Ancient Origins News from Ancient Origins website - Ancient Origins seeks to uncover, what we believe, is one of the most important pieces of knowledge we can acquire as human beings – our beginnings.

  • Love is a Battlefield: The Legend of Ishtar, First Goddess of Love and War
    by ancient-origins on 25 giugno 2017 at 13:04

    As singer Pat Benatar once noted, love is a battlefield. Such use of military words to express intimate, affectionate emotions is likely related to love’s capacity to bruise and confuse. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAsia […]

  • Bridging the Living and the Dead: Scotland's 300-Year-Old Coffin Bridge
    by ancient-origins on 24 giugno 2017 at 22:12

    The oldest surviving packhorse bridge in the Scottish Highlands, the "coffin bridge" at Carrbridge in Inverness remains one of the most significant. Built in 1717, this packhorse bridge is located near the city of Inverness, capital of the Highlands, and was erected in an arch from "tooled rubble…springing from natural rock abutment". Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesEuro […]

  • Was the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaton in Fact the Father of Modern Monotheism?
    by ML Childs on 24 giugno 2017 at 17:49

    This passage may read like a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible; but, this is a quote from the Hymn of Aten, a work by Pharaoh Amenhotep IV better known as Akhenaton.  This so-called heretic king was the only known Pharaoh in Egyptian history who believed in a monotheistic doctrine when most of the ancient world adhered to polytheism. Read moreSection: NewsHuman OriginsReligionsMyths & LegendsAfricaHistoryFamous Peo […]

  • Subutai: The Forgotten Force Behind the Fearsome Mongol Military
    by dhwty on 24 giugno 2017 at 13:07

    As the right-hand man to Genghis Khan, Subutai (Subotai) was a brave and powerful strategist and general. Subutai was a reliable choice for famous Mongol leaders to help in the expansion of the empire. He joined the Mongols as just a youth, but his amazing skills propelled him to become one of Genghis Khan’s ‘dogs of war.’ Read moreSection: NewsHistoryFamous Peo […]

  • Science ‘To Answer Russian Royal Mystery’: Did Tsar Stage Death to Become Siberian Monk?
    by ancient-origins on 24 giugno 2017 at 1:03

    Officially, Alexander I died of typhus aged 47 on December 1, 1825, but evidence suggests he faked his demise and lived as a holy man. Genetic analysis is soon to be used to determine whether Tsar Alexander I lived for almost four decades as a modest monk after his supposed - and unexpected - death in Taganrog on the Azov Sea, a senior Russian churchman has indicated. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & ArchaeologyHistoryFamous Peo […]

  • Significant Inscriptions Found in Egypt: From the Earliest Huge Hieroglyphs to Greek-Roman Period Graffiti
    by Mark Miller on 23 giugno 2017 at 22:02

    A team of Egyptologists has discovered giant rock-art hieroglyphs so big the team was “absolutely flabbergasted” at their size. They date back an estimated 5,200 years on some rock faces in a desert that they say may represent signs for the solar cycle and luminosity. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • Unearthing Unexpected Fossil Usage in Ancient Medicine (Part 1): Ogre Balms to Dragon Tongues
    by Legendz Collective on 23 giugno 2017 at 18:04

    Whenever a person thinks of fossils today, lively images of dinosaurs or other primordial beasts emerge within one's mind. Indeed, most people nowadays would connect fossils with museums, excavation digs, or research laboratories. However, people have viewed fossils very differently in the past; usually through wilder... more phantasmic interpretations. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAmericas […]

  • Puzzle of the Unidentified KV35 Mummy: Boy Kings and the Specter of Smenkhkare—Part II
    by ABalaji on 23 giugno 2017 at 14:33

    The staggering number of royal mummies that Victor Loret found in the final resting place of the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh, Amenhotep II, consisted of some individuals who have not yet been positively ascertained. Prime among them was the body of a young boy who has been identified variously by Egyptologists, with Prince Webensenu topping the list of probable candidates. Are we accurate in our findings, or is a DNA test required to solve the matter conclusively? Read moreSection: NewsHistory […]

  • Renaissance Aesthetics at its Finest: The Exquisite Parade Armor of Henry II of France
    by dhwty on 23 giugno 2017 at 13:02

    The crowded, dusty square was full of excitement. Even the heat and the cramped space served as no deterrent to the people who continued trying to push their way into the already full meeting place. What was everyone looking at? It did not take long to discern where all eyes were turned, with hands grasping, and bodies pushing to get closer to the shining, majestic presence sitting atop the mighty steed – the king in his celebrated parade armor. Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNews […]

  • The Three Distinct Scripts of Knossos: An Unfinished Epic
    by dhwty on 23 giugno 2017 at 1:00

