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Dig season wraps up for 'Mentor', the brig carrying Acropolis antiquities looted by Elgin.

Salvage work on the historic shipwreck of "Mentor" off Kythira island in southern Greece, which carried off sculpture from the Acropolis and Athens by order of British Lord Elgin, wrapped up another season recently with small finds including secti...

Oxyrhynchus papyri sold by renowned professor to Hobby Lobby.

A number of ancient papyri from Oxyrhynchus, part of the Egypt Exploration Society’s collection, have been identified as part of the lot allegedly offered for sale by Professor Dirk Obbink to the American chain Hobby Lobby. The Society has issued ...

Bodhisattva statue unearthed in Cambodia

The Apsara National Authority technical team uncovered a sandstone statue of a Bodhisattva while carrying out excavation work at the east entrance of the Ta Nei temple this week.Credit: Apsara AuthorityThe team was trying to find the temple’s roof...

Huge medieval coin hoard found in southeastern Denmark.

A treasure of 1,000 silver coins from the Middle Ages has been found in Vejle close to a forest. The coins, which are made of 80 percent silver and 20 percent copper, weigh approximately one gram apiece.Some of the coins from hoard [Credit: VejleM...

Two large-scale palatial structures discovered in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Chinese archaeologists have discovered two large-scale palatial structures in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.Credit: CCTVThe structures were found in the millennium-old ruins of the capital city of the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) by...

Ancient Egyptian funerary equipment workshops revealed at Valley of the Monkeys.

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Ancient Egyptian funerary equipment workshops have been revealed at Luxor’s Valley of the Monkeys by a team of Egyptian archaeologists headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass.Credit: Egypt. Ministry of AntiquitiesEgypt’s Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled Al-An...

Private property, not productivity, precipitated Neolithic agricultural revolution.

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Humankind first started farming in Mesopotamia about 11,500 years ago. Subsequently, the practices of cultivating crops and raising livestock emerged independently at perhaps a dozen other places around the world, in what archaeologists call the N...

Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii

A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday.A 'Murmillo' fighter wearing a plum...

An exceptional antique necropolis discovered in Narbonne.

At the gates of Narbonne, an Antique necropolis is currently under excavation by an Inrap team, as prescribed by the State (Drac Occitanie), prior to the construction of a Zac. Due to its importance and its exceptional state of preservation, this ...

Byzantine mosaic revealed near ancient city of Parion in Turkey’s Canakkale.

An early Byzantine mosaic bearing geometrical patterns was unearthed during an illegal excavation in northwestern Turkey's Canakkale province Wednesday.Credit: AAActing on a tip-off about the illegal excavation, provincial gendarmerie forces launc...

Faces of Indus Valley people reconstructed

In a first-of-its-kind attempt, scientists have generated (what they claim to be) an accurate facial representation of people from the Indus Valley Civilisation.Original skulls (left) of two individuals which went through cranofacial reconstructio...

Excavations continued this year at ancient Alasarna on Greek island of Kos.

The excavation conducted this season by the University of Athens at ancient Alasarna (today’s Kardamaina) on Kos is into its 35th year. It is the longest, continuous, systematic archaeological research on the island, as well as one of the most lon...

Study offers solution to Ice Age ocean chemistry puzzle.

New research into the chemistry of the oceans during ice ages is helping to solve a puzzle that has engaged scientists for more than two decades.The Southern ocean, south-east of Tasmania [Credit: IMAS]At issue is how much of the CO2 that entered ...

Bacteria contradict Darwin: Survival of the friendliest.

New microbial research at the University of Copenhagen suggests that 'survival of the friendliest' outweighs 'survival of the fittest' for groups of bacteria. Bacteria make space for one another and sacrifice properties if it benefits the bacteria...

5700-year-old child burial unearthed in eastern Turkey.

A recently unearthed skeleton of a child in eastern Turkey is thought to date back to 5,700 years ago, according to the head of excavation.Credit: AAThe skeleton was discovered in a Late Chalcolithic era house during ongoing excavations in the Arc...

Social inequality in Bronze Age households

Archaeogenetic analyses provide new insights into social inequality 4000 years ago: nuclear families lived together with foreign women and individuals from lower social classes in the same household.Illustration of Bronze Age Europeans [Credit: bu...

Cretan tomb's location may have strengthened territorial claim.

Examining the position occupied by tombs in their landscape in Prepalatial Crete gives us new insights into the role played by burial sites, mortuary practices and the deceased in the living society.Apesokari Tholos Tomb A [Credit: Minoan Crete]Th...

DNA study sheds new light on the people of the Neolithic battle axe culture.

In an interdisciplinary study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, an international research team has combined archaeological, genetic and stable isotope data to understand the demographic processes associated with the iconic Battle Ax...

Study finds prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago.

Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major discoveries from the late Lower Pa...

Ancient fossils reveal fresh clues about early life on land.

Slime has been present on Earth for a very long time—almost 2 billion years, according to a recent reassessment of fossil evidence.Credit: University of OregonIn a study published this month in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palae...

Meet Siamraptor suwati, a new species of giant predatory dinosaur from Thailand.

Fossils discovered in Thailand represent a new genus and species of predatory dinosaur, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Duangsuda Chokchaloemwong of Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand and colleagu...

Chemical evolution: One-pot wonder

Before life, there was RNA: Scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich show how the four different letters of this genetic alphabet could be created from simple precursor molecules on early Earth - under the same environmental c...

2019 excavations at the ancient Cypriot town of Pyla-Koutsopetria completed.

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, has announced that the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP) completed its 15th season οn 14 June 2019 under the direction of Dr. Brandon R. Olson of Metropo...

Genetics contributed to variations in stature among prehistoric Europeans.

Genetics has largely contributed to changes in height that occurred among Europeans during the last 38,000 years, a new analysis has found.Three ~31,000 years old skulls from Dolni Vestonice in the Czech Republic[Credit: Martin Frouz & Jiri Svobod...

How differences in the genetic 'instruction booklet' between humans and Neanderthals influenced traits.

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When it comes to our differences from Neanderthals, most of what we know comes from comparing fossils. But fossils can only tell us about bones and not whole living organisms.A modern human and a Neanderthal skull facing each other [Credit: DrMike...