Motza mosaicists: Putting an ancient Roman mosaic floor back together

You want to dig a hole in the ground to plant or bury something, perhaps lay the foundation for a road or a new building? Think again. In Israel, there’s usually more to it than simply picking up a spade. This country has been inhabited for thousands of years, and chances are high that […]

Archaeologists discover lost 1800-year-old head of ancient Greek god Apollo

Archaeologists from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki announced in late March that they had discovered a well-preserved head of the ancient Greek god Apollo in the city of Philippi, Greece. The head, which was found by 15 archaeology students in September of 2023, is believed to date back to the 2nd or 3rd century […]

Ancient tomb with rare inscriptions discovered in Egypt

An Egyptian-German archaeological mission affiliated with the German Archaeological Institute uncovered a previously unknown mastaba, a type of ancient Egyptian tomb, while excavating an ancient cemetery. The tomb dates back to the country’s Old Kingdom (c. 2700 BCE – c. 2200 BCE) more than 4,000 years ago.  It contains inscriptions and representations of scenes […]

Pompeii building site reveals ancient Roman construction methods

Archaeologists in Pompeii have unearthed an ancient building site that sheds light on construction techniques used by the Romans to make iconic structures such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon, Italy’s culture ministry said on Monday. The site was probably active until the volcanic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, destroying Pompeii in southern […]

Ancient agricultural settlement unearthed in Israel sheds light on human evolution

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered evidence of one of the earliest known agricultural settlements, providing invaluable insight into the dawn of human agriculture. The findings, located in the Eshtaol settlement near Beit Shemesh, which is surrounded by contemporary agricultural fields, offer a glimpse into a transformative era when humans shifted from a nomadic lifestyle to […]

800-year-old toy horse found among trove of ancient Polish artifacts

An 800-year-old toy house was found during the demolition of a firehouse in Torun, Poland, according to a social media post by the Provincial Headquarters of the State Fire Service in Toruń last month.  Torun, a Medieval town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, had been undergoing excavation efforts since December 2023 and […]

Ancient Roman god head stumbled upon by English archaeologists

Archaeologists excavating a Roman settlement, used between the 1st and the 3rd century, in Kent discovered a figurine head of the ancient Roman god Mercury, the National Trust announced in a press release on Friday. Mercury is the Roman messenger god, thought to be the counterpart to the ancient Greek deity Hermes.  The figurine, […]

Ancient warfare meets modern tech: 7,000-year-old sling stones unveiled in Singapore

An exhibition in Singapore unveiled three 7,000-year-old sling stones, bridging ancient warfare techniques with modern defense technology and showcasing the evolution of military strategies. Discovered in Israel, these artifacts provide insight into the ingenuity of ancient combat, highlighting a time when precision and aerodynamics were already integral to warfare. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. […]

Ancient Romans used hallucinogenic drugs, new study shows

Ancient Romans used the poisonous nightshade Black henbane as a hallucinogenic drug, a new study entitled “Evidence of the intentional use of black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) in the Roman Netherlands,” conducted in the ancient Roman ruins of Houten-Castellum in the Netherlands, claims. The seeds of the plant in question, Black henbane, were found in […]