Islamic State publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

Aug 26, 2015

Islamic State publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

The Islamic State group on Tuesday published images showing the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s Palmyra. The images showed militants placing barrels and small containers, presumably containing explosives, into the temple, as well as similar containers placed on parts of its ...

Skull-lined Aztec altar discovered in Mexico

Aug 23, 2015

Skull-lined Aztec altar discovered in Mexico

Archaeologists say they have found the main trophy rack of sacrificed human skulls at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor Aztec ruin site. Racks known as “tzompantli” were where the Aztecs displayed the severed heads of sacrifice victims on wooden poles pushed through the sides of ...

IS systematically destroying heritage sites, UNESCO chief says

Aug 22, 2015

IS systematically destroying heritage sites, UNESCO chief says

Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the “most brutal, systematic” destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Friday after militants demolished a monastery with ancient foundations in central Syria. The world’s ...

Prehistoric smashed bones point to early massacre in Europe

Aug 19, 2015

Prehistoric smashed bones point to early massacre in Europe

Scientists have found rare evidence of a prehistoric massacre in Europe after discovering a 7,000-year-old mass grave with skeletal remains of some of the continent’s first farmers. The bones bear terrible wounds. Archaeologists who painstakingly examined the bones of some 26 men, women and ...

Jul 29, 2015

Students find 560,000-year-old tooth in French cave

Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists as the oldest human body part ever discovered in the country and being rare from that period in Europe. The ...

Jul 29, 2015

Sweden says wreck is Russian sub from WWI

Sweden said on Tuesday the wreck of a submarine found off its coast appeared to be a Tsarist-era Russian vessel that collided with a Swedish ship about a century ago. “We are most likely talking about the Russian submarine the Som (Catfish), which sank ...

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 ...