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Spread of fluted-point technology in Canada's Ice-Free Corridor

Careful examination of numerous fluted spear points found in Alaska and western Canada prove that the Ice Age peopling of the Americas was much more complex than previously believed, according to a study done by two Texas A&M University researchers.

Humans walked on a Pacific coast Canadian beach 13,000 years ago

Vancouver - In 2014, archaeologists digging in the sands of Calvert Island, British Columbia, made an unexpected discovery: a single footprint pressed into the clay below the surface. Subsequent excavations turned up 28 more footprints, the oldest in North America.

Rock art and mystery: Ancient camel sculptures in Saudi desert

- Squinting in the Saudi desert, Hussain al-Khalifah points at his unprecedented archaeological discovery -- camels carved on russet-hued rocky spurs that could shed new light on the evolution of rock art.

Scientists recreate virtual copy of Mexican underwater cave

Mexico - Scientists from all over the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast underwater cave off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago.

DNA shows first modern Briton had dark skin, blue eyes

London - The first modern Briton had dark skin and blue eyes, London scientists said on Wednesday, following groundbreaking DNA analysis of the remains of a man who lived 10,000 years ago.

Egypt unveils tomb of ancient priestess

Cairo - Egyptian archaeologists on Saturday unveiled the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings.

Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Experts using an aerial high-tech laser scanner have discovered thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden under the thick jungle of northern Guatemala, officials said Thursday.

Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines

- Peru's ancient Nazca lines were damaged when a driver accidentally plowed his cargo truck into the fragile archaeological site in the desert, officials said Tuesday.

When Greeks were less fond of Alexander the Great

Atenas - To modern Greeks, Alexander the Great is an integral part of their rich heritage -- one of history's greatest conquerors who toppled the hated Persian Empire and took Greek culture as far as Egypt and India.

Gazan unearths ancient graves in vegetable patch

Netiv Haasara - When Abdul Karim al-Kafarnah went to check the rainwater gushing down a hole in his garden he was in for quite a shock -- hidden steps led him down to an ancient grave complex.

Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scroll

Jerusalem - Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery, an Israeli university has said.

The mysterious, ancient Nine Domes Mosque of northern Afghanistan

Balkh - In the white dusty plains of northern Afghanistan, archaeologists are seeking to unravel the secrets of one of the oldest mosques in the world, whose structure is still standing after a thousand years of solitude.

New tests at Jesus's presumed tomb back traditional beliefs

Jerusalem - Scientific testing at what is believed to be Jesus's tomb dates material there to the fourth century, supporting traditional beliefs surrounding the site, an expert involved in the study said Tuesday.

Archaeology unearthing the past using modern technology

From radiocarbon dating in the 1940s to the virtual reality technology that turns dusty ruins into a living, breathing virtual community from thousands of years ago, archaeologists have been quick to adopt new, innovative technologies to tell our story.

Peru fire ravages ancient archaeological site

- A fire destroyed a 2,000-year-old mural and much of the vestiges of an archaeological site in northern Peru on Sunday, the director of the Tumbas Reales de Sipan Museum said.

Roman temple restored deep under City of London

London - A Roman temple has been restored to its original site seven metres below the City of London, using sound, lights and misty haze to bring the ruin back to life.

Egypt archaeologist criticises pyramid void 'discovery'

Cairo - An Egyptian archaeologist overseeing a project to scan a pyramid for voids on Saturday criticised the announcement of a discovery of a passenger plane-sized cavity in the Great Pyramid.

Greek marathons: where runners pit themselves against history

Atenas - Athens's classic marathon is the grandsire of all long-distance races and on the bucket list of most self-respecting runners -- but for antiquity buffs, there are other Greek races with an even stronger historical pedigree.The 42.2-kilometre (26.

Plane-sized 'void' discovered in Great Pyramid: scientists

Paris - A passenger plane-sized "void" has been discovered in the middle of the Great Pyramid of Egypt, where it has lain secret and untouched for 4,500 years, scientists revealed on Thursday.

Papua New Guinea skull 'world's oldest tsunami victim'

Sydney - A 6,000-year-old skull found in Papua New Guinea is likely the world's oldest-known tsunami victim, experts said Thursday after a new analysis of the area it was found in.

Parthenon Marbles not in any Brexit deal: EU

Atenas - Greece cannot hope to benefit from EU cultural repatriation rules to get back the Parthenon Marbles from Britain in the event of Brexit, the European Commission said Thursday.

'Tsunami-sunk' Roman ruins discovered in Tunisia

Nabeul - Vast underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off northeast Tunisia, apparently confirming a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD.

Bones, silver found in 18th-century Dutch wreck off UK

London - Maritime archaeologists said Friday they have begun excavating the wreck of a Dutch ship that sank off the English coast in 1740, recovering leather shoes, silver and the bones of its lost crew.

Egyptologists go high tech to unlock ancient mysteries

Cairo - From the Giza pyramids to the pharaonic tombs of Luxor, Egypt's ancient monuments are holding onto mysteries which researchers now aim to unravel with cutting edge technology.

New study shows ancient Israelites didn't wipe out the Canaanites

The Bible suggests the Canaanites were wiped out by the ancient Israelites, at least that's what the O.T. Book of Deuteronomy tells us. However, a new genetic study shows that 90 percent of Lebanese are descended from the survivors of the slaughter.

