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Looting of Libyan treasure highlights illicit antiquities trade updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 13:11:00

The looting of a large collection of priceless coins, statues and jewelry from a bank vault during Libya's recent civil war has highlighted the risk of looting during times of conflict.

Viking boat burial foundupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 18:26:00

Archeologist Hannah Cobb talks about the discovery of a Viking boat burial found in the Scottish Highlands.

Trash or treasure? Sifting through ancient rubbish for archaeological goldupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 06:24:00

We may not immediately equate the activities of archaeologists to trash sifting. Or imagine that the glass-encased artifacts in museums might be one-time refuse. But quite often, this is exactly the case.

Echoes of Elgin Marbles: Turkey asks UK to return ancient sculptureupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 11:08:00

Turkey's government is calling on the United Kingdom to return the head of an ancient marble statue taken more than a century ago.

Two rare archaeological artifacts found in Jerusalem digupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 04:29:00

Israel's Antiquities Authority announced Monday that a rare Roman sword in its leather scabbard which belonged to a Roman soldier and an engraving of a Menorah on a piece of stone dating from 66 CE were found in recent days in the 2000 year old drainage system in Jerusalem which ran between the City of David and the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden.

Iraq harnesses technology to protect ancient treasuresupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 11:17:00

Known to many as the "cradle of civilization," Iraq is a treasure trove of important archaeological sites including Babylon, Ur and Nimrud.

American arrested over alleged antiquities smuggling in Israelupdated: Wed May 18 2011 09:21:00

Israeli authorities arrested a retired American university lecturer this week on suspicion of selling ancient artifacts illegally to U.S. tourists, they said Wednesday.

Identical twins give back to Africaupdated: Tue May 10 2011 06:12:00

African Voices meets identical twins, Sada and Sohur Mire who, after fleeing from Somalia plan to give back to their continent.

Here today, gone tomorrow? Saving Somaliland's heritageupdated: Tue May 10 2011 06:12:00

When Sada Mire fled war-torn Somalia as a frightened teenager, the nation was descending into darkness, mired in the grip of a long civil conflict.

Shipwreck exhibit stirs up storm at Smithsonianupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 07:58:00

Though they sit quietly beneath the waves, shipwrecks are a cause of much wrangling above the surface. The issue of underwater archaeology is clouded by concerns about treasure hunting, the safety of wrecks, and the sale of finds.

Preserving Egypt's treasured artifactsupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 22:51:00

Shahira Amin helps bring us this report on the treasured artifacts inside Cairo?s Egyptian Museum.

Cairo museum weighs up cost of protestsupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 22:51:00

Cairo's Egyptian Museum houses some of the world's greatest ancient treasures, but last month's unrest prompted fears over the fate of its historical artifacts.

Agatha Christie's secret life as an archaeologistupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 07:32:00

She is one of the best-known crime writers of all time but few know the extent of Agatha Christie's archaeological pedigree.

Gigantic jigsaw puzzleupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 09:41:00

German archaeologists piece together the shattered remnants of the statues of Tell Halaf. CNN's Diana Magnay reports

Egyptian tourist sites to reopen; tomb break-ins reportedupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 10:02:00

Saying he hopes "tourists from around the world will soon return," Egypt's newly appointed minister of antiquities announced Thursday that tourist sites will reopen on Sunday.

Official: Restoration work begins on damaged Egyptian artifactsupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 07:08:00

Work to restore Egyptian artifacts damaged during anti-government protests began on Sunday, according to the nation's newly appointed minister of antiquities.

Alexandria Library savedupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 07:08:00

Despite the chaos, volunteers and workers unite to save Alexandria's famous library. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Museum vandalized in Cairoupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 17:49:00

Dr. Zahi Hawass reports that vandals have created some damage to Cairo's antiquities museum.

Egyptologists fear for relics amid unrestupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 16:46:00

Egypt's major archaeological sites, monuments and museums were under the protection of the country's army on Monday, according to the nation's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Peru's president: Yale agrees to return Incan artifactsupdated: Sat Nov 20 2010 17:11:00

Peru and Yale University have reached an agreement that will return a massive collection of pre-Columbian Inca artifacts to the South American country -- a settlement that could end a lengthy dispute over relics excavated nearly a century ago.

Ancient Roman landscape unearthed near Londonupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 10:37:00

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Roman landscape beneath a park in west London, with a Roman road, evidence of a settlement, and unusual burials among the finds.

Rediscovered walls protected Sphinx from winds, sandupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 06:21:00

Protection from the Sahara's howling dust storms may have helped the Sphinx maintain its steady gaze over the millennia.

Ancient door, in tip-top shape, found in Zurichupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 15:07:00

A Stone Age door in "exceptional condition" has been found in the heart of the Swiss city of Zurich, a city official said Friday.

South Africa Iron Age site 'threatened'updated: Mon Oct 11 2010 12:10:00

A coal mine being developed close to a World Heritage Site in South Africa could "completely destroy" one of the country's most cherished national parks, UNESCO has warned.

Undisturbed artifacts will detail lives of Civil War prisonersupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 21:15:00

Nearly 150 years after it was left behind at a Civil War prison camp, the 3-inch clay pipestem still shows a Union soldier's teeth marks.

Civil War prison site brings together descendants of captor, guardupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 20:21:00

Kevin Chapman, the college graduate student who led the team that recently unearthed Civil War artifacts at the site of a Confederate prison in Georgia, recalls two visitors who came one day to watch one of the digs.

Major archaeological find at site of Civil War prisonupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 10:40:00

The discovery of the exact location of a stockade and dozens of personal artifacts belonging to its Union prisoners is one of the biggest archaeological Civil War finds in decades, federal and Georgia officials said Monday.

Are these the bones of John the Baptist?updated: Mon Aug 16 2010 14:19:00

In a region already rich with archaeological artifacts, the excavation of a small alabaster box containing a few pieces of bone amid the ruins of a medieval monastery might easily have passed unnoticed.

Relics found may be John the Baptist'supdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 14:19:00

Archaeologists in Bulgaria say they have uncovered relics of John the Baptist on the Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan.

Saudi Arabian treasures in Parisupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 07:31:00

CNN's Icon previews a new collection of Arabian artifacts, the fruit of a 40-year archeology project.

Pre-Islam Saudi treasures on show for first timeupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 07:31:00

A "groundbreaking" new exhibition of rare artifacts from Saudi Arabia's ancient past -- some which have never been shown abroad -- has opened in the Louvre, Paris.

Archaeologists unearth ship at WTC siteupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 20:39:00

Archaeologists unearth an 18th century ship in lower Manhattan. CNN's Mary Snow goes to the scene of the discovery.

Pieces of ship made in 1700s found at ground zero building siteupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 20:39:00

The hull of a ship likely made in the 1700s was discovered at the World Trade Center site Tuesday. Archaeologists say that it probably was sunk there in the effort to add land to Manhattan in the early 19th century.

Oldest known images of apostles foundupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 05:06:00

The oldest known image of the apostles Andrew and John have been discovered in catacombs under the city of Rome, dating back to the 4th century AD, archaeologists announced Tuesday.

Armenian cave yields what may be world's oldest leather shoeupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 17:31:00

Get a kick out of this: Researchers reported Wednesday finding the world's oldest leather shoe in a cave in Armenia.

Roman gladiator cemetery found in Englandupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 04:24:00

Heads hacked off, a bite from a lion, tiger or bear, massive muscles on massive men -- all clues that an ancient cemetery uncovered in northern England is the final resting place of gladiators, scientists have announced after seven years of investigations.

Unearthing gladiators' graveyardupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 04:24:00

Archaeologists discover 80 skeletons in a possible gladiators' graveyard in York, England.

Macedonia's forgotten gemupdated: Mon May 24 2010 12:43:00

CNN's Nic Robertson discovers an ancient city of hundreds of churches and monastries.

Archaeologists discover a Roman-era mummyupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 08:57:00

A Roman-era mummy was recently unearthed in a Bahariya Oasis cemetery, about 190 miles southwest of Cairo.

Bahrain's covered historyupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 13:52:00

The skyline of Bahrain, formed by gleaming high-rises and upscale hotels, is all it takes to convey the ambitions of the small Gulf isle.

