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  • Hidden underground chambers unearthed near Israel's Western Wall

    05/24/2020 12:46:06 PM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Live Science ^ | 5-18-20 | Yasemin Saplakoglu
    It's not clear why ancient people dug up these chambers, but evidence suggests they used them in everyday life. Co-director of the excavation Barak Monnickendam-Givon standing in the subterranean chambers. (Image: © Yaniv Berman-Israwl Antiquities Authority) Archaeologists recently uncovered three ancient subterranean chambers carved in the bedrock beneath the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem. The 2,000-year-old chambers, consisting of an open courtyard and two rooms, were carved on top of one another and connected by hewn staircases. Inside the chambers, archaeologists discovered clay cooking vessels, cores of oil lamps, a stone mug and a piece of a qalal, or a...
  • Earliest roasted root vegetables found in 170,000-year-old cave dirt

    02/04/2020 9:26:50 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    New Scientist ^ | January 2, 2020 | Journal reference: Science
    Charred fragments found in 170,000-year-old ashes in a cave in southern Africa are the earliest roasted root vegetables yet found. The finding suggest the real "paleo diet" included lots of roasted vegetables rich in carbohydrates, similar to modern potatoes. "I think people were eating a very balanced diet, a combination of carbohydrates and proteins," says team leader Lyn Wadley of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2016, her team found dozens of bits of charcoal in an ash layer in the Border cave in South Africa. This ash layer is what is left from the fires of...
  • Biblical Israelites Maintained Cult Practice in Temples Outside Jerusalem

    02/03/2020 11:47:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2020 | ROSSELLA TERCATIN
    Research conducted by Tel Aviv University and Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists shed new light on these cult practices thanks to new excavations at the site of a temple uncovered in 2012.The Bible narrates that in the centuries after ancient Israelites entered the Land of Israel, many if not all of the people turned their back on the God of their Fathers for long periods of times, going back to worshiping idols, creating altars and adopting pagan practices. New research conducted by Tel Aviv University and Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists has shed new light on these cult practices, thanks to new...
  • Four ancient skulls unearthed in Mexico suggest that North America was a melting pot ….

    01/29/2020 5:29:32 PM PST · by blueplum · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 29 Jan 2020 | Jonathan Chadwick
    Full title: Four ancient skulls unearthed in Mexico suggest that North America was a melting pot of different peoples and cultures 10,000 years ago The first humans to settle in North America were more diverse than previously believed, according to a new study of skeletal fragments. US scientists analysed four skulls recovered from caves in Mexico that belonged to humans that lived sometime between 9,000 to 13,000 years ago. The researchers were surprised to find a high level of diversity, with the skulls ranging in similarity to that of Europeans, Asian and ...
  • Ancient 'chewing gum' yields insights into people and bacteria of the past [Denmark]

    12/18/2019 4:54:33 AM PST · by zeestephen · 13 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 17 December 2019
    It is the first time that an entire ancient human genome has been extracted from anything other than human bones..."What is more, we also retrieved DNA from oral microbes and several important human pathogens, which makes this a very valuable source of ancient DNA, especially for time periods where we have no human remains...Syltholm, Denmark, is completely unique. Almost everything is sealed in mud, which means that the preservation of organic remains is absolutely phenomenal..."
  • 4,000-Year-Old Brain Tissue Was Preserved After Boiling In Its Own Fluids

    10/29/2019 11:05:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    All That's Interesting ^ | September 12, 2017 | Katie Seren
    4,000-Year-Old Brain Tissue Was Preserved After Boiling In Its Own Fluids By Katie Serena Published September 12, 2017 The brain was boiled, dried, and preserved under sediment for almost 4,000 years. Bronze Age Brain UC San Diego Health Scientists in Turkey discovered a Bronze Age human brain that has been preserved for 4,000 years. The brain was discovered in Seyitomer Hoyuk, Turkey, and is one of the oldest ever discovered. It is also one of the most intact. Brain tissue is rich in enzymes and cells deteriorate quickly after death which is why scientists rarely, if ever, find intact specimens....
  • Canine Archaeologists Sniff Out 3,000-Year-Old Graves in Croatia

