Garry Shaw

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Antiquities & Archaeology

An ancient Roman road may lie beneath Venice’s lagoon, researchers say

Team using sonar technology have found evidence of structures and settlements on the seafloor

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Voynich Manuscript

Fascinated by the Voynich Manuscript? Here are some other mysterious texts you can decode

If bodice-rippers are too boring for your summer reading, take a crack at these other books that have stumped researchers

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Museums

Museum dedicated to man who deciphered the hieroglyphics opens in France—full of Ancient Egyptian treasures

Musée Champollion in the south east of France—once owned by descendants of Egyptologist Jean-François Champollion’s family—is also exhibiting 82 artefacts on loan from the Louvre

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Antiquities & Archaeology

World’s oldest war memorial may have been identified in Syria

The White Monument at Tell Banat contains the bones of what are believed to be around 30 dead soldiers, posed as if they fell in battle

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Remains

How a ceremonial shrunken head, held by a US university for decades, was finally returned to Ecuador

A newly published research paper explains the authentication and repatriation process for a tsantsa once housed in Mercer University’s natural history collection

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Yacht rock art: prehistoric carvings found in Norway may be oldest nautical images in the world

Two life-size outlines of boats are thought to have been etched into the grey rock face 10,000 years ago—and more could still await discovery

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Archaeology

A Bronze Age village is discovered beneath Lake Lucerne

Archaeologists find remains of houses on stilts, possibly dating to 1000BC, which indicates Lucerne was settled earlier than thought

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Archaeology

Mysterious stone structures in Saudi Arabia are around 7,000 years old, making them one of the oldest examples of widespread monument-making

Citing the discovery of animal skulls and horns, researchers suggest that mustatils may have had a religious purpose

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Rock art

Boat carvings found in Norway may be the oldest in Europe

Life-size examples of rock art could have served as signposts when early Scandinavians populated the Mesolithic seascape

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Manuscripts

The write stuff: new analysis on Dead Sea Scrolls sheds light on the scribes behind them

Researchers have used artificial intelligence and other advanced methods to examine the ancient writing

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Ancient ABCs: The alphabet’s ‘missing link’ discovered in Israel

Ink writing found on pottery sherds suggests the system spread into the Levant earlier than originally thought

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Bronze Age burial site of powerful woman discovered under ancient palace in Spain

The cache of silver grave goods suggest she was an important leader in prehistoric El Argar society

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Hear the sound of an ancient conch horn, played again after 18,000 years

The unique Palaeolithic instrument was found in a cave rich in rock art, and was marked with red pigment that matches the paintings

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Archaeology

Discoveries at Stonehenge highlight controversial new tunnel's threat to heritage

Recent excavation has uncovered late Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts and human remains

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Ancient Egyptians who could not afford expensive embalming resin may have used mud instead

CT scans of a mummy from an Australian museum shows the body was covered with a thin painted shell beneath its wrappings

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Voluptuous Venus figurines may have helped prehistoric Europeans survive the Ice Age

The objects were passed on as “ideological tools” that created advantageous body ideals for women, researchers argue

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Hallucinogenic flower inspired Native Californian rock art, archaeologists say

“Doses” of datura plant used in communal ceremonies have been found embedded in the ceiling of Pinwheel Cave

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Archaeology

Egyptian archaeologists make the 'biggest discovery of 2020'

More than 100 painted coffins have been found at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo

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Heritage

Historic churches of Naples are at risk from sinkholes

Researchers have identified nine buildings that require a “quick response” and a further 57 places of worship that could suffer from future cavity collapses

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Turkey

Turkey seizes seeds from the British Institute at Ankara reflecting growing tensions in field of archaeology

Removal of ancient and modern specimens is latest run-in between President Erdogan’s government and foreign missions

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Mummified llamas, sacrificed to the gods by Incas, uncovered by archaeologists in Peru

The animals still had their ritual adornments, including necklaces and long, colourful tassels hanging from their ears

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Trove of ‘perfectly preserved’ painted coffins and mummies discovered at ancient Egyptian necropolis

The finding of 59 sarcophagi and dozens of statuettes in Saqqara is just “the beginning of the big discovery” Egypt’s antiquities minister says

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Antiquities & Archaeology

High school student leads archaeologists to lost Inca settlement

A local boy pointed out the spot in northwest Argentina where researchers discovered the previously unrecorded site Cerro Quemado

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Germany

Is the Nebra Sky Disc a millennium younger than we thought?

