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Palmyra: destruction of ancient temple is a war crime, says Unesco chief

The chief of the UN’s cultural agency on Monday described Islamic State’s destruction of a Roman temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as a “war crime”.<p>The strong language comes a day after Isis was said to have destroyed the temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra, which was begun in 17AD and was …

Middle East

Lost palace of Sparta possibly uncovered

An ancient Greek palace filled with cultic objects and clay tablets written in a lost script may be the long-lost palace of Mycenaean Sparta, one of the most famous civilizations of ancient Greece.<p>The 10-room complex, called Ayios Vassileios, was filled with striking artifacts, including fragments …

Russian archaeologists excavate ‘White Walls’ of ancient Egyptian capital Memphis

A Russian archaeological expedition spanning more than a decade has unearthed the enclosure walls of the first capital of Egypt – the legendary city …

Syria: Ancient Mar Elian monastery bulldozed by Isis was interfaith experiment in divided country

Every summer for three years, Emma Loosley was the only inhabitant and custodian of Mar Elian, an ancient Syrian monastery nestled in the remote but …

Queen Nefertiti’s tomb still intact next to Tutankhamun’s, claims leading archeologist

New high-definition images of the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun show a sealed secret passageway to what is likely the resting place of one of …

ISIS Fighters Destroy 2,000-Year-Old Temple in Ancient Ruins of Palmyra

ISIS fighters couldn’t convince a beloved Syrian archeologist to give up the location of valuable antiquities, but they can blow up everything still …

Archaeology

Tolerant and multicultural, Palmyra stood for everything Isis hates

Syria’s ancient city prospered by integrating migrants and allowing worship of many gods. It couldn’t be further from Isis’s monocultural savagery<p>In May 2015, Islamic State captured the modern city of Palmyra. The adjoining Unesco world heritage site is a breathtaking archaeological complex like no …

Ancient History

ISIS blows up ancient Baalshamin temple in Syria

Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra, activists said Sunday, realizing the worst fears archaeologists …

The three wonders of the ancient world solving modern water problems

In Peru, Kenya and India, NGOs are helping communities overcome water scarcity using wisdom from the past<p>India<p>Across large swaths of the Thar desert in western India, traditional techniques for harvesting the little amount of rain that falls has helped people survive the powerful effects of the sun …

Water

Isil 'blows up Temple of Bel' in ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

It is the second of the city's ancient temples to be destroyed in a week as jihadist groups continues its programme of "cultural cleansing"<p>Violent jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have partially destroyed the the most famous landmark in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.<p>…

Palmyra

Destroyed by ISIS, artifacts may find new life after 3D reconstruction

<b>IVETTE FELICIANO:</b><p>This video appears to show members of the Islamic State, or ISIS, using sledgehammers to destroy artifacts at a museum in Mosul, …

Middle East

The Most Interesting Thing About That Ancient Spartan Palace Isn't The Palace - It's The Language

Remnants of a Mycenaean-era palace on the plain of Sparta have brought to light a number of finely-decorated artifacts, bronze swords, and wall frescoes, according to a press release from the Greek Ministry of Culture. But the real jaw-dropper is the fact that the ancient fire that destroyed the …

Ancient History

Harrowing images show ISIS ‘demolishing’ Syria’s ancient Palmyra temple (PHOTOS)

Islamic State militants have released photos showing what appears to be the destruction of the ancient Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, a …

He looked after the ancient ruins of Palmyra for 40 years. Now ISIS has killed him.

Syrian archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad was brutally killed Tuesday by ISIS. The militant group beheaded Asaad, the foremost expert on Palmyra history, and then hanged his body from one of the Greco-Roman columns in the ancient city.<p>The octogenarian archaeologist had been held for about a month by …

Mad Max: Fury Road retold as an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph

<i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i> has already begun its hellbent descent on digital download platforms, and will arrive at the Valhalla of home video next week. But …

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon appalled by Islamic State militants demolishing ancient Syrian temple

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that he is appalled by reports of Islamic State militants demolishing a temple in Syria's ancient …

Ancient Mycenaean Palace Unearthed In Greece Near Sparta

An ancient palace believed to date back to the Mycenaean civilization has been unearthed in southern Greece.<p>The 10-room Aghios Vassileios complex is …

Expedition to ancient Antikythera wreck to reveal more mysteries of 2,000-year-old shipwreck

Scientists and underwater archaeologists are set to return to the Antikythera wreck to search for more treasures and fragments of the mystery …

Islamic State in Syria demolishes ancient Mar Elian monastery

<b>Islamic State (IS) militants have demolished the ancient Christian monastery of Mar Elian in the central Syrian town of al-Qaryatain.</b><p>The militants have also moved Christians taken captive in the town to their stronghold of Raqqa, according to a UK-based monitoring group.<p>IS captured al-Qaryatain …

Middle East

Ancient alien civilisation didn't drive giant all-terrain cars across Turkey's Phrygia Valley

An alien civilisation did not drive huge all-terrain vehicles across Turkey's Phrygia Valley 14 million years ago – the tracks were probably made by …

Crowdsourced 3D Camera Project to Battle ISIS's Archeological Destruction

While those hoping to preserve the millennia-old Roman ruins at Palmyra may be hoping for some kind of Indiana Jones-type intervention, short of more fighting, preservationists may have to find more creative ways to document the region's ancient architecture. Archeologists from Harvard and Oxford, …

City of Pergamon’s ancient appeal spans millennia

I was in a hilltop theatre built for 10,000 people, one that had one of the most striking backdrops I had ever seen. The sun, sliding low toward the earth in the west, lit up a mosaic of olive groves and grasses in the valley below. Deep green mountains rose beyond. Before me, 80 rows of seats …

BBC Two - Building the Ancient City: Athens and Rome, Rome

Rome was the world's first ancient megacity. At a time when few towns could number more than 10,000 inhabitants, more than a million lived in Rome. But in a world without modern technology, how on earth did the Romans do it? How did they feed their burgeoning population, how did they house them, …

Ancient History

Egypt's Golden Empire . Special Features . A Day in the Life . Pharaoh | PBS

<b>The sun rises on yet another bright day in ancient Egypt. A man wakes up, but this isn't any ordinary man: this is the pharaoh.</b><p>This is the last time …

Ancient History

Islamic State shows images of ancient Syrian temple destruction | Reuters

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Islamic State militants published photos on Tuesday purporting to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, an act the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO has called a war crime.<p>Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters the …

Palmyra

Islamic State militants blow up temple in ancient city of Palmyra | Reuters

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Islamic State militants on Sunday blew up the temple of Baal Shamin, one of the most important sites in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, said Maamoun Abdul Karim, the country’s antiquities chief.<p>A general view shows the historical city of Palmyra, October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Nour …

Palmyra

ISIS Destroys One Of Syria’s Most Important Ancient Landmarks

The Islamic State has reportedly destroyed another architectural landmark in Syria’s ancient Palmyra city, according to the Associated Press. The Temple of Bel, which fell in an apparent bombing on Sunday, has been one of the most significant religious buildings in the ancient city of Palmyra for …

British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

Archaeologists at the University of Bradford will be taking deep sea core samples to find the DNA of Doggerland to reconstruct the environment<p>A lost world off the British coast which was flooded by the rising North Sea thousands of years ago, is finally to reveal its secrets.<p>The ancient country of …

Archaeology

So, an ancient palace has been unearthed in Greece

Archaeologists in Greece have just made a huge, huge discovery dating all the way back to the Bronze Age! A palace near what was once Sparta was …