    10/29/2019 12:08:41 PM PDT · by mairdie · 31 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | October 25, 2019 | Jason Daley
    Dogs have helped law enforcement and search-and-rescue crews discover human remains for decades. But recently, a new group has enlisted the help of canines and their olfactory superpowers: archaeologists. ... To test the dogs, Glavaš had them sniff around an area where they she had excavated three grave sites the year before. The human remains had been removed, and due to weathering, it was no longer apparent where the excavations had taken place. Two dogs, working independently, easily located all three spots. They then allowed the dogs, Sattve and Mali, to sniff around another site where they suspected there were...
  • Discovery of Prehistoric Baby Bottles Shows Infants Were Fed Cow's Milk 5,000 Years Ago

    10/18/2019 6:22:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 26, 2019 | Julie Dunne, The Conversation
    ...we did some very delicate drilling to produce enough ceramic powder and then treated it with a chemical technique that extracts molecules called lipids... from the fats, oils and waxes of the natural world and are normally absorbed into the material of the prehistoric pots during cooking, or, in this case, through heating the milk. Luckily, these lipids often survive for thousands of years. We regularly use this technique to find out what sort of food people cooked in their ancient pots. It seems they ate many of the things we eat today, including various types of meat, dairy products,...
  • space Here's More Evidence That Earth Got Hit by Something Huge 12,800 Years Ago

    10/07/2019 9:42:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 113 replies
    gizmodo uk ^ | 06 Oct 2019 at 6:00AM | George Dvorsky on
    Along with locations in North and South America, Greenland, Western Europe, and the Middle East, we can now add southern Africa to the list of places where scientists have uncovered evidence of a calamitous event that happened 12,800 years ago. This evidence of a 12,800-year-old platinum spike in Africa is the first to be found on the continent, and it’s yet further evidence in support of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis. According to this theory, either a comet or asteroid struck Earth during the Pleistocene, triggering an impact winter that saw temperatures plummet around the globe. The associated loss of...
  • NIV Quest Study Bible: Is There Any “Secular” Evidence to Support the Bible’s Claims?

    09/08/2019 11:10:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Bible Gateway Blog ^ | September 2, 2019 | Jonathan Petersen
    Although the Bible is not an ancient history textbook, it does report events that have been confirmed by other historical works. Consider the following examples: Archeological digs and ancient Assyrian records confirm the Bible’s portrayal of King Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah (2 Kings 18:13–19:37). Until recent excavations at Tell Mardikh uncovered tablets mentioning Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1–29), scholars dismissed the existence of both cities as a biblical legend. The Hittites were also considered a biblical legend until their capital and records were discovered in modern-day Turkey. The palace of King Sargon, an Assyrian ruler mentioned in Isaiah, was uncovered...
  • Incredibly rare Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race for a Greek princess

    09/02/2019 9:47:48 AM PDT · by mairdie · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 September 2019 | Harry Howard
    A Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race has been fully uncovered in a Berkshire village - and it could be one of Britain's most exciting archaeological discoveries. The 1,600-year-old mosaic, which was found in Boxford in 2017 but only fully uncovered recently, is one of only three of its kind in the world and is 'totally unknown' in Britain, experts said. It depicts a chariot race involving Greek mythological figure Pelops, who is racing to win the hand of love interest Princess Hippodamia. ... The mosaic will now be covered over once more to protect it and to allow...
  • The Most Beautiful Dead: Jeweled Skeletons Unearthed From the Catacombs Of Rome!

    08/15/2019 10:13:09 AM PDT · by Anoop · 14 replies
    archaeology-world ^ | AUGUST 13, 2019 | ARCHAEOLOGY WORLD TEAM
    A relic hunter dubbed ‘Indiana Bones’ has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe. Art historian Paul Koudounaris hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world’s most secretive religious establishments.
  • Temple Glass Discovered?!

    07/25/2019 12:55:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Simcha TV ^ | June 19, 2013 | Simcha Jacobovici
    Not many people realize this but the biggest slab of raw glass from the ancient world was discovered in northern Israel in "Beit She'arim", in the Galilee, in 1956. The rectangular glass slab is 11?.5?.5 feet, weighing 9 tons. Beit She'arim is a cemetery where the editor of the Mishna (the first "layer" of the Talmud), Rabbi Judah the Prince/Yehudah haNasi (135 to 217 CE) is buried. Most people visiting this cemetery are not aware that the chunk of glass is there, looking somewhat opaque on the floor of the cave that serves as the visitors' center... Again, no one...
  • Mysterious medieval warrior found in Viking graveyard wasn't actually a Viking

