How do you follow a trail more than 200 years old, when even the maps they used uncertain? You look for specific historical deposits. And famed explorers of the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, made some very unusual ones. »
Known as one of the most important pioneers in 20th Century Syrian archaeology, Khaled al-Asaad has reportedly been executed by ISIS militants near the ancient city of Palmyra. »
Archaeologists working in Germany have uncovered evidence of a violent clash between a pair Early Neolithic farming communities, a grim encounter that resulted in a surprising number of deaths—and may have even involved torture. »
Archaeologists working in Kazakhstan have uncovered the remains of an ancient female warrior who lived sometime between the 11th century BC and 4th century AD. »
A thousand years ago, Gaelic monks sang and chanted inside Iceland’s vast series of caves. Recently, a group of folk singers made the trek inside one of these caves to test out the acoustics. Here’s what it sounded like.
Archaeologists working in the Sicilian Channel between Tunisia and Sicily have discovered a submerged 40-foot-long (8-meter) limestone monolith carved by Stone Age humans some 10,000 years ago. »
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence proving that members of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition resorted to cannibalism. The two-ship fleet, dispatched in 1845 to map the Northwest Passage, became hopelessly stuck in the Arctic ice. Remains of 36 bones show signs of cutting, breakage, and bone marrow extraction.
Archaeologists have identified the 400-year-old remains of four men considered to be among the first leaders of Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the New World’s first successful British colony. »
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered evidence of early cereal cultivation at a 23,000-year-old site in Galilee, effectively doubling the timespan humans are believed to have practiced farming. »
A genetic analysis of ancient and modern humans suggests that the ancestors of Native Americans entered the North American continent from Siberia some 23,000 years ago—and that they did so in a single wave.
Well-preserved fragments of a Koran manuscript dating back some 1,370 years have been discovered in a library at Birmingham University. Written shortly after the death of Muhammed, it’s among the oldest texts of the Islamic holy book in existence. »
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered ancient text on a 1,500-year-old piece of charred parchment. By using advanced digital imagery, the scientists exposed the hidden writing, which isn’t visible to the naked eye. Discovered 45 years ago, the Hebrew Scroll is believed to contain the first eight versus of the… »
Carbon emissions aren’t just changing the climate — they’re making it harder to solve crimes. As our atmosphere fills with fossil carbon, scientists will have a tougher time using radiocarbon dating, a standard forensic technique, to analyze human remains and wildlife tissues. »
A new study suggests that Royal Tomb I—and not the more famous Royal Tomb II—is the final resting place of King Philip II, the powerful father of Alexander the Great, a claim backed by some very compelling evidence. »
For the first time since its discovery in 2011, this ornate 1,000-year-old Viking sword is being shown to the public. Dating back to the final days of the Vikings, it has been linked to battles in England. »
A team of Icelandic archaeologists working in central Reykjavik were looking for the remnants of a farm cottage built in 1799—so imagine their surprise when they found a longhouse dating back to the 9th century AD instead. »
The wreck of a 13th century Mongolian ship that sunk during a failed invasion of Japan has been found. It’s one of two confirmed ships that date to invasions in 1274 and 1281 when armadas of over 4,000 ships were sent by Kublai Khan to conquer the Yuan Dynasty in Japan. Both invasions were thwarted by typhoons, or… »
The 2,000-year-old remains of a carefully decorated and deliberately buried juvenile bobcat has scientists wondering if it’s the first example of feline domestication in the prehistoric Americas.
Archaeologists working in the Golan heights have discovered 2,000-year-old imprints made by the boots of Roman soldiers. The imprints were made in the still-wet mortar of the fortifications at the Hellenistic city of Hippos. The boots, including one that was a size 9, left studded footprints, and were standard issue… »