Ancient History

News and information about strange archeological finds and mysterious artifacts

Archeologists discover 17 mostly intact mummies in Egyptian necropolis

17 mostly intact mummies have been discovered in Egyptian necropolis in Minya. The find is especially important because it’s the first human necropolis to be discovered in Minya. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered catacombs in the country’s...

2,000-year-old lost sunken city of Rhapta found in Tanzania

A 2,000-year-old lost sunken city has been discovered by a scuba diver flying over the coast of Tanzania. Now archaeologists believe he has discovered the remnants of the ancient lost sunken city of Rhapta. The ancient...

Secret Tomb of Egyptian ‘Priest of Magic’ Discovered at Abusir Archaeological Cemetery at Giza

This is the story of the secret and mysterious tomb belonging to an Ancient Egyptian 'Priest of Magic' that got discovered by archeologists 4,500 years after it was sealed off from the world. Archaeologists at...

Two Plague Strains Wiped Out 30-60% of Europe

The Black Death ravaged medieval Western Europe, wiping out roughly one-third of the population. The genetic history of the bacterium believed to be behind the plague suggests that...

‘Mountain of God’ volcano eruption is imminent and could wipe out key sites of human history in Tanzania

An active volcano in northeastern Tanzania known to the Maasai as the “Mountain of God” has been quietly rumbling—and it is showing signs that an eruption is imminent. The East African peak looms over a...

How Many Times has the World Ended? – Apocalypse Infographic

How many times has the World ended? Look at this funny doomsday apocalyptic infographics. 2012 was not the first expected and predicted apocalyptic end of the world.   In looking at just how many apocalypse predictions there have been...

Ancient Roman PENIS graffiti found at Hadrian’s Wall in the UK means GOOD LUCK

Humanity has achieved a lot of the past 2,000 years. We’ve explored every continent, painted masterpieces, eradicated diseases, and even landed on the Moon. But despite this sense of...

Ancient Mystery: Unusual Aztec Dog Cemetery Found in Mexico City – February 2014

This is not the first time a burial of a dog has been found, but it is the first find where many dogs were carefully buried together, in a setting that is like a...

New Mythical Osiris Tomb Discovered in Egypt Is Identical To That In Luxor And Mythology

Archeologists have just uncovered the copy of the mythical Luxor's Tomb of Osiris, God of the Dead, at another archeological site in Egypt. The tomb complex contains multiple shafts and chambers, a carving of Osiris...

Zombie Love: Torajas Dig Up Relatives to Freshen Them Up During Ancient Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses (MaiNene)

Torajas zombie love: Every year, in Toraja, an Indonesian village in Sulawesi, residents dig up their dead to give them a wash, groom and dress them in new clothes. This ancient ritual called MaiNene, or...

Two anomalies confirmed inside the Great Pyramid of Cheops

Two anomalies have been confirmed inside the Great Pyramid of Cheops. One is at the top of the gateway to the pyramidal mausoleum, built 4,500 years ago, and the second was found in the northeast...

5,500-Year-Old Ancient Axe With Intact Wooden Shaft Uncovered at Rødbyhavn, Denmark

This ancient axe with intact wooden shaft was uncovered at Rødbyhavn, Denmark. It dates to the Stone Age, about 5,500 years ago. AMAZING! Archaeologists have unearthed a remarkably well-preserved axe with an intact shaft. The narrow-necked...

Divers Discover Ancient Inca Offerings in Lake Titicaca

Christophe Delaere, a Belgian archaeologist, and his team of diving archaeologists have discovered Inca treasures in Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. A team of diving archaeologists under the direction of Belgian Christophe Delaere (FNRS, ULB) has...

Oldest alien-shaped skulls discovered in China

Excavation of ancient Chinese tombs have revealed the oldest human skulls which were intentionally reshaped as part of a ritual to show status and wealth. At a site...

Giant Pleistocene wolf head discovered in Siberia with impressive fangs still snarling after 40,000 years

The severed head of the world’s first full-sized Pleistocene wolf was unearthed in the Abyisky district in the north of Yakutia.  The wolf, whose rich mammoth-like fur and...

Baby Woolly Rhinoceros Dubbed Sasha Discovered In Siberia For The First Time

Scientists are going crazy over the recent discovery of a baby woolly rhino. This is the only know specimen of this type of tiny extinct rhino. It was discovered lying in permafrost along the bank of...

This 5,000-year-old mummy is the earliest known tattooed woman

A new analysis of two ancient Egyptian mummies has uncovered the earliest known examples of “figural” tattoos on human beings - that is, tattoos that are meant to represent a real things, rather than...

Fossil of newfound species of nodosaur is so well preserved it looks like a statue

This fossil of a newfound species of nodosaur is so well preserved that it looks like a statue The dinosaur lived midway through the Cretaceous period, between 110 million and 112 million years ago. The 110...

Scientists discover new species of dinosaur and solve ancient mystery

Well that's a big deal! A bus-sized dinosaur has been found by paleontologists in Egypt and it offers a clue to an ancient mystery. The dino, Mansourasaurus shahinae, was the length of a school...

Ancient Populations Used Advanced Sound Technology To Alter Consciousness And Speak With The Dead

A prehistoric necropolis yields clues to the ancient use of sound and its effect on human brain activity. Researchers detected the presence of a strong double resonance frequency at 70Hz and 114Hz inside a 5,000-years-old...

