Tag Archives: Digging History

Sprawling 3,300-year-old Egyptian tomb hides secrets of ancient war

Archaeologists are in the process of uncovering this carving at the tomb of a high general in Saqqara. Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian antiquities ministry Archaeologists have discovered the sprawling, 3,300-year-old tomb of an army general named Iwrhya at the ancient Egyptian site of Saqqara. Hieroglyphic inscriptions found on the tomb walls say that Iwrhya “is a high army General, and High steward ...

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Are these Neanderthal etchings a long-lost message?

The engraved flint flake from Kiik-Koba, Crimea. The flint has 13 etch marks, which were likely made by one or multiple pointed stones. Credit: Ana Mahjkic et al./PLoS ONE/CC by 4.0 A Neanderthal seems to have left a message etched in stone about 35,000 years ago, a new study finds. An analysis of the slanted, zigzag lines — engraved on ...

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This 3,000-year-old horse got a human-style burial

Discovered in 2011, the ancient remains of a chariot-pulling horse were found in a tomb more than five feet underground. Credit: Schrader et al./Antiquity Journal, doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.239 More than 3,000 years ago in the Nile River Valley, a body was carefully prepared for ceremonial burial. It was wrapped in a shroud and placed in a tomb, surrounded by important objects that ...

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'Extraordinary find' made in Pompeii bath house

File photo: A partial view of the ancient archaeological site of Pompeii is pictured in front of Mount Vesuvius April 17, 2014. (Credit: REUTERS/Ciro de Luca) Almost 2,000 years ago, a child sheltered in Pompeii’s central bath house complex as nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted terrifyingly, spewing vast amount of hot ash and pumice. The child’s body was undisturbed until this ...

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What the heck are these 520-million-year-old blobs? Experts can't agree.

A new study says these blobs definitely aren’t brains.  (Liu J. et al./Proceedings of the Royal Society B) Here’s a brainteaser: Do the 520-million-year-old fossils of an ancient, bug-like creature actually show a silhouette of its brains? Or are these blobby shapes in its head merely fossilized bacteria? According to a new study, the fossilized structures in the Cambrian-period creature’s ...

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The Wild, Wild West: Saloon showcases American frontier, cowboy history

So, a guy walks into a bar –and in this case, stumbles upon not just any bar—an historic western saloon on the old frontier with original artifacts displayed throughout.  The Palace Restaurant and Saloon is on historic Whiskey Row in Prescott, Arizona. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places, listed as established in 1877. “This could just be another bar, ...

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This bird's 'eyeball' survived 120 million years

The fossil of an ancient bird discovered in Liaoning, China: The black box shows where the bird’s well-preserved, fossilized eye tissues are located. Credit: Tanaka G. et al./Heliyon Scientists have discovered a surprisingly “visionary” detail about a dinosaur-age bird that had a tooth-filled beak: It could likely see in color. An analysis of the 120-million-year-old bird revealed that the creature’s ...

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