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Cashel Man

Mummified remains found in bog are world’s oldest

The remains of a young man found in a Laois bog in Ireland have been dated back 4,000 years, making it the world’s oldest ‘bog body’ ever recovered in the world. The chemical composition of bogs can...
Saxon King - Alfred the Great

Archaeologists on Mission to Find Remains of Saxon King, ‘Alfred the Great’

A team of archaeologists have applied for permission to excavate the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s Church in the city of Winchester, England, in the hope of finding the remains of ‘Alfred the Great...
Ancient dagger artefact link between Japan and northern China

Ancient dagger artefact suggests link between Japan and northern China

Archaeologists in Japan were astonished to discover the molds for a dagger dating back nearly 2,500 years which bears a striking resemblance to artefacts found in remote areas of northern China. The...
Remains of Mona Lisa

Scientists Believe they have Found the Remains of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

Scientists believe that they have found the remains of the woman who inspired Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Researchers believe the woman depicted in the painting is Lisa...
Tool-Making Factory in London

Archaeologists Discover 9,000-Year-Old Tool-Making Factory in London

A 9,000-year-old Mesolithic tool-making factory has been found in London during excavation work to create a new 13 mile high-speed railway line. It is believed that the site, located alongside the...
‘Lost Souls of Bedlam’ Under London Streets

Archaeologists Discover 20,000 ‘Lost Souls of Bedlam’ Under London Streets

Established in 1247, the notorious Bethlem (“Bedlam”) Royal Hospital was the first dedicated psychiatric institution in Europe and possibly the most famous specialist facility for care and control of...
Byzantine Coins and Gold

Rare Byzantine Coins and Gold Uncovered in Ancient Garbage Pit

Archaeologists have found a hoard of ancient coins, lamps, jewellery, and other artefacts in a Byzantine refuse pit uncovered near the ancient city of Apollonia-Arsuf in Israel. The ancient garbage...
Massive Maya Frieze

Archaeologists Discover Massive Maya Frieze Found in Guatemala

Archaeologists have discovered a giant Maya frieze in the buried city of Holmul in the Peten region of Guatemala. It depicts a mythological setting with a ruler sitting atop the head of a Maya...
Ancient Egyptian Brewery

Archaeologists Virtually Recreate Ancient Egyptian Brewery

A Polish archaeologist at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Archaeology has made a 3D reconstruction of a 5,500-year-old brewing installation which was found at Tell el-Farcha, an...
 Ancient Treasures at Russian Burial Site

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Treasures at Russian Burial Site

Archaeologists have uncovered the tomb of a noble woman from a powerful tribe called the Sarmatians, Iranian people that roamed the Eurasian steppes 2,500 years ago in southern Russia. While most...
Relief of Zeus in Bulgaria

Archaeologists Uncover Large Votive Relief of Zeus in Bulgaria

A team of Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed an unusually large votive relief of the ancient Greek God Zeus near the Bulgarian village of Starosel. According to the National History Museum for...
Rare Coins Mark anthony and Cleopatra

Archaeologists Discover Rare Bronze ‘Lovers’ Coin’ Depicting Mark Antony and Cleopatra

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze coin depicting Cleopatra and Mark Antony in the ruins of a first-century house in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. The rare coin measures 22 millimetres in...
Crusader Hospital in Jerusalem

1000-Year-Old Crusader Hospital Unveiled in Jerusalem

Thirteen years after excavation work quietly began, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have just announced the finding of a 1000-year-old building which was once the largest hospital in the...
Pakal II's crypt

New cutting-edge techniques help archaeologists study Pakal II's crypt

Advances in technology are helping archaeologists unravel the mysteries surrounding many archaeological sites around the world. In a recent example, scientists are using new geophysical techniques,...
Medieval Boat in England

Discovery of Medieval Boat in England Hailed ‘Rare and Important’

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a medieval boat during construction of a drainage project along the River Chet, near Loddon in England, which dates back to around 1400. The finding has...
3,500-year-old Neolithic art in Scotland

Archaeologists uncover magnificent example of 3,500-year-old Neolithic art in Scotland

Archaeologists have uncovered the finest ever piece of Neolithic art on a stone, which was found at the base of vast temple complex built in 3,500 BC on Orkney Island, Scotland. The carved stone was...

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