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The remains of a legendary 50,000-strong army which was swallowed up in a cataclysmic sandstorm in the Sahara Desert 2,500 years ago are believed to have been found.
Italian archaeologists Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni, twin brothers, have discovered bronze weapons and hundreds of human bones which they reckon are the remains of the lost army of Persian King Cambyses II.

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Dr Vijaykumaran Nair found this prehistoric tool of stone, shaped like a chisel, from the slope of a hillock named Palayathumugal, which is now under the ownership of Vilayilveedu family. The site is on the bank of a paleo-channel called Chellankodethodu which joins with Killiyar River.
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A British Museum representative is to head to Tehran in a bid to negotiate with Iranian officials over lending the Cyrus cylinder inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform.

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Lady of Pacopampa: A woman born to rule
After three years of work in the town of Pacopampa, a team of archaeologists led by Yuji Seki have found the outlines of an ancient temple that would have formed part of a larger complex located 20 minutes from the modern town of the same name. But far more impressive is what they've found buried inside the temple. The team discovered the tomb of a woman, whose social position quickly became evident.

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Latitude: 620'19 S, Longitude: 791'20 W


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An Anglo-Greek team believes that an old stone quarry on the Greek island of Crete, which has a network of underground tunnels, could be the original site of the ancient Labyrinth, the maze that housed the Minotaur of Greek legend.
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Mystery head could be rare statue of Emperor Nero
A piece of a marble statue discovered at a Roman site in Sussex could be one of only three in existence depicting the Emperor Nero.

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Archaeologists are to start excavations near Iran's Soltanieh Dome in a search for the grave of Ilkhanid ruler Arghun Khan.
The project will be conducted at Tepe Nur, where Arghun Shah is believed to have be buried, head of the archeology team Abdorreza Mohajerinejad told CHN.

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Pagan Arabs of the Bronze Age were constructing temples to worship mermaids
Arabian fishermen of the Bronze Age worshipped the item of their fishing - dugong, a large marine mammal. This follows from a recent research conducted by a group of French and Oman scientists.


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While most students are familiar with flax in the context of breakfast cereals, the fibrous plant transcended its crunchy, delicious role to provide Harvard archaeologist Ofer Bar-Yosef with some surprisingly ground-breaking findings.
An archaeological expedition funded by the American School of Prehistoric Research at Harvards Peabody Museum resulted in the discovery of the oldest fibres known to have been used by humans - a finding that helps date the rise of civilization due to the importance of string in the origins of human culture.

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Irreversible damage to a number of important archaeological sites in Chile and Argentina has been caused by the Dakar Rally, an annual off-road automobile race held in South America for the first time in January, in spite of persistent warnings from archaeologists and environmentalists both before and during the event. The extent of the damage emerged from a report submitted to the Chilean government by the National Monuments Council in early July. Expanding on preliminary findings published after the race in February, the report - extracts from which were published in the Santiago Times - claims that "irremediable damage" sustained at six archaeological sites could have been avoided if recommendations issued by the council in 2008 had been followed.

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