Mar 11, 2015

Colonial Williamsburg offers to protect Iraqi artifacts

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia says it has offered to house Iraqi artifacts to protect them from destruction by the Islamic State group. The foundation says its president, Mitchell Reiss, made the offer to a team of Iraqi archeologists and museum experts who ...

Islamic State destroying another ancient archaeological site in Iraq

Mar 8, 2015

Islamic State destroying another ancient archaeological site in Iraq

Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local residents. The ...

Mar 8, 2015

Mystery deepens over ancient Greek tomb at Amphipolis

A geologist who took part in the excavation of the ancient burial mound in Amphipolis in northern Greece says the tomb was built later than a series of vaulted rooms that also were found inside the mound. Geologist Evangelos Kambouroglou also said Saturday that ...

Mexico finds mummified bodeis in glacier

Mar 8, 2015

Mexico finds mummified bodeis in glacier

Climbers have found two mummified bodies in a glacier on Mexico’s tallest peak, and said the bodies may be the remains of climbers missing since a 1959 avalanche. Juan Navarro, the mayor of Chalchicomula de Sesma, the town nearest the Pico de Orizaba volcano, ...

Oregon stone tool suggests humans settled earlier

Mar 6, 2015

Oregon stone tool suggests humans settled earlier

Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at an ancient rock shelter in the high desert of eastern Oregon that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America. The find was announced Thursday by the U.S. ...

Mar 6, 2015

North Europeans migrated from steppe: DNA

A wave of migrants from the eastern fringes of Europe some 4,500 years ago left their trace in the DNA — and possibly the languages — of modern Europeans, according to a new study. Scientists discovered evidence of this Stone Age migration by analyzing ...

Baghdad museum reopens 12 years after looting

Mar 1, 2015

Baghdad museum reopens 12 years after looting

Iraq’s national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the U.S.-led invasion were recovered. The reopening was brought forward in what officials said was a response to the destruction of ...

Science dates old dogs with new tricks

Feb 6, 2015

Science dates old dogs with new tricks

Man’s best friend has not been around for nearly as long as thought, according to a study released Thursday that brings the emergence of modern dogs forward by some 15,000 years. The finding follows the reclassification of two fossil skulls, one more than 30,000 ...