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Archaeology

London's 19th century serial killer "Jack the Ripper" was Polish immigrant: DNA expert

An academic scientist in Liverpool claims to have discovered the identity one of England's most infamous 19th century murderers, Jack the Ripper.

World's oldest animal-built reef found in Africa

An ancient reef formed almost 550 million years ago has been found on what is now dry land in the southwestern African country of Namibia, a group of researchers said Thursday.

No stone unturned at NW China Buddhist site

A Buddhist archaeological site, complete with ashes of prominent devotees, has been identified in northwest China, Gansu archaeology institute confirmed on Tuesday.

Gaza's "Apollo" statue remains hidden from the public

The Hamas authorities in Gaza have kept a Bronze sculpture believed to be a statue of the Greek God " Apollo" in a secret location since a Palestinian fisherman found it last August buried under waters in a central Gaza beach, Hamas officials said Sunday.

Israeli archaeologists discover world's oldest bonfire

Researchers in Israel have unearthed the world's most ancient bonfire, dating back 300,000 years ago, as well as the oldest remains of cooked meat to have been discovered until now.

80 skulls found in China's neolithic city

Archaeologists in northwest China's Shaanxi Province said they had excavated over 80 skulls in the ruins of the largest neolithic Chinese city ever discovered.

Dogs likely originate in Europe more than 18,000 years ago: study

European and U.S. researchers said Thursday that wolves likely were domesticated by European hunter-gatherers more than 18,000 years ago and gradually evolved into dogs that became household pets.

NE China home to early domestic cattle

The earliest domestication of cattle may have taken place in northeast China, according to a joint study by Chinese and foreign scientists.

Neolithic cave dwelling found in NW China

A large-scale neolithic site, including a rare cave dwelling, has been unearthed in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, sources with the regional institute of archaeology said on Tuesday.

Rare skull of fossil ape discovered in SW China

A six-million-year-old fossilized cranium of a juvenile ape has been unearthed in Zhaotong, a rare find paleontologists hope may help unravel the mystery of human origins. The remains is only the second recovered cranium belonging to a juvenile ape inhabiting Eurasia in the Miocene that dates back to 23 to 5 million years ago, Ji Xueping, a researcher who led the study, told a news conference on Sept. 5, 2013.

Around China: Ancient fossils shed hint on human's future

A phalanx of more than 80 rhinoceros skulls which were suddenly buried in motion more than 12 million years ago is the most eye-catching exhibit in the paleozoology museum in Hezheng, an impoverished county in northwest China's Gansu Province.

Archeologists found earliest alphabetical written text in Jerusalem

Working near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, archaeologists have unearthed the earliest alphabetical written text ever uncovered in the city.

Mexico discovers 8 archeological sites

Eight archeological sites of native American Cucapa culture were discovered in the northern Colorado desert, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said Monday.

Nobel medal for discovery of DNA auctioned for over 2 mln USD

The Nobel medal awarded to British Francis Crick in 1962 for his discovery of DNA was sold here Thursday at an auction for more than 2 million U.S. dollars.

China reports top 10 archaeological finds in 2012

Chinese authorities on Tuesday announced the top 10 archaeological discoveries made in 2012, with the earliest dating back to the Paleolithic era.

Egypt unearths 14 ancient statues in Luxor

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim Ali has announced the discovery of 14 ancient stone statues for Goddess Sekhmet in Luxor governorate, official news agency MENA reported Monday.

Archaeologists find body of English king in car park

Archaeologists in the English Midlands city of Leicester on Monday announced they found the remains of King Richard III, the last English king to die in battle and the inspiration for one of William Shakepeare's most famous plays.

Japan's oldest bronze comma-shaped bead unearthed in Tottori

After the discovery, the research institute for cultural properties in Nara Prefecture confirmed that the bronze comma- shaped bead at the tomb was made decades earlier than the one hitherto had found in western Japan.

8,500-year-old human bones discovered in Istanbul

Human bones from the Neolithic period have been discovered in Pendik district of Turkish city Istanbul, local daily Radikal reported Thursday.

Israeli archaeologists unearth "elite" Stone Age society

An excavation of an ancient village in the north of Israel has unearthed hundreds of artifacts linking the residents' upper class to Mesopotamia and other distant civilizations.

Chinese scientists identify largest neolithic city

Archaeologists said a 4-square-kilometer city ruins discovered in northwest China's Shaanxi Province was the largest of its kind in neolithic China.

Earliest four-legged animal fossil discovered in China

Chinese scientists have unearthed a skull fossil of a fish-like stem-tetrapod that could extend the earliest record of tetrapods by some 10 million years, according to a research paper published Tuesday in the online journal "Nature Communications."

Archaeology exhibition opened in Hallstatt to show off ancient Austrian history

The picturesque Austrian town of Hallstatt hosted the annual "Archaeology on the Mountain" event on Saturday, giving visitors a chance to view the latest archaeological findings from around the area.

5,300-year-old pottery statue found in N China

Archaeologists repair a pottery statue found in Aohan Banner, a county-level administrative region in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, July 3, 2012.