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World’s Oldest Mosaic Uncovered in Central Turkey

The world's oldest mosaic has recently been discovered in Yozgat in central Turkey. Archaeologists excavated the design in Yogat's Sorgun district. The mosaic measures 10 by 23 feet, is comprised of 3,147 stones, and is thought to be over 3,500...

The Greek Monkey Mystery—and an Important Clue to Bronze Age World

Ancient frescoes like that of the Greek monkeys on Santorini suggest Europe and south Asia had trade links as long as 3,600 years ago.  By Tracie McKinney & Marie Nicole Pareja Cummings The blue monkeys painted on the walls of Akrotiri on...

Elephants Once Roamed Greece’s Pinios River Valley

Today's placid scenes along the shores of Greece's Pinios River belie its ancient history as the home of hippopotamuses, bison and elephants.

2,200 Year Old Alexander the Great Statue Discovered in Alexandria

The Ministry of Antiquities in Cairo has recently discovered a statue of Alexander the Great within an ancient "residential and commercial zone" in Alexandria that they believe was a trade center in the region during the Ptolemaic period. The archaeologists...

Asteroid Annihilated City Inspiring Biblical Story of Sodom

New research suggests that fire from the sky in the form of a small asteroid annihilated an ancient city near the Dead Sea now called Tall el-Hammam in the biblical city of Sodom located in the Jordan Valley 3,600...

The Controversial Quest to Find the Ancient Ark of the Covenant

The quest to find the ancient Ark of the Covenant, created by the Hebrews thousands of years ago, not only rocked the archaeological world in the early 1900s but also caused so much outrage that it still reverberates around...

The Ancient Greek Fisherman and His Astonishing Villa Mosaics

Phainos was the most famous fisherman of his time who lived in the 2nd century AD in the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus. His villa, adorned with astonishing mosaics depicting sea creatures, was accidentally discovered by property developers in 2018. Phainos...

Missing Link to First Written Alphabet Discovered on Ancient Pottery

Early writing found on a 3,500-year-old pottery shard in Israel may represent the "missing link" in the development of the first alphabet.

The Ancient Curse Tablets Found in Athens Well

A discovery of a trove of ancient curse tablets was made recently in Athens' downtown neighborhood of Kerameikos (Ceramicus).

Underwater Bronze Age City in Iraq Revealed After Drought

An ancient Bronze Age city in Iraq came to light after the river that covered it for thousands of years dried up due to a drought. Located under a portion of the Tigris River in Northern Iraq, the city of...