Archaeology


- A team of archeologists in northern Peru discovered the remains of 29 people, including three children, that could help experts rewrite the history of the pre-Incan Wari civilization, the lead researcher said on Friday. The skeletons were buried more than 1,000 years ago in Huaca Santa Rosa de Pucala, an ancient ceremonial center in the coastal region of Lambayeque, 750 kilometers to the north of Lima. The burials of the three children and a teenager at the front of the temple indicated they ... [Read More]

Source: phys.org

- The newly restored road, once lined with around 700 towering sculptures, is set to open to the public in the coming weeks Archaeologists excavating the so-called Avenue of the Sphinxes in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor have discovered three ancient stone ram heads . Authorities plan to place the heads back where they stood in ancient times, on statues that line the road in what was once the city of Thebes , reports Ibrahim Ayyad for Al-Monitor . The find is part of an effort to restore the ... [Read More]


- The modern horse was domesticated around 2200 years BCE in the northern Caucasus. In the centuries that followed it spread throughout Asia and Europe. An international team of 162 scientists collected, sequenced and compared 273 genomes from ancient horses scattered across Eurasia to come up with this finding. Horses were first domesticated in the Pontic-Caspian steppes, northern Caucasus, before conquering the rest of Eurasia within a few centuries. These are the results of a study led by ... [Read More]


- In A.D. 993, a storm on the sun released an enormous pulse of radiation that was absorbed and stored by trees all over the Earth. Now, that solar event has proved a critical tool in pinpointing an exact year the Vikings were present in the Americas. Since the discovery of a Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows in Canada's Newfoundland more than 50 years ago, most scholars accept that Viking sailors, who explored the seas beginning in the late 700s to around 1100, were the first Europeans ... [Read More]


- Frankish soldiers camped at the site before the 1187 Battle of Hattin, which ended in a decisive victory for Muslim sultan Saladin On the eve of combat, Frankish Crusader knights broke camp near a spring in what is now Israel before moving into position to meet the Muslim armies of Saladin . The next day, July 4, 1187, the legendary sultan’s soldiers crushed these men and their European allies at the Battle of Hattin , paving the way for the end of Christian occupation of the Holy Land—and ... [Read More]


- The most important members of Inca society continued to be treated as living beings after death—and provided a powerful link to the gods. The , like other ancient Andean groups, practiced artificial as a way of honoring their ancestors and preserving the connection between present and past. The most important Inca mummies, including those of their emperors, were treated as still-living beings—draped in fine textiles and jewelry, served food and drink and carefully tended by their living ... [Read More]

Source: history.com

- Two polished stone balls shaped about 5,500 years ago – linked to a mysterious practice almost unique to Neolithic Britain – have been discovered in an ancient tomb on the island of Sanday, in the Orkney Islands north of mainland Scotland. Hundreds of similar stone balls, each about the size of a baseball, have been found at Neolithic sites mainly in Scotland and the Orkney Islands, but also in England, Ireland, and Norway, Live Science previously reported . Some are ornately carved – ... [Read More]


- SAQQARA, Egypt -- Egypt on Tuesday showcased an ancient tomb structure belonging to the cemetery complex of King Djoser, a pharaoh who lived more than 4,500 years ago, following extensive restorations of the site. The structure — known as the Southern Tomb — is largely underground and includes a labyrinth of corridors, decorated with hieroglyphic carvings and tiles. A central funeral shaft houses a massive granite-clad sarcophagus from Egypt’s Third Dynasty. However, the pharaoh was not ... [Read More]


- The 7,200-year-old burial was found in a cave. A woman buried 7,200 years ago in what is now Indonesia belonged to a previously unknown human lineage that doesn't exist anymore, a new genetic analysis reveals. The ancient woman's genome also revealed that she is a distant relative of present-day Aboriginal Australians and Melanesians, or the Indigenous people on the islands of New Guinea and the western Pacific whose ancestors were the first humans to reach Oceania, the researchers found. Like ... [Read More]


- Archaeology Discovery of Partially Mummified Pompeii Resident Reveals a ‘Rags to Riches’ Tale Evidence found at the site also suggests that Greek was spoken in the ancient Roman city, which was buried in volcanic ash in 79 CE. The man was roughly 60 years old when he died, and he was laid to rest in an elaborate stone tomb alongside fancy urns and other grave goods. Once an enslaved person, the Pompeii resident found his way to freedom and socioeconomic success, as newly uncovered evidence ... [Read More]

Source: gizmodo.com

- Wicker vessels recovered from the ruins of Thônis-Heracleion contain doum nuts and grape seeds Researchers investigating the submerged metropolis of , in the Egyptian bay of Abū Qīr , have discovered wicker fruit baskets dated to the fourth century B.C.E. Incredibly, the vessels still contain doum nuts —the fruit of an African palm tree considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians—and grape seeds. "Nothing was disturbed," marine archaeologist Franck Goddio tells Dalya Alberge of the ... [Read More]