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Centuries-old coins excavated in farmer's field

Two full pots of antique coins, weighing more than 130 kilograms, were unearthed in a township in South China's Hainan province, local newspaper …


Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Fortifications at Coastal Site in Israel

An international team of archaeologists has uncovered remains of a massive Iron Age period fortification wall and enclosure at the coastal …


Why this mysterious Mayan cave full of children’s bones may be evidence of ancient human trafficking

It began with screams of terror in the middle of the night.

By the time rescuers traced the wailing to its origin, they found themselves at the jagged …


This 19th Century 'Stench Map' Shows How Smells Reshaped New York City

Malodorous industries moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, shifting the industrial landscape.

During the 19th century, it was widely believed that bad smells carried diseases. In the 1870s, the New York City Metropolitan Board of Health created the below "stench map" to point out where malodorous …

New York

Medieval priory discovered in Northumberland

The remains of what is believed to be a medieval priory have been unearthed following a Time Team-style dig by Northumberland villagers.

The 12-strong …

Middle Ages

Bolivia detects buried pyramid at Tiahuanaco site

The government of Bolivia announced it will start exploratory excavations this year at the ancient fortress of Tiahuanaco after a buried pyramid was …


A grandmother’s trove of Civil War photos goes to Library of Congress

Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., draped in black-and-white mourning cloth, following his assassination. African American mothers holding …

American Civil War

Roman Roads

For many centuries, the expansion and protection of the Roman Empire rested upon the broad shoulders and discipline of heavy infantry legionnaires. …

World History

Acropolis of Athens built to withstand earthquakes

“This is an incredible construction, using ingenious solutions to insurmountable engineering and construction problems,” said Professor of Civil …


Roman horse skeleton found under hotel site

The skeleton of a horse thought to be from the Roman period has been discovered at the Biomedical Campus in Cambridge – three metres below ground …

Seneca, the fat-cat philosopher

Income inequality is one of the most important social issues of our time. There are vast gaps between the economies of different countries around the world: the poorest countries (Malawi, Burundi, Central African Republic) have GDPs per capita that are several hundred times smaller than those of …


Archaeologists in Turkey uncover classical era’s first two-lane road

An ancient two-lane avenue divided by a row of columns has been uncovered in the ruins of the ancient city of Anavarza, an important center of the …


Ancient Egyptian brewery found in downtown Tel Aviv

Potsherds used for producing beer discovered at site believed to be northernmost Egyptian settlement in Early Bronze Age, 5,000 years ago


Neolithic Bones in Italy’s Scaloria Cave Were Defleshed

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND—The bones of at least 22 Neolithic people, many of them children, have been identified in Italy’s Scaloria Cave. The cave, located …


Ancient fortified settlement unearthed in Germany

In the town of Kemberg near Wittenberg (Saxony-Anhalt), Polish-German team of archaeologists studied the westernmost city of the communities …


Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries Restored

POMPEII, ITALY—Now that a two-year restoration project has been completed, the Villa of the Mysteries has reopened to visitors. The building’s …


Saving Italy's cultural heritage by modern means

The walk to Dario Franceschini’s office is in itself testament to Italy’s vast heritage. Past countless paintings lining the corridors of the culture ministry, he sits dwarfed by high walls adorned with books.

In any other capital, such a scene might seem as if it were put on for guests, but in Rome …


Modern war, ancient casualties

No one outside Iraq is monitoring the state of what is possibly the largest archaeological settlement site in the world – which is just one reason to …


Herculaneum’s hidden texts

An image of the papyrus that highlights the huge complexity of layers inside the scroll. X-ray imaging is revealing hidden words preserved for …

Ancient Greece

3 Kinds of Ancient Roman Shields

The use of shields in battle originates in pre-history and is present in the earliest known human civilisations. A logical evolution in armed combat, …


Ancient gold artefacts uncovered in north Wales

Two gold artefacts thought to be around 3,000 years old have been found near Wrexham. The Late Bronze Age hoard of two 'lock' gold rings were …


Medieval Woman’s Remains Unearthed in Wales

NEFYN, WALES—A cist grave containing a woman’s skeleton has been unearthed at a church in North Wales. The site is thought to have been part of a …

Middle Ages

Horse and camel hunting by prehistoric humans in North America

Advanced radiocarbon dating techniques have revealed that a prehistoric kill and butchering site attributed to the Clovis People was active …


Archaeologist Discovers Mysterious Ancient Maya Citadel

For three decades, archaeologist Anabel Ford has been exploring and studying the ancient Maya site of El Pilar, but until now she has never …


Archaeologists Find a Classic Entrance to Hell

In ancient Greece and Rome, gods were part of daily life—so much so, in fact, that they could steal your daughter or lover, help you win a war, or cure your illness. Some legendary heroes even visited the realm of the god of the underworld, who was called Hades by the Greeks and Pluto by the Romans.


Silver Coins Turn Up in Bulgarian Field

POPOVO, BULGARIA—A man plowing a field in northeastern Bulgaria discovered a pot containing about 90 silver coins dating from the sixteenth to …

Coin Collecting

Delhi's 16th-century Purana Qila fort: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 4

Delhi’s history is often spoken of in terms of its seven cities. These were fortified settlements, established by various rulers between the 11th and 17th centuries, now swallowed by the sprawling city of today. The sixth Delhi is the Purana Qila, or Old Fort, a 16th-century stone fort near the …

World History

Antonello da Messina: Sicily's Renaissance Master | MetPublications | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Praised in fifteenth-century humanist circles for his uncanny ability to create figures "so well that they seemed alive and missing only a soul," the …

7 Ancient Sports Stars — HISTORY Lists

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1. Theagenes of Thasos

One of the towering figures of ancient sports, Theagenes was a Greek pugilist who …

Ancient Civilization

Genes Reveal Secret Ingredients in Melting Pot of the Americas

Scientists have traced the history of European and African migration to the Americas — not by looking in the history books, but by running genetic information from 4,000 individuals around the world through a high-resolution analysis.

The analysis confirms the historical record, but highlights a few …