Palmyra's most famed temple destroyed: UN

2015-09-01 06:24

The most famed temple in Syria's Palmyra has been blown up, the UN has confirmed, showing satellite images of the damage as the Islamic State group presses a campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site.

Activists say ISIS damages another ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra

2015-08-31 07:36

ISIS militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion, activists say.

Archaeologists unearth ancient Greek palace near Sparta

2015-08-26 08:11

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean Age, the culture ministry says.

ISIS blows up 'famous' Syrian temple in Palmyra

2015-08-24 07:43

ISIS militants have blown up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the Unesco-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, an official says, the latest in a series of cultural relics to be destroyed by the jihadist group.

Nefertiti's tomb may soon be found says Egyptologist

2015-08-19 14:35

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says it's inviting an Egyptologist behind a theory that the tomb of Queen Nefertiti may be located behind King Tutankhamun's 3 300-year-old tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings.

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.


2nd Palmyra temple appears intact after blast

2015-08-31 14:22

A blast rocked the ancient ruins in Syria's Palmyra on Sunday but the site's famed Temple of Bel appeared to be largely intact, Syria's antiquities chief says.

Satellite images confirm Palmyra temple destruction: UN

2015-08-29 08:08

Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra.

UN chief appalled by 'barbaric' attacks in Palmyra

2015-08-25 09:45

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is appalled by reports that ISIS had demolished a temple in Syria's ancient Palmyra.

ISIS beheads elderly ex-antiquities chief

2015-08-19 17:55

ISIS has beheaded the 82-year-old retired chief archaeologist of Palmyra, who refused to leave the ancient city when the jihadists captured it, Syria's antiquities chief says.

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.

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