- Archaeologists have revealed two massive statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in the famous Egyptian city of Luxor, at their original sites in the funerary temple of the king, on the west bank of the Nile.
- A step pyramid, a few decades older than the Great Pyramid of Giza (the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), has been uncovered by archaeologists in southern Egypt.
- A 116-metre-high (380 feet) skyscraper in Germany’s Frankfurt am Main was razed to the ground in 10 seconds flat in one of the largest-ever controlled building explosions in Europe.
- It may be a little harder to keep house if it's built upside down. The first hands-on interactive attraction with an upside-down kitchen, garage, bedroom and even a bathroom has opened for public viewing in Russia.
- A Grand Inquisitor’s villa, a Pope’s fort and a Venetian island will be sold off to fill Italy’s depleted state coffers, local media reports. It’s hoped the 50 historic sites will raise 500 million euros needed to obey strict EU austerity rules.
- The holiest Jewish site in Syria – the 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in Damascus – has been looted and burned, and its roof blown off. The Syrian army and rebel forces have both blamed each other for the demolition of the historic landmark.
- Mining companies are queuing up to assault Australia’s cultural heritage. The discovery of a large uranium deposit has prompted mining companies to consider excavations on land which is home to some of Australia’s most ancient rock art.
- Renting out Egypt's iconic landmarks, including the Giza Pyramids, to international clients could rake in up to $150 billion over five years, according to a proposal aimed at boosting the economy submitted to the country's antiquities ministry.
- It’s been three years since the Russian owner of Chelsea football club billionaire Roman Abramovick began a legal battle with London authorities for permission to upgrade his £100million Thames-side home.
- Ancient Roman-era Odyssey mosaics in northern Syria have been stolen, reminding the world about the increasing pillage of historic Syrian artifacts. The ongoing conflict in the war-torn country has prevented authorities from preserving the treasures.
- Archaeologists have reportedly discovered 35 small ancient pyramids in Sudan at a site known as Sedeinga dating back around 2,000 years. Scientists are stunned over how densely the pyramids appeared to be heaped together.
- UNESCO has urged the countries neighbouring Mali, as well as Interpol, the World Customs Organization and those involved in the art market, to be vigilant over the illicit export and trafficking of cultural artefacts from the country.