Tag Archives: Archaeology

Crowdsourcing saves digital artifacts in Brazil

One of the greatest tragedies in the museum world transpired over the weekend when fire broke out at Brazil’s Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, touching off a mad scramble to save physical and virtual treasures. Many of the 200-year-old natural history … Continue reading

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Black sarcophagus opened … and it’s a soggy mess

Egyptian archaeologists say they’ve opened up a mysterious black sarcophagus found during excavations in Alexandria, and although they didn’t uncover the evil curse that some feared, they did uncover an evil-looking mess. The coffin was “filled with sewage which leaked … Continue reading

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Radar scans rule out hidden rooms in Tut’s tomb

Ground-penetrating radar scans have failed to confirm any hints that King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the KIngs contains a hidden chamber. The announcement from Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities brought a disappointing end to a scientific investigation that began … Continue reading

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Archaeologists dissect the ‘Tomb of Christ’

After more than 15 years of study, experts are laying out the evidence revealing how far back the history goes for the room-sized shrine in Jerusalem that’s revered as Jesus’ tomb. Spoiler alert: There’s no “Jesus Was Here” graffiti on the walls. … Continue reading

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Physicists detect Big Void in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

An international team of researchers has detected a mysterious, previously unknown void deep inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid that may be as large as an art gallery space. The anomalous space, known as the ScanPyramids Big Void, showed up on imagery … Continue reading

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Scientists spur debate over First Americans

Scientists say the patterns of breakage in mastodon bones found 25 years ago near a San Diego highway suggest that humans battered the beast 130,000 years ago. That’s a shocker, because before now, the oldest widely accepted evidence of human habitation … Continue reading

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Join the satellite hunt for Peru’s lost cities

Armed with a $1 million TED Prize, archaeologists today launched the GlobalXplorer.org crowdsourcing project to scan satellite imagery for signs of ancient settlements. “Archaeologists can’t do this on their own,” Parcak told National Geographic, one of the collaborators in the … Continue reading

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