Iranians have played Chogan (Polo) as an entertaining horseback game since almost 2,500 years ago. It’s an amazing game that has attracted the attention of people throughout history. Several well-known writers have created stories and poems about Chogan. Ferdowsi and Roudaki have mentioned this Iranian horseback game in their poems.
Fossils found in a quarry near Cardiff in South Wales have been identified by a student and her supervisors at the University of Bristol as a new small species of reptile that lived 205 million years ago.
A recent archeological dig in modern day southwest Nigeria has found that glass was locally produced in Sub-Saharan Africa as early as 1000 years ago —long before trading relations with Europe began in the 15th century.
People have been playing chess for centuries — but a new chess piece found in Norway further reveals the spread of the ancient game to the Nordic region, and provides some intriguing insights about the game's history.
For more than half a millennium, the Great Shangqing Palace was the primary place of worship for a popular Taoist sect in China. It was reportedly where several generations of Chinese emperors worshipped.
It tells a very different story. The people of ancient Mexico may not have had the powerful telescopes that we have access to today, but that didn't stop them depicting the vastness of the universe all the same, as a new archeological discovery at the Nahualac Site near Mexico City shows.
A team of archaeologists in Egypt unearthed four ancient child graves at Gebel el-Silsila, the site of a former Egyptian quarry that dates back 3,500 years. The finding provides new insights on what life may have been like at this ancient work site.
Until recently, it was assumed that the ink used for writing was primarily carbon-based at least until the fourth and fifth centuries AD. But in a new University of Copenhagen study, analyses of 2,000-year-old papyri fragments with X-ray microscopy showed that black ink used by Egyptian scribes also contained copper — an element previously not identified in ancient ink.