New dating of rock art in Indonesia shows that at the same time stampedes of bulls and horses were appearing in the Ardèche caves in France, similar art was being made in the Pacific region.
While dating back 3,000 years, no one recognized how special the oracle bones of the Shang Dynasty were until 1899.
Sandstorms shifting the terrain of southwest Peru recently revealed new Nazca Lines.
Television may lead us to believe archaeologists lead thrilling lives, crashing through ancient temples and uncovering dinosaur bones à la Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. In reality, their work is much more quiet and meticulous. Nevertheless, each new discovery — such as the newly unearthed Maya ruins in northern Guatemala — is still exciting.
A history of vandalism in one of the world’s most famous monuments has been analyzed, revealing long-lost art. In a paper published this week in the quarterly review Antiquity, researchers used imaging technology to uncover the hidden paintings of Angkor Wat.
Some of the most significant records on human history remain inaccessible to a wide audience. A new open source crowdsourcing platform called MicroPasts is looking to involve online amateurs in collaborations with professional archaeologists to create digital records of archive collections.
Archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania have discovered the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh, Sobekhotep I, the first king of the 13th Dynasty. The tomb was found in Abydos, once a sacred city of Ancient Egypt and now an important archaeological site.
Of all the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the location of the Hanging Garden of Babylon remains the most elusive, even with its believed home right there in its name. However, new research suggests it wasn’t in Babylon at all, but in another city over 300 miles away.
Back in the ancient world, whole clusters of ceremonial objects would be buried at a specific points in temple foundations, with a theorized reason being that these ritualistic items were believed to keep the buildings from ruin. While this didn’t quite work in the longterm, as temples are as structurally fragile as everything else over the centuries, they did turn into inadvertent time capsules. One particular foundation deposit in Babylon contained an artifact that has become as significant symbolically as it is as a relic of the ancient world. And it’s now on its first American tour.
In a plot worthy of Indiana Jones (or maybe Angelina Jolie in a B-movie), Italian police have apprehended a man attempting to smuggle a suspicious sculpture out of Lake Nemi in the south of Rome. After examination of the statue and questioning of the thief, authorities have determined that the sculpture was stolen from Emperor Caligula’s lost tomb, a previously undiscovered site.