Iraq says U.S. to return 17,000 ancient artifacts looted after invasion

 The United States is returning more than 17,000 ancient artifacts looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003, including a 3,500-year-old clay tablet bearing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Iraq said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of antiquities disappeared from Iraq after the 2003 invasion that toppled leader Saddam Hussein. […]

UK in talks with Indonesia over missing sunken WWII warships

Disappearance of six Dutch and British ships sunk in 1942 sparked international condemnation The British government is in talks with Indonesia over the disappearance of half a dozen sunken warships illegally salvaged from the Java Sea, together with the remains of hundreds of Dutch and British sailors. British diplomats met the Indonesian maritime ministry in Jakarta to […]

Temple Restoration Reveals Previously Unknown Names of Ancient Egyptian Constellations

The restoration of an ancient Egyptian temple in Esna, located about 60 km south of the ancient capital of Luxor in Egypt, has uncovered the original colors of the temple inscriptions and images, and revealed previously unknown names of ancient Egyptian constellations. The temple of Esna, dedicated to the Egyptian deity Khnum, is one of the last […]

2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life

Watch a working model of the ancient clockwork device that some call the world’s first computer Regulars of the Science Weekly podcast will remember our interview with Jo Marchant, the author of Decoding the Heavens. The book tells the story of the Antikythera mechanism, a mysterious clockwork object made up of numerous meshed cogs that was discovered more than a […]

Fall of Gaddafi opens a new era for the Sahara’s lost civilisation

Libyan leader showed no interest in ancient culture of Garamantes, but now archaeologists hope to unearth neglected slice of history The late Muammar Gaddafi was fond of insisting on the links between his republic and sub-Saharan Africa. He was less interested, however, in celebrating the black African civilisation that flourished for more than 1,500 years […]