Archive for the 'Archeology' Category

Ancient Technology In Peru and Bolivia

• August, 2011

Enjoy this amazing journey through Cuzco, Tihuanacu, Machu Picchu, Puma Punku, the outskirts of lake Titicaca and more. Our guide and researcher David Hatcher Childress and British Engineer Christopher Dunn will narrate and indicate some of the facts and fiction as they walk through the Andes Mountains to examine evidence for the possible use of advanced rock-machining techniques. Going to ancient cities and megalithic quarries, they again examine saw marks, advanced lifting and moving techniques, as well as evidence of Pre-Incan megalith builders at Machu

Ancient rock art alive with bacteria

• January, 2011

Researchers say the ancient ‘Bradshaw art’ rock in Western Australia has maintained its vivid colors because it is colonized by living bacteria and fungi. Studies conducted by Jack Pettigrew and his colleagues at the University of Queensland showed that the rock art has kept its colors after at least 40,000 years. The team studied 80 of Bradshaw rock artworks in 16 locations within Western Australia’s Kimberley region, concentrating on Tassel and Sash, two of the oldest known styles of Bradshaw art. Analyses showed that many

Company digging mine in Afghanistan unearths Buddhist monastery

• December, 2010

A Chinese company digging an unexploited copper mine in Afghanistan has unearthed ancient statues of Buddha in a sprawling 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery. Archaeologists are rushing to salvage what they can from a major 7th century B.C. religious site along the famed Silk Road connecting Asia and the Middle East. The ruins, including the monastery and domed shrines known as ‘stupas,’ will likely be largely destroyed once work at the mine begins. The ruins were discovered as labourers excavated the site on behalf of the Chinese

Comet impact did not cause mammoths to die out.

• November, 2010

Comet impact did not cause mammoths to die out, scientists say A mass extinction that caused the death of giant species of mammal including mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers and giant beavers was not caused by a comet impact, scientists have concluded. Researchers have previously suggested that the last mass extinction of animals on Earth was triggered by a comet colliding with the planet and sparking a sudden drop in temperature around 13,000 years ago. This sudden change in climate, known as the Younger-Dryas climate reversal, saw

2012 isn’t the end of the world, Mayans insist

• October, 2009

2012 isn’t the end of the world, Mayans insist By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer MEXICO CITY – Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly “running out” on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it’s not the end of the world. Or is it? Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists. “I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff.” It can only get worse for him. Next month

Cave Complex Allegedly Found Under Giza Pyramids

• September, 2009

Cave Complex Allegedly Found Under Giza Pyramids Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News, Aug. 13, 2009 An enormous system of caves, chambers and tunnels lies hidden beneath the Pyramids of Giza, according to a British explorer who claims to have found the lost underworld of the pharaohs. Populated by bats and venomous spiders, the underground complex was found in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza. “There is untouched archaeology down there, as well as a delicate ecosystem that includes colonies of bats and a

30 Mummies Found in 2,600-Year-Old Tomb

• February, 2009

30 Mummies Found in 2,600-Year-Old Tomb By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press Writer Feb. 9, 2009 A storeroom housing about two dozen ancient Egyptian mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb during the latest round of excavations at the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo, archaeologists said Monday. The tomb was located at the bottom of a 36-foot deep shaft, said Egypt’s top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass . Twenty-two mummies were found in niches along the tomb’s walls, he said. Eight sarcophagi were also found

Antarctica’s 15-Million Year-Old Lake -A Living Bio Lab?

• February, 2009

Antarctica’s 15-Million Year-Old Lake -A Living Bio Lab? Casey Kazan. Researchers have thawed ice estimated to be perhaps a million years old or more from above Lake Vostok, an ancient lake that lies hidden more than two miles beneath the frozen surface of Antarctica using novel genomic techniques to determine how tiny, living “time capsules” survived the ages in total darkness, in freezing cold, and without food and energy from the sun.

2000-year-old computer recreated

• January, 2009

2000-year-old computer recreated .::. <<video>> <<Editors notE>> Interesting indeed. Would even find this device useful during these days, just for home-use ;) Archimedes and the 2000-year-old computer MARCELLUS and his men blockaded Syracuse, in Sicily, for two years. The Roman general expected to conquer the Greek city state easily, but the ingenious siege towers and catapults designed by Archimedes helped to keep his troops at bay. Then, in 212 BC, the Syracusans neglected their defences during a festival to the goddess Artemis, and the Romans

China finds “largest dinosaur fossil site” in world

• January, 2009

China finds “largest dinosaur fossil site” in world Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie Tue Dec 30, 2008 BEIJING (Reuters) Scientists in China say they have discovered the world’s largest dinosaur fossil site in the eastern province of Shandong, state media reported on Tuesday. Scientists had recovered some 7,600 fossils from a 300 meter (980 ft) long pit near Zhucheng city over the past seven months, Xinhua news agency said. The finds included remains of a 20-meter hadrosaurus, which could be a record size for

2,700-year-old marijuana found in Chinese tomb

• December, 2008

2,700-year-old marijuana found in Chinese tomb Dean Beeby THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA Stash seems to have been intended for buried shaman to use in the afterlife Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany. The 789 grams of

The Cave of Crystals

• November, 2008

The Cave of Crystals discovered 1,000ft below a Mexican desert By Victoria Moore Created 10:15 PM on 27th October 2008 Until you notice the orange-suited men clambering around, it’s hard to grasp the extraordinary scale of this underground crystal forest. Nearly 1,000ft below the Chihuahua Desert in Mexico, this cave was discovered by two brothers drilling in the Naica lead and silver mine. It is an eerie sight. Up to 170 giant, luminous obelisks – the biggest is 37.4ft long and the equivalent height of

Portal to mythical Mayan underworld found

• August, 2008

Archaeologists discovered maze of stone temples in underground caves Mexican archeologists have discovered a maze of stone temples in underground caves, some submerged in water and containing human bones, which ancient Mayans believed was a portal where dead souls entered the underworld. Tammara Thomsen via Reuters By Miguel Angel Gutierrez ET Aug. 14, 2008 MEXICO CITY – Mexican archeologists have discovered a maze of stone temples in underground caves, some submerged in water and containing human bones, which ancient Mayans believed was a portal where