1,000 ounces of gold recovered from sunken ship

May 6, 2014

1,000 ounces of gold recovered from sunken ship

An expedition to bring back the remaining gold from a steamship that sank in 1857 off South Carolina in one of the worst U.S. maritime disasters has recovered almost 1,000 ounces of gold — the first gold recovered from the wreck in almost a ...

Hunt starts for the burial place of Cervantes

May 3, 2014

Hunt starts for the burial place of Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes, Spain’s greatest writer, was a soldier of little fortune. He died in Madrid broke, his body riddled with bullets. His burial place was a tiny convent church no larger than the entrance hall of an average house. No more was heard ...

Serendipity aids Egypt's toil to recover stolen heritage

Apr 25, 2014

Serendipity aids Egypt's toil to recover stolen heritage

When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier. The reality was ...

Philippine petroglyphs threatened

Apr 21, 2014

Philippine petroglyphs threatened

On a small rock wall a short drive from Manila, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the nation’s oldest ...

New tech unwraps mummies' mysteries

Apr 14, 2014

New tech unwraps mummies' mysteries

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists at the museum have used CT scans and sophisticated imaging software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, preserved internal organs ...

'Jesus' Wife' papyrus fragment not a forgery, scientists say

Apr 11, 2014

'Jesus' Wife' papyrus fragment not a forgery, scientists say

Scientists who examined a controversial fragment of papyrus written in Egyptian Coptic in which Jesus speaks of his wife concluded in papers published on Thursday that the papyrus and ink are probably ancient and not a modern forgery. The existence of the fragment, known ...

Black Death wasn't spread by fleas

Mar 30, 2014

Black Death wasn't spread by fleas

Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of central London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century. Analysis of ...

Huge pharaonic statues unveiled in Egyptian temple city

Mar 24, 2014

Huge pharaonic statues unveiled in Egyptian temple city

Archaeologists on Sunday unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions. The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their ...

Mar 18, 2014

3,200-year-old skeleton shows trace of cancer

Archaeologists have found the 3,200-year-old skeleton of a man with a spreading form of cancer, the oldest example so far of a disease often associated with modern lifestyles, scientists said Monday. The remains of a man believed to be between the ages of 25 ...

Mar 16, 2014

LA subway dig finds prehistoric trove

An exploratory subway shaft dug just down the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has uncovered a treasure trove of other prehistoric artifacts in the land where saber-toothed cats and other early animals once roamed. They include mollusks, asphalt-saturated sand dollars ...