Ancient History

Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

Archaeologists documenting Isil’s destruction of the ruins of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah say they have made an unexpected discovery which could help in our understanding of the world’s first empire.<p>The Nebi Yunus shrine - containing what Muslims and Christians believe to be the tomb of Jonah, as …

History

'Wind jewel': Archaeologists find incredible Mayan jade pendant

Archaeologists have discovered a remarkable jade pendant fit for a king. Covered on one side with hieroglyphs, the buried jewelry belonged to a Mayan king who would have sported it on his chest ceremonially, the University of California, San Diego announced.<p>Not only is the hieroglyph-filled item …

History

Lessons From the Roman Art of War

Sometime in the late 4th or early 5th century, as the late Roman Empire stumbled along in the twilight of its power, an author of whom almost nothing …

Ancient Rome

Archaeologists trying to find murdered king's body

Almost exactly 580 years ago, King James I of Scotland was murdered by a group of conspirators in a sewer tunnel beneath a monastery as he attempted to escape, recounts the BBC.<p>Stabbed dozens of times, he is said to have died in a pool of his own blood. His tomb, however, has been lost to history, …

History

Discovery of Aztec document reveals early history of Christianity in Cortés' Mesoamerica

The document is a census of the land that conquistador Hernando Cortés was awarded by the Spanish king.<p>One of the oldest documents in the Aztec …

History

New McDonalds Has a Cool Design Element: an Ancient Roman Road

When ancient archaeological remnants are uncovered at a building site, it usually means a big red light for the construction project. But why not …

Ancient Rome

The world's most incredible ancient ruins (according to you)

This week's winning entry<p>A Mediterranean mystery<p>Was the wall that I was sitting on really part of the oldest structure on Earth? Older than the Pyramids or Stonehenge? Did I really have it entirely to myself? There was no sound in the surrounding rocky countryside, save the bees buzzing and larks …

History

Henry Louis Gates Jr. on How Africa Has Always Been Ahead of Its Time

The number of women who ruled the ancient kingdom of Kush might surprise those unfamiliar with that ancient African kingdom. But, as this exclusive …

Africa

Review: Ancient Rome menu at Next is the most fascinating in years

Ancient Rome is Next's most fascinating menu in several years. In terms of scholarship, faithfulness to concept and unbridled, joyful execution, Ancient Rome recalls only Paris, 1906, Next's inaugural menu in 2011, as an equal.<p>Perhaps not coincidentally, both menus were inspired by written works. …

Ancient Rome

Pub Renovations Uncover 17th-Century Details

FALMOUTH HARBOR, ENGLAND—Restoration of the St. Austell Brewery Chain Locker pub on the coast of southwestern England has revealed that the building …

Archaeology

Horizon Zero Dawn collectibles guide

Finding all of Horizon Zero Dawn’s collectibles for fun and profit<p>There are four types of collectibles in <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i>: vantage points, ancient vessels, metal flowers and Banuk artifacts. The vantage points provide some backstory (way, way back stories) for the world you’re exploring and …

Flowers

Member Preview Days: Mummies

<b>Friday, March 17,</b> <b><br>Saturday, March 18,</b> <b><br>and Sunday, March 19</b><b><br>10:30 am to 4:30 pm</b><p>See the Museum’s new special exhibition <i>Mummies</i> before it opens to the …

Natural History

15 Secrets of the Colosseum

Rome’s Colosseum, originally named the Flavian Amphitheater because it was constructed by emperors of the Flavian dynasty, was completed in 82 A.D. …

Ancient Rome

Making McHistory? Businesses step up to preserve Rome's antiquities.

This week, a McDonald's outside Rome opened a two-millennia-old road to the public, after discovering it at the restaurant site and investing in its …

Ancient Rome

Kidnapped German archaeologists freed in northern Nigeria

Security forces rescue Peter Bruenig and Johannes Behringer in Kaduna state, after they were taken at gunpoint on Wednesday<p>Nigerian security forces have freed two German archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen at a remote dig site.<p>The two academics were at the German embassy in Abuja on Sunday, and were …

Nigeria

Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king

The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life "Game of Thrones" could be unearthed in a new hi-tech …

History

Siberia's 'doorway to the Underworld' Is Getting So Big It's Uncovering Ancient Forests

A doorway to 200,000 years ago.<p>It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost has been on thin ice lately. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes …

Climate Change

Richard III's Prayer Book Goes Online … and Is That a Personal Note?

The personal prayer book of King Richard III — in which the English king likely scrawled a reminder of his birthday in his own hand — is now …

History

Ancient sanctuary from obscure religion that competed with Christianity unearthed in Corsica

A sanctuary dedicated to the god of an ancient and mysterious religion known as Mithraism has been discovered on the French island of Corsica for the …

History

Drive-Thru History? McDonald’s Opens ‘Museum-Restaurant’ Above Ancient Roman Road

Enjoy a happy meal surrounded by ancient Roman ruins<p>Burgers and fries still come cheap off the dollar menu, but admission to see of the world’s most …

History

IS stashed treasures in trenches, smashed walls to shock

PARIS (AP) — For the roomful of archaeologists, scholars and Iraqi cultural officials on Friday, each neighborhood conquered in Mosul brought them one step closer to learning the fate of the ancient sites and artifacts seized by the Islamic State group.<p>At a two-day UNESCO conference, Iraqi …

World News

Human ancestors painted just like Van Gogh 38,000 years ago

Abri Cellier is a major site dating back more than 35,000 years ago located in the Vézère Valley in southern France. It is considered to be one of …

History

In an Ancient Burial Place, 3 Centuries of One Woman’s Descendants

In a really small room in a really big house, archaeologists found the body of a 40-year-old man. They knew he was special. He was buried with a conch shell trumpet and large shells from the Pacific coast, far from this crypt in the 650-room building known as Pueblo Bonito in what is now called …

History

How a Beloved World Heritage Site Became a Battlefield. And What’s Next.

Equipped with bulletproof vest and helmet, Dr. Mechtild Rössler set off in an armored vehicle last April toward Palmyra, Syria. Bustling along the …

Archaeology

Oldest images ever created may have just been found in France

What could be the oldest images in the world have been discovered in France.<p>And the engravings of mammoths and wild cows known as aurochs were made …

Archaeology

The ancient art of kirigami is inspiring a new class of materials

Origami-inspired materials use folds in materials to embed powerful functionality. However, all that folding can be pretty labor intensive. Now, …

Chemistry

Mysterious 'crouched' burials in remote Siberia hint to the practice of ritualistic sacrifices

During the excavation of a medieval archaeological site in a remote region of Siberia, archaeologists claim to have found the remains of four …

History

Cicero's Defence Speeches: an audio guide

In this audio guide to Cicero’s <i>Defence Speeches</i>, Dominic Berry, senior lecturer in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Edinburgh …

Ancient Rome

Ancient tortoise reveals tropical DNA

An ancient giant tortoise that tumbled into a sinkhole 1,000 years ago has given researchers a rare look at tropical DNA.<p>A now-extinct Bahamian giant …

History

The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS

Why a Christian wants to rescue Islamic artifacts<p>Rescuing the world’s most precious antiquities from destruction is a painstaking project—and a Benedictine monk may seem like an unlikely person to lead the charge. But Father Columba Stewart is determined. Soft-spoken, dressed in flowing black …

History