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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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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Photos: Centuries of History Revealed Beneath Roman Ruins
GPS reveals early wall
May 5th, 2015
A Roman temple and settlement in modern-day Lebanon that have been damaged by war, disrupted by looters and encroached on by farmers still yield information about the site's history, a new study finds.
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Tombs Filled with Dozens of Mummies Discovered in Peru
tenahaha, young woman's skull, mummies
April 8th, 2015
Each of the tombs contains up to 40 mummies, ranging in age from babies to adults. The tombs were discovered at the 1,200-year-old ceremonial site called Tenahaha in Peru's Cotahuasi Valley.
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World's Oldest Stone Tools Predate Humans
Sammy Lokorodi, a resident of Kenya's northwestern desert who works as a fossil and artifact hunter, led the way to a trove of 3.3 million-year-old tools.
May 20th, 2015
The oldest handmade stone tools discovered yet predate any known humans and may have been wielded by an as-yet-unknown species, researchers say.
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Bawdy Bard: Shakespeare Play's Lost Lines Reveal Sexual Mocking
section from a Shakespeare comedy
May 5th, 2015
A lost section of "Love's Labour's Lost," a comedy written by William Shakespeare, has been rediscovered, revealing a song mocking the sexual inadequacy of one of the play's male characters.
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In Photos: Hundreds of Mummies Found in Peru
tenahaha, 1,200 year old mummies
April 8th, 2015
Here's a look at images from a ceremonial site in Peru where archaeologists have discovered dozens of tombs, each filled with up to 40 mummies.
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In Photos: 'Little Foot' Human Ancestor Walked With Lucy
Ron Clarke and Little Foot skull
April 1st, 2015
Take a stroll through some of humanity's ancestors, including a relative dubbed Little Foot, which scientists have just found lived at about the same time as famed Lucy, an australopithecine.
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'Ransacked' Roman Temple Has Hidden Medieval Secrets
remains of the temple at Hosn Niha
May 5th, 2015
Despite damage from war, looters and agricultural activity, a Roman temple and settlement high in the Lebanese mountains still hold clues about the ancient and medieval people who once lived there, a new study finds.
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Photos: The Bone Boxes of the 'Jesus Family Tomb'
Jesus, son of Joseph
April 10th, 2015
A new geological analysis strengthens the case that Jesus of Nazareth's bones may have once been buried in a Jerusalem tomb, though historians are skeptical.
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In Photos: Medieval Graveyard Unearthed in Cambridge
medieval graveyard, archaeology
April 2nd, 2015
The burial ground from a medieval hospital had been hidden for more than a century in Cambridge, England. Archaeologists recently excavated the graveyard and discovered hundreds of skeletons.
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