Pre-Globe Shakespeare theatre unearthed in London

Archaeologists in London have discovered the remains of an early playhouse used by William Shakespeare's company where Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed.

'Vampire' graves are unearthed in Bulgaria

Archaeologists have unearthed skeletons pinned down through their chests with iron rods – a practice to stop the dead from turning into vampires.

Earliest Mayan calendar found in lost city

Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest calendar of the ancient Maya civilisation of Central America. It was written on the walls of a building within a vast lost city buried in the jungles of Guatemala.

A detail from the 8th century BC Assyrian clay tablet bearing the 45 mystery names written in cuneiform script which have now been deciphered at Cambridge University.

Ancient language discovered on clay tablets found amid ruins of 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace

Archaeologists have discovered evidence for a previously unknown ancient language – buried in the ruins of a 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace.

One of the ancient treasures that will be on display in Cambridge

Biggest ever collection of Chinese artefacts set to arrive in Britain

The largest collection of ancient Chinese royal treasures  ever permitted to leave China will go on display in Britain next week.

Spectacular ecclesiastical treasures discovered in ruins of a medieval abbey in Cumbria

The most spectacular ecclesiastical treasures to be discovered in Britain for almost half a century have been unearthed in the ruins of a medieval abbey in Cumbria.

Heritage: Britain 'fails to protect treasures'

Conservationists and archaeologists have urged the Government to sign The Hague convention on the protection of historical artefacts at times of war.

Remains of dark ages princess found in field in Cambridge

The remains of a mysterious Anglo-Saxon princess, who died  thirteen and a half centuries ago, have been found in a field three miles south of Cambridge.

The Stone Age Europeans believed to have migrated to North America along the edge of the then frozen northern Atlantic would have had to adopt a lifestyle similar to that of traditional Eskimos depicted here in this 19thcentury print

New evidence suggests Stone Age hunters from Europe discovered America

New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World.

Archaeologists and conservation experts on the Italian island of Sardinia have pieced together thousands of fragments of smashed sculpture to recreate an army of life-size stone warriors

Prehistoric cybermen? Sardinia's lost warriors rise from the dust

An elite force of  prehistoric warriors – carved from solid rock in the western Mediterranean 2700 years ago – is rising from oblivion.

Greg Brooks holds up a photograph of the SS Port Nicholson, which he says contains treasure

Let battle commence: US diver hopes to find £2bn treasure on British war wreck

Possible hoard of platinum, diamonds and gold may be biggest ever – but who would keep it?

Archaeologists discover tomb of female singer in Valley of the Kings

Archaeologists from Egypt and Switzerland have unearthed the 1,100-year-old tomb of a female singer in the Valley of the Kings.

Detail of the Hallaton Helmet

1,000-piece puzzle may unlock secrets to the Roman conquest of Britain

The helmet could have been captured as a war trophy or a diplomatic gift from a Roman officer

Craig Rhos-y-Felin, north Pembrokeshire: the newly discovered original source of some of the early stones used or installed at and around Stonehenge in the Neolithic

Scientists discover source of rock used in Stonehenge's first circle

Discovery reignites debate over transportation of smaller standing stones

3,400 year-old Pharaoh statue found

Archaeologists have unearthed a large statue of Amenhotep III, who ruled nearly 3,400 years ago and was the grandfather of Tutankhamun.

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