Archaeology

This photo released Thursday Jan. 23, 2020 by Herculaneum press office in Naples, southern Italy, shows a fragment of brain material of a victim incinerated by the ancient blast of Mount Vesuvius, and turned into glass. Officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said this is the first time that the phenomenon has been verified from a volcanic eruption. (Herculaneum press office via AP)
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January 23, 2020 - 9:11 am
MILAN (AP) — The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an incinerated victim's brain material into glass, the first time scientists have verified the phenomenon from a volcanic blast, officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said Thursday. Archaeologists rarely recover human brain tissue, and when...
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In this undated photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, a golden seal ring is shown from a 3,500-year-old tomb discovered near the southwestern Greek town of Pylos. The ministry said American archaeologists have discovered two monumental royal tombs dating 3,500 years back, near a large Bronze Age palace that featured in Homer's Odyssey. Recovered grave goods included a golden seal ring and a golden Egyptian amulet. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)
December 17, 2019 - 3:14 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — American archaeologists have discovered two monumental royal tombs dating from about 3,500 years ago near a major Mycenaean-era palace in Greece's southern Peloponnese region, the Greek culture ministry said Tuesday. A ministry statement said the dome-shaped roofs of both...
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This undated image provided by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico shows a sandal (Catalogue No. 2009.46.1) excavated decades ago from the Guadalupe Mountains. Researchers will be taking a new look at numerous perishable artifacts that include sandals and baskets to learn more about the people who once inhabited the region. (Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, The University of New Mexico via AP)
December 02, 2019 - 6:10 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago. Depending on what they uncover,...
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Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni stands behind an ancient Greek drinking cup decorated with runners, which was one of the awards presented to Spyros Louis, the Greek winner of the Marathon in the 1896 first modern Olympic Games, at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Greece's Culture Ministry said Wednesday the ancient vase has been returned to Athens by the University of Muenster in Germany where it had ended up.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
November 13, 2019 - 4:25 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An ancient Greek cup awarded as a prize to the marathon winner in the first modern Olympics of 1896 has been returned to Athens from a German university. Greece’s Culture Ministry said Wednesday that the 6th century B.C. pottery vessel was considered lost for decades until...
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CORRECTS LOCATION OF HOSPITAL TO JERAASH -Royal Court chief Yousef Issawi, right, visits one of the victims of a knife attack in Jerash, Jordan on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. A young man from a Palestinian refugee camp on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in Jeraash, in northern Jordan, security officials said. The wounded included three Mexican tourists and a Swiss woman, according to Jordan's Public Security office. Along with the tour guide, three other Jordanians, including two security officers and a bus driver, were also hurt before the attacker was subdued and arrested. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
November 06, 2019 - 1:16 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A young man from a Palestinian refugee camp on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan, security officials said. The suspect's family identified him as Mustafa Abu Tuameh. They...
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October 24, 2019 - 9:24 am
MILAN (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Italy has returned to Italian officials the head of a statue stolen from an archaeological site in Rome more than 50 years ago. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg handed over the marble head of the mythical figure Pan to Culture Minister Dario Franceschini Thursday on...
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A view of a well-preserved fresco depicting fighting gladiators in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, recently unearthed by archeologists. The new discovery -- located in the Regio V site, north of the archaeological park -- was unveiled on Friday and it's not open to the public yet. (Archeological Park of Pompeii via AP)
October 11, 2019 - 2:36 pm
ROME (AP) — Archeologists excavating what may have been an ancient Roman drinking den in the ruined city of Pompeii said Friday they have unearthed a well-preserved wall painting of gladiators in action, complete with realistically gory wounds. The 3ft by 4.5ft fresco is located in the Regio V site...
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July 30, 2019 - 3:48 pm
BOSTON (AP) — An archaeological dig in Boston's historic Chinatown has been cut short after it turned up a 1980s music cassette, a toy dinosaur and other bric-a-brac. The city's Archaeology Program tweeted Tuesday that it was wrapping up its three-week excavation at a vacant lot near the...
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Recently recovered antiquities are displayed at the foreign ministry, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 29, 2019. The artifacts paraded Monday include archaeological and historical pieces recovered from Britain and Sweden, pottery fragments and shards with writing dating back to the ancient Sumerian civilization. Iraq is putting a great effort to restore its lost rich cultural heritage after it was decimated during the chaos that followed the 2003 U.S. invasion. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
July 29, 2019 - 11:11 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials are displaying stolen artifacts from the country's rich cultural heritage that were recently recovered from Britain and Sweden. Many archaeological treasures from Iraq, home of the ancient "fertile crescent" considered the cradle of civilization, were looted during...
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In this undated photo provide by PRM Nautical Foundation on Friday, July 12, 2019, an amphora which dates from between the 7th and 5th centuries BC stands underwater near the shores of the Karaburun peninsula, Albania. A joint Albanian - American underwater archaeological team said they have found 22 amphoras that are at least 2,500 years old off the Albanian coast, which might yield an ancient shipwreck.(RPM Nautical Foundation via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 7:51 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A joint Albanian-American underwater archaeology project says it has found amphoras that are at least 2,500 years old in the Ionian Sea off the Albanian coast, which might yield an ancient shipwreck. The research vessel Hercules of the RPM Nautical Foundation said Friday they...
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