Roman villa in Positano reveals spectacular ancient art

Recent excavations of a Roman villa under the town of Positano, south of Naples, Italy, revealed well-preserved lavish decoration of the once luxurious seaside mansion. The structure, dated to the 1st centuries BC and AD is located nearly 9 metres under a modern church in the centre of the town.

12th century coins discovered in Azerbaijan

A hoard of 12 century copper coins, containing 273 specimen was discovered during excavations near the village of Uzuntepe in Jalilabad region, south-eastern Azerbaijan. The coins date back to the rule of the Eldiguzid dynasty in 12th century AD.

Over 15 Palaeolithic cooking hearths discovered in Alaska

The Upward Sun River site in central Alaska revealed remains of hearths that served as cooking pits for people living in the area between 13200-11500 BC. Abundance of salmon remains, discovered within these features sheds new light on the diet of the Palaeolithic people, as this is the oldest evidence of cooking salmon in the New World.

10th century relief discovered in southern India

Archaeological investigation in Chinnaariyapatti village, Tamil Nadu province in southern India, ended in discovery of a sculpture dated to the 10th century AD. The sculpture contains the image of Ayyanar, a folk deity and an inscription in ancient Tamil writing.

Medieval Chinese jar found in south-eastern coastal India

A 12th century storage jar of Chinese manufacturing was discovered in a private house in Pandillapali, Prakasam district in western India. The owner claimed he discovered it in Motupally, Krishna district, where an international seaport existed since antiquity, visited even by Marco Polo in 1289.

Over 150 rock paintings discovered in Chile

Chilean researchers documented over 150 rock art paintings in the Coquimbo Region, South of Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Specialised digital analysis software was used to detect colours and patterns unobservable in normal conditions by human eye.