Archaeological News Update: Top Finds, Underwater Museums, Ancient City Found & More!

by Lindsay Shapka in , , ,


There have been some great archaeological discoveries and stories in the first few weeks of 2016, so I thought I'd give you a roundup of the ones that I have found to be the most exciting and fascinating! 

Discovery News wrote a piece outlining the top finds that they expect to see in 2016. It includes things like the potential discovery of Queen Nefertiti's tomb behind the walls of King Tut's tomb, and finding millions worth of gold and rubies in a recently discovered shipwreck! 

A lost city, and potentially a lost civilization, was recently discovered in the depths of the jungle in Central Honduras thanks to new technology. The team that discovered the city didn't have the resources to begin excavations, but were stunned by the untouched, never-before-looted artifacts that they came across in their limited survey. Now, the team has returned with the resources they need to begin excavations, and what they are finding is incredible and could rewrite the history of the area! 

Egypt is thinking of building an underwater museum that will give visitors the chance to see the ruins of ancient Alexandria (including the Lighthouse of Pharos which was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World) and the incredible intact sunken treasures that exist underwater in the Eastern Harbor area of modern-day Alexandria's Abu Qir Bay. Both UNESCO and external investors are on board, so it looks like this idea could actually become reality fairly soon! 

There are 10 sites, museums, destinations and cities celebrating major anniversaries this year, which makes it the perfect time to visit! The list includes everything from the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and all the events that will surround it, and the 100th anniversary of the National Park service that showcases the incredible natural beauty of our world.