Archaeology

Iron Age rock art depicting ancient Gods discovered beneath Turkish home

The ancient inscriptions were in a hidden tunnel complex found by looters before archaeologists carried out a rescue mission

Archaeologist, adventurer and spinner of tales: the life of Heinrich Schliemann is reassessed in Berlin show

Famed for his discovery of Troy, an exhibition at the James-Simon-Galerie and Neues Museum unpicks fact from fiction

Abdulamir Al-Hamdani, the revered archaeologist and former Iraqi culture minister, has died, aged 55

Hamdani, who served as Iraq’s culture minister from 2018 to 2020, played a vital role in rescuing, restoring and cataloguing the country’s ancient heritage

Ceremonial starfish offerings unearthed at Aztec temple in Mexico City

The ‘precious relics’ discovered at Templo Mayor link Aztec cosmology to the sea

Former Metropolitan Museum curator leads reimagining of Penn State’s anthropology museum

A $100m campus expansion will give the informally-established anthropology museum a greater presence

New concerns for the Bamiyan Valley's future in Taliban hands surface on anniversary of monumental Buddhas' destruction

Evidence of encroaching development, looting and a new coal depot near the site poses major threats to its status—and its future

Amazonian cave paintings, pre-Columbian ruins and other world heritage sites identified as critically threatened

The World Monuments Fund has published its biannual report of world heritage sites facing risk due to climate change, political turmoil and other factors

Archeologists in Mexico decipher ancient frieze

The frieze, discovered in Oaxaca in 2018, contains glyphs symbolising themes related to superstition and social hierarchies in the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures

Pre-Columbian stone artefacts smuggled into Puerto Rico are repatriated to the Dominican Republic

The 12 archaeological objects were seized from a passenger arriving in Puerto Rico by ferry in 2013; they had previously sold in an online auction

Intricate Roman mosaic is largest to be found in London in half a century

The “once-in-a-lifetime” discovery took place on a building site across the river from what would have been ancient Londinium

Milan’s ancient amphitheatre turns over a new leaf with a €1.5m garden-inspired restoration project

Novel project will replace lost parts of the structure with hedges of boxwood, myrtle and privet

The ‘most important piece of prehistoric art’ found in Britain in a century will go on view at the British Museum

The 5,000-year-old chalk sculpture was discovered on a country estate near the village of Burton Agnes in East Yorkshire

Have archaeologists discovered Captain Cook's ship Endeavour? Experts in the US and Australia fight it out

The director of Sydney’s Australian National Maritime Museum announced that he is "convinced" it is the long-lost vessel, while the director of Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project says the findings are not conclusive

Film review

At Sundance, new films tackle painful legacies through archaeology, urban design and more

Also featured is a visually stunning documentary about bird rescuers in Delhi and a cinematic essay about the sexual power dynamics of cinema

US customs agents return ancient cuneiform writing implements to Iraq

The millennia-old prism and tablet were found to lack proper paperwork—one after its owner’s death, the other following an online auction

Ancient Aboriginal rock art—removed by museum staff in the 1960s in an act of 'official vandalism'—returns home

The 4,000-year-old petroglyphs are being handed over by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart

What's the tea? Oldest brew in the world discovered in China

The 2,400-year-old remains of tea leaves were discovered in a royal tomb in Shandong province

Republicans take aim at protected national monuments in Utah

Legislators in the state are planning legal action in order to allow mining in region that contains 100,000 archaeological sites

Pompeii turns to tech to protect ancient site against climate change damage

Monitoring system that includes drones and sensors will track the impact of extreme weather

Golden hats, celestial discs and circles of wood and stone: British Museum reveals treasures in Stonehenge show

Exhibition 'The World of Stonehenge'—opening in February 2022—presents the site in the context of Bronze Age Europe

Remains of 'last fugitive' killed by Mount Vesuvius eruption unearthed at Herculaneum

Discovery announced as part of new excavations that will open up the ancient beachfront to visitors

Egypt's ancient road of 1,000 sphinxes, buried under sand for centuries, unveiled in spectacular ceremony

The path, which was rediscovered in 1949, connects the temples of Luxor and Karnak in the east of the country

Magnificent Roman mosaic discovered in a farmer's field is 'UK's most exciting find of its kind in a century'

The first ever mosaic illustrating scenes from Homer’s Iliad, it would have decorated an imposing dining and entertainment space within a major villa complex

Discovery of Turkish 11,400-year-old village challenges ideas of when and why humans first settled down

Excavations at monumental site Karahan Tepe, near the Turkish-Syrian border, suggest that society was established before the dawn of agriculture

Temple reliefs provide a rare glimpse into how artists made ancient Egyptian art

Less-experienced artists carved body parts, while master sculptors worked on faces among archaeologist's discoveries at the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut

'End BP sponsorship of British Museum': 90 heritage professionals sign open letter against oil giant

Archaeologists and museum professionals "urge" institution to cut ties with British Petroleum company

Al-Ulanews

Unesco strikes partnership deal with Saudi agency to develop AlUla region's rich heritage

Agreement covers developing archaeological programmes and paves the way for kingdom's ambitious long-term plans to attract tourists to the region

Slaves' room unearthed in Pompeii reveals lives of marginalised citizens

Previous discoveries made during the excavation of the Civita Giuliana villa include a ceremonial chariot and the bodies of two men

Archaeologists have mapped the ancient capital of the Mongolian Empire

Little has been know about the city of Karakorum where Genghis Khan once established a camp—until now

'An important chap': archaeologists in Egypt discover the tomb of an ancient royal treasurer

The tomb from the time of King Ramesses II is the latest big discovery at Saqqara, south of Cairo