You Won’t Believe the Shit They Found in These 18th-Century Toilets

History has left us with many wonders, sometimes buried in elaborate vaults or ornate tombs. Other times, artefacts of times past are found in somewhat sophisticated surroundings. Take for instance, the Museum of the American Revolution’s latest 82,000-piece haul, which was found in 300-year-old toilets in Philadelphia. Read More >>

This Mysterious 46,000 Year Old Object Is the World’s Oldest Axe

The world’s oldest axe—dating back at least 46,000 years—has been uncovered in Australia. And, already, there’s a mystery surrounding it. Read More >>

Uncovering a 500-Year-Old Shipwreck From the Age of Exploration

Five-hundred years after it sank to the bottom of the Arabian Sea, researchers believe they’ve found the Esmerelda, a ship in Vasco da Gama’s fleet during his second voyage to India. The excavation has so far yielded over 2,800 artefacts. Read More >>

UK Archeologists Discover Long-Lost Roman Roads Using LIDAR

For years, the UK Environment Agency has been using Lidar to study flooding and coastal changes. Since 1998, it’s had an unexpected use: discovering long-lost roads left by the Romans, helping to uncover new details past. Read More >>

The World’s Oldest Stone Tools Were Not Made By Humans

Archeologists working in Kenya have discovered the world’s oldest stone tools. At 3.3 million years, they’re 700,000 years older than what were previously the most ancient stone tools ever discovered. In fact, they’re even older than humans. Read More >>

The World’s Oldest Mummies are Suddenly Turning Into Black Goo

Having survived 8,000 years, the Chinchorro mummies found in modern-day Chile and Peru have started decaying more quickly than ever before—in some cases even melting into gelatinous "black ooze". Scientists at Harvard think they've found the reason why. Read More >>

Terrifying Medical Instruments Found on Blackbeard’s Sunken Ship

The jolly good life of a pirate was not a jolly healthy one, what with syphilis and scurvy and ship-raiding. Archeologists excavating Blackbeard's flagship off the coast of North Carolina in the US have unveiled their latest findings: a cache of medical instruments that include this rather horrifying urethral syringe. Read More >>

Underground Mapping Near Stonehenge Reveals a New “Super Henge”

The mysteries of Stonehenge are sometimes revealed by unusual methods—forgetting to water its grass or whacking its stones with quartz. In this case, it took four years of staring at the ground. A new underground survey reveals a vast complex of unknown Neolithic monuments near Stonehenge, including a huge stone "super henge." Read More >>

Archaeologists Think Hidden Imperial Tomb May Be Too Deadly to Explore

After discovering a secret palace hidden in China's first emperor's massive burial complex, Chinese technicians are nervous. Not because Qin Shi Huang's tomb is the most important archeological discovery since Tutankhamun, but because they believe his burial place is full of deadly traps that will kill any trespassers. Not to talk about deadly quantities of mercury. Read More >>

This Is the First Website Ever—Rebooted

Once upon a time, Tim Berners-Lee took the concept of Hypercard and turned into a world of networked pages. Then there was the first website ever, a boring but clean and well-lighted place that started with the title: "World Wide Web". Read More >>

30-Year Quest Ends In £10 Million Gold and Silver Coin Treasure

Thirty years ago, a farmer found a few Iron Age silver coins while working on his land in Jersey. Now, after combing the soil with metal detectors for three decades, two treasure hunters have found a hoard of silver and gold coins, the biggest of its kind, valued at £10 million. Read More >>