The Remains Of A Stone Age Couple Found In A Spooning Embrace

Archaeologists working at the Alepotrypa Cave in Greece have discovered a rare 5,800-year-old double burial in which two well-preserved skeletons were found in what appears to be the spooning position. » 2/23/15 7:20am 2/23/15 7:20am

​9 Roman Gods Who Weren't Just Rip Offs Of Greek Gods

We know that the ancient Greeks had a massively entertaining sets of gods and goddesses. So it's no wonder that when Rome conquered Greece, they replaced their own dull pantheon with renamed versions of Zeus, Athena, and the others. But not all Roman gods were Greek copies — here are a few of the more important ones. » 1/22/15 10:17am 1/22/15 10:17am

Excavations at Amphipolis in Greece have uncovered five intriguing skeletons. An elderly woman, a newborn child, a cremated corpse, and two middle-aged men were among another 550 bone fragments found in a lavish tomb dating back to the Alexander era. Experts say the remains may belong to one of his generals, or a… » 1/20/15 3:20pm 1/20/15 3:20pm

An Ancient Greek Palindrome Has Been Discovered on this Amulet

Archaeologists working in Cyprus have discovered a 1,500-year-old amulet with a 59-letter inscription that reads the same backwards as it does forwards. » 1/02/15 12:40pm 1/02/15 12:40pm

Vacationing family finds exceedingly rare hexapus. Kills it. Eats it.

The world's first hexapus* was discovered in 2008 trapped in a lobster pot off the coast of South Wales. It was rescued soon thereafter, not eaten, transferred to Blackpool Sea Life Centre and later released. The world's second hexapus was not so lucky. » 7/28/13 9:37am 7/28/13 9:37am

Now you can visit a 2,000-year-old brothel in Greece

Archaeologists recently uncovered an ancient brothel attached to a gymnasium and restaurant in northern Greece. It was full of penis-themed items like this vase. But that's not the weird part. » 6/25/13 11:13am 6/25/13 11:13am

Archaeologists have discovered a "trove" of neanderthal bones in Greece

A cave in Greece has been found to contain 14 specimens of child and adult human remains, providing archaeologists with key insights into the lives and geographical distribution of ancient hominins. » 4/01/13 8:40am 4/01/13 8:40am

The Jerks Who Bombed the Parthenon

The Parthenon was one of the most famous monuments of the ancient world. But today its columns are crumbling to dust. Its current state isn't due to wear and tear from exposure to the elements over the millennia, however. It's the result of an almost-forgotten 17th century battle. » 10/24/12 8:00am 10/24/12 8:00am

The 5 Most Unpleasant And Undignified Ways To Die In Ancient Times

Antiquity was the pits. For every advancement in philosophy or mathematics, you had half a dozen crazed aristocrats high on mercury potions trying to remove your limbs in bold new ways. Here are five particularly egregious ways to kick it centuries ago — they involve (among many things) honey, wine, eels, and… » 9/06/12 10:20am 9/06/12 10:20am

New Archeological Proof for the Oldest Tsunami in Recorded History

Tucked away in the 8th volume of Herodotus' Histories is a reference to a town that was saved from attack by the Persians when the sea retreated — then returned higher than ever, drowning those who tried to cross the shallows. This account of 479 BCE is regarded as the first historical reference to a tsunami — and now… » 4/25/12 5:00pm 4/25/12 5:00pm

An entire day represented in one 360° panorama photo

Greek photographer Chris Kotsiopoulos recently decided to try visualizing a full day in a single photograph. What he ended up with was the incredible, 360°, time-spanning panorama pictured here. » 4/18/12 3:20pm 4/18/12 3:20pm

Iron Age Europe was all about beer drinking and "competitive feasting"

It turns out Europe 2,600 years ago was pretty much exactly like one big college frat, with social elites vying for power and influence by throwing the most kickass parties - complete with lots of free beer. » 3/20/12 9:30am 3/20/12 9:30am

As the financial system falters, some Greeks are turning to alternative…

What do you do when your country is thrown into financial chaos? After all, you still have your resources, your skills, and your neighbors. As cash is increasingly short supply, some Greeks are creating local currencies, and finding their social support system is stronger than they ever knew. » 3/18/12 3:00pm 3/18/12 3:00pm

Neanderthals were sailing the Mediterranean 100,000 years ago

Humans likely first took to the seas about 50,000 years ago. But there's mounting evidence that our Neanderthal cousins were routinely sailing throughout the Mediterranean twice as long ago. Alternatively, they were just really good at long distance swimming. » 2/29/12 4:40pm 2/29/12 4:40pm

Satellites reveal Libya's lost 2,000-year-old cities

One of the side effects of the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime is that archaeologists can now explore parts of the country's past that were long suppressed, starting with the lost cities of the ancient Garamantes civilization. » 11/09/11 12:30pm 11/09/11 12:30pm

A ghost town in Cyprus, untouched by humans for 37 years

In 1974, the Cypriot capital of Nicosia was divided in two by a U.N. Buffer Zone designed to quell violence between the island's Greek and Turkish populations. Those living in the Zone quickly evacuated the area, creating an urban time capsule that's been devoid of residents for nearly 40 years. » 7/19/11 5:30pm 7/19/11 5:30pm

The lost city where the Olympics began may have been destroyed by…

The Olympic Games first began in the ancient Greek city-state of Olympia. For all its fame, the city suffered a mysterious fate, destroyed by an unknown natural disaster. Now it looks like tsunamis were the culprit...despite being 30 kilometers inland. » 7/11/11 11:57am 7/11/11 11:57am

A lunar eclipse leaps over the Acropolis

In this picture from June 15, photographer Elias Politis has condensed an entire 100-minute lunar eclipse over Athens, Greece into a single composite image. Also check out a haunting time-lapse video Politis captured from that evening's "Acropoclipse." » 6/26/11 3:30pm 6/26/11 3:30pm

The stars are falling over Greece in amazing time-lapse video

The stars are always moving through the night sky, but the effect is so slow that it's hard to really grasp it. That's why there's this video, which throws in various Greek landmarks just to be even more ridiculously beautiful. » 5/04/11 11:33am 5/04/11 11:33am