Archaeologists Unearth Remains of Infants Wearing ‘Helmets’ Made From the Skulls of Other Children

Members of Ecuador’s Guangala culture may have outfitted the infants in skulls as a protective measure By Jason Daley Archaeologists excavating a site in Salango, Ecuador, have discovered evidence of a burial ritual that might even make Indiana Jones shiver. As the researchers report in the journal Latin American Antiquity, excavations at a pair ofContinue reading “Archaeologists Unearth Remains of Infants Wearing ‘Helmets’ Made From the Skulls of Other Children”

Egypt announces discovery of 3,500-year old pharaonic tomb

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith dedicated to the god Amun and the mummies of a woman and her two children, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday. The finds were made in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, famed for its temples andContinue reading “Egypt announces discovery of 3,500-year old pharaonic tomb”

Writing discovered on ancient Greek device gives up its secrets to the Antikythera mechanism

by ROBBY BERMAN Though it it seemed to be just a corroded lump of some sort when it was found in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece near Antikythera in 1900, in 1902 archaeologist Valerios Stais, looking at the gear embedded in it, guessed that what we now call the “Antikythera mechanism” was someContinue reading “Writing discovered on ancient Greek device gives up its secrets to the Antikythera mechanism”

Original pyramid found nestled inside two larger ones at Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza

Archaeologists have discovered what may be the original structure built at the pyramid of Kukulkan at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, experts said Wednesday. Last year, archaeologists using electrical imagining techniques found that the pyramid, which is also known as El Castillo, was built atop a subterranean river, or a cenote. Archaeologists have longContinue reading “Original pyramid found nestled inside two larger ones at Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza”

Tiny golden scrolls found on 2,000-year-old skeleton contain ancient magic spells

The spells are written in a mysterious language, but a few names of demons could be deciphered. By Bryan Nelson Archaeologists excavating a site associated with the ancient Roman city of Viminacium in modern day Serbia have stumbled upon something very unusual: tiny sheets of gold and silver, rolled up like scrolls and placed insideContinue reading “Tiny golden scrolls found on 2,000-year-old skeleton contain ancient magic spells”

5,500 year old fingerprint found on ceramic vessel

Danish archaeologists doing a survey ahead of the construction of the Femern Belt link scheme, an immersed tunnel that will connect the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish island of Lolland, have found a 5,500-year old-ceramic vessel bearing the fingerprint of the artisan who made it. The vessel is known with the name “funnelContinue reading “5,500 year old fingerprint found on ceramic vessel”

Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes’ tomb in Madrid

Who was Cervantes? BBC News has the essential facts 1547: Born near Madrid 1571: Shot and wounded at Battle of Lepanto 1575: Captured and enslaved for five years in Algiers 1605: Publishes first part of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, second part in 1615. Don Quixote is man obsessed with chivalry whoContinue reading “Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes’ tomb in Madrid”

Archaeologists Believe They Found Dracula’s Dungeon in Turkey

The dungeon believed to have held Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the blood-thirsty character, was recently discovered in Turkey Archeologists in Turkey have reportedly discovered the dungeon where the real-life basis for Count Dracula was held. The cell where history’s Dracula, the Romanian prince Vlad III (nicknamed Vlad the Impaler for his gruesome tendencyContinue reading “Archaeologists Believe They Found Dracula’s Dungeon in Turkey”

Bachelor party stumbles upon 3 million year old stegomastodon skull

Some guys have trouble remembering just what happened during their bachelor party, but a group of men on a recent stag send-off in New Mexico aren’t likely to forget their celebration very soon — since they stumbled upon a perfectly preserved three-million-year-old mastodon skull. The party was on a hike in Elephant Butte Lake StateContinue reading “Bachelor party stumbles upon 3 million year old stegomastodon skull”