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.

Largest bird fossils found

2014-07-07 22:42

Fossilised bird bones uncovered in the US state of South Carolina represent the largest flying bird in history.

Oldest animal-built reef found in Namibia

2014-06-27 12:38

Researchers say they have found fossils of the oldest-known animal-made reef in Namibia, built by a small, filter-feeding seabed creature called Cloudina.

Neanderthal poo shows cavemen ate their veggies

2014-06-26 08:27

The oldest known Neanderthal poo, uncovered in Spain, shows that cavemen ate not only meat but vegetables too, according to a new study.

Russia finds 2 'well-preserved' dinosaur fossils

2014-06-24 22:28

Russian paleontologists have dug up well-preserved skeletons of two dinosaurs that roamed the Earth 100 million to 120 million years ago, a museum involved with the dig said Monday.

Ancient pharaonic tomb unearthed

2014-06-10 10:59

Spanish archaeologists have discovered a pharaonic tomb belonging to a leader from the 11th dynasty of Egypt in the city of Luxor.

Ancient reptiles discovered under a glacier

2014-05-30 12:02

The fossils of dozens of ancient sea reptiles have been discovered in Chile.The discovery was made near a glacier that is slowly melting.

7 000-year-old mummy discovered in Chile

2014-05-27 07:40

A group of students discovered a 7 000-year-old mummy during a trip to northern Chile, local media report.

King Richard III to be buried in Leicester

2014-05-23 22:12

Britain's High Court has ordered king Richard III should be buried in a cathedral in Leicester, the city where his remains were found.

Fossils of largest dinosaur found in Argentina

2014-05-18 18:51

Paleontologists in Argentina's remote Patagonia region have discovered fossils of what was likely the largest dinosaur ever to roam the earth.

Ship taken by slaves 152 years ago found

2014-05-14 09:05

Marine archaeologists say they believe they have located a sunken Civil War ship that a group of African slaves in Charleston commandeered to sail to freedom 152 years ago.

Lost treasure discovered, there may be more

2014-05-06 12:56

A US expedition has recovered 27kg of gold from lost treasure that sunk to the ocean floor 157 years ago.

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.


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.

Would you go to an 'adult sleepover' at a museum?

2014-07-10 07:20

Ever dream of sleeping under a blue whale? For grown-ups equipped with a sleeping bag and toothbrush, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult-only sleepover.

Wits prof gets prestigious award

2014-07-04 14:08

Professor Lyn Wadley of Wits University has won a Billiton Award, given to an individual for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology.

17th century shipwreck may have been found

2014-06-26 15:01

A debris field at the bottom of Lake Michigan may be the remains of the long-lost Griffin, a vessel commanded by a 17th-century French explorer, says a shipwreck hunter.

French cave wins World Heritage status

2014-06-23 07:34

UN cultural agency Unesco has granted its prized World Heritage status to a prehistoric cave in France containing the earliest known figurative drawings.

Dinosaur trafficker gets prison time

2014-06-04 07:23

An American who illegally imported dinosaur skeletons from Mongolia, one of them 70 million years old has been sentenced to three months in prison, authorities say.

Tiny 'living fossil' found in New Zealand

2014-05-29 15:09

A microscopic marine creature believed to have been extinct for four million years has been found alive and well in New Zealand waters, researchers say.

China's fake Sphinx to be demolished

2014-05-26 14:45

A replica of Egypt's iconic Sphinx built in northern China will be dismantled after the Egyptian ministry complained about the structure.

Mexico to extract 12 000-year-old teen skeleton

2014-05-20 10:50

Researchers plan to extract the more than 12 000-year-old skeleton of a teenage girl whose discovery in an underwater cave has given new clues about the first Native Americans.

Girl's skeleton reveals Native American origins

2014-05-16 09:02

A teenage girl who fell into a hole more than 12 000 years ago in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is offering new clues about the origins of the first Native Americans, researchers say.

World's oldest sperm found in Australia

2014-05-14 07:26

The world's oldest and best-preserved sperm, dating back 17 million years, has been unearthed in Australia, scientists say.

Egypt blocks attempt to smuggle Jewish artefacts

2014-04-18 20:31

Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artefacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country's main ports.

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.

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