Who Lived at Machu Picchu? DNA Analysis Shows Surprising Diversity at the Ancient Inca Palace

Classic view of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Standing atop the mountains in the southern highlands of Peru is the 15th-century marvel of the Inca empire, Machu Picchu. (Image: Chelsea Cook via Pexels)

Enigmatic Mustatils Across Arabia Hosted Ancient Ritual Sacrifices

A mustatil.

Excavations and surveys reveal these were ritual structures, constructed by ancient herders and hunters who gathered to sacrifice animals to an unknown deity. (Image: Melissa Kennedy, et al via AAKSA / The Royal Commission for AlUla)

Miracle Weapon of the Ancient Aryans: Archaeologists Reconstruct a Compound Bow from the Time of Arkaim

An Aryan warrior shooting a compound bow.

Aryan warrioe shooting a compound bow. (Image: via Justin Gauraqv Murgai)

5,000-Year Population History of Xinjiang

Tombs in Xinjiang.

Overlook of tombs in high altitudes excavated from Jierzankale site in Tashikuergan, Kashi region. (Image: YAN Xuguang via Kashi Daily)

Origins of the Avars Explained With Ancient DNA

Avar armored horseman.

Reconstruction of an Avar-period armored horseman based on Grave 1341/1503 of the Derecske-Bikás-dűlő site (Image: Ilona C. Kiss via Déri Museum, Debrecen)

The Superfood That Saw Ancient Andeans Through 2,500 Years of Turmoil

Stone circles in the Andes Mountains.

What if Indigenous diets could save our politically and ecologically strained planet? The answer may lie in the success of an ancient civilization high in the Andes Mountains, where not much grows. (Image: via Pixabay)

Menacing Social Tensions Preceded Disruptions in Ancient Pueblo Societies

Ancient Maya Built Sophisticated Water Filters

UC researchers set up equipment to take sediment samples.

UC researchers Nicholas Dunning, left, Vernon Scarborough, and David Lentz set up equipment to take sediment samples during their field research at Tikal. (Image: via Liwy Grazioso Sierra)

Discovered in China: Ancient City Dating Back 5,300 Years

The Shuanghuaishu site.

A 5,300-year-old ancient city was recently discovered at the Shuanghuaishu site in China. (Image: Screenshot via YouTube)

Archaeologists Find Lost City That May Have Conquered the Kingdom of Midas

The archaeological mound at Türkmen-Karahöyük.

Full view of the archaeological mound at Türkmen-Karahöyük. It appears the unknown city at its height covered about 300 acres. (Image: via James Osborne)