Tagged: archaeology

First discovered in 1900, artifacts from the Antikythera shipwreck continue to give archaeologists greater insight into ancient Greece. 0

Ancient Shipwreck Reveals New Treasures

Ancient Shipwreck Reveals New Treasures An ancient shipwreck may may reveal new clues into the lives of Greek aristocracy. A bone flute and a bronze armrest are now among the latest discoveries found in the wreckage of the sunken Greek ship of Antikythera, dated to around 65 B.C. The Antikythera shipwreck is the same famous site from which the Antikythera Mechanism was uncovered. Widely considered to be the world’s first computer, the Antikythera Mechanism was used to predict eclipses and track stars and planets. Understanding the Grecian Upper-Class In many ways, the Antikythera shipwreck is the archaeological gift that keeps on giving. Dr. Brendan Foley,...

Skull and hands buried together in Brazil is oldest known example of decapitation burial ritual in Americas. (Danilo Bernardo/CNN) 0

9,000-year-old Skull is Oldest Known American Ritual Decapitation

9,000-Year-Old Skull  is Oldest Known American Decapitation Academics generally accept that decapitation was practiced by Amerindians. A new discovery has revealed that the practice may have been both older and more widespread, and may even have been performed for different reasons, than previously known. A team led by André Strauss of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany has used accelerator mass spectrometry to date a male skull, cervical vertebrae, and hands found buried together in Lapa do Santo, Brazil.  The remains were dated at 9,000 years before the present. Previously, the oldest known examples were only 3,000 years...

Nefertiti bust (Egyptian Museum, Berlin) 0

Archaeologists Given Go-Ahead to Search for Nefertiti

Archaeologists Given Go-Ahead to Search for Nefertiti A digital art preservation group might have discovered the secret chambers of Nefertiti’s final resting place behind the walls within King Tutankhamun’s tomb. In light of this, Egyptian authorities have given British archaeologists the go-ahead to search for her potential lost remains, according to reports. A paper just released by the Amara Royal Tombs Project outlines details of the archival of Tut’s burial chambers, through scans of the chamber by an art house this year. A call for digital preservation of the ancient site comes in light of a request by Egyptian authorities, from damages...

Face of the mysterious Shigir Idol 0

Scientists Confirm: Mysterious Humanoid ‘Shigir Idol’, “Oldest in World”

At a press conference on August 27th, scientists confirmed that the famous Shigir Idol, just recently radiocarbon-dated at approximately 11,000 years old, will become one of the oldest wooden sculptures of its kind, placing it at over twice the ages of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid. Extracted by archaeologists in 1894, the mysterious humanoid Shigir Idol was found in bits and pieces scattered throughout a peat bog on the eastern-slope of the Middle Ural mountains in western Russia. The idle’s reconstruction, standing 9.2 feet tall in a glass box filled with inert gas to preserve the wooden remnants, is thought to have originally towered at 17.4...