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Titanic museum opens where ship builtupdated Fri Mar 30 2012 06:02:13

CNN's Nic Robertson reports on the opening of a major museum honoring the Titanic in the city where it was built.

Top Five picks for Imperial Beijing updated Fri Mar 23 2012 01:25:47

With its heaving highways, glittering skyscrapers, contemporary art and design spaces, and countless new developments, Beijing is a thoroughly modern city.

Egypt's stolen antiquitiesupdated Thu Mar 22 2012 14:26:20

CNN's Ian Lee reports on the ancient treasures stolen from Egyptian sites during the 2011 unrest.

Museum discovers 'new' Van Gogh paintingupdated Thu Mar 22 2012 13:57:34

A painting dismissed for years as the work of an unknown artist has been identified as a piece by Vincent Van Gogh, after x-rays revealed an image of two wrestlers fighting underneath the floral still life.

Library recovers tome missing for 100 yearsupdated Tue Mar 20 2012 11:07:06

On the heels of news that an almost-900-year-old heart was stolen from a cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, comes a report of a happier nature about a long-lost almost-500-year-old book that now is back in its Dublin home.

Netherlands art fair showcases the best in 7,000 years of artupdated Thu Mar 15 2012 22:49:47

There are few places in the world where you can see ancient statues, imperial European jewellery, masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel, paintings by Picasso and sculpture by Henry Moore all under one roof.

Da Vinci's lost masterpiece may be foundupdated Tue Mar 13 2012 12:31:23

Researchers believe they've found Leonardo da Vinci's mural "The Battle of Anghiari" behind work by another artist.

Da Vinci's lost masterpiece may be foundupdated Mon Mar 12 2012 15:26:19

A Leonardo da Vinci mural unseen since the 16th century may have been found hidden behind a fresco painted by another artist, art researchers in Florence, Italy said Monday.

NY Met revamp highlights American history in art updated Wed Mar 07 2012 05:23:41

With its early colonial portraits, depictions of grand historical battles, transcendentalist landscapes and intimate, turn-of-the-century paintings of the elite classes, the collection of American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ranks as one of the finest in the world.

Website lets world admire 'Ghent Altarpiece' in 100 billion pixelsupdated Thu Mar 01 2012 14:05:39

With its remarkably realistic depictions and dramatic history, the Ghent Altarpiece (1432) is widely thought to be one of the most famous panel paintings in the world.

Luxuriating in 'Old World' Viennaupdated Thu Feb 23 2012 20:40:12

With its palaces, sculpted parks, concert halls and museums, Vienna is a city steeped in culture.

Munch's 'The Scream' to be auctioned updated Tue Feb 21 2012 12:19:18

One of the world's most iconic works of art will be auctioned in May, and could fetch tens of millions of dollars, according to Sotheby's Auction House in Manhattan.

Prado Museum displays unique copy of the 'Mona Lisa'updated Tue Feb 21 2012 09:19:49

The Prado Museum put on display for public viewing Tuesday a restored version of what is thought to be the earliest known copy of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" masterpiece, which hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Earliest 'Mona Lisa' copy hangs at Pradoupdated Tue Feb 21 2012 09:11:17

The earliest known copy of da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa,' possibly painted by a student, is on display at the Prado in Madrid.

Manhunt launched in dramatic Greek museum robberyupdated Sat Feb 18 2012 20:24:57

A manhunt was under way Saturday in Greece for two suspects who tied up a guard, stormed the Archeological Museum of Olympia, smashed glass casings and stole dozens of small statues, state media reported.

Greece: Robbers raid Olympia museum, steal artifactsupdated Fri Feb 17 2012 03:57:10

Robbers broke into a museum in Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, tied and gagged a museum guard, and fled with stolen artifacts, Greek authorities said Friday.

Snow damages Colosseum, Medieval churches in Italyupdated Wed Feb 15 2012 12:22:08

Heavy snow in recent weeks has already wreaked havoc across Europe -- now it is damaging some of the continent's most recognized historic monuments.

Monet and Klimt paintings woo buyers at London auctionupdated Wed Feb 08 2012 07:10:23

It's the time of year when hammers are poised at the world's major auction houses and the strength of the art market for the coming year is tested.

