Ancient finds

A look at the world of the past, through ancient ruins and archaeological discoveries.

Skeletal remains uncovered by storms
Storms Reveal Iron Age Skeleton
Skeletal remains uncovered by storms
Treasure trove
An army of clay warriors guards the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who died in 210 BC. The tomb is still under excavation near Xi'an, China.
Palace of First Chinese Emperor Unearthed
An army of clay warriors guards the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who died in 210 BC. The tomb is still under excavation near Xi'an, China.
Bird's-eye view over the sacred complex, with round stone structure at right and temple at left.
Conflict-Scarred Temple Uncovered Near Jerusalem
Bird's-eye view over the sacred complex, with round stone structure at right and temple at left.
This photo dated Oct. 30, 2012, released Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, by archeological group Inrap, shows unidentified archeologists working along the Changis-sur-Marne riverbank about 30 miles (50 Km) east of Paris, after unearthing the rare near complete skeleton of a mammoth, which has been christened “Helmut". The remains which include four connected vertebrae and a complete pelvis, dating back some 200,000-500,000 years ago, were discovered by accident during excavations at an Ancient Roman site.(AP Photo/Denis Gliksman/Inrap.)
This photo dated Oct. 30, 2012, released Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, by archeological group Inrap, shows unidentified archeologists working along the Changis-sur-Marne riverbank about 30 miles (50 Km) east of Paris, after unearthing the rare near complete skeleton of a mammoth, which has been christened “Helmut". The remains which include four connected vertebrae and a complete pelvis, dating back some 200,000-500,000 years ago, were discovered by accident during excavations at an Ancient Roman site.(AP Photo/Denis Gliksman/Inrap.)
This photo dated Oct. 30, 2012, released Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, by archeological group Inrap, shows unidentified archeologists working along the Changis-sur-Marne riverbank about 30 miles (50 Km) east of Paris, after unearthing the rare near complete skeleton of a mammoth, which has been christened “Helmut". The remains which include four connected vertebrae and a complete pelvis, dating back some 200,000-500,000 years ago, were discovered by accident during excavations at an Ancient Roman site.(AP Photo/Denis Gliksman/Inrap.)
Scientists have unearthed the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess, Sheretnebty, and four surrounding tombs of high officials, all in a court in Abusir South, south of Cairo.
Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Discovered in Unusual Spot
Scientists have unearthed the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess, Sheretnebty, and four surrounding tombs of high officials, all in a court in Abusir South, south of Cairo.
A newly excavated statue standing 5 feet (1.5 m) tall may have represented a Neo-Hittite king. (Photo By Jennifer Jackson)
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A newly excavated statue standing 5 feet (1.5 m) tall may have represented a Neo-Hittite king. (Photo By Jennifer Jackson)
A life-size granite lion sculpture discovered in the town of Karakiz in Turkey. Dating back more than 3,200 years, to the time of the Hittite Empire, the lion is shown "prowling forward" with rippling muscles and a curved tail. In antiquity the
Ancient Life-Size Lion Statues Baffle Scientists
A life-size granite lion sculpture discovered in the town of Karakiz in Turkey. Dating back more than 3,200 years, to the time of the Hittite Empire, the lion is shown "prowling forward" with rippling muscles and a curved tail. In antiquity the
Glasses, a metate (mealing stone) and a sea shell fragment are seen at a burial chamber at the archeological site of Atzompa, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca in this undated handout photo released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) on July 18, 2012. A funerary complex, consisting of three burial chambers, was discovered at the pre-Hispanic site of Atzompa in Oaxaca. The discovery of the complex, which is more than 1,100 years old, is important because it was located inside a building designed exclusively to house a series of tombs, which are placed vertically, one above another, and unlike the ones found so far, they are not underground, according to INAH.
Ancient finds
Glasses, a metate (mealing stone) and a sea shell fragment are seen at a burial chamber at the archeological site of Atzompa, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca in this undated handout photo released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) on July 18, 2012. A funerary complex, consisting of three burial chambers, was discovered at the pre-Hispanic site of Atzompa in Oaxaca. The discovery of the complex, which is more than 1,100 years old, is important because it was located inside a building designed exclusively to house a series of tombs, which are placed vertically, one above another, and unlike the ones found so far, they are not underground, according to INAH.
