Ancient Troy: The city and the legend

Troy is an ancient city and archaeological site in modern-day Turkey, but is also famously the setting for the legendary Trojan War in Homer’s epic poems the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey.” In legend, the city of Troy was besieged for 10 years and eventually conquered by a Greek army led by King Agamemnon. This “Trojan […]

Göbeklitepe to draw more tourists on European Cultural Route

Göbeklitepe, an archaeological wonder from Turkey’s southeastern city of Şanlıurfa, will attract more foreign visitors now with its inclusion on the European Route of Megalithic Culture, which brings together monuments of similar categories in European countries. Crowned as the world’s first temple, the prehistoric site of Göbeklitepe is the oldest temple site in human history and one of […]

The secret to the Vikings’ success may lie in their encampments

For many years, archaeologists and historians have provided an increasingly informed insight into the dynamic world of the Vikings, chipping away at the clichés of a crazed, capricious people preoccupied with beards and bloodshed. One particular approach to understanding Viking activity has been to study the encampments they set up along the coasts and rivers of western Europe, allowing […]

Egyptian pharaoh’s mummified body gives up its secrets after 3,500 years

Amenhotep I ‘unwrapped’ digitally by Cairo scientists, revealing details from his grave jewellery to his teeth Radiologist Sahar Saleem said that he physically resembles his father with his narrow chin, small nose and curly hair. Surprisingly for someone who lived about 3500 years ago, he also has surprisingly good teeth. Saleem is talking about the […]