Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

Oct 24, 2014

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world’s highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological ...

Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb

Oct 22, 2014

Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb

The head of a nearly intact marble sphinx has been discovered in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis, Greece, the culture ministry announced on Tuesday. Discovered in the fourth chamber of a burial mound at the site in the northern region of Macedonia, ...

Ancient Chinese people mystify

Oct 19, 2014

Ancient Chinese people mystify

When the mysterious people of China’s Sanxingdui packed up and moved away 3,000 years ago, they left behind no written language and no indication of who they were, where they were going or why. What they did leave was a gigantic cache of intricately ...

Archaeologists seek movie set in California sands

Oct 19, 2014

Archaeologists seek movie set in California sands

Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes — made of plaster. More than 90 years ago, filmmaker Cecile B. DeMille erected 21 giant sphinxes and a temple as a set for the silent black-and-white classic movie ...

Retiree unearths huge Viking treasure trove in Scotland

Oct 16, 2014

Retiree unearths huge Viking treasure trove in Scotland

A British metal-detecting enthusiast has unearthed the most significant Viking treasure hoard ever found in Scotland, shedding light on the warriors’ links with the rest of Europe. Officials said on Monday that the trove includes more than 100 objects dating from the ninth and ...

Archaeologists revisit rich Roman wreck off Greece

Oct 12, 2014

Archaeologists revisit rich Roman wreck off Greece

Archaeologists armed with top-notch technology have scoured one of the richest shipwrecks of antiquity for overlooked treasures, recovering a scattering of artefacts amid indications that significant artworks may await discovery under the seabed. Lying 50 meters down a steep underwater slope off Antikythera Island ...