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.

Estonian construction workers dig up medieval ships

2015-06-12 11:03

The capital of Estonia is perhaps not the place where one would expect to find the remains of medieval ships, but that is exactly what happened to a group of construction workers in Tallinn this week.

SA shipwreck a 'milestone' in slave trade study

2015-06-01 20:15

The discovery of a wrecked slave ship off the South African coast in which more than 200 captives drowned marks a milestone in the study of the slave trade, the Smithsonian Institutution says.

Captain Kidd's treasure found

2015-05-07 21:13

A team of American explorers claim to have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar.

5 000-year-old skeletons found in India

2015-04-16 11:25

Four complete human skeletons thought to date back some 5 000 years have been discovered in an ancient village in northern India, archaeologists say.

Party like it's 3000 BC

2015-03-29 16:13

Fragments of ancient beer-brewing basins unearthed in Tel Aviv indicate that Egyptians more than 5 000 years ago had settled farther north than previously known and were imbibing in what is now Israel's most hard-partying city.

Oldest evidence of breast cancer found

2015-03-25 05:00

A team from a Spanish university has discovered what Egyptian authorities are calling the world's oldest evidence of breast cancer.

Widespread outrage after ISIS bulldozes ancient city

2015-03-07 18:29

Condemnation has poured in of the ISIS’s bulldozing of the ancient city of Nimrud, the jihadists' latest attack on Iraqi cultural treasures that the UN termed a 'war crime'.

ISIS destroys ancient artefacts at Mosul museum

2015-02-27 14:42

Archaeologists have expressed fears that after ransacking the Mosul museum in Iraq, ISIS would embark on a systematic destruction of heritage in areas under their control.


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.

2 000-year-old natural pearl found at remote Australian site

2015-06-03 14:07

Australian scientists say they have uncovered a 'very rare' 2 000-year-old natural sea pearl, the first found on the vast island continent, while excavating a remote coastal Aboriginal site.

Grape find by 13-year-old archaeologist

2015-05-18 22:29

Israel's Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a 1 400-year-old wine press in an east Jerusalem settler district.

Turkey investigates ruined ancient mosaics

2015-05-05 20:27

Turkey has launched an inquiry over ancient mosaics ruined during restoration.

'Little Foot' fossil sheds light on early human forerunners

2015-04-02 11:14

Scientists say a sophisticated new dating technique shows that Little Foot, an important fossil of an early human forerunner unearthed in the 1990s in South Africa, is roughly 3.7 million years old.

Israeli porcupine unearths ancient lamp

2015-03-25 21:03

A porcupine who dug his burrow at an Israeli site rich with ancient treasures unearthed a 1 400-year-old ceramic lamp.

3 000 skeletons dug up at tube station

2015-03-10 19:29

Archaeologists in London have begun digging up around 3 000 historic skeletons including those of plague victims from a burial ground that will become a new train station.

Ethiopian fossil pushes back human origins

2015-03-05 13:05

A 2.8-million-year-old jawbone fossil with five intact teeth unearthed in an Ethiopian desert is pushing back the dawn of humankind by about half a million years.

Crane accidently destroys ancient tomb

2015-02-11 11:45

A centuries-old tomb in southern Egypt has been partly demolished when a crane lifting blocks of sculpted masonry sliced through its dome, officials say.

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