One of Greece’s most famous archaeological sites, the Middle Bronze Age city of Akrotiri, reopened to the public today (April 11, 2012) after being closed for 7 years. Built on the Greek island of Thera/Santorini, the prehistoric settlement was shut in 2005 after a protective roof collapsed, killing a tourist. A new steel and wood covering has now […]
Prosecutors in Egypt have indefinitely adjourned hearing the testimony of the former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass who is charged with smuggling Egyptian antiquities to the United States and Australia, and of squandering public funds.
As popular archaeology TV series Time Team begins filming its 20th series, the long-awaited second season of the American version is also getting ready to launch, with the first episode to be shot in June.
The largest hoard of Iron Age silver coins ever found in Switzerland has been discovered in farmland outside Füllinsdorf.
British Museum centre grant The British Museum’s new World Conservation and Exhibition Centre has moved a step closer to completion after a £10 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The £135 million project will create state-of-the-art laboratories and studios for conservation, preservation, and research, as well as a new suite for special exhibitions, extra […]
At Current World Archaeology, we are always interested in the latest research, discoveries, and subsequent debates. Here, we present both sides of a stimulating discussion sparked by a review in CWA 48 of Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo’s new book The Statues that Walked.
NEANDERTHAL COMPASSION Researchers at the UK’s University of York have concluded that Neanderthals had a deep-seated sense of compassion. The research, by Dr Penny Spikins, Andy Needham, and Holly Rutherford, published in the journal Time and Mind, was concerned with tracing the origins of those higher order emotions that make us human – specifically the emotions […]
The DNA of a man who died between 1 and 50 AD, and who was buried in a tomb on the edge of the Old City of Jerusalem, has revealed that he suffered from leprosy – the earliest proven case of the disease. In addition, the shroud in which the leprosy sufferer was buried provides […]