A tale of one city: Dickensian Londonupdated Tue Feb 07 2012 09:09:25

Charles Dickens, who was born 200 years ago this week, created some of the best-known and most loved figures in English literature, from Oliver Twist and David Copperfield to Pip, Miss Havisham and Magwitch.

Saving Van Gogh's home from derelictionupdated Thu Feb 02 2012 23:51:51

Its windows are boarded up, the red-painted exterior is peeling and the roof could do with re-tiling -- but this derelict house in a village in the Borinage region of Belgium was once the home of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh.

National Archives unveils fortified display case for Magna Cartaupdated Thu Feb 02 2012 16:40:58

The only original copy of the Magna Carta in private hands worldwide has a fancy new display case at the National Archives, where the document goes on display next month.

U.S. court backs Spain over $500M sea treasureupdated Wed Feb 01 2012 16:21:13

Spain has won a major victory in its long court battle with a Florida-based deep-sea salvage company over rights to an estimated $500 million in silver and gold coins, officials said Wednesday.

Hermitage sets up mini-museum in Madrid's Pradoupdated Fri Jan 27 2012 12:28:09

They are two of Europe's premier art destinations, filled with treasures amassed over centuries.

Stolen impressionist art returned after 3 decadesupdated Wed Jan 25 2012 17:38:09

More than 30 years after it was stolen from a French museum, an impressionist painting is on its way home.

Winston Churchill: Statesman, Sunday painter and talent scoutupdated Mon Jan 23 2012 06:55:31

He steered Great Britain through the perils of World War II and is recognized as one of the most important statesmen of the 20th century.

Celebrating Year of the Maya with tour of Latin America's ruinsupdated Mon Jan 16 2012 07:02:43

The year 2012 is a significant one in the Maya calendar.

Panoramic views of the ancient world -- in modern-day Germanyupdated Fri Jan 13 2012 01:33:32

To understand the full beauty of the ancient Mediterranean city of Rome you have to come to wintry, cold Germany.

Picasso, Mondrian works stolen in Athens art heistupdated Mon Jan 09 2012 22:51:08

A Pablo Picasso painting given to the Greek people in recognition of their resistance to Nazi occupation during World War II has been stolen from the National Art Gallery in Athens.

Plans to restore crumbling Colosseum cause rumblings in Romeupdated Fri Jan 06 2012 05:00:43

It sits in the ancient heart of Rome and is an emblem of the city's imperial history as well as an icon of Italy.

King airbrushed out of coronation portraitupdated Tue Jan 03 2012 22:31:58

A long-lost picture of Britain's King Edward VIII reveals the monarch's portrait was "edited" after his abdication to show his replacement, King George VI.

Rare coin collection set to make a mintupdated Tue Jan 03 2012 21:41:06

A collection of rare ancient Greek coins which has been hidden away for two decades is expected to sell for millions of dollars when it goes up for auction in New York on Wednesday.

Landmark exhibition celebrates century since Scott's fateful journey to South Poleupdated Thu Dec 22 2011 22:16:41

It is 100 years since British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott set off on his ill-fated journey to be the first man to reach the South Pole.

Hepworth sculpture stolen amid metal theft 'epidemic'updated Wed Dec 21 2011 08:38:56

An artwork by Barbara Hepworth, one of the most highly regarded sculptors of the 20th century, has been stolen from a park in London, amid what art experts fear is a metal theft "epidemic."

Miniature Bronte manuscript sparks bidding warupdated Thu Dec 15 2011 14:53:04

A tiny handwritten and unpublished manuscript by "Jane Eyre" author Charlotte Bronte has sold for $1.07m after it sparked a fierce bidding war between rival museums.

Monet's Waterloo Bridge returns to the Savoy, 110 years onupdated Wed Dec 14 2011 13:58:20

A Claude Monet pastel drawing of London's Waterloo Bridge has gone on display in the Savoy hotel room where it was created 110 years ago.

Liz Taylor's jewelry prices outstrip estimatesupdated Tue Dec 13 2011 21:26:38

The actress' appearances on the silver screen transformed men with hearts of stone into quivering masses during Hollywood's Golden Age. On Tuesday night, the simple fact that they were once worn by Elizabeth Taylor transformed the silver, the stones and the gold themselves -- into fortunes.

