Ancient History and

Exploring the Ancient Past

 The Online Resource for Ancient History and Archaeology

Ancient History and is an online resource for anyone interested in the ancient past.

Topics are listed on the right hand side of the page. You can also visit the Ancient History and Archaeology pages for articles specific to those themes. Or browse below for featured articles and popular topics.


New This Week:

The Takla Makan Mummies: China's First Caucasians. Learn more here

The Takla Makan Mummies: Human Migration and Ethnic Discord. Find out more here.

Recent Articles:

Everyone knows the fateful eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD occurred on the 24th August, right?

 Well, archaeologists believe that actually, it probably happened in the autumn instead. Here's why.

The oldest stone built permanent Roman amphitheatre to survive until today, discover more about Pompeii's Amphitheatre here:

Did the people of Pompeii simply die of suffocation? Or did thermal shock play a part. Find out how Vesuvius killed here:

Easter: Is it a  pagan or a Christian festival? Find out here: 

Marcus Attilius, Urbicus, and Sergius were all real life gladiators. Meet them here:

Popular Topics


Emperors, politicians, famous freedmen and notorious slaves. Discover the famous and infamous personalities of Rome.


Discover pioneering sites and historic discoveries such as the rediscovery of Richard III as archaeology reveals the details of medieval life from around the globe.


Houses, gardens, gladiators, business women and industry. Discover the everyday life-and the death of this Campanian town, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.



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