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The World's 20 Most Impressive Ancient Builds

The feats of the Ancients.<p>Suspension bridges and skyscrapers are marvels of modern engineering, but some of the world's most impressive constructions are thousands of years behind us. The Roman Colosseum is one such wonder, marking a crucial transition point between two vastly different ages of …

Ancient History

The world's most enchanting ruins

Archaeology

First textiles from King David era discovered at Timna copper mines

Over 100 pieces of cloths dating to the 10th century BCE in Israel have been discovered at the Timna copper mines, deep in the desert. The textile …

Earliest known medieval Muslim graves are discovered in France

On the outskirts of the ancient Roman city of Nimes in southern France, archaeologists have discovered the graves of three Muslim men that date back to the 8th century.<p>The finding, reported Wednesday in PLOS One, suggests the early medieval presence of Muslims north of the Pyrenees was more …

Archaeology

Ancient Greek manuscripts reveal life lessons from the Roman empire

Newly translated textbooks from the second and sixth centuries aimed at language learners also provide pointers on shopping, bathing, dining and how to deal with drunk relatives<p>Ever been unsure about how to deal with a drunken family member returning from an orgy? A collection of newly translated …

The Scientists Who Are Deciphering 'Unreadable' Ancient Texts

The Lazarus Project has a secret to reading invisible ink: capturing it with multispectral imaging.<p>Sometime around the year 1491, the German cartographer Henricus Martellus produced an influential map of the world, which was likely used by Christopher Columbus on his 1492 expedition to the Americas.<p>…

Humanities

Babylonians used astronomy techniques 1,500yrs ahead of Europeans

Ancient Babylonians have just amazed astronomers everywhere, after a newly-translated tablet revealed far more advanced tools than imagined for that …

Archaeology

Babylonian astronomers' geometry more advanced than previously thought

Ancient tablets show use of geometric techniques credited to medieval scholars<p>Ancient Babylonian astronomers were way ahead of their time, using …

Dictionary of dead language complete after 90 years

<b>A dictionary of the extinct language of ancient Mesopotamia has been completed after 90 years of work.</b><p>Assyrian and Babylonian - dialects of the language collectively known as Akkadian - have not been spoken for almost 2,000 years.<p>"This is a heroic and significant moment in history," beamed Dr …

Life in Ancient Egypt: what was it like?

1) Who were the ‘ordinary people’?<p>Imagine the population of ancient Egypt arranged in a social pyramid: the pyramid base is supported by slaves, …

Ancient History

Real History at the Downton Abbey Set Goes Back to Ancient Egypt

What’s the biggest conception about <i>Downton Abbey</i> location Highclere Castle among viewers of the show? According to the current Countess of Carnarvon, …