Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Archaeologists Excavate Cemetery of a Million Mummies

Archaeologists continue to excavate the Roman era cemetery at Fag el-Gamous in Egypt. They believe it contains over one million mummies. There are a number of interesting burials including that of a child and another of a man who is over 7 feet tall.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ancient Brain Drain: Egyptian Coffin with 'Odd' Art Revealed

An Egyptian coffin with unusual art has been radiocarbon dated to the Persian Period, 2,400 years ago.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Finely Decorated Ming Dynasty Clothes Unearthed in China

Archaeologists in China have unearthed a husband and wife tomb containing well preserved clothes with elaborate decorations.


Monday, November 24, 2014

1,700 Year-Old Cemetery Discovered on Silk Road

A cemetery dating back around 1,700 years has been discovered in Kucha, a city that was on the Silk Road. 10 tombs have been excavated of which 7 are large structures made with bricks.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ancient 'Handbook of Ritual Power' Deciphered

A codex dating back around 1,300 years has been deciphered revealing a series of invocations and spells. Written in Coptic it would have been used by a ritual practitioner.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Archaeologists Discover 1,000 Year-old Tomb Containing Murals, Stars & Poetry

A tomb dating back about 1,000 years has been discovered in China. It contains murals, a ceiling decorated with stars and a poem.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ancient 'Big Circles' in Mideast Leave Mystery

Archaeologists have taken high resolution aerial photographs of 11 "Big Circles." Built using low stone walls all but one of these circles is around 400 meters in diameter.


Friday, October 24, 2014

'Golden Horde' City Uncovered

Archaeologists in Russia have uncovered part of Ukek, a city founded by the Golden Horde. The Golden Horde was a khanate founded by the grandson of Genghis Khan.


Monday, October 20, 2014

6,000 Year-Old Temple Discovered in Ukraine

A 6,000 Year-Old Temple with eight platforms have been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine.


Monday, October 13, 2014

3,300 Year-Old Cult Complex Discovered in Israel

A cult complex dating back about 3,300 years has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel. Archaeologists say that the Canaanite storm god Baal may have been worshiped here.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pirates & Treasure: Vatican Archives reveal medieval tale

Newly published documents from the Vatican archives tell an incredible tale involving a dead bishop's treasure, the pope and a pirate whose name meant "fire blast" or "fire fart."


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nazca Lines of Kazakhstan- Over 50 Geoglyphs Discovered

Archaeologists in northern Kazakhstan have discovered over 50 geoglyphs in geometric shapes. Their indicates that they are at least 2,000 years old.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

3,300 Year-Old Egyptian Skeletons with Intact Hairstyles Discovered

Archaeologists at the site of Amarna have discovered several skeletons whose hairstyles are still intact. Among them is a woman who has 70 hair extensions.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Massive 5,000 Year-Old Stone Monument Identified in Israel

Archaeologists in Israel have identified a crescent shaped stone monument that is longer than a football field and dates back around 5,000 years. It was originally believed to be part of a city wall but research shows that there is no city beside it and it is a standalone monument.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2,800 Year-Old Tomb with Zigzagging Art Discovered in Greece

Archaeologists working at the ancient city of Corinth, in Greece, have discovered a tomb dating back around 2,800 years. It contains a limestone sarcophagus and pottery decorated with zigzagging designs.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

'Evil Eye' Box and Other Ancient Treasures Found in Nile River Cemetery

Archaeologists in Sudan are excavating a cemetery that dates back around 2,000 years. The artifacts they've found include a silver ring engraved with an image of a god and a faience box decorated with udjat eyes. The udjat eyes offered protection from the evil eye.


Monday, August 4, 2014

'Rich' 2,100 year-old King's Mausoleum Discovered in China

Archaeologists in China have discovered a mausoleum, built for a king, that dates back over 2,100 years. They found about 10,000 artifacts including treasures made of gold, silver, bronze, jade and lacquer.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Newly Discovered Egyptian Carving Bears Scars of Ancient Religious Revolution

Archaeologists at the site of Sedeinga, in modern day Sudan, have discovered an Egyptian carving that was defaced by pharaoh Akhenaten and later restored by one of his successors, possibly King Tutankhamun.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Painting Discovered in Tomb near Great Pyramid of Giza

A new wall painting has been discovered in a tomb located located just 300 meters east of the Great Pyramid of Giza


Monday, July 7, 2014

Remains of Long-Lost Temple Discovered in Iraq

An archaeologist working in Iraqi Kurdistan has discovered giant column bases that belong to the Temple of Haldi, the supreme god of the kingdom of Urartu. The temple was located in Musasir, a place which ancient inscriptions call a "holy city" and "the city of the raven."


