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Norwegian archaeologists find late Iron Age longhouses

Dec. 06, 2021 05:48 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian archaeologists said Monday they have found a cluster of longhouses, including one of the largest in Scandinavia, using ground-penetrating radar in the southeastern part of the country — in an area that researchers believe was a central place in the...

Richard III archaeologists strike again with Roman mosaic

Nov. 25, 2021 11:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester in central England certainly appear to have the golden touch. Nearly a decade on from uncovering the remains of King Richard III under a car park near Leicester Cathedral, the university's...

Indian tribes seek return of remains, artifacts from Alabama

Nov. 19, 2021 18:16 PM EST

Seven tribes are asking an Alabama university to return the remains of nearly 6,000 people excavated over the years from what once was one of the largest Native American settlements in North America. The Oklahoma-based Muscogee Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and five...

Augmented reality project brings Olympics birthplace to life

Nov. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — What would it be like to walk around the ancient religious sanctuary of Olympia when the Olympic Games were held? An unusual partnership between Microsoft and Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sport is offering visitors the answer, launching an...

Pompeii dig yields rare window on daily life of enslaved

Nov. 06, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Archeologists in Pompeii excavating a villa amid the ruins of the 79 A.D. volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient city have discovered a cramped dormitory and storage room that offers “a very rare insight into the daily life of slaves,” officials said Saturday. ...

100s more archaeological sites found on Mexico train route

Oct. 21, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican experts said Thursday they have detected the ruins of almost 2,500 pre-Hispanic structures and 80 burial sites on just one-sixth of the route of the president’s controversial “Maya Train” project on the Yucatan peninsula. Mexico’s...

New-York Historical Society selects new trustee chair

Oct. 19, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New-York Historical Society has chosen Dr. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, a scholar of art and archeology, as its next chair of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Hsu-Tang, a current trustee who will succeed Pam B. Schafler, begins her new position in February. Her...

Israeli scuba diver discovers ancient Crusader sword

Oct. 19, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli scuba diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country's Mediterranean coast that experts say dates back to the Crusaders. Israel's Antiquities Authority said Monday the man was on a weekend dive in northern Israel when he spotted a trove...

Protestors disrupt flame lighting for Beijing Winter Games

Oct. 18, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA. Greece (AP) — Three activists protesting human rights abuses in China sneaked into the archaeological site where the flame lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was being held Monday and ran toward the newly lit torch holding a Tibetan flag and a banner...

Tribes ask Univ. of Alabama to return Moundville artifacts

Oct. 17, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Seven tribes are asking the University of Alabama to return 5,892 human remains and the artifacts buried with them at Moundville, an archaeological park in Alabama and a major center of Native American culture from 1020 to 1650. “The evidence...