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Mural from 3800 years ago unearthed in Peru (20-08-2019)

A mural thought to be 3,800 years old has been revealed by archaeologists in Peru. The wall, unveiled on Monday, was found inside a public ceremonial building at the Vichama site, north of Lima...

Ancient Egyptian yeasts used to bake modern bread (07-08-2019)

The yeast microbes had been asleep for more than 5,000 years, buried deep in the pores of Egyptian ceramics, by the time Seamus Blackley came along and used them to bake a loaf of bread. An amateur Egyptologist and one of the inventors of the Xbox game console, he's also a keen hobby baker who routinely posts pictures of his breadmaking projects on social media...

Urartian burial site unearthed in eastern Turkey (29-07-2019)

Archaeological excavations have unearthed a burial ground belonging to ninth century B.C...

Early Homo Sapiens remains found in Greek cave (10-07-2019)

Scientists say they've identified the earliest sign of our species outside Africa, a chunk of skull recovered from a cave in southern Greece. Its estimated age is at least 210,000 years old, and shows that our species began leaving Africa much earlier than previously thought, researchers reported Wednesday...

Industrial structures discovered in Cyprus (03-07-2019)

This year’s archaeological excavations at Dreamer’s Bay in Akrotiri uncovered several stone-founded structures including a large ovoid with clay floor of uncertain purpose, the antiquities department announced on Wednesday. The site, it said, appears to have evidence of multiple phases suggesting a fairly extended life over several centuries...

Drought uncovers ancient palace in Iraq (28-06-2019)

Receding waters in the Mosul Dam reservoir have unveiled "one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the region." Researchers said the Mittani Empire is one of the least understood ancient civilizations...

35-million-year-old fossils discovered in southern Turkey (27-06-2019)

Researchers working for the Culture and Tourism Platform have discovered the remains of 35 million-year-old sea fossils in southern Turkey's landlocked Kahramanmaraş province. According to reports, the discovery was made in Dulkadiroğlu district, where experts found remains of sea creatures on stones, rocks and the ground...

Roman shipwreck found in Cyprus (27-06-2019)

Cyprus has found its first undisturbed Roman shipwreck complete with ancient cargo off its southern coast, the antiquities department said Thursday, noting the discovery could illuminate regional trading history. "The site is a wreck of a Roman ship, loaded with transport amphorae, most probably from Syria and Cilicia," the antiquities department said in a statement...

Desert-based dinosaur discovered in Brazil (27-06-2019)

A desert-based carnivorous dinosaur that used claws to capture small prey 90 million years ago has been unearthed in southern Brazil, scientists said Wednesday. Just over a meter and a half in length (five feet), the fossil remains of the Vespersaurus paranaensis were found in Cruzeiro do Oeste municipality of Parana state, a team of paleontologists from Brazil and Argentina said in a statement...

Late Iron Age chariot found in Wales (26-06-2019)

Archaeologists have discovered more artifacts at the first Celtic chariot burial site to be found in southern Britain. Two iron tyres and a sword from the chariot were retrieved during an excavation in Pembrokeshire...

Color murals discovered in ancient tomb of north China (20-06-2019)

Seven colored murals were discovered on the walls of an ancient tomb in north China's Shanxi Province, according to the provincial institute of archaeology. Located in a village of the Shuozhou city, the brick-chambered tomb was believed to date back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)...

Gemstone workshop discovered in Kuwait (05-06-2019)

Semi-precious stones, jewellery, as well as containers made of rare glass and other findings have been found by a Slovak archaeologist during this year's research mission in Kuwait. The Old Christian community of Nestorians left them on today's Failaka Island in the Persian Gulf where they lived in the early Middle Ages...

New archaeological evidence revealed in Al Ain (29-05-2019)

Research conducted by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, at the Hili 2 archaeological site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Ain, has revealed stunning new evidence on social life in the region 3,000 years ago. The results of the work have provided important insights into the daily lives of Hili’s Iron Age occupants, including methods of cooking, house-building techniques, types of crops farmed, as well as evidence of communal activities...