A video footage has emerged, published by ISIS, showing the group taking sledgehammers and pickaxes destroying Assyrian artifacts and priceless art dating thousands of years old in the name of Islam.
A 9- to 7-million-year-old ape from Italy, Oreopithecus bambolii, did not walk on two legs like humans, a new analysis suggests that corrects Darwin.
On August 31, the Directorate General for Antiquities in Lebanon returned 18 mosaics seized a year and a half ago to its Syrian counterpart. This is the exclusive story of the voyage of these archaeological treasures, as well as the current state of ancient sites in Syria like Apamea and Dura-Europos.
Anthropologists and archaeologists have analysed more than 200 mummies from ancient Egypt, finding that even high dignitaries suffered from malnutrition and had infectious diseases. The typical governor in Ancient Egypt died before he was 30 years old.
Baghdad reached an initial deal with the US on the return of more than 10,000 artifacts stolen from Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion.
Archaeologists tunneling beneath the main temple of the ancient Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northern Guatemala have discovered an intricately carved stone monument with hieroglyphic text detailing the exploits of a little-known sixth-century princess whose progeny prevailed in a bloody, back-and-forth struggle between two of the civilization’s most powerful royal dynasties.
A 4,000-year-old ancient statue, which was an offering to the Egyptian God Osiris - regarded as God of the Dead, has puzzled curators at Manchester Museum in United Kingdom after the relic started to mysteriously spin 360 degrees on its own, in a perfect circle, despite being safely locked in a glass case for decades.
Humans, from what we know now as Michigan, USA in North America, was first to contribute to environmental lead pollution as early as 8,000 years ago. Reconstructions of metal pollution from other parts of the world, such as Asia, Europe, and South America, only provide evidence for lead pollution during the last 3,000 years, according to a research report.
Magnetic analysis lets archaeologists match obsidian artifacts from Syria to the specific quarry—not just the volcano—of origin. The cultural significance of artifacts to Syria’s heritage is under threat due to the current conflict.
A Chinese teenage tourist damaged a 3,000-year-old site in Luxor causing outrage in China and Egypt after photographs taken by an embarrassed Chinese tourist were publicly shared on Chinese social networking service Sina Weibo which showed crudely drawn Chinese characters written over an ancient sandstone panel lined with hieroglyphics saying “Ding Jinhao was here". Internet users hunted down the perpetrator; a 15-year-old boy named Ding Jinhao, a middle-school student from Nanjing and hacked the website of his school, forcing users to click on a sign parodying Ding's graffiti before entering. Shortly after the outrage, Ding Jinhao’s parents issued a statement to a local Chinese media. They also said Ding had "cried all night" after learning of the cyberattacks.
Scientists examining evidence across the world from New Jersey to North Africa say they have linked the abrupt disappearance of half of earth’s species 200 million years ago to a precisely dated set of gigantic volcanic eruptions. The eruptions may have caused climate changes so sudden that many creatures were unable to adapt—possibly on a pace similar to that of human-influenced climate warming today. The extinction opened the way for dinosaurs to evolve and dominate the planet for the next 135 million years, before they, too, were wiped out in a later planetary cataclysm.