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Archaeologists discovered a meteorite fragment in a nine thousand years old hut



Archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology (IAE) PAS in Szczecin discovered a meteorite fragment inside the remains of a hut dating back more than 9,000 years in Bolków by the lake Świdwie in Western Pomerania.

It is a natural pyrite meteorite fragment with cylindrical shape and porous, corrugated side surface. It has a height of 8 cm, width of 5.3 cm at the base and 3.5 cm at the top.

"The meteorite was brought to the shelter as a special object, not of this world, which must have been obvious to the contemporary men, knowledgeable of stone raw materials. Read more.

Ancient Egyptian objects, Islamic coins recovered



Following comprehensive investigations carried out by the Tourism and Antiquities Police, members of a gang specialising in illegal excavation work and the looting of antiquities have been caught red-handed.

The gang leader was arrested in his home in Giza’s Abu Sir village, where a collection of 17 authentic Islamic coins, 12 Ancient Egyptian ushabti figurines and a replica statue were found hidden inside an oven.

According to the police report, this collection emerged from illegal excavations carried out by the gang members and a number of villagers in a remote archaeological area in Abu Sir. (source)


Milky Way Cove by Adam Woodworth on Flickr.


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4,000-Year-Old Burial with Chariots Discovered in South Caucasus



An ancient burial containing chariots, gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices has been discovered by archaeologists in the country of Georgia, in the south Caucasus.

The burial site, which would’ve been intended for a chief, dates back over 4,000 years to a time archaeologists call the Early Bronze Age, said Zurab Makharadze, head of the Centre of Archaeology at the Georgian National Museum.

Archaeologists discoveredthe timber burial chamber within a 39-foot-high (12 meters) mound called a kurgan. When the archaeologists reached the chamber they found an assortment of treasures, including two chariots, each with four wooden wheels. Read more.

Archaeologists investigate lost medieval chapel built to rest souls of kings in Edinburgh



Archaeologists in Edinburgh have found a fragment of floor tile from high status medieval Scots and a circular, stone-lined well while searching for the remains of a chapel built almost 500 years ago.

Extensive research suggests the chapel, built by Sir Simon Preston in 1518 and created to rest the “souls” of James III and IV, still lies beneath the “unassuming” buildings of Bridgend Farm.

A medieval church font was found by a former owner of the land, and an archaeological survey last year resulted in a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a fuller investigation. Read more.

Ancient Mayan City, Protected Forest Named World Heritage Sites By UNESCO



The Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul in Mexico’s Campeche state have been named “mixed natural and cultural” World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

The World Heritage Committee added the two Mexican sites to the World Heritage List at its meeting in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday.

This is the first mixed site in Mexico added by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, to its list, the INAH said. Read more.

Mysterious Costa Rican Spheres Become an Official World Heritage Site



The Columbian settlements with Stone Spheres of Diquís (Costa Rica) today joined the list of sites declared as a World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

The area is located south of the country, covering four areas of archaeological remains in the delta of the river Diquís. They are considered exceptional prevailing testimonies of complex social and economic civilizations from the period between 500 and 1500 AD.

The World Heritage site consists of mounds, paved areas, graves and in particular, a series of stone spheres from 0.7 to 2.57 meters in diameter whose creation, use and significance remain largely a mystery to this day. Read more.

19th Century ‘Elixir of Long Life’ Found



The elixir of long life is a bitter, alcohol-heavy concoction — if you trust a 150-year-old bottle unearthed at a hotel construction site in New York’s Lower East Side.

The site, once a German beer garden and music hall called the Atlantic Garden, contained hundreds of liquor bottles dating from as far as the 1850s.

Among them, there was a greenish glass vial that was believed to help people cheat death.

Intrigued, the team behind the find at Chrysalis Archaeology tracked down the historic recipe in Germany. They found it in a 19th-century medical guide.

The ingredients included aloe, gentian, rhubarb, Spanish saffron, Zedoary (white turmeric), and one part water to three parts alcohol. Read more.