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Lost fortress of Genghis Khan unearthed in western Mongolia

Japanese and Mongolian archaeologists said Feb. 26 that they have discovered the remains of a 13th-century military outpost established for Mongol …

Genghis Khan

6 Ancient Naval Battles — HISTORY Lists

1. The Battle of Salamis

In 480 B.C., Ancient Greece was fighting for its life. The Persian conqueror Xerxes had defeated a coalition of Hellenic …

Ancient History

Europe's Languages Were Carried From the East, DNA Shows

The new settlers, revealed by a genetic analysis, may solve a mystery swirling around the origins of Indo-European languages.

New DNA evidence suggests that herders from the grasslands of today's Russia and Ukraine carried the roots of modern European languages across the continent some 4,500 years …

DNA

Varangian: Norse Influences Within the Elite Guard of Byzantium

Varangian: Norse Influences Within the Elite Guard of Byzantium

By Travis Shores

Master’s Thesis, Dartmouth College, 2013

Introduction: Middle Eastern …

Byzantium

Ancient tomb of Egypt temple guard found

An ancient tomb belonging to Amenhotep, guard of the temple of Egyptian deity Amun, has been discovered in the southern city of Luxor.

The ministry …

Egypt

World’s Oldest Calendar Found in Scotland | Archaeology | Sci

British archaeologists have found what they say is the world’s oldest calendar, dating back to about 8,000 BC.

An artist’s impression of a fire …

The Great Gate of Ishtar: A door to wonder

The Great Gate of Ishtar which stood at the entrance to Babylon has inspired awe since the 6th Century BC. Amanda Ruggeri finds out why.

When Antipater of Sidon, the Greek poet of the 2nd Century BC, compiled the seven wonders of the ancient world, only one city claimed two sites: Babylon. Yet the …

Archaeology

Does our history have a future in the hands of the English Heritage Trust?

With the split of English Heritage into two bodies, visitors to Audley End, the magnificent Jacobean mansion near Saffron Walden, can play the piano and learn to cook in its kitchen

Walk in to Audley End, the magnificent Jacobean mansion near Saffron Walden and, like as not, piano music will be …

English

Science of war 1: how to spot enemy guns using ancient geometry

At the beginning of World War 1 neither side had effective methods that could pinpoint the location of enemy artillery. Dr Karl explains the maths of …

Geometry

Genomes document ancient mass migration to Europe

DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.

Data from the genomes of 69 ancient individuals suggest that herders moved en masse from the continent's eastern periphery into Central Europe.

These migrants may be responsible for the expansion …

DNA

From Viking Chiefdoms to Medieval State in Iceland: The Evolution of Social Power Structures in the Mosfell Valley

From Viking Chiefdoms to Medieval State in Iceland: The Evolution of Social Power Structures in the Mosfell Valley

By Davide Zori

PhD Dissertation, …

Medieval

How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

Forty thousand years ago in Europe our ancestors formed a crucial and lasting alliance that enabled us to finish off our evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals

Dogs are humanity’s oldest friends, renowned for their loyalty and abilities to guard, hunt and chase. But modern humans may owe even more …

Neanderthals

The El Dorado Machine

The rain forests of Mosquitia, which span more than thirty-two thousand square miles of Honduras and Nicaragua, are among the densest and most …

Archaeology

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city

Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city, which was hidden for centuries. New archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets - including an elaborate network of temples and boulevards, and sophisticated engineering.

In April 1858 a young French explorer, Henri …

Angkor

Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest

In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.

An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, …

Exploration

Reconstructing the Deskford Iron-Age carnyx

The carnyx, a sort of Celtic trumpet, was once widespread throughout much of Europe. Although only a dozen or so fragments have actually been found, …

Iron Age

Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest

In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.

An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, …

Archaeology

Jesus' House? 1st-Century Structure May Be Where He Grew Up

The house, cut into a hillside in Nazareth was first discovered by nuns in the 1880s but only recently dated and identified as the place where people …

Archaeology

The Unfinished Business at Ancient Herodium

It was in 2007 when the late archaeologist Ehud Netzer announced to the world what was arguably the prize find of his life—the discovery of the …

Archaeology

Italian cemetery may provide insights to cholera's evolution

Archaeologists and a team of other researchers are hoping that an Italian graveyard will provide clues about the evolution of the bacterium that …

Archaeology

Drones to scan for evidence of ancient civilizations in Amazonia

A UK-led initiative to scan the Amazon rainforest for new signs of ancient settlements was announced at the 2015 annual meeting of the American …

Archaeology

Archaeologists Unearth Possible Ancient Judean Administrative Center

An archaeological team has uncovered remains of what may have been an administrative center during the period when Judahite kings ruled out of …

Archaeology

Archaeologists lift lid on mystery coffin buried near Richard III

Archaeolgists at Leicester Univeristy have found the skeleton of an elderly woman who is likely to have been a benefactor of the friary where Richard III was buried

A grave discovered near the skeleton of Richard III, could belong to a mysterious woman who was so revered by the church that those who …

Richard III

Hercules Escapes—And Italy’s Closing In On More Looters

Italy’s heritage police were chasing a tiny stolen statuette for 50 years when it turned up in New York. It’s back in Rome, where even more lost treasures are now heading.

ROME — On Jan. 7, 1964, a gang of thieves broke into the Archeological Museum of Oliveriano in Pesaro, Italy, a city on the …

Italy

Richard III buried among women who ate lots of sea fish, archaeologist finds

Mathew Morris, who discovered the king’s body in 2012, has studied the bones of four women nearby whose identities are a mystery – although there is one clue

The last Plantagenet, Richard III, was buried among the graves of a group of women, research on the other bodies found under the Leicester car …

Richard III

DNA evidence shows surprise cultural connections between Britain and Europe 8,000 years ago

The ancient British were not cut off from Europeans on an isolated island 8,000 years ago as previously thought, new research suggests. Researchers

Archaeology

The Fall of the Ottomans review – an absorbing history of the impact of the first world war on the Middle East

Eugene Rogan’s study of the great war from the Ottoman perspective reveals the root cause of many of today’s conflicts

The last thing the people of the Ottoman empire needed in autumn 1914 was another war. In the six years leading up to that calamitous year they had seen a sultan deposed and their …

War

An Identity Crisis for the Amphipolis Tomb


By Andrew Chugg*

An announcement by the Greek Ministry of Culture on 19th January 2015 has revealed that the skeletal remains uncovered by …

Risk Takers: Archaeology From Space

Space archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow Sarah Parcak is using cutting-edge technology in the sky to unearth underground secrets from ancient Roman civilizations. But it was her initial failures that led to some of Parcak's most remarkable finds.

The National Geographic Live series brings …

Archaeology