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.

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.

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?

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

Sapphire ring 'belonged to Anglo-Saxon or Viking royalty'

A unique gold and sapphire finger ring, found by a metal detectorist and  just purchased by the Yorkshire Museum, almost  certainly belonged to Anglo-Saxon or Viking royalty, very senior clergy or a leading member of the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy, say historians.

Looted Afghan treasures identified

Afghan treasures looted from Kabul have come to light nearly 20 years after they were stolen, thanks to an unknown benefactor.

Massive statue of Pharaoh Taharqa discovered deep in Sudan

No statue of a pharaoh has ever been found further south of Egypt than this one. At the height of his reign, King Taharqa controlled an empire stretching from Sudan to the Levant.

The secrets of Tutankhamun's decaying tomb

Scientists mount inquiry into how millions of visitors to Egyptian boy king's chamber are destroying the wonder they came to see, reports Guy Adams

Evidence of mass cannibalism uncovered in Germany

Evidence of mass cannibalism in which even children and unborn babies were on the menu has been uncovered in Germany by archaeologists.

Staffordshire Hoard valued at £3.28 million

The Staffordshire Hoard, a vast haul of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver discovered by an amateur treasure hunter in July, has been valued at £3.28 million by the British Museum.

Novice finds £1 million Iron Age treasure

A novice metal-detecting enthusiast said today he was "stunned" to unearth a £1 million Iron Age treasure hoard during his first outing with the machine.

Stonehenge lays out the welcome mat

Tortuous battle to agree design for visitor centre is finally resolved
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