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  • The rare relics that reveal Roman helmet fashions at Hadrian’s Wall

    2018-7-23 11:26

    These Roman helmet cheek pieces tell the rarefied story of helmet fashions on Hadrian’s Wall

  • Ancient food

    2018-7-23 11:13

    Many foods that are now commonplace were being prepared by our ancestors long before modern agriculture or industrialisation began

  • How Feasting Rituals Help Shape Human Civilization

    2018-7-23 10:34

    These transformative practices—and the cooperation they require—are a cornerstone of societies the world over

  • Meet a lifelike 1700 year old Hun warrior with his bow and ‘whistling arrows’

    2018-7-20 10:08

    Mummified archer turns up in remote museum after locals refused to hand him over to the Hermitage in St Petersburg.'Keep this head, do not give it to anybody, and one day your museum will be famous'. Picture: Kokorya MuseumThe ancient warrior was buried i

  • 1,600-Year-Old Mosaic Shows Biblical Spies Who Scouted Promised Land

    2018-7-18 09:59

    An ancient mosaic depicting two Biblical spies sent to scout the Promised Land has been unearthed at a nearly 1,600-year-old synagogue in northern Israel.In the mosaic, two spies carry a cluster of grapes on a pole — likely a reference to an episode in th

  • The Guardian view on world heritage: in the beginning was the dream

    2018-7-5 17:08

    An astonishing neolithic ruin shows the incomprehensible variety and power of religionpart of the excavations at Göbekli Tepe in south-eastern Turkey. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesUnesco has just added to its list of world heritage sitesone

  • Why Archaeologists Were Surprised to Find This Gibbon in a Royal Chinese Tomb

    2018-7-5 16:37

    Archaeologists discovered the skull ofJunzi imperialis, a previously unknown genus and species of extinct gibbon, in an ancient Chinese tomb.Credit: Camuel Turvey/Zoological Society of LondonAbout 2,300 years ago, the grandmother of China's first emperor

  • The 'Decapitated' Pompeii Man Wasn't Decapitated After All

    2018-7-5 16:26

    Credit: Parco Archeologico di PompeiRemember back in May when archaeologists unearthed the body of a man whoappeared to have been decapitatedby a huge falling stone during the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius that wiped out Pompeii? Well, now there's an

  • Crossroads of cultures

    2018-6-22 16:36

    The rulers of the Northern Wei Dynasty created the Yungang Grottoes as a way to unite China's war-torn ethnic groups under Buddhism.Even for those who are not interested in Buddhism or sculpture, when they first arrive at the Yungang Grottoes, they can't

  • 800-year-old shipwreck provides clue to China trade

    2018-6-22 16:32

    Artefacts from the Java Sea have an important story to tell. Fiona McMillan reports.

  • 3,000-year-old sculpture leaves researchers scratching their heads

    2018-6-22 16:29

    Exquisite Old Testament-era head of a king found in Israel but subject’s identity a mysteryThe biblical-era figurine of a king’s head has been put on display at the Israel Museum. Photograph: Ilan Ben Zion/APAn enigmatic sculpture of a king’s head dating

  • Mysterious statue from ancient Egypt

    2018-6-22 16:06

    The mysterious sculpture, created thousands of years ago before the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, despite all the efforts of scientists for more than ten years studying this artifact, remains a mystery.The University of Concordia from Canad

  • Inaccuracies in radiocarbon dating

    2018-6-6 10:18

    Radiocarbon dating is a key tool archaeologists use to determine the age of plants and objects made with organic material. But new research shows that commonly accepted radiocarbon dating standards can miss the mark -- calling into question historical tim

  • The four-footed legends of the silk road

    2018-6-4 12:00

    Han Dynasty painted wooden horse, unearthed in Gansu province.In ancient China animals did a lot of the economic heavy lifting and made a great contribution to artIn Western mythology the most famous horse is that of Troy, the giant wooden ruse that the G

  • Physical evidence found for 5,000 years of civilization

    2018-6-4 11:56

    It is often said that Chinese civilization extends back 5,000 years. Now, after 15 years of intense research as part of a nationwide project to explore the origins of that civilization, archaeologists are able to back up that statement with solid physical