Archaeological finds

In St. Petersburg will present the findings of archaeological expeditions in the history of Russia
Moscow, April 15. St. Petersburg archaeologists will present the finds of the expeditions of 2014, providing new evidence about the history of different regions of Russia and Asia. As reported…

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Opening in Cyprus renewed Georgian archeological complex Galiya X-XVI centuries
Holidays in Cyprus is not only Golden beaches and azure sea but also the acquaintance with the rich culture and history of the region. Many travelers specifically to come to…

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Black diggers in Moldova devalue historical findings

According to experts, the artifacts discovered on the territory of Moldova are sent abroad. After the antiquities pass through the hands of the diggers, their estimated cost can be significantly reduced.

CHISINAU, 2 Mar Sputnik, Daria Chernega. The Ministry of culture of Moldova cannot accurately assess the actual extent of black archaeology in the Republic, said Sputnik, Deputy Minister of culture of Moldova Igor Sharov.

Officially only 65 people in the country are issued by the Department permission to use metal detectors. In the case of Amateur archaeologists much more.

According to officials, in the past 20 years, sellers of artifacts seized from the bowels of the Moldavian earth much more ancient than scientists, since 1945.

Earlier, the government approved the bill for unauthorized archaeological excavations will be forced to pay into the state Treasury up to one thousand conventional units or deprived of liberty for a term up to one year.

“The law applies not only to the diggers, but also to those who store and sell historical value obtained illegally. We will make every effort to ensure that the law was implemented in practice. Those who go into the field with a metal detector,must remember that this case is punishable,” said Balls. Continue reading

Ancient graves, pyramid ruins found in Mexico

Construction work in Eastern Mexico exposed an ancient settlement, including 30 skeletons and the ruins of the pyramid, which is thought to have been up to 2,000 years old, archaeology officials announced.

On the site of the graves in the city Jaltipan, to the Southeast of Veracruz, archaeologists also found clay figurines, jade beads, mirrors and animal remains, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History or INAH.

Researchers believe that the settlement was occupied from approximately the first century BC to ad 600 or 700. Little is known about the people who lived there. The skeletons are going to be analyzed so that researchers could learn about how they were treated from the funeral. [In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Skeletons Unearthed]

“All that is known so far, is that these 30 funeral, two at least belong to infants,” explained archaeologist Alfredo Delgado in a statement from INAH.

Deer antlers and bones that may belong to dogs, American wolves, deer, fish and birds were buried with the bodies, perhaps as beloved Pets to the underworld, the researchers said. There is also evidence that the inhabitants of the place were fossil collectors; among the numerous prehistoric remains were facilityname teeth long shark extinct Megalodon-type. Continue reading

Siberian archaeology — the end of the season

First of all Vyacheslav Molodin has focused on excavations in the complex of Tartas-1 Vengerovsky district of Novosibirsk region. Portal Scientific Russia already talked about the mysterious graves found near the Old village of Tartas. This year archaeologists have examined about 2 thousand square metres, found the remains of dwellings and a variety of things. Found even the Neolithic was the construction of fish processing. The archaeologists used geophysical equipment — magnetometers — and made a map of potential sites for future excavations.

Continued excavations in the Novosibirsk region and “Vengerovo-2”, where the bronze age settlement (about it also wrote the portal of Scientific Russia ). In Vengerovo was made a rare find — absolutely a vessel. In addition, this year there was found a mold for the manufacture of bronze axes. Tellingly, it was made from imported stone, and, apparently, could withstand up to 200 castings.Here’s another proof of the constant mixing of cultures that occurred in Siberia.

And in the Kolyvan district of the Novosibirsk region was found in Mongolian burial related in XIII-XIV centuries. In grave discovered the woman’s headdress, bun, clearly Mongol origin. And lie near the Western Siberian things. This woman, who lived far to the North from the centres of the Mongolian Empire clearly used local things, and, says Vyacheslav Molodin, “was integrated into the local environment.” Continue reading

The first humans were long-legged and weak-minded

The history of human migration outside of Africa continues to generate interest among anthropologists. In fact, it was the first and most ambitious trip in history, about which still very little is known. So you can imagine the delight of the scientists who discovered in a cave in Georgia, the remains of the first men, appeared outside the Black continent. In addition, the study findings provided interesting information about the life of our distant predecessors.

The source is so important for the science of fossil material became the famous cave of Dmanisi in Georgia. This is a unique place, archaeologists discovered in the early 1990s and were struck by the number of unique finds, hidden in this dungeon. Several years ago, there were found fragments of the skeleton of the genus Homo (our immediate ancestors). Their age, determined by radiocarbon Dating, was equal to 1.77 million years, and this discovery made in the scientific world furor: the fact that these are the earliest finds of this kind outside Africa. Alas, they were very fragmentary and did not allow to reconstruct the shape of the first Asians.

Now as a result of new excavations in Dmanisi were found the well preserved remains of ancient people who lived in the same time period. Their study has brought several important results.First, it has been definitively proved that the first men were direct descendants of Australopithecus – the first hominid became bipedal and started to purposefully use tools. Secondly, it turned out that the anatomy of our ancestors is very peculiar. They had long, well developed legs, virtually no less in this modern people. But the brain was small, from 600 to 775 cubic cm – two times lower than ours.

“Evolution was in the direction of increasing the efficiency of energy use while walking,” says Professor David Lordkipanidze from the Georgian national Museum in Tbilisi. “If you are going on a long trip, you don’t have to be a genius, but it is useful to have strong legs,” – presents the same thought in a slightly different vein, Jeffrey Lightman, head of the research project on the American side.

Paestum (Paestum): an ancient city of Magna Grecia.

Paestum is an ancient city of Magna Grecia in Italy. The Greeks called him Poseidon. All the churches of the city were grouped around a square. Discovered this place in the beginning of XX century and it became the greatest archaeological discovery of the great Greece of the last century. The exact date of Foundation of Paestum are unknown. Archaeologists call about VII century BC the city was built by the inhabitants of the city of Sybaris, located on the Eastern side of the Italian Peninsula (modern Calabria), who founded several colonies on the Tyrrhenian coast commercial purposes. They wanted to use the new city as a “transit” point for goods imported by sea, and then from Paestum goods could travel overland, which saved time and relieved from the dangerous sea voyage along the “Italian toe”. But in 510 BC, sybaris was completely destroyed. It has shaken the position of Paestum . But the town survived. In the days of Ancient Rome. Paestum remained faithful to him, although most of the Greek cities supported Hannibal. Then the Greek Poseidon was called Paestum . But the city’s harbour overgrown with grass, Paestum mentioned Continue reading

In the catacombs of Rome discovered the remains of the first Christians
More than a thousand skeletons in "elegant gowns" were found in Roman catacombs of Saint Peter and Marcellinus. Roman archaeologists from the French School and the French University of Bordeaux…

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