10 incredible archaeological discoveries from 2022

There were many important archaeological discoveries in 2022. Researchers found evidence of prehistoric animation, one of the earliest known Buddhist temples and ancient Egyptian mummy portraits showing living images of the deceased – discoveries that captivated people across the globe. In this countdown, Live Science takes a look at 10 of the most important archaeological stories from 2022.

1. Mummy portraits

Archaeologists discovered Fayum mummy portraits at an ancient Egyptian site. This is painted on a linen fabric. (Image credit: Courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)

Archaeologists with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities discovered two complete mummy portraits along with half-complete and incomplete portraits in a cemetery at the ancient city of Philadelphia, about 120 kilometers southwest of Cairo. These realistic portraits date back around 2000 years.

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