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Bronze Swords of Hafrsfjord Tell a Legendary Tale of a Powerful King and a Great Battle

Long ago, the inhabitants of Norway lived in warring tribes and villages. It was not until the 872 Battle of Hafrsfjord that the fractious clans of habitable Norway were united under a single ruler – King Harald “Fairhair” I. The astonishing victory was commemorated in 1983 by a memorial placed in the Hafrsfjord suburb of [...]

By |2016-07-29T12:45:00+00:00July 29th, 2016|Ancient Origins Archive|1,024 Comments

Researchers Diagnose Earliest Known Cancer on 1.7-Million-Year-Old Hominin Fossil

Scientists have identified a particularly lethal form of cancer on the fossilized toe bone of an early human relative who lived about 1.7 million years ago in South Africa. The tumor is the oldest known instance of malignant neoplastic disease (cancer) identified in a hominin, say the authors of a paper in the South African [...]

By |2016-07-29T05:49:00+00:00July 29th, 2016|Ancient Origins Archive|283 Comments

Excavations at British sites are Revolutionizing Prehistoric Studies and Revealing Secrets of the Past

You might say British archaeology is in a golden age, especially with excavations and discoveries at two sites that are adding great knowledge of the prehistory of the islands. One site, from about 2500 BC, is on the Orkney Islands off Scotland’s northern coast, and the other, from about 1000 BC, is not far from [...]

By |2016-07-28T18:49:00+00:00July 28th, 2016|Ancient Origins Archive|1,007 Comments

Excavations at British sites are Revolutionizing Prehistoric Studies and Revealing Secrets of the Past

You might say British archaeology is in a golden age, especially with excavations and discoveries at two sites that are adding great knowledge of the prehistory of the islands. One site, from about 2500 BC, is on the Orkney Islands off Scotland’s northern coast, and the other, from about 1000 BC, is not far from [...]

By |2016-07-28T18:49:00+00:00July 28th, 2016|Ancient Origins Archive|287 Comments

No Rest for the Wicked: The Role of the Telchines in the Myths of Greece and Rome

Magicians, artists and craftsmen, the Telchines are the proverbial jacks-of-all-trades - yet they are also atypical masters of all. Considered by most ancient authors to be malevolent daimons of the sea, the Telchines have no one specific role in mythological stories but rather serve to enhance chaos and mayhem. Though they are rarely mentioned directly [...]

By |2016-07-28T12:47:00+00:00July 28th, 2016|Ancient Origins Archive|236 Comments

Vikings Brutally Slain in 750 AD May Have Been on a Peaceful Mission

When people think of Vikings going on voyages, many imagine a bloodthirsty crew bent on evil and domination, and armed to the teeth for the looting and pillaging of helpless villagers. That may have been true of some Viking missions, but perhaps not all. Researchers analyzing two apparent Viking ship burials from more than 1,000 [...]

By |2016-07-28T05:46:00+00:00July 28th, 2016|Ancient Origins Archive|245 Comments