In a mountainous kingdom in what is now southeastern Turkey, there lived in the eighth century B.C. a royal official, Kuttamuwa, who oversaw the completion of an inscribed stone monument, or stele, to be erected upon his death. The words instructed m
A grave with the remains of a mother and father huddled together with 2 sons dated to 4,600 years ago and marks the oldest genetic evidence for a nuclear family. The individuals were carefully arranged in their graves to denote they were part of a bi
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a pyramid buried in the desert and thought to belong to the mother of a pharaoh who ruled more than 4,000 years ago. The pyramid, probably housed the remains of Queen Sesheshet, the mother of King Teti, who rul
A luxurious gold, pearl and emerald earring provides a new visual clue about the life of the elite in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. It dates to the Roman period just after the time of Jesus, said Doron Ben-Ami, who directed the dig.
Stonehenge was used as a cremation cemetery throughout its history, according to new evidence that divides archaeologists over whether England's most famous ancient monument was about celebrating life or death.
When early humans mastered the use of fire, their immediate rewards were warmth, light, and protection from nocturnal predators. Investigators have assumed that our ancestors also quickly realized the advantages of flame-cooked food
Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,900-year-old well-preserved chariot at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria. At the funerary mound was table pottery, glass vessels and other gifts for the funeral of a wealthy Thracian aristocrat.
The theater where "The Merchant of Venice" and "Romeo and Juliet" likely debuted and where William Shakespeare himself may have trodden the boards has likely been discovered in east London, archaeologists at the Museum of London s
Some people point to 1906 as the year of the Great San Francisco Earthquake, but, for anthropologists who study American Indians, it is the year that split the Hopi community of Orayvi, the longest continually occupied settlement in North America.
An alabaster head of Cleopatra and a mask thought to belong to her lover Mark Antony have been found near Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Monday.
DNA from ancient human feces found in a cave in Oregon provides biological verification that people were in North America 14,000 years ago, researchers said.
About 470 coins were found on 1 April at an early Iron Age burial site. They date from the 7th to 9th Century, when Viking traders travelled widely. Most of the coins were minted in Baghdad and Damascus....
This animation from BBC Timewatch reveals the 4,500 years of history behind Stonehenge.
British scientists have deciphered a mysterious ancient clay tablet and believe they have solved a riddle over a giant asteroid impact more than 5,000 years ago.
A gold necklace found near Lake Titicaca in Peru dates back 4,000 years and is the oldest gold artifact found in the Americas, researchers said. Discovered the necklace next to an adult skull in a burial pit at a hamlet settled by hunter-gatherers fr
Our gift of the gab is all due to a small horseshoe-shaped bone suspended in the muscles of our neck, like a piece of fruit trapped in Jell-O. The hyoid bone, is the only bone not connected to any other, is found only in humans and Neanderthals.
CAIRO (AFP) - A team of US archaeologists has discovered the ruins of a city dating back to the period of the first farmers 7,000 years ago in Egypt's Fayyum oasis, the supreme council of antiquities said on Tuesday.
A time capsule was found atop a bell tower at Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral, where it was placed in 1791 to protect the building from harm. The lead box — filled with religious artifacts, coins and parchments — was hidden in a hollow stone
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2500-year-old advanced civilization at the bottom of Lake Issyk Kul in the Kyrgyz mountains in Russia. The discovery consisted of formidable walls, some stretching for 500 meters-traces of a large city
After 800 years at the bottom of the sea, a merchant ship loaded with porcelain and other rare antiques was raised to the surface Friday in a specially built basket.
The only lead curse on a Roman emperor ever found, with a Roman gold coin. The lead foil would be hung in a temple to enact the curse, which would be made with the impression of a coin.
Archaeologists have reportedly found traces of a glue used by the Romans 2,000 years ago near the town of Xanten in Germany. This ancient glue was used to mount silver laurel leaves on legionnaires' battle helmets, made of iron. Though the hel
Human evolution has been moving at breakneck speed in the past several thousand years, far from plodding along as some scientists had thought, researchers said.
The cave, known as the Lupercale, was discovered facing the Circus Maximus underneath the palace of the first emperor, Augustus.
Italian archaeologists believe they have found the cave where, according to legend, a she-wolf nursed Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome. An underground cavity decorated with seashells, colored marble mosaics and pumice stones was discovere
Bodies, structures, and rock art thought to belong to an indigenous pre-Columbian culture have been unearthed at an ancient settlement in Puerto Rico, officials recently announced
The chocolate enjoyed around the world today had its origins at least 3,100 years ago in Central America not as the sweet treat people now crave but as a celebratory beer-like beverage and status symbol. Researchers identified residue of a chemical c
If the figurines found in an ancient European settlement are any guide, women have been dressing to impress for at least 7,500 years. Recent excavations at the site -- part of the Vinca culture which was Europe's biggest prehistoric civilizati
Humans 164,000 years ago put on primitive makeup and hit the seashore for steaming mussels, new archaeological finds show. A beach party for early man, thrown by people who weren't supposed to be advanced enough for this type of behavior.
French archaeologists have discovered an 11,000-year-old wall painting underground in northern Syria which they believe is the oldest in the world. "We found another painting next to it, but that won't be excavated until next year. It is slo