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French village offers reward to decipher its 'Rosetta Stone'

Plougastel-daoulas - Lapped by the waves of the Atlantic and visible at only low tide, a mysterious rock inscription believed to be centuries old and so far undeciphered lurks outside a French village in Brittany.

In Russia, thousands search for remains of Soviet war dead

Sinyavino - A skull and bones laid out carefully on a piece of oilcloth are all that remain of a Red Army soldier who died fighting the Nazis outside Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg.

Lightning strike at Acropolis, Greece, injures four

Atenas - A lightning strike injured four people Wednesday at the Acropolis in Athens, which was closed for the rest of the day, the Greek culture ministry said.

Egypt unveils colourful Fifth Dynasty tomb

Apo - In a major archaeological discovery, Egypt on Saturday unveiled the tomb of a Fifth Dynasty official adorned with colourful reliefs and well preserved inscriptions.

US returns ancient artifacts taken from Mexico

Mexico - The United States returned two ancient figurines to Mexico Tuesday, seized from the home of an amateur archeologist who died in 2015 with a collection of 42,000 artifacts, many of them taken illegally.

Thousands-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus opened on live TV

Washington - A sarcophagus containing an Egyptian high priest was opened on live TV Sunday during a special two-hour broadcast by the American channel Discovery.

Remains of Aztec sacrifices found in Mexico's Temple Mayor

A treasure trove of Aztec sacrifices, including a jaguar richly adorned and dressed like a warrior, was recently discovered in the center of Mexico City and could lead archaeologists to the most attractive find so far: the tomb of an Aztec emperor.

Cave of relics found under Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza

Mexico - Archaeologists have discovered a cave filled with hundreds of artifacts beneath the ruins of the Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico, the lead researcher on the project said Monday, calling the find "incredible.

Egypt unveils more than 40 ancient mummies

Minia - They are more than 2,000 years old but remain in "good condition": Egypt on Saturday unveiled over 40 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era at a burial site in the centre of the country.

Egypt unveils more than 40 ancient Greek mummies

Minya - Researchers in Egypt have discovered more than 40 mummies at a burial site in central Egypt dating to the Ptolemaic era, the antiquities ministry said Saturday.

Underground in Jerusalem, a rare look at an ancient tomb

Jerusalem - Flashlight beams pierce the darkness and reveal an archaeological gem in underground Jerusalem few have had the chance to glimpse in recent years.

Remains found of explorer who put Australia on the map

Sydney - The remains of the first British explorer to circumnavigate the Australian continent and popularise the country's name have been found near a busy London railway station.

Heads up: Israeli woman stumbles upon Roman busts

Jerusalem - An Israeli woman walking near ancient ruins noticed a head sticking out of the ground, leading to the uncovering of two Roman-era busts, archaeologists said Sunday.

Getty museum vows to fight Italy court decision on prized statue

Los Angeles - A US museum has vowed to fight a decision by Italy's highest court which this week ordered that a prized bronze statue at the center of an epic legal dispute be returned to Italy.In a statement, the J.

How engineers are straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa - "It's still straightening," said engineer Roberto Cela, gazing at the Leaning Tower of Pisa gleaming in the autumn sunshine of northern Italy. "And many years will have to pass before it stops.

Egypt unearths eight ancient mummies

Apo - Egyptian archaeologists have discovered eight mummies dating back over 2,300 years at a pyramid complex south of Cairo, authorities said Wednesday.

Not-so-Leaning Tower of Pisa as landmark straightens

Rome - The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on WednesdayThe tower's Surveillance Group -- set up to monitor restoration progress -- sa...

Looted Byzantine mosaic goes on display at Cyprus museum

Nicosia - A centuries-old mosaic of Saint Mark has gone on display at a Cyprus museum that now plans to reunite it with the 11 other apostles decades after it was looted in the island's Turkish-held north.

Virtual reality resurrects ancient Rome bit by bit

Rome - Gazing upon the splendours of ancient Rome is no longer a luxury reserved for visitors to the Italian capital, as temples opened their doors internationally with a digital project launched Wednesday after decades of planning.

Old Master? Cave paintings from 40,000 years ago are world's earliest figurative art

Apo - A painting of an animal in an Indonesian cave dates from at least 40,000 years ago, making it the world's oldest piece of figurative art, new research has shown.