Members of the media take pictures of archeological pieces are presented by the Guatemalan Authorities in Guatemala City June 13, 2012. According to the authorities, 440 archeological pieces were recovered in 2008 after they were sold to an antique store in Chichicastenango, in the Quiche region, north of the country.
Ancient finds
Members of the media take pictures of archeological pieces are presented by the Guatemalan Authorities in Guatemala City June 13, 2012. According to the authorities, 440 archeological pieces were recovered in 2008 after they were sold to an antique store in Chichicastenango, in the Quiche region, north of the country.
Residents stand near what is believed to be the bone of a mammoth, found three days ago at the dry river bed in the municipality of Manuel Doblado, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato June 12, 2012. Authorities from this municipality have cordoned off the area while awaiting the arrival of experts from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to verify the authenticity of the fossil, according to local media.
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Residents stand near what is believed to be the bone of a mammoth, found three days ago at the dry river bed in the municipality of Manuel Doblado, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato June 12, 2012. Authorities from this municipality have cordoned off the area while awaiting the arrival of experts from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to verify the authenticity of the fossil, according to local media.
Gold coins and the ceramic jug in which they were found hidden are displayed at the Arsuf cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv, July 9, 2012. The 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at the famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said on July 11, 2012.
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Gold coins and the ceramic jug in which they were found hidden are displayed at the Arsuf cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv, July 9, 2012. The 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at the famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said on July 11, 2012.
An archeologist brushes off dust at a burial chamber at the archeological site of Atzompa, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca in this undated handout photo released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) on July 18, 2012.
Ancient finds
An archeologist brushes off dust at a burial chamber at the archeological site of Atzompa, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca in this undated handout photo released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) on July 18, 2012.
A view of the building (top) where archeologists found a burial chamber at the archeological site of Atzompa, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, is seen in this undated handout photo released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) July 18, 2012.
Ancient finds
A view of the building (top) where archeologists found a burial chamber at the archeological site of Atzompa, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, is seen in this undated handout photo released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) July 18, 2012.
A view of a burial chamber at the archeological site of Atzompa, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is seen in this undated handout photo released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) July 18, 2012.
Ancient finds
A view of a burial chamber at the archeological site of Atzompa, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is seen in this undated handout photo released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) July 18, 2012.
An Israel Nature and Parks Authority employee displays gold coins found hidden in a ceramic jug at the Arsuf cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv July 9, 2012. The 1,000-year-old treasure was unearthed at the famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land.
Ancient finds
An Israel Nature and Parks Authority employee displays gold coins found hidden in a ceramic jug at the Arsuf cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv July 9, 2012. The 1,000-year-old treasure was unearthed at the famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land.
Archeological pieces are presented by the Guatemalan Authorities in Guatemala City June 13, 2012. According the authorities, 440 archeological pieces were recovered in 2008 after they were sold to an antique store in Chichicastenango, in the Quiche region, north of the country.
Ancient finds
Archeological pieces are presented by the Guatemalan Authorities in Guatemala City June 13, 2012. According the authorities, 440 archeological pieces were recovered in 2008 after they were sold to an antique store in Chichicastenango, in the Quiche region, north of the country.
A picture of what is believed to be the tusk of a mammoth, found three days ago at the dry river bed in the municipality of Manuel Doblado, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato June 12, 2012.
Ancient finds
A picture of what is believed to be the tusk of a mammoth, found three days ago at the dry river bed in the municipality of Manuel Doblado, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato June 12, 2012.
Journalists and policemen enter the Sednaya monastery built in 547 AD, north of Damascus, January 31, 2012, during a tour organized by the Ministry of Information to see the damage caused by a shell fired at the monastery on Sunday. Officials say the shell was fired by rebels causing a one-meter hole in the wall of one of the convent's rooms.
Ancient finds
Journalists and policemen enter the Sednaya monastery built in 547 AD, north of Damascus, January 31, 2012, during a tour organized by the Ministry of Information to see the damage caused by a shell fired at the monastery on Sunday. Officials say the shell was fired by rebels causing a one-meter hole in the wall of one of the convent's rooms.
