Italian Man's Quest to Fix Toilet Led to Amazing Archaeology Discoveries

Fifteen years ago, Luciano Faggiano of Lecce, Italy sent his sons out digging for a broken sewer line. They didn’t find the pipe, but they did find “a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar,” writes Jim Yardley in a story for the New York Times. » 4/15/15 3:00pm 4/15/15 3:00pm

This House in Nazareth Offers Hints About Jesus' Childhood Town

Archaeologists have excavated a house in Nazareth, Jesus' home town, that dates back to the first century. Local Christians have long believed it was Jesus' childhood home, but scientists say that's impossible to know for sure. What the house reveals about life during Jesus' childhood, however, is fascinating. » 3/02/15 5:21pm 3/02/15 5:21pm

How Greenpeace Wrecked One of the Most Sacred Places in the Americas

Greenpeace can get a little aggressive with its tactics. That doesn't mean that it's not fighting for a good cause! But after the organization marched through the sacred Nazca Lines etched into the Peruvian desert for a climate protest, capturing it all on camera with a drone, you have to wonder what the hell they… » 12/11/14 3:30pm 12/11/14 3:30pm

How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization

Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Populations boomed, and people began moving into large settlements full of thousands of people. And then, abruptly, these proto-cities were abandoned for millennia. It's one of the greatest mysteries of early human civilization. » 11/17/14 6:40pm 11/17/14 6:40pm

Archaeologists Make Stunning Discoveries at the Antikythera Shipwreck

The international team of divers and archaeologists who are investigating the site of an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago off the remote island of Antikythera have not been disappointed. Not only is the site bigger than they thought, it also contains a treasure trove of artifacts. » 10/10/14 4:59pm 10/10/14 4:59pm

Archaeologists Just Discovered a 1,000-Year-Old Viking Fortress

It's been 60 years since a viking fortress was discovered, leading historians to assume that we'd uncovered everything there is to uncover. But this weekend, Danish and English archaeologists announced they've unearthed evidence of a new fortress that's been sought after for years—and they used some pretty cool tech… » 9/08/14 3:19pm 9/08/14 3:19pm

The Coldest Case: Using DNA to Identify Century-Old Remains

In a dusty, seemingly empty field 60 miles east of L.A., Dr. Alexis Gray, a forensic anthropologist from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, points to a chain-link fence far in the distance, the mountains rising beyond in the hazy heat. "There are 7,000 people between us and that next fence there," she says. » 8/18/14 1:08pm 8/18/14 1:08pm

5 Important Artifacts That Were Lost—And Found—In Museum Storage

"It belongs in a museum!" It's a common refrain among archaeologists who are passionate about preserving artifacts for future generations. But anyone who's seen the end of the 1981 documentary Raiders of the Lost Ark knows that precious relics can be easily forgotten once they make it into storage. » 8/13/14 9:00am 8/13/14 9:00am

X-Ray Reveals Real Human Teeth in 300-Year-Old Jesus Statue

During an otherwise routine restoration, researchers at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (NIAH) made an unprecedented discovery. As it turns out, the 18th century statue of Christ they'd been X-raying was fitted with actual, 100% human pearly whites—totally intact all the way to the roots. » 8/12/14 12:00pm 8/12/14 12:00pm

Iron Man Exosuit Will Look for 2000-Year-Old Computer Underwater

Remember that nutso Exosuit—basically a wearable submarine—we showed you back in February? The Exosuit is about to embark on its first real mission: the hunt for one of the world's oldest computers in the Aegean Sea. It's a quest that has paralyzed and, in one case, even killed divers in the past, but the Exosuit will… » 6/04/14 4:20pm 6/04/14 4:20pm

An Algorithm Revealed 200 Lost Paintings on Angkor Wat's Ancient Walls

Even a building as famous and photographed as Angkor Wat has its secrets. With the help of an image enhancement algorithm, a sharp-eyed rock-art researcher has revealed that unassuming smears of pigment are actually faded drawings. It could be graffiti—or it could be the remnants of a concerted 16th century… » 5/29/14 5:20pm 5/29/14 5:20pm