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Ionian shipwrecks and antiquity smuggling

The ‘history’ of Ionian shipwrecks emerges after three cases of antiquity smuggling in one month were investigated by the Ioannina Police and two Germans living for 30 years in the coastal town of Perdika in Thesprotia were arrested, as well as a scuba diver in Igoumenitsa and a business man in Parga. Hundreds of antiquities were found in their possession …Continue reading →

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A shipwreck and an 800-year-old ‘made in China’ label reveal lost history

Centuries ago, a ship sank in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia. The wooden hull disintegrated over time, leaving only a treasure trove of cargo. The ship had been carrying thousands of ceramics and luxury goods for trade, and they remained on the ocean floor until the 1980s when the wreck was discovered by fishermen. In the years …Continue reading →

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Ancient human remains unearthed in SW England

An ANU archaeologist has hailed her excavation of a Bronze Age burial mound in south west England a huge success with the discovery of an intact 4,000 year old human cremation as well as evidence of unaccountable activity from the medieval period on the same site. Hendersick Barrow site, Cornwall [Credit: SEKAS]Dr Catherine Frieman recently excavated an untouched ancient barrow …Continue reading →

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Archaeologists uncover earliest evidence for equid bit wear in the ancient Near East

An international team of archaeologists has uncovered the earliest example of the use of a bridle bit with an equid (horse family) in the Near East. The discovery provides first evidence of the use of the bit (mouth piece) to control an animal long before the appearance of the horse in the Near East. View of the donkey in situ …Continue reading →

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Berlin museum returns looted artifacts to Alaska

The Foundation for Prussian Cultural Heritage is returning indigenous artifacts taken from graves in south-west Alaska, it announced Wednesday. Credit: Alliance/DPA/R. HirschbergerNine objects from Berlin’s Ethnological Museum’s collection had come into their possession in the 1880s via Norwegian explorer Johan Adrian Jacobsen. Jacobsen traveled along the American northwest coast and Alaska on behalf of the Royal Museum of Ethnology,… [[ …Continue reading →

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Does evolution make us or are we just drifting that way?

Evolution may be responsible for a range of complex traits, including height and waist-to-hip ratio, and diseases such as schizophrenia, research from The University of Queensland shows. Credit: ShutterstockThe findings improve understanding of how natural selection shapes human populations, and could lead to better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases through an enhanced knowledge of their underlying genetics. The… …Continue reading →

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Excavation at Minoan cemetery of Petras ‘left hanging’

In a country whose archaeological wealth is one of its main sources of income, at a time when archaeologists make an impressive entrance into the lives of local communities whose support they are counting on to continue their important work, an excavation is now confronted with the danger of being left incomplete. Not for lack of money, but because it …Continue reading →

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Tourist fined for stealing ancient artefacts from Pompeii

A French tourist was fined €200 and given a suspended sentence after police caught him trying to leave Pompeii with a backpack stuffed with ancient Roman artefacts. Photos of the looted artefacts released by the Carabinieri di Napoli [Credit: Metropolis]Montpellier man Pierre Luc Giglio, 52, was stopped at Pompeii last Friday along with his companion, a 50-year-old French woman, after …Continue reading →

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Evidence of the presence of Roman legionaries found in Poland

Roman soldiers were present in the area of Kujawy 2,000 years ago. This is evidenced by discovered fragments of equestrian gear and legionnaire outfits. Many of them were discovered for the first time outside the borders of the Roman Empire, says Dr. Bartosz Kontny. Fragments of Roman fittings [Credit: M. Rudnicki]Archaeologists found traces of Roman presence in Kujawy to treasure …Continue reading →

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Subterranean Mithras temple excavated in southeast Turkey

Archaeologists discovered two new corridors in a 1,700-year-old Roman-era temple belonging to the Mithras religion as part of the excavations conducted in the Zerzevan Castle in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakır province. IHA PhotoThe head of the excavations, assistant professor Aytaç Coşkun, a faculty member of the Department of Archaeology at Dicle University, said the corridors were discovered as underground passways to …Continue reading →

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