumps of thousand-year-old butter. Okay, maybe most don't dream of unearthing enormous chunks of butter, but that's exactly what Jack Conway discovered in the Emlagh bog in County Meath, Ireland, at the beginning of June, Atlas Obscura reported. Conway is a turf cutter, meaning he harvests "turf" or peat - it's similar to moss - from a bog to later burn...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by kxh
    +12 +1

    New Discovery Expands the Hobbit Family Tree

    Fossil finds are challenging our understanding of the diminutive hominins discovered in Indonesia in 2003.