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78 Silos for Storing Grain and Homes of the Builders of the Bronze Age Circular Sanctuary of Pömmelte Unearthed in Germany

Large-scale archaeological excavations from 2018 to 2022 impressively demonstrated, with a total of almost 140 house plans investigated, how people lived in the third millennium BC at the circular sanctuary of Pömmelte, located near the city of Barby in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Various scientific methods now even allow us to reconstruct what people […]

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A Major Earthquake Changed the Course of the Ganges 2,500 Years Ago: Could It Happen Again?

A groundbreaking study has revealed that a major earthquake 2,500 years ago dramatically altered the course of one of the world’s largest rivers, the Ganges. This previously undocumented earthquake diverted the main channel of the Ganges in what is now Bangladesh, a region still susceptible to significant seismic activity. The study, recently published in the […]

Posted inClassical Archaeology

The Great Gallo-Roman Sanctuary of the Redones Unearthed in Rennes

In a recent archaeological excavation in the old Hôtel Dieu neighborhood in Rennes, archaeologists have discovered a large sanctuary. The discovery is part of the redevelopment of the site of the old Hôtel Dieu hospital. The sanctuary, dating from the 3rd century AD, was uncovered after the excavation of the north wall enclosing its courtyard, […]

Posted inAncient Egypt

The Best Preserved Temple in Egypt Was Saved Because It Was Buried 12 Meters Under the Sand

When Auguste Mariette, who had been sent eight years earlier by the Louvre Museum to Egypt in search of ancient manuscripts, was appointed Conservator of Monuments by the Egyptian government in 1858, he initiated a frenetic excavation activity. In 1860 alone, he directed more than 35 new excavations while also maintaining the ones already started. […]

Posted inAncient Rome, Art

Female Figures Identified in Trajan’s Column, Previously Considered Male

In a recent article published in the American Journal of Archaeology, a group of researchers presented an innovative analysis of the representations in Trajan’s Column in Rome. The study, led by Elizabeth Wolfram Thill, Maryl B. Gensheimer, and Elizabeth M. Greene, proposes a significant revision in the identification of certain figures in the friezes of […]

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A “Tepari”, Carved Human Bones, and Offerings Thrown into the Lake, Discovered at Janitzio Island in Michoacán

Recently, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) discovered archaeological remains on the shores of Janitzio Island, in the state of Michoacán in Mexico, consisting of a series of materials of great historical and cultural value. The most notable discovery so far is a tepari (traditional boat) that measures 14.80 meters in length. This […]

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1st Century AD Votive Altar Dedicated to a Vascon Deity Unearthed in Navarre

In August 2022, a multidisciplinary team coordinated by the Aranzadi Science Society, in collaboration with various universities, discovered a Roman-era votive altar in Larunbe, Navarra. This altar, dated to the 1st century A.D., contains a Latin dedication by a woman named Valeria Vitella to the Vascon deity Larra. The discovery was made inside a well […]

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The Liquid Found in a Roman Tomb in Southern Spain, is the Oldest Wine in the World

In 2019, archaeologists discovered a family mausoleum dated to the 1st century AD in the necropolis of Carmona (ancient Roman Carmo) in Seville (Spain), which contained eight niches, six of them with an urn of ashes each. One of these contained a reddish liquid that, after an archaeochemical study, was identified as white wine, making […]

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An Encounter 2 Million Years Ago with “Something Outside the Solar System” May have Triggered an Ice Age on Earth

Millions of years ago, Earth might have temporarily moved out of the sun’s protective shield, known as the heliosphere. This shield, depicted as a dark gray bubble against the backdrop of interstellar space, plays a crucial role in shielding our planet from harmful radiation and cosmic rays. According to recent research published in Nature Astronomy, […]

Posted inIron Age Archaeology

What Happened to These 20 Celts 2000 Years Ago? Victims of a Tsunami or Human Sacrifice?

A mix of bones, skulls, and wooden beams recovered from a riverbed raises questions. What happened, and who were these individuals found there? The ruins of the Celtic bridge at Cornaux/Les Sauges and the twenty skeletons found nearby have been a subject of speculation since their discovery in 1965 during renovations of the Thielle Canal. […]