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'Astonishing' neolithic circle found near Stonehenge

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:18 PM

The discovery is made by a team of archaeologists from various British universities using fieldwork and analysis

File photo of Stonehenge, 30 July 2007. Wikipedia/garethwiscombe

Demystifying the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces to decolonize history

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The way mainstream Filipino consciousness imagines the Ifugao in connection with the age of the terraces needs to change

IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the products of a very rich and complex Ifugao culture that resisted the Spanish conquest for more than 200 years. All photos courtesy of the Ifugao Archaeological Project

Egypt unveils more than 40 ancient mummies

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:35 PM

An archaeologist says 12 children and 6 animals were among the mummies, while the rest were adult men and women

This picture taken on February 2, 2019 shows newly-discovered mummies wrapped in linen found in burial chambers dating to the Ptolemaic era (323-30 BC) at the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt's southern Minya province, about 340 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. - Egypt's Antiquities Minister said on February 2 that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Centre found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders. The minister added that the newly discovered tombs may be a familial grave for a family from the elite middle class. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)

Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'It belongs to a high official priest... (and) is more than 4,400 years old,' says Egypt's antiquities minister

East Africa may lose its crown as 'cradle of mankind'

Nov 30, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The findings suggest that the ancestors of modern people were present in north Africa at least 600,000 years earlier than scientists thought

NEW DISCOVERY. This handout image obtained November 29, 2018 shows an Oldowan core (stone tool) freshly excavated at Ain Boucherit from which sharp-edged cutting flakes were removed. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED SAHNOUNI/HANDOUT

World's oldest intact shipwreck found in Black Sea

Oct 23, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project finds a virtually intact ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years at the bottom of the Black Sea, the world's oldest known shipwreck

FOUND. An undated handout picture released by Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions in London on October 23, 2018, shows the remains of an ancient Greek trading ship laying on the sea bed at the bottom of the Black Sea near Bulgaira. Handout/Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions/AFP

Archaeologists find new mass child sacrifice site in Peru

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:09 AM

The new sacrifice site is discovered in the Pamapa La Cruz area in Huanchaco, a coastal district of Trujillo, Peru's third-largest cit

REMAINS. Handout picture released on June 08, 2018 by Peruvian news service Andina, shows the ongoing excavation at the "huaca" (temple) La Cruz, where a group of archaeologists have discovered the remains of more than 50 children presumably sacrificed in a ritual of the pre-Columbian Chimu culture, on the northern coast of Peru in the district of Huanchaco, province of Trujillo. Photo by Andina/AFP

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

May 27, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The two legends explaining the origin of the Inca civilization 'could be related,' according to the scientists' study

Peruvian genetics specialist Ricardo Fujita works at his lab in the San Martin de Porres University in Lima on May 11, 2018.  Upon the many programs he foresees, Fujita and his team have been working since 2000 on ADN evidence attempting to determine the origins of the Inca Empire. / AFP PHOTO / Cris BOURONCLE

Slaughtered rhino from Kalinga just changed world history

May 11, 2018 - 7:25 AM

The rhinoceros was butchered 709,000 years ago in Kalinga, a time when humans were supposedly not yet present in the Philippines

Archaeologists find fossils, Mayan relics in giant underwater cave in Mexico

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Archaeologists who have been exploring the world's largest underwater cave present their findings, including fossils of giant sloths and an elaborate shrine to the Mayan god of commerce

MAJOR FIND. This handout picture released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) on February 19, 2018, shows the detail of a mask in the 'Gran aquifer' of Sac Actun in Quinta Roo state, Mexico. INAH/AFP

Egypt archaeologists discover mummy in Luxor

Dec 09, 2017 - 11:26 PM

In addition to funerary items, archaeologists find 'a mummy wrapped in linen,' the ministry says, adding, 'studies suggest the mummy could be for a top official or a powerful person'

NEWLY-DISCOVERED. Egyptian archaeological technicians restore a mummy wrapped in linen, found at the newly discovered 'Kampp 150' tomb at Draa Abul Naga necropolis on the west Nile bank of the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, about 650 kilometers (400 miles) south of the capital Cairo, on December 9, 2017. Photo by AFP

Colossal new dinosaur species gets scientific name

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Meet Patagotitan mayorum the largest known dinosaur to have existed

MEGA DINO. This file photo taken on January 14, 2016 shows the Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever displayed at the American Museum of Natural History, unveiled at a news conference in New York. Don Emmert/AFP

