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Turks in the Aegean

Turks in the Aegean

An ancient port facility that is believed to be the largest one built in the Archaic period has been unearthed during underwater excavations in İzmir’s Urla.
Total makeover for Colossi of Luxor

Total makeover for Colossi of Luxor

Project to restore the colossi of Memnon on Luxor’s west bank to go ahead, says Supreme Council of Antiquities
‘Cowboy builders’ blamed for Rome’s crumbling Colosseum

‘Cowboy builders’ blamed for Rome’s crumbling Colosseum

An ambitious attempt to save Rome's Colosseum from collapse is being undermined by the authorities' cost-cutting decision to employ ordinary builders rather than specialists to perform the delicate overhaul, restoration experts have claimed.
Roman murder most foul

Roman murder most foul

Three incomplete skeletons have been uncovered in Modena, Italy, and point to a 2000 year old Roman mystery which is being investigated by archaeologists and researchers from the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of the Emilia-Romagna.
Cities beneath the city

Cities beneath the city

An archaeological dig behind Munich’s Marienplatz square has unearthed a medieval latrine full of items dating back a thousand years.
The end is not quite nigh

The end is not quite nigh

A reference to 2012 on a Mayan tablet denotes a transition to a new era, not the apocalypse, according to Sven Gronemeyer
Statue of Amenhotep III found

Statue of Amenhotep III found

A large statue of King Amenhotep III, the grandfather of the boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun, who ruled nearly 3,400 years ago, has been unearthed in Egypt.
Ashmolean returns Ancient Egyptian mummies to public view in £5m show

Ashmolean returns Ancient Egyptian mummies to public view in £5m show

The Oxford museum unveils its new galleries, which include many mummies never before exhibited.
Now Cumbria comes up with Viking silver

Now Cumbria comes up with Viking silver

Who left 92 pieces of valuable loot on the edge of the Lake District in the 10th century? Barrow's Dock Museum and its big sister in Bloomsbury, London, are on the case…
Temple of Aphrodite to be Buried by Urban Progress?

Temple of Aphrodite to be Buried by Urban Progress?

Tucked away behind metal construction fences lie some of the visible remains of an ancient temple
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.
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