While humans may be rapidly evolving to advance the future, archaeologists are still working to uncover the past to better understand the present day. From shipwrecks to century-old beer to lost cities, this gallery contains just a few of the handful of recent archaeological discoveries from this year.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas receives the Grand Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, making him an honorary citizen of the city, during a ceremony at city hall in Paris on September 21, 2015.
The Day of Atonement, in Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Israel, September 20, 2015. For the festivities, jews recite prayers in the "Kaparot" ritual while swinging a live chicken over their heads to symbolically transfer their sins for the year to the chicken, which is butchered, eaten or donated to charity. Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year, begins at sundown September 22, when the entire country will come to a standstill as Jews pray, fast and refrain from smoking and sex.
Hundreds of refugees, many of them from Syria's civil war, continue in their long journey toward the European Union. Austria and Germany opened its borders to refugees after Hungary's government transported the migrants who had left Budapest on foot en route to the Austrian border.
Actors, hip-hip artists, justice activists, state and local elected officials and community leaders gathered for a screening of "Fixing the System," an upcoming special documentary about criminal justice reform, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium September 18, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
According to Palestinian witnesses, Egyptian authorities pumped water from the Mediterranean Sea through pipes to destroy the tunnels dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border, in Rafah in the southern Gaza September.
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