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Next stop on Rome's new underground: Hadrian's barracks

Rome - Frescoed barracks which once housed the cavalry of the Emperor Hadrian's bodyguard have returned to light 19 centuries on, during excavations for a new underground train line in Rome.

Egyptologists differ on Tut tomb 'hidden chambers'

Cairo - Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Sunday new technology is needed to determine whether Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden chambers which a British archaeologist believes may hide queen Nefertiti's remains.

600 kilos of Roman coins discovered in Spanish town

Seville - Construction workers have found 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials said Thursday.

WWI soldiers live on in cave graffiti near Battle of the Somme

Naours - A century after World War I, an archaeologist exploring ancient tunnels in northeast France made a moving discovery -- thousands of scrawlings by Allied soldiers, notably Australians, as they took a break from the hell of the Battle of the Somme.

Polish experts return to Syria's Palmyra to restore famed lion statue

Palmyra - When two Polish heritage experts first restored the famed lion statue in Syria's Palmyra in 2005, they never imagined they would see it smashed to pieces only a decade later. "We did new restoration, new presentation of this lion, the Lion of Al-Lat.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Squatters barrier to protecting Delhi's ancient monuments

New Delhi - In the crypt of a 16th-century nationally protected tomb in New Delhi, a family is busy preparing a meal in their brightly painted kitchen that boasts a fridge and electricity.

Egypt minister says more scans needed for King Tut's 'hidden chamber'

Egypt's antiquities minister said on Friday more tests were needed to determine whether there is a secret chamber in the tomb of Tutankhamun that some believe may hide Queen Nefertiti's remains.

Recapture a blessing but much of Palmyra is lost: Expert

Paris - Historian of the ancient world Maurice Sartre explains what Syria's capture of Palmyra from the Islamic State group will mean for the UNESCO World Heritage site.Q: What is your initial response to the news that the Syrian army has recaptured Palmyra?

Looted artefacts stashed by British art thief restored to Italy

Rome - Italian and Swiss police have recovered a haul of archaeological artefacts stolen from Italy and stored by a notorious British antiquities dealer, the culture ministry said Tuesday.

A bear bone is rewriting the story of Ireland's earliest humans

A bear's knee bone found in an Irish cave in 1903 may provide evidence of human existence in Ireland 2,500 years earlier than previously thought, it was announced on Sunday.

Scans of Tutankhamun tomb show '90% chance' of hidden chambers

Cairo - Radar scans of the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun in the ancient necropolis of Luxor showed a "90 percent" chance of two hidden chambers, possibly containing organic material, Egypt's antiquities minister said Thursday.

Bronze workshop and new towers discovered at Angkor Wat

Phnom Pen - Angkor Wat, the immense temple complex in Cambodia, might be larger and more extensive than previously thought, with new structures discovered below the ground.

To prevent archaeological looting, scientist wants to crowdsource

Sarah Parcek, an archaeologist who uses satellite imagery to track archaeological looting, wants everyone to get involved in archaeological protection through a worldwide campaign.

World's oldest tea found in Chinese emperor's tomb

Paris - The tomb of a Chinese emperor who lived more than 2,100 years ago has yielded the oldest remains of tea, said researchers who used it to re-date part of the ancient Asian Silk Road.

Switzerland returns looted archaeological treasures to Italy

Ginebra - Switzerland has returned to Italy 45 boxes of ancient Etruscan art stolen during illegal excavations and stashed away for more than 15 years, including two rare sarcophaguses, authorities said Thursday.

1,500-year-old wooden foot found in Austria

Vienna - Archeologists in Austria said Thursday they had found what they believe to be Europe's oldest prosthetic implant in the shape of a wooden foot dating from the sixth century.

Caesar came, saw and conquered on Dutch soil in 55 BC

Den Haag - Archaeologists say they have proven for the first time that Julius Caesar set foot on what is now Dutch soil, destroying two Germanic tribes in a battle which left around 150,000 people dead.

Four pre-Inca tombs found in Peru's Lima

- Archaeologists in Peru have found four tombs that are more than 1,000 years old in a pyramid-shaped cemetery that now sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Lima, experts said.

Trove of antique Roman coins found in Swiss orchard

Ginebra - A Swiss fruit-and-vegetable farmer stumbled across more than tree roots when inspecting his cherry orchard recently, uncovering a massive trove of coins buried some 1,700 years ago, archeologists said Thursday.

Real-world 'Indiana Jones' wins TED Prize for tracking antiquities

San Francisco - A technology-wielding archaeologist billed as a modern world "Indiana Jones" has won a coveted million-dollar TED prize for her work tracking antiquities and the looting of such wonders.

Archaeologists uncover 2,300-year-old theatre on Cyprus

Nicosia - An Australian archaeological team in Cyprus has uncovered a theatre dating from 300 BC, the oldest structure of its kind yet unearthed on the Mediterranean island, the antiquities department said Friday.

Ancient warrior's tomb and huge treasure hoard found in Greece

Atenas - US archaeologists in Greece have uncovered the skeleton of an ancient warrior that has lain undisturbed for more than 3,500 years along with a huge hoard of treasure, the Greek culture ministry announced Monday.

IS blows up columns in Syria's Palmyra to execute 3: monitor

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group executed three people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra by binding them to three historic columns and blowing them up, a monitoring group said.

Experts in new bid to unravel 'secrets' of pyramids

Cairo - A group of Egyptian and foreign experts launched Sunday a new bid to unravel the "secrets" of the pyramids, including a search for hidden chambers inside four famed pharaonic monuments.

Egypt panel approves using radar to find Nefertiti tomb

Cairo - An Egyptian panel of experts has approved using radar to search for a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb, which may be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti, an official said Thursday.

Egypt starts repairing Tutankhamun's botched beard

Cairo - Egypt started work Saturday to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic.

Egypt hopes King Tut's tomb could conceal Queen Nefertiti burial site

Cairo - Egypt hopes it can soon announce the "discovery of the century" in Tutankhamun's tomb -- what a British archaeologist believes is the burial place in a secret chamber of Queen Nefertiti.
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