10 Most MYSTERIOUS Recent Archaeological Discoveries!
- Published on: 5/10/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From ancient roman coins found by accident, to an entire lost city, here are 10 exciting recent archaeological discoveries.
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10. Roman Coin Hoard
Last year, a Polish man named Mariusz Dyl discovered some scattered coins while looking for antlers in a 328-foot (100 meters) section of an abandoned field in Cichobórz, a village in the Lublin region of southeastern Poland. That's a fun find!
9. Paintings On Mummy’s Coffin
Conservators at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery in Scotland recently made an unexpected discovery while examining the mummified remains of an ancient Egyptian woman named Ta-Kr-Hb. (Probably not how she would have pronounced it, but I’m sure she would forgive me!)
8. Oldest Human DNA
The fossilized tooth of a mysterious human ancestor has finally been identified over 25 years after its discovery. Back in 1994, archaeologists unearthed the fossilized remains of members of this archaic group while digging in northern Spain’s Atapuerca Mountains. The largest bone fragments, which appeared to have been cannibalized, belong to six individuals and date back some 800,000 years.
7. 5,000-Year-Old Sword
Archaeologist Vittoria Dall’Armellina was still a PhD student when she discovered a 5,000-year-old misidentified sword during a 2017 leisure trip to the Saint Lazarus monastery in the Venetian lagoon. The monastery has been home to the Mekhitarist congregation of Armenian Catholic monks since 1717.
6. Lead-Spiked Beer
While excavating a series of Georgian and Victorian era cellars in Leeds, England, archaeologists unearthed a stash of 600 bottles of beer! Located under the building’s stairs at the former Scarborough Castle Inn, it looked like ginger beer! Most of the bottles bore labels saying “J.E. Richardson of Leeds,” while the others came from a variety of 1880s breweries.
5. Medieval Shrine
While making repairs on a railway embankment following a landslide near the town of Guildford in southern England, a team of workers discovered a cave containing a medieval shrine or hermitage of some sort.
4. Lost Maya Capital
An odd encounter in 2014 has led to the recent discovery of a long-lost Maya capital in Chiapas in southeastern Mexico. That year, a roadside food vendor flagged down archaeology student Whittaker Schroder and explained that his friend, a cattle rancher, had found an ancient tablet on his property. They knew that the archaeologists had been doing research in the town.
3. Neanderthal String
Us humans have long thought of our Neanderthal cousins as not-very-bright, more primitive versions of ourselves. One of the many characteristics we’ve cited as a distinction between us and them is early humans’ ability to make and use tools -- something we didn’t think, until recently, that Neanderthals were capable of.
2. Early Domesticated Crops
Until recently, experts knew of four places in the world where the world’s first domesticated crops emerged: China, the Middle East, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Now, an international team of researchers has added a fifth domestication area in southwestern Amazonia to that list.
1. London’s True Age
Archaeologists recently announced a discovery that may put the age of London at 3,000 years -- or three times -- older than previously thought. Just 50 feet (15 meters) outside the historic city’s northern border, they unearthed evidence of a prehistoric ceremonial site. There were 436 fragments of Neolithic pottery.
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