Abandoned Colony in Greenland: Archaeologists Find Clues to Viking Mystery

Abandoned Colony in Greenland: Archaeologists Find Clues to Viking Mystery

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2013

For years, researchers have puzzled over why Viking descendents abandoned Greenland in the late 15th century. But archaeologists now believe that economic and identity issues, rather than starvation and disease, drove them back to their ancestral homes. By GŁnther Stockinger more... Comment ]

Fortress in the Sky: Buried Christian Empire Casts New Light on Early Islam

Fortress in the Sky: Buried Christian Empire Casts New Light on Early Islam

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 21, 2012

Archeologists are studying the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen. The sites have sparked a number of questions about the early history of Islam. Was there once a church in Mecca? By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

The Gates of Hell: Exploring Mexico's Sacred Caves

The Gates of Hell: Exploring Mexico's Sacred Caves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2012

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is dotted with thousands of caves that once housed prehistoric people and later became sacred to the Mayans. German archaeologists and filmmakers are currently involved in a project to explore with modern imaging technology and make a 3-D film of this underwater labyrinth. By Markus Becker in Tulum, Mexico more... Comment ]

'Atlantis in the Sand': Unlocking the Mysteries of Petra

'Atlantis in the Sand': Unlocking the Mysteries of Petra

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2012

The ruins of the ancient city of Petra lay hidden until 1812, when a Swiss explorer stumbled upon them in modern-day Jordan. Two centuries later, a new exhibition in Basel brings together some 150 artifacts that shed light on how this mysterious culture of spice traders carved a luxurious oasis into the rocks of the desert. By Matthias Schulz more...

Underwater Signposts: Germany Tries to Halt Baltic Shipwreck Plundering

Underwater Signposts: Germany Tries to Halt Baltic Shipwreck Plundering

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2012

Alarmed at the looting of historically valuable shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea, German archaeologists have started attaching underwater signs designating them as protected monuments. Hobby divers and trophy hunters are damaging a precious maritime legacy stretching back thousands of years, they warn. By David Crossland more...

Revolutionizing Archaeology: Flying Lasers Reveal Buried Historical Structures

Revolutionizing Archaeology: Flying Lasers Reveal Buried Historical Structures

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2012

Archaeology is being revolutionized by remote-scanning techniques that use lasers to detect otherwise invisible ground features. The technology digitally extracts vegetation for a clean image of the earth's surface. Archaeologists in Germany have already discovered thousands of new sites. By Markus Becker more...

'Art War': Turkey Battles to Repatriate Antiquities

'Art War': Turkey Battles to Repatriate Antiquities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2012

A resurgent Turkey has launched a concerted effort to get cultural artifacts back from museums around the world. Although many museums deny that their objects were illegally obtained, Ankara is playing hardball by threatening to ban loans and revoke excavation permits. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Uplifting Discovery: Austrian Archaeologists Find Medieval Bras

Uplifting Discovery: Austrian Archaeologists Find Medieval Bras

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2012

For years, people have believed that the wonder of cupped bras were a 20th-century invention. But archaeologists excavating a castle in Austria have discovered four bras dating back some 600 years. The bodice-busting find could change the history of women's intimate apparel. more...

'Find of the Century': Massive Gold Trove Sparks Archeological Dispute

'Find of the Century': Massive Gold Trove Sparks Archeological Dispute

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2012

A 3,300-year-old treasure trove of gold found in northern Germany has stumped German archeologists. One theory suggests that traders transported it thousands of miles from a mine in Central Asia, but other experts are skeptical. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Bronze Age Espionage: Did Ancient Germans Steal the Pharaoh's Chair Design?

Bronze Age Espionage: Did Ancient Germans Steal the Pharaoh's Chair Design?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2012

Roughly 3,500 years ago, folding chairs remarkably similar to ones found in Egypt suddenly became must-have items in parts of northern Europe. Scholars are now looking into this potential case of ancient industrial espionage. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]