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Close-up: Prehistoric cave art of Niaux

National Geographic has posted a cool Gigapan image (stitched together from 100 individual photographs) allowing you to view the 14,000-year-old cave art of Niaux in France. Deep in the mountainside near the Ariege river in France, ghostly images of long ago still dance across the rock walls of tunnels, overhangs,

10,000 Nazi-plundered artworks still unreturned

A new online database of 20,000 works of art seized by the Nazis show that half of them have yet to be returned. The database, a joint project between the U.S.-based Claims Conference and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is based on records the Nazis produced in Paris, and

Dead Sea Scrolls to be put online

The Israel Antiquities Authority, with a little help from Google, is digitizing the Dead Sea Scrolls to make them publicly available online. The scrolls, which contain the earliest known copies of almost every book of the Hebrew Bible (missing only the Book of Esther), will complete their journey from ancient

Greek manuscripts put online

The British Library has posted more than 280 volumes of Greek manuscripts online. Browse through the collection here. The manuscripts, freely available online at, are part of what the library calls one of the most important collections outside Greece for the study of more than 2,000 years of Hellenic

Website set up for Jordanian archaeological information sharing

A website has been set up by the Getty Conversation Institute in Los Angeles that allows archaeologists to gain access to decades worth of records about Jordanian sites. [Thanks @john_larkin] The system is scheduled to open in September, but only to authorized users. Many archaeologists say they hope it will

Tutankhamun excavation archive put online

The entire archive of material relating to the King Tutankhamnun excavation by Howard Carter in 1922 has been put online. [Thx Ashley] of the real curses of Tutankhamun, from Dr Malek’s point of view, was the failure of Egyptologists to publish the discovery in its entirety. Dr Malek said:

Help find the tomb of Genghis Khan

Wired has posted an interesting article on how you can help in the search for Genghis Khan's tomb by studying satellite imagery from the comfort of your own home. By combining the use of high tech tools and crowdsourcing, their small team of explorers, led by Albert Lin, turns into

Stolen Descartes letter found and returned

A letter written by Rene Descartes which was stolen in the 19th century has been found, via Google, in a library in the United States. "I am, of course, a bit amazed at what a simple search at home from your home computer late at night can bring about," Erik-Jan