International team of scientists successfully recovered and analysed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from approximately 1400 BC to 400 AD, establishing ancient Egyptian mummies as a reliable source for genetic material to study the ancient past.
An ornamental bronze stud has been stolen from an exhibit “Pompeii and the Greeks” inside the Pompeii archaeological site, near Naples, Italy. The site is closed and investigation continues.
Archaeologists discovered two skeletons, dating to 5th century AD, under the walls of of the Wolseong, or Moon Castle, in Gyeongju in South Korea.
A trove of 3000-year-old weapons containing a large number of bronze axe heads was found late April in a field in the village of Hegra, near Stjørdal, Norway. According to the experts the objects date back to the Late Bronze Age between 1100-500 BC.
Comprehensive study of the bones of Homo floresiensis (dubbed “the hobbit”), discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores, Indonesia, in 2003, revealed that the species of tiny human most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed.
Researchers reconstructed a skull of an European saber-toothed cat, Homotherium latidens, that was found at the Schöningen excavation site in Lower Saxony, Germany, in 2015.
Prehistoric finds from the Schnidejoch Pass in Switzerland’s High Alps reveal that people might have led their herds from Lower Valais to the Bernese Oberland and graze their sheep there during Bronze Age, around 5000 BC.
Analysis of raven bones found in 2005 in Crimea rock shelter used by Neanderthals revealed that the bones were intentionally cut to create geometric patterns.
The oldest fossil human cranium in the cave of Aroeira, Portugal was found, representing also the westernmost human fossil ever found in Europe from the middle Pleistocene epoch, being about 400000 years old.
Analysis of dental calculus from a Neanderthal upper jaw found in cave sites in Spy, Belgium, and El Sidrón, Spain, provided new details about the diet of the Neanderthal populations living in Europe between 50000-42000 years ago.
A jade pendant was discovered in Nim Li Punit, Belize. It is the second largest Maya jade found in the country, and dates back to AD 672. It was once worn on the chest of a Maya king and contains description of the king’s parentage.
Albanian Police prevented the smuggling of 230 archaeological artefacts from ancient Apollonia. Two people were arrested in connection with these illegal activities.
First biological analysis of ancient terracotta figurines found at Yikpabongo in Northern Ghana’s Koma Land between 2010-2011 revealed that they were created by an unknown African civilisation. The figurines depict ancestral figures and animals.
Archaeologists discovered a piece of split limestone excavated over 100 years ago in Krapina, northern Croatia, suggesting that a Neanderthal collected the rock due to the crystal inclusions on the surface and brought it to the cave, possibly motivated by curiosity or intrigued by it, 130000 years ago.
Mummies of the Chinchorro people, dating 7400 years to the past, are scheduled for DNA analysis and computerized tomography scans. The 15 selected mummies of mostly children and unborn babies, were found on the Pacific coast of South America, at the edge of the Atacama desert.
Archaeologist analysing Middle Stone Age tools from Ethiopia used for processing ochre revealed that societies of Homo sapiens living 40000 years ago were characterised by cultural and behavioural complexity.
As a 1930s administrative building at Kremlin, Moscow, was dismantled in 2014 archaeologists moved in to study the area occupied by concrete structures, revealing Medieval layers and numerous artefacts.
A 7th-century mosaic at Hisham Palace, near the West Bank city of Jericho, Palestine, is unearthed for and displayed for the first time in its entirety to the public. The impressive mosaic covers 827 square metres.
Archaeologists conducted investigation and specialised analysis of the structures within the ancient city built atop a coral reef at Temwen Island in Federated States of Micronesia. A monumental tomb said to belong to the first chief of the island of Pohnpei was studied.
As archaeological investigation at the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khouang province of Laos continues, archaeologists create a three-dimensional virtual reality to document and allow for remote exploration of the mysterious site.