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450-year-old underground tunnels found in Netherlands

Underground passages dating back 450 years have been found in the City of Hoorn in the Netherlands. The discovery was made after heavy rainfall caused a hole in the pavement of a dead end alley. Experts are assessing whether the passage can be made accessible to the public, but it remains

Revolutionary War tunnel preserved in South Carolina

Archaeologists and firefighters are working to preserve a siege tunnel in South Carolina that dates back to the Revolutionary War. In 1781 Patriots built the tunnel with the plan to burrow underneath the British-controlled Star Fort and plant explosives. And now in 2014, Greenwood firefighter Russel Cline climbed through the tunnel with

Roman-era tunnels found at Turkey’s Niksar Castle

Restoration work underway at Niksar Castle in Turkey has led to the discovery of two Roman-era tunnels. The 100 meter tunnel in the northern façade is said to have been used by the king’s daughters to reach the Roman bath near the castle. Niksar Mayor Duran Yadigar, who has inspected both

Slave tunnel found under Hadrian’s villa

A large slave tunnel has been found underneath Emperor Hadrian's 2nd-century villa in Tivoli, Italy. The newly-found tunnel was large enough to have taken carts and wagons, which would have ferried food, fire wood and other goods from one part of the sprawling palace to another. The villa, at Tivoli, about 20

Escape tunnel discovered at Nazi death camp

Archaeologists working at the Sobibor Nazi death camp in Poland have unearthed a 32-foot-long escape tunnel. "We found a snake-shaped tunnel in what was once the center of the shed, leading eastwards –- out of the camp," Yoram Haimi, one of the leaders of the team, told Israeli news outlet Haaretz.

Video footage shows illegal tunnels in Egypt

The Egyptian police have released video footage that shows several illegal tunnels dug by looters in search of Egyptian treasures. Since the revolution in Egypt, large holes have been appearing in the ground close to places of archaeological significance, such as the Great Pyramids at Giza. As the BBC's Aleem Maqbool discovered,

World’s oldest railway tunnel to be mapped

Archaeologists will be employing the use of laser scanners to map the Butterly Gangroad in Derbyshire, England, which was built in 1793. He said: “It’s got a claim to being the oldest railway tunnel in the world, but it could have been reconstructed at some stage. There’s a lot of these

Secret of Great Pyramid’s inner doors to be solved next year

Expect the secret of the Great Pyramid's doors to be solved next year as archaeologists gear up once more to investigate the inner workings of the 4,500-year-old pharaonic mausoleum. A robot, designed by Rob Richardson at the University of Leeds, was able to climb inside the walls of the shaft while