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Ancient History

Greek Fire: What Was This Powerful Ancient Weapon?

October 29, 2018

A dragon statue emits fire as people look on during the premiere of 'Game Of Thrones' at Sydney Opera House. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage) If you are a fan of the Ga...

8 Pearls of Wisdom From Ancient China’s The Art of War

June 29, 2018

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has been called one of the greatest works of military strategy ever written. This Chinese military handbook dates back to the 5th century B...

The 5 Most Mysterious Temples

August 22, 2017

Ancient temples hide within them thousands of years of history and mysteries... Credit: Mystic Lands

This is the World’s Largest Pyramid, And It’s Hidden In...

August 4, 2017

While the Pyramid of Giza is a remarkable ancient structure which rightly holds the title of the Great Pyramid of Egypt, it isn’t the ‘largest’ pyramid out th...

The Witch House: The Last Remaining Building in Salem D...

August 4, 2017

The most famous house in Salem, Massachusetts was once the home of the Judge Jonathan Corwin, and it is now called The Witch House. The building is located at 310...

Viral Photo of Pompeii Victim in a Compromising Positio...

July 9, 2017

A photo of an ancient volcano victim has been making the rounds online; the victim was immortalized with his hands in a compromising position, calling to attentio...

Uncovered: Ancient Aztec Temple And Sacrificial Ball Co...

June 11, 2017

Buried beneath Mexico City streets for 500 years or so, archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient Aztec temple, a ball court, and what seems like a ...

Ancient Rome: Everything You Once Knew, But Forgot, in ...

June 2, 2017

Caesar, The Colosseum, Republic, Nero, geese, plebeians, legions — everything you once knew, but forgot, in a 20-minute video by Arzamas. Credit: Arzamas

Remains of 80 Men Discovered Shackled Together at the W...

May 1, 2017

The end of the 7th century B.C. was a tumultuous time in Athenian history. Once ruled by a king, the powerful region of Attica, home to Athens, had come to be ta...

Drunk Debates: In Ancient Persia, People Decide Upon Im...

April 11, 2017

In Herodutus’ discussion of the Persians, he wrote (Book I, chapter 133) that they decide upon important issues by first getting drunk. Once drunk, they start the...

11 of Histories Greatest Empires and the Vast Lands The...

April 5, 2017

Do you know where some of the most famous, or infamous, empires ruled? The visual below mapped the territories ruled by historical empires based on modern politic...

These Ancient Fire Mummies Were Made By Literally Blowi...

April 5, 2017

Mummification is a practice that has existed since ancient times. The Egyptians mummies - their heavily bandaged and embalmed corpses- were amongst the most popul...

This is How Ancient Egyptians Mummify a Body

April 4, 2017

Different mummification methods were used by Egyptian embalmers at different times. Here are some details of a classic method also used on Tutankhamun. Soon after death, the d...

8 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Tutankhamun

March 30, 2017

In 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered King Tutankhamun’s almost intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The child king’s mummified body still lay in h...

13 Mysterious Historical Monuments

March 27, 2017

Our ancestors built some outstanding buildings that are impossible to make. These buildings were so unique that, for centuries, scientists have been looking for clues on who, why, and h...

3000-Year-Old Pharaoh Ramses II Statue Discovered In a ...

March 17, 2017

In Cairo, Egypt, the Archaeologists speculated that they have excavated some parts of a temple of Pharaoh Ramses II, along with an eight-metre-high statue. U...

The Secrets of Medieval Castles: Why Medieval Castles A...

March 4, 2017

A medieval castle is not just a huge glamorous palace with hefty stone walls surrounding it -- it's more than that. It's an architecture that was entirely designe...

The Day Famous Viking Bjorn Ironside Invaded Rome...Or ...

March 2, 2017

The first ruler of the Swedish Munsö dynasty, Bjorn (Björn Järnsida in Swedish) was a well-known legendary king of Sweden who lived sometime during the 9th centur...

The 6 Wives of Henry VIII of England

March 1, 2017

Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) is one of England's most exceptional rulers, according to history. The major event during his reign was the break with the Roman Catholic Church and the...

384-Year-Old Shopping List Found Under Floorboards of H...

February 16, 2017

Archaeologists who are helping restore a historic country home in Kent, England have discovered a 17th-century shopping list hidden under its floorboards. Written...

The Dark Side of Rome: Baby Skeletons Found Under Roman...

