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The Discovery of Aristotle’s tomb announced

Archaeologist Kostas Sismanidis announced the discovery of the likely resting place of Aristotle at an international conference at Thessaloniki on Thursday.

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Palmyra to be restored

On 27 March a measure of security and stability was restored to Palmyra, with control over the archaeological city and airport taken back from Isis. Continue reading “Palmyra to be restored”

Detectorist finds 1,100 year old crucifix in Denmark

On Friday March 11th Dennis Fabricius Holm was out searching with his metal detector and made an exceptional find. Continue reading “Detectorist finds 1,100 year old crucifix in Denmark”

An exceptional discovery at Thorikos, Greece

Archaeologists have just discovered an inextricable network of galleries, shafts and chambers. Continue reading “An exceptional discovery at Thorikos, Greece”

Stonehenge burials show gender equality

Source: The Archaeology News Network: Stonehenge burials show gender equality

2,000-year-old Rome pyramid getting spotlighted



Source: The Archaeology News Network: 2,000-year-old Rome pyramid getting spotlighted

Viking ‘sunstones’ put to the test

Archaeologists have discovered what appears to be a Viking navigational sundial. Continue reading “Viking ‘sunstones’ put to the test”

Egyptian Solar boat discovered

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered a boat intended to carry the soul of its owner to the stars buried under the ruins of a 4500-year-old Egyptian tomb.  Continue reading “Egyptian Solar boat discovered”

Stonehenge stolen from the Welsh, and moved?

A new study published in the journal Antiquity has archaeologists suggesting that Stonehenge was not originally located in Wiltshire where it is now. Continue reading “Stonehenge stolen from the Welsh, and moved?”

What would Richard III have sounded like?

Research at the University of Leicester can even give us a clue as to what Richard III sounded like. Dr Philip Shaw, Lecturer in English Language and Old English in our School of English, has studied two letters written by Richard when he was Duke of Gloucester. In the podcast below, you can hear Dr Shaw read these letters using the approximate pronunciation and accent that we believe Richard would have used. Interestingly, the language and spelling betrays no sign of a northern dialect, being closer to what we now consider a West Midlands accent.

1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon enter the tomb of Tutankhamun

26 November

Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years. Continue reading “1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon enter the tomb of Tutankhamun”

Elephant butchered at one of the oldest sites in Greece

Researchers have discovered a number of stone tools and a near complete elephant skeleton dating to 300,000-600,000 years ago at Megalopolis in Greece. Continue reading “Elephant butchered at one of the oldest sites in Greece”

1974 – Discovery of the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy”

Lucy is the common name of AL 288-1, several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis. Lucy was discovered in 1974 near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson. Continue reading “1974 – Discovery of the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy””

7,000 cult items found in tiny excavation pit

Excavations at Yavneh, located about 20 kilometers south of Tel Aviv in Israel, which were conducted in one of the smallest imaginable archaeological pits Continue reading “7,000 cult items found in tiny excavation pit”

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