Looking into the past through the eyes of the future

Mar 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM

A Filipino archaeologist traces an ancient gold trading trail in the northwestern Luzon thanks to state of the art satellite imagery and image enhancement techniques

GOLD TRAIL. Archaeologist Michael Canilao traverses a trail at Pongayan, Kapangan, Benguet in 2008. File photo courtesy of Michael Canilao

Priceless treasures lie in ruins at Iraq's Mosul museum

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Once home to priceless archaeological treasures Mosul s museum now lies in ruins

RUINS. A member of the Iraqi forces enters the destroyed building of the museum of Mosul on March 11, 2017 after it was recaptured from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Aris Messinis/AFP

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The UN s cultural agency has reacted with outrage calling the fresh destruction a war crime and cultural cleansing

NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

2016 top science stories: Spacetime ripples, feathered dinos, a 'fairy' in space

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM

What are the biggest discoveries and ideas in science this year? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months

Millennia-old mummy found in Egypt tomb

Nov 13, 2016 - 11:50 PM

The mummy is in a colorful wooden sarcophagus buried near a temple from the era of 4th millennium warrior king Thutmose III

A handout picture released by Egypt's Antiquities Ministry on November 13, 2016 shows a sarcophagus containing a millennia-old mummy which was found by Spanish archaeologists near the southern Egyptian town of Luxor. The body was found in a tomb likely dating from between 1075-664 B.C., on the west bank of the Nile 700 kilometres (440 miles) south of Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry said in a statement. The mummy had been bound with linen stuck together with plaster.   / AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES MINISTRY / STRINGER / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

Ancient Roman coins unearthed at Japan castle

Sep 28, 2016 - 1:45 PM

It is the first time Roman Empire coins have been discovered in Japan thousands of kilometers from where they were likely minted

Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals earliest Old Testament scripture

Sep 22, 2016 - 12:06 PM

Known as the En Gedi scroll it contains text from the Book of Leviticus and dates at least to the third or fourth century possibly earlier

The charred En-Gedi-scroll. Image courtesy of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, IAA. Photo: S. Halevi via Science Advances

New fossils show life on Earth older than thought

Sep 01, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Life on Earth is even older than we thought say Australian scientists as they unveil fossils dating back a staggering 3 7 billion years

The scientists on location in Greenland. Photo courtesy Laure Gauthiez/University of Wollongong

Old bones cast new light on Goliath's people

Jul 10, 2016 - 8:00 PM

This discovery is a crowning achievement the opportunity to finally see them face to face says an archaeologist about the discovery of a Philistine cemetery

US Archaeologist and professor at Harvard University, Lawrence E. Stager answers AFP journalists quetions next to skeletons at the excavation site of the first Philistine cemetery ever found on June 28, 2016 in the Mediterranean coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon.  With an excavation in southern Israel unearthing a Philistine cemetery for the first time, bones of the biblical giant Goliath's people can finally shed new light on mysteries of their culture. The cemetery's discovery marks the "crowning achievement" of some three decades of excavations in the area, the expedition's organisers say.    / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY DAPHNE ROUSSEAU

Likely ancestor of mystery 'hobbit' found

Jun 09, 2016 - 2:11 PM

Two studies fill a huge gap in our understanding of these diminutive people whose tortuous evolutionary saga hit a dead end some 50 000 years ago

Ancient mass graves discovered in Greece

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The graves contain the skeletons of 80 men who could have been followers of nobleman Cylon

This undated handout photo released by the Greek Ministry of Culture on April 14, 2016 shows the remains of men buried in a mass grave, with all but one having their hands tied with iron chains, found in an area of the Falirikon Delta in South Athens. The Greek Ministry of Culture announced on April 14, 2016 the discovery near Athens of two mass graves containing the remains of 80 men, who could be the executed supporters of Cylon, an Athenian noble who attempted a coup in Athens in the Archaic period. Digging in the area for the new National Opera and the National Library in the premises of the old Horse Racing field in Faliron brought to light the "polyandreio", a mass grave for men who died and were buried at the same time. / AFP PHOTO / GREEK CULTURE MINISTRY / ARIS MESSINIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GREEK CULTURE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Ancient church unearthed on Gaza building site

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Archaeologists are urging officials to suspend construction until relics are protected and preserved

