Bronzeware from a group of 3,000- year-old tombs, which archaeologists said belonged to the royal family of Western Zhou Dynasty (1100 BC-771 BC), was unearthed in northern China’s Shanxi Province, said local government.
The tombs, which lie about 17 meters underground, were found at the Hengshui Village of Jiangxian County. Archaeologists found more than 30 pieces of bronzeware, including cooking vessels, kettles and bells, the provincial institute of archeology announced Tuesday.
Ball State University researchers are studying what remains of a prehistoric Native American site in Indiana.
The property formerly contained a burial mound surrounded by a 31-acre rectangle made of earthen walls reaching 9 feet high — the largest Indian enclosure that has ever been found in the state, researchers said.
Donald Cochran, director of BSU’s archaeological resources management service, and his assistant, Beth McCord, have received a $26,850 federal grant through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. It will help pay for a new investigation of the site near Winchester, 20 miles east of Muncie.
Bog body! Ancient ‘Bog Body’ Unearthed in Germany
A body found in a peat bog in northern Germany, first thought to be a murder victim, turned out to be a sensational archeological find: the 2,700 year old mummified corpse of a teenage girl.
At first the police thought the body of a teenage girl they were alerted to was evidence in an unsolved murder case. But upon closer examination, it turned out the suspected victim of foul play found a peat bog in the town of Uchte, Lower Saxony, was actually slightly older than first thought, some 2,700 years older.
Many of the body’s hundred-odd parts were first dug out of the moor in 2000. At the time, the police homicide unit was assigned to the case, but when they failed to solve it, the file was archived and the moor body forgotten.
And ice body! Interview: “Inca Mummy Man” Johan Reinhard
In 1995 on the 20,500-foot (6,248-meter) frozen summit of Mount Ampato in Peru, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard made the discovery of a lifetime: a nearly perfectly preserved, frozen Inca mummy.
Viewed by millions and heralded by Time magazine as one of the most important scientific discoveries of the year, the find launched Reinhard on a quest to preserve many sacred Inca sites in the Andes of South America.
An ancient temple complex four times bigger than Nalanda with stone carvings not seen even in Khajuraho has been discovered at Sirpur, a town on the Mahanadi near here.
About 200 mounds, 100 Buddha vihars, four Jain vihars and more than 100 Shiva temples spread across 25 sq km were found during excavations that began in February but have had to be suspended for the monsoon.
While this makes it the biggest temple complex of the sixth and seventh centuries to be uncovered so far, the finding is significant not for size alone.
For the first time, stone carvings depicting sexual activity among animals have been found. “This is the rarest of carvings seen in Indian archaeology,” said K.K. Muhhamed, superintending archaeologist with the Archaeological Survey of India.
Animal smut, but we’ll use any excuse to get more hits from random searchers.
A newly released study makes several recommendations for federal agencies dealing with American Indian tribes on sacred or historical sites.
The study was commissioned by the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) after it was conceived in conjunction with the National Park Service’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
”Consultation with tribes seemed an elusive process,” said report author Sherry Hutt on why the report was necessary.
The Dallas International Shroud of Turin Conference, a scientific conclave for presenting peer-reviewed research papers on what is thought to be the 2,000-year-old burial cloth of the historic Jesus, will be held in Dallas, September 8-11, at the Adolphus Hotel.
The Dallas conclave of scientists and scholars are expected to shed new light on the age-old question of whether the image on the Shroud is a visible projection of Christ’s resurrection as some believers claim, or a clever medieval fake that has long hoaxed believers.
We’re dubious of the supposed “peer-reviewed” nature of the presentations since this event seems to be sponsored by pro-Shroud (as in, it’s real) groups, notably the late Ray Rogers, a prominent Shroud supporter. BTW, one of the latest issues of either Skeptic or Sceptical Inquirer have a section on the latest piece of work by Rogers reported earlier in the year.
A specialist south Wales company has won a contract to help preserve an ancient Egyptian temple.
Newport-based Cintec International will carry out work to reinforce the 2,500-year-old Temple of Hibis in the Western Desert.
The company is using a system which it says will leave no visible change to the temple’s outward appearance.