This article is more than 4 years old Islamic State attacks another ancient temple in Palmyra

Extent of damage at Temple of Bel is not known, monitoring group says of assault that comes just days after destruction of Baal Shamin Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple […]

Australian dig finds evidence of Aboriginal habitation up to 80,000 years ago

Artefacts in Kakadu national park have been dated between 65,000 and 80,000 years old, extending likely occupation of area by thousands of years A groundbreaking archaeological discovery in Australia’s north has extended the known length of time Aboriginal people have inhabited the continent to at least 65,000 years. The findings on about 11,000 artefacts from […]

Neolithic Chinese People First Tamed Cattle Over 10,000 Years Ago

A new study reported in the journal Nature Communications provides the first multi-disciplinary evidence that humans in what is now China first domesticated cattle around 8,000 BC, around the same time cattle domestication took place in the Near East. Until now, scientists believed that humans started domesticating cattle around 10,000 years ago in the Near East, which gave […]

Archaeologists Find ‘Lost’ Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

U.S. archaeologists digging at Abydos, Egypt say they have discovered the tomb of Woseribre-Senebkay, a previously unknown Egyptian pharaoh who ruled during the Second Intermediate Period, shortly before 1650 BC. The excavations at Abydos during the 2013 season have yielded numerous finds including a royal tomb with a large sarcophagus weighing almost 60 tons. The tomb […]

Archaeologists unearth 227 bodies in Peru in ‘biggest ever’ discovery of sacrificed children

‘Wherever you dig, there’s another one,’ top scientist says The remains of 227 children, sacrificed in an “uncontrollable” wave of killings designed to appease ancient gods, have been discovered in Peru. It is believed to be the biggest single such discovery anywhere in the world – but took place in a region where scores more sacrificed […]

Archaeology’s Neolithic ‘big bang’ moment found in a 9,000-year-old city near Jerusalem

Archaeologists say a huge prehistoric settlement discovered near Jerusalem offers new insight into how civilisations developed around the end of the Stone Age. The 9,000-year-old metropolis — pre-dating both Britain’s Stonehenge and ancient Egypt’s pyramids — was uncovered during a survey before the construction of a new highway, is one of the biggest ever found, […]