Category: History and Archeolory

Ancient Egyptian silos and administrative buildings uncovered at Kom Ombo

History and Archeolory

Archaeologists from a joint Egyptian-Austrian archaeological mission have uncovered silos and administrative buildings at Kom Ombo, located on the east bank of the Nile River in the Aswan Governorate of Upper Egypt. Kom Ombo was originally an Ancient Egyptian city called Nubt (meaning City of Gold), famous for the Temple of Kom Ombo that was…

Roman emerald mines may have remained active and mined by Nomads as early as the 4th Century AD

History and Archeolory

Archaeologists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in conjunction with the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw, have been excavating the Roman site of Sikait in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. The area was known in Antiquity as “Mons Smaragdus”, given that it was the only place within the Roman Empire…

Acoustic remote sensing reveals sunken Roman city of Baia

History and Archeolory

NORBIT Subsea and 2BControl, in collaboration with the Institute of Heritage Science of the Italian National Research Council, have conducted a study of the partially submerged Roman city of Baia in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. Baia was a fashionable Roman resort for centuries in antiquity, visited by many notable Roman figures such as Gnaeus…

Origins of the 30,000-year-old Venus of Willendo solved

History and Archeolory

The Venus of Willendorf is a 4.4-inch Venus figurine, found in 1908 at a Palaeolithic site near Willendorf, a village in Lower Austria. In a new study published by the University of Vienna in collaboration with Vienna’s Natural History Museum, researchers applied high-resolution tomography, suggesting that the Venus originates from a region in northern Italy.…

Archaeologists uncover previously unidentified set of cultural innovations from 40,000 years ago

History and Archeolory

Excavations in northern China have revealed a previously unknown set of cultural innovations from 40,000 years ago in the Nihewan Basin. Previous studies of the Nihewan Basin have led to the discovery of a wealth of archaeological sites, ranging in age from 2 million to 10,000 years ago, with the new study focusing on the…

Mummification in Europe may be older than previously thought

History and Archeolory

A multi-national study of the Sado Valley in Portugal suggests that mummification in Europe may be older than previously thought. The study, published in the European Journal of Archaeology, suggests that European Mesolithic peoples may have been performing treatments such as desiccation through mummification at sites like the Sado Valley from 8,000 years ago. Until…

Rare stone with Pictish symbols found in farmers’ field

History and Archeolory

Archaeologists have uncovered a stone with carved Pictish symbols in a farmer’s field near Forfar, Scotland. A team from the University of Aberdeen was conducting geophysical surveys to better understand the landscape of the Aberlemno stones, where they found anomalies that led to the discovery of the 1.7-metre-long stone. The Aberlemno stones are a series…

Archaeologists have uncovered two pre-Hispanic temples in the Tehuacán el Viejo archaeological zone

History and Archeolory

Archaeologists excavating within the archaeological zone of Tehuacán Viejo in Puebla, Mexico, have announced the discovery of two pre-Hispanic temples. Tehuacán el Viejo was an ancient city of the Nguiwa or Popoloca culture that served as a cult centre and political head of the region during the Postclassic period from AD 1000 to AD 1456,…

Underwater archaeologists excavate Byzantine shipwreck near Samos

History and Archeolory

Underwater archaeologists have excavated a Byzantine shipwreck near the Greek island of Samos in the East Aegean. The shipwreck, one of 58 identified in the Fourni islands archipelago as part of the framework of the EU’s Interreg VA Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020 program, was selected for further study by the Culture Ministry of Greece due to the…