    Linear A and Linear B are the names given to two sets of scripts from ancient Greece. A third known writing form of the time is Cretan Hieroglyphic. The Linear A script was used by the Minoan civilisation, which flourished on the island of Crete, whilst the Linear B script was used by the Mycenaean civilisation, which was centred on the Greek mainland. All three of these scripts were found in the same location at Knossos. Whilst Linear A has yet to be deciphered, Linear B has been found to be the oldest preserved form of written Greek that we know of at present. Read moreSection: ArtifactsAncient WritingsNews […]

  • New Revelations When 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Toe is Examined with Cutting Edge Technology
    by Theodoros Karasavvas on 22 giugno 2017 at 21:50

    Egyptologists from the University of Basel have discovered details of production techniques and usage of one of the oldest prosthetic devices in history after re-examining it with the help of other experts. The find is nearly 3,000 years old and was discovered in a female burial from the necropolis of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna close to Luxor, Egypt. Read moreSection: ArtifactsAncient TechnologyNews […]

  • Jaisalmer Fort: The Imposing Desert Fort With a Bone-Chilling Custom
    by dhwty on 22 giugno 2017 at 18:00

    Sitting in the desert with its towering golden-hued walls and imposing bastions, the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort certainly makes an impact. This fort has two important titles - the oldest desert fort in the world and the second oldest of all of Rajasthan’s forts. Its historical value is also recognized, with one particularly chilling custom having taken place within its walls at least three times. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAsia […]

  • Frederick I Barbarossa: A Megalomaniac Roman Emperor On a Crusade for Power
    by dhwty on 22 giugno 2017 at 13:00

    Some people believe they were born for greatness but fall short and some go on to exceed all expectations. Frederick I Barbarossa falls into the second category. His ambition for power was limitless and it seems he believed his authority second only to God. Certainly, he thought the Pope his inferior, and, although a fearless supporter of the religious crusades of the Latin Church, he could not accept the authority of the Papacy over his own. Read moreSection: NewsHistoryFamous Peo […]

  • DNA Analysis Suggests Cats Chose to Be Domesticated
    by Theodoros Karasavvas on 22 giugno 2017 at 1:00

    According to an extensive DNA analysis of cat genes the domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice; once in the Near East and then in Egypt. The study suggests that cats lived for thousands of years alongside humans before they were eventually domesticated. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • Lasting Puzzle of the Unidentified KV35 Mummy: Is it Really Prince Webensenu Or Another?—Part I
    by ABalaji on 21 giugno 2017 at 22:50

    A host of pharaohs who were removed to safety from their burial places in ancient times rested peacefully for millennia within the bowels of the magnificent tomb of Amenhotep II. Among the great names lay the desecrated mummy of a youngster whose identity has caused much debate among Egyptologists for over a hundred years. Who was he? Read moreSection: NewsHistory […]

  • The Spiritual Center of Taxila: One-time Jerusalem and Alexandria of the Buddhist World
    by Caleb Strom on 21 giugno 2017 at 22:07

    For centuries, ancient Taxila in Punjab, modern Pakistan, was revered as a center of learning and a holy city in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. It hosted one of the earliest institutions which could be called a university, though there are disagreements over whether it counted as a true university. It is also considered to be the birthplace of Mahayana Buddhism Read moreSection: NewsHuman OriginsAncient PlacesAsia […]

  • The Underwater Temple Garden: A Unique Fusion of Bouyancy and Enlightenment
    by dhwty on 21 giugno 2017 at 17:49

    The Underwater Temple Garden is a unique dive site located in Bali, Indonesia. This underwater garden was created in recent years, and contains a Balinese Hindu temple compound. A photo of the site circulated on the internet sparked excited rumours that this was an ancient archaeological site, and that more structures like it were to be found underwater. Furthermore, some even claimed that the ‘Atlantis of the East’ had been discovered.  Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNewsAncient PlacesAsia […]

  • David and Jonathan: A Secret Biblical Bromance?
    by Caleb Strom on 21 giugno 2017 at 13:00

    The deep, emotional relationship that bonded David and Jonathan is related in the books of Samuel. The two are said to have formed a covenant of friendship, even though their situation essentially made them rivals for the crown. But was theirs a strong platonic relationship, or an example of homosexuality in the Bible? Read moreSection: NewsHistoryFamous Peo […]

  • 10th Century Forgotten City Unearthed in Ethiopia, Once Thought to be ‘Home of Giants’
    by Theodoros Karasavvas on 21 giugno 2017 at 0:57

    An international team of researchers led by the University of Exeter archaeologists, has unearthed an ancient, forgotten city in Ethiopia - once thought to be home of giants. The discovery reveals significant and previously unknown information about the origins of international trade and Islam in the country between the 10th and early 15th centuries. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • The Maya Codices: The Precious Remaining History of an Eradicated Civilization
    by Veronica Parkes on 20 giugno 2017 at 21:56

    The Maya were a powerful pre-Columbian civilization who thrived between AD 600 – AD 800. They were literate, had a complex language including pictograms, glyphs, and phonetic representations. They even produced books called codices, some of which were reported to detail 800 years of their history.  Read moreSection: ArtifactsAncient WritingsNews […]