This ancient tablet says Noah's Ark was round

A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia is providing new details about the mythological tale of Noah and his ark, including detailed instructions on how the massive, round floating vessel was to be built. » 1/27/14 2:20pm 1/27/14 2:20pm

Recreation of ancient beer suggests it was really, really gross

A team of experts from Ohio’s Great Lakes Brewing Company, along with archaeologists from the University of Chicago, have replicated 5,500-year-old beer from Mesopotamia using clay vessels, a wooden spoon, and an ancient recipe. But the end result left much to be desired. » 6/25/13 9:40am 6/25/13 9:40am

The world's oldest "Yo mama" joke is 3,500 years old

Around 1,500 BCE, a student in ancient Babylon inscribed six riddles on a tablet. 3,500 years later, these proto-jokes lose a lot in the translation, but one thing's for sure: the Babylonians are saying something about your mother. » 1/29/12 11:00am 1/29/12 11:00am

The story behind the world's oldest museum, built by a Babylonian…

In 1925, archaeologist Leonard Woolley discovered a curious collection of artifacts while excavating a Babylonian palace. They were from many different times and places, and yet they were neatly organized and even labeled. Woolley had discovered the world's first museum. » 5/25/11 9:00am 5/25/11 9:00am

Humanity's first beer is an archaeological mystery

For nearly as long as humans have walked the Earth, they've had beer waiting for them when they got home. Beer and brewing date back thousands of years, but it's still anyone's guess which ancient culture drank the first beer. » 3/28/11 4:16pm 3/28/11 4:16pm

Excavations Begin on Syria's 7000-Year-Old Metropolis, Known As "Zaidan"

The prehistoric cultures of Mesopotamia gave rise to literacy, bureaucracy, agriculture, and modern cities. And now a nearly-untouched city in Syria will give us a peek at what urban life was like 7000 years ago in the so-called Ubaid period. » 4/06/10 5:00pm 4/06/10 5:00pm