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Ancient History

Etruscans History: The First Romans Were Actually Black...

October 16, 2019

Attic kyathos amphora with warrior, from the Etruscan civilisation, 6th-5th century BC. Source: (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) The Etruscan people populat...

The Final Resting Place Of Jesus Unveiled 

October 13, 2019

Israel. Jerusalem. The Tomb of Christ at The Holy Sepulchre. Aedicula. Old city. (Photo by: PHAS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Israel. Jerusalem. The Tomb of Christ...

The "Good Old Days" Fallacy Dates Back To Prehistoric T...

October 3, 2019

"The good old days" are something to which we've all referred at one time or another. Typically, we're remembering a simpler time, whether it's a call back t...

Mayan Comics: Thought Bubbles, Crude Jokes, And Even An...

October 1, 2019

You might think that the earliest comic strips started in the 1920s. Those daily black and white newspaper panels that were delivered to door to door and sta...

Rock, Paper, Scissors Goes Back To Ancient China

September 24, 2019

Can't decide where to have dinner? Need to determine who will take out the trash? Battling over who gets the front seat? All of these disputes can be easily solved by ...

Morton's Toe: The History Of Humanity's Weirdest Symbol...

September 17, 2019

Toes of The Statue Of Liberty. Source: (newera.news/roman-goddess-libertas-americas-lady-liberty) Is your second toe longer than your first? Well, so is the S...

Protection Against Witches: How Ornaments Used To Ward ...

September 12, 2019

It's mostly reserved for quiet nights following horror movie marathons these days, but most people in 17th- and 18th-century England and the United States tr...

"In Vino, Veritas": Ancient Persia's Law To Reconsider ...

September 9, 2019

Humans throughout history have enacted some rather strange laws. For example, in ancient Rome, common citizens were forbidden from wearing purple. One might ...

When the Peasants Went on Strike: Ancient Rome’s Secess...

September 1, 2019

Plebeian farmers interacting with Roman Patricians. From Hutchinson's History of the Nations, published 1915. Source: (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Uni...

Heroes In The Half-Shell: Samurai Wore Huge, Turtle-Lik...

August 30, 2019

If you were to travel back in time and witness warriors going into battle with huge, shell-like bulges on their backs, it means you've landed in one of two ...

The Sacred Band Of Thebes: An Army Of 300 Gay Lovers

August 28, 2019

Symposium scene, ca 480-490 BC, decorative fresco from the north wall of the Tomb of the Diver at Paestum, Italy. Source: (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Archaeologica...

Ching Shih: The Former Prostitute Turned Ruthless Pirat...

August 27, 2019

When we think of pirates, we think of the prolifically criminal men, both fictional and in the real world, that have captured our imaginations for ages. But ...

War Elephants Were So Scary, They Created War Pigs

August 23, 2019

War elephants, equipped according to General d'Orgoni's instructions, Burma, illustration from L'Illustration, Journal Universel, No 595, Volume XXIV, July 22, 1854. So...

The Truth About Gladiators: They Were Just Highly Paid ...

August 21, 2019

Chariot racing in the Circus Maximus of ancient Rome, 100BC. (Photo by: Bildagentur-online/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Today's top athletes earn ...

Our Image of Neanderthals Is All Wrong: The First Skele...

August 20, 2019

When you say the word "Neanderthal" to most people, the image that pops into their heads is that of a stooped, stocky, primitive humanoid creature that lacke...

Drink in the Past: Prehistoric Yeast Extracted Jurassic...

August 19, 2019

Remember that iconic scene in Jurassic Park in which scientists extract dinosaur DNA from a mosquito that became encased in amber millions of years ago? This...

What You Didn’t Know About the Practice of Neck Elongat...

August 15, 2019

Human beings, it seems, have always practiced some sort of body modification or another. Piercings, tattoos, foot binding, and skull flattening are practic...

The Mexican National Anthem: An Art-Loving Dictator, A ...

August 13, 2019

At Mexican political ceremonies and sporting events such as the World Cup, don't be surprised if you hear a jaunty little ditty called "Himno Nacional." Howe...

Extra Bread: The Origins Of The Baker's Dozen

August 9, 2019

An itinerant baker's cart. Source: (Photo by: Leemage/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Many times, when you order a dozen rolls or loaves of bread at a bakery, you...

The Occupation Of The Channel Islands

August 2, 2019

Nestled along the coast of France's Cotentin Peninsula in the English Channel, the British Crown Dependencies of Jersey and Guernsey are among the most fascinating destinations i...

