A researcher pans for gold in Ireland

Cornwall was scene of prehistoric gold rush, says new research

A detailed analysis of some of Western Europe’s most beautiful gold artefacts suggests that Cornwall was a miniature Klondyke in the Early Bronze Age

The artefacts were found near Lake Turkana, Kenya

Tools found near Lake Turkana in Kenya are world's oldest

They are about 700,000 years older than the previous record holder and are likely to have been made by Australopithecus, an ape-like ancestor of Homo sapiens

Ruins at Teyu Cuare (

Archaeologist's mission to find the Nazis' bunker hideout hidden deep in the Argentine jungle

2,000 items believed to have been cast aside by Nazis have been found

The high winds and heavy rain that struck the Cantabrian coast last week have washed away huge amounts of sand

Rain in Spain unearths fossilised trees that predate dinosaurs

The trunk and roots date back 300 million years

Archaeologists at the Bedlam burial site in Liverpool Street, central London, part of excavations for the Crossrail project

Could Crossrail have uncovered the last resting place of Britain's left-wing martyr in Bedlam burial ground under Liverpool Street station?

Archaeologists expect to unearth some 3,000 skeletons during the dig, potentially including that of  the Leveller martyr – Robert Lockyer

Some of the 5,361 ancient objects – which had been stolen by Italian and Swiss criminals – in Rome this week

Italy celebrates as 5,000 plundered artefacts worth €50m are returned following 14-year inquiry

Recovered haul goes on show after investigation finds stolen antiquities in Switzerland

Huge crocodile-like reptile roamed the Earth before dinosaurs took over

Animal’s name means “predator crocodile”, and it had huge knife-like teeth

Christie's auction house in New York

Mother Goddess auction: Christie’s halts sale of 'stolen' $1m Bronze Age pagan icon after Sardinia campaigns for its return

Italian police intervene as politician demands an end to the 'robbery of the heritage and civilisation of Sardinia'

A 23,000 year-old chalk statue of a woman, which was found in July outside the northern French city of Amiens and called the

23,000-year-old statue of woman with large breasts and buttocks found in France

Discovery of 'masterpiece' labelled 'internationally significant'

Archaeologists have found female marble statues standing more than 2m high, wearing tunics with rich folds

Amphipolis excavation: Greek tombs give up their lavish riches

Prestigious Amphipolis may have been built for Alexander the Great

Britain's greatest treasure hoard reveals how goldsmiths fooled the Anglo-Saxon world

Scientists discover sophisticated 7th century techniques used to make 12-18 karat gold look like 21-23 karat material

A section from the Bayeaux Tapestry

We found Dick, now let's find Harry: After Richard III's remains were found in a Leicester car park, the hunt is on for King Harold

One man's hopes of proving that Harold II did not die at Hastings would be one in the eye for the Normans
The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.

Avatar film inspires name of newly discovered flying reptile

Scientists have jokingly urged that blue, avatar-like creatures have never existed, and the reptiles were never ridden

The bridge over the River Omka, in the city of Omsk, Siberia, Russia, near where armour that could be up to 3,900 years old was found.

'Elite warrior' armour which could date back 3,900 years found in Siberia

Archaeologists found the armour in an area rich in ancient burial grounds

It is one of several animals and birds depicted on the ancient plateau

New Nazca Lines geoglyphs uncovered by gales and sandstorms in Peru

More shapes revealed among known geoglyphs like The Dog (pictured)

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