Category Archives: Archaeology

“Triad of Felines” Monolith Unearthed in Mexico

After thousands of years spent underground, this “Triad of Felines” has been unearthed in central Mexico. It was carved in the Olmec style somewhere between 800 B.C. and 500 B.C. It took months for archaeologist to put together the 11 pieces in this giant puzzle (5′ x 3’6″). They believe it is just part of what was once a wall crawling with felines.
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Because they posed a significant threat to humans at the time, large felines such as jaguars were revered by many Mesoamerican cultures, Grove said. Their frequent occurrence in Olmec art suggests cats were important in Olmec religion and mythology, but their exact significance is still unknown.
For the rest of the story, visit National Geographic.

Lost “Sleeping Beauty” Mummy Formula Found

Rosalia Lombardo, a two-year-old Sicilian girl who died of pneumonia in 1920. “Sleeping Beauty,” as she’s known, appears to be merely dozing beneath the glass front of her coffin in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy.
Can you believe this little beauty died and was buried in 1920? It’s amazing!
Now an Italian biological anthropologist, Dario Piombino-Mascali of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, has discovered the secret formula that preserved Rosalia’s body so well.
If you are interested in looking this good 88 years after you are buried, check out the rest of the article!

Amazing Rock Art May Revise Australian History Books

Art has long been the way for people to express themselves as evidenced by the art found in The Cave of Lascaux. People are driven to draw the world around them. Whether it is for posterity or just for fun or to record a hunt or other important event, they draw. And fortunately we have found drawings from the past that give us insight to the people who made them and the times they lived in.
Recently, Aborginal Rock Art has been discovered in Australia that may revise the Australian History Books. In years past it has been believed the Aborginies were relatively isolated, but this recent discovery shows that they have had contact with others throughout the millenium.

Enjoy more pictures at National Geographic.

Ancient Temples Found in Peru

Ever since I was a youngster, I was fascinated with history and with those that had gone before. Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs, Incans. Those ancient civilizations that had accomplished so much with such primitive tools. The pyramids and ziggurats. The ancient calendars. The discovery of chocolate (hey, that alone is amazing!)
And my fascination lives on which is why I keep track of new discoveries via National Geographic.

Today, I watched a video about Ancient Temples that were found in Peru. These buildings are in amazing condition. This is not just a historically significant find, but one for architects to take note of as well. And the other amazing thing is how such magnificent structures have remained hidden from us for so long. Only the Lord knows what other interesting finds are waiting for us to find here on earth, below the land and the sea.

Combining New Architecture and Old for an Amazing Experience

Imagine…going underwater to see the remains of the sunken palace of Cleopatra or the Lighthouse of Alexandria. As the earth has shifted through the ages and earthquakes have caused land to be lowered and raised, some amazing treasures have fallen into the water.
The bay is filled archaeological sunken treasures. In the 1990s archaeologist-divers found thousands of objects: 26 sphinxes, statues bearing gifts to the gods, blocks weighing up to 56 tons, and even Roman and Greek shipwrecks.
A committee has been set up to discuss the feasibility of creating an underwater museum which will enable visitors to more truly experience the palace and lighthouse the way they were.
For more information on the proceedings, click here.
For more cool photos, click here.

National Geographic Vidoes – Archaeology and Unusual News

Peru archaeologists have found what may have been a pre-Inca pregnant woman sacrificed for an important religious event. It is highly unusual to sacrifice pregnant women.
Village of Twins Is a MysteryA small village in India has about a hundred pairs of twins, mostly same sex and 90 percent born in the last 20 years. No one can explain the phenomenon.

Gold Found Near Alexander Birthplace

Does anyone but me see a problem with this helmet?
A gold-bedecked warrior helmet and gold mask (pictured)—among other treasures—have been unearthed at an ancient cemetery near Alexander the Great’s birthplace in what is now northern Greece.
If I remember correctly, no one knows the burial site of Alexander the Great. Wouldn’t it be something if he was found among these graves?

National Geographic Headlines: Archaeology and Science

I know it has been a while since I have shared any interesting National Geographic Headlines. I am trying to get back in the swing of it because I enjoy reading and sharing the interesting stories. I recently restarted up my RSS feed (after the great computer wipe in August) and there has been a lot going on this week, so without further ado….
Giant Underground Fossil Forests Show Record of Warming – this story is very interesting. Not only is it neat to think that in the past there have been 40 foot tall trees in Illinois, but it is giving scientists an opportunity to use our past to learn about our present and give us insight into our future. These finds also serve to remind us that global warming has gone on before.
Worst Case: Collider Spawns Planet-Devouring Black Hole – Now most of you have heard about the firing up of the Hadron Collider this past week that scientists are very excited about and hope to gain insight about the way our universe works from what happens with the experiement. Fortunately, no black holes have appeared yet (and wondering if anyone would actually tell us if they did….)
And as if that is cool enough for you, check out this video…scientists rapping about the Hadron Collider.