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 >>
Recreational divers and some tourists with their fins and snorkels in the Greek island of Zakyntho, were thrilled to witness more than just the usual sight of a shallow water plunge. They were looking at underwater structures believed to have been a part of a lost city from an ancient Greek civilization but have long been washed up to the sea for some reason.
However, while these structures may pass for what could be remnants of an ancient city lost beneath the waves, there weren't any other evidence like pottery, coins and other man-made artifacts that could substantiate the claim. more >>
Construction workers happened upon a surprising discovery in Rome, Italy, recently when they found a 2,000-year-old military barracks while digging the city's new subway line.
Francesco Prosperetti, the head of archaeology in the European city, told "CBS This Morning" that ornately-decorated military barracks from Emperor Hadrian's time were discovered as city officials dug the new C subway line at the Amba Aradam station.
Prosperetti described the 39 military barracks as being ornately decorated with mosaics and frescoes. The remains of 13 humans, as well as bronze coins and jewelry, were also found. more >>
Archaeologists have reported on an "extraordinary discovery" in France after finding several man-made circular structures, or rings, they say date back 170,000 years to the time Neanderthals lived in the area.
The rings were constructed out of stalagmites from the Bruniquel Cave in France's south, and excavators believe they might have been used for some sort of ritual at the time of their creation.
The 400 stalagmites were presumably broken off from the sides of the cave and arranged in two circles, one larger one and a smaller one, as well as several organized piles throughout the cave. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California is urging Christians in the area to visit on May 19 for a special "once in a lifetime" event that will showcase biblical artifacts from The Museum of the Bible.
"When the museum opens in Washington D.C. in 2017, it will be among the largest most technologically advanced in the world. The Museum of the Bible team and I will be hosting this one night only event at Saddleback, to share sneak peeks of some of the incredible artifacts they have assembled and provide an insider's presentation on the museum before it opens," Warren wrote in a Facebook message on Tuesday.
Construction on the Museum in question, spearheaded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, began back in February 2015, and is set to open in 2017. more >>