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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.

Salt of the Alps: ancient Austrian mine holds Bronze Age secrets

Hallstatt - All mines need regular reinforcement against collapse, and Hallstatt, the world's oldest salt mine perched in the Austrian Alps, is no exception.But Hallstatt isn't like other mines.

Saga of early humans etched in DNA of mixed-species child

Paris - Denny was an inter-species love child.Her mother was a Neanderthal, but her father was Denisovan, a distinct species of primitive human that also roamed the Eurasian continent 50,000 years ago, scientists reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.

3D technology helps assess world heritage sites

Computational photographic methods are being used by archaeologists to help capture the past, where digital process reveal more detail than is possible using conventional equipment. Such finding can help to protect sites of special interest.

Who built Stonehenge? Cremation ashes yield clues

Paris - Despite a century of scientific scrutiny, the 5000-year old Neolithic monument in southern England known as Stonehenge has yielded few secrets about the people buried amidst its ring of towering rocks.

Volunteers find 560,000-year-old milk tooth in France

Toulouse - French and Spanish volunteer archeologists have discovered a child's milk tooth dating back 560,000 years in the mountains of southern France -- an "exceptional fossil", researchers said Tuesday.

Arctic people were spinning yarn before the Vikings arrived

New research and technologies may end up changing the way we think about early Arctic history, upending the assumption that the ancient ancestors of today's Inuit people learned how to spin yarn from Viking settlers.

A bit of the Greek islands in the heart of historic Athens

Atenas - "The Acropolis? It's that way." Residents of historic Anafiotika are used to giving directions to tourists, lost in the narrow, winding alleyways of this unique but little-known hillside neighbourhood in the heart of Athens.

Ancient tablet of Odyssey epic discovered in Greece

Atenas - An ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey has been unearthed in southern Greece in what is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the epic poem, the culture ministry said Tuesday.

Archaeologists find new mass child sacrifice site in Peru

- A group of archaeologists has discovered the remains of more than 50 children who were ritually sacrificed by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture on the northern coast of what is now Peru.

Grim reminder found in Pompeii shows why volcanoes are dangerous

Pompeii is famed for its ruins containing the remains of citizens preserved in the ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. But a skeleton unearthed recently may well be the remains of the unluckiest man in history.

Chinese Terracotta Warriors archaeologist dies aged 82

Bejing - The Chinese archaeologist credited with discovering the emblematic ancient Terracotta Warriors, Zhao Kangmin, has died aged 82, state media said.

Tests show no hidden Tutankhamun chambers: ministry

Apo - Egypt's antiquities ministry said on Sunday that tests had debunked a theory that there are hidden chambers next to the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.

Thessaloniki subway dig unearths secrets of 'city under the city'

Thessalon - Shovels and brooms in hand, some two dozen workmen trudge around the remains of an ancient villa, deep beneath the bustle of modern-day Thessaloniki.

Largest mass child sacrifice event may be tied to El Nino

Around 550 years ago, members of the Chimu empire, whose lands encompassed a stretch of desert coast in northern Peru, gathered more than 140 children and 200 baby llamas on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and slaughtered them all.

Sudan unearths bones from pyramid for DNA testing

- Archaeologists in Sudan have reopened an ancient pyramid and extracted bones and artefacts, in order to carry out further examination including DNA tests.

Shrine to Osiris and bust of Roman emperor found in Egypt

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the southern city of Aswan. The Antiquities Ministry says Sunday the head was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during work to protect the site from groundwater.

Spread of fluted-point technology in Canada's Ice-Free Corridor

Careful examination of numerous fluted spear points found in Alaska and western Canada prove that the Ice Age peopling of the Americas was much more complex than previously believed, according to a study done by two Texas A&M University researchers.

Humans walked on a Pacific coast Canadian beach 13,000 years ago

Vancouver - In 2014, archaeologists digging in the sands of Calvert Island, British Columbia, made an unexpected discovery: a single footprint pressed into the clay below the surface. Subsequent excavations turned up 28 more footprints, the oldest in North America.

Rock art and mystery: Ancient camel sculptures in Saudi desert

- Squinting in the Saudi desert, Hussain al-Khalifah points at his unprecedented archaeological discovery -- camels carved on russet-hued rocky spurs that could shed new light on the evolution of rock art.

Scientists recreate virtual copy of Mexican underwater cave

Mexico - Scientists from all over the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast underwater cave off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago.

DNA shows first modern Briton had dark skin, blue eyes

London - The first modern Briton had dark skin and blue eyes, London scientists said on Wednesday, following groundbreaking DNA analysis of the remains of a man who lived 10,000 years ago.

Egypt unveils tomb of ancient priestess

Cairo - Egyptian archaeologists on Saturday unveiled the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings.

Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Experts using an aerial high-tech laser scanner have discovered thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden under the thick jungle of northern Guatemala, officials said Thursday.

Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines

- Peru's ancient Nazca lines were damaged when a driver accidentally plowed his cargo truck into the fragile archaeological site in the desert, officials said Tuesday.

When Greeks were less fond of Alexander the Great

Atenas - To modern Greeks, Alexander the Great is an integral part of their rich heritage -- one of history's greatest conquerors who toppled the hated Persian Empire and took Greek culture as far as Egypt and India.
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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
Undergraduate students examine the skeleton of a young male excavated from the Badia Pozzeveri cemet...
Undergraduate students examine the skeleton of a young male excavated from the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery
Ohio State University
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
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.
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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The Remotely Operate Vehicles (ROVs) captured the shipwrecks in stunning detail  including this intr...
The Remotely Operate Vehicles (ROVs) captured the shipwrecks in stunning detail, including this intricate stern of a ship from the Ottoman period.
University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology
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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
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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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
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
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
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
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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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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University of Leicester Campus 2
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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.
University of the basque Country
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
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.
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