Black Death burial pit found in UK abbey

2016-12-01 10:09

An "extremely rare" mass grave containing 48 victims of the Black Death has been found at the site of a 14th-century monastery hospital in England.

Tunisian remains prove 100 000-year human presence

2016-09-15 19:46

Tunisian and British researchers have unearthed Stone Age tools showing humans lived in southern Tunisia nearly 100 000 years ago.

Was 'Iceman Ötzi' a Copper Age fashionista?

2016-08-18 17:08

The 5 300-year-old Alpine mummy known as the Tyrolean Iceman died wearing leather clothes and accessories harvested from no less than five wild or domesticated species, a DNA analysis has revealed.

Earliest cancer ever discovered in SA

2016-07-29 09:26

The discovery in the Cradle of Humankind of a foot bone approximately 1.7 million years old, with evidence of malignant cancer, has pushed the oldest date for this disease back from recent times into deep prehistory.

Israel to display ancient mummy with modern-day afflictions

2016-07-26 17:04

Israel's National Museum is to display a 2 200-year-old Egyptian mummy that shows signs of some modern-day afflictions.

Digs uncover 11 000-year-old village in Cyprus

2016-07-12 22:22

Cyprus' Antiquities Department says recent archaeological digs have uncovered more than 20 round buildings in what is believed to be the island's earliest known village, dating as far back as the 9th century BC.

NY-based explorers find 1868 schooner wreck

2016-06-29 21:34

Underwater explorers say they've discovered the shipwreck of a Canadian schooner that sank off Lake Ontario's central New York shore nearly 150 years ago.

Spanish cave art trove found 300m underground

2016-05-27 20:55

Spanish archaeologists say they have discovered an exceptional set of Paleolithic era cave drawings that could rank among the best in a country that already boasts some of the world's most important cave art.

Secrets of early Bard theatre dug up in London

2016-05-20 18:00

British archaeologists have raised the curtain on a 16th century theatre which staged William Shakespeare plays like Romeo and Juliet and where The Bard himself acted in "London's first theatre land".

Palmyra arch rises triumphantly in Trafalgar Square

2016-04-19 19:04

A replica of one of the most iconic monuments destroyed by ISIS in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has been unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square.


Did T-Rex wake up to birdsong?

2016-10-12 22:30

Tyrannosaurus-rex and other dinosaurs woke up to birdsong just like we do, though it was probably more honk than melodic chirping, an extraordinary fossil find has revealed.

Rare 1.2m T. rex skull found

2016-08-21 19:53

Palaeontologists with Seattle's Burke Museum have unearthed the bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex that lived more than 66 million years ago, including a nearly complete 1.2m-long skull.

First evidence of legendary China flood may rewrite history

2016-08-05 07:54

Geologists have found the first evidence for China's Great Flood, a 4 000-year-old disaster on the Yellow River that led to the birth of the Xia dynasty and modern Chinese civilisation.

Ancient Australian flesh-eating marsupial discovered

2016-07-28 08:09

A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia's forests about five million years ago, has been identified from a recently discovered fossil site, scientists say.

Roman-era mosaic of Hercules to go to museum

2016-07-14 21:28

Cyprus' commerce minister says a unique Roman-era mosaic depicting Hercules' Labours will be transferred to a new, dedicated wing of a museum in Larnaca.

Ancient ship graveyard found off Greek island

2016-07-11 19:14

Forty-five shipwrecks, many dating back to ancient times, have been discovered off a Greek archipelago that is one of the Mediterranean's richest underwater archaeological sites.

The Vikings have landed in the Americas - again

2016-06-02 22:30

A thousand years after Viking explorer Leif Erikson set foot on the American continent, a modern reconstruction of a longship has reached the Canadian coast.

Next stop on Rome's new metro - Hardrian's barracks

2016-05-20 22:14

Frescoed barracks which once housed the cavalry of the Emperor Hadrian's bodyguards have returned to light 19 centuries on, during excavations for a new underground train line in Rome.

Archaeologists in spat over King Tut tomb theory

2016-05-08 22:31

Archaeologists have clashed at a conference in Egypt over a theory that secret chambers could be hidden behind the walls of King Tutankhamun's tomb.

Ancient church unearthed on Gaza building site

2016-04-06 17:51

Archaeologists have called for the preservation of an ancient church unearthed on a Gaza construction site, but the Islamic ministry disagrees.

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