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January 26, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Reuters
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.
April 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The grisly find of the buried bones of 24 pre-Hispanic children may be the first evidence that the ancient Toltec civilization sacrificed children, researchers said Monday. The bones, dating from AD 950 to 1150 and dug up at the Toltec capital of Tula, north of Mexico City, indicated the children had been decapitated in a group.
March 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A shipwreck off the North Carolina coast believed to be that of famous pirate Blackbeard could be fully excavated in three years. "That's really our target," said Steve Claggett, the state archeologist, while discussing 10 years of research conducted since the shipwreck was found just off Atlantic Beach. The ship ran aground in 1718, and some researchers believe it was a French slave ship Blackbeard captured in 1717 and renamed Queen Anne's Revenge.
February 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A rare double wooden statue of an ancient Egyptian scribe and his wife has been found in their tomb south of Cairo, Egypt's chief archeologist said Monday. The double statue, dating from around 2300 BC, was among five wooden statues found at the tomb in Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, said Zahi Hawass, chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The official was Ka-Hay, who kept divine records, and his wife, Spri-Ankh.
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