Scientists Confirm Vikings Lived In North America 1,000 Years Ago

Wooden artifacts from the Norse settlement L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland show that the Vikings were living in the Americas by at least the year 1021. Dylan Industries/FlickrRecreated Norse buildings at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. For years, scholars have only been able to guess when the Vikings first stepped foot in the Americas. But … Read more

Medieval ‘Hipster’ Warrior Found Buried With Rare Ivory Comb

The items found in the 6th-century grave suggest the man was a wealthy warrior who cared about his appearance. Bavarian State Office for Monument ProtectionThe comb includes illustrations of possible gazelles, which are foreign to Europe. When archeologists came across the 1,500-year-old grave of a warrior in Bavaria, Germany, they found that it contained a … Read more

Diver Finds 900-Year-Old Crusader Sword In The Mediterranean

Experts estimate that the sword dates back to the Third Crusade when Christian crusaders attempted to retake Jerusalem. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty ImagesJacob Sharvit of the Israel Antiquities Authority holds the sword discovered by a local diver. Shlomi Katzin dove into the waters off the Carmel coast of Israel with a Go-Pro and a sense … Read more

Hundreds Of Ornate Roman-Era Stone-Cut Tombs Discovered In Turkey

Excavations in the ancient Roman city of Blaundos revealed 400 chamber tombs that had been cut into the side of a nearby canyon about 1,800 years ago. Blaundos Archeological Excavation Project ArchiveThe tombs contain motifs of vines, grapes, flowers, animals, and mythological figures. At first glance, the Uşak canyons in western Turkey look ragged and … Read more

​​What Is The Blarney Stone And Why Do People Kiss It?

Installed at the top of Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland, the Blarney Stone can only be kissed while hanging upside down and suspended over thin air — yet countless people line up to do it each year. Flickr/Pat O’MalleyAbout 400,000 people kiss the Blarney Stone every year. The Blarney Stone would undoubtedly be just … Read more

English Garden Statues Turn Out To Be 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Sphinxes

The pair of sphinxes was just determined to date back over 5,000 years and recently sold for more than $265,000 at auction after spending 15 years in an English garden. Mander Auctioneers The sphinxes are in rather poor condition, having spent 15 years outdoors in England. Fifteen years ago, a homeowner in England paid $407 … Read more

Archeologists Uncover 1500-Year-Old Wine Factory In Israel

The sprawling site in Yavne, Israel, once produced half a million gallons of wine a year and exported it around the ancient world. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty ImagesThe wine factory in Yavne was the world’s “largest” at the time. Raise a glass — the largest known Byzantine-era wine factory has been unearthed in Israel. The … Read more

Newly Discovered Madagascar Moth Has Longest Tongue Of Any Insect

The moth, called “xanthopan praedicta,” or “Wallace’s sphinx moth,” has a tongue that stretches nearly one foot long. Minet et al. 2021Wallace’s sphinx moth, top, has a much longer tongue than the similar Morgan sphinx moth. While studying the long-necked Madagascar star orchid in 1862, Charles Darwin suddenly had an exciting thought. Some insects, he … Read more

Squamish Nation Plans Sustainable Development In Vancouver

The Squamish Nation expects that Senakw will provide a revenue of up to $10 billion and provide housing for Indigenous people. Revery ArchitectureA drawing of what the development will look like. In 1913, members of the Squamish Nation were forcibly removed from Senakw, a village in present-day Vancouver, Canada. Now, having won the land back, … Read more

Study Suggests Early Humans Tried Domesticating Cassowaries

Fossilized eggshells in New Guinea suggest early humans stole cassowary eggs just before they were going to hatch. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty ImageCassowaries have been compared to dinosaurs. The colorful cassowary is grumpy, standoffish, and can be aggressive. It even has four-inch, razor-sharp talons that can slice through human flesh. But a new … Read more