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Hundred-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Found in 'Excellent Condition' Hundred-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Found in 'Excellent Condition'

Conservators with Antarctic Heritage Trust have uncovered a perfectly preserved fruitcake that dates back to Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition, which began in 1910.

Bone Etchings Suggest Ancient Cannibals Weren’t Just Doing It For the Meat Bone Etchings Suggest Ancient Cannibals Weren’t Just Doing It For the Meat

Distinctive zig-zag etchings on a prehistoric human bone found at Gough’s Cave in England suggests that Ice Age cannibals consumed human flesh not purely for the nutritional value, but as part of a sophisticated funeral practice.

Magnificent Sandstone Statue Uncovered Near Legendary Cambodian Temple Magnificent Sandstone Statue Uncovered Near Legendary Cambodian Temple

Describing it as something that only happens in the movies, a team of Cambodian archaeologists have uncovered an 800-year-old sandstone statue weighing 440 pounds. Experts say it’s the most significant statue to be discovered in the famous archaeological site of Angkor Park in years.

Ötzi the Iceman’s Axe Came From Surprisingly Far Away Ötzi the Iceman’s Axe Came From Surprisingly Far Away

Ötzi the Iceman—our favorite Copper Age corpsicle—is the gift that keeps on giving. A recent analysis of the metal found in the Neolithic hunter’s copper axe suggests a point of origin in Southern Tuscany, which is far from where Ötzi’s frozen body was found. This suggests a long-distance trade route might have…

Archaeologists Unearth ‘Grave of Giants’ in China Archaeologists Unearth ‘Grave of Giants’ in China

Researchers in China have uncovered the skeletal remains of an unusually tall group of individuals who lived in China’s Shandong province some 5,000 years ago. With some reaching heights well over six feet, these Neolithic humans were a sign of things to come.

New Evidence of an Ancient Neolithic Skull Cult Proves Humans Have Always Been Metal New Evidence of an Ancient Neolithic Skull Cult Proves Humans Have Always Been Metal

It’s hard to say how long The Metal has been around. This is because The Metal does not care for the laws of linear time. What we do know is that for thousands of years, humanity has both feared and revered The Metal, as evidenced once again by the recent discovery of an ancient skull cult.

Ancient Manufacturing Technique Exposed Indigenous Peoples to Dangerous Toxins Ancient Manufacturing Technique Exposed Indigenous Peoples to Dangerous Toxins

Thousands of years ago, indigenous people living in the California Channel Islands relied on a manufacturing process that exposed them to dangerous chemicals that likely compromised their health. The discovery shows that toxic substances of our own making have been around for a lot longer than we realized.

This Stunning Medieval Longsword Was Just Pulled From a Polish Bog This Stunning Medieval Longsword Was Just Pulled From a Polish Bog

Late last month, an excavator operator was working at a peat bog in the Polish municipality of Mircze when he accidentally stumbled upon this glorious specimen of 14th century craftsmanship. The remarkably well-preserved longsword is a unique find for the area, and its discovery has prompted an archaeological…

This 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Wooden Toe is More Incredible Than We Thought This 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Wooden Toe is More Incredible Than We Thought

An ongoing reexamination of an ancient Egyptian wooden toe is shedding new light on how the remarkable wooden prosthetic was manufactured, and whether it was used for cosmetic or functional purposes.

How Cats Conquered Humans Thousands of Years Ago How Cats Conquered Humans Thousands of Years Ago

Cats play an essential role in our everyday lives. They have many jobs around the house, such as monitoring humans in the bathroom, knocking stuff off tables to make sure gravity still exists, and most importantly, being our snuggle buddies. While cats might seem perfectly content with being couch potatoes, the…

Archaeologists Uncover Secret Message On Bible-Era Pottery Archaeologists Uncover Secret Message On Bible-Era Pottery

Those who live vicariously through Indiana Jones will be glad to know that a team of Israeli archaeologists has uncovered a cryptic message left on a 3,000-year-old pottery shard. The ink-on-clay piece of pottery—called an ostracon—was originally discovered in the 1960s, in a city west of the Dead Sea called Tel Arad.…

This 3,000-Year-Old Copper Mask Is Rewriting South American History This 3,000-Year-Old Copper Mask Is Rewriting South American History

A square-shaped copper mask pulled from a tomb in the southern Andes is resetting our notions of where and when sophisticated metallurgy first appeared in pre-Hispanic South America.

Incredible Discovery Pushes Back Origin of Homo Sapiens By 100,000 Years Incredible Discovery Pushes Back Origin of Homo Sapiens By 100,000 Years

The remains of five early Homo sapiens have been unearthed at a site in northwest Africa. At around 300,000 years old, the fossils are a whopping 100,000 years older than the previous record, pushing back the origin of our species by a significant margin. And because the fossils were uncovered in Morocco—far from the…

Over 7,000 Bodies May Be Buried Beneath Mississippi University Over 7,000 Bodies May Be Buried Beneath Mississippi University

In what sounds like a clichéd horror movie premise, a recent investigation suggests as many as 7,000 bodies are buried across 20 acres at the Mississippi Medical Center Campus—the former site of the state’s first mental institution. Officials at the university now face the grim task of pulling 100-year-old bodies…

Controversial Study Makes a Staggering Claim About When the First Humans Settled North America Controversial Study Makes a Staggering Claim About When the First Humans Settled North America

In a study that’s already attracting considerable controversy, a research team says it has found evidence of human habitation along the southern coast of California dating back an astounding 130,000 years. That’s ten times older than most estimates, and a complete upending of what we thought we knew about how and when…

Second Handwritten Copy of the Declaration of Independence Discovered in England Second Handwritten Copy of the Declaration of Independence Discovered in England

Harvard researchers have discovered a parchment manuscript of the Declaration of Independence at a small archive office in the United Kingdom. Only the second parchment copy known to exist, it contains several features that mark it as distinct from the original.

How Do You Keep a 13,600-Year-Old Woman From Looking Like Wilma Flintstone? How Do You Keep a 13,600-Year-Old Woman From Looking Like Wilma Flintstone?

Recreations of Paleolithic people at the museum usually look like the typical Geico commercial caveman. Famed Otzi the Iceman, for example, has the face of someone who’d be fun to disembowel a moose with, but whose conversation might be just a little gauche. A new facial reconstruction of a Stone Age woman who lived…

Secret Medieval Tomb Reveals Resting Site of Five Lost Archbishops Secret Medieval Tomb Reveals Resting Site of Five Lost Archbishops

During renovations at the former site of a medieval church in London, England, construction workers uncovered the entranceway to a hidden crypt. Inside lay 30 lead coffins, including the remains of five former Archbishops of Canterbury. It’s a completely unexpected archaeological finding—showing that even London’s…

Scientists Say Medieval Villagers Mutilated Corpses to Prevent a Zombie Apocalypse Scientists Say Medieval Villagers Mutilated Corpses to Prevent a Zombie Apocalypse

The discovery of mutilated and burnt human bones in an English grave pit supports the theory that medieval villagers thought the dead could rise from their graves, spreading disease and attacking the living.

The Haunting Face of a Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago The Haunting Face of a Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago

This may look like a photograph, but the highly realistic face staring back at you belongs to a man who died over 700 years ago. The researchers who performed this unbelievable facial reconstruction say their work is providing new details about the way ordinary people lived in medieval England.

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