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GIANUTTRI, ITALY—An impressive ancient Roman villa that has been closed to the public for more than a decade has reopened for visitors, according to …

Archaeology

Scientists confirm oldest European human footprints in Romanian cave

A new study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology has revealed that ancient human footprints found in a Romanian cave and …

Romania

Islamic State takes sledgehammer to 'irreplaceable' ancient Palmyra ruins

Isil militants have released images showing a civilian being forced to destroy priceless artefacts from the Roman city of Palmyra as the head of Unesco warned of "cultural cleansing" by the extremist group'

Militants from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) are feared to have begun …

Ancient Civilization

2nd shipwreck confirmed from 13th century Mongolian invasion

MATSUURA, Nagasaki Prefecture--A shipwreck found here is the second confirmed vessel from a 13th century Mongolian fleet that foundered in a typhoon …

Archaeology

Historical Artifacts Unearthed in Seattle

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—Construction workers building a rainwater storage facility unexpectedly encountered a trove of historic artifacts beneath …

Seattle

Archaeologists digging in search of common people

In Angkor Wat research, the focus has long been on temples and high society. A new project there is taking a different approach, laying the …

Archaeology

Roman Villa Reopens on Wild Tuscan Island

The remains of one of the most prestigious maritime villas from Roman times are set to reopen tomorrow in a small, almost uninhabited island off the …

Archaeology

Ancient Humans Had Sex with Mystery Relatives, Study Suggests

A new, improved sequencing of ancient human relative genomes reveals that Homo sapiens didn't only have sex with Neanderthals and a little-understood …

Inca Road: The ancient highway that created an empire

Do long-dead builders have the answer to more sustainable road development? A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC shows why the Incan kingdom built a lasting infrastructure.

The Inca Road is one of the most extraordinary feats of engineering in the world. By the 16th Century …

Ancient History

Jerusalem family finds 2,000-year old mikveh underneath living room

They hesitated about calling in the authorities for some years, during which they simply lived above the Second Temple-era ritual bath.

Archaeology

British Museum’s ivory icons denied US entry for loan show

The US Fish and Wildlife Service blocked the importation of six Byzantine ivory pieces due to come to the US on a loan from the British Museum for …

A Surprising Find Under the Living Room Floor

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—During renovations of their home in the neighborhood of ‘Ein Kerem, a family discovered a ritual bath, or mikveh, under the living …

Archaeology

Lancashire Museums - Understanding the past, inspiring the future - Lancashire County Council

This spectacular collection of Viking silver was discovered in mid September 2011. It is the third largest collection of Viking silver found to date …

Museums

Museums and looted art: the ethical dilemma of preserving world cultures

Every month produces new cases of the “repatriation” of antiquities from American museums to their countries of origin.

In late May, Italian authorities displayed 25 looted artefacts retrieved from the United States. They included some objects smuggled by the infamous dealer Giacomo Medici, …

Museums

2,000-Year-Old Footprint Uncovered

VINDOLANDA, ENGLAND—Archaeologists at the site of Vindolanda in northern England have unearthed another piece of evidence of the daily life of the …

Hadrian's Wall

Sport and Spectacle

Roman Spain, 3rd c. A.D.

In the Greco-Roman world, racehorses were potent symbols used by both individuals and the state to express power, encourage …

Chariot

Colonial Americans Drank Roughly Three Times as Much as Americans Do Now

In 1784, the doctor Benjamin Rush described alcohol as a threat to morality—and a danger to the nascent republic.

Go ahead, have a small beer; it will bring “Serenity of Mind, Reputation, Long Life, & Happiness.” Even a strong beer would be fine, for that brings “Cheerfulness, Strength, and …

Drinking

ARCHAEOLOGY - Roman-era athlete found in Turkey's west

Archaeology

Hill fort said to be where King Arthur’s Guinevere was born has lasted 3,000 years: now it’s under siege

A powerful group of senior archaeologists are sharpening their trowels to fight “ethically unacceptable” plans they say will destroy one of the nation’s greatest Iron Age treasures.

Old Oswestry Hill Fort, an imposing ancient feature that dominates the skyline on the fringe of the Shropshire market …

King Arthur

Dig sheds new light on Norwich’s medieval past

08:00 26 June 2015

Skeleton in an uncovered tomb. The 18-week excavation of the site at St Annes Wharf, Norwich. The site, close to the river, has …

Middle Ages

Ancient Buddhist scripture found near Beijing

A sacred Buddhist scripture was found in a suburb of Beijing. The 'Lotus Sutra' - supposedly wrested from a realm of snake gods - is one of the …

Beijing

Artifact

What is it?

Lock-rings

Culture

Late Bronze Age (Ewart Park Phase)

Date

1000-800 B.C.

Material

Gold containing naturally occuring silver, and copper …

Prehistory

Isis destroys Palmyra shrines in Syria

Islamic State militants have blown up two ancient shrines they consider sacrilegious in Palmyra, the jihadi group said on Tuesday.

The report was the first of any damage being done by the militants to buildings in Palmyra, a 2,000 Unesco world heritage site in central Syria, since they seized …

Palmyra

Ancient Greek 'Antikythera' Shipwreck Still Holds Secrets

An ancient shipwreck doesn't give up all its secrets at once. Greek authorities have approved a five-year extension for explorers to continue probing …

Ancient Civilization

CIUDAD SERDAN, Mexico: As globe warms, melting glaciers revealing more than bare earth | Mexico

— As a result of warming temperatures, Mexico’s tallest volcano, Pico de Orizaba, is performing an all-natural striptease, the ice patches near its …

Mexico

Archaeologists uncover trenches used to train World War I soldiers in Canberra

Archaeologists in Canberra discover the remains of 100-year-old training trenches built by Australian soldiers preparing to fight in World War I.

Archaeology

Zombie Burials? Ancient Greeks Restrained the Undead

Ancient supernatural practices may explain why two Grecian graves contain skeletons that are pinned down with heavy objects and rocks, almost as …

Ancient Civilization

See where the Vikings travelled

Use the interactive map to find out where the Vikings travelled to and how they traded and plundered in everything from spices to slaves.

Water Sports

Archaeologists find Bronze Age food at prehistoric settlement "comparable to the Mary Rose"

An "extraordinary testimony" to the lives of prosperous people in Bronze Age Britain could lay under the soil of a 1,100-square metre site near …

Archaeology