T rex settles into new home in US capital

2014-04-16 07:23

One of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found has been moved into its new home in Washington.

FBI reviews 91-year-old’s treasure trove

2014-04-04 08:34

FBI agents are still removing thousands of artefacts ranging from arrowheads to shrunken heads and Ming Dynasty jade from a house in rural Indiana.

Ancient statues stolen from Sudan heritage site

2014-04-02 11:00

Three statues linked to royal burial ceremonies in Sudan's ancient Napatan civilisation have been stolen from a museum near a Unesco World Heritage site, an official say.

Cavemen's rock music makes a comeback

2014-03-17 10:42

Ancient stone chimes used by our prehistoric forefathers will make music once more in a unique series of concerts in Paris.

Tomb of pharaoh's stable master discovered

2014-03-04 18:33

Archaeologists have discovered the nearly 3 500-year-old tomb of a royal stable master from the pharaonic era in the famed temple city of Luxor, Egypt.

Chile fossil mystery solved

2014-02-27 08:27

Scientists investigating a graveyard of marine mammal fossils near Chile's northern coast say toxins generated by algae blooms may have poisoned the animals millions of years ago.

Scientists excited by mammoth tusk discovery

2014-02-14 07:27

Paleontologists with the University of Washington hope to move a recently discovered Mammoth tusk from a Seattle construction site and believe there may be more lurking underneath.

Ancient baby DNA tied to Native Americans

2014-02-13 10:01

The DNA of a baby boy who was buried in the US state of Montana 12 600 years ago has been recovered, and it provides new indications of the ancient roots of today's American Indians.

Egypt team hits archaeology jackpot

2014-02-10 09:30

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says that one of its teams has found a cache of artefacts dating to roughly 600 BCE (Before Common Era) in a northern Nile Delta province.

Ancient hunter had blue eyes, dark skin

2014-01-28 16:54

A hunter-gatherer who lived in Europe about 7 000 years ago, probably had blue eyes and a dark skin.

New pharaonic tomb discovered in Egypt

2014-01-16 07:18

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says that American and Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown pharaonic king dating back to dating to roughly 1650 BC.

'Hunch' leads to claim on Buddha birth date

2014-01-07 11:32

Two archaeologists have acted on a hunch that the Buddha's birthplace in Nepal held secrets that could transform how the world understood the emergence and spread of Buddhism.

Tomb of ancient Egypt beer brewer unearthed

2014-01-04 07:59

Egypt's minister of antiquities says Japanese archeologists have unearthed the tomb of an ancient beer brewer in the city of Luxor that is more than 3 000 years old.

Neanderthal bone highlights human inter-breeding

2013-12-19 09:02

A tiny toe bone from a Neanderthal woman who lived around 50 000 years ago has shown that several branches of early humans interbred before a single group, Homo sapiens, rose to dominate.

Oldest Buddhist shrine discovered

2013-11-27 07:31

Archeologists in Nepal say they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century BC that they believe is the world's oldest Buddhist shrine.

Ancient mini-sharks survived 'Great Dying' event

2013-10-30 07:30

A line of mini-sharks thought to have died out in Earth's "Great Dying" event some 250 million years ago, in fact lived another 120 million years, say researchers who found teeth samples.

Hi-tech explorers map Rome's ancient aqueduct

2013-10-29 11:03

Armed with laser rangefinders, GPS technology and remote control robots, a group of speleologists are completing the first ever mapping of the aqueducts of ancient Rome.

Skull gives glimpse of our evolution

2013-10-17 22:53

A well-preserved skull from 1.8 million years ago offers new evidence that early man was a single species with a vast array of different looks, researchers have said.

Greeks hope to save ancient road on subway site

2013-10-08 11:04

Some 200 people, including many state-employed archaeologists, have protested Greek government plans to dig up a large section of an ancient Roman road.

'Oldest' Gondwana land creature found

2013-09-02 23:29

A 350-million-year-old fossilised scorpion discovered in South Africa is the oldest known land animal to have lived on Gondwana, part of Earth's former supercontinent.

Pre-Civil War steamship wreck identified

2013-08-28 10:45

The wreck of the US steamship Robert J Walker, which sank in a collision with a schooner more than 153 years ago, has been identified off the coast of New Jersey.

Greek ancient mound fuels speculation

2013-08-23 10:10

Greece's Culture Ministry has warned against "overbold" speculation that an ancient artificial mound being excavated could contain a royal Macedonian grave.

Another coffin found at Richard III site

2013-07-30 09:05

A team of archaeologists says it has unearthed another interesting coffin in the central England parking lot where it found the skeleton of King Richard III.

China discovers 5 000-year-old writing

2013-07-10 19:09

Archaeologists have found primitive writing on 5 000-year-old relics in an eastern China excavation.

