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Italy unearths Roman mosaic after century-long hunt

Negrar - Archaeologists have discovered an exquisitely preserved Roman mosaic under a vineyard in northern Italy after a century of searching, the local mayor said on Thursday.

Making tracks: ancient footprints shed light on early humans

Apo - Thousands of years ago, a group of people took a walk in what is now Tanzania. The footprints they left behind are now offering insights into ancient human life.

Pompeii restoration unearths 'surprise' treasures

Pompei - Vivid frescoes and never-before-seen inscriptions were among the treasures unearthed in a massive years-long restoration of the world-famous archeological site Pompeii that came to a close Tuesday.

Peru promises to protect Machu Picchu as it builds airport

- Peru's government promised on Thursday to protect the Machu Picchu sanctuary and other Inca ruins when building a new airport to serve the ancient civilization's capital of Cusco.

Peru to install cameras at Machu Picchu after damage

- Peru is installing security cameras at its world renowned Machu Picchu site after it was damaged earlier this month by foreign tourists, authorities said Tuesday.

Study: Incan idol that escaped Conquistadors' destruction is real

Lima - A tall wooden idol that allegedly escaped destruction by the Spanish conquistadors is real — but it may not be quite what people suspected. The statue is even older than thought and may have been worshipped by the people who came before the Inca.

Peru to deport tourists over Machu Picchu damage

- Five tourists arrested for damaging Peru's iconic Machu Picchu site will be deported to Bolivia later on Wednesday, police said.A sixth was released from custody and ordered to remain in Machu Picchu pending trial after paying bail of $910.

Six tourists arrested after feces found in sacred Machu Picchu area

- Six tourists, including a French woman, have been arrested over accusations that they damaged Peru's cultural heritage by defecating in a sacred temple at the iconic Machu Picchu sanctuary.

Peru to plant one million trees around Machu Picchu

- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra launched a campaign on Thursday to reforest the Machu Picchu archeological site in order to protect it from mud slides and forest fires.

Jerusalem cable car controversy hangs over Old City

Jerusalem - Ramparts of ochre stone stand out against the sky, framed by hilltop buildings and olive trees -- but the view of Jerusalem's Old City could soon include cable cars and pylons.

World's oldest artwork uncovered in Indonesian cave: study

Jakarta - An Indonesian cave painting that depicts a prehistoric hunting scene could be the world's oldest figurative artwork dating back nearly 44,000 years, a discovery that points to an advanced artistic culture, according to new research.

Archaeologists unearth lost town from Aksumite Empire

Despite their prominent place in the ancient world, much of the story of the Aksumite civilization is still a mystery to archaeologists today. This partly explains why the discovery of the town of Beta Samati is so important.

Pompeii's grand baths unveiled, with hidden tragedy

Pompei - Magnificent thermal baths designed to be the jewel of Pompeii but destroyed by a volcanic eruption before they could be completed opened to visitors for the first time on Monday after a painstaking excavation.

New technique reveals lost splendours of Herculaneum art

Ercolano - One of the best preserved Roman houses at Herculaneum reopened on Wednesday after more than 30 years, its exquisite paintings brought back to life thanks to a revolutionary new technique.

Row over plans to move Greek antiquities from construction site

Thessalon - Opposition politicians, archaeologists and locals have denounced Greek government plans to displace the fragile remnants of an ancient city district unearthed during work on a subway tunnel in Thessaloniki.

Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii

Rome - A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday.

UK particle accelerator to reveal secrets of 2,000-year-old papyrus

Didcot - A leading science facility in the English countryside is helping in a bid to decipher Roman-era scrolls carbonised in the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

From the mouths of babes: bottles that weaned prehistoric infants

Apo - Archaeologists have uncovered the first evidence that our prehistoric ancestors in Europe weaned their infants much the way we do now, using specialised baby bottles to feed them animal milk.

The worm that turned: fossils shed light on early animal movement

Apo - More than half a billion years ago, a worm-like creature wriggled its last, creating a groove preserved as a fossil that offers new insights into some of the earliest animal movement.

HMS Terror shipwreck offers up secrets of lost Arctic expedition

Ottawa - Almost two centuries after descending to its watery grave, the HMS Terror could offer up new clues to its demise -- and solve one of the most enduring mysteries in the history of Arctic discovery.

Australian Aboriginal site gains World Heritage recognition

Sydney - An Aboriginal settlement older than the pyramids that provides evidence that indigenous Australians developed sophisticated aquaculture thousands of years ago has been granted World Heritage status, the UN has announced.

Babylon, world wonder and jewel of Iraq's national narrative

Hilla - Babylon was once hanging gardens and opulent temples before parts were excavated and smuggled to Europe. A bastion for Saddam Hussein, then the forces overthrowing him. A centre of enlightenment, repeatedly destroyed.

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site 

Baghdad - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted on Friday to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site 

Baghdad - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted on Friday to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

Tutankhamun sculpture's London auction sparks Egyptian outcry

London - A 3,000-year-old head sculpture of an eternally-young Tutankhamun -- the Egyptian pharaoh known as King Tut -- goes under the hammer this week in London despite an outcry from Cairo.Christie's expects the 28.

US officials attend Israeli settler-linked event in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - US officials attended an archaeological event organised by an Israeli settler-linked group in east Jerusalem on Sunday, their latest move breaking with precedent and angering Palestinians.

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.
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The Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicester  England.
The Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicester, England.
Brian Green
The expereince includes the soundtrack of shuffling sandalled feet and voices chanting in Latin the ...
The expereince includes the soundtrack of shuffling sandalled feet and voices chanting in Latin the names of the levels of initiates taken from graffiti on a temple in Rome: the god still guards many of his secrets.
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
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.
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.
University of the basque Country
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
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
The London Mithraeum  also known as the Temple of Mithras  Walbrook  is a Roman mithraeum that was d...
The London Mithraeum, also known as the Temple of Mithras, Walbrook, is a Roman mithraeum that was discovered in Walbrook, a street in the City of London, during a building's construction.
Remains of Roman buildings  Lyon France
Remains of Roman buildings, Lyon France
The Luxor Temple at dusk.
The Luxor Temple at dusk.
ninahale
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Université de Montréal
A 2 200-year-old crossbow found in China
A 2,200-year-old crossbow found in China
Via Shen Maosheng (archaeologist)
Accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
U.S. Government
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.
Inferior view of a fourth cervical vertebra  together with the articulating C3. Of a group of four a...
Inferior view of a fourth cervical vertebra, together with the articulating C3. Of a group of four articulating vertebrae (C1-C4), only the inferior parts of C4, and the C3 neural spine show burning, a pattern consistent with burning after the head was severed probably with the aid of the knife.
Journal of Archaeological Science
Badia Pozzeveri or San Pietro a Pozzeveri church - the site of excavations that archaeologists hope ...
Badia Pozzeveri or San Pietro a Pozzeveri church - the site of excavations that archaeologists hope will provide information on the evolution of cholera
Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri
Google Earth view of a cluster of complex wheels approximately 9.5km southwest of Azraq Castle  Jord...
Google Earth view of a cluster of complex wheels approximately 9.5km southwest of Azraq Castle, Jordan.
Google Earth
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.
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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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)

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