Officers of the Guardia Civil in Spain seized over 3000 ancient coins and 20000 artefacts in an operation aimed against illegal looting and trade of antiquities.
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.
Study of marine pebble tools from an Upper Palaeolithic burial site Caverna delle Arene Candide in Liguaria, Italy, suggests that objects might have been ritually destroyed to remove their symbolic power some 5000 years earlier than previously thought.
Underwater archaeologists discovered remains of an ancient Roman vessel that sank off the coast of Cabrera, near the southern coast of Mallorca. The shipwreck is believed to be 1800 years old.
Drought lasting for seven months revealed the remains of several villages and archaeological sites as waters lowered in Belesar reservoir, an artificial lake in the region of Galicia, north-west Spain.
In an international operation named “Pandora”, aimed at criminal networks involved in cultural theft, conducted in nearly 20 European countries from both inside and outside the EU 3561 works of art and cultural goods were seized by the authorities.
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.
Scientists examined tartar from 1.2-million-year-old teeth, one of the oldest hominin remains discovered in Europe. Food remains from tartar revealed the palaeodiet of the individual.
Renovation works at the Santiago de Compostela cathedral, north-western Spain, lead to a rediscovery of a buried statue that was believed being lost 500 years ago.
Possibly the oldest depictions of Spanish conquistadors, pictured in typical 16th century outfits, were found by archaeologists in five remote mountain caves in the State of Guerrero, Mexico.
Archaeologists discovered remains of a 16th century ship that sunk in Pensacola Bay, West of Florida, USA. The wreck is one of the ships of a Spanish colonisation expedition sunk by a storm in 1559.
Archaeologists discovered and documented at least 50 Upper Palaeolithic cave paintings, dating even 14000 years ago. The find is located within Armintxe cave under a building in the centre of Lekeitio in the Basque country, Spain.
Spain’s first Bell Beaker culture’s earthwork enclosure was discovered by archaeologists. The structure, composed of concentric rings of earthwork is dated to 2600-2200 BC.
After 3 weeks of excavations of the Empúries site on the Costa Brava, Spain, a ceramic vase containing 200 silver denarius dating from the 1st century BC was found. Also 24 amphorae of wine have been discovered in the cellar of an ancient house, a simpulum (bronze slab to extract wine) and two bracelets.
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.
While carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain construction workers have found 600 kilos of ancient Roman coins. Dating back to the late 3rd and early 4th cent., the bronze coins were found inside 19 Roman amphoras in the town of Tomares near Seville.
Archaeologists in Northeastern Spain found a stone slab that might contain a depiction of a Paleolithic campsite dated back 13000 years.