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Hatshepsut's mummy
'Find of century' for egyptology
(Jun 27, 2007)

Egyptologists say they have identified the 3,000-year-old mummy of Hatshepsut, Egypt's most famous female ruler. Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass is to make the official announcement at a news conference in Cairo. It is being billed as the biggest archaeological find in Egypt since the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb.

Read more. Source: BBC

Nebra disk
Calendar question over star disc
(Jun 25, 2007)

Archaeologists have revived the debate over whether a spectacular Bronze Age disc from Germany is one of the earliest known calendars. The Nebra disc is emblazoned with symbols of the Sun, Moon and stars and said by some to be 3,600 years old. Writing in the journal Antiquity, a team casts doubt on the idea the disc was used by ancient astronomers as a precision tool for observing the sky.

Read more. Source: BBC

Kush pyramids
Ancient gold unearthed in Sudan
(Jun 20, 2007)

A team of archaeologists has discovered a huge ancient gold processing centre and a graveyard along the River Nile in northern Sudan. They were part of the 4,000-year-old Kush, or Nubian, kingdom. The scholars say the finds show the empire was much bigger than previously thought and rivalled ancient Egypt.

Read more. Source: BBC

3D digital model of the Colosseum
Ancient Rome brought back to life
(Jun 13, 2007)

Ancient Rome has been brought back to life through a unique digital reconstruction project, said to be the world's biggest computer simulation. An international team of architects, archaeologists and experts spent 10 years working on a real-time 3D model of the city called Rome Reborn. Some 7,000 buildings were scanned and reproduced using a model of the city kept at a Rome museum.

Read more. Source: BBC

Iceman 'bled to death on glacier'
(Jun 7, 2007)

Massive blood loss from a ruptured artery killed the 5,300-year-old Alpine "Iceman" known as Oetzi, tests confirm. A Swiss-Italian team says the arrow that struck him in the left shoulder slit the artery under his collar bone. Oetzi probably died as the result of a fight: he may either have fled his attacker – who then shot him in the back – or been ambushed. The remains of the Neolithic man were discovered in 1991 emerging from a melting glacier.

Read more. Source: BBC

Ningxia Hui
Chinese writing '8,000 years old'
(May 20, 2007)

Chinese archaeologists studying ancient rock carvings say they have evidence that modern Chinese script is thousands of years older than previously thought. State media say researchers identified more than 2,000 pictorial symbols dating back 8,000 years, on cliff faces in the north-west of the country. They say many of these symbols bear a strong resemblance to later forms of ancient Chinese characters.

Read more. Source: BBC

Silbury Hill
Tunnel to reopen at mystery hill
(May 11, 2007)

Engineers are to reopen a tunnel that goes deep inside the ancient monument of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire. The tunnel, dug in 1968, was the last of many made over the centuries by archaeologists exploring the site. Engineers are planning to stabilise the 5,000-year-old structure, which is believed to be the world's largest man-made prehistoric mound.

Read more. Source: BBC

Herodium fortress
King Herod's grave uncovered in hilltop fortress
(May 8, 2007)

Archaeologists have unearthed the grave of King Herod the Great, the ruler of Jerusalem who attempted to kill Jesus soon after his birth, it was announced today. Professor Ehud Netzer, of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said that he had finally located the king's last resting place in Herodium, Herod's fortified palace on a hilltop outside Jerusalem, after a 35-year search.

Read more. Source: Guardian

Buddha mural
'Stunning' Nepal Buddha art find
(May 5, 2007)

Paintings of Buddha dating back at least to the 12th century have been discovered in a cave in a remote area of Nepal's north-central region. Researchers made the find after being tipped off by a local sheep herder. They discovered a mural with 55 panels showing the story of Buddha's life. The mural was uncovered in March, with the team using ice axes to break through a snow path to reach the cave.

Read more. Source: BBC

gladiator's skull
Gladiators' graveyard discovered
(May 2, 2007)

Scientists believe they have for the first time identified an ancient graveyard for gladiators. Analysis of their bones and injuries has given new insight into how they lived, fought and died. The remains were found at Ephesus in Turkey, a major city of the Roman world, BBC Timewatch reports.

Read more. Source: BBC


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