Prehistoric skull sheds light on early human history

2015-01-29 12:07

A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world.

Saved Mali manuscripts threatened

2015-01-29 05:00

Saved from Islamic extremists, Mali manuscripts are facing damage in their new home.

Mysterious Celtic cult site found

2015-01-21 10:09

Archaeologists in southern Germany have discovered a Celtic cult site featuring a 4-metre-high stone wall that could be 2 600 years old.

132-year-old rifle found propped against Nevada desert tree

2015-01-16 12:01

Archaeologists in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada have stumbled upon a 132-year-old Winchester rifle propped against a tree, possibly having been left there more than a century ago.

Ancient coins found in Greece's mystery tomb

2014-12-01 09:07

Coins featuring the face of Alexander the Great have been found at the largest tomb ever unearthed in Greece, where archaeologists are hunting for clues to solve the mystery of who lies buried there.

Search continues at ancient Greek burial mound

2014-11-24 16:42

Scientists have opened the second phase of their excavation of the vast 4th-century BC burial mound in Amphipolis town in search of more tombs and bodies.

Baby skeletons hint at death rituals 11 500 years ago

2014-11-11 16:51

A pair of baby skeletons in Alaska, that are more than 11 500 years old are offering new hints about the death rituals of early people in North America, researchers say.

Ancient Madagascar critter rewrites history

2014-11-06 05:10

There is no doubt scientists had a lot of luck on their side in discovering a critter from the age of dinosaurs that rewrites our understanding of the history of early mammals.

Nero's buried golden palace to open

2014-10-27 15:54

The golden palace that the Emperor Nero built as a monument to himself after half of ancient Rome was consumed by fire is reopening to the public even though its renovation isn't finished yet.

Fossil treasures at risk in Morocco desert town

2014-10-24 09:24

A rare and vanishing fossil treasure in the middle of a sprawling palm grove in Morocco's remote eastern desert, is at risk of over-excavation - threatening the site's archeological and cultural heritage.

UK to hunt for King Harold's body to test theory

2014-10-13 08:27

King Harold II has long been thought to have been killed at the Battle of Hastings. But UK archaeologists will test a theory he survived on the anniversary of the famous battle.

Archaeologists revisit rich Roman wreck off Greece

2014-10-10 11:37

Archaeologists armed with top-notch technology have scoured one of the richest shipwrecks of antiquity for overlooked treasures in Rome.

Rare clean shaven image of Christ found in Spain

2014-10-08 10:10

Archaeologists say they have found one of the earliest pictures ever of Jesus Christ, sporting an unusual clean-shaven, short-haired look, on an old glass plate unearthed in southern Spain.

Egypt recovers fragments of Cheops pyramid

2014-09-18 08:11

Egypt has recovered fragments from the pyramid of Cheops said to have been stolen by Germans, including part of a stone tablet identifying the pharaoh.

Pelican-like pterosaur enters record books

2014-09-12 05:00

Fossil hunters have found the remains of a pterosaur whose jaw suggests the flying reptile skimmed fish from surface water and stored the prey in a pelican-like throat pouch.

Dreadnoughtus makes T rex look puny

2014-09-04 19:32

The word big does not do justice to a massive, long-necked dinosaur that shook the Earth in Argentina about 77 million years ago.

Renowned rock art in US, younger than believed

2014-09-01 12:16

Life-sized figures sketched into red rock cliffs in Canyonlands National Park were drawn 1 000 years more recently than what had long been believed, scientists say.

Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

2014-08-25 21:19

A shipwreck off Malta has yielded a 700 BC cargo; some of the oldest finds of Phoenician times ever.

Stash of bones reveals new flying dinosaur

2014-08-14 15:09

A stash of buried bones in Brazil has allowed scientists to identify a new species of flying dinosaur that soared in the skies 66 to 100 million years ago, a study says.

Mystery over massive tomb unearthed in Greece

2014-08-13 12:47

Archaeologists have unearthed a funeral mound dating from the time of Alexander the Great and believed to be the largest ever discovered in Greece, but are stumped about who was buried in it.

US museum rediscovers ancient skeleton

2014-08-06 10:14

The Penn Museum in Philadelphia has rediscovered a 6,500-year-old human skeleton, originally excavated from southern Iraq around 1930.

World Trade Center ship dates to 1773

2014-07-31 10:45

Researchers say that a vessel unearthed at the World Trade Centre site in Lower Manhattan was made from wood cut around the year 1773, two years before the start of the war and three years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Dead Sea Scrolls defendant: No jail for now

2014-07-22 09:47

A blogger convicted of criminally impersonating his father's academic rivals on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls will stay out of jail for the time being.

