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CATEGORY: Ancient History
Ancient ‘Fidget Spinner’ Is Actually a Weapon
August 3, 2017

A museum realizes it’s been mislabeling an artifact for 85 years. Read More

There’s Now a Database of Cultural Sites in Danger. It has 20,000 Entries
June 8, 2017

From a wonder of the world to the seat of a Bronze Age kingdom, explore 10 of the thousands of historic sites currently threatened by conflict, looting, construction or other causes. Read More

DNA Suggests A Maternal “Dynasty” In Ancient Southwest Society
February 27, 2017

Using DNA from 14 people found buried in an elaborate complex in New Mexico, scientists concluded that elite status in the Chacoan society passed through the maternal line. Read More

Archaeologists Uncover 8,000-Year-Old Goddess Figurine in Central Turkey
October 19, 2016

An international team working at a Neolithic site in central Turkey recently discovered a limestone figurine that could depict a fertility goddess, or a high-status woman. Read More

Lasers Reveal Medieval Cities in Cambodian Jungle
June 14, 2016

Archaeologists using airborne lasers have found evidence that vast medieval cities once surrounded Angkor Wat and other Cambodian temple complexes. Read More

Secret Tunnel May Reveal Long-lost Secrets of Ancient Mexican Civilization
May 20, 2016

Archaeologists in Mexico are exploring an underground tunnel, sealed for nearly 2,000 years, in the hopes of unlocking the mysteries of the ancient city of Teotihuacán. Read More

Gang of Robbers Nabbed While Looting Ancient Cave in Israel
December 9, 2014

Six men caught looting historical artifacts from an ancient desert cave in Israel last weekend may have been searching for undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls. Read More

Amphipolis Tomb May Belong to Alexander the Great’s Mother
September 25, 2014

A pair of caryatids--or pillars made of sculpted female figures--found at the massive Greek burial complex may hint at the identity of the tomb’s occupant. Read More

2,700-Year-Old Phoenician Shipwreck Discovered
August 27, 2014

An ancient Phoenician shipwreck found off the coast of Malta may be the oldest ever discovered in the Mediterranean Sea. Read More

Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece
August 14, 2014

The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside. Read More