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World's oldest tea found in Chinese emperor's tomb

Paris - The tomb of a Chinese emperor who lived more than 2,100 years ago has yielded the oldest remains of tea, said researchers who used it to re-date part of the ancient Asian Silk Road.

Switzerland returns looted archaeological treasures to Italy

Ginebra - Switzerland has returned to Italy 45 boxes of ancient Etruscan art stolen during illegal excavations and stashed away for more than 15 years, including two rare sarcophaguses, authorities said Thursday.

1,500-year-old wooden foot found in Austria

Vienna - Archeologists in Austria said Thursday they had found what they believe to be Europe's oldest prosthetic implant in the shape of a wooden foot dating from the sixth century.

Caesar came, saw and conquered on Dutch soil in 55 BC

Den Haag - Archaeologists say they have proven for the first time that Julius Caesar set foot on what is now Dutch soil, destroying two Germanic tribes in a battle which left around 150,000 people dead.

Four pre-Inca tombs found in Peru's Lima

- Archaeologists in Peru have found four tombs that are more than 1,000 years old in a pyramid-shaped cemetery that now sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Lima, experts said.

Trove of antique Roman coins found in Swiss orchard

Ginebra - A Swiss fruit-and-vegetable farmer stumbled across more than tree roots when inspecting his cherry orchard recently, uncovering a massive trove of coins buried some 1,700 years ago, archeologists said Thursday.

Real-world 'Indiana Jones' wins TED Prize for tracking antiquities

San Francisco - A technology-wielding archaeologist billed as a modern world "Indiana Jones" has won a coveted million-dollar TED prize for her work tracking antiquities and the looting of such wonders.

Archaeologists uncover 2,300-year-old theatre on Cyprus

Nicosia - An Australian archaeological team in Cyprus has uncovered a theatre dating from 300 BC, the oldest structure of its kind yet unearthed on the Mediterranean island, the antiquities department said Friday.

Ancient warrior's tomb and huge treasure hoard found in Greece

Atenas - US archaeologists in Greece have uncovered the skeleton of an ancient warrior that has lain undisturbed for more than 3,500 years along with a huge hoard of treasure, the Greek culture ministry announced Monday.

IS blows up columns in Syria's Palmyra to execute 3: monitor

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group executed three people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra by binding them to three historic columns and blowing them up, a monitoring group said.

Experts in new bid to unravel 'secrets' of pyramids

Cairo - A group of Egyptian and foreign experts launched Sunday a new bid to unravel the "secrets" of the pyramids, including a search for hidden chambers inside four famed pharaonic monuments.

Egypt panel approves using radar to find Nefertiti tomb

Cairo - An Egyptian panel of experts has approved using radar to search for a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb, which may be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti, an official said Thursday.

Egypt starts repairing Tutankhamun's botched beard

Cairo - Egypt started work Saturday to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic.

Egypt hopes King Tut's tomb could conceal Queen Nefertiti burial site

Cairo - Egypt hopes it can soon announce the "discovery of the century" in Tutankhamun's tomb -- what a British archaeologist believes is the burial place in a secret chamber of Queen Nefertiti.

Mystery Greek tomb was dedicated to companion of Alexander: Experts

Thessalon - A massive ancient tomb recently opened in northern Greece was likely a monument to Hephaestion, the close companion of Alexander the Great, experts working on the monument said Wednesday.

British archaeologist aims to pinpoint Nefertiti's tomb

Luxor - Standing before the majestic gold, ochre and white frescos of Tutankhamun's tomb, British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves on Monday passionately defended his daring theory that Nefertiti is buried in a secret chamber.

Geneva to return Roman-era sarcophagus to Turkey

Ginebra - A Swiss public prosecutor has ordered that a precious Roman-era sarcophagus be returned to Turkey five years after it was seized by customs in Geneva, an official statement said Wednesday.

Syria archeological sites looted 'on industrial scale': UNESCO

Sofia - Archeological sites in Syria are being looted "on an industrial scale," with proceeds being used to fund Islamic State extremists, the head of UNESCO warned Wednesday.

Argentina to return wealth of artefacts to Ecuador, Peru

Buenos Aires - Argentina will return thousands of stolen archaeological pieces to South American neighbors, President Cristina Kirchner said Saturday.

IS beheads elderly ex-antiquities chief in Syria's Palmyra

Birut - The Islamic State group has beheaded the 82-year-old retired chief archaeologist of Palmyra, who refused to leave the ancient city when the jihadists captured it, Syria's antiquities chief said.

Queen Nefertiti's remains finally found

In what could be a breakthrough discovery, archaeologist Nicholas Reeves claims that he could have found a hidden door in Tutankhamun's tomb that leads to Nefertiti's remains.

A year on, no answers to ancient Greek tomb mystery

Rent - A year after being hailed as one of Greece's greatest archaeological finds and a possible resting place of Alexander the Great, the largest tomb ever discovered in the country lies almost forgotten in the blazing summer sun.

Thank the ancient Romans for 'street food'

Rome - Grabbing something hot and tasty on the move? You have the ancient Romans to thank. "Street food" was their invention, generally enjoyed with wine, gambling or even prostitutes.

Clues in the ruins where Britain's empire was born

Washington - Archaeologists have identified the remains of four men who were among the leaders of an early English settlement in Virginia's Jamestown.

French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth

Toulouse - A 16-year-old French volunteer archaeologist has found an adult tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a "major discovery" Tuesday.

Collector's fury as Chinese antiques returned from Paris

Bejing - More than 30 ancient gold ornaments went on show in a Chinese museum this week after Paris quietly insisted a billionaire collector and France's top antique dealer return them on the grounds they were stolen.

UN asks ICC to investigate destruction of Mali mausoleums

Goundam - The UN's cultural wing has reported the destruction of precious mausoleums during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali to the International Criminal Court, its head said on a visit to witness their reconstruction.

Dispute deepens over Madagascar's 'pirate shipwreck'

Antananarivo - Documentary makers following the marine archaeologists who say they found 17th-century pirate William Kidd's sunken ship defended the team's work on Wednesday after a UNESCO report dismissed their claims.

Explorer's 'pirate wreck' claim false, says UNESCO

Antananarivo - UNESCO on Tuesday threw cold water over an American explorer's claims that he had discovered the sunken treasure of infamous 17th-century pirate William Kidd off the coast of Madagascar.

Famed Syria mosaic museum damaged in barrel bombing: NGO

Birut - Syria's best-known mosaic museum in the northern rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan has been seriously damaged in a regime barrel bomb attack, according to archaeological experts.
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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.
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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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Remains of Roman buildings, Lyon France
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Colosseum, Rome (2010)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ruins of Old Panama. View from the tower looking down the surface that was occupied by the main nave of the church.
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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.
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Undergraduate students examine the skeleton of a young male excavated from the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery
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The Luxor Temple at dusk.
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The Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicester, England.
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A 2,200-year-old crossbow found in China
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the Malleus Maleficarum ("Hammer of the Witches") was published in 1484.
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Ruins of Old Panama. Most of the thickest walls have resisted the passing of almost four centuries.
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3-D reconstruction of the auditory ossicle of a two-year-old Neanderthal.
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