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Ancient humans likely smoked cannabis for health

They call it the Stone Age, but maybe it should be renamed the "Stoned Age" since research now suggests that our ancient ancestors smoked cannabis for health reasons.

Drones to search Amazonian forests for ancient civilizations

Scientists plan to use drones to scour the Amazonian forests for evidence of ancient civilizations. New discoveries suggest that sophisticated cultures similar to those in other parts of the Americas once occupied the area.

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.
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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.
Greek fishing boats - welcome to the real Greece!
Greek fishing boats - welcome to the real Greece!
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.
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?
Medieval castle in Dubrovnik  Croatia
Medieval castle in Dubrovnik, Croatia
About to board the ferry back to Athens: 
 Do I have to leave?!
About to board the ferry back to Athens: "Do I have to leave?!"
An unlucky column of the temple. Carved out of solid rock  the fact there s even a temple still stan...
An unlucky column of the temple. Carved out of solid rock, the fact there's even a temple still standing, is incredible.
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.
 Thank you for your understating.  Gotta love Greek English!
"Thank you for your understating." Gotta love Greek English!
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.
Looking back at the ferry: clearly the Greek s don t have a price on carbon!
Looking back at the ferry: clearly the Greek's don't have a price on carbon!
The tropical island paradise...Pina Colada anyone?
The tropical island paradise...Pina Colada anyone?
Departing the Athens port of Piraeus.
Departing the Athens port of Piraeus.
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 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.
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.
Digitized Sky Survey image of the oldest known star in our universe.
Digitized Sky Survey image of the oldest known star in our universe.
NASA/Hubble Telescope
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.
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.
The ferry awaits to set-sail to the Greek Island of Aegina!
The ferry awaits to set-sail to the Greek Island of Aegina!