Archaeological treasures face destruction in Syria

Archaeological treasures face destruction in Syria

"The situation will remain unstable for a long time," according to Dominik Bonatz director of the Institute for Ancient Middle Eastern Archaeology at Berlin's Freie Universität.
Prehistoric finds in Northern Greece

Prehistoric finds in Northern Greece

Scientists found 5-9 million-year-old fossil bones of prehistoric animals in the area of Platania in Drama.
Large scientific effort to reveal palimpsests of St Catherine’s monastery

Large scientific effort to reveal palimpsests of St Catherine’s monastery

A large scientific effort is under way to reveal and record the hidden texts and illustrations of the ancient manuscripts of St. Catherine's Monastery.
The Apis tombs at Saqqara Necropolis back on tourist map

The Apis tombs at Saqqara Necropolis back on tourist map

Dozens of journalists, photographers and top officials as well as archaeologists and restorers gathered last Thursday at the Saqqara necropolis to witness the official inauguration of the Serapeum.
Humans hunted for meat 2 million years ago

Humans hunted for meat 2 million years ago

Ancient humans used complex hunting techniques to ambush and kill antelopes, gazelles, wildebeest and other large animals at least two million years ago.
Bodrum seeks return of mausoleum pieces

Bodrum seeks return of mausoleum pieces

Some pieces from Bodrum’s famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus are on display at the British Museum, and work continues to bring them back to Turkey.
Archaeologists discover second Lycian synagogue

Archaeologists discover second Lycian synagogue

Archaeological teams digging in the ancient city of Limyra in the Mediterranean province of Antalya have announced the discovery of a second synagogue from the Lycian civilization.
‘Cult Fiction’ Traced to Ancient Egypt Priest

‘Cult Fiction’ Traced to Ancient Egypt Priest

A recently deciphered Egyptian papyrus from around 1,900 years ago tells a fictional story that includes drinking, singing, feasting and ritual sex, all in the name of the goddess Mut.
Famous feline travels north

Famous feline travels north

The loan allows audiences that might never visit museums with Egyptian collections to appreciate first hand the exquisite quality of ancient Egyptian bronze-working.
Study shows ancient language relationships

Study shows ancient language relationships

How do language families evolve over many thousands of years and how stable over time are structural features of languages?
Another Mona Lisa to be unveiled in Geneva

Another Mona Lisa to be unveiled in Geneva

Question remains whether painting is a later copy or from the master’s studio.
Humans were already recycling 13,000 years ago

Humans were already recycling 13,000 years ago

A study at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) reveals that humans from the Upper Palaeolithic Age recycled their stone artefacts to be put to other uses.
Daily Lives of Ancient Egyptians Translated in New Dictionary

Daily Lives of Ancient Egyptians Translated in New Dictionary

A 37-year project to compile a dictionary of an ancient Egyptian script used for daily communication has been completed, offering an unprecedented look at the words of ordinary ancient Egyptians.
Excavation season ends at ancient Kibyra

Excavation season ends at ancient Kibyra

The excavations of the ancient city of Kibyra in the southwestern province of Burdur, known for its history of gladiators, were completed last week.
Byzantine pigeon house architecture examined

Byzantine pigeon house architecture examined

Byzantine Pigeon houses in the Ağırnas Valley in Central Anatolia are the focus of a recent research project carried out by a team of university lecturers and students. The study has started to yield results revealing a number of interesting things about the area.
Hellenistic mosaic found in Calabria

Hellenistic mosaic found in Calabria

A large mosaic, likely of ancient Greek origins, has been discovered in the southern Italian town of Monasterace.
The mysterious Etruscans

The mysterious Etruscans

Initial investigations have begun on a series of pyramidal chambers carved from the tufa rock underneath the city of Orvieto, Italy.
British Museum uses its loaf as Pompeii exhibits come to town

British Museum uses its loaf as Pompeii exhibits come to town

Remains of family and dog 'frozen in time' among items surviving Vesuvius eruption to be displayed in spring
New push for return of Marbles

New push for return of Marbles

Alternate Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras on Wednesday announced the creation of a special advisory committee that is to coordinate a strategic national effort to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles, a longstanding demand of the Greek authorities.
First museum exhibition devoted to Man Ray’s portraits

First museum exhibition devoted to Man Ray’s portraits

The National Portrait Gallery of London is to stage the first museum exhibition devoted to portraits by the photographer Man Ray.
Beeswax Filling May Be Oldest Hint of Dentistry

Beeswax Filling May Be Oldest Hint of Dentistry

Australian scientists have helped date what may be the world's oldest dental filling – in a tooth crowned with beeswax in a 6500-year-old human jaw.
Acropolis Museum receives Keck Award

Acropolis Museum receives Keck Award

On Friday 14 September 2012, the Acropolis Museum was awarded by the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) in Vienna, with the Keck Award 2012.
Crews uncover massive Roman mosaic in Turkey

Crews uncover massive Roman mosaic in Turkey

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln archeological team has uncovered a massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey -- a meticulously crafted, 1,600-square-foot work of decorative handiwork built during the region's imperial zenith.
The Royal Academy’s new autumn exhibition “Bronze”

The Royal Academy’s new autumn exhibition “Bronze”

The Royal Academy’s new autumn exhibition, 'Bronze', is one of its most audacious to date - and for its curators was a lesson in logistics and diplomacy.
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