In 2022, archaeological discoveries are still being made around the world, and these are some of the most important discoveries of recent years.

Archaeological finds are interesting because they reveal more about the lives of ancient humans. Each discovery adds to the knowledge of the ancient past, leaving us hungry. And who knows how much more there could be out there seeing the incredible accomplishments of ancient people.

Many of the discoveries might just be made out of curiosity, but some of them could hold the key to the future of humans. As the discoveries continue, these are the most recently discovered things about the ancient world of humans.

9 The 3000 year old city buried under the sand in Egypt

In Egypt, a lost golden city in Luxor was recently discovered. According to the discovery, this archaeological site has been buried under sand for thousands of years. Despite its distant creation, the site remains largely intact and preserved. The interesting site is believed to have been built by Amenhotep III – Tutankhamun’s grandfather. With many stone jars and many other structures largely intact, it is quite evident that the city was abandoned rather than destroyed.

Related: The UNESCO-listed Luxor Temple is an essential part of any visit to Egypt

8 Ancient Luxurious Pompeii Walking Tour

Satyr and nymph motifs, flower-adorned ropes and tall iron wheels are all features of the chariot recently discovered during an archaeological exploration at Pompeii. The ceremonial chariot is considered a luxury ride compared to others commonly seen at the time, around 2000 years ago. According to Eric Poehler – professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in a statement to NPR, this ride is the Lamborghini tank used at the time to transport the elite to ancient events and festivals. The luxury as well as the astonishing conservation of the tank on the site amazed the archaeologists of the site.


7 An ancient restaurant that serves dishes unique to Pompeii

An ancient restaurant that allegedly served juicy dishes was recently discovered in Pompeii in 2019. According to clues, this restaurant was the mecca of a dish described as – roasted rodents with honey. Interestingly, there were excavations for goat, pig and dog bones, as well as snail shells, which apparently further informed the restaurant’s meat-heavy menu. The good news is that the restaurant is now open to the public so that explorers can get a taste of the delights of the ancient Italian city. however, don’t expect honey roasted rodents.

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6 A large hoard of ancient Roman silver coins in Augsburg, Germany

Over 5,500 Roman silver coins have been discovered in what is now – Ausburg, Germany. According to archaeologists, these treasures were buried around 1800 years ago. The markings and design reveal that the coins were a type of standard Roman silver coins called denarii which were used from the first to the early third century AD. The origin of the coin abandonment is still a mystery; perhaps the coins would have been forgotten where they were buried by a river.


5 Roman shipwreck found near Sicily

A wreck carrying cargo has been discovered in the Mediterranean near Sicily. The sinking dates back 2,200 years. Visual clues from the wreckage reveal that the ship was laden with wine and flour. Since the ancient Romans were believed to have traded in olives, wine, corn, and spices, this ship had to be heading for a buyer.


4 A hint of female power in ancient Spain

Contrary to what many believe, women in the ancient world could have been powerful people in society who held positions of responsibility just like men. The excavation of a tomb in Spain in 2014 reveals this. The tomb discovered at La Almoloya – a tomb in Spain consisted of the remains of a woman and some silver jewelry. An important aspect of this discovery is that a man was buried next to the woman but the man had no belongings that could be described as luxurious.

Items found in the woman’s possession included a silver tiara (which was still on her head), a necklace and two bracelets. According to scholars, the artifact on the woman’s head must have been a symbol of power. Conclusions drawn from this are that she must have been a leader or prominent figure of the El Argar society which flourished in 2200 – 1550 BC in the region.


3 A Dead Sea Scroll in the Cave of Horror

The Cave of Horror is a location in Israel where the remains of 40 Jewish men, women and children were first discovered in the 1960s. Perhaps the find was too terrifying for the excavators because nothing another was not reported until March 2021 (about 60 years later) when fragments of a Dead Sea Scroll were discovered in the same horror cave. Most of the writing on the scroll is in Greek letters with few Hebrew words – especially the name of God.

These writings on the scroll are said to be part of the biblical books of Zechariah and Nahum. In addition to the scrolls, other recent finds in the cave included a 6,000-year-old mummified child believed to be in middle childhood and a basket dating to around 8,500 BC that was found in a nearby cave.




2 An 1,800-year-old gladiator arena in Turkey

An arena believed to house armed Roman professional fighters has been discovered in a location in Turkey known as the ancient city of Mastuara. The amphitheater was founded 1800 years ago and is believed to have served the same purpose as the Colosseum – hosting massive gladiator fights and wild animal fights. Many parts of this amphitheater are buried under the ground and the visible parts remain largely intact.


1 The tomb of an Egyptian treasurer

Ptah-M-Wiah was the royal treasurer of Egypt during the reign of Ramses II (also known as Ramses the Great) and his tomb was discovered in a large burial site called Saqqara located in Giza. The discovery was made by a group of archaeologists from Cairo University. The tomb contains writings and drawings which, of course, shed more light on the life of the ancient Egyptian people during the time of Ramesses II.

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