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"The victims were probably looking for shelter in the cryptoporticus, in this underground space, where they thought they were better protected."

From "Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii" (AP).  Judging by cranial bones and teeth, one of the men was young, likely aged 18 to 25, with a spinal column with compressed discs. That finding led archaeologists to hypothesize that he was a young man who did manual labor, like that of a slave. The other man had a robust bone structure, especially in his chest area, and died with his hands on his chest and his legs bent and spread apart. He was estimated to have been 30- to...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, History, Architecture, Archeology, Pompeii, Ann Althouse

The eerie remains of a master and slave frozen in time unearthed in the Roman city of Pompeii

Remains of two men who were killed in 79 AD in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Luigi Spina/Reuters The well-preserved remains of two men have been discovered in the Roman city of Pompeii, near Naples. The two bodies were killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD which covered the ancient city in volcanic ash and froze it in time. The bodies are thought to be of a wealthy man and a slave and were found in a villa on the outskirts of Pompeii. Massimo Osanna, director of Pompeii Arche...
Tags: News, International, Trends, History, Italy, Archeology, Naples, Pompeii, Reuters, Roman, Dario Franceschini, Mount Vesuvius, Rachel Hosie, Massimo Osanna, Osanna, Civita Giuliana

Is Christianity rooted in psychedelic rituals?

In his new book, Brian Muraresku speculates that the Christian Eucharist could be rooted in the Eleusinian Mysteries. The wine and wafer of the modern ritual might have started off with a far more potent beverage. In this interview with Big Think, Muraresku discusses "dying before dying" and the demonization of women by the Church. Brian Muraresku wants to be very clear: the immortality key is not psychedelics. He's referring to the concept of "dying before dying," a mystical, near-death state...
Tags: Facebook, Greece, Church, Religion, Jerusalem, History, Rome, Pope Francis, Christianity, Innovation, Vatican, Philosophy, Catholic Church, Archeology, Francis, Archives

Researchers use CT scans to digitally peek at ancient Egyptian mummies

Three long dead Egyptians recently had their CT images taken. The scans revealed what was, and was not, done during their mummification. The finds shed more light on how the Egyptians were inspired by the Greeks and Romans. Beyond being great villains in horror films, mummies are excellent tools to learn about the past with. With these well-preserved corpses, you can learn about what people were like in life by reviewing what they left behind. If you get enough of them, you can start to make gen...
Tags: Art, Death, Religion, Egypt, Innovation, Archeology, Mummies, Giza, Alexander the Great, Saqqara

War in the time of Neanderthals: How our species battled for supremacy for over 100,000 years

Around 600,000 years ago, humanity split in two. One group stayed in Africa, evolving into us. The other struck out overland, into Asia, then Europe, becoming Homo neanderthalensis – the Neanderthals. They weren't our ancestors, but a sister species, evolving in parallel.Neanderthals fascinate us because of what they tell us about ourselves – who we were, and who we might have become. It's tempting to see them in idyllic terms, living peacefully with nature and each other, like Adam and Eve in t...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Greece, Iraq, Africa, Israel, History, War, Middle East, Innovation, Violence, Archeology, Humanity, Neanderthals, Adam, Sapiens

A mammoth find near Mexico City

A team of scientists has discovered the largest collection to date of mammoth skeletons in one place, just outside Mexico City. The researchers have counted more than 200 individual mammoths to date—and believe there are still more to discover.In 2018, the government announced the development of a new Mexico City airport at the Santa Lucía Air Force Base, north of the city. People have found mammoth remains in the northern part of the city and the wider region since the 1970s. So, Pedro Francisc...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Animals, History, Nature, Canada, United States, Mexico City, Innovation, Evolution, Siberia, Archeology, ND, Valley, Sánchez, Sapiens

Think everyone died young in ancient societies? Think again

You might have seen the cartoon: two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: 'Something's just not right – our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30.'This cartoon reflects a very common view of ancient lifespans, but it is based on a myth. People in the past were not all dead by 30. Ancient documents confirm this. In the 24th century BCE, the Egyptian Vizier...
Tags: Health, Japan, Aging, History, Sierra Leone, Innovation, Brazil, Tanzania, Essex, Archeology, Humanity, Anglo Saxon, Great Chesterford, Mill Hill, Human body, Xilixana Yanomami

Did our early ancestors boil their food in hot springs?

