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”.
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..
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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Although often referred to as the Portuguese Church because of its location in what was once a Portuguese settlement that emerged after their arrival in the 1500s, the church was built by an Italian priest.
Construction on the church is believed to have begun in 1749, after Italian Catholic priest Paolo Nerini, a missionary from the Barnabite Order, obtained permission from King Binnya Dala, who reigned from 1747 to 1757, to build a church to replace a wooden one originally built by the Portug..
The European Museum of the Year Awards are set to be held in May, with a possible Greek win
Node ToolsThe Archaeological Museum of Thebes.
12 January 2018
The prestigious awards, EMYA, recognising excellence in the European museum sector has seen two museums in Greece, The Archaeological Museum of Thebes and the Diachronic Museum of Larissa are nominated in a list of 40 other cultural heavyweights.
The museum in Thebes houses artefacts representing millennia of continuous human activity in Boeotia. In Larissa, the Diachronic Museum is home to archaeological Byzantine, Palaeolithic and Neolithic finds.
According to EMYA the award is "given to a museum which contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying visitors with a unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility."
They said past winners all developed something special and changed the standards of quality in all museums within Europe such as ..
ST. ALBANS, ENGLAND—According to BBC News, archaeologists have made a puzzling discovery in the churchyard of St. Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire: the body of a child with what appear to be rosary beads wrapped around the hand. The presence of rosary beads is indicative of a Catholic burial, but the cemetery is thought to have belonged to the Church of England. Historical records suggest that around 170 people were buried in the churchyard between 1750 and 1850. The Canterbury Archaeological Trust has been excavating the site for several months ahead of construction of a new visitor center, and the child’s burial with the beads is the only one among 80 graves to have any artifacts associated with it. According to site director Ross Lane, there are several possible explanations for the incongruous burial. “It could be an earlier burial,” he said, “or it could be that this was a visitor to St. Albans from further afield and they’ve just been caught in an epidemic and buried.” To read i..
Photo from John Donges For years, dogs have worked with law enforcement officials to track down a variety of illicit substances. Now, experts at Penn believe that dogs might also be capable of sniffing out another type of contraband: stolen ancient artifacts.
The Penn Vet Working Dog Center and the Penn Museum are collaborating with Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law and Policy Research, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting cultural property, to host a program called K-9 Artifact Finders.
Given that the annual value of ancient artifacts looted, stolen, and/or smuggled comes up to between $4.5 billion to $6 billion per year, the theft of cultural property has been a growing concern for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“[K-9 Artifact Finders is] an innovative way to disrupt the market in illicit antiquities, and that’s really what needs to happen to slow down the pace of looting and theft in conflict zones,” consulting scholar for the Penn Museum and 2000 Penn doctoral graduate Mi..
April 23, 2019
A professor at one of America’s highly ranked public research universities, Minnesota University, released a report regarding the wood pathologist who devoted a portion of his research to the wood-decaying fungi that has indulged in many of Egypt’s ancient wooden tombs.
The report states that ornamental coffers alongside hand-carved statues, resting for millennia in the tombs of Abydos in upper Egypt, have noticeably weakened due to the growth of the wood-decaying fungi..
Visits to Greek museums and archaeological sites in August 2017 jumped 15.8 pct and 19.2 pct, respectively, the Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT reported.
The increase in total visitors to museums included a 13.1 pct hike in free-admission visitors, while museum revenues increased by 19.5 pct in the same month, the report said. For the eight-month Jan.-Aug. period, there was a 17.4 pct hike in total visitors to museums, a 15.9 pct increase in free-admission visits and a 21.7 pct increase in revenues.
For archaeological sites, ELSTAT said that there was a 19.2 pct rise in total visitors, a 25.9 pct increase of free-admission visitors and a 19.2 pct jump in revenues during the month of August. Over the eight-month period, meanwhile, there was 19.5 pct increase in total visitors, 22.2 pct increase in free-admission visitors and a 20 pct rise in revenues.
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The online portal of the International Business Times presented their list of the most significant archaeological discoveries for 2017. The author of the piece, Aristos Georgiou lists the sites 11 most significant digs for the year that is coming to an end. Here is the list:
Lost city founded by Alexander the Great uncovered in Iraq after 2,000 years
A city thought to have been founded by Alexander the Great – known as Qalatga Darband – was uncovered by archaeologists from the British Museum in northern Iraq after being lost for more than 2,000 years.
The hidden remains of the settlement were identified using drones fitted with cameras. The images taken were analysed, allowing researchers to identify the outlines of a large building concealed beneath grain fields. This in turn enabled them to determine the exact location of the remains of the ancient city.
Scientists reveal the age of Jesus Christ’s tomb is much older than previously thought
For the first time scientists were able to d..
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