Volcanoes, Lightnings, Child Sacrifices, and Gods: It Has to be the Incas

Bioarchaeologists have been studying the 500-year-old remains of child sacrifices found on top of the volcanos Ampato and Pichu Pichu in the Andes. They found that a...

Giant polar bear skull unearthed could be that of the legendary ‘weasel bear’

A huge, unusually shaped polar bear skull emerged in 2014 from an eroding archaeological site southwest of Utqiagvik. It is so different from most modern polar bear skulls that scientists believe they have found the...

GIANT 2.6-meter-long sarcophagus unearthed in Egypt

There is a new archeological mystery in Alexandria. Archaeologists have unearthed a 8.6-foot-long sarcophagus buried in Egypt 2,000 years ago beside a massive stone head. This is a giant for this period of time....

Mysterious world’s oldest man-made sphere discovered in Bosnia

What about this mysterious man-made sphere discovered by a controversial archeologist in Bosnia? The specialist claims this bizarre natural sphere is the world's oldest man-made sphere proving Europe has an advanced lost civilisation that used impressive...

Preserved Woolly Mammoth Displayed in Tokyo until September 2013

If you are in Japan within the next months, you should stop at an exhibition hall in Yokohama, south of Tokyo to admire the frozen body of a wholly and almost intact wholly mammoth. A...

Ancient Civilisation: Machu Picchu Before And After Photos. WOW!

Machu Picchu is a mysterious 15th-century Inca site in Peru. These amazing pictures show the evolution of the archeological site from its discovery to now! Now compare! Machu Picchu was unknown to the outside world before being...

A Collection of the World’s Oldest Examples of Ordinary Things and Everyday Objects

Have you ever wondered how socks, a bag or even a condom look like in the past? Well this collection of the world's oldest examples of ordinary things and everyday objects will help you figure it...

Stonehenge Mystery Solved: Ancient Neolithic Site Was A Complete Circle

It's a puzzle that has taken 4000 years to solve: was Stonehenge built in a complete circle? Stonehenge mystery solved 4000 years on: it was built in a circle! Extensive tests and excavations carried out at...

What does an 85,000-year-old fossilized finger bone the size of a Lego have to tell about the course of human history? Plenty, apparently

The discovery of a rare 85,000-year-old finger bone in Saudi Arabia complicates our understanding of African migration. The fossil builds on the theory that humans left Africa in multiple waves, and suggests they made it...

This Mysterious Brain is 4000-Year-Old

How did brain tissue survive in four skeletons dug up in Seyitömer Höyük, a Bronze Age settlement in western Turkey, between 2006 and 2011? It may look like nothing more than a bit of burnt log, but this 4000-year-old human...

Strange Ancestral Language: This is How Our Ancestors’ Language Sounded Like 6,000 Years Ago

Have you ever asked yourself how did our ancertors' language sound like? Well, linguists have recently reconstructed what a 6,000 year-old-language called Proto-Indo-European, the forerunner of many European and Asian languages, might have sounded like. Photo...

Giant shark fossil discovered in Texas suggests monsters from the deep were larger than thought

A monster shark the size of a two-story building trolled the shallow seas 100 million years ago. The massive fish, Leptostyrax macrorhiza, would have been one of the largest predators of its day! The top image of...

Perfectly preserved 55,000-year-old cave lion cub discovered in Siberia

Scientists unearthed a perfectly preserved cave lion cub with its head still resting gently on a paw after up to 55,000 years. The cub was between six and eight weeks old when it died for...

World’s Oldest Computer – The Ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism – Is Older Than Previously Thought

Sometimes ancient history can get a bit more ancient. The ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism — also known as the world's "oldest analog computer" for its ability to predict lunar and solar eclipses and solar, lunar...

The mysterious Sleeping Beauty has been found in Ethiopia

Archaeologists working in Ethiopia have discovered a remarkable treasure trove of artifacts dating back to the first and second centuries. It also included the skeletal remains of a mysterious woman that some are calling "Sleeping...

‘The Grave of an Alien’: Burial of a 1 year old baby with skull heavily deformed by barbaric traditions discovered

The burial of a child of the 2nd century AD was discovered by archaeologists at the ancient necropolis of Kyz-Aul in the east of Crimea. The expedition members dubbed him "the grave of an alien"...

Khroma and Lyuba Wooly Mammoths: Ancient Baby Mammoths Inhaled Mud And Suffocated To Death

Lyuba and Khroma are two newborn woolly mammoths from the Arctic and probably the best preserved baby mammoth specimens ever found around the world. A new scientific study suggests they died brutally inhaling mud and...

Archeologists uncover military structures buried beneath Alcatraz

Alcatraz might be best known as a popular tourist destination, the site of the former high-security prison that once held Al Capone. But a team of archaeologists has now unveiled new evidence...

Scientists Have Unearthed The First Dinosaur Evidence in Saudi Arabia

Dinosaurs are fascinating, but aren't homogeneously dstributed over our planet. Scientists have just recently discovered the first ever dinosaur evidence from the Arabian subcontinent in Saudi Arabia. Unprecendent dinosaur discoveries have not only been made in...

The Lovers of Valdaro, Italy

Discovered by archaeologists in a tomb in San Giorgio near Mantua, Italy. The couple have been holding one another for 6,000 years. The Lovers of Valdaro, also...