An archaeologist works next to a skull in a mass grave in the cemetery of Gerena in the southern Spanish province of Seville January 24, 2012. Members of the Association of 17 Women of Guillena, a group of volunteers, believe remains of about seventeen women could be buried in the mass grave in Gerena after they were killed during Spain's Civil War in 1936 or 1937.
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An archaeologist works next to a skull in a mass grave in the cemetery of Gerena in the southern Spanish province of Seville January 24, 2012. Members of the Association of 17 Women of Guillena, a group of volunteers, believe remains of about seventeen women could be buried in the mass grave in Gerena after they were killed during Spain's Civil War in 1936 or 1937.
An interior view of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012.
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An interior view of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012.
A member of the conservation crew walks beside the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and recovered in 2000.
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A member of the conservation crew walks beside the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina January 12, 2012. The Hunley was the secret weapon of the Confederacy and the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship.It attacked and sank the Union warship Housatonic on the night of February 17, 1864, and then disappeared. The submarine was found several miles off Charleston, South Carolina in the 1990s and recovered in 2000.
A view of Leptis Magna, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, some 120 km (75 miles) east of Tripoli, November 8, 2011. Libya was home to thriving Roman outposts beginning around the first century A.D. One Roman emperor, Septimius Severus, was born in Leptis Magna, on the site of the modern Libyan town of Khoms. He turned his hometown into a model Roman city and large parts of it are still intact.
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A view of Leptis Magna, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, some 120 km (75 miles) east of Tripoli, November 8, 2011. Libya was home to thriving Roman outposts beginning around the first century A.D. One Roman emperor, Septimius Severus, was born in Leptis Magna, on the site of the modern Libyan town of Khoms. He turned his hometown into a model Roman city and large parts of it are still intact.
A man walks with a torch in the La Pastora dolmen in Valencina de la Concepcion, near Seville, October 14, 2011. Spain's pre-historic burial chambers have survived invasion, war, a long dictatorship and a property bubble which paved over vast tracts of the country. But the economic crisis which ended the building boom that buried some of the country's greatest archaeological treasures under shopping malls and new housing may also be bad news for those hoping to provide lasting safeguards for Spain's remaining tholos dolmens or passage tombs.
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A man walks with a torch in the La Pastora dolmen in Valencina de la Concepcion, near Seville, October 14, 2011. Spain's pre-historic burial chambers have survived invasion, war, a long dictatorship and a property bubble which paved over vast tracts of the country. But the economic crisis which ended the building boom that buried some of the country's greatest archaeological treasures under shopping malls and new housing may also be bad news for those hoping to provide lasting safeguards for Spain's remaining tholos dolmens or passage tombs.
Tourists walk on a footway of the step well of Nahargarh fort in Jaipur, capital of India's desert state of Rajasthan January 23, 2012. Nahargarh fort, one of the major tourist attractions of the city, was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1734.
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Tourists walk on a footway of the step well of Nahargarh fort in Jaipur, capital of India's desert state of Rajasthan January 23, 2012. Nahargarh fort, one of the major tourist attractions of the city, was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1734.
A couple walks in front of the historic Red Fort amid dense fog on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi January 3, 2012.
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A couple walks in front of the historic Red Fort amid dense fog on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi January 3, 2012.
Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologist Eli Shukron shows an ancient seal, at an archaeological site known as the City of David in Jerusalem December 25, 2011. Israeli archaeologists said on Sunday they had found the 2,000-year-old clay seal near Jerusalem's Western Wall, confirming written accounts of ritual practices in the biblical Jewish Temple. The Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, is seen in the back.
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Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologist Eli Shukron shows an ancient seal, at an archaeological site known as the City of David in Jerusalem December 25, 2011. Israeli archaeologists said on Sunday they had found the 2,000-year-old clay seal near Jerusalem's Western Wall, confirming written accounts of ritual practices in the biblical Jewish Temple. The Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, is seen in the back.
A tribesman sits on the roof of a building near a historic castle in Radda town, about 170 km (105 miles) southeast of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, January 25, 2012.
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A tribesman sits on the roof of a building near a historic castle in Radda town, about 170 km (105 miles) southeast of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, January 25, 2012.
