Largest evacuation in post-war Germany was caused by a 24-hour process of defusing a WW2 air bomb weighting 1.8 tons in city centre of Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. The bomb was discovered on December 20th.
Experts identified a number of drugs used by ancient Egyptians through careful and long analysis of a 3500-year-old papyrus. Among the medicine are bull fat, bats blood, and lizard poop.
Rock art dating back 5000 years was found on the ceiling of a small cavity in the Egyptian Sahara desert, between the Nile valley and the Gilf Kebir Plateau. It is believed it depicts a star in the east, a newborn between parents and two animals.
Archaeologists in Jerusalem’s City of David, Israel, discovered a piece of stone bowl dating back 2100 years. The piece contained the name “Horcanus” inscribed in Hebrew on its surface.
Construction workers discovered ancient artefacts in Gaybiefendi, Kütahya province, central Turkey. Archaeological investigation revealed 2000-year-old Roman tombs at the sites.
Remains of two World War II boats were salvaged by explorers at a Baltic beach in Sztutowo, northern Poland. One wreck was identified as a gunboat sunk in 1945 and the other is a fishing boat.
Police in Gorzów, West Poland, was notified about the possibility of unexploded ordnance being located underground in the area of a former military base. Sappers called on the scene found numerous World War II armaments and ammunition.
Polish archaeologists discovered previously unknown settlement sites in Burkina Faso, West Africa, possibly being the oldest in the region. Among the finds are burial mounds, tells and numerous artefacts dating back even 50000 years.
A selection of over 4500 artefacts recovered during archaeological survey of the Westerplatte area was presented in Gdańsk. Among the few artefacts that underwent conservation are fragments of uniforms, weapons, personal items and coins.
Excavations prior to a road-building project in British Columbia, Canada, discovered a wetland-gardening site in Pitt Meadows. The site dates back to 1800 BC.
Researchers recovered remains of US soldiers who died in a plane crash during World War Two, in the area of Lower Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh state, north-eastern India.
Fragments of a carpet made with silk and wool were recovered from a shipwreck dubbed the Palmwood Wreck buried at the bottom of the sea for nearly 400 years.
Archaeologists discovered an ancient Egyptian encroachment wall at the Qubbet Al-Hawa site in Aswan. The presence of the structure suggests that new tombs might be located in the direct vicinity.
Archaeologists discovered burial mounds dated to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, near Ościsłowo, central-western Poland. Now, the discovery might be used to stop the planned development of an open pit mine that is also being protested by local residents.
A team of Polish and Jewish archaeologists discovered a filled-in tunnel during works at the former World War II German concentration camp at Sobibór, eastern Poland. This is probably the tunnel used by a group of prisoners to escape from the Sonderkommando barracks.
A treasure hunter found a in Sherwood Forest, United Kingdom. The find dates to the 14th century and was discovered by an amateur metal detectorist.
During routine conservation work in the museum’s archaeological garden, in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David, outside the Old City’s walls, archaeologists discovered a bronze coin used during the days of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-164/3 BC).
The historic Artillery Drill Hall in Fremantle, West Australia, became the site of archaeological excavations aimed at revealing the structure’s history. The building dates to 1895 and was extended during World War II.
Over 20 settlement sites were discovered in south-west China’s Sichuan province during archaeological evaluation prior to major railroad construction project.
A limestone relief stolen from Queen Hatshepsut’s temple in El-Deir El-Bahari in Luxor and illegally smuggled out was recovered by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities from London.