In Sochi rescue excavations of ancient settlements
Security full-scale rescue excavations of archaeological sites within the area of Olympic construction. Archaeological excavations included in the project "Protection of Imereti lowland". In the course of this year planned…

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Scientists have described findings that shed light on the rites of the ancient inhabitants of Siberia.
Land of the Novosibirsk region has been inhabited by people since ancient times. Here were found traces of a primitive people, the inhabitants of the medieval nomads of the iron…

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Archeologists have found in Central America, traces of an unknown civilization

Archaeological expedition, who returned from the jungles of Honduras, announced the discovery of the ruins of the city-States belonging to the unknown science of civilization.

The expedition included scientists from the U.S. and Honduras, engineer (specialist in working with lidar), an anthropologist, an ethnobotanist and 16 fighters of the Honduran special forces, ensuring the safety of research. The ruins found in La-Moskitia region of Honduras, covered with impassable jungle. There the scientists examined and mapped the walls, squares, mounds and pyramid. These structures belonged to an unknown native American culture, which flourished in the years 1000-1400. The descendants (and the robbers) never got to the city, hidden in dense vegetation.

Scientists have discovered 52 artifacts including stone benches, murals depicting snakes and vultures, as well as the head of the “man-Jaguar”. This is probably a fragment of a sculpture showing a shaman in an altered state of consciousness. All findings were documented, however, scientists have left them in place. The city’s location is kept secret (not to be devastated by the robbers).

The history of discovery began in 2012, when a group of American archaeologists and filmmakers lidar (laser radar) spotted under the cover of the jungle La Mosquitia straight lines and rectangles. As in nature this geometry does not occur, the scientists decided that they have found the ruins of the city — and no mistake. Continue reading

The most valuable archaeological finds of the past year presented in St. Petersburg

Artifacts from the Paleolithic to the middle Ages. At the Institute of history of material culture Russian Academy of Sciences presented the most valuable archaeological finds of the last year. How are the coins of time of Ivan the terrible? And where they found the bronze akinaks in the report of our correspondent.

116 silver coins. They were found in Staraya Ladoga. Scientists did not believe my eyes when I saw the chasing.

Penny, saaminki, penny. The year of issue on the money then don’t put it determined on behalf of the king.

“There’s a coinage of Ivan the terrible, Fedor Ioannovich, Boris Godunov and Vasily Shuisky, that is, they always date younger coin, the last that got there,” explains the Director of the Institute of history of material culture RAS, doctor of historical Sciences Vladimir Lapshin.

The box of money found during archaeological excavations in August last year. Scientists have proved that the treasure was hidden during the time of Troubles, specifically in 1610, before the Swedes captured the fortress of Staraya Ladoga. Find invaluable is unanimously recognized experts and even offered to transfer the treasures in the Hermitage Museum or the Museum of the Moscow Kremlin.

“How many museums would not have claimed, this treasure will go to only one Museum – the Staraya Ladoga historical-arhitektuurigalerii Museum-reserve. In my opinion, he has every right to keep this complex and be proud of them,” – said the Deputy head of the Staraya Ladoga archaeological expedition of Natalia Grigorieva. Continue reading

The most important archaeological discoveries of the year

Archaeology magazine summed up the year and ranked the most important archaeological discoveries and findings.

1. Revealed the composition of a blue dye of the Maya. This paint used to paint Mayan captives destined for sacrifice to the gods. This discovery belongs to the anthropologist from the College Wheaton in Illinois to Dean Arnold. He analyzed the remnants of the substance in the sacrificial bowl, stored in the Chicago natural history Museum field. In the opinion of the scientist, the dye was made from Indigo leaves and clay.

2. In Peru, discovered the mummy of a man who belonged to the Wari culture donkovski, the mummy was at least 1,700 years. The mummy was found in August in burial hill in Lima’s district. The perfectly preserved mummy, she was wrapped in several layers of woolen fabric. On the face of the mummy was wearing a wooden mask, in the eye sockets enclosed blue sea shells. Judging by knitting needles and yarn Madam found near the mummy, it was the burial of a weaver.

3. In Turkey, the site of the ancient city of Samal discovered funerary stele Dating to the eighth century BC. The stele was discovered by the University of Chicago graduate students Virginia Rimmer and Benjamin Thomas. This 350-pound basalt, which bears the inscription of the Phoenician alphabet. In the inscription refers to a certain Kuttamuwa, made an offering of food for the soul, enclosed in this stele. This is evidence that in remineralizing century there already existed the belief that the soul can exist separately from the body. Continue reading

Excavations in North-Western Armenia: the bronze Age South Caucasus
Colchis culture All this indicates a certain independence of the Colchis axe of late bronze age from the earlier, tube-head. On the other hand, not only in early axes of…

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Archaeologists have discovered two ancient settlements in Primorye
Archaeologists during excavations found near the village of Artyom in the Primorye two settlements of ancient people of the Neolithic and the iron age, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday head…

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