background preloader

The Ancient

Facebook Twitter

How Many People Did it Take to Build the Great Pyramid? Massive 3,000-year-old mayan monument discovered in southern mexico. The oldest and largest ancient maya monument has been discovered at the previously unknown site of aguada fénix near tabasco, mexico. following a guatemalan megalopolis found in 2018, it highlights another recent finding that challenges the traditional understanding of how the civilizations developed. archaeologists had previously believed the great mayan cities grew gradually from small villages during the middle preclassic period (1,000 – 350 BC), but the introduction of LiDAR technology has unearthed new theories. the 3D image map of the huge monument and surrounding area all images courtesy of takeshi inomata an aerial view of aguada fénix without LiDAR project info: journal: nature site: aguada fénix.

massive 3,000-year-old mayan monument discovered in southern mexico

14 Lesser-Known Ancient Sites Worth Building a Trip Around. The ruins of an ancient city, temple, or necropolis are often the centerpieces of an adventurous trip: Stonehenge, Chichen Itza, the Great Pyramids.

14 Lesser-Known Ancient Sites Worth Building a Trip Around

And there are other, perhaps lesser-known (depending on who you ask, of course) sites that are every bit as spectacular and worth planning an itinerary around. These places can let you walk in the footsteps of ancient people—sometimes without the crowds—to get a sense of the depth and richness of human history that you can’t get from any book or film.

We recently asked readers in the Atlas Obscura Community forums to tell us about their favorite ruins and archaeological sites. Scientists uncover evidence of ancient giant meteor strike in Scotland. Ancient mosaic fragments in the sea, Atalanti, Greece. Ubar – Ubar, Oman. Stonehenge and the Scope of Uncertainty. Skeptoid Podcast #655 December 25, 2018 Podcast transcript | Download | Subscribe.

Stonehenge and the Scope of Uncertainty

In Photos: Ancient Home and Barracks of Roman Military Officer. Atlasobscura. Las Cueva de las Manos is tucked in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot of the Argentine Patagonia, accessible via long gravel dirt roads.


The trip can be rough, but is undoubtably worth it: It leads you to some of the earliest known forms of human art, dating back roughly 10,000 years. The prehistoric artwork painted on the walls of this desert cave is not only ancient, but beautiful. There are three distinct styles to be seen, believed to have been created by different peoples at different time periods. Laser Scans Reveal Massive Khmer Cities Hidden in the Cambodian Jungle. Stonehenge Begins to Yield Its Secrets. Photo AMESBURY, England — About 6,300 years ago, a tree here toppled over.

Stonehenge Begins to Yield Its Secrets

For the ancients in this part of southern England, it created a prime real estate opportunity — next to a spring and near attractive hunting grounds. Drones Reveal Hidden Ancient Village Buried In New Mexico. Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.

Drones Reveal Hidden Ancient Village Buried In New Mexico

Called Blue J, this 1,000-year-old village was first identified by archaeologists in the 1970s. It sits about 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of the famed Chaco Canyon site in northwestern New Mexico and contains nearly 60 ancestral Puebloan houses around what was once a large spring. Now, the ruins of Blue J are obscured by vegetation and buried in eroded sandstone blown in from nearby cliffs. The ancient structures have been only partially studied through excavations.

8 Amazing Separation Walls. Hadrian's Wall Hadrian was born on January 24, 76 A.D.

8 Amazing Separation Walls

He died on July 10, 138, having been emperor since 117. Century of Progress: Haunted Houses in the Midwest Gardenista. Older Century of Progress: Haunted Houses in the Midwest by Ron Reason Issue 44 · Miss Havisham · October 31, 2012 Newer Issue 44 · Miss Havisham · October 31, 2012 Share on email A haunted house sighting, from a trusted source: What good fortune, I think!

Century of Progress: Haunted Houses in the Midwest Gardenista

Photographs by Ron Reason. Above: A 1949 Jacob Lustron house built years after the Chicago World's Fair. Above: I have a bog for a neighbor. 12 Most Breathtaking Vaulted Ceilings. Sainte-Chappelle in Paris, France.

12 Most Breathtaking Vaulted Ceilings

Photographer David Stephenson. The Église Saint-Nizier (St. Nizier Church) is a Flamboyant Gothic church built during the 14th and 15th centuries. Introduction. Alabama Shipwreck Uncovered By Hurricane Isaac Appears On Beach (VIDEO, PHOTOS) A mysterious shipwreck, recently uncovered by Hurricane Isaac, has appeared on an Alabama beach six miles from Fort Morgan.

Alabama Shipwreck Uncovered By Hurricane Isaac Appears On Beach (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Meyer Vacation Rentals, a local real estate company catering to the Gulf Shores area, posted photos of the ship to its Facebook page following the storm. Scroll For Photos According to the Birmingham News, this isn't the first time that the wreckage has shown up. The wrecked ship was partially uncovered by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and reappeared following Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and then again after Hurricane Ike in 2008. There has been debate over the ship's identity. The wreck is now thought to be the Rachael, a three-mast schooner that ran aground during a 1933 storm. People have been drawn to the wreck since it was uncovered, fostering concern for several reasons.

“I’ve always thought it would be kind of cool for them to excavate this thing and move it… preserve what they can and take it to the museum,” Bill Berrey, a longtime resident, told WALA.