Palestinian archaeologist Hyam al-Betar looks at a foundation stone bearing a Greek Christian symbol excavated during the construction of a commercial building in Gaza City, on April 4, 2016 which is believed to be the site of an ancient church. Archaeologists have called for the preservation of the ancient church unearthed on a Gaza construction site, with different ministries in the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave seemingly at loggerheads over its fate. The site is believed to be a church or cathedral dating back to at least the 7th century. The Gaza ministry of antiquities and a number of prominent archaeologists called for all building to be suspended until the relics can be protected and preserved.   / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Apr 04, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Researchers discover 3 types of burials at the site including bones placed in ceramic vessels

This undated handout photo from the Australian National University received on April 4, 2016 shows an overview of an ancient burial ground at one of Asia’s most mysterious sites – the Plain of Jars in Laos' central Xieng Khouang province.  Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said on April 4, 2016, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.  / AFP / AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY AND AFP / STR / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Indonesia's 'hobbits' disappeared when modern humans came

Mar 31, 2016 - 2:20 PM

A new study shows the pint sized creatures disappeared much earlier than previously thought

Humans, 'unicorns' may have walked Earth at same time – study

Mar 30, 2016 - 4:57 PM

The Siberian unicorn – which was actually a long horned rhinoceros – could have been alive at the same time as prehistoric humans

An illustration of Elasmotherium sibiricum. Stanton F. Fink/WikiMedia Commons

Scans show '90% chance' of hidden chambers in Tutankhamun tomb

Mar 17, 2016 - 8:00 PM

British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes Queen Nefertiti s tomb could be in a secret chamber adjoining Tutankhamun s tomb

epa05046389 An interior view of the King Tutankhamun burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt, 28 November 2015. Scanning works were conducted inside King Tutankhamun's Tomb for two days. The country's Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty, said at a press conference on 28 November 2015 that the preliminary results of the radar scans indicated the existence of an unknown burial chamber behind that of the Boy King's. British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes that the new chamber could be the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti, King Tut's mother-in-law. EPA/STR

Pakistan scientists 'find 1.1-M-year-old stegodon tusk'

Feb 16, 2016 - 5:12 PM

The discovery can potentially shed new light on the mammal s evolutionary journey

ANCIENT. This handout photograph taken on January 17, 2016 and released by the University of Punjab shows a stegodon tusk at the discovery site at Padri village in Jhelum district. University of Punjab/AFP

Science sleuths lift veil on prehistoric mass murder

Jan 21, 2016 - 11:29 AM

The finding adds to the debate about why humans make war

MASSACRE VICTIM. Detail of the skull, part of a skeleton of a man, found lying prone in the sediments at Nataruk, near Kenya's Lake Turkana. Image by Marta Mirazon Lahr, enhanced by Fabio Lahr

2015 top science stories: Edited genes, reusable rockets, water on Mars

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Within Earth and beyond what are the most important and intriguing stories in science from the previous 12 months? We ask the Mind Movers of The Mind Museum

Hi-tech scans look to unravel mysteries of Egypt pyramids

Nov 11, 2015 - 9:03 AM

Using the latest infrared technology – a far cry from the down and dirty methods of the Indiana Jones films – a team of researchers from Egypt France Canada and Japan have been scanning 4 of Egypt s famed pyramids with thermal cameras

PYRAMID SCAN. People gather near the great pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) in Giza on the outskirts of Cairo on November 9, 2015, during an infrared thermography experiment to map out the temperature of the walls. Khaled Desouki/AFP

UNESCO says ISIS 'terrified by history' after Palmyra destruction

Oct 06, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Irina Bokova says the UN s scientific and cultural body will make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of the destruction are brought to justice

DESTROYED. The file picture dated November 12, 2010 shows a general view of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Youssef Badawi/EPA

French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth – researcher

Jul 28, 2015 - 5:18 PM

This is a major discovery because we have very few human fossils from this period in Europe

Unearthing the golden days of Ilocos Sur

Jul 05, 2015 - 11:03 AM

A new book from the UST publishing house takes a look into the pre Spanish era of trade and life in Ilocos Sur then an important maritime trading center

Ifugao Rice Terraces may be younger than we think

Apr 29, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Far from pre dating Spanish colonization the iconic rice terraces may be just as old as some colonial period churches a team of archaeologists find

TREASURE. The Ifugao Rice Terraces have become cultural icons and popular tourist attractions in the Cordillera Administrative Region

