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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Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards
A staircase leads down to the 2,000-year-old ritual bath beneath floorboards in a family's living room.
July 1st, 2015
During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).
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Finding Amelia Earhart: New Expedition Could Solve Decades-Long Mystery
Amerlia Earhart, first woman flying across the ocean
June 17th, 2015
The search for Amelia Earhart is on (again).
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Ancient Church Uncovered During Highway Project in Israel
June 10th, 2015
A highway upgrade turned into an archaeological discovery in Israel.
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Ancient Greek 'Antikythera' Shipwreck Still Holds Secrets
divers at the Antikythera shipwreck site
June 23rd, 2015
An ancient shipwreck doesn't give up all its secrets at once. Greek authorities have approved a five-year extension for explorers to continue probing the remains of a 2,085-year-old shipwreck known for holding what is considered the oldest computer.
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Photos: Rare Inscription from King David's Time
Inscription from time of King David
June 16th, 2015
A rare inscription on a ceramic jar dates back to the time of King David, in the 10th century B.C., according to archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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Family Ties: 8 Truly Dysfunctional Royal Families
Cleopatra confronts Julius Caesar in this 1866 painting. She had been driven from the palace in Alexandria by her brother, Ptolemy XIII, whom she was also supposed to marry.
June 10th, 2015
Palace plots, assassination attempts and multiple marriages would have made family reunions in these royal lineages awkward, to say the least.
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2,000-Year-Old Water Supply System Uncovered in Jerusalem
Ancient Aqueduct in Jerusalem
May 23rd, 2015
Part of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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In Photos: Searching for Amelia Earhart
Diving for wreckage, amelia earhart project
June 17th, 2015
Photos from a search expedition to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
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In Photos: Ancient Graffiti Discovered in Aphrodisias
ancient graffiti
June 15th, 2015
Hundreds of graffiti messages dating to 1,500 years ago reveal gladiator combat, chariot racing , religious fighting and sex. Here are photos of the ancient graffiti found engraved onto ancient city walls.
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Bones With Names: Long-Dead Bodies Archaeologists Have Identified
the skeleton of King Richard III.
June 10th, 2015
While history records the exploits of kings and queens, archaeologists mostly dig up anonymous common people -- with a few exceptions.
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