Scientists find 16,000-year-old fossilised pollen in mystery tomb. Grave is the first burial of its kind found in the Iberian peninsulaLady's identity and why she was buried in elaborate tomb are unknownPlacing flowers may have been a ritual for locals to honour the Red LadyThe flowers could equally have been placed their to cover up bad smells.
Oldest toy 'ever found' in Europe is 3,500-year-old bronze and silver stork. Thracian bronze artefact takes the form of a stork with a gemstone eyeIt's head is moveable, allowing children to have let it ‘drink’ waterToy was discovered by locals in Zlatograd in Rhodope Mountains, BulgariaExperts believe it may have had religious links in the Late Bronze Age By Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline Published: 12:53 GMT, 11 May 2015 | Updated: 14:22 GMT, 11 May 2015 At first glance, it may look like a strange sculpture or even a mangled piece of piping, but this unique object is claimed to be the oldest toy in Europe.
The Thracian bronze artefact in the shape of a stork’s head dates to the Late Bronze Age, between 1,500 and 1,200 BC. Proof that women have ALWAYS loved jewellery: Skull from 1550BC goes on display with elaborate bronze headband. Female skeleton was discovered in Rochlitz, south of Halle, east Germany, while construction work was underway on a new rail track The skeleton - thought to date back to between 1550 and 1250 BC - was found to be wearing an elaborate headband made of tiny bronze spirals By Kerry Mcdermott Published: 20:43 GMT, 6 December 2012 | Updated: 01:15 GMT, 10 December 2012 She may have walked the earth thousands of years ago, but this woman was clearly as fond of a nice piece of jewellery as the average 21st Century girl.
The female skeleton, which is believed to date back to between 1550 and 1250BC, was discovered in Oechlitz, south of Halle in eastern Germany, while construction was underway to build a new rail track. The Middle Bronze Age woman had been buried wearing an elaborate headband made up of tiny bronze spirals. That's going to be one stinky variety! Traces of ancient cheese show the foodstuff dates back at least 7,000 years. Earliest cheeses dating back to 5000BC found in Polish region of KuyaviaScientists found traces by analysing fatty acids found in unglazed pottery By Lewis Smith Published: 18:27 GMT, 12 December 2012 | Updated: 08:57 GMT, 14 December 2012 Assortment of cheeses: A new study shows the art of cheese making dates back at least 7,000 years to Poland The art of cheese-making dates back at least 7,000 years, archaeologists have concluded after finding traces of an ancient vintage.
Chemical analysis of fragments of pottery believed to have been specially designed for creating cheese has shown that it was being made in about 5000BC. But far from coming from regions like Somerset in Britain and Brie in France that are famous today for their cheeses, the earliest vintage comes from the Polish region of Kuyavia. And the nature of the sieves, close in shape to modern cheese-strainers, provides compelling evidence that these specialised vessels have been used for cheese-making.
The first carpenters? 7,000 year old German water wells reveal earliest known use of wood for construction. Tests revealed that the wood comes from massive old oak trees felled by early Neolithic farmers with stone axes between the years of 5206 and 5098 BCThe wells were excavated at settlements in the Greater Leipzig region and are the oldest known timber constructions in the worldWood could also hold clues to environmental conditions at the time.
The not-so-Dark Ages: Mummified head from 1200AD reveals enlightened doctors were dissecting human bodies centuries earlier than previously thought. Scientists have found the oldest preserved human dissection in EuropeRadiocarbon dating suggests the head and shoulders are from 1200ADHead so well preserved it retained a red beard By Emma Innes Published: 16:56 GMT, 6 March 2013 | Updated: 17:16 GMT, 6 March 2013 Scientists have found what they believe to be the oldest preserved human dissection in Europe.
The specimen, which shows signs of surprisingly advanced medical techniques, is made up of an adult human head and shoulders with the top of the skull and the brain removed. Iron Age helmet used to hold human remains following a cremation among rare finds unearthed by Britain's amateur treasure hunters. Recent finds announced by experts from the British Museum in LondonIron Age helmet unearthed by metal-detectorist near Canterbury, KentA boar mount also found that could have belonged to Richard IIIViking hoard among the other treasures unearthed over the past year By Damien Gayle Published: 14:35 GMT, 3 December 2012 | Updated: 09:28 GMT, 4 December 2012 An 'extremely rare' Iron Age helmet that was later used as a vessel to hold human remains following a cremation has been discovered.
The British Museum revealed the helmet, that resembles those worn by German troops in the Second World War, was unearthed by a metal-detectorist near Canterbury, Kent, last month. A brooch found with the helmet is thought to have once fastened a bag containing human bones. The person who owned the helmet, possibly a British mercenary, may have fought against the Romans in Gaul (now France) or alongside them, eventually bringing the object to Britain. Alepotrypa: Incredible cave which experts believe inspired the Greek legend of Hades. The cave - named Alepotrypa - dates back to the Neolithic Age but laid undiscovered in southern Greece until the 1950sArchaeologists have uncovered tools, pottery, obsidian, silver and copper artifactsFindings suggest cave dwellers might have connected the cave with Hades By Suzannah Hills Published: 16:32 GMT, 29 November 2012 | Updated: 07:44 GMT, 30 November 2012 An ancient Greek cave nearly the size of four football pitches and with its own underground lake may be responsible for sparking the age-old myth about the Greek underworld god Hades, archaeologists claim.
