Mystery solved: Oldest fossil reptile found in the Alps is historical forgery

Fakes in antique furniture, jewelry, and other objects are quite commonplace, but not so much in archaeological findings. For almost a century, a fossil from the Italian Alps believed to be 280 million years old that has baffled researchers for decades has turned out to be – in part – a forgery. After a […]

Egypt aborts controversial pyramid renovation plan

Egypt has scuttled a controversial plan to reinstall ancient granite cladding on the pyramid of Menkaure, the smallest of the three great pyramids of Giza, a committee formed by the country’s tourism minister said in a statement. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced the plan last month, declaring it […]

Man’s best friend no and into the great beyond

Dogs are well-known for their loving companionship with their owners – but after the humans’ death?  Some people in an ancient community in what is now northern Italy were interred with animals and animal parts from species such as dogs, horses, and pigs. The reasons remain mysterious, but they might represent an enduring companion […]

Tunnel that could lead to Cleopatra’s Tomb is ‘geometric miracle’

Beneath the temple ruins of the Egyptian city of Taposiris Magna, archaeologists recently discovered a secret tunnel dubbed the “geometric miracle.”The city was founded in Egypt by the Hellenistic king Ptolemy II Philadelphus between 280 and 270 BCE, and its name translates to “The Great Tomb of Osiris” (the god of death in Egyptian […]