Coins make a solid case for the existence of Emperor Sponsian | Archaeology

Our newly published research authenticating coins of the “Roman emperor” Sponsian drew some critical comments in your pages from Richard Abdy at the British Museum (Coins study suggests ‘fake emperor’ was real, say scientists, 23 November). Abdy seems to be suggesting that it is somehow circular for us to say that the coins demonstrate the […]

Forgotten photos show how Kenyan archaeologists unearthed secrets of their own country | Archaeology

The photographs are rare, the subject choice unusual, but what the photographer captured was a common sight in the early 20th century: a team of colonised people, hard at work under a hot sun, excavating an ancient monument. Today, without these photos, taken in Kenya in the 1940s and 50s, there would be scarcely any […]

Lost city of Atlantis rises again to fuel a dangerous myth | Archaeology

For a story that was first told 2,300 years ago, the myth of Atlantis has demonstrated a remarkable persistence over the millennia. Originally outlined by Plato, the tale of the rise of a great, ancient civilisation followed by its cataclysmic destruction has since generated myriad interpretations. Many versions have been intriguing and entertaining – but […]

Archaeologists unearth 2,700-year-old rock carvings in Iraq | Archaeology

Archaeologists in northern Iraq have unearthed 2,700-year-old rock carvings featuring war scenes and trees from the Assyrian empire, an archaeologist has said. The carvings on marble slabs were discovered in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, where experts have been working to restore the site of the ancient Mashki Gate, which was bulldozed by Islamic State militants […]

Hundreds of skeletons found beneath former department store in Pembrokeshire | Archaeology

The remains of more than 240 people, including about 100 children, have been discovered beneath a former department store in Pembrokeshire among the ruins of a medieval priory. Archaeologists believe they have discovered the remnants of St Saviour’s Priory underneath the former Ocky White store in Haverfordwest, which closed in 2013. Among the ruins of […]

Archaeologists hail ‘dream discovery’ as sarcophagus is unearthed near Cairo | Archaeology

It has lain within a burial chamber, undisturbed, for thousands of years. Now a remarkable Egyptian sarcophagus has emerged from deep beneath the sands near Cairo, to the excitement of archaeologists, who describe it as a hugely significant “dream discovery”. The giant granite sarcophagus is covered in inscriptions dedicated to Ptah-em-wia, who headed the treasury […]