Archaeology is fundamentally the study of humanity and its past. Archaeologists study things that were created, used or changed by humans. They do this by studying the material remains — the stuff we leave behind.
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More Infidelity Uncovered in King Richard III's Family Tree
the skeleton of King Richard III.
March 25th, 2015
After scientists uncovered evidence of infidelity in Richard’s family tree last year, they announced today (March 25) that they discovered more hints of daddy drama in the historical family.
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Richard III Reburial Celebration Starts Sunday
King Richard in Leicester
March 21st, 2015
On Sunday (March 22), Richard's fans will kick off a week of events complete with fireworks, choirs and solemn processions to celebrate the reburial of the medieval king.
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Stolen Artifacts Returned to Iraq
Sargon II head
March 16th, 2015
U.S. authorities turned over more than 60 stolen artifacts to Iraq, including gold-plated items from Saddam Hussein's palace and a limestone sculpture of the head of Sargon II.
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Photos: Richard III's Reburial in Leicester
Richard's coffin
March 24th, 2015
The location of King Richard III's grave remained a mystery for centuries until archaeologists discovered his bones under a parking lot in Leicester, England, in 2012. More than 500 years after his death, Richard is getting a burial fit for a king.
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'Blood Moon' May Have Shone on Richard III's Dead Body
night sky simulation
March 18th, 2015
In just a matter of days, Richard III will get a long-overdue royal burial in Leicester, England. The last time the king's body was laid to rest, more than 500 years ago, a "blood moon" might have shone over his naked, heavily wounded corpse.
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Ancient Receipt Proves Egyptian Taxes Were Worse Than Yours
Ancient texts deciphered
March 14th, 2015
A recently translated ancient Egyptian tax receipt shows a bill that is (literally) heavier than any American taxpayer will pay this year — more than 220 lbs. (100 kilograms) of coins.
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Photos: Newfound Egyptian Tomb Has Colorful Murals of Man and Wife
Egypt tomb discovery in luxor
March 10th, 2015
Archaeologists have uncovered a colorful and ancient tomb in Egypt, the second such discovery within one month, according to a statement released today (March 10) by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
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King Richard III's Coffin Arrives at Leicester Cathedral
March 23rd, 2015
This week, Richard, the last king of the House of York, is being reburied with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal funeral.
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Gem Engraved with Goddess' Image Found Near King Herod's Mausoleum
Engraved Gem in Ring Cavity
March 17th, 2015
A translucent orange gem engraved with an image of a goddess of hunting has been found near a mausoleum built by Herod the Great, the king of Judea who ruled not long before the time of Jesus.
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Photos: Ancient Egyptian Tax Receipt & Other Texts
Ancient texts deciphered, letter fragment
March 14th, 2015
Several ancient and medieval texts at McGill University Library and Archives are being deciphered. One of the most interesting texts is a receipt for a huge land-transfer tax.
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