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Chogan, an ancient Iranian horseback game
Iranians have played Chogan (Polo) as an entertaining horseback game since almost 2,500 years ago. It’s an amazing game that has attracted the attention of people throughout history. Several well-known writers have created stories and poems about Chogan. Ferdowsi and Roudaki have mentioned this Iranian horseback game in their poems.
Egypt unveils tomb of ancient priestess
Egyptian archeologists on Saturday unveiled the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings.
South Wales fossil identified as new species of ancient reptile
Fossils found in a quarry near Cardiff in South Wales have been identified by a student and her supervisors at the University of Bristol as a new small species of reptile that lived 205 million years ago.
Glass produced in ancient Sub Saharan Africa long before early European trade
A recent archeological dig in modern day southwest Nigeria has found that glass was locally produced in Sub-Saharan Africa as early as 1000 years ago —long before trading relations with Europe began in the 15th century.
chess piece with Islamic designs discovered in Norway
People have been playing chess for centuries — but a new chess piece found in Norway further reveals the spread of the ancient game to the Nordic region, and provides some intriguing insights about the game's history.
Ancient Chinese temple uncovered after four years of excavations
For more than half a millennium, the Great Shangqing Palace was the primary place of worship for a popular Taoist sect in China. It was reportedly where several generations of Chinese emperors worshipped.
Ancient DNA results end 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy mystery
Using 'next generation' DNA sequencing scientists have found that the famous 'Two Brothers' mummies of the Manchester Museum have different fathers so are, in fact, half-brothers.
Oman unearths five ancient prehistoric settlements
Five old settlements and cemeteries dating back to the Umm Al Nar Era, between 2500 and 2000 BCE, were unearthed in Saham Province in North Al Batinah.
Archeologists uncover ancient model of Universe in Mexico
It tells a very different story. The people of ancient Mexico may not have had the powerful telescopes that we have access to today, but that didn't stop them depicting the vastness of the universe all the same, as a new archeological discovery at the Nahualac Site near Mexico City shows.
Ancient humans lived longer than first thought
An Australian archeologist has debunked the myth that ancient humans were lucky to live past the age of 40, after she discovered a new way to determine the age of skeletal remains.
Ancient henge discovered in Yorkshire
Thousands of years ago it would have stood proud on the horizon, a striking monument which could be seen for miles.
3,500-year-old child burials unearthed at ancient Egyptian work site
A team of archaeologists in Egypt unearthed four ancient child graves at Gebel el-Silsila, the site of a former Egyptian quarry that dates back 3,500 years. The finding provides new insights on what life may have been like at this ancient work site.
Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper
Until recently, it was assumed that the ink used for writing was primarily carbon-based at least until the fourth and fifth centuries AD. But in a new University of Copenhagen study, analyses of 2,000-year-old papyri fragments with X-ray microscopy showed that black ink used by Egyptian scribes also contained copper — an element previously not identified in ancient ink.
Ancient DNA offers new view on saber-toothed cats' past
Researchers who've analyzed the complete mitochondrial genomes from ancient samples representing two species of saber-toothed cats have a new take on the animals' history over the last 50,000 years.
Mystery surrounding people of ancient Easter Island deepens
The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island’s hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific.

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