Researchers have discovered what is considered the world’s oldest tattooing kit. According to experts, the tattoo kit features tools that were made from human bones.
Image Credit: Wal Ambrose, Australian National University.
The discovery was made in Tonga, in the Southern Pacific Ocean, and it wasn’t a recent one. In fact, the items were found In 1963 on Tongatapu
, the main island of oceanic Polynesia, which consists of more than 170 islands
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Excavations at an archaeological site in Siberia has revealed what scientists are referring to as the ‘oldest known Homo Sapiens’ bones ever discovered outside of Africa and the Middle East.
Image Credit: Evgeniy Rogovskoi
The human remains are now undergoing scientific studies at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.
The Archaeological site of Buryatia in Siberia could help experts understand the origin and development of mankind in Siberia. If the bones are confirmed, it will… Seguir leyendo
Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the oldest intact shipwreck in the world at the bottom of the Black Sea, where it seems to have remained undisturbed for more than 2,400 years.
Image Credit: Black Sea MAP
The 23-meter boat, which was believed to have belonged to the ancient Greek, was discovered with its mast, rudders, and paddles, preserved at a depth of around 2 kilometers below the surface.
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A team of scientists has discovered what are now considered to be the oldest weapons ever discovered in North America
. The researchers came across ancient spear points that have shown to be 15,500 years old.
Image: A 15,000-year-old stemmed point. Image Credit: Texas A&M University.
The findings raise new questions about the settlement of early peoples on the continent. The weapons and tools, crafted using chert were found under several feet of sediment.
The… Seguir leyendo
In brief: The recently deciphered papyrus scrolls contain the oldest known medical discussion about kidneys, as well as notes on treatments for eye diseases and a description of a pregnancy test.
“When you hear about the history of science, the focus is often on the Greek and Roman material. But we have Egyptian material that goes much further back. One of our medical texts was written 3,500 years ago when there was no written material… Seguir leyendo
According to researchers, lost languages have been rediscovered in one of our planet’s oldest continuously used ancient libraries
, located in Egypt.Located deep within Mount Sinai in Egypt lies the Saint Catherine’s Monastery, a sacred Christian site, home to one of our planets oldest continuously used libraries where thousands of ancient manuscripts, texts and books are hidden.
“I don’t know of any library in the world that parallels it. The monastery is an institution… Seguir leyendo
The Great Enclosure or Gsr el-Mudir is considered the oldest stone structures in Egypt. Located near the Step Pyramid and the Buried Pyramid at Saqqara, the purpose and function of the ‘Great Enclosure’ has remained a profound mystery since its discovery.
The Great Enclosure is made up of a massive rectangular wall, oriented by its builders north-south. It measures approximately 650 meters by 650 meters.
The walls of the enclosure are composed of two main… Seguir leyendo
When it comes down to ancient cities and those competing for the title of oldest of the all, Aleppo, located in modern-day Syria certainly makes a case.The ancient city of Aleppo is considered by many scholars as one of the oldest cities on the planet, occupied since at least 5,000 BC, as shown by excavations performed in Tallet Alsauda.
The ancient city has scarcely been excavated by archaeologists, as the modern city occupies its… Seguir leyendo
When you think about the oldest settlements and cities on Earth, a few of us are aware of the fact that some of these cities date back to times before history was even written.
Depending on the definition of a city, we can discuss a number of ancient settlements that could rightfully compete for the title of the oldest city on Earth.
If we take a look what textbooks have to say, a city is… Seguir leyendo
Deep in northwest Africa—more precisely in Mali—we find one of the oldest and most fascinating ancient cultures to ever develop on Earth.
The ancient Dogon tribe are known for their religious traditions, their ritual dances, their massive ritual masks, their wooden sculptures and their architecture.
However, they are also known for their incredible astronomical knowledge and their fascinating mythological accounts.
Sirius and Dogon, a mystic connection
The Dogon have a compelling ancient tradition. They mention… Seguir leyendo
There are literally thousands of different goddesses in world mythology, but perhaps the oldest is the fertility goddess. Hundreds of female effigies (known as the Venus figurines) can be found scattered around Europe and parts of Asia, dating from 35,000 BCE to 16,000 BCE (see images 1 – 7).
But with no written text to explain what they were used for, what chance do we have of deciphering their role in prehistory? Has their ritual… Seguir leyendo