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The History of Gaziantep, the Earthquake-Destroyed Ancient Castle in Turkey

The Gaziantep Castle in Turkey, an ancient structure that stood for almost 2000 years, has been partially destroyed by the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey on February 6, 2023. According to the Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu: "Some...

Chemical Analysis Reveals Ancient Egyptian Mummy-Making Mixtures

The ancient Egyptians employed embalming procedures to preserve carcasses, and researchers have recently uncovered previously unknown data about these practices. Analyses of chemical residue found within vessels from the only known Egyptian embalming factory and from the burial chambers in...

5,000-Year-Old Tavern Discovered in Ancient City of Lagash in Iraq

A tavern dating back to roughly 2,700 BC has been discovered at the excavation site of ancient Lagash in southern Iraq. Lagash was an important city-state in ancient Mesopotamia. The discovery was announced last week by the University of Pennsylvania....

Greece Reopens Stadium of Ancient Nemea

The 4th century BC stadium of Ancient Nemea in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese, in Greece, reopened on Wednesday to visitors after years of neglect. The stadium had been closed due to a lack of adequate security measures. The...

The World’s First Coins were Minted in Ancient Lydia

Ancient Lydia holds the distinction of creating the first coins in the world; at first not much more than blobs of metal with basic stamps, they soon evolved into beautiful works of art in and of themselves, featuring figures...

Archaeologists May Have Found Egypt’s Most Ancient Mummy

Archaeologists in Egypt may have found the oldest mummified body ever discovered in the country. Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who served as Egypt's previous minister of antiquities, told CNN on Friday that the 4,300-year-old mummy was a wealthy and prominent man...

Missing Ancient Greek Inscriptions Solved by Artificial Intelligence

Ancient Greek historians have now an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to help decipher texts. Being a scholar in ancient Greek is difficult. The primary texts, on stone that may have been chipped and weathered through time, are frequently damaged beyond...

Statue Of Man With Hercules Guise Discovered In Rome

An ancient statue of a man wearing a lion headdress, initially thought to be a statue of Hercules, was discovered in Rome, Italy.

Decoding Linear A, the Writing System of the Ancient Minoans

Linear A, a writing system that was used by the ancient Minoans from 1800 to 1450 BC, has never been fully decrypted. Used in governmental and religious writings of the Minoan Civilization, the script has intrigued and frustrated experts for centuries. Now,...

4300-Year-Old Tombs and Golf-leaf Mummy Discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists have announced the discovery of four 4,300-year-old tombs and a mummy wrapped in gold leaf. Gold Mummy The mummy is made up of the remains of a man named Hekashepes and found preserved inside of a sarcophagus. It is one...

Roman-Era City Discovered at Luxor, Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt announced on Tuesday they had discovered a 1,800-year-old “complete residential city from the Roman era” in the heart of the southern city of Luxor. The city, dating to the second and third centuries, is the “oldest and...

Mystery Over Ancient Hand Imprint Discovered in Israel

Mystery surrounds the recent discovery of an ancient hand imprint carved into a stone wall in Jerusalem, Israel. Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday that they are trying to uncover the meaning of the imprint at the wall of an ancient moat...

British Museum Bans the Word ‘Mummy’ for Ancient Remains

It may appear impossible to hurt the feelings of a 3,000-year-old corpse, but, in the interest of respect, The British Museum—along with other museums—has recently banned the term "mummy" to describe the remains of ancient Egyptians. They claim that referring...

CT Scan Reveals Secrets of Ancient Egyptian “Golden Boy” Mummy

CT scans have been used to unwrap the secrets of the mummified 2,300-year-old remains of an ancient Egyptian teenager, dubbed the "Golden Boy" mummy. The Golden Boy earned his moniker on account of the forty-nine precious amulets that adorned...

Royal Tomb Found in Luxor, Egypt

A royal tomb dating back 3,500 years was discovered by archaeologists in the area of Luxor in Egypt. Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh, and it is possible that she co-ruled ancient Egypt around the time the tomb was built. In...