A historic sword, belonging to Col. Robert Gould Shaw, leader of the first American Civil War unit in the North made up of African-American soldiers, was donated to the Massachusetts Historical Society after resting for decades at attics of private owners.
Researchers identified two figures at the frescoes’ edges in the Room of Constantine, Vatican, as painted by Raphael, the Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance.
A cache of writing tablets, dating to 1st cent. AD, containing secret letters were discovered buried in the ground near the ancient Roman fort of Vindolanda, Northumberland, United Kingdom.
Archaeologists reconstructed the face of a man who died 4500 years ago in England and whose remains were found in the 1930s and 1980s at a burial mound called Liff’s Low bowl barrow in Derbyshire.
Archaeologists examined a tooth found in the Denisova Cave, Altai mountains, Russia, within deposits dating back to 126000-225000 BC revealing it belonged to remains of a fourth Denisovan individual – a species of extinct hominin – found at the site.
The tomb of an ancient gold worker named Khnummose was discovered at Sai Island, on Nile River in Northern Sudan. The tomb dates back 3400 years.
A 3500-years-old mummy of an Egyptian dignitary living in the times of 18th Dynasty pharaoh Thutmoses III (1479–1425 BC) served as a basis for a digital reconstruction the face and brain.
A wreck of an Italian naval destroyer IT Artigliere was discovered at a depth of 3700 metres off Sicily’s eastern shore by a research vessel belonging to Vulcan Inc., a company created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Ancient Aztec temple dedicated to the wind god Ehécatl and an adjacent ceremonial ball court were discovered in Mexico City, Mexico, behind the Catedral Metropolitana.
Archaeologists in East Spain discovered remains of cats at the site of El Bordellet, that were potentially skinned about 1000 years ago for the Medieval cat-fur industry or some sort of alleged ritual.
A treasure trove of more than 10000 colourful glass beads and evidence of glassmaking tools were found in Ile-Ife, South-western Nigeria, suggesting that the ancient city was one of the first places in West Africa to master the art of glassmaking.
A monument in Avebury, England, consisting of two huge, circular enclosures, was discovered being about 5300 years old, meaning the structure pre-dates the first stones erected at nearby Stonehenge by about 800 years.
Rectangular copper mask, believed to be 3000 years old, that was found in Argentina is among the oldest metal man-made artefacts from South America.
A translation of a martial-arts book “Self-Defense for Women” published in 1914 written by Nobatake Yaeko has been published, telling a story of the Women’s Self-Defence League.
Analysis of bones from the Battle of Lützen, Germany, in 1632 AD revealed much information about the violent lives and deaths of soldiers from the times of the Thirty Years’ War.
Excavations of a gothic church graveyard in Lisbon, Portugal revealed an ovarian tumour that had started forming teeth.
Archaeologists revealed the spine of a young Australopithecus afarensis, a hominin who died some 3 million years ago in what is today Ethiopia, being 2.5 years old at the time of death.
Archaeologists analysed two known specimens of the fossil hominid Graecopithecus freybergi found in Bulgaria and Greece, revealing that common lineage of great apes and humans split several hundred thousand years earlier than hitherto assumed.
Scientists discovered the debris of missing World War II-era B-25 bomber planes in Madang Harbor off the coast of Papua New Guinea. One of the planes was known and being documented when the discovery of the previously unknown second aircraft occurred.
Archaeologists unearthed remains of a 4000-year-old henge structure in Newbold-on-Stour, in Warwickshire County, England. The boundary of the henge contained five well-preserved human burials.