Time Travellers Almanac

By Dave Lewis | For historical and archaeological finds and notes

The Haunting Face of a Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago

This may look like a photograph, but the highly realistic face staring back at you belongs to a man who died over 700 years ago. The researchers who …

Archaeology

Ancient Roman Sarcophagus Identified at English Estate

OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND—<i>The New York Times</i> reports that a large fragment of a 1,700-year-old Roman sarcophagus was discovered by a visitor to the …

Archaeology

Jack the Ripper victim Mary Kelly hunted by Richard III team

<b>The team which found Richard III's remains has revealed its role in a case of equal notoriety - Jack the Ripper.</b><p>Author Patricia Cornwell asked experts from the University of Leicester to track down his last victim, Mary Kelly.<p>Those who located and identified the 15th Century king under a car park …

England

Mystery over newly discovered 2,000-year-old pyramid found under construction site

<b>Archaeologists have been left stunned after unearthing a pyramid-shaped tomb under a construction site in China.</b><p>Unlike the towering pyramids of the …

Archaeologists hail 'big discovery' in Egypt as statue 'depicting Ramses II' unearthed

The tall figure was barely visible at first as it lay sideways in a muddy pit between two apartment buildings in northeast Cairo.<p>But as the sewage water was drained away and the dirt scraped off, the onlookers in the working class neighbourhood began to make out a recognisably royal frame.<p>And then …

Egypt

Fossil of penguin which lived 61 million years ago found

<b>Scientists have found what they think could be the earliest remains of a penguin ever found.</b><p>It's thought the birds would have walked the earth around 61 million years ago.<p>The bones, found in New Zealand, show the birds belonged to a species that was bigger than today's penguins.<p>Researchers think …

Paleontology

Joan of England, Queen of Scotland

<b>by Susan Flantzer</b>Credit – WikipediaThe eldest of the three daughters and the third of the five children of King John of England and Isabella of …

England

Do we still need Doctor Who? Time travel in the internet age

From HG Wells to the Doctor and beyond … how technology caught up with science fiction<p>Can you recall when you first heard of time travel? I doubt it. Nowadays, time travel is in pop songs and TV advertising. From morning to night, children’s cartoons and adult fantasies invent and reinvent time …

Time Travel

Britain discovers its 'first selfie': a 4,000-year-old stone carving

A 4,000-year-old Stone Age selfie has been unearthed from one of Britain’s spookiest areas.<p>Stunned Gordon Holmes, 64, discovered the ancient picture of a face etched into a rock on Baildon Moor in Yorkshire.<p>Gordon said: “I realised that I was looking at a Stone Age selfie.”<p>“It also shows a stick …

Archaeology
Ancient History

A set of 12,600-year old handprints means humans were roaming the Himalayas thousands of years later than anthropologists thought

An international research team has looked at human hand-and-footprints found in 1998 in Tibet and dated them to between 7,400 and 12,600 years old.<p>The prints were found in the Himalayan mountains, and now researchers have estimated that they were made by people thousands of years after they …

Anthropology

Agatha Christie had little-known role in ancient Nimrud

NIMRUD, Iraq (AP) — Her diligence and face cream cleaned Nimrud's most famous ivory. She captured the archaeological dig on celluloid and Kodak film, developing the prints in water painstakingly filtered from the nearby Tigris River.<p>And every day, after she balanced the books and arranged for the …

Ancient History

There's going to be a leap second on December 31

The U.S. Naval Observatory announced on July 6, 2016 that a leap second <i>will</i> be added to official timekeeping on December 31, 2016.<p>That means your day and year – and everyone’s day and year – will officially be one second longer.<p>Leap seconds have been added 26 times since 1972. They’re inserted at …

Astronomy

Monkeys Make Stone "Tools" That Bear a Striking Resemblance to Early Human Artifacts

A monkey picks up a potato-sized rock in his tiny hands, raises it above his head and smashes it down with all his might on another stone embedded in …

Anthropology

Nazis Did Invade UK, In Sabotage Raid Hushed Up For Over 70 Years

Getty<p><b>The history books say no German forces engaged in military action on British soil during the Second World War, but a new book claims the Nazis</b> …

Military History

Ye Olde Pub: A Social and Cultural History of England’s Early Drinking Houses

This talk will guide us through the vibrant social lives of England’s historic watering holes c. 1400-1800.

Medieval

The Marduk Prophecy

<i>The Marduk Prophecy</i> is an Assyrian document dating to between 713-612 BCE found in a building known as The House of the Exorcist adjacent to a temple …

Ancient Greece

Researchers digitally reconstruct the face of a legendary Scottish king

Robert the Bruce, a medieval warrior and hero-king of the Scottish people, is something of an enigma. While his exploits in battle against both domestic rivals and British occupiers have been well-documented, descriptions of his physical appearance have long been lost to history. But thanks to a …

Ancient History

Archaeologists find a 2,500 year old lost city in Greece

Archaeologists have discovered a 2,500-year-old lost city in Greece.<p>Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the University of Bournemouth …

Archaeology

Ancient Egyptian mummy discovered 'in very good condition'

Spanish archaeologists find remains in tomb said to date from between 1075BC and 664BC near Luxor in southern Egypt<p>Spanish archaeologists have discovered an ancient Egyptian mummy in “very good condition” near Luxor, according to Egypt’s antiquities ministry.<p>The remains were found in a tomb …

Ancient History

9,000-Year-Old Stonehenge-Like Structure Found Under Lake Michigan

Is it possible a structure similar to Stonehenge lies at the bottom of Lake Michigan?<p>The site was discovered in 2007, 40 feet below the surface of …

Archaeology

Geological Evidence Suggests The Great Sphinx Is 800,000 Years Old

Air of mystery has always surrounded one of the most mysterious monuments on Earth – the Great Sphinx, causing speculation about its real age and …

Ancient History

A Pharaoh's Boat Tomb Has Been Unearthed in One of Ancient Egypt's Oldest Cities

This is magnificent.<p>Just west of the Nile, in one of the most important ancient sites in Egypt, archaeologists have uncovered a royal boat tomb, …

Ancient History

Did Tutankhamun's Howard Carter and Evelyn Carnarvon really have a romantic relationship?

This weekend’s second episode of Tutankhamun features hints of a blossoming romance between moustached archaeologist Howard Carter (Max Irons) and …

Television (UK)

Did Nessie help win the war? German U-boat 'sunk by sea monster' discovered off Scottish coast

According to maritime legend the vessel was abandoned after being attacked by sea creature.<p>A German U-boat that – according to maritime folklore – …

Military History

After 950 years, Battle of Hastings plays out again

BATTLE, England (Reuters) - Arrows flew and swords clanged as thousands re-enacted the Battle of Hastings on its 950th anniversary on Saturday at a sold-out event marking a bloody day that changed the course of English history.<p>The victory in 1066 by Duke William of Normandy, known as William the …

History

The Harrying of the North

Victory at the Battle of Hastings did not guarantee William control of England. The rebellious North had to be brought into line, which it was, …

History

Ancient Greeks may have built China's 2,200-year-old Terracotta Army

Ancient Greeks artists could have travelled to China 1,500 years before Marco Polo’s historic trip to the east and helped design the famous …

Ancient History

What Killed the Crew of the Franklin Expedition?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND—<i>The Star.com</i> reports that researchers from the University of Glasgow think that accidents, and not illnesses such as tuberculosis, …

Archaeology