Cave thought to hold unicorn bones actually home to Neanderthal artwork

Neanderthals carved chevrons into a giant deer toe. A German cave once famous for its “unicorn bones” during medieval times is home to a far-rarer non-mythical treasure: a piece of symbolic artwork created by Neanderthals, a new study finds. The artwork, a chevron design, was carved into the toe bone of the now-extinct giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus), […]

Temple Restoration Reveals Previously Unknown Names of Ancient Egyptian Constellations

The restoration of an ancient Egyptian temple in Esna, located about 60 km south of the ancient capital of Luxor in Egypt, has uncovered the original colors of the temple inscriptions and images, and revealed previously unknown names of ancient Egyptian constellations. The temple of Esna, dedicated to the Egyptian deity Khnum, is one of the last […]

Ice age art at the British Museum was crafted by ‘professional’ artists

The best art by ice-age Homo sapiens are masterpieces that took hundreds of hours to produce, says curator It’s smaller than your thumb: a little piece of mammoth ivory delicately carved into the shape of a woman’s head. But this miniature sculpture, with one wonky eye and rather elongated, slightly Modigliani-esque proportions, is the oldest […]

A prolonged drought helped archaeologists uncover a mysterious Bronze Age palace in the Middle East

In the Kurdistan-Iraq region on the eastern bank of the Tigris River, an international team of archaeologists stumbled upon an amazing discovery: a magnificent Bronze Age palace belonging to the Mittani Empire. The empire, which existed in northern Syria and southeast Anatolia between 1500 to 1300 BC, is considered one of the least explored civilizations of the […]