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Skeleton from Greek mystery tomb to be identified next month

Athens - Details on the identity of a mystery skeleton found in a massive tomb dating from the era of Alexander the Great in Greece are to be revealed next month, the culture ministry said Friday.

Greece's fight for Elgin Marbles gets backing from rival Turkey

Athens - Turkey on Saturday announced its support for Greece's fight to get back from Britain the famous Elgin Marbles -- ancient Greek sculptures also known as the Parthenon Marbles which were taken from Athens in the 19th century.

Greece protests Elgin Marbles sculpture loan to Russia

London - Greece on Friday blasted the British Museum's unprecedented loan of one of the Elgin Marbles -- Greek sculptures also known as the Parthenon Marbles that Athens wants returned to Greece -- to a Russian museum.

Unknown Roman god shows influence of Iron Age religion

Gaziantep - Found as a buttress in a Medieval Christian monastery, a newly discovered bearded Roman fertility god shows evidence of continuing religious traditions having their beginning in the Iron Age and leaving their traces through the Middle Ages.

Skeleton found in mysterious Alexander-era Greek tomb

Thessalon - A skeleton has been discovered in the mysterious, richly-decorated tomb from the time of Alexander the Great that has crisis-hit Greece on tenterhooks, the country's culture ministry said Wednesday.

Divers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' shipwreck

Athens - Archaeologists set out Monday to use a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found.

Scans reveal new monuments at Stonehenge

London - A vast complex of monuments surrounding Britain's prehistoric Stonehenge site has been revealed using hi-tech underground scanning, archaeologists said Wednesday.

Neanderthal art in Gibraltar unveils the iconic 'hashtag'

Gibraltar - Anyone who thinks the hashtag character is recent didn't know the Neanderthals. Recent discoveries in the British territory of Gibraltar have uncovered stone carvings resembling either "tic-tac-toe" or the proverbial hashtag character itself.

2,100-year-old tomb in China reveals ancient cultural facts

Xuyi - Scientific teams recently uncovered the tomb of Liu Fei. Since he was a powerful figure his tomb includes valuable artifacts related to Chinese history.

Tools dating back 1 million years found in Cuenca province, Spain

Researchers are excited after a find of stone tools dating back 1 million years in the Cuenca province of Spain. They say this find dates back to the first humans living on the peninsula and will shed new light on the origins of humankind.

Siberian team finds evidence that most dinosaurs had feathers

According to a paper published by Russian researchers, our understanding of dinosaur tissues is wrong. Feathers may have possibly been a part of many body structures during that era.

Researchers discover unique dinosaur fossil with four wings

Changyuraptor yangi fossils were recently discovered in a Chinese expedition. The remains reveal a creature with four wings that has been dubbed the largest specimen of this type.

My kingdom for a grave: court rules on Richard III burial site

London - British judges on Friday finally ended a bitter debate over the burial of king Richard III, ruling that his remains should be laid to rest in a cathedral in the city where they were found under a car park.

Climate change endangers historic U.S. landmarks

Washington - Climate change and sea level rise are threatening historic U.S. landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to NASA's coastal rocket launch sites, and the nation needs to prepare, scientists said.

New finds indicate tantric worship in South India 2000 years ago

Kondapur - New archaeological evidence indicates that the Satavahana kings who ruled parts of South India between the 3rd century BCE and 3rd century CE, practised Tantric worship. Earlier studies suggested that this region was a Buddhist site.

Spain hunts remains of 'Quixote' author Cervantes

Madrid - Scientists launched a radar-assisted hunt in a Madrid convent on Monday for the remains of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote".

Sensors and satellites deployed to save Pompeii

Rome - Ground sensors and satellites will be deployed in a new bid to keep the ancient Roman city of Pompeii from crumbling following a series of recent collapses at the sprawling and long-neglected site near Naples.

Spain's 'Holy Grail' faces sceptical inquisition

Madrid - Claims that the Holy Grail has been found after sitting for 1,000 years in a Spanish church face a tough inquisition from doubtful historians.

Crowds swamp church in Spain after 'Holy Grail' claim

Le - Curators were forced to remove a precious cup from display in a church in Spain when crowds swarmed there after historians claimed it was the Holy Grail, staff said.

Two more colossal pharaoh statues unveiled in Egypt

Luxor - Archaeologists on Sunday unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt's famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions.The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and ...

Famed Syria Crusader castle survives fierce battles

Safita - Columns are blackened with soot and vaults have crumbled in one of the courtyards of Syria's the Krak des Chevaliers, a Crusader castle that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and victim of the country's three-year civil war.The army seized the medieval f...

3,200-year-old skeleton found with cancer

London - Archaeologists have found the 3,200-year-old skeleton of a man with a spreading form of cancer, the oldest example so far of a disease often associated with modern lifestyles, scientists said Monday.The remains of a man believed to be aged between 25 a...

Australians, Canadians held for stripping at Machu Picchu

Lima - Police detained four male tourists, two Australians and two Canadians, for several hours after filming and taking nude photos at Peru's famed Machu Picchu, local authorities said.The culture ministry has put up signs at the world-famous Inca site warni...

Shilling discovery could rewrite Canadian history

Victoria - An amateur treasure hunter with a hand-held metal detector has turned Canadian history on its head after finding a 16th century shilling buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island.The 435-year-old coin discovered in western-most Canada has rekind...

Mayan Majesty: Mexico's Chichén Itzá Special

Tucked deep in the verdant heart of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, the Chichén Itzá beckons visitors with towering temples, columned arcades and other regal remnants of the once-mighty Mayan civilization.

Skulls found in London may be those of ancient gladiators

London - Forensic researchers involved in the examination of skulls discovered by labourers in 1988 along the Walbrook River in London are now saying they could belong to ancient gladiators during the time that the city was known as Londinium under Roman rule.

Poland archaeologists unearth ancient 'Vampire Grave'

Archaeologists found skeletons with their heads removed and placed on their legs, indicating they had been subjected to an execution ritual designed to ensure the dead stayed dead. Vampires in the Middle Ages were defined more broadly than Bram Stoker’s

'Operation Helmet' launched against Spanish tomb raiders

While it might sound like something out of the movies, "Operation Helmet" has been launched by the Guardia Civil (civil guard) to recover archaeological pieces from the Celtiberian period in Spain.

New theatre to rise at site of Shakespeare playhouse

Shoreditch - During a London archaeological dig in 2008 the site of a theatre, once used by William Shakespeare, was discovered. Now planning permission has been granted which will result in a theatre being built on the site.

Photo Essay: Izmit archaeology museum & train station Special

Izmit - A small museum in Izmit, Turkey, not far from Istanbul, features amazing exhibits of Roman, Greek, Byzantium, and Ottoman architecture, statues, burial markers, artifacts, and even gold leaf jewelry.
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Remains of Roman buildings  Lyon France
Remains of Roman buildings, Lyon France
Colosseum  Rome (2010)
Colosseum, Rome (2010)
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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.
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.
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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.
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)
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.
The Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicester  England.
The Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicester, England.
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University of Leicester Campus 2
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The Luxor Temple at dusk.
The Luxor Temple at dusk.
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Ruins of Old Panama. The land occuppied by the ruins of Old Panama covers about 32 hectares. This vi...
Ruins of Old Panama. The land occuppied by the ruins of Old Panama covers about 32 hectares. This view from one of the Cathedral's top windows looks towards the modern city.
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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.