Isaac Newton's manuscripts gravitate to the webupdated Mon Dec 12 2011 13:27:46

A huge collection of papers belonging to pioneering scientist Sir Isaac Newton -- the father of gravity -- has been posted online by Cambridge University.

Newly-discovered Velazquez portrait sells for $4.7mupdated Wed Dec 07 2011 13:01:53

A newly-discovered work by Spanish "Old Master" Diego Velazquez has sold at auction for $4.7 million, after it was spotted in a group of paintings by a largely-forgotten British artist.

'Unknown' Czech art star's paintings stolen in daring heistupdated Wed Dec 07 2011 08:07:44

He may be one of the most sought-after painters you have never heard of, but Emil Filla's name is doing the rounds of newsrooms and international art-loss registers following an audacious theft of his works from a collection in the Czech Republic.

Disappearing into cultural Los Angelesupdated Fri Dec 02 2011 03:48:45

Woody Allen famously said in "Annie Hall" that the only cultural advantage to Los Angeles was that you can turn right on a red light, but in truth the "City of Angels" is bursting with culture.

Oscar Wilde's grave saved from fans' loving kissesupdated Thu Dec 01 2011 12:54:17

For decades, fans of Oscar Wilde have paid tribute to the Irish writer by leaving kisses on his tomb at Paris's famed Pere Lachaise Cemetery.

British Museum celebrates $1.5m Picasso etchings giftupdated Tue Nov 29 2011 13:59:09

A complete set of 100 etchings by Pablo Picasso -- never before seen in public -- is to go on display at the British Museum after an "extraordinary" $1.5 million gift.

Ancient Egyptian Mummies given new lease of lifeupdated Fri Nov 25 2011 05:56:05

Ancient Egyptian mummies kept in storage for half a century have gone on display in new state-of-the-art galleries at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford.

Decoding Western art's buried messagesupdated Thu Nov 17 2011 08:46:22

Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" encouraged amateur "symbologists" everywhere to scan their favorite paintings for secret codes -- but the practice has been going on for centuries.

Decoding Western art's buried messagesupdated Thu Nov 17 2011 08:06:12

Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" encouraged amateur "symbologists" everywhere to scan their favorite paintings for secret codes -- but the practice has been going on for centuries.

Looting of Libyan treasure highlights illicit antiquities trade updated Fri Nov 11 2011 12:53:50

The looting of a large collection of priceless coins, statues and jewelry from a bank vault during Libya's recent civil war has highlighted the risk of looting during times of conflict.

Why Chinese collectors are heading to London to buy up Chinese art updated Fri Nov 04 2011 12:58:46

It is a year since an 18th-century Chinese vase was sold in London for $68 million, smashing world records.

A bloody good read: 'Dracula' author's journal foundupdated Sat Oct 29 2011 02:04:12

Bram Stoker's private journal sat unnoticed on his great-grandson's bookshelf in England for at least a year.

Comic book hero Tintin's archaeological escapadesupdated Fri Oct 28 2011 13:03:21

Herge's famous boy reporter certainly liked to stray from his native Belgium.

Previously unknown Velazquez portrait discoveredupdated Fri Oct 28 2011 12:34:12

A previously unknown portrait by famed Spanish artist Diego Velázquez has been unveiled in London after it was spotted in a consignment of works by a largely forgotten British painter.

13th cannon raised from Blackbeard shipupdated Wed Oct 26 2011 16:58:52

When the 13th cannon raised from Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, came to the surface this morning, researchers at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources had one question: Was it loaded?

Shipwreck may be part of Kublai Khan's lost fleetupdated Tue Oct 25 2011 23:21:22

In Japanese legend they are known as The Kamikaze -- the divine winds -- a reference to two mighty typhoons placed providentially seven years apart which, in the 13th century, destroyed two separate Mongol invasion fleets so large they were not eclipsed until the D-Day landings of World War II.

Taking time out in happening Tel Avivupdated Fri Oct 21 2011 12:53:04

Jerusalem may be steeped in thousands of years of history, but the much younger Tel Aviv in Israel is increasingly a draw for culture lovers.

Archaeologists unearth Viking boat burial in Scottish Highlandsupdated Wed Oct 19 2011 12:25:29

British archaeologists have discovered the 1,000-year-old boat burial of a Viking warrior in the Scottish Highlands.

London's Frieze art fair plans expansion to show art through historyupdated Fri Oct 14 2011 11:13:18

After rumblings across the financial markets in the last few months, art dealers from around the world have gathered in London for the city's premier contemporary art fair Frieze in hopes of shifting an estimated $350 million USD (according to art insurers Hiscox) worth of art.

Libya's treasures under threatupdated Thu Oct 13 2011 10:29:33

Libyans protect ancient treasures at Roman sites, but experts fear many have been looted. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Don McCullin's last warupdated Sat Oct 08 2011 08:21:01

After 30 years chasing wars from Vietnam to the Middle East, the photographer's current battle is for peace of mind.

Artist Grayson Perry's show a love letter to craftsmen and museumsupdated Thu Oct 06 2011 09:19:00

Why do you go to galleries? Is it because you like to keep up with what's going on in the arts? Because a poster caught your eye? Because of something someone said on Twitter? Or because you want to satisfy yourself that you're cleverer than the latest "celebrity charlatan?"

Cave art the work of prehistoric pre-schoolers updated Fri Sep 30 2011 11:03:28

Prehistoric children as young as three were encouraged by adults to make cave art 13,000 years ago, new research shows.

Enigma machine sells for world record priceupdated Thu Sep 29 2011 13:39:20

An Enigma machine which featured in a Hollywood movie about the codebreakers of World War II has smashed auction estimates and sold for a world record price.

Massive silver haul found on shipwreckupdated Mon Sep 26 2011 14:42:36

A shipwreck laden with 200 tonnes of silver -- the largest haul of precious metal ever found at sea -- has been discovered in the North Atlantic.

Elizabeth Taylor's 'crown jewels of Hollywood' dazzle on displayupdated Fri Sep 23 2011 12:24:59

Though she may have had numerous husbands and lovers, Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor had one enduring love: jewelry.

Tracing Renaissance art to the birth of modern banking updated Wed Sep 21 2011 12:29:11

When it comes to the Renaissance, few of us would immediately equate the rich cultural fruits of the period with the birth of the modern banking system.

Enigma machine to go under the hammerupdated Sat Sep 17 2011 07:27:53

An encoding device synonymous with one of the most remarkable episodes of World War II espionage will go under the hammer in London later this month.

Echoes of Elgin Marbles: Turkey asks UK to return ancient sculptureupdated Thu Sep 08 2011 11:08:49

Turkey's government is calling on the United Kingdom to return the head of an ancient marble statue taken more than a century ago.

Secrets of Spain's Alhambra to be revealed to visitors sustainablyupdated Thu Sep 01 2011 09:00:18

For centuries, it has enchanted visitors with its fortified walls, pointed arches, towers, ornamental flourishes, carvings, and spectacular gardens.

Ballet, jewels and Red Square: A cultural guide to Moscowupdated Mon Aug 29 2011 08:44:08

Whether seen through a flurry of snow, or against a bright blue summer sky, Moscow's architectural landscape is awe-inspiring.

Where are Leonardo's lost works of art?updated Fri Aug 19 2011 07:12:40

It is 100 years since Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris by an Italian handyman and secreted away for two years before eventually coming to light again.

Stolen Rembrandt found in Southern Californiaupdated Tue Aug 16 2011 06:07:00

Whoever stole a sketch by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn from a hotel apparently dumped the piece in a church building, perhaps daunted by the prospect of trying to unload it amid widespread media coverage, a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective said Tuesday.

Two rare archaeological artifacts found in Jerusalem digupdated Mon Aug 08 2011 08:27:00

Israel's Antiquities Authority announced Monday that a rare Roman sword in its leather scabbard which belonged to a Roman soldier and an engraving of a Menorah on a piece of stone dating from 66 CE were found in recent days in the 2000 year old drainage system in Jerusalem which ran between the City of David and the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden.

Six historical adventure books to get you hookedupdated Thu Aug 04 2011 10:56:02

August is here and for many of us, so are the summer holidays. Whether you're relaxing in the country, lounging on a beach, or enjoying a city break, a good book can make all the difference.

iPhone app brings Roman London to lifeupdated Fri Jul 29 2011 08:22:17

The Romans may have left Britain in the 5th century A.D., but they left their mark on the country after nearly four centuries of occupation.

Iraq harnesses technology to protect ancient treasuresupdated Thu Jul 21 2011 11:12:04

Known to many as the "cradle of civilization," Iraq is a treasure trove of important archaeological sites including Babylon, Ur and Nimrud.

Treasure discovered under Hindu templeupdated Tue Jul 12 2011 12:02:59

CNN's Nadia Bilchik and Susan Hendricks discuss treasure recently discovered in Indian temple vaults.

Getting off the beaten track in Cambodia, land of templesupdated Fri Jul 08 2011 07:07:45

Towering majestically over the jungle, and sometimes tangled up in its monstrous roots, the temples of Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor have inspired awe for centuries.

India's top court halts temple treasure auditupdated Fri Jul 08 2011 06:00:00

India's supreme court has temporarily stopped its inspectors from prying open the final vault of a centuries-old Hindu temple, officials said Friday.

Opinion: Illegal antiquities trade funds terrorismupdated Thu Jul 07 2011 07:28:56

The illicit trade in antiquities is a worldwide epidemic on the list with drugs, weapons and human trafficking but is rarely talked about.

Hoard of treasure uncovered in Indian templeupdated Tue Jul 05 2011 07:28:00

Jet-setting spiritual gurus. Gilded temples. Sprawling ashrams. Tons of offerings.

Al Capone's revolver sells for over $100,000updated Wed Jun 22 2011 06:39:09

Al Capone, or Scarface as he was popularly known, remains one of America's most notorious gangsters.

Blackbeard the pirate's terror tactics uncoveredupdated Fri Jun 17 2011 07:25:41

From his long, black hair to his Tricorn hat, braided beard and bandolier packing six pistols, Blackbeard the pirate was certainly inventive with his image.

Battling to keep the 'real' Venice afloatupdated Thu Jun 09 2011 07:09:19

It is widely regarded as one of the wonders of the world, attracting millions of tourists a year, but the city of Venice faces ongoing problems that threaten its ability to stay above water.

Secret garden of Beijing's Forbidden City revealedupdated Fri Jun 03 2011 06:37:51

When the last emperor of China fled Beijing's Forbidden City in 1924, the doors closed on one of its greatest treasures: the Qianlong Garden.

Mysterious markings discovered at Great Pyramid of Gizaupdated Sat May 28 2011 05:43:41

A robot explorer has revealed ancient markings inside a secret chamber at Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.

Mysterious markings discovered at Great Pyramid of Gizaupdated Sat May 28 2011 05:41:07

A robot explorer has revealed ancient markings inside a secret chamber at Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.

Capturing a queen: Images of Elizabeth IIupdated Tue May 24 2011 12:12:59

After almost six decades on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II is nothing if not an expert sitter, her features captured by artists and photographers from Pietro Annigoni and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Andy Warhol.

Herzog brings 20,000-year-old art to lifeupdated Fri Mar 25 2011 07:02:50

Untouched for 20,000 years, the awe-inspiring Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc cave in Southern France is now brought to life in 3D by visionary German director Werner Herzog.

Shipwreck exhibit stirs up storm at Smithsonianupdated Sat Mar 19 2011 06:28:30

Though they sit quietly beneath the waves, shipwrecks are a cause of much wrangling above the surface. The issue of underwater archaeology is clouded by concerns about treasure hunting, the safety of wrecks, and the sale of finds.

Agatha Christie's secret life as an archaeologistupdated Sat Mar 12 2011 04:14:28

She is one of the best-known crime writers of all time but few know the extent of Agatha Christie's archaeological pedigree.

Stolen Chinese antiquities seized at Newark airportupdated Thu Mar 03 2011 21:40:00

Two ancient Chinese artifacts were intercepted by U.S. federal agents after smugglers allegedly tried to bring the items through Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Ancient Afghan artifacts salvaged from black marketupdated Wed Mar 02 2011 08:33:43

Feared lost forever, 20 ancient ivory artifacts looted from Afghanistan's national museum were presented to the country's president, Hamid Karzai, in London Tuesday.

Will one of two destroyed Buddha statues be reconstructed?updated Tue Mar 01 2011 20:14:00

The giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, once painted in bright colors, remained silent sentinels as they reacquired the hues of the sandstone cliffs from which they were carved.