Skeletons unearthed in giant UK train line excavation

London - Tucked beside one of London's busiest railway stations, a small army of archaeologists dig through clay as they clear a burial site of 40,000 bodies to make way for a new train line.

World's 'oldest intact shipwreck' found in Black Sea

London - An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea, researchers said on Tuesday.

Russian historians use Nazi photo to locate Stalin-era mass graves

Moscow - A team of Russian historians and archaeologists have used a Nazi bomber pilot's photograph to help them pinpoint the location of mass graves in Moscow containing the remains of thousands shot by Stalin's secret police.

'Jewel of Roman Empire' faces Libya dangers

Sabratha - Perched on the edge of Libya's Mediterranean coast, the ancient city of Sabratha remains an awe-inspiring spectacle, the pink columns of its amphitheatre towering above turquoise waters.

Jungle-penetrating Lidar sheds light on ancient Maya structures

Lidar, a form of 3D laser scanning, provides a powerful technique for three-dimensional mapping. It is proving to be a valuable tool in archaeology, particularly where the remains of structures may be hidden beneath forest canopies.

Egyptian archaeologists discover sphinx in Temple of Kom Ombo

Cairo - Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a statue of a lion's body and a human head in the southern city of Aswan. The sphinx, made of sandstone, was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during work to protect the site from groundwater.

Drink to old times: World's 'oldest brewery' found in Israel

Jerusalem - Archaeologists have found what they believe is the world's oldest site for alcohol production, a study said Thursday, adding the beer-like beverage may have been served in ceremonies some 13,000 years ago.

Pot of gold — Roman coins, dating back to 474 BC, found in Italy

Italian authorities unveiled the "epochal" discovery of hundreds of Roman-era gold coins found in the basement of the Cressoni Theater in Como, Italy. The trove of coins was unearthed during work to build a new apartment building.

Roman gold coins discovered in Italian theatre

Rome - Hundreds of ancient Roman gold coins have been discovered on the site of an old theatre in Como in northern Italy, the Ministry of Culture said.

Germany returns priceless gold mask to Peru

- Germany has returned a pre-Columbian gold funerary mask to Peru following a 20-year legal and diplomatic battle, the South American country's culture minister said on Thursday.
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Ruins of Old Panama. View from the tower looking down the surface that was occupied by the main nave...
Ruins of Old Panama. View from the tower looking down the surface that was occupied by the main nave of the church.
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.
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3-D reconstruction of the auditory ossicle of a two-year-old Neanderthal.
3-D reconstruction of the auditory ossicle of a two-year-old Neanderthal.
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National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Maya mask. Stucco frieze from Placeres  Campeche. Ea...
National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Maya mask. Stucco frieze from Placeres, Campeche. Early Classic period (c. 250 - 600 AD. Joyce Kelly 2001 An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico, p.105. ISBN 0-8061-3349-X.
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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.
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.
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University of Leicester Campus 2
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A 2 200-year-old crossbow found in China
A 2,200-year-old crossbow found in China
Via Shen Maosheng (archaeologist)
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.
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.
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Université de Montréal
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.
Ruins of Old Panama. View towards the Pacific Ocean from one of the Cathedral s top windows. Beyond ...
Ruins of Old Panama. View towards the Pacific Ocean from one of the Cathedral's top windows. Beyond the coastal forest is the South Corridor over Panama Bay, a highway linking downtown Panama and Tocumen International Airport.
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
Finders Keepers - A tale of archaeological plunder and obsession. By Craig Childs  Little  Brown & C...
Finders Keepers - A tale of archaeological plunder and obsession. By Craig Childs, Little, Brown & Co. New York, Boston, London (2010)
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
Jebel Qurma  a desert region in Jordan that is so desolate that one early explorer called it a land ...
Jebel Qurma, a desert region in Jordan that is so desolate that one early explorer called it a land of "dead fire."
Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project
Ruins of Old Panama. Old masonry arch that was used to hold large water buckets going in and out of ...
Ruins of Old Panama. Old masonry arch that was used to hold large water buckets going in and out of the fountain providing drinking water for the residents.
Accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
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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.

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