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Prince Charles criticised over metal detector beach charging plan

Prince Charles criticised over metal detector beach charging plan

Plans by Prince Charles to charge people for using metal detectors on beaches owned by his Duchy of Cornwall have been criticised by enthusiasts as cynical profiteering.
Collecting histories and Christie’s

Collecting histories and Christie’s

The December sale at Christie's in the Rockefeller Plaza is fast approaching and has once again given Cambridge University researcher Christos Tsirogiannis material to consider. He draws my attention to one publicly declared object linked to Robin Symes.
Dowsing competition pits diehard believers against sceptics

Dowsing competition pits diehard believers against sceptics

The website Megalithic Portal wants both believers and scoffers to enter its map dowsing competition.
Libya: The forgotten people of the desert

Libya: The forgotten people of the desert

Libyan leader showed no interest in ancient culture of Garamantes, but now archaeologists hope to unearth neglected slice of history.
Tiny Christian Relic Found

Tiny Christian Relic Found

A tiny, exquisitely made box found on an excavated street in Jerusalem is a token of Christian faith from 1,400 years ago, Israeli archaeologists said Sunday
Τhe Arab autumn of New York City

Τhe Arab autumn of New York City

Today, after eight years of renovation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its new Islamic wing — the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia.
Ancient Assyrian Stone Slabs Return to Iraq

Ancient Assyrian Stone Slabs Return to Iraq

Two stone slabs dating back to the Assyrian period around 650 BC have been returned to Iraq, 17 years after they were stolen
Pompeii wall collapse blamed on Berlusconi’s broken promises

Pompeii wall collapse blamed on Berlusconi’s broken promises

Part of a Roman wall has collapsed at Pompeii during heavy rain.
Ancient text proves wrestling is oldest sport on record

Ancient text proves wrestling is oldest sport on record

The document was discovered in Egypt during the late 1800s. According to experts, the document dates to 100 AD and 200 AD.
Archeologists discover traces of ancient civilization in Chinese desert

Archeologists discover traces of ancient civilization in Chinese desert

Ten new settlements identified.
Faces of “the 6745”

Faces of “the 6745”

£5m Egypt project is allowing Oxford's Ashmolean museum to display stunning objects kept in storage for years
Etruscan dig in Italy discover ancient depiction of childbirth

Etruscan dig in Italy discover ancient depiction of childbirth

The birth scene is extraordinary, but what is also fascinating is what this image might mean on elite pottery at a sanctuary
Magical Mystery Hoard

Magical Mystery Hoard

We will never know the story behind the Staffordshire Hoard, but in a world without magic spells or dragons, would we understand it if we did?
Turkey: country’s largest mosaic to end up in museum-hotel

Turkey: country’s largest mosaic to end up in museum-hotel

The largest ancient mosaic ever discovered in Turkey is at the centre of works that will see the archaeological discovery housed in the raised basement of a hotel that will soon double up as a museum.
Herakles gives hope to Knidos

Herakles gives hope to Knidos

The return of the Weary Herakles statue from a US museum has raised hopes that other smuggled artifacts might be repatriated to Turkey.
Beşparmak should enter UNESCO list, says expert

Beşparmak should enter UNESCO list, says expert

The Beşparmak Mountains, or Latmos, which lie along the border of the southwestern Aydın and Muğla provinces, should enter the UNESCO environment and culture list, according to German archaeologist Anneliese Peschlow.
Ancient artifacts yield their secrets under neutron imaging

Ancient artifacts yield their secrets under neutron imaging

Bronze and brass artifacts excavated at the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan were recently imaged in 3 dimensions using neutrons at HFIR's CG-1D Neutron Imaging instrument
“Ghostwriting” the Torah?

“Ghostwriting” the Torah?

New algorithm distinguishes contributors to the Old Testament with high accuracy, says TAU research
Maori adze uncovered at post office site

Maori adze uncovered at post office site

The discovery of a Maori adze beneath the demolished Lyttelton post office has provided physical evidence for an oral history dating back more than 800 years.
Project resumed in Luxor to protect temples from subterranean water

Project resumed in Luxor to protect temples from subterranean water

Following nine months of delay, an American-Egyptian mission responsible for lowering ground water at archaeological sites in Luxor resumed its work today.
120 Roman Shoes Found in U.K.

120 Roman Shoes Found in U.K.

About 60 pairs of sandals and shoes that once belonged to Roman soldiers have been unearthed at a supermarket construction site in Camelon, Scotland, archaeologists say.
Turkish tourism drive threatens ancient sites

Turkish tourism drive threatens ancient sites

Turkey’s ability to manage its vast cultural heritage may be at crisis point, experts warn. The recent decision to transfer the excavation permits from three well-known classical sites from non-Turkish to Turkish universities is a cracking of the whip over foreign scholars regarded as not working fast enough...
Diachronic Museum, Larissa: Preview on the 19th of May

Diachronic Museum, Larissa: Preview on the 19th of May

The Diachronic Museum of Larissa opens for the first time on the 19th of May on the occasion of the International Museum Day.
Living on the Fringe: The Western Oases of Egypt 4000 years ago

Living on the Fringe: The Western Oases of Egypt 4000 years ago

Situated 200 km W of the Nile Valley, the Dakhla Oasis was home to a vibrant urbanized community dating from the 6th Pharaonic Dynasty (2350-2150)
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