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Temple of Mithras comes home

Temple of Mithras comes home

Construction work forces return of remains of Roman temple to the god Mithras to original London home after 58 years
Rare tomb of woman found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

Rare tomb of woman found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

The only tomb of a woman not related to the ancient Egyptian royal families ever found in the Valley of the Kings
Using Modern Tools to Reconstruct Ancient Life

Using Modern Tools to Reconstruct Ancient Life

To the naked eye, the white, powdery substance appeared to be plaster. That's what the professional and volunteer archaeologists at a dig in Israel concluded.
Roman brothel token discovered in Thames

Roman brothel token discovered in Thames

A Roman coin that was probably used by a lustful legionary has washed up on the banks of the Thames.
In ancient Pompeii, trash and tombs went hand in hand

In ancient Pompeii, trash and tombs went hand in hand

Cemeteries in ancient Pompeii were “mixed-use developments” with a variety of purposes that included serving as an appropriate site to toss out the trash.
Modern disease found in ancient bones

Modern disease found in ancient bones

US scientists said Tuesday that their study of a set of medieval bones found in Albania has revealed traces of a modern infectious disease that afflicts people who eat unpasteurized dairy products.
The greengrocer’s curse

The greengrocer’s curse

A vegetable seller named Babylas was the target of an alarming curse nearly 2,000 years ago.
Stink raised over landfill at ancient Rome site

Stink raised over landfill at ancient Rome site

There's a big controversy there over a landfill scheduled to open in the new year, near one of Italy's most treasured sites, Hadrian's Villa, where a legendary emperor lived more than 18 hundred years ago.
Drought Led to Demise of Ancient City of Angkor

Drought Led to Demise of Ancient City of Angkor

The ancient city of Angkor — the most famous monument of which is the breathtaking ruined temple of Angkor Wat — might have collapsed due to valiant but ultimately failed efforts to battle drought, scientists find.
German mould-warriors help to save Thailand’s wet books

German mould-warriors help to save Thailand’s wet books

Anders and his colleagues Oliver Messerschmidt and restorer Jana Moczarskihas from the Centre for Book Preservation (ZfB) in Leipzig were invited by the Geothe Institute to bring their specialist knowledge to Thailand, where no one knows how to save the valuable books from mould and destruction.
China’s tomb raiders laying waste to thousands of years of history

China’s tomb raiders laying waste to thousands of years of history

Bulldozers and dynamite used to strip priceless artefacts from remote sites, with booty sold on to wealthy collectors
Myra city awaiting its ‘lost child’ relief

Myra city awaiting its ‘lost child’ relief

The relief was one of the most important smuggled artifacts in the country and added that it had famously come from a rock grave with many images in Myra
Priceless Roman mosaic irreparably damaged by thieves in Burgos

Priceless Roman mosaic irreparably damaged by thieves in Burgos

A priceless IV Century Roman mosaic in Baños de Valderados, Burgos, has been irreparably damaged by thieves, who ripped out three separate sections, including one measuring almost 2.5 square metres, in a theft which was discovered on Wednesday.
Giza gets a facelift

Giza gets a facelift

The second phase of the Giza Plateau Development Project is due to be launched in March
Antakya’s mosaics join the virtual world

Antakya’s mosaics join the virtual world

The project has been prepared so as to better promote the museum’s artifacts to the world and draw more people to the museum in the southern province, Hatay Archaeology Museum Director Nalan Yastı recently told Anatolia news agency
New finds in Stratonikeia

New finds in Stratonikeia

A 2,000-year-old relief bust of a king was discovered during excavations in ancient Stratonikeia in Muğla's Yatağan district.
The Tower of Babel, King Nebuchadnezzar II and the Schøyen Collection

The Tower of Babel, King Nebuchadnezzar II and the Schøyen Collection

A team of scholars has discovered what might be the oldest representation of the Tower of Babel of Biblical fame, they report in a newly published book.
“Pseudo-Biblical” theme park at the City of David

“Pseudo-Biblical” theme park at the City of David

A hard-line Israeli group said on Tuesday it was launching plans for a new tourist center at the site of a politically sensitive archaeological dig in a largely Arab neighborhood outside Jerusalem's Old City, drawing fire from Palestinian officials.
Masks of abundance

Masks of abundance

Two masks found in a grave during excavations in the central Anatolian province of Eskişehir’s Şarhöyük-Dorylaion Necropolis site are expected to shed light on ancient culture. The masks date back to 1 A.D.
Byzantine-era bath house discovered in Judea

Byzantine-era bath house discovered in Judea

Remains of an ancient bathhouse dating to the Byzantine period were exposed during work being conducted on the modern water infrastructure near Moshav Tarum in the Judean coastal hills.
Is Machu Picchu a giant geoglyph of a bird?

Is Machu Picchu a giant geoglyph of a bird?

Twenty years ago, architect Enrique Guzman bought a small-scale model of Machu Picchu at the National Museum. What he saw in the model would one day become the basis of his master’s thesis at the National Engineering University. “The citadel was shaped like a bird,” he said.
Violent knights feared post-traumatic stress

Violent knights feared post-traumatic stress

Medieval knights are often depicted as bloodthirsty men who enjoyed killing. However, new research has led to the conclusion that this picture is a flawed one, as most knights only killed because it was their job to do so – much like soldiers today.
Greek treasure hunters arrested in Bulgaria

Greek treasure hunters arrested in Bulgaria

Four Greek treasure hunters have been arrested near the village of Karavelovo, in southeastern Bulgaria, after locals informed the police of their digs at an ancient Thracian burial mound.
Mayas had their own musical scale, say experts

Mayas had their own musical scale, say experts

The Mayas had a musical scale very different from the western one, according to experts who examined and played 125 instruments recovered from Maya sites, authorities said.
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