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chariot Burial over 4,000 year-old Discovered in Georgia

Archaeologists in the country of Georgia have discovered a burial chamber that was intended for a chief. It contain two chariots, with four wheels each, gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Remains of Ancient Epidemic Discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists working at the site of Thebes, in Egypt, have uncovered remains of the third century AD "Plague of Cyprian." Named after St. Cyprian, was described its symptoms, the epidemic was so terrible that he believed the world was coming to an end.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mayan Council House with Sculpted Art Discovered in Guatemala

A Mayan council house dating back about 700 years has been discovered in Guatemala. Among the artifacts is an incense burner showing the head of Itzamna, who was the "shaman" of the Maya gods.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New research tells tale of first American citizen to meet Chinese Emperor

In 1795 an American citizen, as part of a Dutch delegation, made an overland journey from Canton to Beijing. He entered the Forbidden City and met the Qianlong Emperor, the man who ruled China. 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Intentionally buried 18th century artifacts found on two Caribbean Islands

Archaeologists exploring two Caribbean islands have discovered artifacts intentionally buried beneath two 18th century plantation houses. They believe that for the inhabitants the artifacts held a spiritual power and were intended to protect them from harm.


Friday, May 2, 2014

'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' Looks More and More Like a Fake

Several developments on the Gospel of Jesus's Wife Story:

-Analysis of a second papyrus from the anonymous GJW owner reveals that it is a fake. The ink and handwriting are similar to GJW raising more doubts about GJW authenticity.

-Harvard University has fallen silent on the artifact, not responding to requests for comment on new developments suggesting GJW is a forgery.

-Smithsonian Channel says they are still planning to air their documentary on Monday.

-Grave doubts about Hans-Ulrich Laukamp's previous ownership of GJW. He would have to be an almost fantastic figure at this point.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Four foundation deposits discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Four foundation deposits in a box like shape have been discovered in the western valley of Egypt's Valley of the Kings. They include the head of a cow, a blue painted vase and flint tools, their wooden handles still preserved after almost three millennia.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New sources cast doubt on origins of Jesus wife papyrus

According to documents published in Harvard Theological Review Hans-Ulrich Laukamp obtained the papyrus from Potsdam in 1963 and sold it in 1999. I interviewed a representative from his estate and a close business associate. Both men say that Laukamp never collected antiquities or owned this papyrus. If accurate this throws the provenance of the papyrus into doubt.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ancient contract to fix a wrestling match deciphered

A contract between two athletes to fix a wrestling match has been deciphered. Its dates to AD 267 and was found at Oxyrhychus in Egypt.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ancient Egyptian mummy found with Brain but no Heart

A mummy dating back around 1,700 years has a brain, no heart and an abdominal plaque that may have been intended to ritually heal her.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

3,300 year-old Tomb with Pyramid Entrance Discovered in Egypt

A tomb dating back around 3,300 year had been discovered at Abydos in Egypt. It contains a sandstone sarcophagus, painted red, with spells from the Book of the Dead.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Carving shows Roman Emperor dressed as Egyptian Pharaoh while wearing elaborate crown

A relief has been discovered and recorded at the Temple of Isis at Shanhur that shows the Roman emperor Claudius dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh while wearing an elaborate crown.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Posh Dog Outfit from China's 'Forbidden City' Revealed

An silk outfit, decorated with peonies, that covered a dog named "Big Luck" from snout to tail has been published for the first time. Big Luck lived in China's Forbidden City more than a century ago.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Plea from the Past - Ancient Egyptian Soldier's letter home deciphered

A letter dating back around 1,800 years written by an Egyptian man named Aurelius Polion, who was serving in a Roman legion in Europe, has been deciphered, revealing a plea from the past.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Research Tells Tale of 17th century 'Pirate Alliance' in Ireland

An underwater archaeologist in Ireland has made a series of discoveries that provides clues to pirates who operated on the southwest coast. She found two sites with rock-cut steps that lead almost to the sea.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

3,200 year-old Silver Treasure Discovered in Ancient City in Israel

Archaeologists working at the ancient city of Abel Beth Maacah have discovered silver treasure dating back about 3,200 years.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ancient school discovered at Dakhla Oasis in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed a school that dates back about 1,700 years that contains Greek writings on its walls. Among the texts is a passage from the Odyssey telling a legendary story of ancient drug use.


Monday, February 3, 2014

4,600 year-old Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years. It predates the Great Pyramid at Giza by at least a few decades.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Giza Pyramids had Bustling Port and Military Troops

A series of new discoveries indicates that there was a bustling port near the Giza Pyramids with what we would consider to be military troops nearby.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Veal and Leopard Teeth found in Massive House near Giza Pyramids

Leopard teeth and the remains of veal have been discovered in a huge house near the Giza Pyramids. The house is part of a city that dates mainly to the time when the Pyramid of Menkaure was being built.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fate of Ark of the Covenant Revealed in Hebrew Text

A newly translated Hebrew text claims to reveal where treasures from King Solomon's temple were hidden and discusses the fate of the Ark of the Covenant itself. It claims that the treasures from the temple were recorded on a "tablet of bronze" something quite similar to the Copper Scroll found at Qumran.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

King Tut's mummified penis may point to religious struggle

New research reveals that a number of anomalies in Tutankhamun's mummification may be related to religious upheaval during t he king's life