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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Mystery Woman Buried Near Richard III
Leicester lead coffin
March 1st, 2015
When archaeologists opened a tomb near the grave of British King Richard III, they expected to find the skeleton of a knight or a friar. But instead, they found the bones of an old woman.
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Rare Roman Tombstone Discovered in England
cirencester tombstone
February 26th, 2015
A 1,800-year-old tombstone was discovered at a Roman cemetery in England this week. The large stone slab bears an inscription to commemorate the deceased: a 27-year-old woman named Bodica.
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Maya Mural Reveals Ancient 'Photobomb'
Maya mural obsidian and king
February 20th, 2015
An ancient Maya mural found in the Guatemalan rainforest may depict a group portrait of advisers to the Maya royalty, a new study finds.
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Ancient Bolivians Stripped Flesh from Dead Bodies in Ritual Complex
Khonkho Wankane ritual complex
February 27th, 2015
Archaeologists discovered a ritual complex in Bolivia where dead bodies were dissolved down to their bones in sizzling pots of caustic chemicals.
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Turkish Troops Relocate Historic Tomb in Syria
tomb of Suleyman Shah location
February 23rd, 2015
Turkish forces relocated the sarcophagus, human remains and other relics from the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of Osman I, who founded the Ottoman Empire.
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Photos: Maya Mural Depicts Royal Advisors
Maya mural obsidians
February 20th, 2015
Most Maya murals feature the royal family, but a rare find in northeastern Guatemala shows a mysterious group of men, called obsidians, advising the king.
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Mysterious Stone Carving May Contain Old Message
stone carving discovered in England.
February 6th, 2015
The hefty stone slab, up for sale in England as a garden ornament, holds a mysterious pattern on its front, one that may be a form of writing, an archaeologist says.
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Ancient Mesopotamian Artifacts Smashed in New ISIS Video
February 26th, 2015
To the horror of archaeologists and history buffs around the world, ISIS released a new video showing ancient Mesopotamian sculptures being smashed inside northern Iraq's Mosul Museum.
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History Repeats Itself: Ancient Cities Grew Much Like Modern Ones
February 20th, 2015
Theoretical scientists have started to find that there are universal laws that shape all urban spaces. A new study suggests that the same mathematical rules might apply to ancient settlements, too.
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Italian Cemetery Could Preserve Cholera DNA
Students excavate bones at the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery in Tuscany, Italy.
February 17th, 2015
Pristinely preserved bodies at the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery in Tuscany, Italy, could hold the DNA of the cholera bacteria that killed them during an 1850s epidemic. Understanding the disease's evolution could lead to a cure.
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