6,500 medieval coins and rare gold rings unearthed in Polish cornfield

A medieval hoard brimming with silver ingots, gold rings and thousands of silver coins was recently discovered in a Polish cornfield by an archaeologist, with the help of a priest and local firefighters.  The nearly 900-year-old hoard, found in Słuszków, a village in west-central Poland, held a one-of-a-kind treasure — a gold ring etched with […]

2,500-year-old temple to Greek love goddess unearthed in Turkey

An ancient temple used by cult followers of a Greek goddess has been found in western Turkey.  A team of Turkish researchers uncovered the 2,500-year-old temple honoring Aphrodite — the ancient Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation — above ground on the Urla-Çeşme peninsula, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported earlier this month. […]

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 […]

3,800-year-old baby in a jar unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed a 3,800-year-old jar that contains something surprising — the skeleton of a baby. Though such infant burials are not so uncommon, it’s a mystery why the infants were buried in this way, said Yoav Arbel, an Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist who was part of the team that found the jar. […]

World’s oldest python fossil unearthed

Scientists have discovered fossils of the oldest python on record, a slithery beast that lived 48 million years ago in what is now Germany.  Found near an ancient lake, the snake remains are helping researchers learn where pythons originated. Previously, it wasn’t clear whether pythons came from continents in the Southern Hemisphere, where they live […]

Giant Aztec skull ‘tower’ unearthed in Mexico

Archaeologists in Mexico City have discovered 119 human skulls arranged in a “trophy” tower that the Aztecs built about 500 years ago, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.  The new finding shows just how extensive the tower is; in 2015, researchers discovered part of the tower — thought to be the main […]

Ancient Egyptian hoard of counterfeit ‘dirty money’ unearthed

A shortage of silver caused by the collapse of leading Bronze Age civilizations around the eastern Mediterranean about 1200 B.C. resulted in the original “dirty money” — several hundreds of years before coins had been invented. The ancient counterfeiting was revealed by archaeologist Tzilla Eshel, then a doctoral student at the University of Haifa, who […]

Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii

The casts of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave fleeing the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, are seen in what was an elegant villa on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption in 79 A.D., where they were discovered […]

Monster bird fossils unearthed in Antarctica

Not long after the dinosaurs went extinct, a new breed of giants rose: Monster birds with wingspans that stretched up to 21 feet (6.4 meters) long, about the length of a U-Haul truck.  These enormous birds darkened the skies above Antarctica as early as 50 million years ago, a new examination of fossils from the […]