The cavern - named Alepotrypa which means 'foxhole' - laid undiscovered for centuries in Diros Bay, Mani, southern Greece, until a man walking his dog found a tiny entrance to the cave in the 1950s. Scroll down for video To the depths of hell: It has been suggested that this cave called Alepotrypa might have helped serve as the inspiration for the mythic ancient Greek underworld god Hades. Archaeologists unearth Scotland's oldest, 10,000 year-old, home. Ancient dwelling was found in the path of the new Forth bridgeExperts believe remains were from a turf house that would have belonged to first settlers in Scotland Charred bone fragments and hazelnuts found at site By Claire Bates.
A golden discovery: Bulgarian archaelogists discover astonishing artifacts linked to Alexander the Great in vast network of tombs. Huge ancient Pagan hall unearthed at Lyminge, Kent. The foundations were found under a village green at Lyminge, KentThe 69 feet by 28 feet structure had room for at least 60 peopleA rare piece of horse harness and jewellery were also found By Alex Ward Published: 02:18 GMT, 31 October 2012 | Updated: 16:43 GMT, 31 October 2012 The foundations of a huge Anglo-Saxon feasting hall, the first to be discovered in more than 30 years, has been found below a village green in Kent.
The hall, where a king and his warriors would have enjoyed epic days-long feasts, has laid just inches underground for 1,300 years. Residents of 'Europe's oldest town' sliced their dead in half and buried them from the pelvis up. Bulgarian town thought to date back as far as 4700BCResidents made their living mining for salt, an important resource that made them wealthyEvidence also suggests the town had already developed a class system By Damien Gayle Published: 10:11 GMT, 29 October 2012 | Updated: 14:28 GMT, 29 October 2012 Residents of what is thought to be Europe's oldest town cut their dead in half and buried them from the pelvis up, according to archaeologists. The newly discovered ancient settlement, thought to date back to 4700BC, is near the Bulgarian town of Provadia, about 25 miles from the country's Black Sea coast. Archaeology professor Vassil Nikolov led the dig which focused on the town itself and its necropolis, where the strange and complex burial rituals were discovered.
Strange rituals: Some of the corpses found in the necropolis attached to what is thought to be Europe's oldest town were sliced in half and buried from the pelvis up. Evidence of Stone Age tomb found near megalithic monument known as 'Sweden's Stonehenge' Burial site discovered near Ale's Stones, an arrangement of builders on the Swedish Baltic coastFolklore says the stones mark the final resting place of legendary leader King AleResearchers find evidence that a dolmen stood nearby and unearth pieces of flint tools By Damien Gayle Published: 11:11 GMT, 19 October 2012 | Updated: 11:13 GMT, 19 October 2012 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a Stone Age tomb near the site of a megalithic monument known as Sweden's Stonehenge.
Remains of a burial site thought to be 5,500 years old were found near to Ale's Stones, an arrangement of 59 boulders on a cliff on the Swedish Baltic coast. According to local folklore the stones are the final resting place of a legendary leader known as King Ale, but other theories say it could be an astronomical calendar with the same underlying geometry as Stonehenge.
Prehistoric building 'older than the Egyptian pyramids' discovered in Wales, puzzling archaeologists. Foundations of meeting house at least 50ft long found in MonmouthDiscovery was made as builders worked on a new housing estate By Graham Smith Published: 11:21 GMT, 14 June 2012 | Updated: 14:54 GMT, 14 June 2012 A large prehistoric building older than Egypt’s pyramids has been discovered in Wales. The foundations of a meeting house which was at least 50ft long were uncovered as builders worked on a new housing estate in Monmouth. Deepest Roman shipwrecks found near Greece - and prove that ancient seafarers were more adventurous than thought. Wreck and pottery found 0.9 miles down between Corfu and ItalyAncient merchants didn't 'hug the shore' but sailed across seaFound by survey for Greek-Italian gas pipeline. 'Black magic' of ancient curse revealed after Roman tablet found hidden in museum. Snake-haired figure called to 'bind' victimBlack-magic tablet calls down curse on specific man - PorcellusMay contain depiction of goddess thought of as 'mother of witches'Tablets lost in Bologna archives for more than a century By Rob Waugh.
Human remains from 12th century discovered inside York Minster. By Suzannah Hills. Anglo Saxon grave reveals 16-year-old girl laid to rest with a gold cross. By Tamara Cohen. Gobekli Tepe - Eden, Home of the Watchers. Göbekli Tepe today, its cult buildings exposed to the elements (pic: Andrew Collins). Pompeii's Stabian Baths reopens after £1m renovation. Mass grave reveals 1,000 year old Viking massacre.