Time travelers? Aliens? My guess would be sloppy archeologists.
Archeologists in China are baffled after finding a tiny Swiss watch in a 400-year-old tomb. The watch ring was discovered as archeologists were making a documentary with two journalists from Shangsi town.
“When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, a piece of rock suddenly dropped off and hit the ground with a metallic sound,? said Jiang Yanyu, former curator of the Guangxi Autonomous Region Museum.
“We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch.”
Normally, intentionally elongated or flattened skulls are associated with ancient Mesoamerican cultures. But this exquisite specimen, which dates back some 1,500 years, was recently found at a dig in Alsace, France.
The Exodus Reality: Unearthing the Real History of Moses, Identifying the Pharaohs, and Examing the Exodus from Egypt
by Scott Alan Roberts & Dr. John Ward October 13 Release
In this groundbreaking working, the authors reexamine humanity’s most enduring account of bondage, emancipation, and freedom. Roberts, a historian and theologian, and Ward, an archaeologist, Egyptologist, and anthropologist, dig deeply into historical records to answer the most vexing questions regarding the Great Exodus.
The Lost Colonies of Ancient America: A Comprehensive Guide to the the Pre-Columbian Visitors Who Really Discovered America
By Frank Joseph October 13 Release
Phoenicians, Vikings, Egyptians, Sumerians, Minoans, Romans, Celts, ancient Hebrews, Indonesians, Africans, Chinese, Japanese, Welsh, Irish, and the Knights Templar all made their indelible, if neglected mark on our land. This work not only describes each of the various peoples who influenced pre-Columbian history, but it also offers fresh evidence demonstrating the extent of their impact on the American continents.
by Erich von Daniken November 13 Release
Featuring more than 160 color photos and illustrations, Erich reveals the secrets of “impossible buildings” in Europe and the Mediterranean region, describes “crazy facts”, and relentlessly exposes false doctrines.
Viral Mythology: How the Truth of the Ancients Was Encoded and Passed Down Through Legend, Art, and Architecture
by Marie D. Jones & Larry Flaxman January 14 Release
This book will examine how information went “viral” long before the Internet, and served as the foundation for mythology, sacred architecture, and symbolic imagery throughout the ancient world.
For Nobody’s Eyes Only: Missing Government Files and Hidden Archives That Document the Truth Behind the Most Enduring Conspiracy Theories
by Nick Redfern
October 13 Release
Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, government agencies have declassified millions of pages of documents on numerous subjects. But there are other files, many of a far more intriguing nature than those the government has already released. This book picks the locks to the secret vaults “they” don’t want any of us to see.
Saqqara pyramid Two new finds are at Saqqara, an older but lesser known pyramid site than Giza
Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.
More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.
Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.
The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama in Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak.
She says she was amazed at how much she and her team has found.
“We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the “Aha!” moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we’d found and I couldn’t believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt.
The urn, right, is thought to contain the bones of St. John the Baptist, left
The remains – small fragments of a skull, bones from a jaw and an arm, and a tooth – were discovered embedded in an altar in the ruins of the ancient monastery, on the island in the Black Sea.
A Greek inscription on the stone casque contains a reference to June 24 – the date on which John the Baptist is believed to have been born.
"We found the relics of St John the Baptist – exactly what the archaeologists had expected," said Bozhidar Dimitrov, Bulgaria’s minister without portfolio and a former director of the country’s National History Museum, who was present when the stone urn was opened.
"It has been confirmed that these are parts of his skeleton."
Exactly how the relics ended up on the island is a mystery, but Mr Dimitrov said they may have been donated by the Christian Church in Constantinople when Bulgaria was part of the Byzantine Empire.
But other experts cast doubt on the claim, saying carbon dating tests were needed before the bones could be identified as belonging to Christ’s baptiser.
Many countries around the Mediterranean claim to have remains of St John, including Turkey, Montenegro, Greece, Italy and Egypt.
St John, who is especially revered by the Eastern Orthodox Church, foretold the coming of Christ before being beheaded on the orders of King Herod, with his head served up on a plate.
A Mayan carving at El Zotz archaeological site in Northern Guatemala Photo: REUTERS
Researchers uncovered the burial chamber in Guatemala‘sthe jungle-covered Peten region in May, but the discovery has only just been made public.
The tomb is thought to date from 300 – 600AD and is located beneath the El Diablo pyramid in the city of El Zotz.
The well-sealed tomb – measuring ten feet long by nearly four feet wide – helped preserve textiles, wood carvings and red and yellow ceramics decorated with fish and wild boar motifs.
"It’s like their Fort Knox, their depositary of wealth with textiles and … trade items – and that’s what’s overwhelming about it," said Stephen Houston, the dig’s director at El Zotz, who is based at Brown University in the United States.
The team had been investigating the site when they came across a series of buried bowls containing the remains of human teeth and fingers. They dug further and lowered a light into a hole in the ground, which revealed "an explosion of colour in all directions – reds, greens, yellows."
