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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

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