Archaeologists discover 2,700-year-old tomb in Mexico
Scientists find ancient asphalt domes off California coast - Some 700 feet deep in the waters off California's jewel of a coastal resort, Santa Barbara, sits a group of football-field-sized asphalt domes unlike any other underwater features known to exist.
Crete fortifications debunk myth of peaceful Minoan society -
Maya plumbing, first pressurized water feature found in New World -Though I think there was something about Korean baths?!
Around 100 Dacian ovens discovered at Mediesu Aurit - About 100 ovens built almost 1,700-1,900 years ago by the free Dacians, who were living in the areas outside Roman occupation in 106 AD, were unearthed around Mediesu Aurit village. - It's interesting they talk about "free Dacians", but they don't mention that the not free Dacians are actually the Thracians who became part of the Roman Empire.
4,000-year-old relics spur new look at Sa Huynh culture - Archaeologists in the central province of Quang Ngai have found relics dating back some 4,000 years, encouraging scientists to study afresh one of Vietnam s most prominent cultures.
- New pyramid discovered in Peru linked to ancient copper industry
- Research shows part of Alaska inundated by ancient megafloods
- Ancient stones found in Devon
- Not just Neanderthals, there's X-men in us too
- Family Cemetery in a Roman Period Tumulus near the Village of Borissovo, Elhovo Region
New pyramid discovered in Peru linked to ancient copper industry
Research shows part of Alaska inundated by ancient megafloodsNew research indicates that one of the largest fresh-water floods in Earth's history happened about 17,000 years ago and inundated a large area of Alaska that is now occupied in part by the city of Wasilla. The event was one of at least four "megafloods" as Glacial Lake Atna breached ice dams and discharged water. The megaflood that covered the Wasilla region released as much as 1,400 cubic kilometers, or 336 cubic miles, of water, enough to cover an area the size of Washington, D.C., to a depth of nearly 5 miles. That water volume drained from the lake in about a week and, at such great velocity, formed dunes higher than 110 feet, with at least a half-mile between crests. The dunes appear on topographical maps but today are covered by roads, buildings and other development. By definition, a megaflood has a flow of at least 1 million cubic meters of water per second (a cubic meter is about 264 gallons). The largest known fresh-water flood, at about 17 million cubic meters per second, originated in Glacial Lake Missoula in Montana and was one of a series of cataclysmic floods that formed the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. The megaflood from Glacial Lake Atna down what is now the Matanuska River to the Wasilla region might have had a flow of about 3 million cubic meters per second. The researchers also found evidence for two smaller Atna megafloods, down the Tok and Copper rivers. source
Ancient stones found in DevonMonday 19 April 2010 23.51 BST
Alamy Archaeologists revealed today what they believe is a "spectacular" monument hundreds of years older than Stonehenge on one of the most remote peaks on Dartmoor in Devon. The nine stones that make up the monument, which are up to 2.6 metres high but just 20cm wide, are lying flat but it is thought they originally stood in a long, thin line. They were discovered at Cut Hill six years ago but experts have only just dated the stones to about 3,500BC by carbon-dating the peat in which they lie. They appear to be aligned to mark the rising of the midsummer sun, which suggests they could have symbolic and astronomical purposes. Tom Greeves, who made the discovery, said: "It consists of large slabs of granite lying flat in the same orientation. They are so regular in line and proportion that they give the impression of railway sleepers. " source
My comment: If you ask me, it sounds much more like a airport runaway to me. Because ok, astronomical purpose sounds fine, but it's not very practical, isn't it? Maybe it was a celebration of the Universe, that could explain the devotion of taking big stones and arrange them in such a way. But for me, it's a runaway :)
Not just Neanderthals, there's X-men in us too>ANI, May 14, 2010, 01.37am IST
Joao Zilhao at the University of Bristol, UK, suggests Homo sapiens migrated from Africa to meet and interbred with other Homo species that have now become extinct. Swedish biologist Svante Svante Paabo's team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, found the first evidence of interbreeding. They reported last week that the genome of humans today is roughly 1 to 4% Neanderthal.
The fact that all non-Africans have this percentage, suggests that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals interbred sometime between 100,000 and 45,000 years ago, after the first humans left Africa but before they split into regional populations.
Also, they observed a spike in genetic diversity in Indo-Pacific peoples, dating to around 40,000 years ago. Again, it's unlikely the diversity came from Homo sapiens interbredding with Neanderthals, as the latter never travelled that far south.
In March, Paabo's team reported the discovery of DNA from a hominin that is probably neither human nor Neanderthal that lived 50,000 to 30,000 years ago in a cave in southern Siberia. They dubbed the creature X-woman, and sequencing machines are already decoding its genome, says Paabo's colleague Ed Green of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Green does not dismiss the idea that X-woman or its kind have bred with humans.
Neanderthals walk into frozen Britain 40,000 years earlier than thoughtJune 1, 2010
Early pre-Neanderthals inhabited Britain before the last ice age, but were forced south by a previous glaciation about 200, 000 year ago. When the climate warmed up again between 130,000 and 110,000 years ago, they couldn't get back because, similar to today, the Channel sea-level was raised, blocking their path. This discovery shows they returned to our shores much earlier than 60, 000 years ago, as previous evidence suggested.
Scientists discover nanodiamonds in Greenland iceSeptember 8, 2010 by Paul Mayewski
Family Cemetery in a Roman Period Tumulus near the Village of Borissovo, Elhovo Region
The fifth field season of the Strandzha expedition, within whose frames a team headed by Daniela Agre (NIAM-BAS) is making systematic archaeological excavations of tumuli in the Elhovo region. The tumulus is part of a big cemetery situated near the village of Borissovo. It was 8 m high and its diameter was 60 m. Seven burial structures and two pits were discovered under the tumulus. One of the pits yielded a chariot together with the skeletons of a couple of harness horses and the second one – the skeletons of two riding horses. The chariot was completely preserved. It was placed in a pit measuring 2.80×6.20 m, 1.40 m deep. The long axis of the pit was north-south oriented and its northern part was slanting making it easy to drive in it the cart and the horses.
The cart has no suspension; it is four-wheeled, with a short basket and a seat and is a very luxurious vehicle indeed. It was aimed to carry a charioteer (driver) and a passenger. source
My comment:The cart might not be sound so cool, but combine it with all the horses and so on and it appears that the whole burial was quite rich.