Professor Mike Fulford with a Roman writing tablet found at the Silchester dig. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian
A battered and corroded thumb-sized piece of bronze has turned out to be a unique find, the earliest representation of an Egyptian deity from any site in Britain – and appropriately, after almost 2,000 years hidden in the ground, it is Harpocrates, the god of secrecy and silence.
The little figure was found at Silchester, site of an abandoned Roman city in Hampshire, in last summer’s excavation, but his identity was only revealed in months of careful conservation work. His Greek and Roman designation as Harpocrates, the god of spymasters, is actually a transcription error.
"In Egyptian mythology the figure is known as Horus, the child of Isis and Osiris," said Professor Mike Fulford of the University of Reading, director of the Silchester excavation. "He is often shown with his finger in his mouth, a gesture that in Egypt represented the hieroglyph for his name, but was misinterpreted by the Greeks and Romans, resulting in his adoption as the god of silence and secrecy."
A pagan altar that was found during excavations in the Barzilai hospital
JERUSALEM — Israel on Thursday announced the discovery of a 2,000-year-old pagan altar at the site where plans for a new hospital wing have come under fire from ultra-Orthodox Jews who fear bones found there may be of Jews.
The find of what the Israel Antiquities Authority calls a "magnificent" altar gives a boost to the authorities at a time when ultra-orthodox Jews condemned the removal of bones from ancient graves at the site in the southern city of Ashkelon.
"The find further corroborates the assertion that this place is a pagan cemetery," the IAA said in a statement.
The altar is about 60 centimetres (24 inches) tall and is decorated with a bull’s head from which dangle laurel wreaths. Such altars usually stood in Roman temples, the statement said.
It was discovered as the IAA was overseeing development of a hospital wing designed to withstand rockets fired from the nearby Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants.
Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews in black suits and wide-brimmed hats on Thursday staged the latest of several demonstrations against the project in their Jerusalem stronghold of Mea Shearim.
They marched to the spot where the bones found at the Ashkelon site are to be reburied, waving banners saying: "We ask forgiveness from the dead whose graves have been desecrated."
"The bones have been given to the (religious) undertaker to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, since there is a possibility they are Jewish," a spokesman for the religious affairs ministry told AFP.
The planned relocation has provoked the fury of the ultra-Orthodox community for whom the removal of Jewish remains is forbidden under religious law.
However, archaeologists say there are no ancient Jewish graves at the site.
Two months ago, the government decided to shelve its construction plans following huge pressure from the ultra-Orthodox, among them Deputy Health Minister Yaacov Litzman whose United Torah Judaism party holds five seats in parliament.
The decision, which would have meant relocating the new wing elsewhere at a cost to taxpayers of at least 100 million shekels (21 million euros, 26 million dollars), caused public fury.
The government was then forced into a U-turn and gave the go-ahead for construction at the contested site.
The statue, of which only the top half was found, depicts the ancient Egyptian deity of wisdom Thoth.
the ancient Egyptian god Thoth, the deity of wisdom, is the latest artefact to be discovered near the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III during archaeological works aimed at controlling the subterranean water level on Luxor’s west bank.
The 3.5 metre tall red granite statue is one of several artefacts discovered in the area since excavations began. The head of a 2.5 metre high statue depicting Pharaoh Amenhotep III in a standing position – possibly the best preserved depiction of the pharaoh’s face found to date – was unearthed at the King’s funeral temple at Kom El-Hettan only months ago. A statue of the god Thoth in the shape of a baboon was also discovered. Last year two black granite statues of Amenhotep III were found at the temple, as well as a 5 metre high statue similar to the Thoth statue just found.
Amenhotep III ruled Egypt between 1390 BC and 1352 BC, and recent DNA and forensic research suggests that he was probably the grandfather of Tutankhamun. His temple was built closer to the river than any other temple at Thebes – right on the edge of the floodplain – and within 200 years it had collapsed. Many of its stones were subsequently removed for the building projects of later pharaohs.
The famous Colossi of Memnon, two 18-metre-high stone statues of Amenhotep III, are all that remains of the pharaoh’s mortuary temple, once the largest religious complex in ancient Egypt.
In a statement, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Dr Zahi Hawass said that evidence found during the excavation suggests that more colossi could yet be found at the site. Afifi Rohayem, assistant director of the excavations, suggests that an avenue of Thoth statues could be found on the original path leading to Amenhotep III’s funerary temple.
Since 1998, the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III has been on the World Monument Fund’s list of the planet’s 100 most endangered monuments. Extensive excavation and restoration works at the temple site are taking place.
“I believe that in less than 20 years we will have achieved our objectives here,” Dr Hourig Sourouzian, head of the conservation project, said in a video interview with Heritage Key. The final stage of the
In 1964, archaeologist Thomas E. Lee discovered a 10.8-foot tall, 4,000 pound stone cross on the Arnaud River in far northern Quebec. Lee dubbed this sculpture "Thor’s Hammer," as he assumed the monolith was of Viking origin.
Although modern scholars are unsure of the sculpture’s true purpose (it appears to point to stone remains nearby) or origin (it could likely be an Inuit inuksuk, or guiding stone), we know this much – it’s big, hammer-shaped, and ridiculously remote. I’d hate to see its prior owner come back to retrieve it.