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  • This Slave in Ancient Rome Became the Empire’s Chariot-Racing Superstar

    2019-4-22 15:38

    Roman relief of a chariot race and spectators, from the Vatican Museum's collection.Credit: CM Dixon/Print Collector/GettyDuring the first century, people across Rome were obsessed with chariot races, which frequently produced horrific crashes.However, on

  • 5,000 years riding high on the hog

    2019-2-14 16:56

    Two thousand years ago, privileged Chinese, such as aristocrats or superrich businesspeople, could expect a lot upon their deaths.

  • Sparking the imagination: the rediscovery of Assyria's great lost city

    2019-2-1 00:00

    With its exquisite palaces, vast libraries and lush gardens, Nineveh was one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Project Curator for the BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal king of the world, king of Assyria, Carine Harmand, explores the 19th-c

  • New archaeological discoveries in China from 2018

    2019-1-31 09:53

    Qingtang Site in Yingde city, Guangdong province. The Archaeological Forum of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing announced six new archaeological discoveries in China in 2018 on Thursday, including Qingtang Site in Yingde city, Guangdong pr

  • Archaeological Society of Greece Celebrates 180th Anniversary

    2019-1-30 16:42

    Burial circle A, tomb IV from the top of the Lions Gate. In the background is the city of Argos. Photo by Robert McCabeThe Archaeological Society of Greece is celebrating 180 years of glorious history with a once-in-a-lifetime-exhibit of black and white p

  • Ancient Carved 'Drums' Give Exact Stonehenge Measurements, Say Archaeologists

    2019-1-30 16:21

    Researchers say these chalk cylinders, carved more than 4,000 years ago, give the exact length measurements used to lay out Neolithic monuments like Stonehenge.Credit: British MuseumA set of highly decorated chalk cylinders, carved in Britain more than 4,

  • 3,000-Year-Old Tomb of King Tut Finally Restored

    2019-1-30 16:11

    Conservators and archaeologists complete conservation work of the wall paintings in the burial chamber of King Tut's tomb in the spring of 2016.Credit: copyright J. Paul Getty TrustConservators have finally completed a decade-long restoration of the tomb

  • Damage to Ancient Carving of Egyptian Couple Was Meant to Hurt Them in the Afterlife

    2019-1-30 11:03

    An intentionally damaged limestone carving found within a 3,500-year-old shrine at Tell Edfu, in southern Egypt, shows what appears to be an ancient couple who someone tried to vanquish in the afterlife.The carving depicts a man and woman standing beside

  • Code-Name 'Corona': Earliest Spy-Satellite Images Reveal Secrets of Ancient Middle East

    2019-1-7 10:26

    By mapping historical spy-satellite images to recent aerial photos, researchers can find historical sites that vanished decades ago.Credit: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of ArkansasWhen the United States launched its first secret &q

  • New discoveries at Pompeii come amid renaissance at site

    2019-1-2 11:52

    Man who died fleeing Mount Vesuvius eruption is one of several key finds in latest dig

  • The Case of the Stolen Sumerian Antiquities

    2018-12-28 11:49

    (© Trustees of the British Museum)Inscribed coneOn May 2, 2003, shortlyafter the invasion of Iraq, London’s Metropolitan Police raided an antiquities dealer and seized eight artifacts they believed had been obtained through illicit channels. It’s typ

  • Forgotten statue kept in a margarine tub is 2,000-year-old treasure

    2018-12-28 11:41

    ‘An amazing object’. The copper-alloy and lead statuette of Minerva was found in Hailey, Oxfordshire. Photograph: Rod Trevaskus/Oxfordshire county council/PAA 2,000-year-old Roman statuette of a silver-eyed goddess Minerva that for more than a decade was

  • Ancient history: deciphering the Roman red dust

    2018-12-28 11:33

    Greek and Roman writers record the use of a substance called miltos as a decoration, a medicine – and a handy way to repair a boat. Now scientists have worked out why. Andrew Masterson reports.

  • The 10 Biggest Archaeology Stories of 2018

    2018-12-28 11:14

    Credit: Raffaella Bianucci, University of TurinHistoric finds in 2018Many fascinating archaeological discoveries were made in 2018. From the world'soldest cheeseto the world'soldest breweryto a massive black granite sarcophagus that ignited a mediafrenzys

  • Where goddesses loved and fought

    2018-12-26 17:42

    The places: The ruins of Aphrodisias, or the city of Aphrodite with its history parceled up in museums. The terraced landscape of Pamukkale, endowed with many hot springs, in southwestern Turkey.Spectacular archaeological sites provide a front-row seat to