Category Archives: Archaeology

Stonehenge – a Monument to the Dead?

Stonehenge is magnificent in appearance and steeped in mystery. But maybe, just maybe, an answer has been found. The blocks, may be tombstones, memorials to the dead.
According to National Geographic:
Newly dated human remains unearthed at the megalithic circle in southern England reveal Stonehenge was a place of burial from its earliest beginnings some 5,000 years ago, said Mike Parker Pearson, who leads the Stonehenge Riverside Project.
And if you watch this video, you will learn about other amazing discoveries at Stonehenge.
Isn’t it amazing what can be found when digging in the ground?

It’s Amazing What Answers Hair May Hold!

A patch of prehistoric hair suggests that the first Eskimos in the New World did not descend from Native Americans as previously thought but came directly from Asia.
Previously, there were two main theories to explain the ancestry of the first Eskimos in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, Gilbert said.
The theories held that they either descended from Native Americans who colonized North America at least 14,350 years ago, or they came from the same source area in Siberia that gave rise to modern Eskimos, such as those who have lived in Greenland for the past 1,000 years.
“Then there is a third idea that they were independent to both—and that’s what it turns out to be,” Gilbert said.
The new research, which appears tomorrow in the journal Science, suggests that the original Paleo-Eskimos of the New World were replaced by later colonizers, who spread eastward from Siberia.

You just never know what question someone’s hair may hold the answer to!

Now That’s a Big Chicken Leg!

Check out this artist’s rendering of a prehistoric bird that is believed to forage on the ground like many modern day birds. While the bird is thought to have stood 16 feet tall (which is scary enough – I mean I don’t want to meet a 16 foot tall carnivorous bird, do you?), the artist may have been a bit overzealous…see the hills behind the birds? Anyway, it’s interesting stuff!

First Underwater Survey of Nile Turns Up Treasure

In the first underwater survey of the Nile, archaeologists are locating treasures that before they had only assumed they would be able to locate. It has long been suspected that that due to shifts in the Nile’s course over the centuries and due to shipping accidents up and down the Nile that artifacts were just waiting to be discovered.
Below is a picture of a one ton rock found and retrieved from the entryway that once led to the temple of the ram-headed fertility god Khnum, experts say. This stone has inscriptions that could date from the 22nd dynasty (945-712 B.C.) to 26th dynasty (664-525 B.C.).

Who knows what other treasures lie beneath the surface of the Nile…waiting to be discovered.

Flamboyant archaeologist believes he has identified Cleopatra’s tomb

Last week, to coincide with the opening of the new Indiana Jones movie, a story was released about a 60 year old archaeologist who is known worldwide for his trademark Indiana Jones hat. Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, believes he has found the tomb of Cleopatra and hopes that MarK Antony may be buried at her side. They have discovered a bust of Mark Antony and tunnels filled with statues and coins depicting Cleopatra. Wouldn’t it be cool to find these famous lovers?
As we finished up the first year of History of the World last month, we read the stories of Caesar and Mark Antony and Cleopatra. It is so exciting to read that more may be known about them soon. Unfortunately, excavations had to stop until next November due to the heat. I can’t wait to see what they will find!

PHOTO: Rare Bust of Wrinkled Caesar Found

National Geographic reporting:

A marble bust of an aging Julius Caesar—which may date back to 46 B.C.—has been found by divers in the Rhône River in southern France, officials say. The life-size sculpture (shown in a photo released this week) is etched with deep wrinkles and a balding pate.
The bust may be the oldest known representation of the famous Roman leader. Most known ancient sculptures of Caesar were created after his death.

This was not the only statue found and the others span time as to when they were created. Archaeologists are unsure of why these statues were dumped into the Rhone River…
Cool find though!

National Geographic News – Animals, Archaeology and Astronomy

I am more than a bit behind with my National Geographic feed reading. So I am going to make a big post linking to some of the stories that interested me the most from the past couple of weeks. Hopefully you will find something here that interests you as well!
“Extinct” Plants Discovered Blooming in Australia – these plants haven’t been seen since 1891 and were listed as extinct in 1922.

VIDEO: Terra-Cotta Army Coming to U.S. – This would be very neat to see!
Colossal Squid Thawing; Hints at Even Bigger Beasts A Colossal Squid that was accidentally captured February 2007 is revealing answers to the scientists in charge of thawing it and studying it.

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