The Chinese and the Art of Explosion

July 16, 2019

Folk artists perform molten iron fireworks at Taierzhuang ancient city of China. (Photo by Gao Qimin/VCG via Getty Images) This Fourth of July holiday, as we all look into the nigh...

Native American Little People And The Pedro Mountain Mu...

July 14, 2019

Several Native American tribes have oral stories about little people, not unlike the European tales of fairies and sprites. The race of tiny people—between 2...

Yankee Doodle’s Macaroni: Spoiler Alert…It’s Not About ...

July 9, 2019

Cover of Yankee Doodle children's book, published by McLoughlin Bros., portrays the Uncle Sam character, New York, NY, 1880. Source: (Photo by Transcenden...

Boobytrapped Treasures To Make Indiana Jones Quake With...

June 29, 2019

American actor Harrison Ford on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Source: (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Every Indiana Jones movie, as ...

That’s No Bull: The Minoans And Their Fascination With ...

June 27, 2019

The Toreador Fresco illustrates the Minoan fascination with bulls. Late Bronze Age 1550 1450 BC. Court of the Stone Spout, Knossos, Crete. (Photo by Werner Fo...

The Power Of An Eclipse: The Story Of The Eclipse Of Th...

June 22, 2019

The solar eclipse of August 2017, was historic in that a record number of people flocked to the path of totality to witness the amazing event. The eclipse of...

The History of Ship Figureheads

June 18, 2019

Nautical figurehead of Norwegian sail training ship Christian Radich, a tall ship participating in the Tall Ships Races 2016 arrival day on July 22, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. Source: (Pho...

The Ancient Olmec Were So Big-Headed

June 17, 2019

Olmec art, Colossal stone head of a warrior. Source: (Photo by De Agostini via Getty Images/De Agostini via Getty Images) Easter Island and Mount Rushmore don’t have monopolies on ...

Italian Food Before the Tomato

May 25, 2019

We all know Christopher Columbus, our elementary school teachers taught us that he sailed the ocean blue in 1492. He also began an important process of knowledge and material transfer b...

Where Did Crystal Balls Come From?

May 21, 2019

Crystal ball of a fortune teller. Source: (Photo by Wodicka/ullstein bild via Getty Images) The crystal ball is a standard piece equipment for any modern "fortune teller," but where ...

It All Adds Up: The History of the Calculator

May 10, 2019

The teacher teaches kids knowledge of abacus in Hengshui City. Source: (Xinhua/Zhu Xudong via Getty Images) Since no one likes doing mental math, humans have devices ways ...

The Horse Who Would Be Senator: Caligula and His Unconv...

May 8, 2019

In ancient Rome, the politicians were known for some of their wacky behavior, but Caligula has them all beat. The fourth emperor of Rome, engaged in deviant ...

Xocolatl: The Mayan Food Of The Gods

April 10, 2019

We have the Mayans to thank for giving us one of our favorite guilty pleasures, chocolate. Archaeologists believe that chocolate, or Xocolatl, as the Mayans called it, was cultiva...

Suits of Armor, A Knight’s Best Friend

March 11, 2019

A knight in armor, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Source: (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) Beginning in the 1400s, warriors devised a new way to...

The Lost Civilization Of Mohenjo-Daro

March 2, 2019

A lost civilization located in India, Mohenjo-Daro was the largest city in the Indus Valley and was considered to be one of the world’s most sophisticated cities. This mysterious...

Thor Heyerdahl and the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki

February 12, 2019

Thor Heyerdahl aboard the Kon-Tiki (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) In 1778, Captain James Cook, who had been sailing from island to island in the S...

The Mythical Land of Thule, Birthplace of the Nazis?

January 24, 2019

Gabriel de Valseca's 'Portolan Map' 1439, depicts the imaginary islands of Thule. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) In the 4th century B.C., ...

Hawaii’s Goddess of Snow, Poli’ahu

January 7, 2019

The Kilauea Volcano erupts with great force, shooting a lava fountain high into the air. Source: Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) We tend to think of Hawaii as a group ...

Ancient Structures Mark the Winter Solstice

December 20, 2018

The sun rises behind the Temple of Karnak during the alignment of the winter solstice sunrise to the temple in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor on December 22, 2015. AFP PH...

A Mythological Family of Monsters

December 16, 2018

Typhon, God of War/image from God of War Wiki - Fandom Greek mythology is filled tales of heroes and monsters. The heroes are often demigods who go on quests to protect or avenge the...

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...