Puppy and toddler found in 2,000-year-old burial

Around Jesus’ time about 2,000 years ago, a toddler in Roman-era Europe was laid to rest in a burial containing a funeral banquet and a pet dog wearing a belled collar, according to the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP). Researchers don’t yet know whether the puppy died of natural causes or whether […]

13-foot-long ‘Book of the Dead’ scroll found in burial shaft in Egypt

A funerary temple belonging to Queen Nearit has been discovered in the ancient Egyptian burial ground Saqqara next to the pyramid of her husband, pharaoh Teti, who ruled Egypt from around 2323 B.C. to 2291 B.C., the Egyptian antiquities ministry said in a statement.  Made of stone, the temple has three mud-brick warehouses on its […]

Elaborate Viking ship burial may have held a king or queen

It doesn’t look like much now — just a series of well-organized nails and a few fragments of rotted wood — but a Viking ship unearthed by archaeologists in Norway may have been the elaborate burial of a king, queen or powerful lord.  According to BBC News, the ship was an impressive 62 feet (19 […]

Mummy count continues to grow at ancient Egypt burial site

The number of mummy-filled coffins found in a series of burial shafts at Saqqara in Egypt keeps growing, archaeologists with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities reported.  At the start of September, the team had found 13 coffins with mummies inside. By the beginning of October, that number had risen to 59, and now the number […]

31,000-year-old burial holds world’s oldest known identical twins

An ancient grave in Austria may represent the oldest burial of twins on record, a new study finds. The 31,000-year-old burial dates to the Upper Paleolithic (a period lasting from 40,000 to 10,000 years ago), also known as the Old Stone Age. One of the infants died shortly after childbirth, while his twin brother lived […]

Rare ancient burial contains child whose arms and legs were removed

Archaeologists have discovered the rare burial of a young child who was laid to rest 8,000 years ago without arm and leg bones, a new study finds.  The child, who was no older than 8, was buried on what is now Alor Island, Indonesia. During the burial ceremony, the long bones in the child’s arms […]

Ancient burial of fierce female hunter (and her weapons) discovered in Peru

Silently moving in the wilderness of the Andes mountains, ancient hunter-gatherers stalked a herd of vicuña. The hunters threw stone projectile points with ease, hitting some of the beasts and leading the rest to scatter. The vicuñas, wild ancestors of alpacas, fell and the skilled hunters — both females and males — went to examine […]