Who were the ancient Goths, Visigoths and Ostrogoths?

The Goths were a people who flourished in Europe throughout ancient times and into the Middle Ages. Sometimes called “barbarians,” they are famous for sacking the city of Rome in A.D. 410. After the Western Roman Empire diminished, two Gothic kingdoms rose: the short-lived Visigoths and the longer-lasting Ostrogoths. The earliest surviving written records mentioning the […]

Ancient ‘ritual bath’ and elite villa unearthed by Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Archaeological excavations beside Jerusalem’s Western Wall have unearthed thousands of years of the city’s history — including an ornate 2,000-year-old villa with a private mikveh, or ritual bath. The Western Wall is one of the holiest sites in Judaism and it’s visited by millions of worshipers and tourists each year. But visitors typically have to […]

Tomb of ancient Egyptian mercenary commander found in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 2,600-year-old tomb belonging to a man of high status: a “commander of foreign mercenaries” named “Wahibre-mery-Neith.”  The tomb’s embalming cache, found in 2021, includes more than 370 pottery storage jars containing materials used in the commander’s mummification, making it the “largest embalming cache ever found in Egypt,” a team […]

Ancient ‘fishapod’ Qikiqtania bravely refused to evolve into land-dweller

Long before the dinosaurs appeared, when the first forests stretched toward the sky and enormous insects ruled Earth, a humble, shovel-faced fish with particularly strong fins decided to try its luck on dry land. Around the same time, another early land-exploring fish decided terrestrial life was overrated and fled back into the ocean, scientists recently […]

7 famous mummies and secrets they’ve revealed about the ancient world

Humans have long envisioned the continuation of life past death. Ancient Egyptians, for example, are famous for their elaborate funerary rituals and beliefs about the afterlife. But the practice of deliberately preserving bodies extends possibly 3,500 years earlier than the mummies of ancient Egypt. And mummies buried with riches and personal objects are found all […]

Hidden ancient Roman ‘Bridge of Nero’ emerges from the Tiber during severe drought

A severe drought in Italy has revealed an archaeological treasure in Rome: a bridge reportedly built by the Roman emperor Nero that is usually submerged under the waters of the Tiber River.  The dropping water levels of the Tiber, which according to Reuters (opens in new tab) is flowing at multi-year lows, have exposed the […]

‘Ancient death trap’ preserved hundreds of fossilized frogs that drowned during sex

Researchers suspect that ancient male frogs pushed females underwater while trying to mount them. (Image credit: Shutterstock) (opens in new tab) It was a cold case with hundreds of victims. For decades, scientists puzzled over a gruesome mystery: What killed hundreds of fossilized frogs found at an ancient “death trap” in Germany dating to millions […]