Mass grave site found in Italy

2014-07-21 07:30

Archaeologists in Italy have uncovered a cemetery in the 2 700-year-old port of Rome where they believe the variety of tombs found reflects the bustling town's multi-cultural nature.


2 200 artefacts seized in European crackdown

2015-01-29 09:40

Over 2 200 looted artefacts, many from ancient Egypt, have been seized as part of a Europe-wide crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced.

Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

2015-01-28 21:13

An ancient partial skull from an Israeli cave linked to migration of humans from Africa to Europe has been found.

X-rays unlock secrets of ancient scrolls

2015-01-20 21:15

Blasted by a volcano and buried for centuries, ancient scrolls are beginning to reveal their secrets.

Richard III's DNA raises questions about his heirs

2014-12-03 10:13

Scientists say there is 'overwhelming evidence' that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England's King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors.

Mammoth skeleton sold for $300 000

2014-11-27 10:04

A rare woolly mammoth skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for nearly $300 000 at a UK auction.

Scientists find rare Ice Age foetus in Alaska

2014-11-12 10:36

Archaeologists working in Alaska's remote interior have discovered the burial site of an Ice Age infant and a late-term foetus believed to be the youngest remains found in the Americas.

Egypt to open Sphinx area to tourists again

2014-11-10 09:28

Egypt will soon open to tourists the courtyard in front of the Sphinx, the colossal monument which has been under restoration for nearly four years, officials say.

Possible complete mammoth skeleton found in US

2014-10-29 14:33

A portion of a Columbian mammoth skull and tusks have been uncovered in southeastern Idaho, and experts say a rare entire skeleton might be buried there.

Remains of French ship to be reassembled

2014-10-25 07:39

Texas archaeologists are assembling a historically important French ship that wrecked three centuries ago.

Smithsonian launches $1.5bn fundraising campaign

2014-10-22 14:49

The Smithsonian Institution, the world's biggest museum and research complex, has publicly launched a $1.5bn fundraising campaign, the largest in history for any cultural institution.

Father of philosophy comes under forensic scrutiny

2014-10-10 14:42

After digging up the past of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon Bonaparte, a top forensic sleuth has unveiled a medical secret of Rene Descartes, a founder of modern philosophy.

Cave paintings challenge Europe as cradle of art

2014-10-09 11:41

The silhouette of a hand on a cave wall in Indonesia is 40 000 years old, showing that Europe was not the birthplace of art as long believed.

And now the Acropolis is crumbling...

2014-10-02 11:14

Just when Greece thought it had come through the worst of the crisis it was hit by a new blow - the Acropolis is crumbling.

Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track

2014-09-17 08:56

Egypt's antiquities minister has brought journalists inside a 4 600-year old pyramid to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence".

High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

2014-09-10 17:04

A high-tech survey looking beneath Stonehenge is finding previously unknown monuments.

Ancient pits reveal origin of peach domestication

2014-09-09 12:59

Scientists say an analysis of well-preserved ancient peach pits traces the domestication of this sweet fruit back at least 7 500 years to China's lower Yangtze River Valley in the vicinity of Shanghai.

Neanderthal 'cave art' brings them closer to us

2014-09-02 08:52

Markings dating back 40 000 years suggest Neanderthals were considerably more sophisticated than previously thought, researchers say.

Myanmar divers find bell with dragon help

2014-08-26 22:14

A team of Myanmar divers claim to have discovered a legendary bell in the murky depths of the Yangon river, with the help of dragon spirits.

Mom, son find wooly mammoth tusks 22 years apart

2014-08-14 20:34

A mother and son have found wooly mammoth tusks in the same western Alaska river location 22 years apart.

Mummies began long before Age of Pharaohs

2014-08-14 11:24

The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1 000 years earlier than thought.

Museum has skeleton in cupboard

2014-08-06 20:08

A US university museum has rediscovered a 6 500-year-old skeleton, a rare specimen in storage for decades.

Rare whale fossil found in family's backyard

2014-08-04 09:43

A search and rescue team have pulled a rare whale fossil from a Southern California backyard, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure

2014-07-30 08:05

A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials say.

Radar search to find lost Aboriginal burial site

2014-07-22 07:23

Scientists say they hope that radar technology will help them find a century-old Aboriginal burial ground on an Australian island, bringing some closure to the local population.

Four winged dino found in China

2014-07-15 17:44

The fossil of a 125 million-year-old dinosaur with very long feathers has been discovered in China.

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