WWII ship explorers hit over Philippine permits

Mar 07, 2015 - 3:42 PM

A Philippine governor and the team of US billionaire Paul Allen clash on whether authorities allowed the search for the famous World War II ship Musashi

'LIKE TITANIC.' A photo posted on Twitter on March 2, 2015, by US billionaire Paul Allen shows the bow of the World War II battleship Musashi, located under the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Paul Allen/Twitter

Jawbone fossil in Ethiopia sheds light on human origins

Mar 05, 2015 - 11:24 AM

A piece of jawbone with teeth attached uncovered in Ethiopia is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo to which humans belong

A caravan moves across the Lee Adoyta region in the Ledi-Geraru project area near the early Homo site. Image courtesy Erin DiMaggio, Penn State

French tourists arrested for nude photos at Cambodia's Angkor

Jan 30, 2015 - 11:44 PM

The 3 male tourists were discovered inside the Banteay Kdei temple on Thursday

Greece protests Elgin Marbles sculpture loan to Russia

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The British Museum says it had loaned one of the statues – taken from the Parthenon temple in Athens by British diplomat Lord Elgin in 1803 – to Russia s State Hermitage Museum

NOT HERE. A close-up view of the empty plinth of the Ilissos statue part of collection of The Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum in London, Britain, 05 December 2014. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

500,000-year-old zigzags on shell rewrites view of human history

Dec 04, 2014 - 8:21 AM

The zigzag scratching together with evidence that these shells were used as a tool should prompt a rethink about the mysterious early human called Homo erectus

The fossilized Pseudodon shell with the engraving made by Homo erectus. Image courtesy Wim Lustenhouwer/VU University Amsterdam

Is Mona Lisa Chinese? Italian's theory raises eyebrows

Dec 03, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Little is known about Caterina the mother of the artist writer mathematician and inventor and the identity of the sitter for the portrait hanging in Paris Louvre museum has long been a matter of debate

WHO'S THE REAL MONA LISA? Filipinos walk past different versions of the 'Mona Lisa' painting inside a hotel in Manila, Philippines, 22 November 2014. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Richard III DNA study uncovers illegitimate child mystery

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:05 AM

A DNA study confirming that a skeleton found in 2012 was that of Richard III also finds evidence of false paternity that raises doubts about the royal claims of centuries of British monarchs

RUDELY STAMP'D. Visitors examine a replica of the skeleton of King Richard III, created using 3D printing, displayed in the new visitor's center on the site where his remains were discovered, in Leicester, central England, on July 24, 2014. Photo by Leon Neal / AFP

Ancient coins found in Greece's mystery tomb

Nov 30, 2014 - 12:36 PM

The enormous tomb at Amphipolis in northern Greece dates back to the fourth century BC and contains near intact sculptures and intricate mosaics

Indonesia pledges to protect ancient cave paintings

Oct 09, 2014 - 4:27 PM

It means that Europeans can no longer exclusively claim to be the first to develop an abstract mind anymore

ANCIENT ART. Hand stencils and-painting of a wild pig at Leang Pettakere. Photo: Anthony Dosseto, University of Wollongong

Southeast Asian cave paintings challenge Europe as cradle of art

Oct 09, 2014 - 7:09 AM

A 40 000 year old silhouette of a hand on an Indonesian cave wall is challenging the notion that Europe is the birthplace of art

ANCIENT ART. Hand stencils and-painting of a wild pig at Leang Pettakere. Photo: Anthony Dosseto, University of Wollongong

And now the Acropolis is crumbling...

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Engineers discover that part of the huge flat topped rock on which the ancient Parthenon sits in the center of Athens is starting to give way

General view of the Parthenon temple on Acropolis Hill on a cloudy day, in Athens, Greece, 12 November 2013. Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

Divers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' shipwreck

Sep 15, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Archaeologists will use a new diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck

Scans reveal new monuments at Britain's Stonehenge

Sep 10, 2014 - 10:15 PM

High resolution scanning of the area around Stonehenge shows it was surrounded by 17 neighboring shrines

Mummies in Egypt began long before Age of Pharoahs

Aug 14, 2014 - 10:39 AM

The study in the journal PLOS ONE is the first to describe resins and linens used as funeral wrappings dating back as far as 3350 to 4500 BC

A photo made available on 14 July 2013 shows the Sphinx and pyramids seen in Giza, Egypt, 13 July 2013. Mohammed Saber/EPA