• Digging deeper

Bronze chimes unearthed from the tomb of the Marquis Haihun.Several sites of historical importance around the world have been awarded recognition by the Shanghai Archaeology Forum as locations that reveal the bigger picture about early-stage globalization

• The Incredibly Diverse – And Healthy – Diet of the Ancient Greeks

The eating habits of the ancient Greeksare fascinating for so many reasons. They had an impressively varied diet by any measure, but it naturally contrasted in many ways to ours — with the most characteristic difference being that they ate much less than

• Megadrought likely triggered the fall of the Assyrian Empire

The Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in northern Iraq and extending from Iran to Egypt -- the largest empire of its time -- collapsed after more than two centuries of dominance at the fall of its capital, Nineveh, in 612 B.C.E. Despite a plethora of cuneifor

• Mesopotamia: The Land Between Two Rivers

Reference Article: Facts about Mesopotamia.

• Travelers in time

Visitors view exhibits of the ongoing show,The History and Culture of Zhejiang Province, at the Capital Museum in Beijing. People will be able to "travel" through seven millennia and delve into the ancient history of this eastern province in det

• Unearthing emotions

Aged 6,000: The Stories of the Cultural Relics.A father-daughter duo-an archaeologist and an illustrator-team up for new book on the history of cultural relics, Mei Jia reports.When archaeologist and art historian Zheng Yan tries to convey information abo

• Ancient City of 'Mahendraparvata' Hidden Beneath Cambodian Jungle

Q&A with Agnete Lassen, associate curator of the Yale Babylonian Collection.

• Assyrian Tablets Contain Earliest Written Record of Aurora’s Sky Glow

Carved references to an aurora predate known records by nearly a century.

• Biblical War Revealed on 2,800-Year-Old Stone Altar

The altar reveals new details about a rebellion against the Kingdom of Israel.

• Inscription Reveals Final Years of Life in Pompeii Before the City Was Buried in Ash

Pompeii was buried in ash in A.D. 79 in the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.(Image: © Eric VANDEVILLE/Getty Images)In the decades before the city ofPompeiiwas buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, everyday lif

• The selected works of the 1st Photographic Exhibition of "The Silk Roads:Beauty of the World Heritage"(Human civilisation)

Dhyana ©Zuo XuelanSilk Roads. Pass On©Chen ZebinBazaar Hawker©Jin WeiPass On Life©Jin WeiLife at night ©Wang LiChasing winds©Wang JiandongInheritor of Shadow Puppetry Play©Zuo XuelanYoung Dawazi acrobat performer©Ji

• Sino-Western Exchanges Before the Formation of the Silk Road

It is still controversy in the academic world, whether the humanbeings on earth come from Africa, or each continent has theirorigins. However, one thing is certain: before the emergence ofthe national system, humans did not need passports, visas, andh a d

• Forget the image of the hooded executioner swinging an ax; much of what we think we know about these medieval figures isn't true.

The lore surrounding medieval executioners is fairly off base.(Image: © Shutterstock)One afternoon in May 1573, a 19-year-old man named Frantz Schmidt stood in the backyard of his father's house in the German state of Bavaria, preparing tobehead a st

• Archaeologists Who Are Banned from Syria Mourn the Cost of War

(Image: © STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)Archaeologist describes horrors of watching Syria burn.I used to be a Near Eastern archaeologist working in Syria. Nowadays, I am stuck in academic purgatory, observing from a great distance as the country burns, u

• This Ancient Mosque in Israel May Have Been Built Just a Few Years After Muhammed's Death

This rural mosque likely served nearby farmers sometime between A.D. 600 and 700.Credit: Israel Antiquities AuthorityThe remains of a humble house of worship have been discovered in Rahat, Israel.While surveying the site before the construction of a new n


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