Latest Archaeology News

Celebrated Mexican archaeologist wins major Spanish award

May. 18, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, a celebrated Mexican archaeologist who led the excavation of the Great Aztec Temple in Mexico City, won this year’s Princess of Asturias award in the social sciences category, the Spanish foundation behind the prizes announced Wednesday. The...

Scientists renew efforts to find ship torched by colonists

May. 10, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

A new effort is underway to find the remains of a British ship that Rhode Island colonists burned 250 years ago, marine archaeologists and state officials announced Tuesday. The June 10, 1772, burning of the HMS Gaspee was an an act of rebellion that some proud Rhode Islanders...

Egypt: Ruins of ancient temple for Zeus unearthed in Sinai

Apr. 25, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian archaeologists unearthed the ruins of a temple for the ancient Greek god Zeus in the Sinai Peninsula, antiquities authorities said Monday. The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement the temple ruins were found in the Tell el-Farma archaeological...

Ancient goddess sculpture found by farmer in Gaza Strip

Apr. 25, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian farmer found a rare 4,500-year-old stone sculpture while working his land in the southern Gaza Strip, ruling Hamas authorities announced Monday. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the 22-centimeter (6.7-inch) tall limestone head...

National monument seeking public’s help to unravel mystery

Apr. 03, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

WESTLAKE, Va. (AP) — Officials at Booker T. Washington National Monument are asking the public for help in unraveling one of its biggest mysteries. Hidden away in a section of the park just off its Jack O’ Lantern Trail rests a cemetery that predates much of the known history of...

NH archaeological summer camp accepting applications

Mar. 26, 2022 08:37 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A summer archaeology field school is planning to focus on excavation work of an area in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown. The excavation is focusing on a pre-contact archaeological deposit, before the arrival of European settlers. It was identified last...

Mexican president once again lashes out at environmentalists

Mar. 23, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group of Mexican singers, actors and environmentalists have issued a public protest against plans to cut down a swath of low jungle between Cancun and Tulum to build a tourist train line. In a series of videos, more than a dozen celebrities ask President...

Egypt displays recently discovered ancient tombs in Saqqara

Mar. 19, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday displayed recently discovered, well-decorated ancient tombs at a Pharaonic necropolis just outside the capital Cairo. The five tombs were unearthed earlier this month and date back to the Old Kingdom — a period spanning roughly from around 2700 BC...

Christians find unity in restoring holiest Jerusalem church

Mar. 17, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The three Christian communities that have uneasily shared their holiest site for centuries are embarking on a large-scale project to restore the ancient stone floor of the Jerusalem basilica. The project includes an excavation that could shed light on the rich...

New analysis provides more clues about Pilgrim-era shipwreck

Mar. 11, 2022 07:14 AM EST

In 1626, a ship foundered in stormy seas and wrecked on Cape Cod, where the passengers were aided by the local Indigenous population and the Pilgrims in nearby Plymouth. Now the most in-depth scientific analysis of timbers found more than 150 years ago has provided the best evidence...