Some of the oldest remains of early human ancestors have been unearthed in Olduvai Gorge, a rift valley setting in northern Tanzania where anthropologists have discovered fossils of hominids that existed 1.8 million years ago. The region has preserved many fossils and stone tools, indicating that early humans settled and hunted there.Now a team led by researchers at MIT and the University of Alcalá in Spain has discovered evidence that hot springs may have existed in Olduvai Gorge around that ti...
Tags: Food, Spain, History, Mit, United States, Innovation, Anthropology, Tanzania, University of Bristol, Archeology, Humanity, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, East Africa, National Academy of Sciences, Pennsylvania State University

How kings created Angkor Wat—then lost it

Over a thousand years ago, the ancient Khmer civilization emerged as a powerful cultural and political force in what is now Cambodia and came to dominate much of Southeast Asia. Between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Khmer Empire created some of the most spectacular architecture in history, including one of the largest religious monuments in the world: Angkor Wat. This magnificent stone temple is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, visited by over 2.6 million tourists a ye...
Tags: Food, Asia, Southeast Asia, Global, America, Society, History, United States, Innovation, Agriculture, Cambodia, Archeology, Angkor, Southwest, ND, Sapiens

Scientists solve the origin of Stonehenge’s sarsen stones

Researchers have known Stonehenge's smaller bluestones came from Preseli Hills, Wales, but the source of its sarsens has remained a mystery. Using chemical analysis, scientists found at matching source at West Woods, approximately 25 kilometer north of the World Heritage Site. But mysteries remain, such as why that site was chosen. ​ Many mysteries surround Stonehenge . Who built it and what purpose did it serve? Why that arrangement of megaliths and lentils? How did Neolithic people move and...
Tags: Europe, Wales, History, Bbc, Geology, Innovation, Archeology, Wiltshire, Marlborough, English Heritage, Phillips, Nash, Salisbury Plain, David Nash, Brighton University, Ancient World

Mexican cave contains signs of human visitors from 30,000 years ago

Scientists have found ancient tools as well as plant and animal remains in a high-altitude cave.The site is dated to 30,000 years ago, pushing back estimates of the first humans to arrive in the Americas by 15,000 years.There is no sign these mysterious people remain in the modern gene pool. The stunning discoveries recently made in northern Mexico's Chiquihuite Cave raise more questions than they answer. Even so, they change the conversation: The Clovis people who arrived 15,000 years ago in...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, History, Migration, Alaska, Innovation, Archaeology, Siberia, University of Oxford, Archeology, North America, Beringia, University of New South Wales, Boston Massachusetts, Harvard Medical School, University of Copenhagen

An ancient tomcat skeleton is found along the Silk Road

Until now, it was thought that cats weren't domesticated in Central Asia until much later.The completeness and details of the skeleton suggest it was someone's pet.Isotopic examination reveals a high-protein diet most likely provided by caring humans. Piecing together history through archaeology is inherently sketchy. Clues that tell a complete story could be anywhere — so much depends on the artifacts that just happened to have been found. It's a credit to archaeologists' knowledge and imagina...
Tags: Silk Road, Asia, Cats, China, Animals, History, Innovation, Kazakhstan, Archeology, Mediterranean, Central Asia, Caspian Sea, BCE, Martin Luther University, Halle Wittenberg, Ancient World

A mammoth graveyard: 60 pachyderm skeletons discovered together in Mexico

During digging for a new airport in Mexico, workers came across three sites containing the remains of mammoths, as well as some pre-Spanish human burial sites.It's unclear why the mammoths were all found in this one spot, though it may have to do with an ancient lake.Retrieving this massive sample will likely give experts new insights into a long-lost North American pachyderm. In the Mexico Basin about 45 miles north of Mexico City in the Santa Lucía region, the new Felipe Ángeles Airport is un...
Tags: Mexico, Animals, Los Angeles, Discovery, Mexico City, Innovation, Archeology, North America, Extinct, Santa Lucia, INAH, Ancient World, Tultepec, SEDENA, Mammoths, Mexico Basin

