Friday, May 20, 2016

1,700 Year-Old Love & Subjugation Spells from Egypt Deciphered

Magical spells of love and subjugation written on papyri in Egypt around 1,700 years ago have been translated. The names of those targeted are left blank to be inserted. One text invokes the gods to "burn the heart" of a woman until she loves the caster. Another, targeted at males, tells how to "subject" a man.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jainted Human Jawbones Discovered at 1,300 year-old Site in Mexico

Painted human mandibles (jawbones) have been discovered at a site dating back around 1,300 years in Mexico. They may have been worn around the neck in rituals involving ancestor veneration.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

No Hidden Chambers in Tutankhamun's Tomb

Scans carried out by a National Geographic team show no hidden chambers in Tutankhamun's tomb. The ministry plans more tests, the scientists who conducted the scans are not allowed to talk to the media or release their report.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

US restricts Import of Syrian Antiquities

US President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that restricts the import of antiquities from Syria. Many of Syria's archaeological sites have been heavily looted, the sale of looted artifacts helping fund the fighting.

Friday, April 29, 2016

1,700 Year-Old Sculptures Discovered in Bazira

Sculptures dating back around 1,700 years have been discovered in a shrine and its courtyard in the ancient city of Bazira in Pakistan.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Searching for the Vikings: 3 Sites Possibly Found in Canada

Archaeologists are investigating three sites in Canada that may have been used by the Vikings. Two are located in Newfoundland - at Sop's Arm & Point Rosee - while a third is on Baffin Island.

The map below shows Sops' Arm, Point Rosee and the Nanook site on Baffin Island. It also shows L'Anse aux Meadows, the only confirmed Viking site in the New World. Credit: map by Schuyler Erle, modified by Owen Jarus, CC Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Where's the Money Going? $26 million in Syrian 'antiques' imported to US since 2011

Documents reveal that 'Antiques' from Syria, with a declared value of over $26 million, have been imported to the United States since 2011.