Ancient road found in Jerusalem's heartupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 10:26:00

Archaeologists working under the direction of the Israeli Antiquities Authority have uncovered a 1500-year-old road running through the center of Jerusalem's Old City.

Archaeologists find Byzantine era roadupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 05:57:00

Archaeologists working under the direction of the Israeli Antiquities Authority have uncovered a 1,500-year-old road running through the center of Jerusalem's Old City.

House uncovered in Nazareth dating to the time of Jesusupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 14:30:00

Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remains of a home from the time of Jesus in the heart of Nazareth.

Roman Coliseum unearthedupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 06:20:00

Archeologists have made an exciting discovery in Italy; ruins at the ancient Mediterranean port of Portus. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Archeologists unearth 'lost' mini Roman Coliseumupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 06:20:00

Under a canopy of elegant Italian pines, the foundations of a mini Roman Coliseum are at once unmistakable and exhilarating.

Stone circle suggests Stonehenge part of burial complexupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 09:41:00

Stonehenge, an enigma to visitors and scientists alike for so many years, became less of a mystery after a discovery announced to the world this week.

Tunnel links continents, uncovers ancient historyupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 08:58:00

It's a common sight in the traffic-clogged streets of Istanbul, a city that straddles two continents.

Transcontinental Tunnelupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 08:58:00

Turkey is constructing a subway tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait. Engineers have discovered incredible archaeological history.

'Massive' ancient wall uncovered in Jerusalemupdated: Mon Sep 07 2009 02:44:00

An archaeological dig in Jerusalem has turned up a 3,700-year-old wall that is the largest and oldest of its kind found in the region, experts say.

Ancient wall unearthedupdated: Mon Sep 07 2009 02:44:00

Excavators in Jerusalem discover massive parts of ancient wall which dates back 3,700 years. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.

Archaeologists show off rare Roman findupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:09:00

Archaeologists excavating a site in East London have made an "extremely rare and unprecedented" find -- a delicately detailed dish made of hundreds of pieces of tiny glass petals, the Museum of London Docklands announced Wednesday.

Fortune: Saving Easter Islandupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 15:32:00

It's the tail end of the rainy season in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, and a wind-blown mist falls on the planet's most remote civilization, Rapa Nui, known as Easter Island. Sonia Haoa, a 55-year-old native with olive skin and a long ponytail pulled through a baseball cap, pokes the earth with a walking stick as she considers the scene before her.

Digging for historyupdated: Fri Dec 26 2008 13:17:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman trails Egypt's world-famous archaeologist, Zahi Hawass.

Satellites unearthing ancient Egyptian ruinsupdated: Fri Dec 26 2008 13:17:00

Archaeologists believe they have unearthed only a small fraction of Egypt's ancient ruins, but they're making new discoveries with help from high-tech allies -- satellites that peer into the past from the distance of space.

Britain's oldest human brain unearthedupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 06:43:00

Archaeologists have discovered what they say is the oldest surviving human brain in Britain, dating back at least 2,000 years to the Iron Age.

Stone Age site reveals 'extraordinary' artworksupdated: Mon Dec 08 2008 04:48:00

Archaeologists in Russia have discovered an "extraordinary" group of Stone Age artworks which appear to have been carefully buried in pits and covered with mammoth bones, researchers announced this week in a paper published in the academic journal, Antiquity.

New pyramid discoveredupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 14:04:00

Archaeologists discover a 16-foot tall structure under the sand in Egypt is part of an unknown pyramid.

Archeologist finds 3,000-year old Hebrew textupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 15:37:00

An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago.

