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

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze figurine of Jupiter in Taman

Archaeologists explored the ancient settlement of Red October-1, located in Taman. As a result of this work, they established that the fortified settlement arose at the turn of the 6th–5th centuries BC and existed until the modern era. Among the rare artifacts discovered at this site were a gray clay lamp in the shape of… Continue reading Archaeologists have discovered a bronze figurine of Jupiter in Taman

Traces of cockroach ootheca found in Jomon period ceramics

Archaeologists have examined 4,000- to 5,300-year-old Jomon period pottery discovered in Japan. In five artifacts they found traces of cockroach ootheca. One of them was laid by Japanese cockroaches (Periplaneta japonica), the rest look like smoky cockroaches (P. fulinginosa). Previously, it was believed that the latter species was brought to Japan only in the 18th–19th… Continue reading Traces of cockroach ootheca found in Jomon period ceramics

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

Malaysian researchers modeled the appearance of a “Penang woman”

Malaysian researchers have shown what a woman whose remains were discovered at the Neolithic site of Guar Kepa in Penang state might have looked like. The age of the so-called “Penang woman” is estimated at more than 5,000 years. To reconstruct the face, specialists used the method of forensic approximation and virtual 3D reconstruction. The… Continue reading Malaysian researchers modeled the appearance of a “Penang woman”

Remains of a medieval dwarf found in Poland

The remains of a medieval dwarf man, whose height was only 115 centimeters, were discovered in Poland. Paleopathologists believe that the cause of this anomaly was achondroplasia. Among other pathologies, scientists noted Lery-Weil dyschondrosteosis, as well as ulnar hemimelia. This was reported in an article published in International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. The concept of dwarfism… Continue reading Remains of a medieval dwarf found in Poland

Archaeologists 50 years later rediscovered the ancient Church of St. Cyril in Smolensk at the mouth of Churilovka

Archaeologists spoke about the results of the work of the Smolensk expedition. A study of the sandy defensive rampart showed that the embankment on Cathedral Hill, built in the first half of the 9th century, currently reaches 1.5 meters in height and more than six meters in length. In addition, scientists have identified a large… Continue reading Archaeologists 50 years later rediscovered the ancient Church of St. Cyril in Smolensk at the mouth of Churilovka

Chalcolithic burial of a woman with 169 gold rings discovered in Romania

Archaeologists conducted security and rescue excavations near the Romanian city of Oradea. At one of the identified monuments, they excavated the burial of a representative of the Chalcolithic culture of Tisapolgar-Romanesti, committed around 4500–4000 BC. She possessed high status, as indicated by 169 gold hair rings, numerous bone and gold beads, and a copper bracelet.… Continue reading Chalcolithic burial of a woman with 169 gold rings discovered in Romania

Archaeologists have found European dishes and shoes at the Novgorod German Court

Pyotr Gaidukov from the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences spoke about the results of excavations of the German Court in Veliky Novgorod. When studying the cultural layers of the 13th–14th centuries, researchers found more than two thousand objects, among which were lead commercial seals, ceramic and wooden dishes and other household… Continue reading Archaeologists have found European dishes and shoes at the Novgorod German Court

An ancient stone slab mentioning the name of the city was found in Gordion

During excavations of the ancient city of Gordion, located in Turkey, archaeologists first discovered an inscription mentioning the name of this Phrygian capital. It was contained on a stone slab dating back to the reign of King Antiochus I Soter (3rd century BC), Daily Sabah reports. This confirms past findings that the ruins found more… Continue reading An ancient stone slab mentioning the name of the city was found in Gordion