The mammoth’s remains, including a silicon cast being made of its tusk

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Neanderthals may have dealt killer blow

Archaeologists claim bones found in basement of Florentine convent belong to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa

The dig that may have unearthed Leonardo's muse

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Richard III's remains 'found under car park' in Leicester

Archaeologists hunting for the remains of King Richard III may have made a crucial breakthrough – after finding human remains in the ruins of a medieval friary underneath a modern-day car park.

Garden unearthed in Leicester Richard III dig

An archaeological dig searching for the grave of Richard III has uncovered evidence of a lost garden, organisers said.

'Murder' body found at Hadrian's Wall was from overseas

A child who was possibly murdered at one of Britain's most important Roman sites 1,800 years ago came from the Mediterranean, an expert said today.

HMS Victory, the 1737 predecessor to Nelson’s flagship, was lost with all hands in 1744 in the English Channel. Armed with 100 bronze cannon, it was found in 2008, damaged by trawlers and still at risk

You're wrecking our wrecks! Experts warn of damage trawlers are doing to maritime history

Archaeologists want sunken vessels to be given the same levels of protection as threatened marine ecosystems

Mexico: Ancient chocolate found on plate

Archaeologists say they have found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a plate in the Yucatan peninsula, in a breakthrough suggesting it may have been used as a sauce with solid food.

Neanderthal man's 'life of domesticity'

Neanderthal man may have preferred domestic chores to a rugged hunter-gatherer lifestyle, researchers have said.

Huge hoard of Celtic coins found in field

A massive hoard of Celtic coins worth millions of pounds has been found on Jersey. The collection comprises 30,000 to 50,000 coins and is thought to have been buried to hide it from the advancing armies of Julius Caesar.

Archaeologists in Greece uncover Roman road

Archaeologists in Greece's second-largest city have uncovered a 70-metre section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was city's main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.

A detail from the 'Panel of Hands', El Castillo Cave in northern Spain showing red disks and hand stencils made by blowing or spitting paint onto the wall. A date from a calcium carbonate layer covering one of the red disks has revealed that the painting is more than 41,000 years old, making it the oldest known definitively-dated cave art in Europe. The image of the bison was painted by other Prehistoric people long after the hand images had been created.

Brutish? You have to hand it to the Neanderthals after all

Cave paintings dated as 15 milliennia older than originally thought, making them Europe's earliest known paintings

Two caught 'smuggling' 4th century BC gold wreath and armband in Greece

A retired policeman and a house painter have been arrested in northern Greece on suspicion of antiquities smuggling after an ancient gold wreath and armband were found in their car, police said today.

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.

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