Antiquities & Archaeology

Mexiconews

Mexico attempts to halt German auction of Pre-Colombian artefacts

More than 70 works designated as national heritage are due to be sold in Munich on 21 September

Maya stone monuments to be installed in the Met’s Great Hall

The stelae, on loan from Guatemala, feature life-sized depictions of ancient Indigenous leaders

Looted 2,700-year-old bricks—discovered in Swiss warehouse—are returned to Iran

Before the discovery of the more than 50 painted blocks, “the richness of Mannaean civilisation had not been appreciated”, expert says

New York dealer arrested for selling ‘cookie cutter’ manufactured goods as authentic antiquities

Investigators found thousands of fakes, as well as tools and materials used to make them seem ancient, in rooms near Sadigh Gallery’s Fifth Avenue showroom

Protocols are already available to help save Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

In 2015, the Association of Art Museum Directors established a structure under which museums can act to protect cultural property in immanent peril

Monastery of powerful Anglo Saxon queen discovered in genteel Thames-side Berkshire village

Dig uncovers a wealth of objects, including jewellery probably worn by Queen Cynethryth, an influential female ruler likely to have been buried in the village

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

One of the world's first art objects? Tiny 51,000-year-old deer bone was decoratively carved by Neanderthals, new study reveals

Discovery contradicts commonly held belief that these archaic humans were incapable of creating aesthetic items

Archaeologists find ruins of vast Medieval Nubian cathedral in Sudan

Polish team used remote sensing techniques to detect the building, the largest of its kind in the region, as well as a possible tomb of an archbishop

Hoard of plundered ancient art—discovered by police in a Belgian dealer's home—is returned to Italy

The almost 800 rare archaeological artefacts are now on show at the Castello Svevo in Bari

Pressure mounts for Italy to buy Torlonia marbles—world's finest collection of Greco-Roman antiquities still in private hands

As a landmark exhibition in Rome draws to a close, government's plans for long-hidden group of ancient sculpture remain unclear

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

Viking-age treasure: new insights into life 1,000 years ago

Plus, new proposals for the Fourth Plinth in London and Nike Air Force 1s

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'A vast underwater museum': Greece plans to open shipwrecks and other submerged heritage sites for visitors to explore

Experienced divers and casual bathers alike will gain access to ancient marine monuments, which remain where they were found on the seabed

From Pompeii to post-colonial sculpture, San Francisco’s Legion of Honor pulls off a successful double-feature for its reopening

A solo show by Wangechi Mutu comments on the museum’s history, while an exceptional archaeological presentation gives antiquity a fresh feel

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

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

Pompeiiinterview

Pompeii's new director Gabriel Zuchtriegel: how archaeology moves beyond the 'elitist male gaze' of history

The German-born archaeologist tells us about his fascination with the ancient world and the need to involve visitors in the discovery process

Egyptian archaeologists uncover ‘lost golden city of Luxor’

The 3,000-year-old site is remarkably preserved, with pottery, daily tools and human remains found among its intact walls

Knife-wielding spider god mural found on ancient Peruvian temple

Farmers extending their fields first accidentally uncovered the site, which archaeologists believe was used by the Cupisnique people for water ceremonies

Robots and submarines: France's new state-of-the-art ship is a game changer for marine archaeology

Big enough to cross the Atlantic, the high-tech research vessel Alfred Merlin ushers in a new era for French underwater heritage

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

Pre-Columbian artefacts returned to Mexico by Arizona officials

The collection of 277 objects were recovered through two separate investigations by Homeland Security

Ancient Egyptian pet cemetery contained much loved cats and dogs pampered in their old age

Research by archaeologists at the Roman port city Berenice shows that humans cared for their animals as much as current day people do

Greecenews

Archaeologists appeal to Greek prime minister to halt restructuring of five big antiquities museums

Experts oppose culture ministry's proposal to separate Greece's major museums from the state archaeological service

Walk through the 2,000-year-old Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome's first emperor

The circular tomb—used through history as a fortress, a sculpture garden and an entertainment venue—reopens as a museum after an €11m restoration

'Lamborghini' of ancient Roman chariots unearthed near Pompeii

Experts believe that the ceremonial carriage may have been used for wedding processions

Lintels at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to return to Thailand

Museum director says Justice Department’s legal case only served “to cloud the respectful and serious process of deaccession and repatriation”

Stonehenge: could a road tunnel ruin the ancient site?

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