February 7, 2017

The Roman Empire is often heralded as one of the greatest societies to ever exist. Roads, bound books, concrete, and sewers are just a few of the wonderfully esse...

Runestones of Sweden: Towering Monuments to Fallen Viki...

February 7, 2017

Scattered across Scandinavia, and particularly Sweden’s Uppland province, are thousands of stones carved with runic inscriptions dating from the Bronze Age up to ...

Face Reconstruction of King Robert The Bruce

February 7, 2017

King Robert The Bruce was cruel in many ways but Scotland remembers him as "Good King Robert" and as a national hero. Bruce's final legacy was to confirm "Scotland as separate ...

10 of the Greatest Archaeological Discoveries in Human ...

February 7, 2017

The old world holds a vast and secret trove of history with fascinating stories to tell. Thanks to the hardwork of archaeologists who continue to excavate and inv...

1,300 Pounds of Roman Coins Unearthed

February 3, 2017

In Tomares, Spain, whilst digging ditches and laying pipes, workers unearthed treasure trove. It seems that sometime in the past, one person (or several people) buried nineteen jars f...

Family Fixing a Toilet Uncovered Ancient Rooms and Tomb...

February 3, 2017

60-year-old Lucian Faggiano of Lecce, purchased a building at 56 Via Ascanio Grandi in hopes of opening a ttratoria - an Italian eatery. He immediately began reno...

Mapping the Empires of History

February 2, 2017

We’ve all heard references to the Ottoman Empire, the Roman Empire, the Persian Empire, but how much do we really know about these political powerhouses of the past? You can also find more i...

A 16th Century Interior Chapel Adorned with Human Bones...

January 23, 2017

One of the well-known masterpiece in Evora, Portugal is located next to the Church of St. Francis, a modest interior chapel called the Capela dos Ossos which tran...

In Ancient Rome, a Slave Would Whisper 'Remember You're...

January 23, 2017

In ancient Rome, triumphant generals are paraded in horse-drawn chariots on the streets after every major military victory. This cavalcade terminates in the templ...

A Beautiful Abandoned Castle Built 400 Years Ago

January 23, 2017

Concealed in Tuscan hills of Northern Italy is Castello di Sammezzano. Four hundred years ago, this magnificent Moorish castle was built around 1605. However, for more than...

Underground Cities: 3500 Years of Cappadocian Cave Home...

January 19, 2017

Cities, empires and religions have been erected and demolished around these unique underground sanctuaries used by early Christians to hide from Roman armies, sti...

Man Who Discovered An Ancient Welsh City Finally Recogn...

January 16, 2017

For fifteen years, Stuart Wilson, an archaeology graduate student, worked very hard to get acknowledgment from the archaeology organization for finding a medieval...

Ancient Pet Cemetery Discovered In Egypt

January 13, 2017

Spearheaded by Marta Osypińska, a team of researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences, discovered a pet cemetery while exhuming an ancient trash dump by Berenike. In this acade...

The Ancient City of Ani, Lost and Forgotten

January 12, 2017

In the 11th century, this walled city with over 100,000 residents flourished. The City of Ani, now situated at the heart of several trade routes, was discovered more than 1,600 ...

Inside This Cave There’s A Village With About 100 Peopl...

January 9, 2017

A village in Guizhou Province, China, is regarded to be the country’s only inhabited, year-round settlement that is located in a naturally occurring cave. It is...

The Story Behind the Picturesque Devil’s Bridge in Krom...

January 9, 2017

Devil’s bridges are numerous throughout Europe. In France alone, there are about 49 Devil’s Bridges and these can also be found also in Italy, Germany, Portugal...

The Jericho Skull - Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed...

January 6, 2017

Excavated by archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon in 1953, the Jericho Skull is one of seven plastered and ornamented Neolithic skulls located at the site of Tell es-Sul...

The Unfinished 'Lonely Castle' Carved Around the 1st Ce...

January 5, 2017

Known as “The Lonely Castle,” Qasr al-Farid, is an astonishing ancient tomb that can rival the majesty among carved architecture in the world. Of all the countles...

These 16th Century Boxwood Carvings Are So Tiny Researc...

January 5, 2017

Around the world, only 135 miniature boxwood carvings are known, and they have been baffling art specialists. Recently, researchers have been gathering some of th...

The Enduring Mystery of the Longyou Grotto Caves

January 4, 2017

Thought of as “bottomless,” -- this was the notion for many years towards the ponds of Longyou County. Then a local valiantly set out to see how deep they really were, and ...

