archaeology


  • Transparent variety of Borneo amber from Sabah, Malaysia. Some Sabah amber has been dated with minimum ages as 17 millions years old. (Sebakoamber/Wikicommons)

    Lizard Preserved in 99 Million Year-Old Amber a Clue to ‘Lost Ecosystem’

    A lizard fossilized in amber that was found in Southeast Asia could date back as far as 99 million years, which would make it among... Read more

  • 520-million-year-old fossils belonging to a shrimp-like crustacean are deemed extraordinary due to how much of the creature's central nervous system remains intact. (AOL Screenshot)

    520-Million-Year-Old Fossil With Intact Nervous System Found In China (Video)

    Fossils have provided scientists with a wealth of information about early Earth dwellers, and insights into how the planet’s creatures have developed since. An international... Read more

  • A Sceat, left, and a glass counter discovered at the site. (Portable Antiquities Scheme Photos)

    Anglo-Saxon Island: Man With Metal Detector Finds Ancient Village Artifacts Near Lincolnshire, UK

    A man with a metal detector stumbled upon the remains of an ancient village near Lincolnshire, U.K. recently. The remains of an Anglo-Saxon island were... Read more

  • A portion of the rock shows tiny handprints, which researchers now believe were made by lizards as opposed to humans. (Emmanuelle Honoré)

    Scientists Say 8000-Year-Old Hand Prints in Ancient Cave Were NOT Made by Humans

    Tiny handprints that date back some 8,000 years were actually made by lizards, scientists said. The site of Wadi Sura II was discovered in Egypt’s... Read more

  • A view in Patagonia, Argentina in a file photo. (bluejayphoto, iStock)

    Argentina: Jurassic-Era Fossil Site Discovered After Erosion Exposes Ancient Fossils

    Scientists found fossils believed to date back 140 to 160 million years after erosion left some uncovered in southern Argentina. The site spans 23,000 square... Read more

  • Hirbat Midras, in Adullam Grove Nature Reserve in Israel, part of what geologist Dr. Alexander Koltypin hypothesizes to be a massive complex of prehistoric underground structures stretching across the Mediterranean. (Courtesy of Alexander Koltypin)

    Is This a Huge Million-Year-Old, Man-Made Underground Complex?

    Most archaeologists and historians agree that human civilization only emerged some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Yet many researchers have drawn attention to artifacts and... Read more

  • A new study has found that glyptodonts, which were massive shelled creatures that lived for millions of years before going extinct about 10,000 years ago, are likely part of the same family as modern-day armadillos. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient Armadillos as Big as VW Beetle Once Roamed the Earth (Video)

    An ancient species of armored animal that weighed upwards of a ton has recently been identified as part of the armadillo family by an international... Read more

  • A flower found in up to 30-million-year-old fossilized amber has been confirmed as a unique Asterid species, as well as its oldest known member. Researchers are also rather confident the well-preserved bloom was poisonous. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient Flower Discovered in 30-Million-Year-Old Amber (Video)

    Many families have at least one black sheep, and plants are no exception. Asterids are particularly notable on that count, as among the celebrated members... Read more

  • (Bjørn Christian Tørrissen via Creative Commons)

    Ancient Easter Island Civilization Wasn’t Eliminated by Warfare: Researchers

    The ancient civilization that inhabited Easter Island wasn’t destroyed by warfare, according to a recent study, contrary to what some researchers believe. Researchers from Binghamton... Read more

  • An international team of researchers claims to have confirmed the existence of a massive, flightless bird that lived in the Arctic some 53 million years ago. (AOL Screenshot)

    Giant Bird Confirmed to Have Roamed The Arctic 50 Million Years Ago (Video)

    A giant bird that lacked the ability to fly, has been confirmed to have roamed the Arctic around 53 million years ago, according to researchers... Read more

  • Two ants of different species fighting and preserved in amber from 100 million years ago shine new light on the ancient insects' evolution. (AOL Screenshot)

    Two Ants Fighting 100 Million Years Ago Preserved in Amber (Video)

    Two ants of different species fighting and preserved in amber from 100 million years ago shine new light on the ancient insects’ evolution, according to... Read more

  • The Pantheon dome - made entirely out of concrete. (MatthiasKabel, CC BY-SA 3.0)

    From Chrome Plating to Nanotubes: The ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used in Ancient Times

    The ancient Babylonians were the first to use sophisticated geometry – a staggering 1,400 years before it was previously thought to have been developed. Sadly,... Read more

  • A view of the Pyramid of Cestius in Rome on Feb. 3, 2016. Rome's only surviving pyramid from ancient times is getting fresh visibility. After a Japanese clothing magnate paid for a cleanup, archaeologists are eager to show off the monument, constructed some 2,000 years ago as the burial tomb for a Roman praetor, or magistrate, named Caius Cestius. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    2,000-Year-Old Rome Pyramid Spotlighted

    ROME—Rome’s only surviving pyramid from ancient times is being put in the spotlight. After a Japanese clothing magnate helped pay for an ambitious cleanup, archaeologists... Read more

  • (Christian Krohg via Wikimedia Commons)

    Did the Vikings Use Crystal ‘Sunstones’ to Discover America?

    Ancient records tell us that the intrepid Viking seafarers who discovered Iceland, Greenland and eventually North America navigated using landmarks, birds and whales, and little... Read more

  • (Czech Institute of Egyptology)

    4,500 Year-Old Egyptian Boat Unearthed at Abusir Pyramids Site

    A funeral boat dating to approximately 2,550 B.C. was unearthed in Egypt by archaeologists.  At the Abusir pyramids site south of Cairo, a team found... Read more

  • Researchers examining the prehistoric drawings in the famed Chauvet-Pont D’Arc cave believe they have found evidence of the oldest known depiction of a volcanic eruption. (AOL Screenshot)

    Researchers May Have Found the Oldest Human Depiction of a Volcano (Video)

    Volcanic eruptions are among Earth’s most dramatic events, and it appears humans have been chronicling the fiery blasts for much longer than thought. Researchers examining the... Read more

  • A renovation and expansion of Oregon State University's Reser Stadium recently led to the unexpected discovery of what appear to be the remains of a mammoth among other extinct mammals. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mammoth Remains Uncovered During Football Field Renovation (Video)

    The remains of what was likely a mammoth have been uncovered during construction at Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium. Anthropology professor Loren Davis, who was... Read more

  • A significant dinosaur discovery has been made in Wales. A recently published study states that the 201-million-year old creature is “the oldest known Jurassic dinosaur and it represents the first dinosaur skeleton from the Jurassic of Wales.” (AOL Screenshot)

    ‘Oldest Known Jurassic Dinosaur’ Found in Wales (Video)

    A significant dinosaur discovery has been made in Wales. A recently published study states that the 201-million-year old creature is “the oldest known Jurassic dinosaur... Read more

  • A basalt artifact found in Jackson County, Ga. (Courtesy of Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation)

    Jackson County Artifact Adds Mystery to Area’s History

    History is slow to share its secrets, but did recently for a rural Jackson County man while clearing an area of his property. As a... Read more

  • (York Archaeological Trust)

    Roman-Era Skeletons Found in York, England Yield Interesting DNA Results

    The DNA from seven Roman-era skeletons found in York, England indicate the Roman Empire included both locals and immigrants. Six of the skulls contained DNA matching... Read more

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