Latest Archaeology News

New Pompeii finds highlight middle-class life in doomed city

Aug. 06, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A trunk with its lid left open. A wooden dishware closet, its shelves caved in. Three-legged accent tables topped by decorative bowls. These latest discoveries by archaeologists are enriching knowledge about middle-class lives in Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius’ furious eruption...

Is Danish king who gave name to Bluetooth buried in Poland?

Jul. 31, 2022 03:09 AM EDT

WIEJKOWO, Poland (AP) — More than 1,000 years after his death in what is now Poland, a European king whose nickname lives on through wireless technology is at the center of an archaeological dispute. Chronicles from the Middle Ages say King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson of...

Fire damages homes in southern Greece; more blazes active

Jul. 24, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Α major fire has broken out in southern Greece, burning homes in villages not far from the famous archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and prompting the evacuations of six villages. The fire broke out Sunday afternoon near the villages of Krestena and...

Elevator project in Old Jerusalem leads to surprising finds

Jul. 20, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Installing an elevator doesn't normally involve a 2,000-year plunge into an ancient city's history. But in Jerusalem, even seemingly simple construction projects can lead to archaeological endeavors. Archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem say they...

Train endangers some of Mexico's oldest pre-historic sites

Jul. 19, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has invoked national security powers to forge ahead with a tourist train along the Caribbean coast that threatens extensive caves where some of the oldest human remains in North America have been discovered. President Andrés Manuel López...

Excavation of graves begins at site of colonial Black church

Jul. 18, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

Archaeologists in Virginia began excavating three suspected graves at the original site of one of the nation's oldest Black churches on Monday, commencing a monthslong effort to learn who was buried there and how they lived. The First Baptist Church was formed in 1776 by free and...

Remains of 7 WWI soldiers given military burial in Flanders

Jun. 30, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — British and Canadian authorities have given seven soldiers killed more than a century ago in World War I a full military burial after their remains were discovered during a gas pipeline construction near Ypres, Belgium. The soldiers were found in two separate...

Peru home build vexed by 'the neighbors' -- Inca-era mummies

Jun. 30, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Hipólito Tica had saved for decades to finally build himself a proper house in a working class neighborhood of Lima. His problem was what to do about “the neighbors” — as he called the centuries-old mummies buried below. The mechanic had known they were...

Infant burials in Mexico: Aztec customs lasted post-Conquest

Jun. 27, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four children in Mexico were buried in the years after the Spanish Conquest with rituals and grave offerings that suggest that pre-Hispanic customs lived on for some time after the Aztec empire fell. The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Monday...

UNF digs deeper to reveal possible center of native village

Jun. 25, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Victoria Hayes and Kaia Lacey found buried treasure Wednesday morning as they used spoons to gently scrape the side of a small hole at an archaeological dig on Big Talbot Island. Pirate gold was not the bounty unearthed by these University of North Florida...