Portland Castle: One of Henry VIII’s Finest Coastal For...

December 31, 2016

Portland Castle is an artillery fort constructed during the time of Henry VIII on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, in the early 1540s. The two-storey keep was buil...

One of the Biggest Stone Graves From the Bronze Age Can...

December 30, 2016

The King’s Grave (Kungagraven), located in the southeastern portion of the Swedish province of Skåne, is what remains of an unusually grand Nordic Bronze Age doub...

The Myriad Year Clock - A Complicated Timepiece Made in...

December 29, 2016

About a decade after the first Western mechanical clock was invented, Japanese inventor Hisashige Tanaka invented a sophisticated time coordination device called ...

Bonsai Tree Planted In 1625 Has Survived Hiroshima Bomb...

December 29, 2016

Planted in 1625, this bonsai tree is currently 391-years-old and has survived the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. The tree belonged to the Yamaki family, who in...

All 5,000 Objects Found Inside King Tut's Tomb Will Be ...

December 23, 2016

For the first time ever, all 5,000 items that were found inside King Tut's tomb, first discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter, will be on view,...

A Feathered Dinosaur Tail Preserved in Amber

December 21, 2016

In a historic find, the tail of a 99 million year old dinosaur is seen intact and perfectly preserved in amber; including bones, soft tissue, and feathers. Ryan C. McKellar, R...

The Medieval Town Inside a 14.5-million-year-old Meteor...

December 19, 2016

The medieval town of Nordlingen in the Donau-Ries district of Bavaria, Germany, is unlike any other town on the whole planet. This town, with a population of 20,0...

The Beautiful Ancient Mosaics of Paphos Found in Cyprus...

December 19, 2016

The ancient city of Paphos in Cyprus was once the capital of the island during the Greco-Roman period. During its time, the city had some of the finest villas in...

The Round City of Baghdad

December 19, 2016

The city of Baghdad was founded in the 8th century, after the Caliphate defeated the Umayyads. The caliph al-Mansur wanted his own capital to rule from. He chose a site about 30 km to the north o...

2,300-Year-Old Chinese Tomb Reveals Ancient Board Game ...

December 19, 2016

Archaeologists doing a tomb excavation in Qingzhou City, China have found pieces of ancient board game that hasn’t been played in over 1,000 years. These pieces w...

A Time Capsule Lies Under the City of Naples, Italy

December 16, 2016

Lost for decades beneath the streets of Naples, Italy, the Galleria Borbonica is a time capsule of the city's history. The system of tunnels and caverns, stretching fro...

Vikings Facts, Legends and Myths

December 15, 2016

Here are some facts, myths and legends about the seafaring Scandinavians. H/T Ancientfacts

Kintsugi: The Ancient Art of Broken Pieces

December 14, 2016

Most of us would like damages to our broken items to be concealed, hidden, and repaired so that the object may look like new. But the Japanese art of Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi foll...

Meals of the Rich and the Poor Throughout History

December 13, 2016

Power Hungry is an eye-opening photo series by photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin. The series examines the food disparity between the poor and th...

The Baffling Mystery of the Oak Island Money Pit

December 13, 2016

For the last 200 hundred years, Oak Island, on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, has been a quite popular among treasure hunters. Investigators are particularly inter...

The Medieval Portugal Village Built Inside, Around, and...

December 12, 2016

Monsanto sits on the edge of a mountain not far from Serra da Estrela, and in this mountaintop village, homes are sandwiched between, under and even in the 200-to...

These Mysterious Objects Have Been Found Across The Ter...

December 6, 2016

Dating from around 200 AD, the Roman dodecahedron is a small hollow object made of bronze or (more rarely) stone, with a geometrical shape that has twelve flat pe...

Thermopolia: The Take-out Restaurants of Ancient Rome

December 5, 2016

The concept of take-out food can be traced back to Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, it was common for people to buy prepared food from market and roadside stalls. In t...

A Boy from the 13th Century Preserved His Homework on B...

December 5, 2016

Onfim was an ordinary boy who lived in Novgorod, in Russia, during the 13th century. As was common practice at the time, he wrote letters and drew pictures on bir...

The Symbolism of The Memento Mori

December 1, 2016

Silver skull pocket Momento Mori watch, 1650 -- engraved with Memento mori exhortations Incerta Mortis Hora/"the hour of death is uncertain" -- it reminded the wearer to seize the day. ...

