Remains of John the Baptist found in Bulgaria? - Archaeologists in Bulgaria claim they have found remains of John the Baptist while excavating the site of a 5th century monastery on the Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan.
A reliquary – a container for holy relics – discovered last week under the monastery’s basilica was opened on Sunday and found to contain bone fragments of a skull, a hand and a tooth, Bulgaria’s official news agency BTA reported. -
Archaeology: Medieval treasure found in northeastern Bulgaria - Archaeologists from Varna discovered one of the largest medieval treasures in recent times and the largest one in 2010 during excavation works in the medieval city of Kastritsi in Euxinograd, on August 4, news agency Focus reported.
Тhe treasure consisted of a small jug dating back to the 14th century, containing 166 silver coins from the era of Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria and his son Mihail, Focus reported. The archaeologists also unearthed parts of utensils and swords.
Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover Ancient Winery (5.08.2010)-
Bulgarian archaeologists have explored further a Late Antiquity fortress located near the town of Byala on the St. Atanas Cape on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast that they found last year.
The team of archaeologists from the Varna Archaelogy Museum led by Prof. Dr. Valeri Yotov has uncovered a number of new details of the early Byzantine fortress, including what is believe to be the discovery an ancient winery.
- Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover Wealthy Prehistoric Settlement
- Archaeologists Discover Early Neolithic Grave in North-Western Bulgaria
- 5000 Years Old Archaeological Pottery Craft Unearthed in Syria
- Canadian archeologists revel in ‘mind-blowing’ dig in Turkey
- 1,800-year-old care set found in southern Turkey
- Serbian site may have hosted first copper makers
- Ancient skull suggests head reshaping practice
Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover Wealthy Prehistoric SettlementJuly 25, 2010, Sunday
The town, which flourished between 5 800 BC and 5 500 BC had well-organized streets and even two-storey houses with oak floors.
“The ceramics that we found here is of a very high-quality, and with no analogy compared to other settlements from this age. People of this period had taste, and we can say they had an aristocratic style,” explained archaeologist Dr. Svetlana Venelinova from the Regional History Museum in the city of Shumen.
The newly-found prehistoric settlement is located near the village of Ivanovo, whose rock-hewn monasteries are recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Dr. Venelinova believes the settlement might have been a religious center because of the superb quality of the ceramics and tools found there. The town had a 5-meter fortress wall and a 3-meter-deep moat. Yet, in the 300 years of its existence the town was burned down seven times.
My comment: I'd really like to visit that place myself. Because its discovery is quite a news, even if it wasn't presented as such. In the least, it proves the existence of culture comparable with the Middle East and Indian at time when nobody thought it would. Surprise surprise. And remember that they even question sites in India for "lack of archeological context". How about this for context!
Archaeologists Discover Early Neolithic Grave in North-Western Bulgaria18 June 2010 | A grave of a man filled with burial gifts, dating from the early Neolithic period, was recently discovered by archaeologists Georgi Ganetsovski from the Vratsa History Museum, during the renewed excavations of the prehistoric settlement in the Valoga area near the north-western Bulgarian village of Ohoden.
The prehistoric man’s skeleton is amazingly well preserved, although it has been underground for almost 8,000 years, Ganetsovski explained, cited by national media. The archaeologist said that the man’s body was laid on its back and his legs were bent to the left, in a pit that was especially dug out for it. Next to the man’s head was found a fully preserved ceramic, spherical vessel, and next to his right shoulder – a flint knife. The traces of the burial ceremony, according to Ganetsovski, can be easily seen.
Ganetsovski told media that the man’s grave was found within the borders of the rock complex in the northwestern part of the prehistoric village, which is also unique for the earliest Neolithic period. sourceMy comment: Another great discovery. The interesting question is why the skeleton is so well preserved. There is no mentioning of this in the news, however.
|5000 Years Old Archaeological Pottery Craft Unearthed in Syria|
|By H. Sabbagh|
|25 July 2010|
The excavations uncovered great numbers of pottery known as "black clay" that strongly imply connections between the occupants of Houran and the people of the Nile Valley.
According to these discoveries, the pottery craft emerged in Houran around 3000 BC, producing pottery of various sizes and purposes, most important of which are those discovered in tombs dating back to the Bronze Age (3100-2100 BC) indicating that the people of Houran at the time believed in an afterlife and buried simple items needed by the deceased with them, similar to the ancient Egyptians.
