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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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham

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.
In the Media by John Simon Ritchie - 4 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Kyle Smith - 6 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Kyle Smith - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 9 comments

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 12 comments

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 34 comments

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Sarah Shannon

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Wang Fangqing - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 13 comments

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by John Louie S. Ramos - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 9 comments

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.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo - 2 comments

Op-ed: This Halloween, Italy Dares You To Visit it's Footpaths

If you want to get into the spirit of things this Halloween and can afford to fly, you might want to visit Italy's Devil's Trail. You can follow the oldest footpath which was left by primitives but beware for ghosts still haunt this ancient path.
In the Media by Joie Maccarone - 5 comments

Ancient 124 mile wall found in Iran

Archaeologists in Iran have discovered a 124 mile long wall, only the second longest structure in Asia after the Great Wall of China. It was found in Golestan province in northern Iran to defend against Great Wall of China.
In the Media by Chris V. Thangham - 6 comments
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The quaint taverna opposite the grand monastery. A stark comparison of modern Greece.
The quaint taverna opposite the grand monastery. A stark comparison of modern Greece.
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I found this smoke evocative  considering hominins have been using fire for a million years in this ...
I found this smoke evocative, considering hominins have been using fire for a million years in this place. Was it Homo habilis down there?
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A view from the upstairs monastery: the rolling mountains are a beauty not experienced everyday  a s...
A view from the upstairs monastery: the rolling mountains are a beauty not experienced everyday, a special treat.
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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.
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Departing the Athens port of Piraeus.
Departing the Athens port of Piraeus.
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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.
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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.
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The Aegean wharf-front. Classic Greece!
The Aegean wharf-front. Classic Greece!
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The grand Temple of Aphaia. Situated on the peak of the island mountain  it looks over the island an...
The grand Temple of Aphaia. Situated on the peak of the island mountain, it looks over the island and protects the ports below.
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 Thank you for your understating.  Gotta love Greek English!
"Thank you for your understating." Gotta love Greek English!
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The ancient Temple of Aphaia. Withstanding millennium of passionate political debate and governance ...
The ancient Temple of Aphaia. Withstanding millennium of passionate political debate and governance of the city-state.
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A Greek fisherman checking his nets. After a successful morning fishing  Dmitri looks forward to ano...
A Greek fisherman checking his nets. After a successful morning fishing, Dmitri looks forward to another beautiful day in paradise.
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Medieval castle in Dubrovnik  Croatia
Medieval castle in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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The complementary map of the island: a napkin from the taverna.
The complementary map of the island: a napkin from the taverna.
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Unsupported despite being thousands of years old. The ancient Greeks were sound engineers and master...
Unsupported despite being thousands of years old. The ancient Greeks were sound engineers and master architects.
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Greek fishing boats - welcome to the real Greece!
Greek fishing boats - welcome to the real Greece!
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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.
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An icon of Aegina s patron saint St. Nektarios of Aegina.
An icon of Aegina's patron saint St. Nektarios of Aegina.
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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.
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