Astronomers have identified what could be two of the Milky Way’s earliest building blocks: Named ‘Shakti’ and ‘Shiva’, these appear to be the remnants of two galaxies that merged between 12 and 13 billion years ago with an early version of the Milky Way, contributing to our home galaxy’s initial growth. The new find is the astronomical equivalent of archeologists identifying traces of an initial settlement that grew into a large present-day city.