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Swiss farmer discovers Roman coin hoard

A Swiss farmer has made an amazing discovery in his Cherry Orchard, hidden inside a molehill Continue reading “Swiss farmer discovers Roman coin hoard”

One step closer to finding Nefertiti tomb?

In what is possibly the best evidence yet that Nicholas Reeves’ theory that Tutankhamen is to contains additional chambers has legs. Scientists from the Ministry of antiquities, Cairo University and the Heritage Innovation and Preservation Institute in Paris conducted a scan on the inside of Tutankhamen’s tomb using Infrared thermography technology last week. Continue reading “One step closer to finding Nefertiti tomb?”

Ancient Babylonian declaration of human rights

In March 1879, the Cyrus cylinder was discovered in Iraq made from baked clay and only about 22cm long Continue reading “Ancient Babylonian declaration of human rights”

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Restoration of Tut’s beard video

You might remember a story we put up some time ago about the mask of Tutankhamen being damaged and the beard breaking off as a result. Continue reading “Restoration of Tut’s beard video”

A video walk-through of the archaeological site of Babylon

The video below is presented by two members of the world monuments fund team working on  the archaeological site of Babylon in Iraq. Continue reading “A video walk-through of the archaeological site of Babylon”

Rare glass spearhead found on Rottnest island

Staff and students from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies have made a surprise discovery on an excursion to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), uncovering a rare nineteenth century glass spearhead.

It’s the third time in the past year that UWA staff and students have uncovered spearheads on the island.

Earlier this year a Heritage Studies student found a glass spearhead, and last year a staff member unearthed a ceramic one.

The spearheads are believed to have been used by Indigenous men and boys who were imprisoned on island between 1838 and 1931.

Records show photographs of Sunday hunting day when the Indigenous prisoners would hunt to supplement their diet of barley, cabbage and porridge with fish, snake and quokka.

It is believed the prisoners would find a place on top of a hill often overlooking the mainland where they would make spear tips from scrap pieces of glass.

Professor Len Collard from UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies said the most recent discovery occurred when the 45 students and eight staff from the UWA School of Indigenous Studies were learning about the history of Indigenous prisoners on the island.

“As I was digging around in the sand with my foot, something shiny glinted in the light and I recognised the object to be a glass spearhead,” Professor Collard said.

Viking fortress about to be excavated near Copenhagen

Last September the Viking age fortress was discovered in Denmark for the first time in 60 years, Continue reading “Viking fortress about to be excavated near Copenhagen”

More late iron-age sacrificial finds Denmark

Archaeologists from Moesgaard Museum have been examining several bogs containing sacrificial offerings found in the area near Skødstrup just north of Aarhus in Denmark. Continue reading “More late iron-age sacrificial finds Denmark”

Are relics from Pompeii cursed?

According to Pompeii’s archaeological superintendent Massimo Osanna the site has received around 100 packages returning stolen relics in recent years. Continue reading “Are relics from Pompeii cursed?”

Archaeologists in Israel may have found Maccabee tomb

Israel’s government Antiquities Authority recently said that an ancient structure that it is excavating on the side of the highway appears to match ancient descriptions of the tomb of the Jewish rebels the Maccabees. Continue reading “Archaeologists in Israel may have found Maccabee tomb”

Spitfire excavated 75 years after fatal crash

Archaeologists have finalised the excavation of wreckage belonging to the Spitfire that crashed 75 years ago. Continue reading “Spitfire excavated 75 years after fatal crash”

Mummification more common and widespread than previously believed.

Archaeologists at the University of Sheffield working with colleagues from the University of Manchester and University College London have discovered that some ancient Briton burials are consistent with a prehistoric mummy from northern Yemen. Continue reading “Mummification more common and widespread than previously believed.”

Remains of 50 people found at Westminster Abbey

The remains appear to belong mostly to men from the 11th or early 12th centuries but also include the remains of a 3 year-old child. Continue reading “Remains of 50 people found at Westminster Abbey”

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