Archaeology

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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8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Found in Ancient Clay Pots
Chemical analysis of ancient pottery from Israel.
December 18th, 2014
Ancient people pressed olive oil as far back as 8,000 years ago in Israel, a new study finds. Researchers found residues of the Mediterranean-diet staple on ancient clay pots dating back to the 6th century B.C.
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Photos: Ancient Egyptian Cemetery with 1 Million Mummies
glass vase, million mummy cemetery
December 16th, 2014
An ancient Egyptian cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies was unearthed by a team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
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Alleged Dead Sea Scrolls Looters Indicted in Israel
A 2,000-year-old lice comb.
December 8th, 2014
A gang of robbers accused of trying to steal the Dead Sea Scrolls from a cave in the Judean Desert was indicted Sunday (Dec. 7) in Israel.
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Photos: Ancient Pottery Once Held Olive Oil
Israel pottery with cracks, olive oil
December 18th, 2014
People living in ancient Israel used olive oil about 8,000 years ago, according to a chemical analysis of pottery shards and vessels found in the northern part of the country.
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2,400-Year-Old Coffin's 'Odd' Art Hints at Ancient Egypt's Brain Drain
An odd funerary scene, brain drain
December 9th, 2014
An ancient Egyptian coffin with strange and amateurish decorations has been revealed, shedding light on a tumultuous period in Egyptian history when the Persian Empire was in control of the region.
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Ornate Clothing from the Ming Dynasty Unearthed in China (Photos)
ming clothing, china, archaeology, designs, hairpin
December 8th, 2014
A husband-and-wife tomb dating to the Ming Dynasty contains extraordinarily well-preserved clothing, decorated with elaborate designs, archaeologists reported.
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1,700-Year-Old Silk Road Cemetery Contains Mythical Carvings
An ancient cemetery - silk road
November 24th, 2014
A cemetery dating back roughly 1,700 years has been discovered along part of the Silk Road, a series of ancient trade routes that once connected China to the Roman Empire.
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Million-Mummy Cemetery Unearthed in Egypt
Mummified baby, million mummy cemetery
December 16th, 2014
The remains of a child, laid to rest more than 1,500 years ago when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, was found in an ancient cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies.
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In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Coffin with 'Odd' Art
Egyptian coffin, brain drain
December 9th, 2014
A 2,400-year-old Egyptian coffin with strange decorations offers insights into a tumultuous period of Egyptian history, under the rule of the Persian Empire.
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Opulent Clothing Unearthed in Ming Dynasty Tomb
A dress found within the tomb, elaborately decorated.
December 8th, 2014
A husband-and-wife tomb dating to the Ming Dynasty has been discovered in China. The tomb contains extraordinarily well-preserved clothing decorated with elaborate designs.
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