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Ancient elephants & Mayan shrine: Massive underwater caves reveal staggering history (VIDEO)

Archaeologists in Mexico have been showing off discoveries unearthed during their aquatic expeditions into the world’s largest underwater cave. Researchers from the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM) exploration and preservation group presented ancient relics recovered from the site on Monday, including fossils of a type of ancient elephant, giant sloths and a shrine to a Mayan god. It’s believed that desperate ...

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‘Massive fireball’ lightning strike damages ancient Scottish castle (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

An ancient castle on the northwest coast of Scotland has been heavily damaged by a lightning strike that a witness compared to a “massive fireball.” Castle Maol on the Isle of Skye was left significantly damaged by the dramatic display of nature’s power. Local hotel manager Robert Ireland captured dramatic footage of the powerful strike that blasted the ancient tower. ...

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Penis de Milo? Phallic parade honors ancient Greek god of fertility and wine making (VIDEO)

Revellers brought the winter festival season to a close in Athens with a penis-themed celebration of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. Greek culture has presented the world many gifts, from democracy to sculptures like the Venus de Milo. Now witness the unusual and raucous party for a god you may never have heard of – Dionysus. Hundreds ...

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Old Town Tripoli: Can snapshots save Libya’s ancient sites? (VIDEO)

As Libya continues to be pulled apart by a long-running civil war, one photographer is attempting to protect the historic identity of its once-vibrant capital, Tripoli. Established by the Phoenician civilisation in the 7th century, Tripoli is home to ancient architecture including city streets that reveal the influence of past empires. Amid seemingly endless political instability, it’s easy to forget ...

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Mysterious sand mounds confirmed as ancient Aboriginal burial ground

The origins of a series of mysterious sand mounds in a remote part of Queensland, Australia, may have finally been solved after human remains were discovered lying within. The human remains interred in burial mounds in Mapoon, western Cape York, could be up to 6,000 years old – making them older than the Egyptian pyramids, according to archaeologists. While the ...

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‘Ritualistic’ ancient skeleton spiral unearthed in Mexico (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Ten skeletons precisely arranged in a bizarre spiral formation have been discovered by archaeologists investigating a 2,400 year old burial site in Mexico. The skeletons include adults, children and even an infant. They were buried with interlinking arms in a large ring. Two have been identified as female and one as male. The ancient bones were found at an archaeological ...

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‘Ritualistic’ ancient skeleton spiral unearthed in Mexico (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Ten skeletons precisely arranged in a bizarre spiral formation have been discovered by archaeologists investigating a 2,400 year old burial site in Mexico. The skeletons include adults, children and even an infant. They were buried with interlinking arms in a large ring. Two have been identified as female and one as male. The ancient bones were found at an archaeological ...

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Researchers finally decipher ancient Jewish Dead Sea scroll written in secret code

One of the last unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls has finally been deciphered bringing researchers one step closer to unravelling the mystery of the texts written more than 2,000 years ago. Most of the scrolls were deciphered in the years after they were found in the 1940s and 1950s. The ancient religious texts, which are written in a range of different ...

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Prehistoric time machine: 2,000 ancient artifacts uncovered under Norway’s melting glaciers

Climate change has allowed archaeologists to find more than 2,000 ancient artifacts under perennial ice in Norway’s Oppland Mountains. However, the melting process actually poses a threat to the delicate discoveries. Home to peaks such as the 2,439 meter Galdhoppigen, the region in central Norway also holds secrets of ancient civilisations dating back to the Iron and Bronze Ages. A ...

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Shrine of the universe carved by ancient Aztecs unearthed under Mexican pond (PHOTOS)

Published time: 5 Jan, 2018 18:36 A team of archaeologists in Mexico have discovered a stone shrine beneath a pond which depicts what ancient Aztecs believed to be the universe. The pre-Hispanic shrine named ‘tetzacualco’ was found at Nahualac, a site at the foothills of the Iztaccihuatl volcano, by researchers at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Researchers ...

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