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Great Discoveries: Pictures of Archaeological Finds
The gilded sarcophagus of King Tutenkhamen.
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The Rosetta Stone, discovered in 1799, unlocked the key to ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics.
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There are more than 100 pyramids in Egypt, constructed as tombs for the Pharaohs.
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There has been much controversy over how King Tut died, as well as what should be done with all the artifacts from his tomb.
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A small piece of jawbone, found in a cave in Spain in 2007, is the oldest known fossil of a human ancestor in Europe. At 1.3 million years old, it suggests people lived on the continent much earlier than thought.
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Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the Siloam Pool, believed to have been used by Jesus to heal a blind man's sight. The stone remains and still-flowing water were uncovered in East Jerusalem in 2004.
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A Cyprus Antiquities Department archaeologist cleans a clay coffin estimated to be some 2,000 years old. It was among four such clay coffins accidentally unearthed by work crews from what is believed to be an ancient cemetery.
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These mammoth tusks, which are about 20,000 years old, were found along with mammoth bones at a highway construction site in Bratislavia, Sovakia in October 2004.
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Bedouin shepherds searching for a lost goat in 1947 entered a long-untouched cave and found the first of what came to be known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The surrounding cave complex eventually yielded thousands of scroll fragments.
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Jerusalem is one of the world's most famous religious cities, but its Temple Mount has created some controversy over the years.
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In July 2010, the 32-foot hull of an 18th century ship was found at the construction site of the future World Trade Center. It was found some 20 feet beneath street level while workers were excavating for a parking garage.
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The site of London's first Globe Theater, where William Shakespeare himself saw his plays performed, was unearthed in the summer of 2008.
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A restorer works on the skeleton of a horse in a Roman villa at Pompeii. The excavated city was buried in AD 79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
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Vesuvius looms over Pompeii, the city that has enthralled archaeologists since the 16th century.
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An archaeologist dusts the plastered bodies of a woman and her companion, discovered with several other unearthed skeletons in Pompeii, Italy, Sept. 6, 1991.
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The ruins of Machu Picchu, in the Andes Mountains in Peru.
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Macedonian police recovered these Bronze Age sculptures from artifact smugglers. Authorities believe Macedonia has lost more than a million archaeological artifacts to Europe's black markets since 1991.
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Sections of this ancient Greek theater were discovered in 2007 during construction work in an Athens suburb.
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An archaeologist measures the height of a wooden boat likely dating from prehistoric times. It was found at the bottom of the Black Sea by fishermen.
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The Sphinx is carved almost entirely from one huge piece of limestone and is about 50 meters long and 22 high. Most estimates peg the iconic Egyptian structure at some 4,500 years old.
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This fossil of a new hominid species that lived 1.95 million years ago was found in a cave in South Africa. Fossils from a female and child were found, and the new hominid species was named Australopithecus sediba.
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Colossal stone heads watch over an archeological site Nemrut Dag, Turkey.
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Ancient Ruins like those of the Temple of Hadrian on the Aegean Coast of Turkey attracted the attention of the Renaissance elite.
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Fossilized eggs on display at the Inner Mongolia Museum in the regional capital of Hohhot
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The discovery of this Oviraptor nest full of eggs in the Gobi Desert was significant because it showed that some dinosaurs cared for their young. Now that you've seen some of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the last 100 years, test your knowledge by taking our
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