Second Handwritten Copy of the American Declaration of Independence Discovered in England

Harvard researchers have discovered a parchment manuscript of the Declaration of Independence at a small archive office in the United Kingdom. Only the second parchment copy known to exist, it contains several features that mark it as distinct from the original. Read More >>

How Do You Keep a 13,600-Year-Old Woman From Looking Like Wilma Flintstone?

Recreations of Paleolithic people at the museum usually look like the typical Geico commercial caveman. Famed Otzi the Iceman, for example, has the face of someone who’d be fun to disembowel a moose with, but whose conversation might be just a little gauche. A new facial reconstruction of a Stone Age woman who lived in Thailand roughly 13,600 years presents the pleasant and probably more accurate visage. Read More >>

The Haunting Face of a Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago

This may look like a photograph, but the highly realistic face staring back at you belongs to a man who died over 700 years ago. The researchers who performed this unbelievable facial reconstruction say their work is providing new details about the way ordinary people lived in medieval England. Read More >>

School Assignment Leads to Discovery of WWII Plane With Pilot’s Body Still Inside

When 14-year-old Daniel Kristiansen was assigned a World War II project for history class, his father jokingly suggested he look for a German plane that had allegedly crashed at the family farm. Well wouldn’t you know it, he actually found the damned thing—along with the dead airman’s remains. It’s being called one of the most sensational discoveries in recent times. Read More >>

Nottingham Building Site Reveals New Underground Caves

All Nottinghamsters like me are aware of the network of around 700 caves under the city, but occasionally a bit of construction work uncovers some new ones – and that's just happened on the site of Nottingham Trent Uni's latest build. Read More >>

This 3,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Sword Is Absolutely Incredible

In what archaeologists are calling the “find of a lifetime,” a horde of Late Bronze Age weapons has been discovered at a Scottish construction site. Among the items found is a gold-decorated spearhead, and a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in remarkably good condition. Read More >>

Drone Footage Shows New Destruction at the Syrian World Heritage Site of Palmyra

As if the nearly six-year civil war in Syria couldn’t get any worse, it appears that militants with the so-called Islamic State have inflicted further damage to the ancient Roman-era site of Palmyra. Read More >>

This Dodo Skeleton Just Sold for Nearly £350,000

At an auction held earlier yesterday in the United Kingdom, a 95-per-cent-complete skeleton of an extinct dodo bird that was painstakingly assembled over the course of 40 years has sold to an unnamed private collector for a whopping £346,300. Read More >>

Humans Settled Australia’s Interior Way Earlier Than We Realised

Aboriginal people settled Australia’s hot, dry interior at least 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new archaeological evidence unearthed from an ancient rock shelter. It’s a remarkable discovery that points to a level of technological sophistication previously unknown to exist in Australia or Southeast Asia during the late Pleistocene — and it could reshape our understanding of how the last habitable continent on Earth was settled. Read More >>

Mysterious ‘Hybrid’ Animal Discovered in 18,000-Year-Old Cave Art

By combining archaeological, palaeontologist, and genetic evidence, an international team of researchers has identified a previously unknown hybrid species that contains both bison and cattle DNA. The discovery solves a longstanding mystery about the origins of modern European bison. Read More >>

3D Modelling Reveals the Beauty of Pompeii Before Its Destruction

By combining archaeology with 3D computer modelling, European researchers have digitally reconstructed a house in Pompeii, showing how lavish and colourful these structures truly were before they were destroyed by a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Read More >>

Listen to the First Music Ever Made With a Computer

Researchers from New Zealand have restored the very first recording ever made of computer generated music. The three simple melodies, laid down in 1951, were generated by a machine built by the esteemed British computer scientist Alan Turing. Read More >>

What Ötzi the Iceman’s Voice Sounded Like

Ötzi the Iceman, the world’s favourite prehistoric mummy, has been subjected to every scientific test imaginable, since his remains were discovered poking out of a glacier high in the Italian Alps in 1991. Now, a team of Italian researchers has reconstructed Ötzi’s vocal cords and used it to reproduce what his voice may have sounded like. Read More >>

Aboriginal Australians Are Humanity’s Oldest Civilisation

New research shows that all present-day non-Africans can trace their origins to a single wave of migrants who left Africa 72,000 years ago, and that indigenous Australians and Papuans are descended directly from the first people to inhabit the continent some 50,000 years ago. That makes them world’s longest running civilisation. Read More >>

Wonder-Gadget Allows Researchers to Read a Charred Biblical Scroll 

For over forty years, archaeologists have longed to peek inside a badly damaged ancient scroll found on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Now an international team of scientists has managed to do so by virtually unrolling the scroll, revealing the text hidden deep within: the first few verses from the book of Leviticus. Read More >>