Dubious Provenance: Pressure Grows for Museums to Return Stolen Objects

Dubious Provenance: Pressure Grows for Museums to Return Stolen Objects

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2014

The German government wants to help rein in illicit excavations and trade in archeological objects with a tough new law. The move is expected to create pressure for some of country's most-famous museums, which contain numerous works of unknown provenance. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria's History

Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria's History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 04, 2014

While the civil war in Syria has killed tens of thousands of people, it has also destroyed countless of the country's ancient treasures. Now a number of Syrians are trying to save what artifacts they can -- and are risking their lives to do so. By Katrin Elger more... Comment ]

Montana Boy: Bones Show Ancestral Links to Europe

Montana Boy: Bones Show Ancestral Links to Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2014

Despite general resistence, representatives of tribes in the US recently gave their blessing for DNA analysis of the remains of a Stone Age child. Research conducted on the boy's genes indicate that Native Americans have European roots. By Rex Dalton more... Comment ]

Secret Code: Music Score May Lead to Nazi Gold

Secret Code: Music Score May Lead to Nazi Gold

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

After some initial digs, a Dutch filmmaker believes he may have found the site of buried Nazi treasure long rumored to exist. He was led to the Bavarian town of Mittenwald after cracking a code believed to be hidden in a music score. By Björn Hengst and Benjamin Dürr more... Comment ]

Path of a Tyrant: Uncovering Genghis Khan's Lost Legacy

Path of a Tyrant: Uncovering Genghis Khan's Lost Legacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2013

As competing researchers race to locate Genghis Khan's tomb, discoveries by German and Mongolian archaeologists are shedding light on his son Ögödei's equally impressive accomplishments. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Tomb Raider: Badger Digs Up Medieval Treasure in Germany

Tomb Raider: Badger Digs Up Medieval Treasure in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

A badger helped discover the tombs of two medieval lords in Germany in what archaeologists are hailing as a significant find. The 12th century burial site contains a sword, bronze bowls, an ornate belt buckle and skeletal remains that tell stories of a violent life. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Grandma's House: German Boy Finds Mummy in Attic

Grandma's House: German Boy Finds Mummy in Attic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2013

A 10-year-old German boy was playing in his grandmother's attic when he made a startling discovery: a sarcophagus holding a mummy that had lain undiscovered for decades. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]

Vanishing Treasures: Tomb Raiders Exploit Chaos in Egypt

Vanishing Treasures: Tomb Raiders Exploit Chaos in Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2013

Egypt's cultural heritage is in danger. Grave robbers, sometimes heavily armed, are taking advantage of political chaos to plunder its poorly guarded archaeological sites. Authorities feel powerless to stop them and fear that ancient treasures might be lost forever. By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Roll Over Dracula: 'Vampire Cemetery' Found in Poland

Roll Over Dracula: 'Vampire Cemetery' Found in Poland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

A chilling find has been made in Poland: at least 17 skeletons buried with the skulls severed and placed between the knees or hands. That, say archaeologists, is how vampires used to be interred, to stop them rising from the dead. more... Comment ]

Permit Runaround: Politics Slow Archaeologists in Turkey

Permit Runaround: Politics Slow Archaeologists in Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2013

It used to be easy for foreign archaeology teams to get excavation permits in Turkey. This year, though, dozens of scientists are still waiting for government permission even though the dig season has begun. Some suspect that politics and nationalism are in play. By Joel Stonington in Mugla, Turkey more... Comment ]