• The 10 biggest archaeology discoveries of 2020

The discovery of more than 100 sealed coffins containing mummies, at the Saqqara archaeological site in Egypt, was one of the biggest archaeology stories of 2020.(Image: © Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)With the pandemic and accompanying econom

• Ancient Greeks Used Exotic, Dangerous Cosmetics in Eternal Search for Beauty

A Pyxis, or circular box for containing makeup, 470-460 BC. Attica. The vessel shows the marriage of Thetis and Peleus. Credit: Wikimedia CommonsIn the modern world of today we are privileged to take for granted that the ingredients in our cosmetics are s

• Market Economy Thrived in Ancient Greece, 3,000 Years Before Previously Believed

File photoBy analyzing sediment cores taken from six sites in southern Greece, an international team of researchers identified trends in cereal, olive, and grapevine production indicating major changes in agricultural production between 1000 BC and 600 AD

• Greek Immigrant in Roman-Era London Used Amulet to Ward Off Plague

The lead scroll with Ancient Greek writing, found in an amulet belonging to the Greek man Demetrios, 160 AD. Credit: Museum of LondonAlthough most of us may feel a bit sorry for ourselves in 2020, having to deal with lockdowns and other strict measures to

• Seventh-Century BC Artifacts Found in Lesvos Archaeological Dig

The ancient fortification of Antissa on the Greek island of Lesvos. Credit: Ephorate of Antiquities of LesvosThree buildings that are of particular interest to archaeologists were brought to light recently in the ongoing excavation in the castle of Agioi

• Why did Rome fall?

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• What was the largest empire in the world?

At its peak, the British Empire ruled a quarter of the world's surface and population, but it still isn't history's biggest empire.(Image: © Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)According to Guinness World Records, wh

• Mushroom hunter unearths gorgeous Bronze Age sword

The cast-bronze hilt and pommel of the sword are intricately decorated with engravings of circles and rows of crescent-shaped marks.(Image: © Silesian Museum, Czech Republic)A man searching for mushrooms in a forest in the Czech Republic found mu

• Newfound corpses at Pompeii were a master and servant who died together

Over 150 years after the first Pompeii victims were found, two more have been discovered.

• 1,800-year-old altar to pagan god Pan hidden in a Byzantine church

The inscriber ran out of room and shrank the letters.

• Bronze Age Greek Island of Keros Visualized in New Documentary

Proposed 3D visualization of the settlement at the islet of Dhaskalio. Credit: Greek Ministry of CultureKeros, the small, uninhabited Cycladic island south of Naxos, will be the subject of the first collaboration between The National Geographic and the Gr

• The Ancient Roots of Greek Souvlaki, the World’s First Fast Food

Credit: Greek ReporterThe word “souvlaki” is synonymous with Greek food, whether the term refers simply to slices of grilled meat on a small wooden skewer or the soft pita bread stuffed with meat, tomatoes, onions,tzatziki sauceand French fries, which is

• Failed brain surgery and possible human sacrifice revealed in Stone Age burial

Archaeologists found two Stone Age skulls in Dehesilla Cave on the Iberian peninsula. One of the skulls (front) showed signs of a type of brain surgery called trepanation.(Image: © University of Seville)A Stone Age skull found in a Spanish cave b

• Ancient Siberian grave holds 'warrior woman' and huge weapons stash

Archaeologists in Siberia have unearthed a 2,500-year-old grave holding the remains of four people from the ancient Tagar culture —including two warriors, a male and female — and a stash of their metal weaponry.The early Iron Age burial contained the skel

• Decapitated and dismembered skeletons reveal lost Iron Age massacre

Attackers may have timed the attack to coincide with a public gathering.


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