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<p>A new discovery at Kom el-Hetan by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities shows the newly unearthed 3,400-year-old red granite head, part of a huge statue of the ancient pharaoh Amenhotep III, at the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the city of Luxor February 28, 2010. Egypt's Culture Ministry says a team of Egyptian and European archaeologists has unearthed a large head made of red granite of an ancient pharaoh who ruled Egypt some 3,400 years ago. REUTERS/Egyptian Supreme Council/Handout </p>

A new discovery at Kom el-Hetan by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities shows the newly unearthed 3,400-year-old red granite head, part of a huge statue of the ancient pharaoh Amenhotep III, at the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the city of...more

A new discovery at Kom el-Hetan by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities shows the newly unearthed 3,400-year-old red granite head, part of a huge statue of the ancient pharaoh Amenhotep III, at the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the city of Luxor February 28, 2010. Egypt's Culture Ministry says a team of Egyptian and European archaeologists has unearthed a large head made of red granite of an ancient pharaoh who ruled Egypt some 3,400 years ago. REUTERS/Egyptian Supreme Council/Handout

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<p>The passage of a large third-century tomb is seen in Anyang, Henan Province, in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters December 28, 2009. Chinese archaeologists say the tomb could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general famous throughout East Asia for his Machiavellian tactics. The tomb, discovered in Xigaoxue village near the ancient Chinese city of Anyang, Henan Province, has an epitaph and inscription that appear to refer to Cao Cao, Central China Television said on Sunday. REUTERS/Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology via China Daily/Handout </p>

The passage of a large third-century tomb is seen in Anyang, Henan Province, in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters December 28, 2009. Chinese archaeologists say the tomb could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general...more

The passage of a large third-century tomb is seen in Anyang, Henan Province, in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters December 28, 2009. Chinese archaeologists say the tomb could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general famous throughout East Asia for his Machiavellian tactics. The tomb, discovered in Xigaoxue village near the ancient Chinese city of Anyang, Henan Province, has an epitaph and inscription that appear to refer to Cao Cao, Central China Television said on Sunday. REUTERS/Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology via China Daily/Handout

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<p>The mummy of King Tut's mother, seen through a glass case, is displayed for the media during a press conference with Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, February 17, 2010. Two years of DNA testing and CT scans on King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and 15 others have provided the cause of death and the firmest family tree yet for Tut - pointing to Pharaoh Akhenaten as Tut's father, Akhenaten's sister as Tut's mother, and Queen Tiye as Tut's grandmother. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih </p>

The mummy of King Tut's mother, seen through a glass case, is displayed for the media during a press conference with Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, February 17, 2010. Two years of DNA testing and CT...more

The mummy of King Tut's mother, seen through a glass case, is displayed for the media during a press conference with Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, February 17, 2010. Two years of DNA testing and CT scans on King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and 15 others have provided the cause of death and the firmest family tree yet for Tut - pointing to Pharaoh Akhenaten as Tut's father, Akhenaten's sister as Tut's mother, and Queen Tiye as Tut's grandmother. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

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<p>Excavation director for the Israel Antiquities Authority Annette Nagar holds a fragment of a marble plaque with an Arabic inscription discovered in the Old City of Jerusalem February 17, 2010. According to Professor Moshe Sharon of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the inscription, which is characteristic of the first centuries of the Islamic period, dates back to the year 910 AD. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Excavation director for the Israel Antiquities Authority Annette Nagar holds a fragment of a marble plaque with an Arabic inscription discovered in the Old City of Jerusalem February 17, 2010. According to Professor Moshe Sharon of the Hebrew...more

Excavation director for the Israel Antiquities Authority Annette Nagar holds a fragment of a marble plaque with an Arabic inscription discovered in the Old City of Jerusalem February 17, 2010. According to Professor Moshe Sharon of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the inscription, which is characteristic of the first centuries of the Islamic period, dates back to the year 910 AD. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>An image showing the fossil bones of a newly discovered carnivorous dinosaur called "Haplocheirus sollers" is released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences on January 28, 2010. China has unearthed the fossil of a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago and which researchers have identified as the earliest known member of a long lineage than includes birds. REUTERS/Chinese Academy of Sciences/Handout </p>

