By Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor   |   August 20, 2014 01:02pm ET   Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest. This research also suggests that modern humans did not cause Neanderthals to rapidly go extinct, as some researchers have… Read More


The Lost Cycle of Time – Part 1 28 March, 2014 – 01:58 walter Ancient cultures around the world spoke of a vast cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages; Plato called it the Great Year. Most of us were taught that this cycle was just a myth, a fairytale, if we were taught… Read More


Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor   |   May 15, 2013 02:49pm ET   Sparta is a city in Laconia, on the Peloponnese in Greece. In antiquity, it was a powerful city-state with a famous martial tradition. Ancient writers sometimes referred to it as Lacedaemon and its people as Lacedaemonians. Sparta reached the height of its power in… Read More


Archaeologists have uncovered the earliest evidence of the presence of humans in Scotland with an assemblage of over 5,000 flint artifacts which were recovered in 2005-2009 by Biggar Archaeology Group in fields at Howburn, South Lanarkshire. Subsequent studies have dated their use to 14,000 years ago. Examples of te 14,000 year old flint tools unearthed… Read More

Serra da Capivara National Park

SERRA DA CAPIVARA NATIONAL PARK, Brazil — Niede Guidon still remembers her astonishment when she glimpsed the paintings. Preserved amid the bromeliad-encrusted plateaus that tower over the thorn forests of northeast Brazil, the ancient rock art depicts fierce battles among tribesmen, orgiastic scenes of prehistoric revelry and hunters pursuing their game, spears in hand. “These… Read More


Centuries Before China’s ‘Great Wall,’ There Was Another by CHRISTOPHER JOYCE December 29, 2013 5:04 AM Photograph of the remnants of the Great Wall of Qi in the Da Feng Shan (Big Peak Mountain) in Shandong Province, China. The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental… Read More


A story on a papyrus dating from the 2nd century CE relates that the goddess Isis, bestowing gifts on humanity, gave as much power and honor to women as she did to men. This tale reflects the high status women enjoyed in ancient Egypt. Although they never had the same rights as males, an Egyptian… Read More


Hannibal Barca of Carthage, North Africa Image: Coin bearing the image of Hannibal and his famed battalion of elephants. In 247 B.C., the year Hannibal Barca was born, the Carthage empire was about 500 years old. Known as one of the greatest strategist in military history, the battles of Hannibal would strike a turning point in… Read More