The UK Culture Ministry announced that the 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue Sekhemka will not leave the United Kingdom. Northampton Borough Council sold the statue last year for £15.76m to an overseas buyer believed to be from Middle East. A temporary export ban has been placed on the statue since it reportedly was a gift to the Council in 1880.
Geological Society archivists have uncovered a rare, early copy of the Geological Map of England and Wales, published by William Smith in 1815. Though not the world’s first geological map, Smith’s was the first geological map covering such a large area.
The University of Leicester announced that King Richard III’s skeleton was sealed inside a coffin at a private ceremony. In 2013, the bones of Richard III were found in a parking lot in Leicester, central England.
A Belgium archeological mission working at Tel Al-Amarna area in Al-Minya governorate, 300 km south of Cairo, has revealed through satellite imagery how the ancient Egyptians built the city of Al-Amarna. Tel Al-Amarna was the capital built by the henotheistic 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten. The city was deserted shortly after Akhenaten’s death in 1332 BCE.
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the wreck of a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship, the Musashi — one of the largest battleships ever built at that time, near the Philippines. More than 1,000 of the Musashi’s crew were killed during the battle and sinking.
An examination conducted in Netherland found that a nearly 1000-years-old Buddhist statue from China encases the mummified remains of a monk.
On February 16, 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter opened the sealed doorway to the burial chamber of the Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen. His tomb was nearly intact. All of Carter’s discoveries were eagerly covered by the world’s press.
Mosaics from the late Roman era have been unearthed by treasure hunters, whose identities are not yet know, carried out in a wheat field in the central Anatolian province of Yozgat’s Sorgun district.
Giant television screens will be set up in Leicester city center to allow thousands of people to watch the historic re-interment of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, Thursday, March 26.
A study by the University of Florida claims to have discovered the first ever evidence for ancient bone surgery found in Peru. Two skeletons from the pre-Colombian site of Kuelap Fortress demonstrate pathology similar to trepanation, which is the surgical practice of drilling holes into bones.