A monk watches devotees pray at one of the many small temples at the Yonghegong Lama Temple complex in central Beijing January 2, 2012.
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A monk watches devotees pray at one of the many small temples at the Yonghegong Lama Temple complex in central Beijing January 2, 2012.
Senior Conservator of the British Library David Jacobs displays the library's 8th century Ma'il Qu'ran, one of the earliest in existence, during a media event at the British Museum in London January 13, 2012. The manuscript will go on public display as part of the exhibition "Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam" which opens on January 26.
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Senior Conservator of the British Library David Jacobs displays the library's 8th century Ma'il Qu'ran, one of the earliest in existence, during a media event at the British Museum in London January 13, 2012. The manuscript will go on public display as part of the exhibition "Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam" which opens on January 26.
Revellers watch as the sun rises at Stonehenge on Salisbury plain in southern England December 22, 2011. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night of the year.
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Revellers watch as the sun rises at Stonehenge on Salisbury plain in southern England December 22, 2011. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night of the year.
A view of the historical Radda castle, overtaken by al Qaeda militants, southeast of Yemeni capital Sanaa January 15, 2012.
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A view of the historical Radda castle, overtaken by al Qaeda militants, southeast of Yemeni capital Sanaa January 15, 2012.
An employee displays clay tablets belong to the Sumerian era at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Baghdad January 30, 2012.
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An employee displays clay tablets belong to the Sumerian era at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Baghdad January 30, 2012.
An employee checks recovered artifacts at the Iraqi Ministry of foreign Affairs headquarters in Baghdad January 30, 2012. A 6,500-year-old Sumerian gold jar, the head of a Sumerian battle axe and a stone from an Assyrian palace were among 45 relics returned to Iraq by Germany. The items were among thousands stolen from Iraq's museums and archaeological sites in the mayhem that followed the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.
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An employee checks recovered artifacts at the Iraqi Ministry of foreign Affairs headquarters in Baghdad January 30, 2012. A 6,500-year-old Sumerian gold jar, the head of a Sumerian battle axe and a stone from an Assyrian palace were among 45 relics returned to Iraq by Germany. The items were among thousands stolen from Iraq's museums and archaeological sites in the mayhem that followed the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.
A pocket watch recovered from the RMS Titanic is on display during the Titanic Auction preview by Guernsey's Auction House in New York January 5, 2012.
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A pocket watch recovered from the RMS Titanic is on display during the Titanic Auction preview by Guernsey's Auction House in New York January 5, 2012.
A pair of binoculars recovered from the RMS Titanic is on display during the Titanic Auction preview by Guernsey's Auction House in New York, January 5, 2012. The biggest collection of Titanic artifacts is to be sold off as a single lot in an auction timed for the 100th anniversary in April of the sinking of the famed ocean liner.
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A pair of binoculars recovered from the RMS Titanic is on display during the Titanic Auction preview by Guernsey's Auction House in New York, January 5, 2012. The biggest collection of Titanic artifacts is to be sold off as a single lot in an auction timed for the 100th anniversary in April of the sinking of the famed ocean liner.
A woman stands at the Filopappou hill opposite the Parthenon temple in Athens January 19, 2012.
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A woman stands at the Filopappou hill opposite the Parthenon temple in Athens January 19, 2012.
Tourists walk in front of the ancient Herodes Atticus theatre below the hill of the Acropolis in Athens November 28, 2011.
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Tourists walk in front of the ancient Herodes Atticus theatre below the hill of the Acropolis in Athens November 28, 2011.
An Afghan specialist displays an ancient pre-Islamic sculpture that was returned to Afghanistan at the Afghan National Museum in Kabul January 30, 2012. Germany returned the sculpture looted during Afghanistan's civil war, giving hope to Kabul's cultural mavens that the rest of its stolen treasures will also make their way home.
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An Afghan specialist displays an ancient pre-Islamic sculpture that was returned to Afghanistan at the Afghan National Museum in Kabul January 30, 2012. Germany returned the sculpture looted during Afghanistan's civil war, giving hope to Kabul's cultural mavens that the rest of its stolen treasures will also make their way home.

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