July 11, 2008 |
Macedonian archaeologists say they have discovered a well-preserved statue of the goddess of love in the ruins of an ancient Roman city near Skopje, Macedonia. Archaeologist Marina Oncevska said Thursday that the 5-foot-6-inch-tall marble Venus is a masterpiece of ancient art executed in the late classical Greek tradition. It dates to the second or third century. She says archaeologists found it Tuesday in the ruins of Scupi on the northwest outskirts of Macedonia's capital. "The smoothness of the marble and the beauty of the statue give us the clue that this masterpiece came from one of the best artistic schools in the Mediterranean," Oncevska said.
July 10, 2008 |
Some mysteries are such fun you almost don't want to know the truth. That may help explain why people are fascinated with crystal skulls. Happy to share the spotlight with the latest Indiana Jones movie, the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History in Washington is putting its crystal skull on display starting today. "People like to believe in something greater than themselves," Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh said, and crystal skulls are mysterious and beautiful. But she studied the Smithsonian skull and those in other museums and concluded they are all fakes, made in the 19th and 20th centuries.
April 12, 2008 |
Excavation of two graves in the Mixtec Indian village of Tayata, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca along the Pacific Coast, have revealed evidence that the Mixtec cremated some of their dead as early as 3,000 years ago, researchers reported Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The find represents the earliest evidence for cremation, a practice that was later reserved for Mixtec kings and Aztec emperors. Evidence from the graves indicates that Mixtec elite may have emerged as early as 1100 BC, and that the elite consumed dogs as part of their diet.
January 26, 2008 |
The victims of human sacrifice by Mexico's ancient Mayas were likely boys and young men, archaeologists said this week. Maya priests in Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula sacrificed children by throwing them into sacred water-filled sinkhole caves known as cenotes. Archaeologist Guillermo de Anda from the University of Yucatan pieced together the bones of 127 bodies and found that more than 80% were likely boys between the ages of 3 and 11. The rest were mostly men.
December 29, 2007 |
Archeologists have discovered the ruins of an 800-year-old Aztec pyramid in the heart of the Mexican capital that could show the ancient city is at least a century older than previously thought. Mexican archeologists found the ruins, which are about 36 feet high, in the central Tlatelolco area, once a major religious and political center for the Aztec elite.
July 7, 2007 |
Chinese researchers say they have found a strange pyramid-shape chamber while surveying the huge underground tomb of China's first emperor. Remote sensing equipment has revealed what appears to be a 100-foot-high room above Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb near the ancient capital of Xi'an in Shaanxi province, the state-run New China News Agency reported this week. The room has not been excavated.
June 9, 2007 |
The 5,000-year-old iceman Otzi, discovered in 1991 in a Tyrolean glacier, died when an arrowhead pierced an artery near his shoulder, causing him to bleed to death in a few minutes, Swiss researchers reported online Wednesday in the Journal of Archeological Science. The presence of the arrowhead was already known, but CT scanning of the body showed the rupture in the subclavian artery underneath the clavicle.
May 26, 2007 |
Archeologists said Friday that they had found lightning-bolt-shaped wooden scepters in a Mexican lake that match the description by Spanish priests and conquerors writing 500 years ago about offerings to the Aztec rain god. The scepters -- along with cones of copal incense and obsidian knives -- were found during scuba-diving expeditions in one of the twin lakes of the extinct Nevado de Toluca volcano, west of Mexico City.
May 5, 2007 |
Paintings of Buddha dating back at least to the 12th century have been discovered in a cave in Nepal's remote north-central region by a team of international researchers after being tipped by a local shepherd. A mural with 55 panels depicting Buddha's life was uncovered in March in the cave in Nepal's Mustang area, about 160 miles northwest of Katmandu. The main mural was about 25 feet wide, and each panel about 14 inches by 17 inches, the team announced Friday.
May 5, 2007 |
Archeologists have uncovered the 1,300-year-old skeleton of a ruler or priest of the ancient Tiwanaku civilization together with precious jewels inside a much-looted pyramid in western Bolivia. The bones are "in very good condition," Roger Angel Cossio, the Bolivian archeologist who made the discovery, said Wednesday.