May 27, 2015

Police catch 175 looters in China's biggest artifact find

Chinese police have caught 175 looters who broke into a Neolithic archaeological site in what officials are calling the country’s biggest recovery of stolen artifacts. The Ministry of Public Security announced Tuesday that the operation rescued 1,168 cultural relics worth more than 500 million ...

Dog domestication much older than previously known

May 22, 2015

Dog domestication much older than previously known

Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind’s long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought. Today’s dogs, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane, are ...

Awajishima sand mound yields seven Yayoi bronze vessels

May 20, 2015

Awajishima sand mound yields seven Yayoi bronze vessels

Seven bell-shaped bronze vessels from the early Yayoi Period (200 B.C. to A.D. 250) have been found in sand collected by a stone processing firm on Awajishima Island, Hyogo Prefecture. The vessels, the oldest of them assumed to be from the second century B.C., ...

Explorers claim to have found treasure from shipwrecked William Kidd

May 8, 2015

Explorers claim to have found treasure from shipwrecked William Kidd

A team of American explorers on Thursday claimed to have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar. Marine archaeologist Barry Clifford told reporters he had found a 50-kg (110-pound) silver bar in ...

Austria dig yields apparent Ottoman army camel

Apr 2, 2015

Austria dig yields apparent Ottoman army camel

Male, castrated, and used by Ottomans in the 17th century — this is the conclusion researchers have drawn from their analysis of a camel skeleton found in Austria in 2006. You could be forgiven for thinking this was an April Fool’s, but Vienna’s University ...

Argentine site may give up Nazi secrets

Mar 24, 2015

Argentine site may give up Nazi secrets

An Argentine archaeologist who discovered what he thinks was a hideout built for German Nazis to flee to after World War II said Monday more dark secrets may be buried there. Daniel Schavelzon grabbed headlines and revived uncomfortable memories for Argentina, a notorious refuge ...

Mar 23, 2015

China reportedly seeks return of 'stolen' mummy

A Chinese province is seeking the return of a 1,000-year-old mummified monk that experts say was stolen two decades ago and resurfaced at an exhibition in Hungary. A Buddha statue containing a monk’s remains has been on display at the Mummy World Exhibition at ...

After 500 years, Richard III finally gets a king's burial

Mar 23, 2015

After 500 years, Richard III finally gets a king's burial

Thousands of spectators lined the streets to see the coffin of England’s Richard III taken in procession to his final burial, five centuries after his death on the battlefield. The remains of the last English monarch to die in battle were discovered buried under ...

Research shows Neanderthals were world's first jewelers

Mar 22, 2015

Research shows Neanderthals were world's first jewelers

The widely held vision of Neanderthals as brutes may need a stark rethink after research found they crafted the world’s earliest jewelry from eagle talons 130,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared in Europe. “While reviewing eight, white-tailed eagle talons and an associated ...