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

The burial of a “vampire woman” with a sickle on her neck and a castle on her leg was found in Poland.

Archaeologists have discovered the burial of a “vampire woman” in Poland dating back to the 17th century. An iron sickle lay across the deceased's neck, and there was a padlock on the big toe of her left foot. As reported by Arkeonews, perhaps the reason for the unusual ritual was the appearance of the deceased.… Continue reading The burial of a “vampire woman” with a sickle on her neck and a castle on her leg was found in Poland.

Burial of a woman with a 1,400-year-old folding chair unearthed in Germany

Archaeologists have discovered the burial of a woman in Middle Franconia who died at approximately 40–50 years of age around 600 AD. Among her accompanying equipment was a folding iron chair. This is only the second such discovery from the early Middle Ages made in Germany. This was reported in a press release from the… Continue reading Burial of a woman with a 1,400-year-old folding chair unearthed in Germany

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

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.

Watering with ethyl alcohol protected the rhizome from drought

Japanese geneticists have proposed increasing the drought resistance of plants using ethanol. They watered Tal's rhizomes (Arabidopsis thaliana) with a weak alcohol solution for three days and showed that this helped the plants survive the subsequent three-week drought. In response to alcohol, the plant activates the synthesis of the stress phytohormone, abscisic acid, which helps… Continue reading Watering with ethyl alcohol protected the rhizome from drought

Physicists saw Rabi oscillations using extreme ultraviolet light

European physicists have reported the observation of characteristic doublets in the spectra of electrons knocked out of helium atoms by coherent light in the extreme ultraviolet range. The result obtained indicates the occurrence of Rabi oscillations in atoms. The shape and position of the doublets could be theoretically reproduced only after taking into account the… Continue reading Physicists saw Rabi oscillations using extreme ultraviolet light

Paleogeneticists read DNA from ancient Egyptian canopic jars for the first time

For the first time, paleogeneticists have sequenced DNA from samples of biological material extracted from ancient Egyptian canopic jars. Although the quality of reading in most cases turned out to be extremely low, in two cases scientists were able to determine the mitochondrial haplogroups of people: H and R0a1. Since they occur in both ancient… Continue reading Paleogeneticists read DNA from ancient Egyptian canopic jars for the first time

Found inner charm in proton

The NNPDF collaboration of European theorists reported the results of a search for the internal charm of the proton using a large array of experimental data. According to their results, charm quarks can consistently transfer up to one percent of the proton's momentum with a confidence of three standard deviations. The study was published in… Continue reading Found inner charm in proton