Ancient news stories

Archaeologists unearth bronze age graves at Stonehenge tunnel site
8th February 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

Bronze age graves, neolithic pottery and the vestiges of a mysterious C-shaped enclosure that might have been a prehistoric industrial area are among the finds unearthed by archaeologists who have carried out preliminary work on the site of the proposed new road tunnel at Stonehenge.

Greek gods and ancient mortals ‘resurrected’ in terracotta figurines discovered in Turkey
6th February 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have discovered dozens of terracotta figurines that are over 2,000 years old, including ones that depict gods, goddesses, men, women, cavalry and animals.

Ancient mummies with golden tongues unearthed in Egypt
3rd February 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

It is thought the dead were given gold foil amulets shaped like tongues so that they could speak before the court of the god Osiris in the afterlife.

Prehistoric bone etchings believed to be among oldest evidence of human use of symbols
3rd February 2021 | Ancient, Humans

A recent discovery has uncovered evidence of what may be the earliest-known use of symbols. The symbols were found on a bone fragment in the Ramle region in central Israel and are believed to be approximately 120,000 years old.

635 million-year-old fossil is the oldest known land fungus
1st February 2021 | | Ancient, Earth

The oldest evidence of land fungus may be a wee microfossil that’s 635 million years old, found in a cave in southern China.

Ancient Jersey teeth find hints at Neanderthal mixing
1st February 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

Prehistoric teeth unearthed at a site in Jersey reveal signs of interbreeding between Neanderthals and our own species, scientists say.

Dozens of Egyptian Tombs Will Be Unearthed at Saqqara Necropolis
1st February 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN EGYPT are preparing to open a 3,000-year-old burial shaft at the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, in the coming week.

Stunning eagle sculpture uncovered at sacred Aztec temple in Mexico
30th January 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

A striking 600-year-old Aztec sculpture depicting a golden eagle has been uncovered in an ancient temple in Mexico, archaeologists with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced Monday (Jan. 25).

Ancient rivers reveal multiple Sahara Desert greenings
30th January 2021 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Large parts of the Sahara Desert were green thousands of years ago, evidenced by prehistoric engravings in the desert of giraffes, crocodiles and a stone-age cave painting of humans swimming.

Tantalizing Evidence Hints Ancient Humans Had Stone Tools Before Opposable Thumbs
29th January 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

The evolution of the opposable thumb is often placed hand-in-hand with the rise of stone tools.

Puppy prints and wall illusions found in 1,500-year-old house in Turkey
29th January 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have discovered a fantastical-looking, 1,500-year-old house in Turkey that was decorated with illusory wall paintings and terracotta tiles on the floor with puppy prints and possible chicken decorations pressed into them.

Ice age Siberian hunters may have domesticated dogs 23,000 years ago
29th January 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Sometime toward the end of the last ice age, a group of humans armed with stone-tipped spears stalked their prey in the bitter cold of northeastern Siberia, tracking bison and woolly mammoths across a vast, grassy landscape.

Clues on 1,000 Years of The Sun’s Turbulent Activity Are Hidden in Earth’s Trees
27th January 2021 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

The Sun has a lot of rhythm and goes through different cycles of activity. The most well-known cycle might be the Schwabe cycle, which has an 11-year cadence. But what about cycles with much longer time scales? How can scientists understand them?

Ritual monument discovered in Scotland dates to the time of Stonehenge
27th January 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

A massive “cursus” monument, a site for ancient rituals, that was built around the same time as Stonehenge, has been discovered on the  Scottish Isle of Arran.

Pace of prehistoric human innovation could be revealed by ‘linguistic thermometer’
27th January 2021 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Multi-disciplinary researchers at The University of Manchester have helped develop a powerful physics-based tool to map the pace of language development and human innovation over thousands of years—even stretching into pre-history before records were kept.

How many early human species existed on Earth?
25th January 2021 | | Ancient, Humans

We Homo sapiens didn’t use to be alone. Long ago, there was a lot more human diversity; Homo sapiens lived alongside an estimated eight now-extinct species of human about 300,000 years ago

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