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Lost Kingdom DISCOVERED: Archeologists unearth Biblical era town

DISCOVERY: Archeologists have unearthed this network (Pic: LIVESCIENCE) The remains of 41 villages surround Izapa, Mexico, the home of the kingdom between 700BC and 100BC. They are described as a series of "remarkable" suburbs, reports Live Science. Archeologists have now determined Izapa was not a stand-alone city, but surrounded by these towns with layouts that mirrored the ancient capital. Robert Rosenwig, an archeologist at SUNY Albany, said: "The consistency is remarkable. This is a treme..

SC ‘surprised’ by UP’s draft for ‘Taj’ without consulting ASI

New Delhi: Wondering the careless approach of Centre and UP government in submitting a draft vision document on protecting the world heritage ‘Taj Mahal’ without consulting the Archeology Department of India, the Supreme Court questioned who is responsible for maintaining ‘Taj’. The bench comprising of Justices Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Thursday was ‘surprised’ to find the report did not come from the responsible department for maintaining Taj but was a draft brought in by UP g..

The Bones of an Early Jamestown Settler May Soon Be Identified

An old, charred piece of long-forgotten flatbread has captured the interest of archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians around the world. Found in a stone fireplace in Jordan’s Black Desert, this proto-pita dates back 14,400 years, making it the oldest known example of bread, Reuters reports. To put the significance of this discovery in context: the flatbread predates the advent of agriculture by 4000 years, leading researchers to theorize that the laborious process of making the bread fr..

Another new archaeological discovery in the Boyne Valley has just come to light

The triple ditch barrow with enclosures and barrow surrounding it. Source: Noel Meehan ANOTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND has been photographed in the Boyne Valley – this time the outline of a possible barrow cemetery and ancient settlement. It has been busy few weeks for the area around Newgrange, with two new potential henges found on the floodplains just a few hundred metres away from the well-known passage tomb, and an entirely new passage tomb uncovered in a long-term excavation near Dowth Hal..

Indian Supreme Court blasts Archeology department over Taj Mahal

News Analysis | Expressing concern over blue and green patches on the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for ‘failure’ to protect it from rising pollution and even wondered whether the body should be relieved of the task to manage the affairs of the world heritage site. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said ASI was not properly discharged its duty in maintaining the beauty of Taj Mahal and asked the Centre to consider whether some other agencies be given the responsibility to protect and preserve the 17th-century world heritage site. Advocate A D N Rao, appearing for ASI, told the bench that it was doing whatever is required to protect the monument. He said the patches on Taj were because of insect-breeding in the stagnated water on Yamuna river bed. The court, however, slammed ASI for not accepting the environmental threat to the Taj, saying it was not doing enough to save the monument. The Taj Mahal, liste..

Miscreants rob historic tomb’s majesty

RAJKOT: The majestic sight of Mahabat Khan Makabra, the 19th century mausoleum right in the heart of town, leaves outsiders visiting Junagadh for the first time spellbound. Standing tall on a sprawling ground, the 120-year-old mausoleum is one of the most prominent monuments of the Mughal era rulers of Junagadh who had initially acceded to Pakistan but later agreed to merge it into India post-Independence. But walk closer to it and the mesmerising sight turns into sorrow within a few minutes. Several integral parts of this Indo-European architectural wonder with Islamic wonder lie in shambles. The intricately carved grills are shattered and some silver doors have actually been stolen or just silver taken away from some of them along with the gold canopy. There is no one to stop you from doing anything here. In the night, chances are strong that one may find Bachhus gulping down country-made liquor or even gambling. Though the main door of the mausoleum is locked, there is free ent..

Trip to Cascadia Cave brings archaeology to life for Eugene festivalgoers

Dylan Darling @DylanJDarling SWEET HOME — Only some of the petroglyphs catch the eye right away. So Tony Farqué held up a flashlight and clicked the button to trigger a strobe. Light flickered on the rock wall towering above him, revealing a hidden tapestry of carvings. Farqué said the strobe light mimics the glow of pitch torches used by Native Americans who carved the mysterious etchings in the rock thousands of years ago. "This is the largest and most complete rock art site in Western Oregon by far," said Farqué, archaeologist for the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. "There is a lot here." During the past 25 years, Farqué has led the hike to Cascadia Cave more than 450 times, introducing about 8,500 people to the special place. The site is about 60 miles northeast of Eugene off Highway 20. Most of the 10 people who joined Farqué on Friday were part of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival in Eugene. The festival is in its 15th year, and..

Brutal ancient mass sacrifice REVEALED: Sick priests ripped out hearts of children

Evidence of the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice by members of the sprawling ancient Chimú Empire where up to 140 children and 200 young llamas were killed. The children were between five to 14 years, according to reports. While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in scientific excavations, this discovery in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is “unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world”. EPA MASS KILLING: The remains of three adults were also found in close proximity EPA BRUTAL: More than 140 children of the Chimu Empire may have had there hearts ripped out “I, for one, never expected it” John VeranoThe skeletal remains of both children and animals show evidence of cuts to ribs, suggesting the that the victims’ chests were cut open and pulled apart, “perhaps to facilitate the removal of the heart”, noted the publication. The remains of three adults—a man and two women—were found in close proximi..

All Aboard with Science Channel’s New Series IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS Premiering 5/1

Since their spectacular RISE in the 19th century, railroads have been at the cutting edge of engineering and technology and that remains true, even today. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS, premiering Thursday, May 17 at 10pm ET/PT, shines a light on the world's most extraordinary rail systems, including New York's Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge, Japan's Bullet Train and California's Central Pacific Railroad. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS highlights the historic and modern breakthroughs of railroad production by telling the stories of bold PIONEERS and the Science behind their incredible engineering feats. High-tech graphic animation will detail each transportation marvel and will look at the engineering challenges that each railway faces. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS explores: · Incredible mountain railways that conquer vertiginous heights and offer breathtaking views, including Britain's Snowdon Mountain Railway and Californ..

Discovery of Ancient Israelite City Supports Biblical Account of King David

Discovery of Ancient Israelite City Supports Biblical Account of King David A new archaeological discovery is helping to confirm the biblical record that presents King David as an historical figure in ancient Israel. Some archaeologists and experts have doubted the biblical account because they have not been able to find any evidence of civilization dating back to the time when David is supposed to have ruled, according to the Bible: “no fortifications, public works or signs of statehood.” “Until 25 years ago no one doubted that King David was a historical figure,” adds Professor Avraham Faust, director of the archaeological dig. “In the last 25 years or so, however, David’s historicity, and especially the size of his kingdom, are hotly debated“. That is no longer true, however, after this recent discovery. “The new discovery at Tel ‘Eton, located in the Judean Shephelah to the east of the Hebron hills, seems to suggest that the highland kingdom controlled larger areas than so..

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