A Harvard journal is refusing to retract a 2014 article it published about an infamous scrap of papyrus suggesting Jesus had a wife even though the professor who authored it now admits the fragment is a forgery.
Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King told the Boston Globe last week that "it appears now that all the material [Ernest Fritz, owner of the fragment,] gave to me concerning the provenance of the papyrus ... were fabrications."
Less than 24 hours after an investigative report about Fritz's papyrus forgery was published in the July/August issue of The Atlantic, additional documents emerged showing a fake Greek manuscript Fritz had posted on his website and a blog in which his wife "talks of restoring a second century Christian gospel, a project that apparently left part of the manuscript in fragments," accordong to Live Science. more >>
Archaeologists have discovered a hidden underground monastery at the historical site of the Nevşehir Castle in the Central Anatolian province of Turkey.
The monastery, which was found alongside a church complete with frescoes and other artifacts, could date as far back as the fifth or sixth century, researchers say.
Archaeologists near Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, have used lidar technology to find medieval cities and waterways surrounding the temple that was built during the Khmer Empire.
The technology, which combines light detection and radar to survey areas, found a 734-square-mile area around Angkor Wat that previously served as home to sophisticated medieval cities, water structures and smelting areas.
Damian Evans, whose discovery was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science last week, tolde Guardian that the technology has allowed him and other archaeologists to get a better idea of how Southeast Asia functioned 900 to 1,400 years ago. more >>
A massive platform in the ancient city of Petra, possibly linked to a part of its Christian history, has been discovered using satellite imagery, drones and ground surveys, archeologists announced.
Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, said in a National Geographic report that the monument is as long as an Olympic-size swimming pool and twice as wide. It is situated half a mile south of the center of Petra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
CNN reports that the enormous platform was likely built during the second century near where the Nabataean civilization established the part-carved, part-built city, and it is believed to have initially been used for ceremonial purposes. more >>
Archaeologists in China say they have found part of the famed Kublai Khan palace in the city of Beijing, historically nicknamed "the greatest palace that ever was."
The discovery of the palace's foundation was made recently by excavators in Beijing's Forbidden City at the Palace Museum.
During routine maintenance of the museum's underground area, construction workers discovered a thick slab of foundation that they believed served as the basis for the palace of Kublai Khan during the Yuan Dynasty, as well as the palaces during the Ming and Qing dynasties. more >>
Archaeologists in Athens, Greece, have discovered a 1,800-year-old well used as an oracle to communicate with the mythical god Apollo.
The well was discovered in the Athens neighborhood of Kerameikos, which is also being excavated for a bathhouse dating back 2,500 years.
As Haaretz reports, members of the the German Archaeological Institute at Athens first discovered the excavation site in 2012, and have since made progress on determining the purpose of the well, buried deep beneath a marble opening in the ground. more >>