Time-warp mansion opens its doors after century in the darkupdated Mon Feb 28 2011 06:19:28

One of the most eccentric dying requests has finally been fulfilled as a mansion closed for most of the 20th century reopens to the public.

Egypt's missing treasuresupdated Tue Feb 15 2011 15:41:56

Egypt's cultural minister answers tough questions about missing artifacts.

Picasso sells for $40 million in austerity-proof art marketupdated Tue Feb 08 2011 10:53:53

A 1932 painting by Picasso sold for $40 million at auction Tuesday -- over $10 million more than the highest pre-sale estimate.

Art masterpieces on auction at Christie'supdated Tue Feb 08 2011 09:32:01

Jussi Pylkkanen, President of Christie's Europe gives CNN's Jim Boulden a tour of masterpieces on auction.

Art market opens in Londonupdated Tue Feb 08 2011 09:30:40

CNN's Jim Boulden talks to Jussi Pylkkanen, President of Christie's Europe about the business of fine art.

'First-aid' needed for 5,000-year-old Somali cave paintingsupdated Sat Feb 05 2011 06:48:21

Prehistoric paintings of antelope, snakes and giraffes that have survived for around 5,000 years are now under threat from looting and a lack of protection.

Google offers virtual tours of the world's top art museumsupdated Wed Feb 02 2011 13:54:01

With Google's Street View, Web surfers can pinpoint and zoom into many parts of the world -- in some places, right down to street level.

Google's Art Project exploredupdated Wed Feb 02 2011 10:21:01

CNN's Ayesha Durgahee checks out Google's virtual tour of galleries round the world.

Unlocking the secrets of Houdini's enduring magicupdated Tue Feb 01 2011 08:10:14

Though he died nearly a century ago, the legendary illusionist Harry Houdini remains one of the best-known magicians of all time.

The battle for Egypt's pastupdated Mon Jan 31 2011 12:44:15

It sounds petty to say it given that over a hundred people have now lost their lives, but amid the seismic events currently engulfing Egypt, the thing that has most saddened and upset me has been the damage done to the country's uniquely rich cultural heritage.

Vietnam's own 'great wall' uncoveredupdated Tue Jan 25 2011 18:17:57

Nestled in the mountain foothills of a remote province in central Vietnam, one of the country's most important archaeological discoveries in a century has recently come to light.

Who wrote the lost Shakespeare play?updated Fri Jan 21 2011 06:07:58

It's been almost 400 years since his death, yet controversy still surrounds the works of William Shakespeare.

Rare Eskimo shaman mask sells for record-breaking $2.5 millionupdated Fri Jan 21 2011 05:59:39

Facial protrusions that look like hands; dangling sticks and feathers; a wide and mischievous grin: It's no wonder this rare Eskimo shaman's mask was so precious to the Surrealists.

Ancient Damascus shows travelers its youthful sideupdated Wed Jan 12 2011 06:47:44

For years one of the Middle East's hidden gems, the centuries-old city of Damascus in Syria is today claiming its share of the global cultural limelight.

Scientists discover 'oldest' winery in Armenian caveupdated Wed Jan 12 2011 00:59:00

Forget France. It turns out, the real birthplace of wine may be in a cave in Armenia.

Bhutan offers rare glimpse inside historic templesupdated Thu Jan 06 2011 06:41:41

The isolated kingdom of Bhutan has opened its doors to a team of art experts in order to preserve its Buddhist history.

The hidden history of China in photosupdated Thu Dec 23 2010 18:20:00

Photography is flourishing as an art form in China but a collection of rare early photographs reveal the country's long history with the medium.

Pythagoras, a math genius? Not by Babylonian standardsupdated Fri Dec 17 2010 07:36:09

Over 1,000 years before Pythagoras was calculating the length of a hypotenuse, sophisticated scribes in Mesopotamia were working with the same theory to calculate the area of their farmland.

Storm reveals ancient statueupdated Wed Dec 15 2010 14:53:05

A massive storm collapsed part of a cliff in Israel revealing a statue that may date back two thousand years.

Exhibit reveals Book of the Dead secretsupdated Wed Nov 03 2010 12:55:40

A British exhibit focusing on the Book of the Dead follows ancient Egyptians' journey from death to the afterlife.