Italy prof finds oldest complete Torah

2013-05-29 17:26

An Italian professor has identified what he believes is the world's oldest complete scroll of the Torah, containing the full text of the first five books of Hebrew scripture.


New tech unwraps ancient mysteries

2014-04-09 18:52

The fascination with mummies never gets old, now the British Museum is using new technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries.

Reconstructed dinosaur chase...A first

2014-04-03 12:45

Researchers have gone to great lengths to digitally reconstruct a scene 110 million years ago where two dinosaurs chased each other.

2 massive pharaoh statues unveiled in Egypt

2014-03-24 08:58

Two colossal statues of pharaoh Amenhotep III has been unveiled in Egypt's famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions.

New dinosaur discovered, a predator king

2014-03-06 14:59

A new dinosaur species has been discovered in Portugal that dominated the food chain 150 million years ago, the Tyrannosaurus Rex of its time, researchers say.

SA Post Office honours Blombos Cave

2014-02-28 14:01

Artefacts that were collected by Professor Christopher Henshilwood from the Blombos Cave have been used by the South African Post Office in its new stamp collection.

Surprising ancient mummy found in Egypt

2014-02-14 11:00

archaeologists have unearthed a 3 600-year-old mummy in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt's Antiquities minister has said.

Ancient fish pivotal in evolution of face

2014-02-13 18:42

Scientists in Sweden are beginning to understand the amazing complexities that go into the formation of the face by examining a 425-million-year-old fish.

Construction workers unearth mammoth tusk

2014-02-12 14:54

A US museum official says construction workers in Seattle have found a tusk from an ice age mammoth and provides a rare opportunity to study Seattle's ancient natural history.

Syria ancient heritage being stolen, says Unesco

2014-02-06 10:45

Illegal excavations are taking place at important archaeological sites all over Syria that are "extremely dangerous" and "lethal" to the country's cultural heritage, the Unesco has said.

Archaeological treasures 'stolen' in France

2014-01-23 10:00

France, prized by tourists for its historical treasures, loses at least half a million buried archaeological items to pillagers each year.

Giraffe, flamingo on menu for Romans

2014-01-08 20:51

Ancient Romans dined on giraffes, pink flamingos and exotic spices from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new scientific study.

Team identifies tomb of Egypt pharaoh

2014-01-07 08:49

A team in Egypt has identified the tomb of pharaoh Sobekhotep I, believed to be the founder of the 13th dynasty 3 800 years ago.

Mexico subway dig turns up unusual Aztec find

2014-01-02 11:37

Archaeologists say excavations for a Mexico City subway extension have turned up what appears to be an unusual Aztec offering.

Stonehenge gets modern-day revamp

2013-12-18 07:30

After thousands of years, Stonehenge has had a makeover. But visitors may initially feel something is missing: The prehistoric monument itself.

King Tut: Mummification gone wrong?

2013-11-10 20:19

Tutankhamun's body may have spontaneously combusted due to a botched mummification, British scientists have claimed.

Rome's ancient aqueducts mapped

2013-10-29 21:56

Armed with laser rangefinders, GPS technology and remote control robots, a group of speleologists is completing the first ever mapping of the aqueducts of ancient Rome on archaeology's "final frontier".

Two mummies found in ancient Peru cemetery

2013-10-25 09:30

Two pre-Columbian mummies more than a thousand years old have been found in a pre-Incan cemetery in a suburb of Lima.

Evidence suggests early Britons ate roasted toads

2013-10-17 10:16

An excavation near Stonehenge has unearthed clues about the diet of prehistoric Britons - among them a tiny, partially burnt toad bone which suggests they snacked on amphibians.

London rail dig may have uncovered Roman remains

2013-10-03 08:37

Construction workers digging tunnels for a new railway link under central London have found about 20 Roman skulls, the latest archaeological discovery to be made by builders on the project.

Gondwana fossil found in Eastern Cape

2013-08-29 23:12

The earliest evidence of land animals on the ancient southern supercontinent of Gondwana has been found in the Eastern Cape.

Possible piece of missing ship scanned

2013-08-26 08:32

Hospital technicians have scanned a wooden beam that could be part of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the French explorer La Salle.

The funeral beads from outer space

2013-08-20 11:00

The earliest iron artefacts ever found were made from a meteorite, archaeologists have said.

Archaeologist 'hobbit' discoverer dies

2013-07-24 09:26

The Australian archaeologist who rocked the science world with his discovery of a tiny new species of human known as the "hobbit" has died.

Archaeologists discover lost Maya city

2013-06-21 08:00

Archaeologists have found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico.

Climate 'boosted' human development

2013-05-22 08:02

Early humans living in SA made cultural and industrial leaps in periods of wetter weather, a study has found.

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