An apparent ritual mass sacrifice—including decapitations and a royal beer bash—is coming to light near a pre-Inca pyramid in northern Peru, archaeologists say.
Excavations next to the ancient Huaca Las Ventanas pyramid first uncovered bodies in August, and more have been emerging since…
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Prehistoric Eyes Found
A half-billion-year-old fossil “compound” eye (left)—likely from an ancient shrimplike predator—was surprisingly advanced for its time and gave its owner vision comparable to those of modern insects, such as the robber fly (right), a new study says.
Lost for 1,600 years, the royal quarters of Cleopatra were discovered off the shores of Alexandria. A team of marine archaeologists, led by Frenchman, Franck Goddio, began excavating the ancient city in 1998. Historians believe the site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves, yet, astonishingly, several artifacts remained largely intact. Amongst the discoveries were the foundations of the palace, shipwrecks, red granite columns, and statues of the goddess Isis and a sphinx. The Egyptian Government plans to create an underwater museum and hold tours of the site.
(via philosophyweedscience)Source all-that-is-interesting.com
'Game-changer' in evolution from S. African bones
This image released by the journal Science shows the right hand skeleton of the adult female Australopithecus sediba against a modern human hand. A detailed analysis of 2 million-year-old bones found in South Africa offers the most powerful case so far in identifying the transitional figure that came before modern humans, findings some are calling a potential game-changer in understanding evolution. The hand, seen in a palmar view, lacks three wrist bones and four terminal phalanges, but is otherwise complete. [Read More]Source physorg.com
Remains of horses and chariots unearthed from tomb dating back to 3,000-year-old Chinese dynasty.
Archaeologists have painstakingly uncovered the almost 3,000-year-old remains of horses and wooden chariots in a Zhou Dynasty tomb in Luoyang, Henan Province, China. The completed excavation unearthed four horse-and-chariot pits, dating back as far as 770BC. [Read More]
Ancient bird pigments identified
Using several cutting edge techniques, scientists were able to detect trace elements and pigment granules that gave ancient birds their hue.
Conclusion: C. sanctus had the pigment eumelanin in its neck feathers, so it probably had dark downy feathers, shading into lighter colors at the tips of the flight feathers, where copper concentration is lower. The distal flight feathers had no trace metals, and so were probably white or another color. Our best guess, then, is that this ancient bird was parti-colored.
Mexican archaeologists find 2,800-year-old monument
A group of Mexican archaeologists have discovered a 1.5 ton stone relief from the Olmec culture created more than 2,800 years ago, the National Institute of Archaeology and History, or INAH, said.
The discovery was made at the archaeological site of Chalcatzingo in Morelos state, “the only pre-Columbian site known in central Mexico with large bas-reliefs,” INAH said in a communique.
The work – standing more than 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall – was discovered in late April on the north slope of Chalcatzingo as archaeologists were building a containing wall and protective roofs for the other monoliths in the area.
Sculpted on the stone are three cats sitting in profile, looking west and surrounded by great scroll decorations. [Read More]
In 2007, archaeologists unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in a tender embrace and buried outside Mantua, just 25 miles south of Verona, the romantic city where Shakespeare set the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet.
Buried between 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, the prehistoric lovers are believed to have been a man and a woman and are thought to have died young, as their teeth were found intact, said Elena Menotti, the archaeologist who led the dig.
“As far as we know, it’s unique,” Menotti told The Associated Press by telephone from Milan. “Double burials from the Neolithic are unheard of, and these are even hugging.”
Later on, the archaeologists said that they won’t split up the remains of the couple. “We want to keep them just as they have been all this time—together,” Menotti said.
Known today for its bloody conflicts and instability, Somalia’s little known history can be found in the colorful cave paintings of animals and humans discovered in 2002 by a French archaeology team.
Laas Gaal, Somalia (also known as Laas Geel), just outside of Haregeisa, the capital of Somalia’s self-declared Somaliland state, contains 10 caves that show vivid depictions of a pastoralist history which dates back to some 5,000 years or more, reports AFP. Read more.Source archaeologicalnews