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1,300-year-old fortress-like structure on Siberian lake continues to mystify experts

1,300-year-old fortress-like structure on Siberian lake continues to mystify experts

It is one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in Russia – an ancient complex engulfing a small island in the center of a remote lake in the mountains of southern Siberia. At first glance, it appears to be an ancient fortress, its perimeter of …

The Mythical Lamassu: Impressive Symbols for Mesopotamian Protection

The Mythical Lamassu: Impressive Symbols for Mesopotamian Protection

Lamassu are human-headed, eagle-winged, bulls or lions that once protected cities in Mesopotamia. They were believed to be very powerful creatures, and served both as a clear reminder of the king’s ultimate authority and as symbols of protection for all people. The most famous colossal …

Disbelieve it or not, ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to humans as religion

Disbelieve it or not, ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to humans as religion

People in the ancient world did not always believe in the gods, a new study suggests – casting doubt on the idea that religious belief is a “default setting” for humans. Despite being written out of large parts of history, atheists thrived in the polytheistic …

Mystery 'hobbits' not humans like us: study

Mystery ‘hobbits’ not humans like us: study

Diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not Homo sapiens but a different species, according to a study published Monday that dives into a fierce anthropological debate. Fossils of Homo floresiensis—dubbed “the hobbits” due to their tiny stature—were …

An Underground City of Giants Discovered in the Grand Canyon?

An Underground City of Giants Discovered in the Grand Canyon?

  Even with advances in modern day archaeology, most of the world’s buried cities still remain a mystery. Amazing discoveries require great efforts and sometimes, an even greater amount of luck. If we were to trust Early 20th Century Journalism, we would learn that serendipity led to the doorstep of …

Eureka! 1,000-year-old text by Greek maths genius Archimedes goes on display

Eureka! 1,000-year-old text by Greek maths genius Archimedes goes on display

It arrived in tatters – but after a decade of delicate restoration Archimedes’ oldest surviving work is now on display. The 1,000-year-old Archimedes Palimpsest – which was bought at auction by an anonymous buyer for $2 million in 1998 -  is being showcased at the …

Archaeologists Discover a Cheese That’s Almost 2,000 Years Older Than Jesus

Archaeologists Discover a Cheese That’s Almost 2,000 Years Older Than Jesus

The oldest cheese in the world has been found, and it puts your Trader Joe’s aged Gouda to shame. While Gouda can be aged for five years — some cheeses for ten — this one dates back as far as 1615 BC, which makes it …

Neanderthal DNA has subtle but significant impact on human traits

Neanderthal DNA has subtle but significant impact on human traits

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY—Since 2010 scientists have known that people of Eurasian origin have inherited anywhere from 1 to 4 percent of their DNA from Neanderthals. The discovery spawned a number of hypotheses about the effects these genetic variants may have on the physical characteristics or behavior …

40,000-year-old bracelet made by extinct human species found

40,000-year-old bracelet made by extinct human species found

In what is quite an amazing discovery, scientists have confirmed that a bracelet found in Siberia is 40,000 years old. This makes it the oldest piece of jewelry ever discovered, and archeologists have been taken aback by the level of its sophistication. The bracelet was …

What Happened to Cain in the Bible?

What Happened to Cain in the Bible?

What happened to Cain in the Bible? In the Book of Genesis, we are told about Cain’s birth, his violent act of fratricide and his subsequent exile. We learn that he married and had descendants, but the Bible is strangely mute about his death. How …