Analysis by German archaeologists suggests that the piece was not part of the Bronze-Age hoard looted in 1999

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Fingerprints help identify age and sex of prehistoric painters in southern Spain

Researchers studied the Neolithic rock art in the Los Machos rockshelter

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Decoded Maya hieroglyphs reveal the name of powerful woman ruler: ‘Lady Yopaat’

After ten years of research, the city of Cobá is revealing its secrets to archaeologists

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Books

Has Yale’s mysterious Voynich Manuscript finally been deciphered?

A German Egyptologist believes he has cracked the code to the enigmatic 15th century illustrated book—but many others have made the same claim in the past and failed

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Possible unmapped chambers discovered near Tutankhamun’s tomb

Researchers have found two anomalies in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

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Archaeologists uncover ancient Egyptian princess’s tomb in Dahshur

A wooden box that held canopic jars identifies the pyramid’s probably owner as a daughter of the 13th Dynasty King Ameny Qemau

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Children’s footprints and painted murals preserved at site linked to Biblical exodus

A German-led archaeological team has made surprising finds in a mortar pit at the ancient Egyptian city of Pi-Ramesses

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Exhibitions

To recover history from peril: on the dealer Paul Rosenberg and the Nazi seizure of Modern art

An exhibition on Rosenberg in Belgium focuses on the story of his Paris gallery and the recovery of his looted art

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Museums

Egypt’s Mallawi Museum reopens with looted collection mostly restored

After a £864,000 renovation, the museum now has modern display cases, lighting, security, and a greater emphasis on education

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Politics

Archaeological work at Ephesus shut down by Turkish government

The Austrian-run project was forced to close early, reportedly due to a political row between the two countries

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Exhibitions

The Greeks in Egypt: on Sunken Cities at the British Museum

The exhibition explores the interactions between two great civilizations

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Egypt announces ‘discovery of the century’ hidden behind King Tut’s tomb

Radar scans reveal metallic and organic objects that might be preserved grave goods—perhaps even the secret burial chambers of Queen Nefertiti

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Heading down the publicum

Ruins of an ancient tavern excavated in France reveal Romans enjoyed a drink and some pub grub like the rest of us

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Exhibitions

Aerial photography shows off Jordan’s archaeological treasures—and reveals sites at risk

An exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, London draws on an archive of more than 100,000 of the country, taken by military helicopter

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Exhibitions

One God to rule them all: Garry Shaw on Faith After the Pharaohs at the British Museum

The exhibition beautifully captures how religion shaped the region

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Ancient Egypt 2.0—project launched to scan the pyramids

An international team of experts will map monuments in Giza and Dahshur using lasers, drones, subatomic particles and infrared technology

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Signs point to two hidden rooms at Tutankhamun’s tomb, experts say

Archaeologists plan to use radar scanners to investigate behind the walls of the boy pharaoh’s burial chamber

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Tutankhamun’s mask and tomb off view to tourists from October for cleaning

Conservators to sweep the floors of the boy pharaoh’s burial chamber and remove epoxy applied to golden mask’s loose beard

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Heritage

Great Dam of Marib and Al-Qahira castle in Yemen damaged by Saudi airstrikes

Continued fighting in the region further threatens the country’s heritage sites

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Heritage

Yemen’s historic sites damaged in airstrikes after ceasefire fails

Unesco chief condemns attacks, urges all side to keep heritage out of the conflict