The dagger with which Pharaoh Tutankhamun was buried was created with use of meteorite iron, a new X-ray fluorescence spectrometry analysis by a team of Italian and Egyptian researchers revealed.
Cooperation between archaeologists and metal detectorists exceeded any expectations as three treasure troves and over 500 metal artefacts have been discovered. The systematic fieldwork took place in the valley of the river Sieniocha between Komarów and Tyszowce.
Relics of ancient fortifications and monumental tombs were found among numerous sites by a group of archaeologists from the Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw. The fieldwork in a the project, coordinated by prof. Piotr Bieliński, was led by dr Łukasz Rutkowski.
During construction of the ring road around Kłodzko a trace of the settlement has been found. Excavations that were conducted as part of the standard procedure preceding the construction revealed that a settlement dated even back to the 9th century BC along the road’s planned course.
A series of prehistoric cave paintings has been uncovered in the Basque Country (Northern Spain). The paintings include those of bison, horses and goats. They were discovered by archaeologist Diego Garate at a depth of 300m in the Atxurra caves.
A bracelet, dated to the Bronze Age (1600-1350 BC), has been secured by the Police after a detectorist, who brought it to the local Heritage Office. The men has recovered the priceless artefact a few weeks a ago, while illegally searching with a metal detector.
An archaeological site was uncovered in Trogir (Croatia) as workers found the remains of Roman urns during the expansion of a private parking lot in the area of Put Dragulina, a street located in the path of the former ancient Roman road that used to lead to the Trogir hinter
Employees of the Auschwitz Museum discovered a double bottom in a metal mug inside which jewellery was hidden. They were conducting routine preservation works on objects stolen by German Nazis from people arriving at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp.
National Heritage Board of Poland (Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa) launched a website dedicated to present the national heritage monuments that are listed in the official registry. The website www.zabytek.pl contains entries on over 24000 monuments, that date from Stone Age to 20th cent.
Polish archaeologists continue work in Palmyra, the ancient city in Syria that was recently freed from ISIS forces’ occupation. A short visit of the experts from Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of University of Warsaw focused on securing artefacts for transport and gathering pieces of shattered sculptures and wall decorations.
Archaeologists discovered a rare structure called a nilometer in the ruins of the ancient city of Thmuis in Egypt’s Delta region. The nilometer was used to predict harvest and set taxes linked to the rise and fall of the Nile River.
During archaeological works at an ancient residential complex at the site of Dainzú-Macuilxóchitl in the Oaxaca Valley (southern Mexico) unique artefacts were discovered. Painted human mandibles were found that may have been worn like necklace pendants. They date back ca. 1300 years.
The remains of a second century imperial barracks were found nine metres below street level in November, when construction began on Amba Aradam-Ipponio station on the city’s new metro Line C. The 1,753 square-metre ruin contains some 39 rooms, many of which contain original mosaics and frescoes.
A metal detectorist has found a deposit of two bronze bracelets during illegal search near the Trzcianka village located in the valley of the Noteć river. The detectorist secured the find and reported it to the local heritage authorities handing the artefacts over and presenting the hoard’s location.
Construction of Rome’s third line of subway revealed ancient sites, as ruins of barracks and a burial place have been excavated by archaeologists at the planned Amba Aradam station.
Divers discovered in the port of ancient Caesarea (modern Israel) a cargo of a merchant ship that sank there during the Late Roman period, about 1,600 years ago. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted research at the site and found numerous objects such as iron anchors, remains of wooden anchors and items that were used in the construction and running of the sailing vessel.
Belize’s Midnight Terror Cave revealed around 10000 human bones, bone fragments and teeth on the cave floor during excavations conducted between 2008-2010. Many of the human remains came from 4- to 10-year-olds but over 9.5 thousand from not older than 14 years.
A pair of leather sandals, a set of pottery vessels, a large wine amphora, pieces of clothes, shards of glass vessels and a letter on a piece of papyrus were among the finds in an hermitage within the Naqlun monastery in the Fajum oasis in Egypt.
The prehistoric fort in Chodlik (lubelskie voivodeship) in eastern Poland received its virtual museum after the archaeologists created multimedia platform for the broad audience. The project has been undertaken by the Scientific Society of Polish Archaeologists in co-operation with the Museum Nadwiślańskie in Kazimierz Dolny and the local government of Karczmiska municipality.
Excavations on a sports area in Skoki, Wielkopolska voivodeship in Poland, resulted in finding a treasure of 117 silver coins, dated to 15th and 16th century AD. The initial discovery of first few coins was made in December last year by an archaeologists from the local Regional Museum in Wągrowiec, Marcin Krzepkowski together with Michał Kołpowski.