Ancient Roman penis sculpture could be the largest phallus carving of its kind ever discovered

A massive 18-inch penis sculpture was recently uncovered at an ancient Roman site in Spain. (Image credit: Historical Museum of Nueva Carteya) A girthy stone penis sculpture recently uncovered at an ancient Roman site in Spain measures about 18 inches (46 centimeters) long, which could make it the largest Roman phallus carving ever discovered. The […]

Who were the Huns, the nomadic horse warriors who invaded ancient Europe?

The Huns were nomadic warriors, likely from Central Asia, who are best known for invading and terrorizing Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. and hastening the downfall of the Western Roman Empire. They were expert horsemen known for their ferocity in battle and their ruthlessness toward conquered peoples.  Under their brilliant military leader […]

Ancient glass vessels restored after Beirut blast go on display at British Museum | British Museum

Restored ancient glass vessels that were damaged in the Beirut port explosion two years ago have gone on display at the British Museum. The eight objects, from the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods, have been pieced back together by museum conservation experts and are being showcased at the London venue until October before being returned […]

Sacred chickens, witches and animal entrails: 7 unusual ancient Roman superstitions

To modern people, the ancient Romans seem deeply superstitious. Stories abound of their peculiar beliefs, and some have echoes in the traditions of today. Shakespeare’s famous warning by a soothsayer to Julius Caesar of his assassination — “Beware the ides of March” — is still quoted by people today, even if they only vaguely know […]

Ancient asteroids are covered with popcorning pebbles, new study finds

In 2019, when NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft approached the asteroid Bennu, scientists saw something stunning in the images beamed back to Earth. The surface of the space rock wasn’t calm — instead, swarms of marble-sized rocks were popcorning off the asteroid.  Now, a new study of a meteorite that landed on Earth reveals how this asteroid […]

Antikythera mechanism: The ancient celestial-tracking device discovered in a shipwreck off Greece

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient shoebox-sized device that is sometimes called the world’s oldest computer for its ability to perform astronomical calculations.  Discovered by sponge divers off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901, the remains of the mechanism are now preserved in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Only 82 fragments, consisting of […]

Scientists uncover ancient source of oxygen that could have fueled life on early Earth

Powerful earthquakes that shook Earth some 3.8 billion years ago split open the planet’s crust and allowed chemical reactions to unfold deep within the fractured rock. These reactions, fueled by seismic activity, water and near-boiling temperatures, may have provided oxygen to some of the world’s earliest life forms, a new study suggests.  This oxygen would […]

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 […]