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'Fast-food' bar frozen in Pompeii ash gives clues on Roman snacking habits

Rome - A 2,000-year-old fast-food stall unearthed from the ash of Pompeii has given researchers new clues about the snacking habits of the ancient Romans.

Machu Picchu closes again, over local train dispute

- The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites, closed its doors Monday for an indefinite period for security reasons amid protests by locals over train services, officials said.

Mexico's 'tower of skulls' yields more ancient remains

Mexico - Mexican archaeologists said Friday they had found remains of 119 more people, including women and several children, in a centuries-old Aztec "tower of skulls" in the heart of the capital.

Israel unveils parts of Herod's palace buried by Judean king

Palestinian - Israeli authorities are set to unveil previously off-limits structures within King Herod's palace-fortress Herodium, which the tyrannical Roman-era leader interred as his enormous burial plot.

Divers find Nazis' Enigma code machine in Baltic Sea

Berlin - German divers who recently fished an Enigma encryption machine out of the Baltic Sea, used by the Nazis to send coded messages during World War II, handed their rare find over to a museum for restoration on Friday.

Machu Picchu to ease Covid-19 visitor limit

- The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites, will increase its daily visitor limit to more than 1,000, the Culture Ministry said Tuesday.

Parts of Doggerland survived a tsunami that hit 8,000 years ago

A new study suggests that parts of Doggerland, the land that once connected Britain with continental Europe, survived the devastation of the Storegga tsunami that struck the coast of the North Sea more than 8,000 years ago.

Fossil reveals 'buck-toothed toucan' that lived with dinosaurs

Apo - The discovery of a creature described as resembling a "buck-toothed toucan" that lived some 68 million years ago has upended assumptions about diversity in the birds that lived alongside dinosaurs.At less than nine centimetres (3.

Bosnian 'energy pyramids' boosted by Djokovic visits

Visoko - With tree-covered slopes that rise to a pointed summit, the mountain overlooking the Bosnian town of Visoko resembles any other ordinary hillside in the Balkan state.

Ancient statue of Hermes dug up in Athens

Athens - The head of an ancient statue of the Greek god Hermes has been unearthed during excavations for sewage system improvements in central Athens, the ministry of culture said Sunday.

Egypt finds treasure trove of over 100 sarcophagi

Saqqara - Egypt announced Saturday the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, dating back more than 2,500 years ago, the largest such find this year.

Stonehenge road tunnel approved despite protests

London - Britain has approved a controversial plan to build a road tunnel close to the prehistoric site of Stonehenge to relieve congestion, despite strong opposition from archaeologists and druids.

Glamorous and worldly: Five things to know about Vikings

Halden - In popular culture they're depicted as ruthless warriors who pillaged and plundered. That reputation is not totally undeserved, but is only part of the picture. Here are five things to know about Vikings.Where does their name come from?

Saving Angkor Wat: Cambodia's ninja gardeners tame jungle growth

Siem Reap - Stacking a ladder against the towering spires of Cambodia's archaeological marvel Angkor Wat, Chhoeurm Try gingerly scales the temple's exterior to hack away foliage before it damages the ancient facade.

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.
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Accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
U.S. Government
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.
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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. 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.
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
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
London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE is a free new cultural destination created as part of the developme...
London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE is a free new cultural destination created as part of the development of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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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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
Jebel Qurma  a desert region in Jordan that is so desolate that one early explorer called it a land ...
Jebel Qurma, a desert region in Jordan that is so desolate that one early explorer called it a land of "dead fire."
Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Pebbles were refitted during analysis.
Université de Montréal
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
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.
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

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