Early Image of Jesus Christ Discovered at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt

Spanish and French archaeologists excavating at the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus have discovered what could be one of the earliest known images of Jesus Christ.   At the archaeological site, which is located about 160 km south-southwest of Cairo, the team led by Prof Josep Padro from the University of Barcelona unearthed an underground stone structure […]

Mummies know best: the pharaohs giving up their secrets about heart disease

A study of the arteries of ancient Egyptians has challenged the received wisdom that the illness is simply down to unhealthy modern lifestyles In 2008, Greg Thomas, a cardiologist from California, was in Cairo for work. While there, he visited the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with another cardiologist, Adel Allam of Al Azhar University in […]

Archaeologists identify oldest Muslim graves ever found in Europe

Skeletons in three graves in southern France, found facing towards Mecca, are believed to date from the eighth century Archaeologists working in southern France have identified three graves that are believed to represent the oldest Muslim burials ever found in Europe, dating to the eighth century. The skeletons at medieval site at Nîmes were found facing Mecca, […]

Skull of humankind’s oldest-known ancestor discovered

‘Iconic’ finding of 3.8m-year-old fossil in Ethiopia casts doubt on previous evolutionary theory The face of the oldest species that unambiguously sits on the human evolutionary tree has been revealed for the first time by the discovery of a 3.8 million-year-old skull in Ethiopia. The fossil belongs to an ancient hominin, Australopithecus anamensis, believed to be the […]

Mummified hunter’s final meal revealed

Scientists say iceman ate ‘horrible-tasting’ high-fat meal of ibex before his murder 5,300 years ago Ötzi the iceman filled his belly with fat before he set out on the ill-fated hunting trip that ended with his bloody death on a glacier in the eastern Alps 5,300 years ago, scientists say. The first in-depth analysis of […]

Archaeologists unearth 227 bodies in Peru in ‘biggest ever’ discovery of sacrificed children

‘Wherever you dig, there’s another one,’ top scientist says The remains of 227 children, sacrificed in an “uncontrollable” wave of killings designed to appease ancient gods, have been discovered in Peru. It is believed to be the biggest single such discovery anywhere in the world – but took place in a region where scores more sacrificed […]

Face of medieval man reconstructed from 600-year-old skeleton

Experts believe ancient remains show someone with extensive dental and joint disease   The face of a medieval man who lived 600 years ago has been reconstructed from a skeleton. The remains were unearthed along with almost 60 other full skeletons during excavations at Aberdeen Art Gallery. Facial reconstruction technology to produce an image of one man, known as Skeleton […]