Archaeologists Uncover Roman Mosaic Floor Under a Vineyard

Archaeologists working in a vineyard outside of Verona have uncovered a well-preserved Roman mosaic floor. The discovery was announced on the Facebook page of the Comune di Negrar di Valpolicella. “After countless decades of failed attempts, part of the pavement and foundations of the Roman villa located north of the capital, discovered by scholars over a century ago, has finally been brought to light,” announced the municipality. According to, archaeologists were aware of the 3rd cent...
Tags: Travel, History, Archeology, Verona, Ancient Rome, Veneto, Italy News, Valpolicella, Mosaics, Comune di Negrar, Gianni de Zuccato

Ancient Rome in five-minute animated fly-through

It's hard to imagine what places like ancient Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome might have looked like in all of their glory. New Historia tries to shed some light on what everyday life might have looked and felt like with their series of 3D "cinematic animations." Here is their five-minute fly-through over ancient Rome. No idea why they chose to not paint the statues. It's always been my understanding that the statuary was painted in bright, vivid colors. Image: YouTube
Tags: Post, News, Rome, Archeology, Computer Animation, Ancient World, Babylon Egypt Greece, New Historia

Sleeping Dog, Pompeii

A stray dog naps in the sun in Pompeii. I write this post on the first of May, a public holiday in Italy. Primo Maggio is also known as Festa del Lavoro, a day to celebrate workers. May Day. While the day is often used as a day for parades or demonstrations in honor of workers, it is also a day of recreation and relaxation, of outdoor concerts and long lunches. There is no May Day this year. Those who have been working hard during the coronavirus crisis — the essential workers, the doctors and ...
Tags: Travel, Photography, History, Italy, Archeology, Ruins, Pompeii, Campania, Photo of the Day, Primo Maggio, Italogram, Festa del Lavoro

What did Ancient Romans do without toilet paper?

We've all been caught unawares by our digestive tract at one time or another.It happened to the Nash family several months ago. We were nearing the end of an extended road trip, driving down a secondary highway through a sparsely populated area of Colorado at night, when one of my 9-year-old twin sons had to use the bathroom. Despite my pleading, he said he couldn't make it to the next town. (He had to poop.) So we pulled over and headed for the bushes. After he took care of his business, we rea...
Tags: Health, New York, Colorado, China, India, US, Society, History, Rome, United States, Innovation, Anthropology, Ethiopia, Archeology, Denver, Pompeii

If the Ancient Romans Could Recycle, Then So Can You

A team of researchers at Pompeii recently discovered evidence that Romans were avid recyclers, according to a weekend Guardian report. It figures that the same society that brought us urban planning, indoor heating, and concrete was also ahead of its time with going green too.Read more...
Tags: Science, Rome, Recycle, Recycling, Archeology, Pompeii, Ancient Rome, Pompeii Eruption

Take a virtual tour of Ramesses VI tomb

Pandemic tourism is all the rage! Take a virtual tour of the tomb of Ramesses VI in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt. نقدم لكم اليوم جولة افتراضية داخل مقبرة الملك رمسيس السادس بوادي الملوك بالأقصر. Today we take you on a virtual tour in the tomb of Ramesses VI in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor. #StaySafe#ExperienceEgyptFromHome — Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (@TourismandAntiq) April 13, 2020 Image: Screengra
Tags: Post, News, Archeology, Luxor, Valley, Tombs, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Luxor Egypt, Virtual Tour, Ancient Egypt

Rare Gabon burial cave reveals clues to African history

There are 30 skeletons in the Iroungou cave, and carbon dating has shown they are from the 14th century. It is only the second cave burial site to be unearthed on the continent The post Rare Gabon burial cave reveals clues to African history appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Europe, Dna, Nigeria, Article, Anthropology, Archeology, Forests, Gabon, DNA testing, Benin City, Sub Saharan Africa, Top Six, Gabon National Agency of National Parks, Iroungou cave, Iroungou

How tech has impacted archaeologists’ hunt for long-lost civilizations

Satellite mapping, 3D modeling, and machine learning have become game-changers
Tags: News, Trends, Machine Learning, Archeology, Emerging Tech, 3d Modeling, Ancient Civilization, Satellite Mapping