An image showing the fossil bones of a newly discovered carnivorous dinosaur called "Haplocheirus sollers" is released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences on January 28, 2010. China has unearthed the fossil of a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur that...more

An image showing the fossil bones of a newly discovered carnivorous dinosaur called "Haplocheirus sollers" is released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences on January 28, 2010. China has unearthed the fossil of a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago and which researchers have identified as the earliest known member of a long lineage than includes birds. REUTERS/Chinese Academy of Sciences/Handout

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<p>An Adamic limestone head found amongst the ruins of a newly discovered Greek queen's temple in the Kom el Dikka area of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria is seen in this undated handout photo released January 19, 2010. Relics in the Ptolemic temple dating back more than 2,000 years show how Egyptian deities were still revered by Egypt's later Greek conquerors, archaeologists said on Tuesday. Egypt's Ministry of Culture said the temple may have been dedicated to the ancient cat-goddess Bastet. REUTERS/Supreme Council of Antiquities/Handout </p>

An Adamic limestone head found amongst the ruins of a newly discovered Greek queen's temple in the Kom el Dikka area of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria is seen in this undated handout photo released January 19, 2010. Relics in the Ptolemic...more

An Adamic limestone head found amongst the ruins of a newly discovered Greek queen's temple in the Kom el Dikka area of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria is seen in this undated handout photo released January 19, 2010. Relics in the Ptolemic temple dating back more than 2,000 years show how Egyptian deities were still revered by Egypt's later Greek conquerors, archaeologists said on Tuesday. Egypt's Ministry of Culture said the temple may have been dedicated to the ancient cat-goddess Bastet. REUTERS/Supreme Council of Antiquities/Handout

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<p>Workers work at a site where a new collection of tombs has been found next to the biggest pyramid of Khufu, January 11, 2010. New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt's chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, Zahi Hawass, said on Sunday. REUTERS/Tarek Mostafa </p>

Workers work at a site where a new collection of tombs has been found next to the biggest pyramid of Khufu, January 11, 2010. New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely...more

Workers work at a site where a new collection of tombs has been found next to the biggest pyramid of Khufu, January 11, 2010. New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt's chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, Zahi Hawass, said on Sunday. REUTERS/Tarek Mostafa

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<p>Excavation Director for the Israel Antiquities Authority Dr. Ofer Sion holds a replica of an ancient map as he speaks to the media at an archaeological dig in the Old City of Jerusalem February 10, 2010. The Israel Antiquities Authority said that the excavations in the Old City confirm the accuracy of an ancient map depicting Jerusalem in the Byzantine period. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Excavation Director for the Israel Antiquities Authority Dr. Ofer Sion holds a replica of an ancient map as he speaks to the media at an archaeological dig in the Old City of Jerusalem February 10, 2010. The Israel Antiquities Authority said that the...more

Excavation Director for the Israel Antiquities Authority Dr. Ofer Sion holds a replica of an ancient map as he speaks to the media at an archaeological dig in the Old City of Jerusalem February 10, 2010. The Israel Antiquities Authority said that the excavations in the Old City confirm the accuracy of an ancient map depicting Jerusalem in the Byzantine period. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Professor Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Paleoanthropology inspects the newly discovered fossil of a carnivorous dinosaur called "Haplocheirus sollers" at a Chinese Academy of Sciences' workshop on the outskirts of Beijing, January 26, 2010. China has unearthed the fossil of a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago and which researchers have identified as the earliest known member of a long lineage than includes birds. Picture REUTERS/Barry Huang </p>

Professor Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Paleoanthropology inspects the newly discovered fossil of a carnivorous dinosaur called "Haplocheirus sollers" at a Chinese Academy of Sciences' workshop...more

Professor Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Paleoanthropology inspects the newly discovered fossil of a carnivorous dinosaur called "Haplocheirus sollers" at a Chinese Academy of Sciences' workshop on the outskirts of Beijing, January 26, 2010. China has unearthed the fossil of a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago and which researchers have identified as the earliest known member of a long lineage than includes birds. Picture REUTERS/Barry Huang

