- This mythical looking dagger may have played a symbolic role in prehistoric Iberian society. Inside an ancient tomb near Seville, researchers found the remains of several individuals buried in a ritualistic fashion, as well as a most striking artifact: a quite beautiful dagger made from rock crystal. The intricately carved crystal dagger has been dated to at least 3000 BCE, making it the "most technically sophisticated and esthetically impressive collection of rock crystal material culture ever found in Prehistoric Iberia," according to Spanish researchers who investigated the site. ... [Read More]

- Archaeologists also unearth the temple of Queen Neit, wife of King Teti, the first king of the Sixth Dynasty. Dozens of wooden coffins and mummies dating back over 3,000 years have been discovered in an ancient temple near Cairo. 's former antiquities minister, archaeologist Zahi Hawass, revealed details of the treasures found in the vast Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Experts found a four-metre long papyrus that included texts of the Book of the Dead, which is a collection of spells aimed at directing the dead through the underworld in ancient Egypt. At least 22 burial wells were also ... [Read More]


- The bones were uncovered at separate archaeological sites near Navenby, as part of preparation work for a water pipeline project. Other finds included parts of small buildings and fragments of pottery. Anglian Water's heritage assessor Jo Everitt said the finds would help archaeologists understand more about the region's past. The Iron Age is thought to cover the period from about 800 BC to the Roman invasion of 43 AD. "We know that Iron Age communities existed in the area around Navenby, and that there is well-defined Roman history there too. "Such discoveries tell us a lot about our ancient ... [Read More]


- Child was buried at beginning of first century surrounded by vases and animal offerings French archaeologists have hailed the “exceptional” discovery of the 2,000-year-old remains of a child buried with animal offerings and what appears to have been a pet dog. The child, believed to have been around a year old, was interred at the beginning of the first century, during Roman rule, in a wooden coffin 80cm long made with nails and marked with a decorative iron tag. The coffin was placed in a 2 metre by 1 metre grave and surrounded by around 20 objects including a number of miniature ... [Read More]

- The warty pig painting was found in a cave in Indonesia and is thought to be at least 45,500 years old Deep within a cave in central Indonesia, archaeologists have discovered a wild pig painting created, they say, at least 45,500 years ago. It is now claimed to be the oldest known animal painting in the world. The life-size work, painted in red ochre pigment and measuring 136cm by 54cm, was identified as depicting a Sulawesi warty pig. It was uncovered in the Leang Tedongnge cave in a remote valley on the island of Sulawesi by Adam Brumm and his team from Griffith University in Brisbane, ... [Read More]

- Archaeologists unearthed amazing swords, daggers and other weaponry this year. Ancient swords, elaborate daggers, even early artillery — 2020 turned up a number of intriguing ancient weapons that tell the story of the violence of the past. These discoveries cover hundreds of thousands of years of human history, ranging from the ice age to medieval times. An ice age throwing stick The first stop in our weapons tour takes us to the ice age, where the now-extinct human species Homo heidelbergensis used tools to hunt. Measuring about 25 inches (64.5 centimeters) long, this throwing stick found ... [Read More]

- This brings the tower's total to over 600 skulls. Archaeologists in Mexico City have discovered 119 human skulls arranged in a "trophy" tower that the Aztecs built about 500 years ago, according to Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. The new finding shows just how extensive the tower is; in 2015, researchers discovered part of the tower — thought to be the main trophy site in Aztec's capital — and since then have found a total of 603 skulls embedded in the structure. The skulls buried there are the remains of sacrificed men, women and children, according to The ... [Read More]

- Discovery was made on the east side of the ‘Huei Tzompantli,’ a grisly Aztec trophy rack There wasn’t much known about a 4-pound gold bar discovered during construction work in Mexico City nearly 40 years ago, but now experts are calling the precious metal an Aztec relic. The gold bar has been identified as a long-lost Aztec treasure that was stolen by Spanish conquistadors nearly 500 years ago. Archaeologists in Mexico have found 119 more human skulls in a grisly Aztec "tower of skulls." Some 484 skulls had previously been found at the tower, according to Mexico’s National Institute ... [Read More]