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Gobekli tepe and Other Awesome Archaeology

Gobekli tepe and Other Awesome Archaeology

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Jarlshof, Shetland Mainland, discovered at the end of the 19th century, when a heavy storm ripped open a part of the coast, exposing buildings from the Iron Age. Some of the oldest houses found at Jarlshof are from 2500-1500 BC. Two of the Jarlshof houses, ca. 500 BC-79AD, have souterrains, underground tunnels with small rooms. Also inhabited by the Picts and later on by Vikings, and both left plenty of evidence of their presence.

Ain Ghazal is a Neolithic site located in North-Western Jordan, on the outskirts of Amman. It dates as far back as 7250 BC, and was inhabited until 5000 BC. It’s one of the largest known prehistoric settlements in the Near East...

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.

Ħaġar Qim (Standing/Worshipping Stones) is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BCE). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces."

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.

Flight of the valkyrie: the Viking figurine that's heading for Britain. Believed to be from 800AD. Found in a heap of Viking scrap, it's believed it was going to be recycled for it's silver content.

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.

Swedish divers unearth Stone Age settlement

Oldest Works of Prehistoric Art

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

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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]

Cave Art Mystery Gallery Photo...cave art recently found in Borneo, dating to over 10,000 years old

Fossil human footprints found in Australia. Date to 20,000 years old...

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]

7 Fashionable Finds — World Archaeology

First Dynasty funerary boat discovered at Egypt's Abu Rawash During routine excavation works at the Archaic period cemetery located at Abu Rawash area northeast of the Giza Plateau, a French archaeological mission from the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo (IFAO) stumbled on what is believed to be a funerary boat of the First Dynasty King Den (dating from around 3000BC).

Pillar at Gobekli Tepe. From fall of 2013 excavation.

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.