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May 15, 2015



April 3, 2015

Plague Victims Mistaken for Vampires. Mass graves of plague victims reveal practice of placing a brick in the deceased's mouth to prevent chewing their way out of the grave.



March 1, 2015

Zombie Attack linked to Solanum virus discovered in Egyptian Mummies. Archaeology staff taking precautions to prevent a modern outbreak. 




January 22, 2015

King Tutankhamun Burial Mask Sloppily Glued Back Together After Cleaning Mishap

King Tutankhamun Burial Mask is now being called 'irreversibly damaged' after its famous beard broke off in a botched cleaning job and then was hastily glued back together. Jen Markham (@jenmarkham) has the story. Video provided by Buzz60



December 12, 2014

Mystery Surrounds Delicate Nasca Lines Threatened by Greenpeace Stunt 

Mysterious desert designs are at the center of a controversy pitting Peru against the environmental group Greenpeace.



November 21, 2014

Behind Tomb Connected to Alexander the Great, Intrigue Worthy of "Game of Thrones"

As archaeologists dig deeper into the burial mound, ancient sources tell a tale of family drama and palace intrigue.



October 29, 2014

Amazon Warriors Did Indeed Fight and Die Like Men

Archaeology shows that these fierce women also smoked pot, got tattoos, killed—and loved—men.



October 18, 2014

Queen of the Underworld Sheds New Light on Greek Tomb

Newly revealed mosaic may hold key to unlocking mystery: Who was buried in the massive mound?



October 3, 2014

Ancient Tomb Helps Push Turkey to Authorize Force Against Islamic State

Threat to Suleyman Shah's tomb helps trigger Turkey's response to the jihadist group.



September 23, 2014

Amazon Warriors' Names Revealed Amid "Gibberish" on Ancient Greek Vases

Meet Worthy of Armor, Don't Fail, and Hot Flanks, ancient Scythian names for woman Amazon warriors, now revealed on Greek vases.



September 11, 2014

Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping

Underground images show a large complex of monuments and buildings used in rituals dating back thousands of years.



26 Jun 2014

Drawing a bead on trade

The humble glass bead has become a tool to trace the migration of ancient goods and peoples around the Indian Ocean.



5 May 2014

Ancient Desert Glyphs Pointed Way to Fairgrounds

South American culture used optical illusion to guide people to solstice festivities



10 Mar 2014

New Diet, Sexual Attraction May Have Spurred Europeans' Lighter Skin

Study suggests Europeans became paler much more recently than thought



10 Feb 2014

Syria's Archaeological Sites Ravaged by Bombing and Looting

al-Assad's British-born wife asks for help to curb thousands of illegal excavations that are destroying Syria's unique cultural record of Biblical civilizations, Roman conquerors and Christian Crusaders.



7 Jan 2014

Sacred Prostitution in the Story of Judah and Tamar?

Was Rahab a prostitute or an innkeeper? Could it be the mis-translation of a single word in the Bible? The debate continues to rage. 



6 Jan 2014

The Top Ten Archaeological Finds of 2013



Did The Israelites Conquer Jericho? by Dr. Bryant Wood. 
Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian archaeology. He received international media attention for his research on ancient Jericho, which demonstrated the historicity of the Biblical account of the capture of the city by the Israelites.