Archaeology


- The Luxor finding has been called "the second most important archaeological discovery" since King Tut's tomb. A team of Egyptian archaeologists has unearthed what some describe as an industrial royal metropolis just north of modern-day Luxor, which incorporates what was once the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes (aka Waset). The archaeologists dubbed the site "the lost golden city of Luxor," and they believe it may have been devoted to manufacturing decorative artifacts, furniture, and pottery, ... [Read More]

Source: wired.com

- An inscription found on a 3,500-year-old vessel suggests that a standardized script arrived in Canaan earlier than previously thought A 3,500-year-old inscription on a pottery shard found in Israel is offering scholars new clues about the development of the alphabet that formed the basis for many modern writing systems. The discovery appears to be the oldest writing ever recorded in Israel, reports Rossella Tercatin for the Jerusalem Post . Archaeologists found the fragment during excavations ... [Read More]


- The new city dates back to the age before one of the most famous pharaohs, King Tut For centuries archaeologists and other scholars have carefully excavated the ruins of Pompeii , the wealthy ancient Roman city that was frozen in time after being buried in volcanic ash and pumice after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Pompeii continues to capture the public imagination because it is so well-preserved: One can find houses and shops, graffiti and art, and even observe the voids where people and ... [Read More]

Source: salon.com

- The field of ancient DNA has revealed important aspects of human evolutionary past, including relationships with Denisovans and Neandertals. These studies have relied on DNA from bones and teeth, which store DNA and protect it from the environment. But such skeletal remains are exceedingly rare, leaving large parts of human history inaccessible to genetic analysis. To fill these gaps, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology developed new methods for enriching and ... [Read More]

Source: phys.org

- Ruins found in the Maya metropolis of Tikal appear to be an outpost of the distant Teotihuacán Archaeologists conducting research at Tikal , a Maya city in northern Guatemala, have discovered buildings and artifacts that appear to represent an outpost of Teotihuacán , a city located more than 600 miles away, near what is now Mexico City. As Evelyn De León reports for Guatemalan news outlet Soy502 , the abandoned structures were crafted out of earth and stucco—materials that the ancient ... [Read More]


- It pushes back previous estimates by around 1,000 years. Archaeologists have discovered 6,000-year-old bones from a pet dog alongside the human remains of its owners at a burial site in Saudi Arabia. The remains may be the earliest example of dog domestication in the region, dating to around 1,000 years earlier than previous finds. The team of international researchers unearthed the dog bones in 2018 after locating the burial site in satellite imagery, as part of a large-scale archaeological ... [Read More]


- The city at the 'Palace of the Dazzling Aten' was uncovered in September 2020 near the Colossi of Memnon, the two massive stone statues of the pharoah, who was Egypt’s greatest builder. It is also located near to the Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu, and the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Along with the palace, the area housed other palaces, administrative buildings, a temple dedicated to the god Amun and a desert altar known as the the Kom al-Samak. There was ... [Read More]