Archaeologist Yasser Abu Nuqta said most of pottery findings in Houran date back to the early, middle and late Bronze, Iron, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Ages.
He also noted that white clay fragments of Cypriot origin prove the existence of commerce between Houran and Cyprus, adding that the area provided potters with all the ingredients they need.sourceMy comment: In this otherwise not very exiting news, I'm very interested in the connection with Cyprus. Unfortunately they don't mention the period that connection date from. Because Cyprus was not the same during all the ages they mention. And if the connection is very early, then the good question is, with which civilization they were in touch. And was it only trade or something more?
Canadian archeologists revel in ‘mind-blowing’ dig in Turkey
TELL TAYINAT, Turkey — Every time archeologist James Osborne steps into the remains of the newly uncovered temple at Tell Tayinat, he can’t help but wonder about the people who walked those steps before him.
The temple is “a spectacular find, a once-in-a-lifetime thing. ”The whole site has been incredibly rich, yielding hundreds of thousands of artifacts. But Osborne, who is studying for his doctorate at Harvard, has been focusing on a second temple uncovered in 2008.
Although the team calls their find a temple, it may not have been a strictly religious building, in the way we use the word today.So far, the team has found nine distinct layers in which the inhabitants just built over their ancestors’ work. The oldest dates to the 12th and 11th centuries BC.
So far, the project has only proceeded to the late eighth or early seventh century BC, and the tablet they unearthed last year dates from 672 BC.It’s hard for scientists to visualize what the people of Tell Tayinat must have been like.
The team has found flutes and seen depictions of tambourines, so they know the inhabitants had music. Whether this was for worship or pleasure is not known. source
My comment: Hm, don't you feel a little lied when reading about the "people"? Isn't it strange that nobody mentions the culture that created that extremely rich temple? The culture which was so deeply connected with music? Well, during that period, there weren't many "people" there. They were Thracians. At least in the earliest period. And if they don't mention that word, it's because that name is extremely inconvenient for Turkey, after the monstrosities they did to Thracians in a much much later period. And if I'm wrong, then why don't they just name those people. They found so much of their life, they should know who they are. After all, the history of this region is known more or less.
Ancient skull suggests head reshaping practice
Nicky PhillipsJuly 26, 2010
''Death might have been something to look forward to for him,'' palaeoanthropologist Peter Brown said.
But since his skeleton, known as Nacurrie, was discovered in 1948, near Swan Hill on the Murray River, it has been the changes to his skull that have been of most interest to Professor Brown.
The shape of his cranium suggests Aborigines practised body modification, specifically manipulating the contour of the skull, he said. Nacurrie appears to be the earliest example of the practice being used anywhere in the world, he said.
''You can only change the shape of the head in a baby because the skull is soft and malleable so it can pass through the birth canal,'' said Professor Brown, from the University of New England.
The skeleton of Nacurrie, which has been repatriated, suggests his skull shape was modified by subtle means, probably by massage from his mother's hands. Several other skulls found in the Murray-Darling area also had modified skulls.
''It is clear from the archaeological record that a group of people living on the Murray River used to do this … between 10,000 and 13, 000 years ago.''
Professor Brown said massaging the skull doesn't cause brain damage because the brain is a flexible organ. The practice was probably done for aesthetic reasons, but it wasn't known why it had stopped in Aborigines.
Nacurrie man's skeleton also shows Aborigines living 10,000 years ago were much bigger than those first encountered during European settlement.
In Papua New Guinea some mothers would bind their babies' heads with a tight bandage, which created a cone shape, while in South America babies were sometimes bound to create a flat-shaped head, he said.
''In the Netherlands and Denmark they used to put little caps on babies which used to change the shape of their heads. That was done until fairly recently.'' source
My comment: I really don't understand that practice. It makes no sense at all. It's ridiculous to think it was done only for aesthetics. Aesthetics is something you learn or train. You don't just get born liking conical heads. There was reason for them to do that, but nobody so far told me one that is logical. I won't go in the aliens theories, but for me there are two main options - either they saw that in someone they respected, or they did it to develop certain parts of the brain. Which one it is, I have no idea.