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.
Archeologist Hannah Cobb talks about the discovery of a Viking boat burial found in the Scottish Highlands.
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.
Turkey's government is calling on the United Kingdom to return the head of an ancient marble statue taken more than a century ago.
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.
Known to many as the "cradle of civilization," Iraq is a treasure trove of important archaeological sites including Babylon, Ur and Nimrud.
Israeli authorities arrested a retired American university lecturer this week on suspicion of selling ancient artifacts illegally to U.S. tourists, they said Wednesday.
African Voices meets identical twins, Sada and Sohur Mire who, after fleeing from Somalia plan to give back to their continent.
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.
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.
Shahira Amin helps bring us this report on the treasured artifacts inside Cairo?s Egyptian Museum.
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.
She is one of the best-known crime writers of all time but few know the extent of Agatha Christie's archaeological pedigree.
German archaeologists piece together the shattered remnants of the statues of Tell Halaf. CNN's Diana Magnay reports
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.
Work to restore Egyptian artifacts damaged during anti-government protests began on Sunday, according to the nation's newly appointed minister of antiquities.
Despite the chaos, volunteers and workers unite to save Alexandria's famous library. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
Dr. Zahi Hawass reports that vandals have created some damage to Cairo's antiquities museum.
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 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.
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.
Protection from the Sahara's howling dust storms may have helped the Sphinx maintain its steady gaze over the millennia.
A Stone Age door in "exceptional condition" has been found in the heart of the Swiss city of Zurich, a city official said Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Archaeologists in Bulgaria say they have uncovered relics of John the Baptist on the Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan.
CNN's Icon previews a new collection of Arabian artifacts, the fruit of a 40-year archeology project.
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 an 18th century ship in lower Manhattan. CNN's Mary Snow goes to the scene of the discovery.
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.
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.
Get a kick out of this: Researchers reported Wednesday finding the world's oldest leather shoe in a cave in Armenia.
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.
Archaeologists discover 80 skeletons in a possible gladiators' graveyard in York, England.
CNN's Nic Robertson discovers an ancient city of hundreds of churches and monastries.
A Roman-era mummy was recently unearthed in a Bahariya Oasis cemetery, about 190 miles southwest of Cairo.
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.
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 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.
Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remains of a home from the time of Jesus in the heart of Nazareth.
Archeologists have made an exciting discovery in Italy; ruins at the ancient Mediterranean port of Portus. CNN's Paula Newton reports.
Under a canopy of elegant Italian pines, the foundations of a mini Roman Coliseum are at once unmistakable and exhilarating.
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.
It's a common sight in the traffic-clogged streets of Istanbul, a city that straddles two continents.
Turkey is constructing a subway tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait. Engineers have discovered incredible archaeological history.
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.
Excavators in Jerusalem discover massive parts of ancient wall which dates back 3,700 years. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.
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.
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.
CNN's Ben Wedeman trails Egypt's world-famous archaeologist, Zahi Hawass.
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.
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.
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.
Archaeologists discover a 16-foot tall structure under the sand in Egypt is part of an unknown pyramid.
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.
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.)
Archaeologists will excavate hundreds of fragments of an ancient Egyptian wooden boat entombed in an underground chamber next to Giza's Great Pyramid
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
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.
Archeologists discover the footprint of George Washington's boyhood home.
Egyptian archaeologists discovered the bottom portion of a previously undiscovered pryamid near Cairo, Egypt.
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
England's enigmatic Stonehenge served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings and for several hundred years thereafter, new research indicates
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
Archaeologists in northeast Syria have unearthed a 3rd century cemetery in the shape of a cross, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday
A Jerusalem conference convened by a Princeton theologian reexamines claims that the body of Christ was buried on Earth
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.
For the first time, the mummy of King Tut is put on public display in Luxor, Egypt.
A sunken galleon, modern-day treasure hunters, a fortune in silver coins and the Spanish navy.
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 pharoah
She's 2,500 years old, stunningly beautiful and at the center of the latest smuggling scandal to have sullied the world of antiquities.
(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.
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.
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.
Today Sudan presents the picture of an Islamic government at odds with the rest of the world.
Archeologists say they have evidence that a bond between cats and humans was forged thousands of years before previously thought.
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