Centuries-Old Dentures Made From Real Human Teeth

November 30, 2016

Minozzi’s team has been working at the monastery of San Francesco, in Lucca, Italy, a Tuscan city that dates back to the Etruscans. The excavations included the tombs of t...

This Intricate 17th-Century Map Was Found Stuffed Into ...

November 29, 2016

Towards the end of the 1600s, when the map was made, it would have been a prized possession. Seven feet by five feet, backed by canvas, it showed the whole world,...

The Mystery of the Margate Shell Grotto

November 28, 2016

In 1835 a labourer was digging a field just outside the English seaside town of Margate. His work was interrupted when he thrust his spade in to the soil and it vanished into the g...

The First Woman to Survive C-Section in 1337

November 27, 2016

Births by cesarean section are so common these days that it is easy to forget what they were like before the advent of modern medicine: desperate gambits to save a baby by sacr...

Skellig Michael – The Mysterious 1400-Year-Old Monaster...

November 26, 2016

Nine miles off the coast of County Kerry in the west of Ireland there are two small rocky islands peeking out of the Atlantic Ocean. The larger of the two, Skel...

Via Egnatia – The Ancient Road That Connected Rome with...

November 26, 2016

All roads lead to Rome - one of the reasons why the Roman Empire became as powerful as it did was because of their ingenious and long-lasting roads. The Romans ...

The Oldest Unopened Bottle of Wine in The World Dates B...

November 23, 2016

The wine bottle dates back to between 325 and 359 AD, and was discovered in 1867 during an excavation at a 4th-century tomb of a Roman nobleman in Germany. It is ...

Abandoned Italian Castle Built in 1605 is Still as Exqu...

November 23, 2016

This castle in Tuscany, Italy, built in 1605, is like something from a folktale! From the stunning variety of tile mosaics to the arched Moorish doorways, this pa...

The Wives of Henry VIII of England... Divorced, Beheade...

November 14, 2016

King Henry the VIII was married six times. A male heir and love was at the heart of most of the decisions to marry. The reasons to end them varied somewhat.

Dinosaur Brain Discovered For The First Time Ever

November 10, 2016

We've unearthed dinosaur skeletons and reconstructed them, but we've never laid our hands on a single dinosaur brain - until now. University of Cambridge researchers have ...

Mont Saint-Michel: A Medieval Village Stuck In Time

November 7, 2016

Mont Saint-Michel wasn't always an island. In pre-historic times, it stood in dry lands. However, as tides rose, erosion reshaped the coast... Credit: Great Big Story

This Giant 16th-Century Sculpture In Italy Has Entire R...

November 5, 2016

This epic half-man, half-mountain, was erected in the late 1500s by renowned Italian sculptor Giambologna as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Appenine mountains. This m...

The Oldest Mummies In The World Are Turning Into Black ...

November 2, 2016

Chilean researchers are currently working on preservation of a collection of mummies, found in northern Chile, which have started turning into black slime due to ...

Guédelon, The Lost Castle That's Taking 25 Years to Reb...

November 2, 2016

The re-construction of this lost 13th century castle began in 1997 using only the techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages, its completion date is estima...

The Story of the Tollund Man

October 31, 2016

Would you believe this peaceful, careworn face is that of a 2,000-year-old bog body? Discovered by accident in 1950 in the bogs of the Danish Jutland Peninsula by some peat farmers. The farme...

The Oldest, Tallest, Widest and Biggest Trees in the Wo...

October 30, 2016

This article pays a tribute to several trees which have managed to survive and prosper over thousands of years. The Oldest Tree in the World: Old Tjikko (9,550 Ye...

10 Most Mysterious Prehistoric Sites From Around The Wo...

October 29, 2016

Every single ancient site discovered around world is shrouded in mystery as to how, when, and why they were built. Here are 10 of the most mysterious and intrigui...

Alive Dead People: Most Well-Preserved Bodies in Histor...

October 27, 2016

Vladimir Lenin (1870 - 1924): RUSSIA This horrifyingly alive-looking man is Vladimir Lenin - the father of Russian Communism and the first leader of the Soviet Un...

15 Myths and Facts About Ancient Egypt

October 26, 2016

From alien theories to the rights of Egyptian women, here are 15 of the most surprising and myth-breaking facts about Ancient Egypt discovered these last few decades. H/T Planet Do...