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Gobekli tepe and Other Awesome Archaeology

Meroe Archaeological Site, an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile about 6 km north-east of the Kabushiya station near Shendi, Sudan, approximately 200 km northeast of Khartoum. / Meroë was the southern capitol of the Napata/Meroitic Kingdom, that spanned the period c. 800 BC — c. 350 AD. According to partially deciphered Meroitic texts, the name of the city was Medewi or Bedewi. // Photo by paolo alias opaxir (Flickr)

The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape in Laos. Scattered in the landscape of the Xieng Khouang plateau, Xieng Khouang, Laos, are thousands of megalithic jars.  These stone jars appear in clusters, ranging from a single or a few to several hundred jars at lower foothills surrounding the central plain and upland valleys.

A small Iron Age village of at least seven houses has been uncovered at a in-filled lake in southwest Scotland. One of the buildings, a timber roundhouse, had been constructed around a massive stone hearth complex. Its beams radiate out from the hearth. “There are some excellent examples of ‘lake villages’ in England but this is the first time archaeologists have found a ‘loch village’ in Scotland,” commented Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Iron Age “Loch Village” Found in Scotland - Archaeology Magazine

Columns from Pompeii - Naples, Archaeological Museum - The Glass Mosaics at Pompeii and Herculaneum (79 AD)

The ancient city of Baalbek is one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of all time. Located east of the Litani River in Lebanon, Baalbek is known for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled Roman temple ruins. These Roman temples were built on top of an ancient 5 million square foot platform that was made from some of the largest stones ever used in any construction project in the history of the earth. The largest stone found weighs 1200 tons and is about 64 feet long.

Archaeologists in Bulgaria say that have uncovered the oldest prehistoric town found to date in Europe. The walled fortified settlement, near the modern town of Provadia, is thought to have been an important centre for salt production.

35,000-year-old flute, the oldest instrument known, found in the Ach Valley of southern Germany, the nearly intact five-hole flute was meticulously carved with stone tools from the hollow wing-bone of a giant vulture

♫♫Music World♫♫: The First Instruments In the World

Carved Stone 8 in Gavrinis Dolmen passage grave, Gulf of Morbihan Larmor-Baden, Morbihan, France. Cairn de Gavrinis Passage Grave, the largest and most decorated tomb in Neolithic Europe with 29 six-foot-high menhirs carved with labyrinthine fingerprints. This sanctuary/tomb/shrine was used by the same family for hundreds of years

A granite basin located within the great Neolithic tomb at Knowth, Co. Meath, Ireland. Covered in megalithic art it held cremated human bone.

Remains of an ancient university have been discovered in Bihar, which is home to Nalanda and Vikramshila universities, officials Tuesday said Remains of an ancient university have been discovered in Bihar, which is home to Nalanda and Vikramshila universities [Credit: Economic Times]

In 1935, a collection of letters written on pottery was unearthed in the biblical city of Lachish. These letters confirm events that occurred during King Zedekiah’s reign. The letters also mention the names of biblical figures, possibly even the prophet Jeremiah.    The letters were written around 588 BC when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon was waging war against Jerusalem and the fortified cities that Judah used for defense.

Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a woman that appears to have been buried pregnant 6000 years ago. The 6000-year-old skeleton of the woman was buried while pregnant [Credit: BGNES]

Tel Qaramel is a tel, or archaeological mound, located in Syria, 25 km north of Aleppo. Dated to c. 10,000 BC, the 5 round towers (each over 6 metres in diameter, walls over 1.5m thick) of Qaramel have now been confirmed as the oldest such structures anywhere in the world, including the tower known from Pre-Pottery Neolithic Jericho. the remains of the structures uncovered show the first evidence of permanent stone-built settlement without signs of animal domestication or organised farming.