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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.

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.
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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
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project
Claudine Gravel-Miguel is with anthropologist Vitale Stefano Sparacello at the Arene Candide site in...
Claudine Gravel-Miguel is with anthropologist Vitale Stefano Sparacello at the Arene Candide site in 2011.
Université de Montréal
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Université de Montréal
Remains of Roman buildings  Lyon France
Remains of Roman buildings, Lyon France
An ancient Italian burial grounds is providing  a thousand-year history  into human health
An ancient Italian burial grounds is providing 'a thousand-year history' into human health
Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri
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
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 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
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
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
Drawing shows how the pebbles were used to apply the red ochre to the deceased.
Drawing shows how the pebbles were used to apply the red ochre to the deceased.
Université de Montréal
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.

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