Human Skulls Mounted on Stakes Found at 8,000-Year-Old Burial Site in Sweden

Researchers in Sweden have uncovered evidence of a behaviour never seen before in ancient hunter-gatherers: the mounting of decapitated heads onto stakes. The grim discovery challenges our understanding of European Mesolithic culture and how these early humans handled their dead. Read More >>

Amazing Life-Sized Sculptures of Camels and Horses Discovered in Saudi Arabia

Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have discovered a series of rock reliefs dating back some 2,000 years. The life-sized sculptures show realistic impressions of several animals, though they have been badly damaged by years of erosion and rough treatment by humans. Read More >>

Diplodocus Starts Slow Rampage Around UK Museums

Dippy the Diplodocus -- or at least that's what paleontologists think its name was -- is about to begin its tour of  the UK, where it'll spend the next three years being taken to bits and rebuilt in museums around the country. Read More >>

The Surprisingly High-Tech Super Bowl I Broadcast

When footage of CBS’s 1967 coverage of Super Bowl I first emerged from the ashes seven years ago, sports historians reacted with glee. Long considered one of the Holy Grails of sportscasting history, the footage, found on a set of two-inch Quadruplex video tapes in a dusty Pennsylvania attic, provided a rare glimpse at an event once held exclusively in the memories of the nearly 62,000 attendees that January afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Read More >>

Ancient Grave With Skeletons Arranged in Bizarre Spiral Formation Discovered in Mexico

Mexican archaeologists have discovered a 2,400-year-old burial site in which 10 skeletons were meticulously placed in a circular formation and with their body parts interlocked. The researchers have never seen anything like it, with signs pointing to a previously unknown ritualistic practise. Read More >>

Jack the Ripper Letters Were Fake News, Linguistic Analysis Suggests

Following the brutal Whitechapel murders of 1888, London police and media outlets were deluged with letters claiming to have been written by Jack the Ripper. While discerning the authorship of these messages, a researcher from the University of Manchester has concluded that two of the earliest letters were written by the same person—a discovery which suggests unscrupulous journalists kickstarted the trend. Read More >>

After 500 Years, Someone’s Finally Made Progress at Cracking the Voynich Manuscript

Chances are you've heard about the Voynich Manuscript, a book seemingly detailing some of the finer points of botany that nobody can actually read. While some have claimed it's a fake, the book has been around for centuries and has stood up to even the most aggressive code-breaking techniques as people try and decipher its contents. Read More >>

These US WW1 Propaganda Posters Are Gorgeous—and Seriously Messed Up

America’s involvement in the First World War was brief, but intense. For a period of 20 months, the government did its best to stir patriotic fervour, in part through the use of eye-catching propaganda posters. A new exhibit at Bruce Museum is showcasing a selection of these works, many of which are seriously lacking in nuance. Read More >>

Shipwreck Scavengers Reportedly Dumped Remains of WWII Sailors in Mass Grave

Remember those World War II shipwrecks that mysteriously vanished from the bottom of the Java Sea? When they were found to be missing in 2016, it was heavily suspected that illegal salvagers exploded the ships and then looted them for metal. According to new reports, those metal scavengers also brought up the remains of Dutch and British sailors—and then unceremoniously dumped them into mass graves. Needless to say, officials here and in the Netherlands aren’t happy. Read More >>

David Attenborough is Heading to Yorkshire to Open Jurassic Exhibition

It's not quite the same one as in the movies, but Yorkshire is getting its own Jurassic World — and nature documentary legend David Attenborough is heading up to officially open it. Read More >>

Dog Walker in Somerset Finds Iron Age Skull

When you're out walking your dog, it's not unusual to come across random items. A lost glove, perhaps. Maybe even a pie. But a skull? Coming across a skull while walking next to the River Sowy in Somerset isn't an ideal situation, but that's what happened to Roger Evans back in March 2017. Read More >>

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How Americans of the 1960s Really Felt About Nuclear Fallout Shelters

If you had to guess the percentage of American households that had a fallout shelter in the 1960s, what would you say? 50 percent? 25 percent? As low as 10 percent? In reality, just 1.4 percent of Americans had a nuclear fallout shelter in 1962. And the study that gave us that figure provides a fascinating look into the mindset of Americans during the Cold War. Read More >>

This Robot From the 1930s Will Ease Your Case of the Winter Blues

Winter weather got you down? How about some sweet vintage robot pics to cheer you up? Vintage robot pics on the beaches of California, no less. Read More >>

Discovery of Unknown Ancient Population Changes Our Understanding of How North America Was Settled

She died 11,500 years ago at the tender age of six weeks in what is now the interior of Alaska. Dubbed “Sunrise Girl-child” by the local indigenous people, the remains of the Ice Age infant—uncovered at an archaeological dig in 2013—contained traces of DNA, allowing scientists to perform a full genomic analysis. Incredibly, this baby girl belonged to a previously unknown population of ancient Native Americans—a discovery that’s changing what we know about the continent’s first people. Read More >>

Americans Played American Football in the Nuked Remains of Nagasaki for the ‘Atom Bowl’ in 1946

The US and North Korea seem to be on the brink of starting a nuclear war almost every single day here in 2018. But even if a nuclear bomb is used and millions die, whatever humans left surviving will try to achieve some level of normalcy in the aftermath. How do I know that? In 1946, American troops played an American football game in Nagasaki after dropping a nuclear bomb on it. Read More >>