A quartzite colossus possibly of Ramses II and limestone bust of Seti II have been discovered at the ancient Heliopolis archaeological site in the Matariya area of Cairo. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Israeli archaeologists are excavating ruins of a residential quarter dating back to the 2nd century B.C. at the Nebi Samuel site in the West Bank. According to an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, the status of the West Bank – and the artifacts found there – are to be negotiated in eventual peace talks. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Daniel Estrin/NPR

In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/511595881/515531771" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Tiny minerals in the clay of this jar hold information about the strength of the Earth's magnetic field at the time the jar was fired, thousands of years ago. Image courtesy of Oded Lipschits hide caption

toggle caption
Image courtesy of Oded Lipschits

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute excavate the East Gallery of Denisova Cave in Siberia in August 2010. With ancient bone fragments so hard to come by, being able to successfully filter dirt for the DNA of extinct human ancestors can open new doors, research-wise. Bence Viola/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology hide caption

toggle caption
Bence Viola/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Dust To Dust: Scientists Find DNA Of Human Ancestors In Cave Floor Dirt

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/507543208/508242231" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Archaeologist Layla Salih looks around the ancient site of Nimrud, in northern Iraq, outside Mosul. The Islamic State captured the area in 2014 and destroyed many of its archaeological treasures that date back 3,000 years. The extremist group was recently driven out of Nimrud, allowing Salih and others to come back and survey the extensive damage. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Alice Fordham/NPR

In Northern Iraq, ISIS Leaves Behind An Archaeological Treasure In Ruins

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503275429/503416927" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The new Grand Egyptian Museum, seen here near the pyramids of Giza in June 2015, is due to open late next year. It will display thousands of artifacts, many of them never shown publicly before. Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Fit For A King: Grand Museum Will Showcase Tut And Egypt's Ancient Culture

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/501036846/502211236" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A member of a whaling crew waves a flag at the start of the butchering of a just-captured bowhead whale in the outskirts of Barrow, Alaska, in 1998. Luciana Whitaker/CON/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Luciana Whitaker/CON/LatinContent/Getty Images

Chad Sheridan, a cellarmaster at Lakefront Brewery and expert on braggots, helped re-create a recipe for an ancient alcoholic brew discovered in a 2,500-year-old burial plot in what's now Germany. Courtesy of Bettina Arnold hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Bettina Arnold

A team of archaeologists work at the excavation site in the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon on June 28. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Antikythera team members Nikolas Giannoulakis, Theotokis Theodoulou, and Brendan Foley inspect small finds from the shipwreck, while decompressing after a dive of 165 feet beneath the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Greece. Brett Seymour/EUA/WHOI/ARGO hide caption

toggle caption
Brett Seymour/EUA/WHOI/ARGO

Ancient Shipwreck Off Greek Island Yields A Different Sort Of Treasure

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483115572/483811586" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Among the hominin fossils found at the Mata Menge site on the Indonesian island of Flores was part of a lower jaw. Kinez Riza/Nature hide caption

toggle caption
Kinez Riza/Nature

Fossils Suggest That Island Life Shrank Our 'Hobbit' Relatives

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/481263190/481351365" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Dundee marmalade jar (left) is among items recently unearthed from a 19th century landfill behind a manor house in East Anglia. In Victorian England, people transitioned from making most things at home to buying them in stores. Rich Preston/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Rich Preston/NPR

Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/480268469/480335773" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Researchers found numerous ring-like structures inside France's Bruniquel Cave. They believe they were built by Neanderthals some 176,000 years ago. Etienne FABRE - SSAC hide caption

toggle caption
Etienne FABRE - SSAC

Mysterious Cave Rings Show Neanderthals Liked To Build

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/479505786/479561238" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript