Tutankhamun sold at auction for £4.7m despite Egypt protests

The ‘rare and beautiful’ 3,000-year-old sculpture goes under the hammer in defiance of claims it was stolen A brown quartzite head of young king Tutankhamun has sold at auction in London for more than £4.7m despite Egyptian demands for its return. The more than 3,000-year-old sculpture, displayed at Christie’s London auction house, shows the boy king […]

The First Evidence of ‘Head Cones’ Found in 3,300-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb

Ancient Egyptians have long been depicted wearing so-called head cones, but until now, archaeologists had no physical evidence of their existence. Now, two such head cones, made of wax, have been discovered on the skulls of two individuals buried about 3,300 years ago at the site of Amarna in Egypt. Between 1550 B.C. and 30 B.C., Egyptian art depicted […]

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, […]

Massive Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Revolts in Ptolemaic Egypt

A Yale University-led study suggests that abrupt shifts in climate caused by massive volcanic eruptions helped to trigger poorly understood revolts — such as the great 20-year Theban revolt — and other political upheaval in Ptolemaic Egypt. Around 245 BC Ptolemy III, ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt, made a decision that still puzzles many historians — after […]

Hoard of golden treasure stumbled upon by metal detectorist revealed to be most important Anglo-Saxon find in history

Archaeologists believe it was captured across several mid-seventh century battles Britain’s most glorious Anglo-Saxon treasures may have been captured in a series of Dark Age battlefields – during bitter conflicts between rival British kingdoms. Archaeologists who completed a major study of the finds now believe they were captured in several major wars in the mid-seventh century. The […]