U.S. to return Maya artifacts to Guatemala

Jul 23, 2016

U.S. to return Maya artifacts to Guatemala

Seven priceless Maya artifacts looted from Guatemala decades ago are being returned after a representative for an antiquities collector grew suspicious of their origin and contacted the FBI. Experts called in by the agency quickly determined that the limestone pieces, all more than a ...

Jul 15, 2016

Scientists find evidence of new Stone Age farming population

Scientists say a previously unknown group of Stone Age farmers may have introduced agriculture to South Asia, challenging earlier theories that attributed the spread of farming to a different population. Previous research held that a single group of hunter-gatherers developed agriculture in the Middle ...

Ancient urban networks around Angkor Wat discovered

Jun 16, 2016

Ancient urban networks around Angkor Wat discovered

An Australian archaeologist and his colleagues have found evidence of previously undiscovered medieval urban and agricultural networks surrounding the ancient city of Angkor Wat. Using high-tech lasers to scan the Cambodian jungle, Damian Evans and colleagues say they found traces of extensive networks surrounding ...

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Jun 3, 2016

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Ancient humans made dogs their best friend not once but twice, by domesticating two separate populations of wolves far apart in Europe and Asia. Scientists on Thursday said present-day genomes reveal a deep internal split between dogs from opposite ends of the Eurasian continent. ...

Tutankhamun dagger likely made from meteoric iron: study

Jun 3, 2016

Tutankhamun dagger likely made from meteoric iron: study

Scientific analysis of a 3,300-year-old dagger found buried with Tutankhamun “strongly supports” a theory it was made of meteoric iron, according to a new study. “Our study confirms that ancient Egyptians attributed great value to meteoritic iron for the production of precious objects,” said ...

May 27, 2016

Greek archaeologist claims to find Aristotle's tomb

A Greek archaeologist who excavated the birthplace of Aristotle in northern Greece in the 1990s says a destroyed structure he discovered may have been the tomb of the ancient philosopher and teacher of Alexander the Great. Konstantinos Sismanidis concedes that he has “no proof ...