Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming… That is what one diver was doing in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea when he suddenly spotted something unusual. Amateur diver Shlomi Katzin was enjoying the waters off the coast south of Haifa, Israel when he stumbled upon an ancient medieval sword. Dating back hundreds of years to the Crusader period, the sword will soon join other artifacts on display in Israel after careful restoration.
The ancient Egyptians' special love for cats is well known.
In 2018, archeologists discovered large life-sized camels sculpted into rocks in Saudi Arbaia.
Modern sidewalks are scattered with etched initials and careful handprints left by children in newly poured cement, but it turns out children have been leaving their mark for centuries. Archeologists have found a shocking ancient analog in a slab of travertine marble near Quesang, Tibet.
Before there was the skyscraper, ancient builders created the original tall, imposing structure: the obelisk.
The ancient city of Pompeii remains frozen in 79 CE, when the flourishing Italian town was buried under falling ash...
The ancient Egyptians are known for their rich and ritualistic burials. Whether a pharaoh in the Valley of the Kings or a bureaucrat in a modest rock cut tomb, the items left in a grave were intended to facilitate the transition to the afterlife. Among these items were sandals—necessary for both the living and the dead. These funerary sandals could be similar to those work in life—made of leather typically, or even papyrus.
Ancient Mesopotamia is often called a “cradle of civilization.
The ancient Romans were prodigious road builders.
On the island of Crete lies the ruins of an ancient palace. Now part of modern Greece, Crete was once the center of the Aegean civilization known as the Minoans. Known for elaborate palaces and beautiful frescos, the Minoans were powerful players in the eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age, with trading connections to Old Kingdom Egypt and the civilizations of Mesopotamia. The Minoans are commonly described as the first complex civilization of Europe.
The ancient Egyptians were master artisans and artists.
The city of Rome is full of ancient buildings and modern churches—including some sites that are both.