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1,000 years ago, Baltic pagans imported horses from Scandinavia to behead them or bury them alive

1,000 years ago, Baltic pagans imported horses from Scandinavia to behead...

Around 1,000 years ago, pagans living near the Baltic Sea imported horses from their newly Christian northern neighbors and then subjected the animals to gruesome public sacrifice, a new study finds.Horses were an important component of Balt culture between the first and 13th centuries, evidence shows; numerous ancient equestrian artifacts have been recovered, and travelers…
‘It was not a peaceful crossing’: Hannibal’s troops linked to devastating fire 2,200 years ago in Spain

‘It was not a peaceful crossing’: Hannibal’s troops linked to devastating...

The advance of the Carthaginian general Hannibal on Rome during the Second Punic War caused havoc to those in his path, and a devastating fire in an Iron Age farmhouse may be evidence of the damage wrought by his troops more than 2,200 years ago, a new study finds.The fire completely destroyed the farmhouse and…
Long-lost branch of the Nile was ‘indispensable for building the pyramids,’ research shows

Long-lost branch of the Nile was ‘indispensable for building the pyramids,’...

A branch of the Nile that no longer exists helped the ancient Egyptians construct 31 of their famous pyramids, including the pyramids at Giza, a new study finds. Researchers found that this branch, called the "Ahramat" (Arabic for "pyramid"), was about 40 miles (64 kilometers) long and went close to the sites of many pyramids, making…
130,000-year-old Neanderthal-carved bear bone is symbolic art, study argues

130,000-year-old Neanderthal-carved bear bone is symbolic art, study argues

A nearly 130,000-year-old bear bone was deliberately marked with cuts and might be one of the oldest art pieces in Eurasia crafted by the Neanderthals, researchers say. The roughly cylindrical bone, which is about 4 inches long (10.6 centimeters), is adorned with 17 irregularly spaced parallel cuts. A right-handed person most likely crafted the piece, probably…
Mysterious L-shaped structure found near Egyptian pyramids of Giza baffles scientists

Mysterious L-shaped structure found near Egyptian pyramids of Giza baffles scientists

Using remote sensing techniques, archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a mysterious L-shaped structure underground in the western cemetery of Giza. The western cemetery contains burials of royal family members of the royal family and high-ranking officials, the team of scientists wrote in a study. Many of their tombs have above-ground rectangular stone or mud-brick structures with…
Heavy metals in Beethoven’s hair may explain his deafness, study finds

Heavy metals in Beethoven’s hair may explain his deafness, study finds

High levels of heavy metals detected in Ludwig van Beethoven's hair reveal that he may have had lead poisoning, possibly contributing to his deafness and other illnesses, a new study finds.Researchers analyzed DNA in two authenticated locks of the German composer's hair and discovered that they contained alarmingly high concentrations of lead, as well as high levels…
Mysterious L-shaped structure found near Egyptian pyramids of Giza baffles scientists

Mysterious L-shaped structure found near Egyptian pyramids of Giza baffles scientists

Using remote sensing techniques, archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a mysterious L-shaped structure underground in the western cemetery of Giza. The western cemetery contains burials of royal family members of the royal family and high-ranking officials, the team of scientists wrote in a study. Many of their tombs have above-ground rectangular stone or mud-brick structures with…
Mysterious L-shaped structure found in Giza cemetery — what is it?

Mysterious L-shaped structure found in Giza cemetery — what is it?

Using remote sensing techniques, archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a mysterious L-shaped structure underground in the western cemetery of Giza. The western cemetery contains burials of royal family members of the royal family and high-ranking officials, the team of scientists wrote in a study. Many of their tombs have above-ground rectangular stone or mud-brick structures with…
Stone with 1,600-year-old Irish inscription found in English garden

Stone with 1,600-year-old Irish inscription found in English garden

A man in England weeding his garden has made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery: a stone inscribed with a 1,600-year-old message in a rare Irish alphabet.At first glance, the inscription looks like a series of vertical lines cut into the chocolate-bar-size stone. But these lines are actually an inscription in ogham, an alphabet used to write the…
Suspected thieves nearly swipe pre-Hispanic artifacts from an archaeological site in Peru

Suspected thieves nearly swipe pre-Hispanic artifacts from an archaeological site in...

A suspicious incident at a pre-Hispanic archaeological site in Peru led investigators to discover ceramic vessels crafted centuries ago. Using an online portal, a citizen alerted Peru's Ministry of Culture that artifacts were being "illicitly" taken, according to a translated statement from the Ministry of Culture. Upon receiving the news, officials raced to the Lauri archaeological site…

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