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Civilization in ancient China may be older than we thought

When we in the West talk of the "ancient" world, we immediately think of Egypt and Ancient Greece. One could now include the early civilizations of Central and South America, such as the Mayans in our "historical horizons."

Oldest ever abstract art found

Archaeologists have declared that a shell with geometric engravings was carved by a Homo erectus hundreds of thousands of years ago. It is said to be oldest ever recorded example of "abstract art."

Ancient seltzer bottle recovered from shipwreck

A bottle of naturally carbonated water, that is more than 100 years old, has been recovered from a Polish shipwreck near the Polish coast.

Ancient bees may have died out with the dinosaurs

A new study has been released, and it reveals that the unknown event that killed off the dinosaurs could be the same one that wiped out ancient bees.

Two new species of the scarab beetle found in Africa

In ancient Egypt, scarab beetles were revered and considered sacred. They were a symbol of hope and the restoration of life. Their images could be found on amulets, funerary objects and seals. The discovery of two new species are important finds.

Astronomers find the oldest known star in the universe

Scientists have discovered Methuselah, what is being called and "impossible star," which appears to be potentially older than the universe.

Photo Essay: The profound beauty of Aegina Special

Athens - Aegina is the closest island to Athens and one of immense beauty. The island boasts a grand monastery, an epic temple, a quaint wharf and a multitude of friendly locals. The perfect experience of a Greek Island, without the hassling crowds.

Photo Essay: Mythical Athens in Spring Special

Athens - Amid the media bombardment broadcasting images of anarchy, destruction and tear-gas, Athens is actually a city of beauty, magic and inspiration.

Mysterious stone structure found beneath Sea of Galilee

Archeologists are puzzled over a giant stone structure found beneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel. The structure appears to be extremely large in size. Researchers are not certain of its age nor why it was built.

Ancient continent hides beneath Indian Ocean

Underneath the sands of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean, lays a secret. Deep beneath the sands lays an ancient continent.

Archeologists uncover ancient mayfly with 'hitchhiker'

Researchers have released a study that outlines insect travel behavior millions of years old that they believe probably still occurs but had never been documented.

Subway work unearths ancient road in Greece

Archaeologists in Greece discovered a 230-foot section of an ancient road that the Romans built. The road was uncovered in Greece's second-largest city.

Scientists uncover herd of fossilized elephant footprints

A team of international researchers say they have uncovered ancient fossilized elephant footprints. The researchers say the prints are 7-million-years old.

Study suggests ancient Peruvians indulged in popcorn

A new discovery in Peru suggests early inhabitants ate corn 1,000 years earlier than previously thought. An unearthing of ancient corncobs, husks, stalks and tassels were unearthed and date back approximately 6,700 to 3,000 years ago.

Renaissance revival of the ancient art of Taiwan glove puppetry

The Kung-Fu Taiwan puppetry known as potehi or budaixi is part of a feature length documentary film titled "PuppetVision: The Movie." Potehi is glove puppet art, a 3,000-year old artistic skill that originated from ethnic Chinese nomads.

New discovery could be ‘more significant than Dead Sea Scrolls'

Amman - Jordanian officials have made a startling claim about a set of ancient “codices”, or books that might be the earliest Christian literature dating from shortly after the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.

Egyptian artifacts under threat, expert says

Cairo - As the crisis in Egypt continues, experts have expressed concern that the country’s priceless archaeological heritage could come under threat from vandals and looters, who have already stolen some of the country’s precious antiquities.

Pre-Inca tomb discovered in Peru

Lima - A 1,200-year-old royal tomb belonging to the pre-Inca Sican Culture has been discovered in Peru’s coastal Lambayeque region, according to the director of the Las Ventanas archaeological dig.

Archaeologist says ancient Americans practiced cannibalism

Durango - A report in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology shows ancient Puebloan Indians, also called Anasazi, practiced cannibalism, a claim seen as taboo by many.

Unique Old Bulgar burial site discovered

Pliska - A burial site of the Old Bulgars, described as unique in Europe, has been unearthed near the Black Sea coast at the site of early medieval Bulgaria’s first capital, Pliska.

Ancient coral reef found in Tasman Sea

An ancient reef found in the South Pacific may help scientists determine how coral could be damaged if sea temperatures rise.

Academic cracks secret code in Plato's works

Manchester - A British academic says he has found the secret code underlying the works of one of the founders of Western thought. Plato, he says, proved the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics, now revealed.

