How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets and Meteors

Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks of rock and ice are, ancient cultures often turned to myth and legend to explain them. The Greeks and Romans believed that the appearance of…

Spartacus: The Rise and Rise of An Unlikely Hero

When the Australian Ballet premieres its new production of Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus this week, it will be another moment in an extraordinary story of rehabilitation. Spartacus, a lowly barbarian slave whose rebellion ultimately proved a failure and whose followers died in the most ignominious of fashions, has become a modern symbol of the power of…

3400 Year Old Tomb Discovered Beneath Greek Olive Grove

A 3400 year old Minoan tomb has been discovered by chance in Greece. The tomb, which contains two coffins and sets of remains, is believed to originate in the Late Palace Period and is said to be both in pristine condition and complete with its funeral objects. Working in his olive grove, a local farmer…

Gender and Age of “Black Sarcophagus” Skeletons Identified

The genders, ages and height of the three “Black Sarcophagus” skeletons found in Alexandria in July have been identified says the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the team also finding gold chips from badges which are set to be identified. Discovered in July, it was speculated that the remains were likely to have been soldiers or…

Ancient Sphinx Statue Possibly Discovered in Egypt

Experts in Egypt believe that a statue of a sphinx may have been discovered in Luxor. Discovered between the temples of Karnak and Luxor during the construction of the new Al-Kabbash Road, the statue is said to have the body of a lion and the face of a man, the same as the famous Great…

Ancient Greek Ship Discovered in Black Sea

Marine archeologists working in the Black Sea have discovered the remains of a Greek ship off the coast of Ukraine, believed to date back over two and a half thousand years. Working as part of a joint expedition between the Institute of Archaeology of NAS of Ukraine and the Warsaw Institute of Archaeology, the group…

Two New Middle Kingdom Tombs Discovered in Egypt

Two new tombs have been accidentally uncovered in Egypt, both said to be of high-ranking officials from the Middle Kingdom period (c. 2050 BC-1710 BC), and more particularly the 11th dynasty. The tombs were uncovered when a joint Egyptian-Australian mission from Maquarie University were cleaning a tomb at the Beni Hassan necropolis 20km to the…