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Syria's recovered antiquities go on display at Damascus opera

Damascus - Syria's antiquities authority on Wednesday unveiled an exhibition in Damascus of hundreds of artefacts retrieved from around the war-torn country.

Philippine Everest conqueror sets sail for China

Manila - After conquering Mount Everest, Philippine adventurer Carina Dayondon is set to sail to China aboard a wooden replica of an ancient boat in the hopes of boosting national pride in a forgotten maritime prowess.

Outrage after Kyrgyzstan reburies its only ancient mummy

Bichkek - Scientists have called for Kyrgyzstan's only mummy to be immediately dug back up after the 1,500-year-old relic was taken from a museum and hastily reburied on the eve of a presidential election in a decision celebrated by self-professed psychics.

Ancient mug workshop found near site of Jesus wine miracle

- Israeli archeologists on Thursday unveiled a 2,000-year-old workshop for making stone vessels similar to those Jesus is believed to have used to miraculously turn water into wine.

Ancient human sacrifice discovered in Korea

Seoul - Evidence of human sacrifice to try to ensure the success of ancient construction projects has been found for the first time at a Korean site, officials said Tuesday.

A Spanish quest to hand down prehistoric secrets

C - It's dark and surprisingly warm in a cave in western Spain that hides our most intimate connection to the prehistoric past -- hand silhouettes painted tens of thousands of years ago.

Beneath Peru zoo, traces of ancient dog sacrifices

- As lions, tigers and bears roam lazily about Peru's largest zoo, archeologists are busy digging up stranger animals from the ground beneath them.

Modern 'Indiana Jones' on mission to save antiquities

Vancouver - A technology-wielding archeologist billed as a real-world "Indiana Jones" called for an online platform that entices just about anyone to help find undiscovered treasures and defend archeological wonders.

3,000-year-old preserved artifacts show how people lived

Archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be the most well-preserved remains of 3,000-year-old houses ever found in Britain.

Honduras to make archeological dig for mysterious 'White City'

Tegucigalpa - Honduras said Thursday it was starting a major archeological dig for a mysterious, ancient "White City" supposedly hidden in jungle in its northeast that explorers and legends have spoken of for centuries.

Egypt scanning for Nefertiti's tomb encouraging: Minister

Cairo - Infra-red scanning of King Tutankhamun's tomb could support a British archeologist's theory that Queen Nefertiti -- or another ancient Egyptian royal -- is also buried there, Egypt's antiquities minister said Thursday.

Large cache of dinosaur eggs seized in Guangdong Province, China

Around 231 dinosaur eggs have been recovered in China from a home in Guangdong Province, after residents raided a construction site.

Panama Canal expansion uncovered paleontological treasures

Panama City - Panama Canal expansion work has uncovered an unexpected trove of archeological and paleontological treasures, scientists said, as the massive construction project winds down.

Questions around One World Trade Center sloop finally answered

New York - In 2010, construction crews working at the One World Trade Center site made a startling discover while digging beneath the streets of New York:

Photo Essay: Summer excavations of Mount Vernon's kitchen ongoing Special

Mount Vernon - An archaeology dig at Mount Vernon has been taking place throughout the summer outside the property's kitchen. The team's objective is to try to learn more about the earlier layout of the property and also see what other artifacts can be found.

'Hobbit' discoverer Professor Morwood dies

Noted Australian archeologist, Professor Mike Morwood, died at the age of 62. Celebrated for his research into Aboriginal rock art, he was famously credited with the discovery of a pre-human species on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003.

World's 'oldest lunar calendar' found in Scottish field

Archeologists believe they may have found the world's "oldest calendar." The team working on the project in Scotland have found evidence of pits that appear to mimic the phases of the moon.

Hidden for centuries, lost Maya city found in Mexican jungle

Archaeologists have recently found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rainforests of eastern Mexico, a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues about how the civilization collapsed around 1,000 years ago.

Behind the Atlantis myth: Isn't there any truth?

Ever since the first recorded history of Atlantis, written by the Greek philosopher Plato over 2,360 years ago, debate has raged as to whether or not Atlantis ever really existed. Why some of us still search for the answer to this mystery?

Archaeologists find thousands of ancient cave paintings in Mexico

Burgos - A group of archaeologists in Mexico found close to 5,000 ancient cave paintings in an unexpected location. The paintings were discovered in the north-eastern city of Burgos.

Walking through history: The many incarnations of ancient Aptera Special

A lesser known archeology site on the island of Crete is Ancient Aptera, a town with a long history. The site features a Greek theater and temples, Roman cisterns and bathhouses, a Turkish castle and a Christian monastery: Cretan history all in one place.

Mysterious stone structure found beneath Sea of Galilee

Archeologists are puzzled over a giant stone structure found beneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel. The structure appears to be extremely large in size. Researchers are not certain of its age nor why it was built.

Photo Essay: Archaeology opportunity in Turkey Special

Izmit - Turkey is an archaeologist's dream. Not only does it offer amazing Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantium, and Ottoman ruins, it also offers yet un-explored sites for those interested in archaeology.