    07/25/2019 8:12:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/25/2019 | Chris Ciaccia |
    A mysterious female warrior discovered in a Viking grave in Denmark was originally thought to be a Viking. But now, researchers have made a surprising discovery about this fierce warrior who died more than 1,000 years ago — she wasn't actually a Viking. According to researchers at Poland's Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the woman was likely Slavic, emanating from a region in Eastern Europe that is now present-day Poland. Dr. Gardeła added that the revelation is not all that surprising. "During the Middle Ages, this island was a melting pot of Slavic and Scandinavian elements." Although the woman's...
  • 4,000-Year-Old Burial Revealed on Britain's 'Island of Druids'

    06/29/2019 11:13:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | June 28, 2019 06:57am ET | Tom Metcalfe,
    And although the burial mound is much older than the Druids — who lived about 2,000 years ago, if they existed at all — the excavations have cast new light on the ancient inhabitants of the island of Anglesey. Overlooking the Irish Sea from the northwest corner of Wales, Anglesey is dotted with numerous Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monuments. The most famous is the 5,000-year-old passage tomb of Bryn Celli Ddu (Welsh for "the mound in the dark grove"), which has an entrance passage that aligns with the rising midsummer sun. It was archaeologically excavated in 1928 and 1929,...
  • Ancient Europeans lived alongside a half-ton bird nearly 12 feet tall

    06/26/2019 6:08:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    cnn ^ | June 26, 2019 | Ashley Strickland,
    Inside a Crimean cave was a gigantic ancient mystery just waiting to be uncovered: a bird so large that it weighed nearly as much as an adult polar bear. Giant birds once roamed Madagascar, New Zealand and Australia. The latest fossil find, an intriguing fossilized femur, was recently found in Taurida Cave on the northern coast of the Black Sea. It was discovered along with other fossils, including bison bones, that helped researchers date the now-extinct giant bird to between 1.5 million and 2 million years ago. When the first early human ancestors arrived in Europe, they might have encountered...
  • Egypt unveils colourful Fifth Dynasty tomb

    04/14/2019 3:38:15 AM PDT · by mairdie · 20 replies
    France24 ^ | 13/04/2019
    <p>In a major archaeological discovery, Egypt on Saturday unveiled the tomb of a Fifth Dynasty official adorned with colourful reliefs and well preserved inscriptions.</p> <p>The tomb, south of Saqqara, a vast necropolis south of Cairo, belongs to a senior official named Khuwy who is believed to have been a nobleman during the Fifth Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt about 4300 years ago.</p>
  • Theft of decapitated mummy's head from Dublin crypt was 'planned crime' (trunc)

    02/28/2019 1:33:40 AM PST · by blueplum · 14 replies
    The Irish Post ^ | 27 Feb 2019 | Aidan Lonergan
    Full Title: Theft of decapitated mummy's head from Dublin crypt was 'planned crime' and not 'mindless vandalism', say Gardaí Last weekend, tomb raiders decapitated and subsequently stole the head of 'The Crusader' – 800-year-old mummified remains believed to be those of a man who fought in the Crusades during the Medieval Era. The head remains missing and there are fears it will begin to deteriorate in the open air as micro-climatic conditions in the crypt had kept it preserved. Two other mummies – including the body of a 400-year-old nun – were also "desecrated" …(snip) ...St Michan's Church – founded...
  • Archeologists help with Interstate 10 bridge preparations

    01/04/2019 10:57:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Lagniappe ^ | December 26, 2018 | Dale Liesch
    With more than a year left before construction starts, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has begun demolition work for the proposed Mobile River bridge and Bayway project. The agency is currently in the process of tearing down nine buildings throughout the project site just south of downtown near Virginia Street, where the bridge will be footed. “Because the final design is in a preliminary phase, we don’t have exact locations on where the footings are going to be … ,” ALDOT spokeswoman Allison Gregg said. Some of the buildings were vacant before ALDOT acquired them, other owners and tenants...
  • The tsunamis of Olympia

    07/08/2011 7:10:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2011 | Geographical Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University
    Olympia, the Sanctuary of Zeus and venue of the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, was probably destroyed by tsunamis that reached far inland, and not as previously believed, by earthquakes and river flooding... Paläotsunamis that have taken place over the last 11,000 years along the coasts of the eastern Mediterranean. The Olympic-tsunami hypothesis has been put forward due to sediments found in the vicinity of Olympia, which were buried under an 8 metres thick layer of sand and other debris, and only rediscovered around 250 years ago. "The composition and thickness of the sediments we have found, do not fit...