Fortune: Really old moneyupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 12:10:00

The antiquities trade has been making headlines, and they are weird ones: "Eulogy for the Euphronius Krater." (What in the world is a "krater"?) "Museum to Show Off Fake Egyptian Sculptures." (That's ridiculous, isn't it?) "Antiquities Dealer Gets Prison Time." (A nice old man with a pince-nez comes to mind, dragged off to the clink for some tragicomical offense, no doubt.) 4,500 Years: Egyptian Boat Locatedupdated: Sat Jul 19 2008 15:00:00

Archaeologists will excavate hundreds of fragments of an ancient Egyptian wooden boat entombed in an underground chamber next to Giza's Great Pyramid Artifacts from 1700s Found in NOLAupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 19:00:00

The first archaeological dig at one of the nation's oldest cathedrals has turned up a mix of new finds in the heart of the French Quarter

Archaeologists find remains of Washington's boyhood homeupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 10:22:00

After nearly three years of excavation, archaeologists have confirmed the discovery of the site of George Washington's boyhood home near the banks of the Rappahannock River in northeast Virginia.

Washington's boyhood homeupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 10:22:00

Archeologists discover the footprint of George Washington's boyhood home.

Pyramid discoveredupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 19:51:00

Egyptian archaeologists discovered the bottom portion of a previously undiscovered pryamid near Cairo, Egypt. Egypt Uncovers Pharaoh's 'Missing' Pyramidupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 18:00:00

Egyptian archaeologists unveiled on Thursday a 4,000-year-old "missing pyramid" that is believed to have been discovered by an archaeologist almost 200 years ago and never seen again Study: Stonehenge Once a Burial Siteupdated: Thu May 29 2008 17:00:00

England's enigmatic Stonehenge served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings and for several hundred years thereafter, new research indicates Ancient Tools Unearthed in Australiaupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 19:00:00

Tools dating back at least 35,000 years have been unearthed in a rock shelter in Australia's remote northwest, making it one of the oldest archaeological finds in that part of the country, archaeologists said Monday Ancient Cemetery Unearthed in Syriaupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 10:00:00

Archaeologists in northeast Syria have unearthed a 3rd century cemetery in the shape of a cross, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday Jesus 'Tomb' Controversy Reopenedupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 17:00:00

A Jerusalem conference convened by a Princeton theologian reexamines claims that the body of Christ was buried on Earth

Excavation adventures in the Valley of the Kingsupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 07:10:00

A few years back, when I was working as part of an archaeological mission in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, I unearthed a slab of white limestone covered in ancient paint smears. More of that later. First, however, I should tell you about the 3,000 year-old gold jewelry.

King Tut revealed!updated: Sun Nov 04 2007 21:36:00

For the first time, the mummy of King Tut is put on public display in Luxor, Egypt.

Plundering the oceans: Who rules the waves?updated: Fri Oct 19 2007 06:20:00

A sunken galleon, modern-day treasure hunters, a fortune in silver coins and the Spanish navy.

Human footprint may be oldest ever foundupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 02:02:00

Egyptian archaeologists have found what they said could be the oldest human footprint in history in the country's western desert, the Arab country's antiquities' chief said on Monday.

Mummy is lost female pharoahupdated: Sat Jun 30 2007 04:31:00

Mummy is lost female pharoah

Antiquities smuggling: 'A crime against humanity'updated: Mon Dec 11 2006 12:36:00

She's 2,500 years old, stunningly beautiful and at the center of the latest smuggling scandal to have sullied the world of antiquities.

Shortcuts: How to make it as an archaeologistupdated: Fri Dec 08 2006 09:14:00

(CNN) -- Following news that archaeologists in Rome have discovered a sarcophagus containing what they believe to be the mortal remains of St. Paul the Apostle, we offer a few tips on how to get in on the world of excavation.

Gunmen open fire at Hindu templeupdated: Tue Jul 05 2005 01:43:00

The dispute over a historic religious site in the northern town of Ayodhya has come to define the often fiery mix of politics and religion in India.

Scientist: Man in Americas earlier than thoughtupdated: Wed Nov 17 2004 10:26:00

Archaeologists say a site in South Carolina may rewrite the history of how the Americas were settled by pushing back the date of human settlement thousands of years.

Sudan's treasures uncoveredupdated: Fri Nov 05 2004 07:58:00

Today Sudan presents the picture of an Islamic government at odds with the rest of the world.

Ancient burial looks like human and pet catupdated: Thu Apr 08 2004 14:01:00

Archeologists say they have evidence that a bond between cats and humans was forged thousands of years before previously thought.

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