Explorers claim to have found treasure from shipwrecked William Kidd

May 8, 2015

Explorers claim to have found treasure from shipwrecked William Kidd

A team of American explorers on Thursday claimed to have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar. Marine archaeologist Barry Clifford told reporters he had found a 50-kg (110-pound) silver bar in ...

Austria dig yields apparent Ottoman army camel

Apr 2, 2015

Austria dig yields apparent Ottoman army camel

Male, castrated, and used by Ottomans in the 17th century — this is the conclusion researchers have drawn from their analysis of a camel skeleton found in Austria in 2006. You could be forgiven for thinking this was an April Fool’s, but Vienna’s University ...

Argentine site may give up Nazi secrets

Mar 24, 2015

Argentine site may give up Nazi secrets

An Argentine archaeologist who discovered what he thinks was a hideout built for German Nazis to flee to after World War II said Monday more dark secrets may be buried there. Daniel Schavelzon grabbed headlines and revived uncomfortable memories for Argentina, a notorious refuge ...

Mar 23, 2015

China reportedly seeks return of 'stolen' mummy

A Chinese province is seeking the return of a 1,000-year-old mummified monk that experts say was stolen two decades ago and resurfaced at an exhibition in Hungary. A Buddha statue containing a monk’s remains has been on display at the Mummy World Exhibition at ...

After 500 years, Richard III finally gets a king's burial

Mar 23, 2015

After 500 years, Richard III finally gets a king's burial

Thousands of spectators lined the streets to see the coffin of England’s Richard III taken in procession to his final burial, five centuries after his death on the battlefield. The remains of the last English monarch to die in battle were discovered buried under ...

Research shows Neanderthals were world's first jewelers

Mar 22, 2015

Research shows Neanderthals were world's first jewelers

The widely held vision of Neanderthals as brutes may need a stark rethink after research found they crafted the world’s earliest jewelry from eagle talons 130,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared in Europe. “While reviewing eight, white-tailed eagle talons and an associated ...

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, ...