Cash crunch could doom Tutankhamun's 'new home'

Jul 1, 2015

Cash crunch could doom Tutankhamun's 'new home'

Egyptian curator Medhat Abdallah laughs when reminded of the “curse of Tutankhamun” as he cleans an ancient gilded bed found in the boy king’s burial chamber nearly a century ago. The 3,300-year-old relic is one of hundreds of artifacts from the treasure of King ...

Jun 25, 2015

Early Europeans interbred with Neanderthals: study

Around 45,000 years ago, the only humans who lived in Europe were Neanderthals. Some 10,000 years later, if the sketchy fossil record is right, the Neanderthals had been replaced by our ancestors, and one of the greatest mysteries in anthropology was born. Were the ...

Thousands mark summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge

Jun 21, 2015

Thousands mark summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge

Nine people were arrested as thousands gathered at the prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge to mark the longest day of the year, British police said Sunday. Around 23,000 people, some with flowers in their hair and playing drums and accordions, showed up at the ...

Israeli archaeologists find inscription of name from Bible

Jun 17, 2015

Israeli archaeologists find inscription of name from Bible

Israel’s antiquities authority says archaeologists have discovered a rare 3,000-year-old inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible. The name “Eshbaal Ben Beda” appears on a large ceramic jar. Eshbaal of the Bible was a son of King Saul. Archaeologists Yosef Garfinkel and Saar ...

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., ...