Farmer's Doorstop Revealed To Be Rare, Important Bronze Age Artifact

Go on, say it with us: "It belongs in a museum!" That's exactly what a farmer realized 12 years after he discovered a strange object in one of his fields. Turns out the hunk of bent bronze he'd been using as a doorstop was actually ... an extremely significant 3,500 year old artifact. » 1/21/15 5:30pm 1/21/15 5:30pm

Beads Found In Ancient Danish Graves Match Glass Made For King Tut

An analysis of artifacts retrieved from Bronze Age burial sites reveals that Denmark and ancient Egypt traded with one another 3,400 years ago, and possibly practiced similar religious rituals. » 12/11/14 1:20pm 12/11/14 1:20pm

Remarkable 3,900-Year-Old Suit Of Bone Armor Found In Siberia

Archaeologists working near Omsk in Siberia have discovered a complete suit of bone armor that likely belonged to an elite warrior. Found in near perfect condition, the unique armor dates back to the Bronze Age. » 9/09/14 8:00am 9/09/14 8:00am

The British Museum Is Crowdsourcing The Bronze Age

If you've ever wanted to be an archaeologist or a museum curator, now is your chance. A new open source crowdsourcing platform, called Micropasts, is asking the public to help catalogue more than 30,000 prehistoric artifacts discovered over the past two centuries. » 5/01/14 10:30am 5/01/14 10:30am

What was a bronze buckle from East Asia doing in 11th century Alaska?

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze artifact in ancient Eskimo settlement...which is pretty surprising, considering ancient Alaska never actually went through the Bronze Age. This artifact was likely cast long ago in Asia before making its long, mysterious journey Northward. » 11/14/11 4:30pm 11/14/11 4:30pm

A brief history of the ancient science of sword making

The sword is the perennial symbol of empires, knighthood, chivalry and fantasy. But it's also one of the world's most ancient technologies, connected with breakthroughs in metallurgy that would change the world. There are even some types of ancient swords so strong that modern science still can't determine how they… » 8/17/11 9:07am 8/17/11 9:07am

Britain's first recession was 2,500 years ago

In its simplest terms, European prehistory can be divided into three parts: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age. But there's a mysterious 300 year gap in prehistoric Britain, created by one of humanity's first economic bubbles. » 4/07/11 2:30pm 4/07/11 2:30pm