Send in the Bugs. The Michelangelos Need Cleaning.

Last fall, with the Medici Chapel in Florence operating on reduced hours because of Covid-19, scientists and restorers completed a secret experiment: They unleashed grime-eating bacteria on the artist’s masterpiece marbles.

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The Picassos of the American South

William Edmonson and other self-taught artists remind us of how genius somehow finds a way.

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Bronze Age Tomb in Spain Hints Women Helped Govern

A tomb unearthed in Spain has prompted archaeologists to reconsider assumptions about women’s power in Bronze Age European societies.

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Tomb of Joshua, Revered Prophet, Beckons Believers in Baghdad

No one knows for certain if Joshua, the Old Testament prophet, actually lived or where he might be buried. But for over 1,000 years, the sick and faithful have visited a Baghdad tomb said to be his.

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Archaeologists Find a Mummy With a Golden Tongue

The tongue, found at a temple on the outskirts of Alexandria, Egypt, was probably meant to help the deceased speak in the afterlife, experts said.

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How Archaeologists Are Using Deep Learning to Dig Deeper

Trawling ancient history with neural nets.

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DNA of ‘Irish Pharaoh’ Sheds Light on Ancient Tomb Builders

In one of Europe’s most impressive Stone Age burial mounds, researchers found evidence of brother-sister incest that suggests the existence of a ruling elite.

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When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig

Recent research highlights the power of the canine nose to uncover buried remains from ancient human history.

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