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4,000-Year-Old Fabric Found In Israel’s Cave Of Skulls Is The Oldest Ever Made With Insect Dye

Dyeing fabrics red has often played an important, symbolic role in various cultures throughout time. Historically, this bold color has been achieved in a variety of ways, including using both plant and animal materials. Now, researchers have found evidence of the oldest piece of fabric colored with insect dye in Israel’s Cave of Skulls.

Dating back 4,000 years, this discovery is rare not only because of the perishable nature of fabric, but also because making dye from insects was an expensive a...

An Entire Pod Of Pilot Whales Just Died After Becoming Stranded On A Beach In Scotland

Dozens of pilot whales died on a beach in Scotland last week, marking the biggest mass stranding incident in the country in at least 30 years.

An entire pod of 77 pilot whales became stranded on the isle of Sanday on July 11, and by the time the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) arrived at the beach, just 12 of them were still alive. Unfortunately, the surviving creatures’ health declined rapidly, and they had to be euthanized shortly after. The reason for the stranding is still unknown...

The Murky History Of Who Built Machu Picchu — And Why

The outside world first learned of Machu Picchu in 1911, when American explorer Hiram Bingham, guided by local farmers, navigated the dense tropical forests of southern Peru and came across the ruins of an abandoned Inca city. Bingham’s work would soon kickstart a decades-long journey to discover who built Machu Picchu — and when.

Throughout the 1910s, Bingham, with support from Yale University and the National Geographic Society, would return to Machu Picchu, mapping, excavating, and photograp...

How Did John Wayne Gacy Die? Inside The Killer Clown's Final Moments

John Wayne Gacy, a.k.a. the “Killer Clown,” was a serial killer and rapist responsible for the murder of at least 33 men and boys in the Chicago area. Every single murder was reportedly committed in Gacy’s home in Norwood Park — and most of his victims were buried in his crawl space. Although he was arrested in 1979 and ultimately executed in 1994, John Wayne Gacy’s death didn’t mark the end of his sordid story.

Nearly 30 years after his execution, Gacy’s lawyer, Karen Conti, opened up about he...

2,000-Year-Old Garden Linked To The Tyrannical Emperor Caligula Unearthed In Rome

Archaeological excavations near the Vatican recently unearthed the remains of an ancient garden overlooking the Tiber River. According to the Italian Ministry of Culture, the garden likely belonged to the Roman Emperor Caligula.

This accidental discovery came in the midst of ongoing construction work to create a pedestrian piazza linking Castel Sant’Angelo to St. Peter’s Square, which are among Rome’s most visited tourist sites.

The site of the future piazza once housed lavish residences that...

Most Complete Fossil Found In The U.K. In Over A Century Leads To The Discovery Of A New Dinosaur Species

As described in a recently published paper, the United Kingdom’s most complete dinosaur fossil in 100 years has been identified as a brand new species.

Roughly the size of an American bison, the species was named Comptonatus chasei for the avid fossil collector, Nick Chase, who found the creature’s remains on the Isle of Wight in 2013. Tragically, Chase died of cancer in 2019, but his legacy lives on in the newly described dinosaur species.

Per a news release from the University of Portsmouth,...

Who Invented The Camera? The Surprising History Of Photography's Early Pioneers

There’s a saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. Today, that likely means your smartphone. In the past decade, however, even cellphone cameras have become advanced enough to take quality images — so much so that several feature-length films have been shot on iPhone cameras. But of course, this wasn’t always the case. There was a time before cameras were a commodity, and a time before that when the idea of a “photograph” was unheard of. So, who do we have to thank for this rema...

Researchers Just Discovered The Only Known Roman-Era Brewery Ever Found In Italy

While excavating the Villamagna site in Italy’s Macerata province, archaeologists from the University of Macerata recently discovered the only Roman-era brewery ever found on the Italian peninsula.

While the area is known for its wine-making tradition, this find is unprecedented in the region. Researchers now believe the brewery could be linked to the region’s ancient Gallic roots, as these tribes were known to drink beer before they arrived in Italy.

During their 30th archaeological excavatio...

4,000-Year-Old Temple With Mysterious Monolith Discovered In Cyprus

While excavating a Bronze-Age workshop complex in Erimi, Cyprus, archaeologists recently uncovered a 4,000-year-old temple containing a mysterious monolith.

Nearby, archaeologists also unearthed the skeleton of a young woman who was likely murdered in an act of femicide and “sealed” away to prevent her ghost from “disturbing” the living. Now, researchers hope the site will reveal even more ancient secrets.

The Bronze-Age settlement of Erimi once housed a craftsman’s workshop. It was within thi...

Where Is Atlantis? Inside The Theories About The Location Of This Fabled Sunken City

When Ignatius Donnelly published his 1882 book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, a new wave of scholars, conspiracy theorists, and believers developed an interest in the fabled lost city. In the nearly 150 years since, countless expeditions have been launched, papers written, and theories put forth in the search for Atlantis. Was it real? What was it like? What happened to it? And most importantly, where is Atlantis?

Many scholars have asserted that Plato was simply speaking allegorically when...

The Durandal Sword, The Mythic Excalibur Of France, Has Vanished From Its Resting Place After Hundreds Of Years

The Durandal sword in the southern French village of Rocamadour, commonly known as the “French Excalibur,” has mysteriously vanished from the stone it had long been stuck inside.

Like Excalibur of Arthurian legend, Durandal has ties to medieval folklore. It was said to be indestructible and belonged to the legendary paladin Roland, a knight of Charlemagne in French epic literature.

As the story goes, some 1,300 years ago, Roland threw it into a rock 32 feet off the ground, where it has sat eve...

Inside The Sudden Death Of 'Goodfellas' Star Ray Liotta — And What Caused It

Ray Liotta, the actor best known for his role as gangster Henry Hill in Goodfellas, was famous for his intensity. Liotta enjoyed a long, successful career, working in TV and on film for nearly 50 years — and he showed no signs of stopping. Unfortunately, life had other plans, and Ray Liotta’s death put an abrupt end to any future ambitions the actor had.

Liotta was in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, filming Dangerous Waters, when he died in his sleep on May 26, 2022. A year later, an autopsy...

'We Were Morons': The Tragic Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash And How It Could Have Been Avoided

The devastating Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi on October 20, 1977, claimed the lives of both pilots and about half of the band's members.

Three days after releasing their fifth album, Street Survivors, Lynyrd Skynyrd boarded an airplane bound for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There was one problem, however: The plane didn’t have enough fuel to make it there. The pilots attempted an emergency landing, but their efforts were in vain. The infamous Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash clai

35 Chess Pieces Handmade By Holocaust Victims Discovered Beneath The Floorboards At Auschwitz

Despite being 80 years old, the cardboard chess pieces were in shockingly good condition, offering new insight into the daily lives of Auschwitz prisoners.

Renovators at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum recently discovered a haunting reminder of life at the former Auschwitz camp: a set of handmade chess pieces hidden beneath the floorboards. In all, they discovered 35 cardboard squares, on which icons were drawn to represent the pieces in a game of chess.

While the set is incomplete,

Archaeologists Just Uncovered The Remains Of More Than 900 People At Egypt's Ancient 'City Of The Dead'

This sprawling burial site spans more than 270,000 square feet and contains the remains of hundreds of people laid to rest as far back as the sixth century B.C.E.

In 2019, researchers came across a massive ancient burial site in Egypt, which they soon dubbed the “City of the Dead.” Over the past five years, archaeologists have continued excavating at the site, announcing in June 2024 that they discovered at least 33 more tombs, each containing the remains of 30 to 40 people.

The tombs were dis

A Washington, D.C. Woman Bought A Vase At A Thrift Store For $3.99 — Then Discovered It Was An Ancient Maya Artifact

Five years ago, Anna Lee Dozier purchased a vase from the clearance shelf of a Maryland thrift store — then she learned it was actually crafted by the Maya 2,000 years ago.

While at a Maryland thrift store five years ago, Anna Lee Dozier found what she thought was nothing more than a good deal: a vase reminiscent of those created by the Maya for just $3.99. She later discovered the deal was better than she realized. The vase wasn’t just reminiscent of Maya pottery — it was Maya pottery.