Scores of buried WWII Spitfires may soon fly again

The truth or fiction behind rumours of scores of buried WWII Spitfire fighter planes is soon to be revealed with the announcement that ownership issues have been solved and recovery funding sourced.

2 possible new pyramids discovered in Egypt

An individual who conducted a Google Earth satellite imagery survey has claimed to discover two new pyramids in Egypt. The findings are located about 90 miles apart.

Viking-era shipwreck found off the coast of Sweden

A centuries-old shipwreck has been discovered lying underneath the waters of Sweden's coastline. The remains of the boat have been estimated to be about 800 years old.

Divers plan to extract 16th century Chinese porcelain from ocean

An exquisite treasure is resting at the bottom of the ocean off the shores of Indonesia, and one company is making plans to pull it up to the surface.

Easter Island: Beauty and attractions of ‘the navel of the world’ Special

Hanga Roa - In addition to its history and mysterious archaeological treasures, Easter Island has many places of great natural beauty that provide opportunities for biking, horseback riding, hiking inside an extinct volcano or attending a colourful folk show.

Ancient fish hook shows early man skilled in deep-sea fishing

Researchers have discovered humans engaged in deep sea fishing much earlier than previously believed. Scientists have found evidence which shows people deep sea fished as far back as 42,000 years ago.

Italy displays statue of Roman emperor Caligula found near Rome

Rome - The Italian authorities unveiled a marble statue found in the district of Ostia which experts believe depicts infamous Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula.
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A wall dividing the city of Aptera from the extensive Necropolis (city of the dead) outside
A wall dividing the city of Aptera from the extensive Necropolis (city of the dead) outside
Petroglyphs are carved on smooth basalt rocks located along coastal areas and are often associated w...
Petroglyphs are carved on smooth basalt rocks located along coastal areas and are often associated with ceremonial centers.
Reconstruction of the distinguished lady from York
Reconstruction of the distinguished lady from York
Yorkshire Museum
Large standing moai near the quarry of Ranu Raraku volcano. There are four inactive volcanos in East...
Large standing moai near the quarry of Ranu Raraku volcano. There are four inactive volcanos in Easter Island.
Bronze Age artifacts in Britain
Bronze Age artifacts in Britain
Dr Peter Hoare of pgh@ventifact.co.uk
A cat is hiding among the ruins of a Roman villa. Ancient Aptera  Western Crete
A cat is hiding among the ruins of a Roman villa. Ancient Aptera, Western Crete
Walking across this ancient pavement  your feet touch the same stones as the Roman elite of the time...
Walking across this ancient pavement, your feet touch the same stones as the Roman elite of the time ...
The ruins at the Pachacamac archeological site where thousands of squatters temporarily took residen...
The ruins at the Pachacamac archeological site where thousands of squatters temporarily took residence.
By Xauxa
A 6 500-year-old human skeleton  discovered in the basement of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia  Penn...
A 6,500-year-old human skeleton, discovered in the basement of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is seen in this undated handout photo courtesy of the Penn Museum.
Penn State Museum
Seven moai at Ahu Akivi were restored in 1960 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy and his C...
Seven moai at Ahu Akivi were restored in 1960 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy and his Chilean colleague, Gonzalo Figueroa. In contrast to most moai at other sites on the island, the moai at Ahu Akivi face the ocean.
Moais at Ahu Tahai also face inland and they stand on a complex platform of several levels also made...
Moais at Ahu Tahai also face inland and they stand on a complex platform of several levels also made with stones.
At the rather unprotected site  sheep wander among the ruins of ancient Aptera in Western Crete
At the rather unprotected site, sheep wander among the ruins of ancient Aptera in Western Crete
Moais at Ahu Tahai with the village of Hanga Roa in the background. On the right is Moai  Kote Riku ...
Moais at Ahu Tahai with the village of Hanga Roa in the background. On the right is Moai "Kote Riku" with stone hat and restored eyes.
The town of Hanga Roa is the only inhabited location in the island. Matavery International Airport i...
The town of Hanga Roa is the only inhabited location in the island. Matavery International Airport is not far from the village.
If you walk or drive up to the Turkish castle  there s a spectacular view of Itzedin  an 1872 Turkis...
If you walk or drive up to the Turkish castle, there's a spectacular view of Itzedin, an 1872 Turkish fort overlooking Souda Bay.
Archeologists have put up protection against the unrelenting summer sun during additional excavation...
Archeologists have put up protection against the unrelenting summer sun during additional excavations at Aptera in 2009
Skull of the 4 500-year-old skeleton
Skull of the 4,500-year-old skeleton
The Penn Musem
Moais at Ahu Tahai near the town of Hanga Roa  Easter Island.
Moais at Ahu Tahai near the town of Hanga Roa, Easter Island.
At the site of Ancient Aptera  archeologists have discovered an old Greek theater -- as of now close...
At the site of Ancient Aptera, archeologists have discovered an old Greek theater -- as of now closed to the public.
The excavations were done outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls
The excavations were done outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls
Amoruso

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