Mount Vesuvius blast turned ancient victim's brain to glass

MILAN (AP) — The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an incinerated victim's brain material into glass, the first time scientists have verified the phenomenon from a volcanic blast, officials at the Her...

Viking-era runestone may reflect fears of a climate disaster

Stockholm (AP) — The writing on a famous Viking-era runestone may reflect fears of an approaching climate disaster in 9th century Scandinavia, according to new research by a team of Swedish academics....

Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the...

Museums in New Taipei to go sporty during 2020 Olympics

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Museums in New Taipei City will be transformed into “sports facilities” in a promotional effort that seizes on the Summer Olympics taking place in Tokyo next y...

France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cu...

French police detain man who was holed up in Riviera museum

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a man has been detained by police after he was holed up for several hours in a museum in southern France. Police carried out an operation Wednesda...

'80s tape, toy dino: Chinatown archaeological dig cut short

BOSTON (AP) — An archaeological dig in Boston's historic Chinatown has been cut short after it turned up a 1980s music cassette, a toy dinosaur and other bric-a-brac. The city's Arch...

Navy warship sunk by German sub in WWII finally located

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — A private dive team has located the last U.S. Navy warship to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II, just a few miles (kilometers) off the coast of Maine. ...

22 ancient amphoras found off Albanian coast

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A joint Albanian-American underwater archaeology project says it has found amphoras that are at least 2,500 years old off the Albanian coast, which might yield an ancient shipwr...

Long lost WWII-era Soviet songs brought to life in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In a musty basement hall of an unassuming building nestled among modern high-rises in the heart of Tel Aviv, a few hundred spectators are kindly requested to turn off their cel...

In Alabama, commemoration set for 'last slave ship'

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An archaeological report will be released Thursday on the discovery of what experts believe is the last ship known to have brought enslaved people from Africa to the United States....

New Taipei City Archaeology Park grand opening this weekend

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The inauguration of New Taipei City Archaeology Park (新北考古公園), the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will take place on Saturday (May 25) in Bali District, next to Shihsanhan...

Review: The Waterboys do musical archaeology on new album

The Waterboys, "Where the Action Is" (Cooking Vinyl) The liner notes to the Waterboys' latest album credit frontman Mike Scott for vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass — and "archaeology....

Israeli scientists brew beer with revived ancient yeasts

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels —some over 5,000 years old. ...

More than a scent: Cyprus promoting its perfume past

KORAKOU, Cyprus (AP) — Before Cyprus gained fame as the mythical birthplace of the goddess of love Aphrodite nearly three millennia ago, Cyprus was known around the Mediterranean for its perfumes, sce...