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Dark Side of Medieval Convent Life Revealed

British archaeologists excavating a church site in Oxford have brought to light the darker side of medieval convent life, revealing skeletons of nuns …

Middle Ages

Hellenistic sarcophagus unearthed in NW Turkey

A 2,200-year-old sarcophagus containing ancient bones, a gold crown and teardrop vases was discovered in the Gemlik district of Turkey’s northwestern …


Staffordshire hoard: experts piece together rare warrior's helmet

More than 1,500 scraps of silver gilt foil from the Staffordshire hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure, including strips stamped with designs of warriors and beasts and other fragments the size of a fingernail, are being pieced together by archaeologists and conservators into a warrior’s helmet of …


Archaeologists Report Recent Damage to Egyptian Tomb

CAIRO, EGYPT—The Catholic Leuven University archaeology mission announced on their Facebook page (KU Leuven - Egyptologie) that a section of a wall …


Seal Left Impression of Musical Scene 5,000 Years Ago

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—Scholars have taken a fresh look at a 5,000-year-old seal impression unearthed in western Galilee in the 1970s, and think that it …

Israel Antiquities Authority

Mummy Science: Modern Human Leg Treated by Ancient Egyptian Methods

The ancient Egyptians famously mummified the dead to preserve their loved ones in perpetuity, and now, scientists have mummified fresh tissue from a …


Amazing Drone Footage Of Sudan's Mysterious & Forgotten Pyramids

When talking about pyramids, the topic of discussion is likely the iconic structures found across Egypt, in particular the mind-boggling Pyramids of …


In Ancient Egypt, Life Wasn’t Easy for Elite Pets

Animal skeletons found buried in a 5,000-year-old cemetery reveal injuries from beatings, restraints.

For ancient Egyptians, owning a menagerie of exotic animals conveyed power and wealth. But the remains of baboons, hippos, and other elite pets buried more than 5,000 years ago in a graveyard near …


Archaeology: Bulgarian dig finds 8000-year-old ‘double-storey’ houses

Bulgarian archaeologists say that they have found 60 houses from a Neolithic settlement, estimated to date back 8000 years, that were seven to eight …


Afterlife of Early Neolithic houses in the Polish lowlands

Joanna Pyzel is an archaeologist graduated from Warsaw University in Poland. After scholarships to Cologne and Mainz in Germany she received her PhD …


Irish and Scots may have been first to settle Iceland, researcher finds

It has long been believed that the first people to inhabit Iceland were the Norse settlers who arrived around the year 874 AD. However, the discovery …


ISIL razing of Palmyra’s cultural heritage “not foregone conclusion”

Western outrage over fears ISIL will raze Palmyra’s cultural patrimony has handed the radicalists valuable propaganda, an expert has claimed.

But Charlie Winter, a researcher on jihadist movements at the Quilliam Foundation, says the destruction of the Syrian city’s heritage is not a “foregone …


A Global Museum: How Flipboard Can Help Bring a World of Ancient Wonders to Classrooms Half a World Away

Being born and raised in Australia, it was easy for me to feel isolated from the rest of the world, especially as I developed a love of history as a child. I recall my disappointment when I learnt that the lands of the Romans, Incas and Medieval Europe were on the other side of the world from where …

World History

Bust of Queen Nefertiti: Egypt’s most fascinating artifact after Tut’s mask

CAIRO: Several museums all over the world house ancient Egyptian treasures but the iconic bust of Queen Nefertiti, currently on display at Berlin’s …


Experts disagree over antiquity repatriations

Last week Cambodia welcomed home a 10th-century statue of the Hindu god Hanuman. The statue, which had been looted from the Koh Ker temple complex in …


Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700

Egypt in the period from the reign of the emperor Constantine to the Arab conquest was both a vital part of the Late Roman and Byzantine world, …


3.3-Million-Year-Old Stone Tools Push Back Archaeological Record by a Whopping 700,000 Years

Archaeologists have discovered the earliest stone tools found to date. The West Turkana Archaeological Project made the announcement in a paper to be …


Ancient Mummies Meet Modern Medicine with “The Anatomy of the Mummy”

PHILADELPHIA, PA May 22, 2015—Mummies are fascinating to the general public. It turns out they are fascinating to scientists, too. Anthropologists, …


Anglo-Saxon skeleton shows leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia

An international team of researchers have found evidence suggesting leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia.

The team, led by the …


12,300-Year-Old Bone Pendants May be Oldest Artwork Ever Discovered in Alaska

Carved bone pendants have been found at a prehistoric site in Alaska that may prove to be the very first known examples of artwork in the northern …


Restoration reveals details of Romans who perished in Pompeii

• Restorers are working on 86 of the carefully preserved plaster casts• 
They belong to Romans who perished when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD
Victims have


Discovering Istanbul's Big New Digs

The stunning Hagia Sophia, the vast Topkapi Palace, the rich Grand Bazaar, and the monumental Süleymaniye mosque by the architect Sinan whose genius rivaled Leondardo’s: Istanbul can brag about more than its fair share of splendid sites. The city is so ancient though that major archaelogical finds …

Ancient Titicacans Survived Brutal Brawls And Cranial Surgery, Skeletons Show

Jutting out into Lake Titicaca, the Copacabana Peninsula today boasts some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches flanked by verdant terraces and colorful houses nestled into the cliffside. It will come as no surprise that people have lived along the shores of Titicaca nearly continuously since at …


Ancient Wolf DNA Could Solve Dog Origin Mystery

Humans and dogs were constant companions well before our ancestors settled in villages and started growing crops 10,000 years ago, a new study …

Ancient DNA

Britain's most mysterious stone circles

United Kingdom

Dogs May Have Split From Wolves 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—DNA from an ancient Taimyr wolf bone from Siberia has been compared to DNA from modern dogs by Pontus Skoglund of Harvard …


Another English king could be buried under parking lot: historian

Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of the remains of King Richard III under an English car park, researchers believe another medieval …

News (Australia)

Gold Artifacts Tell Tale of Drug-Fueled Rituals and "Bastard Wars"

Vessels discovered in a Scythian grave mound contained traces of opium and marijuana, confirming the claim of an ancient historian.

They ruled the vast grasslands of Eurasia for a thousand years, striking fear into the hearts of the ancient Greeks and Persians. But they left no cities or settlements …


Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014

Thanks to the careful work of archaeologists, we learned more in the past year about Stonehenge's hidden monuments, Richard III's gruesome death and …


YORK, ENGLAND—The foundations of St. Leonard’s Hospital have been found under the stage and auditorium at the site of the York Theatre Royal. It had …

Middle Ages