Posted inArchaeology

Paleontologists Discover 240-Million-Year-Old “Chinese Dragon”

Scientists have unveiled a remarkably complete fossil of a specialized reptile named Dinocephalosaurus that swam the oceans 240 million years ago during the Triassic Period. This bizarre creature measured over 16 feet long and boasted an extremely elongated neck containing 32 individual vertebrae – more than any other known species from the Triassic. This enabled […]

Posted inGeography

Kerguelen, the Remote French Archipelago with More than 300 Islands Between Africa and Antarctica where a Hundred People Live

To an archipelago being known as the “Islands of Desolation” says quite a bit. If we also add that it’s located in the subantarctic region, meaning north of Antarctica and between 46 and 60 degrees latitude, the nickname is understandable. We’re referring to Kerguelen (which is its current name as “Desolation” fell out of use), […]

Posted inStone Age Archaeology

Neanderthals Found to Use Complex Adhesives Before Homo Sapiens

Scientists have made a surprising discovery about the advanced capabilities of ancient humans in Europe over 40,000 years ago. A team of researchers reexamining stone tools from the Neanderthal site of Le Moustier in southwestern France found evidence that the early cave dwellers were using a multi-component adhesive to attach handles to spear points and […]

Posted inAncient Rome

Secessio Plebis, the Roman Antecedent of the General Strike in Which the People Abandoned the City

Although the right to strike wasn’t regulated until the 20th century, labor strikes occurred for various reasons since ancient times, with the first documented case being that of the workers of Set Maat (now Deir el-Medina, Egypt) during the reign of Ramesses III. We know this thanks to the so-called Strike Papyrus, preserved in Turin […]

Posted inClassical Archaeology

Rare Stone Box with Compartments Discovered in Jerusalem May Be a 2000-Year-Old Merchandise Display Case

A rare stone box with nine compartments, dating back approximately 2000 years, is being exhibited to the public for the first time in an exposition in the archaeology wing of the Israel Museum. The container, exceptional in its design, was discovered in excavations by the Antiquities Authority in the City of David, within the National […]

Posted inMedieval Archaeology

Gold Ring Reveals Possible New Princely Lineage in Jutland Linked to Merovingians

A treasure hunter has uncovered an elaborate gold ring in southwestern Denmark that could shed light on a previously unknown lineage of royal figures with ties to powerful European dynasties in the early Medieval period. Lars Nielsen, 39, was metal detecting in the fields near Emmerlev when he came across the large gold ring encrusted […]

Posted inGeography, Travel

Dzungaria, the Region where the Hyperboreans Could Have Lived, is the Place on Earth Farthest from the Sea

At the border between Kazakhstan and China, south of the Altai Mountains, there is an ancient pass called the Dzungarian Gate. Its geographical and historical significance is such that it has long been described as the only gate of the mountain wall that extends from Manchuria to Afghanistan, along 4,800 kilometers. Some researchers believe that […]

Posted inIron Age Archaeology

Analysis Reveals Three Cases of Down Syndrome in Iron Age Spain, More than 2,500 Years Ago

An international investigation that has analyzed the genome of nearly 10,000 ancient individuals in search of chromosomal trisomies has identified six cases of Down syndrome, all of them in babies: five from between 5,000 and 2,500 years ago and one from a more recent period. Three of the prehistoric cases come from sites of the […]