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At Penn Museum, jeweled 'Treasures'

Jewelry lovers might want to make time this weekend to visit the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. As part of the 127-year-old museum's fund-raising efforts, it's hosting "Treasures," a four-day baublefest starting Thursday that features a private reception, talks with jewelry historians, and fall fashion advice from local stylists.



TOTP's Jamie is now in with history crowd

AMONG the ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan, former Top Of The Pops presenter Jamie Theakston is putting his years of controlling enthusiastic crowds to good use, as he orchestrates a perfect to-camera piece amid the hubbub of the lost city. Jamie Theakston admits that he did not enjoy history at school but says the backdrop, the story and the investigation makes it a fascinating subject for TV But it's not the Spice Girls or Oasis of Theakston's TOTP heyday causing the furore, it's the archaeological wonder that is this Uneseco World Heritage Site, and the thought of the priceless ancient treasure that lies below the rose-coloured buildings that's causing excitement among the horde.



Mexico archaeologists explore Teotihuacan tunnel

This Aug. 6, 2014 photo released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History shows a sculpture unearthed at the Teotihuacan archeological site in Mexico. Mexican archaeologists have concluded a yearslong exploration of a tunnel sealed nearly 2,000 years ago at the ancient city of Teotihuacan and found thousands of relics.



Mexico archaeologists explore Teotihuacan tunnel sealed 2,000 years ago

A years-long exploration of a tunnel sealed almost 2,000 years ago at the ancient city of Teotihuacan yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three chambers that could hold more important finds, Mexican archaeologists said Wednesday. Project leader Sergio Gomez said researchers recently reached the end of the 340-foot tunnel after meticulously working their way down its length, collecting relics from seeds to pottery to animal bones.



Archaeologist Ivan Sprajc braves jungle to find lost Mayan cities

Archaeologist Ivan Sprajc says it is worth braving the jungle and deadly creatures if the reward is finding lost Mayan cities There are days when Ivan Sprajc gets fed up with his job. Hacking pathways through the Mexican jungle with machetes is exhausting.



Mysterious hoard baffles cathedral experts

OLD FIND: Archaeologists working in the Monks' Dormitory at Durham Cathedral have found newspapers hidden under a bookcase by 1880s workmen. Picture: TOM BANKS OLD FIND: Archaeologists working in the Monks' Dormitory at Durham Cathedral have found newspapers hidden under a bookcase by 1880s workmen.



Forgotten fort was a part of the War of 1812

On a bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River once sat a fort long forgotten, but a part of America's history. "The War of 1812 is really conceptualized often as this eastern war and people have long neglected the important battle, really, for control of the Mississippi River," Thomas Emerson, the state archaeologist for Illinois, said.



A Child's Drawings Preserved over the Centuries by "Magical Mud"

One of a boy named Onfim's drawings , scratched on birch bark and discovered in Novgorod, Russia In one region of Russia, the consistency of the earth is just right that manuscripts dating back centuries emerge almost perfectly preserved. Over the past year, more than 1,000 of these birch bark artifacts from the 11th to 14th centuries have been exhumed from the soil of Novgorod , adding to a growing archive of written history.



Neglect of culture in medicine is 'single biggest barrier' to achieving better health

The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from University College London , UK, and published in The Lancet . Bringing together experts from many different fields, including anthropologists, social scientists, and medics, the Commission is the first ever detailed appraisal of the role of culture in health.



50,000 (BC) first dates: Getting some Neanderthal lovin'

Actors Jack Black and Michael Cera in the 2009 film 'Year One'. A recent bone discovery has given scientists clues on when humans and Neanderthals reproduced.



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