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Determined Team of Archeologists Reconstruct the Face of a Soldier Who Died in Ancient Pompeii

A fascinating 2016 video by the Science Channel tells of a compassionate team of archeologists who were able to reconstruct the face of a soldier of …

Archaeology

Giant Prehistoric Shark Tooth Washes Up On North Carolina Beach

The tooth belongs to a megalodon and was found by a NC couple while strolling on the beach.<p>A North Carolina couple strolling on Wrightsville Beach …

North Carolina

A big day in history: The first baby is born to English settlers in the Americas

Dominic Sandbrook explores how baby Virginia Dare was welcomed to the ill-fated Roanoke colony<p>In the summer of 1587, an English fleet sailed towards …

Native Americans

The bloody rise of Augustus

Adrian Goldsworthy, author of a biography of Augustus, reveals how Julius Caesar's teenage heir slaughtered his way to power<p>Before his death 2,000 …

World History

Rare Papyrus Manuscripts Reveal The Great Depths Of Medical Knowledge That Ancient Egyptian Doctors Had

The ancient Egyptian manuscripts that reside at the University of Copenhagen give medical advice for items ranging from diagnosing a pregnancy to …

Ancient History

Russia takes a new look at an old enemy: Genghis Khan

Mukhorshibirsky District, Russia<p>In the south of Buryatia, near the present-day border with Mongolia, there is a mountain-sized rock outcropping known …

World History

God Has Been a Woman Since the Beginning of Time

"God is a Woman," the single on Ariana Grande's new album, is a reminder that archeologists believe God was considered female for the first 200,000 years of human life on earth.<p>On July 13, 2018, Ariana Grande declared, in a four octave vocal range, “When all is said and done / You'll believe God is …

Ariana Grande

Archaeologists Are Excavating Sheffield Castle, One-Time Prison of Mary, Queen of Scots

By all accounts, England’s Elizabeth I never should’ve made it to the throne. Bastardized following the 1536 execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, …

Henry Viii

Jar of Ancient White Stuff Found in Egyptian Tomb Finally Identified

It's the oldest solid cheese ever discovered.<p>Ptahmes was a high-ranking official under Pharaoh Seti I and later and his successor Ramesses II, and …

Archaeology

Turkey's Göbekli Tepe: is this the world’s first architecture?

Scholars say the organisation needed to build the 12,000-year-old temple may mark the beginnings of class society and patriarchy

Archaeology

Who was Ashurbanipal?

A new major exhibition opening in November 2018 is about one of history’s greatest forgotten kings – Ashurbanipal. Never heard of him? Don’t worry, …

Another Ancient Sphinx Is Discovered Near the Valley of the Kings, Adding Fuel for Egypt’s Tourism Rebound

Art World<p>The new discovery is a smaller relative of the mythical creatures.<p>,<p>A previously unknown statue of a sphinx has been discovered in Egypt, the …

Ancient History

Common words that came from the Vikings

Probably you’ve never studied Conversational Viking, let alone claimed to speak it.<p>However, the language of the Vikings, Old Norse, has influenced …

Language

Animal fat on ancient pottery reveals a nearly catastrophic period of human prehistory

A bit more than 8000 years ago, the world suddenly cooled, leading to much drier summers for much of the Northern Hemisphere. The impact on early …

Anthropology

Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky

<i>Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died.</i><p>The five planets we …

Australia

Ballochmyle Cup and Ring Marks

These ancient symbols freckling a Scottish cliff remained hidden for centuries.<p>These Scottish cliffs form a tapestry of Neolithic and Bronze Age art. …

Archaeology

Why was mummification used in Ancient Egypt, and why did they leave the heart in the body?

Have you ever wondered why Henry VIII had six wives, or why World War One was called the Great War? As part of our 'History Extra Explains' series, …

Ancient History

Prehistoric mummy shows embalming took place 1,500 years before the Pharaohs

Mummification is usually associated with the age of Pharaohs, with the practice largely believed to have first arisen around 2200 BCE and hit its …

Archaeology

The first traces of Palaeolithic man have been found 550 miles above the Arctic Circle on the mysterious ancient land bridge of Beringia that used to link Russia and America

The first traces of Palaeolithic man have been found on the ancient land bridge – now mostly sunken – which once joined Russia and America, say …

The Mysterious Bronze Objects That Have Baffled Archaeologists for Centuries

Of all the human species that once roamed the world, only one remains—us. Why did our primitive cousins go extinct? For <i>Homo erectus</i>, something like …

Archaeology

Mausoleum of Theoderic

The roof of this ancient mausoleum is made from a single Istrian stone weighing a massive 230 tons.<p>To the casual observer, the Mausoleum of Theoderic …

Archaeology

Archaeologists Have Made The Stunning Discovery Of Extremely Well-Preserved Neolithic Stone Axes In Orkney

The 5,000-year-old Neolithic stone axes were found at the site of the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney.<p>Neolithic stone axes that date back 5,000 years have …

Archaeology

Gnisvärd Stone Ships

Ancient stone graves shaped like ships provided a Viking-like burial to carry the dead to the afterlife.<p>Gotland is a Swedish island brimming with …

Archaeology

6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Cleopatra

Cleopatra is one of the best-known women in history, famed for her supposed beauty and intellect, and her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark …

Ancient History

Uncovering the Lives of Human Sacrifices

In the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the demigod and his comrade Enkidu rip out the heart of the Bull of Heaven as a gift to the sun god Shamash. …

Archaeology

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport so we could catch a flight to Hyderabad …

Extinction

Kill or cure? 10 medieval medical practices and their effectiveness

Would these 10 medieval medical practices have given you a new lease of life, or sent you to an early grave?<p>1<p>Bloodletting<p>Phlebotomy aimed to maintain …

Medicine

Ancient human ancestors went extinct because they were lazy

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, scientists now believe an ancient ancestor of modern humans died off because they were too lazy for …

Anthropology

The Most Impressive Thracian Tombs in Bulgaria

Today’s Bulgaria used to be the land of the ancient Thracian tribes. They are mostly unknown to researchers due to their lack of script, and many of …

All roads led to Rome but they also led to Europe's modern-day prosperity, study finds

Not only did all roads lead to Rome in the ancient world, they also led to modern-day prosperity. A new study has shown a remarkable correlation between the network of stone roads built by the Romans 2,000 years ago and cities, transport hubs and economic development today.<p>The spider’s web of Roman …

Ancient History