Posts Tagged ‘ancient’

16 Bizarre, Impressive and Hilarious Funerary Masks of the Ancient World

Throughout history, many cultures and civilizations created funerary masks as part of their burial customs. The masks were used to represent a deceased individual, to honor them, and to cover their faces at the time of burial. Read more Section:  Artifacts Other Artifacts News Read Later  Source

Ancient Elites in Western Britain Enjoyed High-Island Living

Archaeologists in the UK have shown how ancient elite families retained their command over communities in the medieval world of Britain’s crannogs.  Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Read Later  Source

Salvaged ancient treasures have first public display at Archaeological Museum of Piraeus

A treasure trove of important archaeological artefacts discovered during a salvage excavation in the Delta of Faliron Bay, south of Athens, had their first public display at the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus this weekend. The salvage excavation on the site where the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center was to be built,, which ran between 2012 and… […]

Meta-Study Shows Ancient Maya were at High Risk of Mercury Poisoning

The Maya Empire dominated large swaths of Mesoamerica for more than 3,000 years. But despite their impressive record of survival, the Maya civilization did not live completely in harmony with their environment, as a review article published by Frontiers in Environmental Science clearly reveals. Surprisingly, for the Maya mercury poisoning was a serious problem. It […]

Ancient Dreamtime Myths Unraveled in Australian Rock Shelter Art

Archaeologists working with Aboriginal artists in Australia have interpreted rock shelter art with extraordinary findings. This artistic blend of astronomy, mythology and the Dreamtime is like no other on Earth. Located near the rural town of Barcaldine, in the Barcaldine Region in Queensland, Australia, the Marra Wonga rock art shelter represents one of Central Queensland’s […]

Blades of Destiny: The Ancient Tools And Weapons That Crafted History

It is widely accepted that Homo sapiens were the first species to develop effective tools, but humans were not the first primate to make or use stone tools. That achievement belongs to an unidentified species that hunted and fished along the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya around 3.3 million years ago, some 700,000 years […]

Ancient university restoration works begin

TEHRAN – Work to restore Jundi Shapur University, an ancient academy in the southwestern city of Dezful, has begun, ISNA reported on Wednesday. Jundi Shapur, also spelled as Gundi Shapur, was one of the world’s birthplaces of knowledge and wisdom, which is a source of national pride and enthusiasm for Iranians. Sources say that Dezful […]

Ancient university restoration works begin

TEHRAN – Work to restore Jundi Shapur University, an ancient academy in the southwestern city of Dezful, has begun, ISNA reported on Wednesday. Jundi Shapur, also spelled as Gundi Shapur, was one of the world’s birthplaces of knowledge and wisdom, which is a source of national pride and enthusiasm for Iranians. Sources say that Dezful […]

Ancient university restoration works begin

TEHRAN – Work to restore Jundi Shapur University, an ancient academy in the southwestern city of Dezful, has begun, ISNA reported on Wednesday. Jundi Shapur, also spelled as Gundi Shapur, was one of the world’s birthplaces of knowledge and wisdom, which is a source of national pride and enthusiasm for Iranians. Sources say that Dezful […]

Ancient university restoration works begin

TEHRAN – Work to restore Jundi Shapur University, an ancient academy in the southwestern city of Dezful, has begun, ISNA reported on Wednesday. Jundi Shapur, also spelled as Gundi Shapur, was one of the world’s birthplaces of knowledge and wisdom, which is a source of national pride and enthusiasm for Iranians. Sources say that Dezful […]

Ancient university restoration works begin

TEHRAN – Work to restore Jundi Shapur University, an ancient academy in the southwestern city of Dezful, has begun, ISNA reported on Wednesday. Jundi Shapur, also spelled as Gundi Shapur, was one of the world’s birthplaces of knowledge and wisdom, which is a source of national pride and enthusiasm for Iranians. Sources say that Dezful […]

15 Incredible Cliff Constructions from the Ancient World

Humans have created monumental constructions on cliff faces throughout the world. These striking architectural wonders have often times been inspired by the desire to come closer to the heavens or to defend communities from adversaries and watch over the surrounding landscape. Entire villages, mammoth statues, tombs and places of worship are just some of the […]

Prince William Inherits Ancient Duchy of Cornwall Estate Worth $1.2billion!

With Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, passing last week, most of the Royal Estates passed to the next sovereign, King Charles III. However, the line of succession ensures that as the new Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, Prince William, is now keeper of the sprawling estate of the Duchy […]

Nidhogg, the Chaos Bringing Dragon of Ancient Norse Mythology

A dark dragon, feathered, with corpses strewn about its body. An ancient evil that nibbles away at the structure of the universe itself. The “curse-striker.” A beast constantly engaged in a battle of wits with eagles, communicating with them by… a squirrel? All this and more is part of the mythology of Nidhogg in Norse […]

The Ancient Chinese Healing Art of Qigong

Visit any park in China over the last few hundred years and you’re likely to see dozens of people practicing qigong. What started as a traditional Chinese treatment over 4,000 years ago has become a major health trend today. Now, people all over the world practice qigong, attempting to bring balance to their hectic modern […]

10 Tourist Spots That Ancient People Visited

Believe it or not, tourism has been around since the time of the Egyptians. Throughout history, ancient people used to travel not only for political and religious purposes, but also for leisure and exploration. After all, without the internet, the only way to fully learn about the world was to see it for yourself! Some […]

Fisherman Jousting: An Ancient Egyptian Sport with a Violent History

Ancient history is full of examples of violence, not only in the form of torture and killings, but also in entertainment and sports. From the bloody gladiatorial combats of ancient Rome, to the Maya ball game, chariot racing in ancient Greece, and Greco-Roman wrestling, ancient history had all kinds of brutal sports. Often these sports […]

Ancient Tomb of Bird Oracle Priest Found in Turkey’s Pergamon

The ancient city of Pergamon (or Pergamum) in Turkey has yielded several interesting finds recently. The latest in this series of finds is the tomb of the bird oracle priest Markos. Based on the recent findings, Markos, the ancient bird oracle priest, used the behavior of birds, their flight and songs, as a way to […]

Ancient mudbrick minaret restored as routine maintenance

TEHRAN–A team of cultural heritage experts has finished work to restore and strengthen the sole minaret of an ancient mosque that stands tall in the heart of Iran. “It was the second phase of restoration conducted as routine maintenance on the minaret of the Jameh Mosque of Natanz ,” CHTN quoted Natanz’s tourism chief as […]

12 Jaw-Dropping Helmets from the Ancient World

Helmets of the ancient world could be dazzling, terrifying, intimidating or sometimes simply practical. Here we look at 12 incredible helmets from across the ancient world. Read more Section:  Artifacts Other Artifacts News Read Later 

Police recover ancient bronze bowl

TEHRAN–A police department in charge of protecting cultural heritage has recovered an ancient bronze bowl in the western Lorestan province. The object was found in the home of a person charged with illegally keeping the ancient object, IRIB reported on Saturday. The suspect was detained and surrendered to the judicial system for further investigation and […]

Archaeo-astronomy Of The Ancient Nabataeans In Petra

Adoration of the Sun and alignment of monuments to its annual path through the skies was universal in the ancient world. Evidence of that devotion has been uncovered in sacred architecture across hundreds of years and thousands of miles.  Read more Section:  News Premium Preview Read Later 

Iranian 4,000-Year-Old Ancient Language Decoded But Questions Remain

Linguistics experts have been trying to decipher and translate an enigmatic type of ancient language known as Linear Elamite for more than 100 years. This writing system was used by people who lived in what is now southern Iran between 2,300 and 1,800 BC, and before its rediscovery in 1903 it had been completely lost […]

Ancient Folding Chair Found in Bavarian Grave Only Second Such Find Ever

Comfort in the afterlife was apparently a medieval concern. Gravesites can reveal aspects of past cultures and values, and are therefore a rich source for archaeologists and historians.  Read more Section:  Artifacts Other Artifacts News History & Archaeology Read Later 

Conclusions About Ancient Populations May be Drastically Wrong Due to Dodgy Method

Hundreds of thousands of peer-reviewed papers in genetics employ a method called Principal Component Analysis. But new research shows this method is highly biased. This means that multitudes of major studies regarding ancient populations may be drastically wrong! The Irrisistable Draw of PCA It’s hard to make new friends, especially once you are past your […]

Polo, ancient Iranian sport

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Ancient DNA Reveals Anatolian Neolithic Revolution Migration Patterns

Beginning approximately 12,000 years ago, the Neolithic Revolution sparked one of the most profound and lasting changes in human history.  Read more Section:  News Evolution & Human Origins Read Later 

Gods, Goats And Cheesemakers In Ancient Times

During a trip to France, cheesy pasta dishes were served to America’s President Thomas Jefferson. Enthralled by the dish, the president went on to have both the pasta and Parmesan cheese imported to his plantation, and served the very first macaroni and cheese in the United States at a state dinner in 1802 to the […]

Archeologists Discover Huge Stone Penis in Ancient Roman Ruins

In the modern world, stumbling across the image of a penis scribbled in Sharpie on a bathroom wall or carved into a wooden table is considered juvenile at best and vandalism at worst. Yet for Ancient Romans, whose empire stretched up to England and across the globe from Spain to Mesopotamia, phalluses were an essential […]

Stunning Stone Disk Shows Ancient Maya Enemies Worshipped Same Corn God

In the year 687, a terrible war broke out between the ancient Maya kingdoms of Lakamha’ and Po’p.  Read more Section:  Artifacts Ancient Writings News History & Archaeology Read Later 

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