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Divers find more artifacts at wreck of the Mentor, which sank carrying the Elgin Marbles

Divers exploring the Mentor ship that wrecked off the southern coast of Greece in 1802 while carrying the Parthenon marbles to England have found …

Syrians Race to Save Ancient City's Treasures from ISIS

As ISIS fighters invaded Palmyra, museum curators were packing artifacts and loading trucks for a last-minute escape.<p>Syria’s Director General for Antiquities and Museums got a telephone call in mid May that he had long been dreading: Thousands of ISIS fighters were racing across the desert toward …

Thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion kills MRSA superbug

<b>London (CNN) —</b> It might sound like a <i>really</i> old wives' tale, but a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the modern-day superbug MRSA, according to new research.<p>The 10th-century "eyesalve" remedy was discovered at the British Library in a …

Super Bug

Meet Little Foot - the 3.7 million-year-old human ancestor

Scientists say a new dating technique suggests that a human ancestor whose fossils were found in a South African cave lived about 3.7 million years ago<p>Scientists have said a sophisticated new dating technique shows that Little Foot, an important fossil of an early human forerunner unearthed in the …

Brutal Brawls And Cranial Surgery Discovered On Ancient Skeletons From Lake Titicaca

Jutting out into Lake Titicaca, the Copacabana Peninsula today boasts some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches flanked by verdant terraces and colorful houses nestled into the cliffside. It will come as no surprise that people have lived along the shores of Titicaca nearly continuously since at …

Archaeology

Naqsh-e Rustam: Ancient Tombs of Powerful Persian Kings

Naqsh-e Rustam is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring ancient sites of the Achaemenid Empire, consisting of the colossal tombs of Persian …

Cuneiform: 6 things you (probably) didn’t know about the world’s oldest writing system

Distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, cuneiform script is the oldest form of writing in the world, first appearing even earlier …

Ancient History

Roman rubbish dump reveals secrets of ancient trading networks

Archaeologists are excavating Monte Testaccio, a huge artificial hill in the centre of Rome that is made up of millions of smashed amphorae<p>The world’s largest ancient Roman rubbish dump is revealing intriguing details about the extent and sophistication of trade in the Mediterranean 2,000 years ago.<p>…

Our eye sockets give us a wider field of view than other apes

<i>We have a lateral view that is unimpeded by the skull</i> (Image: Alix Minde/Corbis)<p>Among primates, humans are the kings of lateral thinking – and …

University of Oxford

Ancient bobcat buried like a human being

About 2000 years ago in what is today western Illinois, a group of Native Americans buried something unusual in a sacred place. In the outer edge of …

Anthropology

8 million mummified animals, mostly dogs, in catacombs at Egypt site

<b>(CNN) —</b> For centuries, dogs have been humans' loyal, domesticated companions. They've been wild animals, doing what's needed to survive. And in ancient Egypt, they served as bridges to the afterlife, with the hope that they'd intercede with the god Anubis on their owner's behalf.<p>But only now is it …

Ancient History

12,300-Year-Old Bone Pendants May be Oldest Artwork Ever Discovered in Alaska

Carved bone pendants have been found at a prehistoric site in Alaska that may prove to be the very first known examples of artwork in the northern …

Anglo-Saxon skeleton shows leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia

<i>An international team of researchers have found evidence suggesting leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia.</i><p>The team, led by the …

Archaeology

What Melee Weapon Would You Use On A Medieval Battlefield?

<i>HEMA stands for “Historical European Martial Arts” and is defined as any historically preserved warfare, dueling, or self-defense system originating</i> …

Arms outstretched, a terrified mother and child before they were entombed by ash: Restoration work begins on bodies of those who died when Vesuvius engulfed Pompeii

• <b>Restorers are working on 86 of the carefully preserved plaster casts</b>• <b><br>They belong to Romans who perished when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD</b>• <b><br>Victims have</b> …

Most European men descend from a handful of Bronze Age forefathers - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

Geneticists from the University of Leicester have discovered that most European men descend from just a handful of Bronze Age forefathers, due to a …

Anthropology

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Fully dressed and preserved 350-year-old corpse of French noblewoman found

French archaeologists have uncovered the well-preserved body of a noblewoman who died 350 years ago – along with the clothes in which she was buried, including her cap and shoes, still intact.<p>The corpse of Louise de Quengo, a widow from an aristocratic family from Brittany, was discovered in an …

Archaeology

First Americans

<b>The first face of the first Americans belongs to an unlucky teenage girl who fell</b> to her death in a Yucatán cave some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago. Her bad luck is science’s good fortune. The story of her discovery begins in 2007, when a team of Mexican divers led by Alberto Nava made a startling …

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius

Buried by a volcano, the scorched papyri may yet yield their secrets.<p>The charred scrolls of ancient Herculaneum may yet yield their secrets, suggests an x-ray analysis released Tuesday of one previously impenetrable roll of papyrus.<p>The volcanic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., destroying the …

More tattoos discovered on Oetzi

With the aid of a non-invasive photographic technique, researchers have been able to show up all the tattoos on the iceman's body, including a new …

Archaeology

Ten Mysterious Undeciphered Codes and Inscriptions

aprilholloway<p>(Read the article on one page)<p>From Neolithic tablets containing the oldest known system of writing, to a series of letters scrawled on …

Post-traumatic stress 'evident in 1300BC'

<b>Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers.</b><p>The team at Anglia Ruskin University analysed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia.<p>Accounts of soldiers being visited by "ghosts they faced in battle" fitted …

Vietnam War

At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought

Ancient people sacrificed offerings to water god at edge of sacred pool.<p>Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a "drought cult" and hurried sacrifices to a water god to stave off the fall of their civilization.<p>At the Cara …

Creepy Medical Supplies Found Amid Wreckage Of Pirate Blackbeard's Ship

Ahoy! Archaeologists excavating pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship, named Queen Anne's Revenge, recently unearthed from the wreckage various medical devices--and some of them look pretty darn terrifying.<p>Among the grisly finds were a urethral syringe that would have been used to treat syphilis, two …

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