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<p>A room of a large third-century tomb is seen in Anyang, Henan Province, in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters December 28, 2009. Chinese archaeologists say the tomb could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general famous throughout East Asia for his Machiavellian tactics. The tomb, discovered in Xigaoxue village near the ancient Chinese city of Anyang, Henan Province, has an epitaph and inscription that appear to refer to Cao Cao, Central China Television said on Sunday. REUTERS/Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology via China Daily/Handout </p>

A room of a large third-century tomb is seen in Anyang, Henan Province, in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters December 28, 2009. Chinese archaeologists say the tomb could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general...more

A room of a large third-century tomb is seen in Anyang, Henan Province, in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters December 28, 2009. Chinese archaeologists say the tomb could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general famous throughout East Asia for his Machiavellian tactics. The tomb, discovered in Xigaoxue village near the ancient Chinese city of Anyang, Henan Province, has an epitaph and inscription that appear to refer to Cao Cao, Central China Television said on Sunday. REUTERS/Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology via China Daily/Handout

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<p>Patrice Landry (R) and Marie-Helene Marcaud, discoverers and members of an amateur science society specialising in geology and paleontology, pose next to well-preserved footprints, between 1.5 and two metres in diameter, in Plagne eastern France October 6, 2009. The discovery, who was made in April and dating from 150 million years ago, has been authenticated by scientists as a unique discovery. REUTERS/Robert Pratta </p>

Patrice Landry (R) and Marie-Helene Marcaud, discoverers and members of an amateur science society specialising in geology and paleontology, pose next to well-preserved footprints, between 1.5 and two metres in diameter, in Plagne eastern France...more

Patrice Landry (R) and Marie-Helene Marcaud, discoverers and members of an amateur science society specialising in geology and paleontology, pose next to well-preserved footprints, between 1.5 and two metres in diameter, in Plagne eastern France October 6, 2009. The discovery, who was made in April and dating from 150 million years ago, has been authenticated by scientists as a unique discovery. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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<p>Human remains are seen at a site where a new collection of tombs has been found next to the biggest pyramid of Khufu, January 11, 2010. New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt's chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, Zahi Hawass, said on Sunday. REUTERS/Tarek Mostafa </p>

Human remains are seen at a site where a new collection of tombs has been found next to the biggest pyramid of Khufu, January 11, 2010. New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as...more

Human remains are seen at a site where a new collection of tombs has been found next to the biggest pyramid of Khufu, January 11, 2010. New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt's chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, Zahi Hawass, said on Sunday. REUTERS/Tarek Mostafa

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<p>Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass talks to the media next to the displayed mummy of King Tut's grandmother Queen Tiye, seen through a glass case during a press conference at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, February 17, 2010. Two years of DNA testing and CT scans on King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and 15 others have provided the cause of death and the firmest family tree yet for Tut - pointing to Pharaoh Akhenaten as Tut's father, Akhenaten's sister as Tut's mother, and Queen Tiye as Tut's grandmother. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih </p>

Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass talks to the media next to the displayed mummy of King Tut's grandmother Queen Tiye, seen through a glass case during a press conference at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, February 17, 2010. Two years of DNA...more

Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass talks to the media next to the displayed mummy of King Tut's grandmother Queen Tiye, seen through a glass case during a press conference at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, February 17, 2010. Two years of DNA testing and CT scans on King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and 15 others have provided the cause of death and the firmest family tree yet for Tut - pointing to Pharaoh Akhenaten as Tut's father, Akhenaten's sister as Tut's mother, and Queen Tiye as Tut's grandmother. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

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<p>A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority climbs up a ladder under an archaeological dig in the Old City of Jerusalem February 10, 2010. The Israel Antiquities Authority said on Wednesday that the excavations in the Old City confirm the accuracy of an ancient map depicting Jerusalem in the Byzantine period. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority climbs up a ladder under an archaeological dig in the Old City of Jerusalem February 10, 2010. The Israel Antiquities Authority said on Wednesday that the excavations in the Old City confirm the accuracy...more

A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority climbs up a ladder under an archaeological dig in the Old City of Jerusalem February 10, 2010. The Israel Antiquities Authority said on Wednesday that the excavations in the Old City confirm the accuracy of an ancient map depicting Jerusalem in the Byzantine period. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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