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Study finds preserved brain material in Vesuvius victim

Rome - Brain cells have been found in exceptionally preserved form in the remains of a young man killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago, an Italian study has revealed.

Egypt discovers 14 ancient sarcophagi at Saqqara

Apo - Egypt's antiquities ministry announced Sunday the discovery of 14 sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo that had lain buried for 2,500 years.

Greek wildfire spares key archaeological site

Athens - One of Greece's most important archaeological sites escaped serious damage after firefighters tamed a wildfire that lashed the surrounding countryside, officials said on Monday.

Fire rages near Greek archaeological site of Mycenae

Athens - A wildfire raged near the ruins of the Bronze Age site of Mycenae in Greece on Sunday, prompting the evacuation of visitors to the archeological site.

Gold-hunting diggers destroy Sudan's priceless past

Sheikh Habibullah - When a team of archaeologists deep in the deserts of Sudan arrived at the ancient site of Jabal Maragha last month, they thought they were lost. The site had vanished.But they hadn't made a mistake.

Mystery solved: Scientists trace source of Stonehenge boulders

Washington - Stonehenge, a Neolithic wonder in southern England, has vexed historians and archaeologists for centuries with its many mysteries: How was it built? What purpose did it serve? Where did its towering sandstone boulders come from?

Ancient Golan rock art sheds light on mysterious culture

Katzrin - The chance discovery of lines carved into the boulders of an ancient tomb in what is now the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights could offer new insight into an enigmatic culture that thrived thousands of years ago.

Up to 500 guillotine victims found in walls of French monument

Paris - The administrator of a historic chapel in France noticed the walls were looking odd in places, and he called in an archaeologist to take a professional look. The reason for the anomalies is a dark one, dating back to the French Revolution.

Tiny songbird is East Asia's 'oldest' carved artwork

Paris - A miniature bird sculpted out of burnt bone in China around 13,500 years ago is the oldest known figurine from East Asia, according to researchers who discovered it in a refuse heap near an archaeological site.

Part of China's Great Wall not built for war: study

Jerusalem - The northern segment of the Great Wall of China was built not to block invading armies but rather to monitor civilian movement, an Israeli archaeologist said Tuesday.

Buried Roman city revealed with ground penetrating radar

Paris - Scientists have unveiled the contours of an ancient city north of Rome for the first time, and all they needed was a quad bike and a radar gun.

Remembering Dr. Warren DeBoer: Esteemed archaeology professor

The Queens College and archaeology community worldwide mourn the loss of esteemed college professor Warren DeBoer, who passed away on May 24, 2020, from cancer.

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.
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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. 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.
Remains of the Osiris Ptah Nab Ankh’s compartment.
Remains of the Osiris Ptah Nab Ankh’s compartment.
Ministry og Antiquities
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
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.
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.
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)
The house of theSilver Wedding  This is a copy of an image from 1899.
The house of theSilver Wedding, This is a copy of an image from 1899.
Internet Archive Book Images
The rocks also tell a story of the people and wildlife who once flourished in this region.
The rocks also tell a story of the people and wildlife who once flourished in this region.
Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project
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
Remains of Roman buildings  Lyon France
Remains of Roman buildings, Lyon France
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
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
A subterranean Roman temple where a mysterious cult worshipped has been restored within an immersive...
A subterranean Roman temple where a mysterious cult worshipped has been restored within an immersive museum below Bloomberg's headquarters in London.
Accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
U.S. Government
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Université de Montréal
The project s main objective is to carry out geophysical surveys. But shipwrecks  including this one...
The project's main objective is to carry out geophysical surveys. But shipwrecks, including this one from the Ottoman period, have given new insights into how communities live on the shores of the Black Sea
University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology
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
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

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