Archaeology Weekly Roundup!

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The damaged outer gate of Aleppo’s Citadel (Nelofer Pazira)

The ongoing civil war in Syria, a land brimming with history, has led to a dangerous, tragic surge in the looting and smuggling of Syrian antiquities, and the trade of antiquities for guns.

A Harvard professor has identified what appears to be a scrap of fourth century Egyptian papyrus that contains the first known explicit reference to Jesus as married, a discovery that could fuel the millennia-old debate about priestly celibacy in the Catholic church. But the papyrus has no context and many scholars are already arguing it is fake.

Thanks to an ambitious conservation project and some LEGOs, the ancient Egyptian mummy case of Hor has been restored and is now on display in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Italian researchers believe they have discovered the oldest known dental filling — a beeswax cap applied to a left canine tooth about 6,500 years ago.

The political and cultural influence of the ancient Japanese Yamato kingdom reached about 250 kilometers farther north than previously believed, new archaeological finds from a burial mound in Niigata Prefecture have revealed.

Archeologists at the University of Leicester in central England say they have discovered a human skeleton with battle wounds and a curved spine that could be the remains of King Richard III.

Stone Age artists used‭ ‬cartoon-like techniques to give the impression that wild beasts were trotting or running across cave walls,‭ ‬a new study‭ has suggested.

Mexican experts entered for the first time a 1,500-year-old funerary chamber in Palenque believed to contain the remains of one of the first rulers of this Mayan city, officials said.

An unidentified Etruscan structure has been located underneath a wine cellar in the city of Orvieto in central Italy, according to a team of U.S. and Italian archaeologists. Archaeologists are still excavating, trying to determine what the structure was used for and where it’s going.

The Swedish ship Vasa, sunk in 1628 and excavated in 1956, is deteriorating despite its preservation.

Bulgarian archaeologists have stumbled upon a unique lion head stone sculpture from the times of the Trojan War.

An ancient ceremonial site the size of Stonehenge has been discovered on the North Downs, UK. The exact purpose of the site – a neolithic “henge” – remains shrouded in mystery, but a large amount of burnt bone and pottery uncovered suggest it was used in a ritual capacity for almost 2000 years, as far back as 2500BC, the end of the Stone Age.

Hungarian archaeologists have found what they believe may be an intact medieval shipwreck in the Danube river. Partially buried in mud and gravel near the riverbank at Tahitótfalu, some 18 miles north of Budapest, the flat bottom river wreck has yet to be excavated.

Cliffside caves in the former kingdom of Mustang in Nepal are giving up their secrets, revealing the former power and importance of this remote part of the world.

Caves in Mustang  by Cory Richards

The 800-year-old caves, empty now, may once have stored manuscripts. (Photo by Cory Richards)

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