Your "Morbid Minute;" more on dead babies wearing other babies' skulls as hats

You may have seen the archeological news item late last year of a macabre funeral find in Ecuador. Some baby graves from around 100 B.C. were unearthed where the babies are apparently wearing the skulls of other babies and children as hats. In this "Morbid Minute" installment of the ever-excellent Ask a Mortician, our favorite Goth funeral director and "death positivity" educator, Caitlin Doughty, looks more closely at the discovery and what this practice might have meant. Image: YouTube
Tags: Death, Video, News, Funeral, Archeology, Ecuador, Caitlin Doughty, Burials

A mummy murder has been solved after 2,600 years

The mummy Takabuti has inspired a great deal of speculation since it was first unwrapped in 1835.Takabuti died when she was between 20 and 30, leading researchers to wonder about her cause of death.New techniques have enabled researchers to determine that Takabuti died from a stab wound to the back, among other interesting findings. 2,600 years on and investigators have finally discovered the cause of death of a young elite woman from Thebes: a violent stab wound to her back.Takabuti's mummy ...
Tags: Europe, Death, Murder, Ireland, Egypt, Innovation, Violence, Belfast, Archeology, Luxor, Murphy, Newsweek, Thebes, Mummy, Eileen Murphy, Ancient World

Here’s What Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Caligula And Others Would Look Like Today

Emperor Augustus (born Octavius, the great-nephew of Julius Caesar) According to Becca Saladin: “Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by history and archaeology. I think humans perceive the past as a series of events; something like a movie that we can’t really feel or touch. I believe the things that bring us closer to the past are those that truly humanize us –. Source
Tags: Design, History, Archeology, Inspirations, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Recreating, Octavius, Julius Caesar Cleopatra Caligula, Becca Saladin

What Was the Most Fun Thing Humans Could Do 5,000 Years Ago?

The next time you’re dissociating on designer Dark Web drugs, porn in one tab and Succession in the other, group chat going strong on the phone with which, at any time of day, you might meet a cute stranger online, or read two or even three moderately funny tweets, take a moment to feel for your fun-deprived…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fun, Culture, Hobbies, Archeology, Ancient History

43,900-Year-Old Cave Art Depicts Ancient Hunting Scene

Predating the next oldest depiction of a human/animal hunting scene by 4,000 years, this 43,900-year-old scene painted on cave walls on Sulawesi (an island in central Indonesia) is now believed to be the oldest—and includes one of the most complex discoveries yet. It reshapes our long-held conceptions about the practice of hunting by depicting therianthropes, predominantly human figures with a distinguishing animal feature. In this …
Tags: Design, Indonesia, History, Culture, Hunting, Archeology, Paintings, Cave Art, Linkaboutit, Ancient Art, Figurative Painting

Archaeology, Camels and Cars: From The Dead Sea to Petra

We ride with archaeologist Sarah Parcak and Infiniti to the ancient city in Jordan It’s early morning in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and we’re loading our gear into the fleet of Infiniti QX80s, backed by only the sounds coming from doors opening and closing shut, and feet shuffling silently in the red sand. Despite the bright LED lights of our fleet SUVs, an observatory’s worth of …
Tags: Travel, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Interviews, Cars, History, Egypt, Road Trips, Satellites, Archaeology, Driving, Jordan, Archeology, Drives

Milis in Sardinia

By Walter Sanders In 2018, when Sharon was studying Italian in Bergamo, and I caught up with her in Cremona, we met up with old pals James Martin and Martha Bakerjian.  These renowned Italy bloggers split their time between northern California and a small town in the wild and wooly Lunigiana section of Tuscany near […]
Tags: Travel, Food, California, History, Guides, Culture, Italy, Archeology, James Martin, Sardinia, Tuscany, Miscellany, Italy Travel, Sharon, Cremona, Bergamo

7 fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are locations of high value to humanity, either for their cultural, historical, or natural significance.Some are even designated as World Heritage Sites because humans don't go there at all, while others have felt the effects of too much human influence.These 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites each represent an overlooked or at-risk facet of humanity's collective cultural heritage. None There are over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in places ranging from Afghanistan to ...
Tags: Art, Silk Road, Iraq, India, Religion, History, Afghanistan, Nature, Unesco, Taliban, Innovation, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Archeology, Unesco World Heritage Sites, Samarra