Looted in Mosul, sold in Munich?

2015-07-31 05:36

Fears that Germany has become a trade hub for looted antiquities from the Middle East, has prompted the government to put forward a draft law on artistic imports.

3D scans decipher ancient Hebrew scroll

2015-07-20 22:44

Cutting-edge technology has for the first time allowed scholars to read the most ancient Hebrew scroll found since the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Captain Kidd's ship a con

2015-07-14 18:57

The UN's culture agency says a alleged vessel found off Madagascar is not 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd's flagship, and a silver 'treasure' bar is a fake.

Milk, paint, wild beasts in ancient African mystery

2015-07-06 23:06

Around 49 000 years ago, someone in what is today South Africa mixed milk with ochre to produce a paint mixture.

Sesotho name for dinosaur discovered in Free State

2015-06-24 17:02

Researchers from South Africa and Argentina have discovered a new dinosaur in the Free State that is 200 million years old - and gave it a Sesotho name.

Rare ancient Egyptian shroud goes under hammer in Paris

2015-06-18 12:34

A rare 3 400-year-old Egyptian burial shroud goes under the hammer in Paris, on the latest leg of a journey that has seen it passed down from a billionaire banker to his wife and, later, his mistress.

2 000-year-old natural pearl found at remote Australian site

2015-06-03 14:07

Australian scientists say they have uncovered a 'very rare' 2 000-year-old natural sea pearl, the first found on the vast island continent, while excavating a remote coastal Aboriginal site.

Grape find by 13-year-old archaeologist

2015-05-18 22:29

Israel's Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a 1 400-year-old wine press in an east Jerusalem settler district.

Turkey investigates ruined ancient mosaics

2015-05-05 20:27

Turkey has launched an inquiry over ancient mosaics ruined during restoration.

'Little Foot' fossil sheds light on early human forerunners

2015-04-02 11:14

Scientists say a sophisticated new dating technique shows that Little Foot, an important fossil of an early human forerunner unearthed in the 1990s in South Africa, is roughly 3.7 million years old.


University says Qur'an parchment among oldest

2015-07-22 21:04

A British university says their Qur'an parchment dates to the time of the prophet.

Wits study uncovers pre-dinosaur fight club

2015-07-15 20:28

A new study has found that male-to-male headbutting and canine display first appeared some 270 million years ago.

Anonymous thief returns Israeli artefacts with note 20 years later

2015-07-13 13:11

An anonymous thief left two 2 000-year-old Roman sling stones and an apology note in the courtyard of a museum in southern Israel 20 years after the artefacts were stolen, a spokesperson for the Israel Antiquities Authority says.

Great Wall going, going

2015-06-29 21:52

Around a third of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities erode the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Jawbone sheds light on interbreeding

2015-06-22 21:33

For people around the world, except sub-Saharan Africans, about 1 to 3% of their DNA comes from Neanderthals.

Estonian construction workers dig up medieval ships

2015-06-12 11:03

The capital of Estonia is perhaps not the place where one would expect to find the remains of medieval ships, but that is exactly what happened to a group of construction workers in Tallinn this week.

SA shipwreck a 'milestone' in slave trade study

2015-06-01 20:15

The discovery of a wrecked slave ship off the South African coast in which more than 200 captives drowned marks a milestone in the study of the slave trade, the Smithsonian Institutution says.

Captain Kidd's treasure found

2015-05-07 21:13

A team of American explorers claim to have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar.

5 000-year-old skeletons found in India

2015-04-16 11:25

Four complete human skeletons thought to date back some 5 000 years have been discovered in an ancient village in northern India, archaeologists say.

Party like it's 3000 BC

2015-03-29 16:13

Fragments of ancient beer-brewing basins unearthed in Tel Aviv indicate that Egyptians more than 5 000 years ago had settled farther north than previously known and were imbibing in what is now Israel's most hard-partying city.

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