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Archaeologists Uncovered An Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus With A Painting That Looks Eerily Like Marge Simpson

In October 2023, Egyptian archaeologists unveiled a trove of artifacts from a New Kingdom cemetery, including a sarcophagus lid with an image of the goddess Nut — which had an uncanny resemblance to Marge Simpson.

The Simpsons has long been famous for seeming to predict a shocking number of events in modern history. But even The Simpsons couldn’t have predicted that researchers would stumble upon an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus lid with a painting that looks almost exactly like the Marge Simpso

Remains Of 13 Executed People Uncovered At A 16th-Century Gallows In Slovakia

At the site of a former gallows in the town of Holíč, archaeologists are conducting the first systematic examination of such a site — and learning much about the region's history of execution.

At a Slovakian site known as the Holíč gallows, archaeologists have unearthed a trove of ancient artifacts, including a Bronze Age buckle and the remains of several executed people. In all, 13 skeletons were exhumed during the research so far, including those of a man whose right hand was cut off around t

Why The Real Story Of Nadine Caridi And Jordan Belfort Is Even Wilder Than What 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Portrayed

Nadine Caridi was a 22-year-old model when she met stockbroker Jordan Belfort at a party in the Hamptons, and they were engaged six months later — but their 14-year marriage was marked by accusations of infidelity and drug addiction.

Even if you’ve never heard of Nadine Caridi, it’s likely that you’re familiar with the Wolf of Wall Street character she inspired: Naomi Lapaglia. In the film, Lapaglia was portrayed by Margot Robbie as the second wife of fraudster Jordan Belfort, the titular “Wolf

A 2,000-Year-Old Roman Sandal Was Just Pulled Out Of A Well Near An Ancient Military Fort In Germany

Known as caligae, these sandals were worn by Roman soldiers primarily in the first century C.E. and provided traction as they traveled over rough terrain.

During a recent excavation of an ancient settlement in Obsertimm, Germany, archaeologists found the remains of a Roman-era sandal dating back 2,000 years.

Although it was initially mistaken for the remains of a sickle, X-ray imaging revealed the artifact to be a leather sandal that had been fitted with iron nails in the sole, likely to provi

Vandals Just Broke Into A Church In Dublin And Damaged Its Historic Mummies In A Disturbing Arson Attack

After an arson attack on June 11, 2024, several mummies in the crypt of St. Michan's Church suffered permanent damage — including an 800-year-old mummy known as the Crusader.

Following a break-in and a fire at St. Michan’s Church in Dublin, Ireland, the church has released photos of the “desecrated” and partially destroyed remains of several mummies stored in its crypt.

The arson attack occurred on June 11, and a man has since been charged with vandalism in relation to the incident. Five mummi

The Legend Of Abigail Arnold, The 'Protector' Spirit Said To Haunt 'The Conjuring' House

Abigail Arnold died in 1869 at the age of 93 — and she has allegedly haunted “The Conjuring” House in Rhode Island ever since.

The Conjuring is one of the most popular horror franchises ever created. But while the films have terrified audiences for the better part of a decade now, the true horror comes from the fact that The Conjuring movies are based on true events. Today, fans can even visit the so-called “Conjuring House” that inspired the first movie — and, possibly, speak with its resident

The Tragic Story Of American Airlines Flight 191, The Chicago Plane Crash That Killed 273 People

In May 1979, American Airlines Flight 191 crashed just minutes after departing Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, killing 273 people and sparking a wave of new airline safety regulations.

On May 25, 1979, a passenger flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport ended in disaster — not even a mile from the runway. American Airlines Flight 191 marked the deadliest aviation accident in United States history, claiming a total of 273 lives: 13 crew members, 258 pass

Rare Roman-Era Altar Dedicated To A Basque Deity Found At The Bottom Of A Medieval Well In Spain

Found in a well in a Spanish monastery, this 1,900-year-old votive altar was dedicated to a mysterious Basque deity known as Larrahe.

While excavating the ruins of an 11th-century monastery atop Mount Arriaundi in Larunbe, Spain, archaeologists recently uncovered something remarkable. At the bottom of a medieval well, researchers came across a rectangular stone bearing a Latin inscription — and it turned out to be a 1,900-year-old altar dedicated to a Basque deity known as Larrahe.

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