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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)

The remains of Richard III, found under a car park in Leicester two years ago

Britain must dig deeper to save its archaeology

We are fascinated by the finds, from royal bones to antique gold, but the profession may go under
An artist’s impression of Pelagornis sandersi, which could fly great distances

Wingspan of the largest bird in history revealed by new scientific study

The bird, named Pelagornis sandersi, lived about 25 million or 28 million years ago

Excavators work at the bottom of the reactivated Pit 91 at the Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles Thursday, June 19,

Prehistoric sabre-toothed cats and mammoths found in Los Angeles

Fossils are being discovered preserved in tar pits

The 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar on display in Ulan Bator

Fossil of a 70-million-year-old ‘Terror Lizard’ goes back to Mongolia

Deal agreed to return Tarbosaurus skeleton after it was illegally smuggled to Britain by a 'one-man black market in prehistoric fossils'

The newly dated Mesolithic site, 1.5 miles east of Stonehenge,  was located around a spring

American student decodes 1,800-year-old letter sent by Egyptian soldier to his family

A student has decoded a 1,800-year-old letter sent by an Egyptian soldier to his family which bears striking similarities to those serving on the front line today.

An unrolled tefillin parchment from Qumran

Nine new Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Israel after lying unopened in storeroom for 60 years

Experts say they could provide new insights into ancient life

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