Researchers working at the ancient city of Tripolis in Denizli have discovered the figure of a leopard on the wall of a shop that was located next to the market area.
“We know that the walls of the important buildings in the Roman era were covered with frescoes. We found one of the examples of it. There are various animal and plant figures on the walls of the shops. The leopard figure was significant to us. Zoologists from the university will conduct studies to find out the features of this figure,” said Pamukkale University Professor Bahadır Duman, the head of the excavation team at the ancient Aegean city. Read more.
An old swivel gun found on a remote Northern Territory beach in 2010 had been lying on the seabed for as long as 250 years, new dating tests show.
Scientists say this suggests that there was previously unknown foreign contact with Australian shores before Captain Cook discovered Australia in 1770.
A Darwin boy discovered the bronze cannon at Dundee Beach. southwest of Darwin, in 2010.
Christopher Doukas found the 107cm-long gun, an anti-personnel light artillery piece, buried in the sand during an unusually low tide.
Australian scientist Tim Stone says the find will help re-write the nation’s history. Read more.
Archaeologists working at the site of an ancient town in the coastal desert of northern Peru made a surprising discovery in late August—a multi chamber tomb from the much later Chimú culture that held the remains of at least four noble musicians and weavers.
Two human sacrifices, seen in this photo, accompanied the tomb’s elite occupants into eternity.
Colored with centuries of patina, these copper crescent knives were discovered in the same chamber as the human sacrifices. They are Inca in style, with handles ending in tiny molded heads—one representing a llama, and the other a human.
Rare figurines carved from algarrobo wood were uncovered in the main chamber. Their faces are stained with cinnabar and copper; each is shown holding a flute.
This double-chambered bottle was designed to whistle as sweetly as a bird. It can be played by blowing into the spout as if it were a flute. Tipping the vessel so that liquid runs from the spout side to the bird side also produces chirps, which vary in tone depending on the volume of liquid.
At the Roman necropolis in Al-Qantara East the Egyptian mission of the Ministry of State of Antiquities (MSA) uncovered two Ptolemaic tombs that can be dated to the first century AD.
MSA Minister Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online that the first tomb belongs to a priest called Mina from a Roman area named Sila.
The tomb is 6.5 meters high and 2.5 meters long. It is built of mud brick and has a vaulted ceiling and a burial shaft. One of the tomb’s walls is decorated with coloured paintings depicting Mina in front of the goddess Isis.
The second tomb, according to Ibrahim, is built of limestone but still not yet identified. It contains a collection of Ptolemaic clay pots and pans. Read more.
NANCHANG — Archaeologists have excavated a dragon kiln over 1,200 years old in Jingdezhen, once the center of China’s ceramics industry, in the eastern province of Jiangxi.
The Tang Dynasty (618-907) kiln is 78.8 meters long and is the longest ever found from that period, according to Xu Changqing, head of Jiangxi cultural relics and archaeological institute.
The kiln, in the ruins of Nanyao Village, was unearthed by a team from Xiamen, Northwest and Nankai universities and Leping City, between March and November, Xu said at a press conference on Monday. Read more.
A charity which bought 24 sacred Native American masks at a controversial Paris auction is to return them to the Hopi and Apache tribes in the US.
The US-based Annenberg Foundation said it had spent a total of $530,000 (£322,000; 385,000 euros) at the auction of masks and other artefacts.
Of the 24 masks, 21 will be given to the Hopi Nation in Arizona and three to the San Carlos Apache.
The auction of 70 similar artefacts in April caused an outcry.
The tribes had sought to block their sale and the US embassy had asked for the latest auction to be suspended. Read more.
Research led by the University of Southampton has found that early humans were driven by a need for nutrient-rich food to select ‘special places’ in northern Europe as their main habitat. Evidence of their activity at these sites comes in the form of hundreds of stone tools, including handaxes.
A study led by physical geographer at Southampton Professor Tony Brown, in collaboration with archaeologist Dr Laura Basell at Queen’s University Belfast, has found that sites popular with our early human ancestors, were abundant in foods containing nutrients vital for a balanced diet. The most important sites, dating between 500,000 to 100,000 years ago were based at the lower end of river valleys, providing ideal bases for early hominins - early humans who lived before Homo sapiens (us). Read more.
The bones of a young woman who died of syphilis more than 500 years ago, the reassembled jaw of a man whose corpse was sold to surgeons at the London hospital in the 19th century and the contorted bone of an 18th-century man who lived for many years after he was shot through the leg, are among the remains of hundreds of individuals which can now be studied in forensic detail on a new website.
The Digitised Diseases website, to be launched on Monday at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, brings together 1,600 specimens, many from people with excruciating conditions including leprosy and rickets, from stores scattered across various university and medical collections. The original crumbling bones of some specimens now available in 3D scans are too fragile to be handled. The database is intended for professionals, but is also available free to members of the public who may be fascinated by the macabre specimens. Read more.