Archaeology


Shang Dynasty Gold Mask China Tombs Burial
- A stunning 3,000-year-old gold burial mask was uncovered by archaeologists working in central China recently, in a royal tomb belonging to a high-level noble from the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 B.C.E.). The object, found in Shangcheng county, in the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou, predates a similar gold mask discovered among a trove of ancient artifects at the Sanxingdui archaeological site last autumn, according to the National Cultural Heritage Administration , making it the ... [Read More]


Oxford Archaeology East Site Bronze Eddeva Park Development Age Eddeva Park
- A Bronze Age burial mound and cemetery unearthed during excavations at a housing development are being shown to the public. The site was found at the Eddeva Park development on Worts Causeway in Cambridge. Members of Oxford Archaeology East will lead free guided walks on Saturday and Thursday to explain the findings. During the excavation, 12 burials and five urned cremations were found at the site. Barrows, which are funerary monuments, are from the Bronze Age and mainly date from between ... [Read More]

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Roundel Prague International Stone B C E Structure Roundels
- Construction workers originally discovered the historic structure in the 1980s. A mysterious, newly discovered stone roundel in Prague is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, built some 7,000 years ago during the Stone Age. Its purpose remains unknown. "Roundels are the oldest evidence of architecture in all of Europe," Jaroslav Řídký, of the Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, told Radio Prague International . The circular Neolithic ... [Read More]


Giza Water Nile Mystery Pyramids National Academy
- The answer does not involve aliens. It involves boats. It's been a mystery for millennia. But now, a multinational team of ten researchers hailing from France, Egypt, and China have at last determined how ancient Egyptians transported the massive granite and limestone slabs that formed the pyramids at Giza—including the monumental Khufu Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Using fossilized pollen particles, the scientists have proved the existence of a lost tributary to ... [Read More]


Opium Tel Yehud Vessels Statement Assaf Peretz Israel Researchers
- A general view of a vessel found during excavations at Tel Yehud, where Israeli researchers discovered 3,500 year-old traces of opium inside ceramic vessels at an ancient burial site. Assaf Peretz/Israel Antiquities Authority/dpa Israeli researchers have found traces of opium in ceramic vessels in an ancient burial site dating back some 3,500 years. It is the earliest known evidence of human opium use, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Tel Aviv University, the Weizmann Institute ... [Read More]

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Rameses Ii Egypt Sarcophagus Antiquities Cairo University Grand Egyptian Museum
- Egypt unveiled Monday a sarcophagus of a senior royal official from over 3,200-years ago at the Saqqara archaeological site south of Cairo, the latest in a series of spectacular discoveries in the area. A team of Egyptian archaeologists from Cairo University found the red granite sarcophagus of Ptah-em-uya, "a high-ranking official" under Rameses II, who ruled Egypt in the 13th century BC, the antiquities ministry said. The noble was "royal secretary, chief overseer of cattle, head of the ... [Read More]

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Rosetta Stone Abdel Gawad Afp Egyptians Tomb Qurna
- The burial mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who ruled from 1334 to 1325 BC (AFP Photo/) It's one of the 20th century's most iconic photos: British archaeologist Howard Carter inspecting the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun in 1922 as an Egyptian member of his team crouches nearby shrouded in shadow. It is also an apt metaphor for two centuries of Egyptology, flush with tales of brilliant foreign explorers uncovering the secrets of the Pharaohs, with Egyptians relegated to the background. ... [Read More]

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Nefertiti Egypt Hawass Tombs Zahi Hawass Mummy
- Prominent Egyptologist Zahi Hawass recently said that he is certain that a mummy he is currently studying will turn out to be that of Queen Nefertiti . Hawass, who has been studying Egyptian history and excavating ancient tombs for decades, and was previously the Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs in Egypt, is currently preparing an exhibition called 'Daughters of the Nile', focusing on women in pharaonic Egypt. "I'm sure I'll reveal Nefertiti's mummy in a month or two," Hawass told ... [Read More]

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Archaeologists Boat Clare Ellis Lephin Scotland West Highlands
- Archaeologists are preparing to investigate two possible Viking boat burial sites on the Isle of Mull. Two elongated mounds on the Hebridean island are to be evaluated as part of a series of digs later this month. Boat burials involved high-ranking Vikings being interred with a ship, and in Scotland a site was previously found and excavated in Ardnamurchan . On Mull, archaeologists will check to see whether the mounds near Lephin are natural features or burial sites. The investigation will ... [Read More]

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Archaeologists Age Mound Rampart Feet Fortress
- An enormous fortress wall has been discovered hidden underneath an ancient burial mound from over two thousand years ago. Archaeologists in Cyprus found the rampart, part of a fortress defensive wall, as they were excavating the burial mound. The mound itself measures 328 feet long by 196 feet wide, and is thought to have been constructed in the third century B.C.E., during the era of Alexander the Great , according to a statement from the Cyprus Department of Antiquities. The newly uncovered ... [Read More]

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