World's largest radiocarbon database wants to go global

Radiocarbon dating is an indispensable tool for archaeologists. It is used to reveal the age of organic materials from ancient bones to wooden artifacts. A Canadian database, the world's largest, wants to make radiocarbon data available globally.

Peru reconstructs face of pre-Columbian ruler

- Peruvian authorities have revealed the reconstructed face of the Lord of Sipan, a pre-Columbian ruler whose remains were discovered in 1987 and hailed as one of the country's most stunning archaeological finds.

Aborigines in Australia longer than previously thought: study

Sydney - Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years, longer than previously thought, roaming the area alongside giant megafauna, scientists said in a finding that sheds fresh light on when modern humans left Africa.

Archaeologists — Life once flourished in Jordan's Black Desert

Hundreds of stone tombs dot the landscape in the Jebel Qurma desert region of Jordan. It's hard to imagine that anything or anyone could have survived in this arid and desolate place that an early explorer described as a land of "dead fire."

Archaeologists go high-tech in 2,500-year-old Greek cold case

Atenas - More than 2,500 years ago, an Athenian nobleman named Cylon -- the first recorded Olympic champion -- tried to take over the city of Athens and install himself as its sole ruler.
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Ruins of Old Panama. The archaelogical site of Old Panama has many high stone walls still remaining ...
Ruins of Old Panama. The archaelogical site of Old Panama has many high stone walls still remaining from the close to 100 civic and religious buildings in the old town.
Undergraduate students examine the skeleton of a young male excavated from the Badia Pozzeveri cemet...
Undergraduate students examine the skeleton of a young male excavated from the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery
Ohio State University
The remains og aa tower tomb in the Jebel Qurma desert region of Jordan.
The remains og aa tower tomb in the Jebel Qurma desert region of Jordan.
Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project
Ruins of Old Panama. The tower of the Cathedral was built to serve two purposes: religious and milit...
Ruins of Old Panama. The tower of the Cathedral was built to serve two purposes: religious and military. The tower held the church's bells and was also a look-out to the ocean and the surrounding lands.
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University of Leicester Campus 2
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The  Stril Explorer is an off-shore vessel equipped with some of the most advanced underwater survey...
The Stril Explorer is an off-shore vessel equipped with some of the most advanced underwater survey systems in the world.
University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology
The ROV  Surveyor Interceptor   flies  at four times the speed of conventional ROVs and carries an e...
The ROV, Surveyor Interceptor, 'flies' at four times the speed of conventional ROVs and carries an entire suite of geophysical instrumentation, as well as lights, high definition cameras and a laser scanner.
University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology
UWI  Mona  students receive training from Dr Hayley Mickleburgh (right) from Leiden University durin...
UWI, Mona, students receive training from Dr Hayley Mickleburgh (right) from Leiden University during the excavation of a human burial at White Marl Taino site in Spanish Town.
UWI MONA
The Remotely Operate Vehicles (ROVs) captured the shipwrecks in stunning detail  including this intr...
The Remotely Operate Vehicles (ROVs) captured the shipwrecks in stunning detail, including this intricate stern of a ship from the Ottoman period.
University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Université de Montréal
Claudine Gravel-Miguel is with anthropologist Vitale Stefano Sparacello at the Arene Candide site in...
Claudine Gravel-Miguel is with anthropologist Vitale Stefano Sparacello at the Arene Candide site in 2011.
Université de Montréal
Clay oil lamps were exposed during the 11th season of excavation at the Sussita site  on the east sh...
Clay oil lamps were exposed during the 11th season of excavation at the Sussita site, on the east shore of the Sea of Galilee, which was conducted by researchers of the University of Haifa.
Sussita Expedition/Courtesy of the University of Haifa
Aerial photo of a   pendant burial   in the Jebel Qurma range. The chain consisting of about twenty ...
Aerial photo of a " pendant burial " in the Jebel Qurma range. The chain consisting of about twenty small, individual cairns leads to the left of the large cairn at the head.
Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project
Photograph of workers in a sugar cane field. Loads of sugar cane are being piled up on wooden carts ...
Photograph of workers in a sugar cane field. Loads of sugar cane are being piled up on wooden carts strapped to mules. Uncut fields of cane can be seen in the background. Sugar cane is one of the chief economic crops of Jamaica.; This belongs to a series of Church of Scotland Foreign Missions Committee lantern slides relating to Jamaica.
Unknown author/ Circa 1875/1940
Ruins of Old Panama. Most of the thickest walls have resisted the passing of almost four centuries.
Ruins of Old Panama. Most of the thickest walls have resisted the passing of almost four centuries.
Remains of Roman buildings  Lyon France
Remains of Roman buildings, Lyon France
Ruins of Old Panama. The largest buildings in the ruins of Old Panama are the remains of civic or re...
Ruins of Old Panama. The largest buildings in the ruins of Old Panama are the remains of civic or religious structures, or the residences of important authorities in the city.
the Malleus Maleficarum ( Hammer of the Witches ) was published in 1484.
the Malleus Maleficarum ("Hammer of the Witches") was published in 1484.
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Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project
Ruins of Old Panama. The Cathedral is the most important monument of Old Panama and its bell tower i...
Ruins of Old Panama. The Cathedral is the most important monument of Old Panama and its bell tower is the largest element within the archaeological site. Built with masonry and wood, the tower measures about 30 metres. It is considered the most emblematic monument of Panama.

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