Wooden sickles more than 7,000 years old found in Italy

Archaeologists presented the results of a study of three wooden sickles discovered during underwater excavations at the Early Neolithic site of La Marmotta in Italy. It turned out that these tools were made more than seven thousand years ago from oak and wood belonging to the rose family. Ancient people used resin from pine trees… Continue reading Wooden sickles more than 7,000 years old found in Italy

James Webb finds organic molecules in icy particles around a very young protostar

The James Webb Infrared Space Telescope has reliably discovered a number of organic molecules, including complex ones, in the composition of ice particles in the core of the very young protovesche IRAS 15398−3359. In addition, the telescope examined the structure of one of the outflows of matter from the protostar, which consists of four shells.… Continue reading James Webb finds organic molecules in icy particles around a very young protostar

The Event Horizon Telescope saw the bend of the distant blazar's jet

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has captured the most detailed image yet of the interior of the relativistic jet blazar J1924-2914, whose light took 3.5 billion years to reach Earth. It turned out that as it moves away from the core, the jet begins to bend, and toroidal magnetic fields can act in the region… Continue reading The Event Horizon Telescope saw the bend of the distant blazar's jet

People buried in an English well turned out to be victims of a medieval pogrom

Scientists from the UK and Germany examined the remains from a collective burial in a well, discovered in the center of Norwich, England in 2004. Radiocarbon dating showed that these people, many of whom were children, died between 1161 and 1216 AD. Paleogenetic research and historical evidence indicate that the remains belonged to Ashkenazi Jews,… Continue reading People buried in an English well turned out to be victims of a medieval pogrom

Lipids on ceramics made it possible to clarify the time of existence of the Botai settlement

Scientists conducted a study of lipids on ceramics found in Kazakhstan at two ancient settlements of the Botai and Makhanjar cultures. They found remains of horse fat on many fragments of vessels, and for a number of samples they were able to obtain direct radiocarbon dates. Together with previously obtained data, this made it possible… Continue reading Lipids on ceramics made it possible to clarify the time of existence of the Botai settlement

Astronomers have found a record-breaking planetary nebula

Astronomers using ground-based telescopes have confirmed the discovery of a new planetary nebula in the Milky Way, which is the remnant of a star 2.8 times more massive than the Sun. The kinematic age of the nebula turned out to be record-breaking and amounted to 78 thousand years; it is part of an open star… Continue reading Astronomers have found a record-breaking planetary nebula

Archaeologists have found well-preserved fragments of Roman frescoes from a 2,000-year-old temple

Archaeologists have discovered fragments of frescoes during excavations of the 2,000-year-old Temple of Cupra in the Italian commune of Cupra Marittima, CNN reports. They are made in the third Pompeian style. Surviving interior frescoes of this kind are rare. Cupra Marittima, due to its location on the Adriatic coast, was an important port city and… Continue reading Archaeologists have found well-preserved fragments of Roman frescoes from a 2,000-year-old temple

The population of the ancient Carthaginian city turned out to be genetically diverse

Paleogeneticists have read 30 genomes of ancient inhabitants of Tunisia, central Italy and Sardinia dating back to the Iron Age. In all regions, they found both descendants of more ancient local populations and immigrants from other territories. Thus, in the necropolis near the Carthaginian city of Kerkuan there were the remains of the descendants of… Continue reading The population of the ancient Carthaginian city turned out to be genetically diverse

Archaeologists found a birch bark letter in Staraya Russa with a request to buy deer mittens

Archaeologists reported the results of excavations in Staraya Russa. This season they managed to discover the oldest city necropolis, dating back to the 11th – early 12th centuries, as well as two birch bark letters. In the text of the 54th letter, the author is a certain Donkey. Perhaps this is a version of a… Continue reading Archaeologists found a birch bark letter in Staraya Russa with a request to buy deer mittens

In Spain, a half-meter-long ancient Roman phallus was found carved on a building.

Spanish archaeologists discovered a bas-relief depiction of a phallus during excavations at El Higuerón in southern Spain. It was carved on the cornerstone of a large ancient Roman building that scientists are exploring in Nueva Carteya in the province of Cordoba, El Pais reports. Phallic symbols and images were widespread in ancient Rome. They were… Continue reading In Spain, a half-meter-long ancient Roman phallus was found carved on a building.