France to unveil copy of landmark prehistoric art cave

Dec 9, 2016

France to unveil copy of landmark prehistoric art cave

The last of four boys who discovered the Lascaux cave paintings, a stunning display of prehistoric art in southwest France, will visit a new replica of the site Saturday. Simon Coencas, now 89, will join President Francois Hollande for the inauguration of the display ...

Diggers find ancient tombs in Beijing suburb

Dec 9, 2016

Diggers find ancient tombs in Beijing suburb

The Chinese capital’s future administrative hub was already bustling 2,000 years ago. Government agencies excavating a site in the far southeastern Beijing suburbs say they have found ancient city walls and more than 1,000 tombs, most of which are dated to the eastern Han ...

Cutting-edge tech virtually unwraps Egyptian mummies

Dec 8, 2016

Cutting-edge tech virtually unwraps Egyptian mummies

The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology in a joint British-Australian exhibition. Three-dimensional images of six mummies from between 900 B.C. and A.D. 140 to 180 ...

Nov 24, 2016

Egypt unearths city and cemetery over 7,000 years old

Egypt has unearthed a more than 7,000-year-old city and cemetery dating back to its First Dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday. The find could be a boon for Egypt’s ailing tourism industry, which has suffered endless setbacks ...

Chile seeks help to protect world's oldest mummies

Oct 28, 2016

Chile seeks help to protect world's oldest mummies

Chilean researchers are seeking conservation aid to protect a collection of mummified human remains found in northern Chile, the oldest mummies discovered in the world to date. The nearly 300 “Chinchorro” mummies, which have been recovered in recent years from the dry coastal area ...

Palestinians show off rare floor mosaic near Jericho

Oct 21, 2016

Palestinians show off rare floor mosaic near Jericho

The Palestinians on Thursday gave a rare glimpse of one of the Middle East’s finest mosaic floors near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, journalists said. Dating from the eighth century, the floor covers about 820 sq. meters (8,825 sq. feet) at the ...

Sep 29, 2016

Israeli archeologists find taboo toilet at ancient Jewish shrine

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a stone toilet while excavating a Jewish shrine at an ancient city gate, they said Wednesday, evidence that a biblical king tried to stamp out worship there. King Hezekiah deliberately defiled the eighth century B.C. shrine at the door to ...

Long-lost Inca altar is found beside river in Peru

Sep 29, 2016

Long-lost Inca altar is found beside river in Peru

Workers doing cleanup along a river in southern Peru stumbled upon part of a pre-Hispanic, Inca-era altar believed to have been long-lost, the Culture Ministry said Wednesday. About 35 percent of the altar — weighing around 20 tons and decorated with detailed carving — ...