Apparently, Black Holes Can Eat Each Other

In 2015 humanity detected, for the first time, the merger of two black holes by measuring the gravitational waves emitted by the collision that happened 1.3 billion years ago.

World's Oldest Tattoos Found on Pair of Egyptian Mummies

According to research first published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, researchers have discovered tattoos on a male and female pair of Egyptian mummies that are 5,000 years old, from between 3351 and 3017 BCE. The image above is from the woman. What appears to modern readers to be four "s" shapes are tattooed on her upper arm and shoulder. The male mummy has a tattoo on his upper arm of two slightly overlapped horned animals thought to be a bull and a sheep.

The mummies are not recent finds. They have been living in the British Museum, in London, for over 100 years! The dark splotches on their skin was dismissed as due to the effects of age. Modern technology - CT scanning, radiocarbon dating, and infrared images - recently revealed the true importance of those splotches. These two mummies are about 1,000 years older than the previously-known oldest tattoo.

Whaling Is Older Than You Think

Whaling, or the hunting of the ocean's whales, has a long history. Norwegians hunted whales as early as 2,000 BCE. The practice also has deep historical roots among the Japanese and Inuit.

Stop! In The Name Of History

Okay, that title is a complete joke, but with this artifact...just couldn't resist. Behold a hand-shaped stamp, made by the Olmecs sometime between 1000 and 600 BCE. It was found at Las Bocas, Mexico.

Flat stamps, such as this one, and roller stamps, meant to make a full rotation, have been found at multiple pre-Olmec and Olmec sites in Central America.

Immigrants have been 'moving and mixing' across Europe since ancient times, DNA research reveals

Groundbreaking research into the DNA of early Europeans has allowed unprecedented insight into the movement of people and cultures across the ancient world. Carried out by a large team of scientists from several international institutions, the ambitious genetic analysis of hundreds of human specimens from the Neolithic period, Copper Age and Bronze Age represents a fundamental challenge to traditional views about migration throughout history.

No European is “from” anywhere, is the conclusion of the study.The assumption that present-day people are directly descended from the people who always lived in that same area – is wrong almost everywhere.

Large Discovery Of 26th Century Dynasty Cemetery Found In Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities recently announced the discovery of a 26th-Dynasty (664–525 BCE) cemetery in Middle Egypt. Three months of excavations have discovered a group of tombs and burials that belong to priests of the ancient Egyptian god Thoth, the main deity of the 15th nome and its capital Al-Ashmounein. So far, the excavation team has found a tomb belonging to Hersa-Essei, a high priest of the god Thoth, and the mummy of the high priest Djehuty-Irdy-Es. A total of 40 limestone sarcophagi have been recovered to date, of different shapes and sizes, some of them with anthropoid lids decorated with the names and different titles of their owners.

The Earliest Plague

Signs of smallpox appear on an Egyptian mummy who died around 1100 BCE.

Historically Important Seal Uncovered In Jerusalem

Archaeologists have unearthed a one-centimeter clay nugget that appears to bear the name of the Prophet Isaiah. Since about half of the clay seal's impression is missing, we cannot reconstruct what the seal was for or what it said. But thankfully, what was left was enough to make history. It reads "Isaiah." Dating to about 700 BCE, that makes the impression the earliest reference to Hebrew prophet Isaiah, who has his own book of the Bible. Yesha’yah(u), Isaiah in Hebrew, is followed by the letters “nvy” — the first three letters of the Hebrew for prophet.

The seal impression, or bulla, was discovered in an archeological excavation at the Ophel, at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in a structure thought last used by the royal bakers.

The Expedition to Punt

Follow an Egyptian pharaoh's voyage to the fabled Land of Punt, as chronicled in an ancient wall carving. It's an interactive wall!

Here's the background: In the 1400s BCE, the Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled as a king, launched a fabled expedition to a far-away land known as Punt. After it came back successfully, she had the journey carved in a stone bas-relief. So people would always know the great deeds of Hatshepsut. Given that its 3,400 years later and someone created an interactive with the bas-relief she had carved, on the world wide web for anyone to use, I think Hatshepsut succeeded.

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    By Lillian Audette

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