Tomb in China contains mass human sacrifice

Beijing - A tomb containing nearly 50 victims of human sacrifice has been excavated in eastern China. The tomb is 2,500 years old, the time of the great sage, Confucius.

Ancient lovers still embrace in 4,200-yr-old grave

Beijing - The saying that love is eternal seems to have been true for a couple 4,200 years ago, whose skeletons have been found still embracing in the Sanxingcun archaeological site near China’s Yellow River.

Ancient tomb of general Cao Cao is genuine, experts say

One day after the announcement of the excavation of the tomb of Cao Cao, the ruler of the Kingdom of Wei from 208 to 220 in China, rumors regarding its authenticity started to float. But experts insist the tomb is authentic.

Archaeologists Find Nero's Revolving Banquet Hall

Archaeologists in Rome have discovered the remains of a rotating banquet hall, likely to be that of emperor Nero, which rotated night and day to impress his guests. The rotating hall is mentioned by Roman historian Suetonius.

Remains of Ancient Trojan Warriors Found

Archaeologists in Turkey have found the remains of a man and a woman who died fighting in the legendary Siege of Troy, some 3,000 years ago.

Prehistoric fossils, tools, bones found in underwater cave

In Dominican Republic, archaeologists announced Tuesday the discovery of bones and fossils of several Caribbean sloths and a primate skull, which is believe to have come from an extinct monkey.

Ancient Britons Might Have Been Cannibals

An eight millenia-old human bone in Britain marked with tool cuts could be evidence of an ancient ritual, or of cannibalism. The arm bone fragment originated in Kent’s Cavern, the oldest Scheduled Ancient Monument in the U.K.

Rome Almost 3000 Years Old Today

The city of Rome is 2,762 years old today, if legends recorded by Classical authors including Livy and Plutarch are to be believed. The traditional founding date of the city is Apr. 21, 753 B.C.
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Greek fishing boats - welcome to the real Greece!
Greek fishing boats - welcome to the real Greece!
An icon depicting Jesus of Nazareth inside the church reception of the monastery.
An icon depicting Jesus of Nazareth inside the church reception of the monastery.
An icon of Aegina s patron saint St. Nektarios of Aegina.
An icon of Aegina's patron saint St. Nektarios of Aegina.
The real Greece; an experience not found in such concentration on the mainland.
The real Greece; an experience not found in such concentration on the mainland.
Typical transport on Aegina  classic and elegant.
Typical transport on Aegina, classic and elegant.
The complementary map of the island: a napkin from the taverna.
The complementary map of the island: a napkin from the taverna.
Beautiful mosaics around a doorway. Mosaics are an ancient Greek art-form of unparalleled skill and ...
Beautiful mosaics around a doorway. Mosaics are an ancient Greek art-form of unparalleled skill and finesse.
The beautiful wharf-front cafe. The fresh  salty Greek sea breeze revitalises the senses and eases t...
The beautiful wharf-front cafe. The fresh, salty Greek sea breeze revitalises the senses and eases the soul.
The Aegean wharf-front. Classic Greece!
The Aegean wharf-front. Classic Greece!
A view of inland Aegina.
A view of inland Aegina.
A typical Greek Island: Aegina has a profound beauty found in few other places around the world.
A typical Greek Island: Aegina has a profound beauty found in few other places around the world.
 Thank you for your understating.  Gotta love Greek English!
"Thank you for your understating." Gotta love Greek English!
The grand Greek Orthodox monastery  St. Nektarios of Aegina; named after Aegina s patron saint.
The grand Greek Orthodox monastery, St. Nektarios of Aegina; named after Aegina's patron saint.
Hongshan pig dragon  thought to possibly be one of the first representations of the sacred Chinese d...
Hongshan pig dragon, thought to possibly be one of the first representations of the sacred Chinese dragon in art.
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Departing the Athens port of Piraeus.
Departing the Athens port of Piraeus.
The pyramids of Giza are just a few of the many ancient sites to be found in Egypt.
The pyramids of Giza are just a few of the many ancient sites to be found in Egypt.
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A money-can t-buy sunset on the crossing back to Athens. Aegean sunsets are second to none. A beauti...
A money-can't-buy sunset on the crossing back to Athens. Aegean sunsets are second to none. A beautiful farewell from the gods of the Temple of Aphaia.
Another scene from the wharf: watching tourists and locals strolling by induces an incredibly innate...
Another scene from the wharf: watching tourists and locals strolling by induces an incredibly innate peacefulness.
The main Aegean wharf: villas galore! Exceeding beauty and seaside simplicity.
The main Aegean wharf: villas galore! Exceeding beauty and seaside simplicity.