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Category: Ancient History

Photo depicting sternum of Amara West skeleton with cancerous bone lesions. (Credit: British Museum)

3,200-Year-Old Skeleton is Oldest Known Case of Human Cancer

British researchers have found the earliest known case of human metastatic cancer in the skeleton of a young man who died around 1200 B.C. in ancient Egypt.

Excavated wine cellar at Tel Kabri site. (Credit: Eric H. Cline, George Washington University)

One of History’s Oldest Wine Cellars Discovered

A 3,700-year-old storage room may have once contained roughly 3,000 bottles of wine.

Scientist's reconstruction of Ötzi the Iceman (Credit: Getty Images)

Europe’s Oldest Natural Mummy Has Living Relatives

The 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman was discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991. Now, scientists have discovered he has at least 19 living Austrian descendants.

Copper deposits in Israel's Timna Valley, now a national park.

The Search Continues for King Solomon’s Mines

A recent discovery has shed new light on an age-old mystery.

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Spicy Find Sheds Light on Ancient Cuisine

By analyzing Stone-Age clay cooking vessels, researchers have found the earliest conclusive evidence of humans using spices to flavor their food.

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Man’s Best (and Oldest) Friend

New studies involving prehistoric dogs are enabling scientists to form important conclusions about the history of humans and their most devoted companions.

Palm fields in southern China.

Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice

A new study shows that agriculture may have emerged in southern China much earlier than previously thought.

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Hanging Gardens Existed, but not in Babylon

An Oxford researcher says she has found evidence of the elusive Hanging Gardens of Babylon—but 300 miles from Babylon.

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Ancient Ritual Bath Unearthed in Jerusalem

Archaeologists in Jerusalem recently uncovered a 2,000-year-old ritual bath during a road excavation project.

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Languages Under Siege

After being spoken for 3,000 years, Aramaic, the language of Jesus, could soon be extinct.

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The Royal Roots of the American Christmas Tree

An American holiday tradition was launched by a fashionable British queen celebrating an old German custom.

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Sunken Cities

As news breaks that Venice is (still) sinking, explore other cities that have slipped beneath the waves.

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Julius Caesar’s Final Moments: Video

What did the Roman ruler experience after a mob of conspiring senators stabbed him 23 times?