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Rebuilding history? Debate rages over lost Afghan Buddhas

Bamyan - For centuries they stood, two monumental ancient statues of Buddha carved into the cliffs of Bamiyan, loved and revered by generations of Afghans -- only to be pulverised by the Taliban in an act of cultural genocide.

Israeli scientists unearth rare 'thinker' figurine

Jerusalem - A "unique" 3,800-year-old figurine showing a seated person, apparently deep in thought, was unveiled in Israel on Wednesday.

Mexican pyramid built like a 'Russian nesting doll'

Mexico - Experts have discovered a third structure within the Kukulkan pyramid in eastern Mexico, revealing that it was built like a "Russian nesting doll," experts said Wednesday.

Kremlin makeover exposes mediaeval mysteries

Moscow - Descending into the basement of the 1930s-era Kremlin administration building is an eerie experience: the corridors are still lined with brown Soviet tiles and walls bear remnants of secret communication wires.

Feet of clay: 'foreign forces' row over China's Terracotta Warriors

Xian - Silent and enigmatic, China's emblematic Terracotta Warriors are at the centre of a bitter row, with patriots and scholars dismissing as impossible theories they could have been inspired by Greek sculpture.

Scientists discover over 40 preserved shipwrecks in Black Sea

A group of maritime archaeologists studying sea level rises in the Black Sea during the last Ice Age uncovered over 40 shipwrecks this year, declaring their find as a “complete bonus.”

Greek police bust 'antiquities smuggling ring'

Patras - Greek police on Tuesday arrested 26 people suspected of trafficking in antiquities, a police source in the southwestern port of Patras said following a nationwide raid.

Ancient stone toilet bears witness to religious reform in Israel

A stone toilet unearthed at a large city gate that dates to the Eighth century BC in Tel Lachish National Park in Israel, provides compelling evidence of the Biblical tale of King Hezekiah's religious reforms when he banished all cult worship sites.

New evidence shows people lived in Americas before Clovis people

Arroyo Seco - More evidence has been found that supports the growing belief that early humans, predating the Clovis people made it to the Americas over 14,000 years ago.

Long-lost Inca altar found beside Peru river

- Workers doing cleanup along a river in southern Peru stumbled upon part of a pre-Hispanic, Inca-era altar believed to have been long-lost, the Culture Ministry said Wednesday.

Ancient Roman coins unearthed at Japan castle

Toukyo - Japanese archaeologists said Wednesday they have for the first time unearthed ancient Roman coins at the ruins of an old castle.

Stone Age mummy still revealing secrets, 25 years on

Bolzano - When police heard about the frozen corpse up in the Alps in September 1991, they opened a criminal probe. Murder it was, but the crime was rather old -- and the ultimate cold case.

Poor Hungary town eyes riches of Suleiman the Magnificent

Szigetv - The recent discovery of the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent, considered the greatest Ottoman ruler, has raised hopes of a tourism boom in one of Hungary's most impoverished areas.

Was 'Iceman Otzi' a Copper Age fashionista?

Paris - The 5,300-year-old Alpine mummy known as the Tyrolean Iceman died wearing leather clothes and accessories harvested from no less than five wild or domesticated species, a DNA analysis published Thursday revealed.

Greek Acropolis restorers to bolster west side of Parthenon

Atenas - Restoration work on Athens' Acropolis is set to shift to the west side of the Parthenon under a 40-year-long effort to restore the ancient archaeological monument, officials said Thursday.

Whey to go: 17th-century cheese found in Baltic wreck

Stockholm - Divers searching the wreck of an 17th-century Swedish warship on the bed of the Baltic say they have found de Brie.

Skeleton with stone-encrusted teeth found in Mexico ancient ruins

- Archeologists have discovered the 1,600-year-old skeleton of an upper-class woman whose skull was intentionally deformed and teeth were encrusted with mineral stones near Mexico's ancient ruins of Teotihuacan.

Lasers uncover hidden secrets of Cambodia's ancient cities

Phnom Penh - Unprecedented new details of medieval cities hidden under jungle in Cambodia near Angkor Wat have been revealed using lasers, archaeologists said Sunday, shedding new light on the civilisation behind the world's largest religious complex.

France unearths bones from 6,000-yr-old Neolithic massacre

Paris - Archaeologists said Tuesday they had discovered the remains of victims from a 6,000-year-old massacre in Alsace in eastern France that was likely carried out by "furious ritualised warriors".

Pre-Hispanic tombs found in Colombia are over 2,000 years old

Estanzuela - Colombian archaeologists have identified three tombs dating back more than 2,000 years, pinpointed while working squarely in metropolitan Medellin, officials said Friday.

Roman writing tablets reveal early London life

London - More than 400 Roman writing tablets have been unearthed in the heart of London, shedding light on the commerce-driven life in what would become the City of London financial hub, archaeologists said Wednesday.

Next stop on Rome's new underground: Hadrian's barracks

Rome - Frescoed barracks which once housed the cavalry of the Emperor Hadrian's bodyguard have returned to light 19 centuries on, during excavations for a new underground train line in Rome.

Egyptologists differ on Tut tomb 'hidden chambers'

Cairo - Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Sunday new technology is needed to determine whether Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden chambers which a British archaeologist believes may hide queen Nefertiti's remains.

600 kilos of Roman coins discovered in Spanish town

Seville - Construction workers have found 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials said Thursday.

WWI soldiers live on in cave graffiti near Battle of the Somme

Naours - A century after World War I, an archaeologist exploring ancient tunnels in northeast France made a moving discovery -- thousands of scrawlings by Allied soldiers, notably Australians, as they took a break from the hell of the Battle of the Somme.

Polish experts return to Syria's Palmyra to restore famed lion statue

Palmyra - When two Polish heritage experts first restored the famed lion statue in Syria's Palmyra in 2005, they never imagined they would see it smashed to pieces only a decade later. "We did new restoration, new presentation of this lion, the Lion of Al-Lat.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Squatters barrier to protecting Delhi's ancient monuments

New Delhi - In the crypt of a 16th-century nationally protected tomb in New Delhi, a family is busy preparing a meal in their brightly painted kitchen that boasts a fridge and electricity.
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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.
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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. 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.
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.
Remains of Roman buildings  Lyon France
Remains of Roman buildings, Lyon France
The Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicester  England.
The Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicester, England.
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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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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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.
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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. 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 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.
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.
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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