Ritual monument discovered in Scotland dates to the time of Stonehenge

A massive “cursus” monument, a site for ancient rituals, that was built around the same time as Stonehenge, has been discovered on the  Scottish Isle of Arran. Cursus monuments, which were constructed during the Neolithic period (4000 B.C. to 2500 B.C.) are long rectangular earthwork enclosures, meaning that they are built by modifying the land. […]

Ritual bath unearthed at site where Judas betrayed Jesus

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient ritual bath church at Gethsemane, a place near Jerusalem where the Bible says that Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested.  The 2,000-year-old ritual bath, called a “mikveh,” is the only known archaeological find at Gethsemane that dates to the time when Jesus lived, archaeologists from the […]

Mummified llamas yield new insights into Inca ritual sacrifices

Mummified llamas stashed at a more than 500-year-old site on Peru’s southern coast offer the first direct glimpse of Inca ritual sacrifices of these animals. Colored strings made from the hair of llamas or closely related animals decorated five naturally mummified llamas found at an Inca administrative center called Tambo Viejo. Four of those llamas […]