Dec 21, 2014

Clay seals may shed light on biblical era

Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist James W. Hardin. This could indicate that ...

Greece outraged by British Museum's sculpture loan to Russia

Dec 6, 2014

Greece outraged by British Museum's sculpture loan to Russia

One of the British Museum’s much-disputed Parthenon Marbles was unveiled Friday after being sent in secret to Russia — a surprise move that outraged Greece, which has long demanded the return of the artifacts. The loan of the piece, an elegant depiction of the ...

DNA of King Richard III casts doubt on lineage of his successors

Dec 3, 2014

DNA of King Richard III casts doubt on lineage of his successors

Scientists say there is “overwhelming evidence” that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England’s King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors. The bones of the 15th-century king ...

Limestone 'Venus' 23,000 years old dug up in France

Nov 28, 2014

Limestone 'Venus' 23,000 years old dug up in France

A limestone statuette of a shapely woman some 23,000 years old has been discovered in northern France in what archaeologists Thursday described as an “exceptional” find. Archaeologists stumbled on the Paleolithic-era sculpture during a dig in the summer in Amiens, the first such find ...

New Zealanders feud over fate of corpse ship

Nov 26, 2014

New Zealanders feud over fate of corpse ship

The S.S. Ventnor sank 112 years ago off the northern New Zealand coast, bearing unusual cargo: the exhumed bodies of 499 Chinese miners, some in wooden coffins and others in sealed zinc caskets. They had tried their luck in New Zealand’s gold rush, and ...

Nov 23, 2014

Paintings discovered at Greece's biggest ancient tomb

Paintings of daily life have been discovered on columns at Greece’s biggest ancient tomb at Amphipolis in the northern region of Macedonia, the Greek culture ministry said Saturday. “After cleaning the columns, images of people, objects and utensils were uncovered,” Culture Minister Kostas Tassoulas ...

Skeleton found in tomb from era of Alexander the Great

Nov 13, 2014

Skeleton found in tomb from era of Alexander the Great

Archaeologists are holding their breath that a skeleton found in a mysterious, richly decorated tomb from the time of Alexander the Great will solve the riddle of who ancient Greece’s biggest burial mound was built for. Having dug their way past huge decapitated sphinxes, ...