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.
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
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.
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.
10,000 year old house and evidence of cultic temple in Judean foothills - The oldest artefacts that were exposed at the site are ascribed to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (10,000 YBP). “The large excavation affords us a broad picture of the progression and development of the society in the settlement throughout the ages. Thus we can clearly see that in the Early Bronze Age, 5,000 years ago, the rural society made the transition to an urban society.
Israeli archaeologists find 9,000-year-old 'animal statues' that pre-date Moses by thousands of years. It's believed the six-inch long statues, made from limestone and dolomite were used as good luck charms for hunters during the Stone Age.
Norwegian archaeologists have unearthed a Neolithic “mini Pompeii” at a campsite near the North Sea. Discovered at Hamresanden, not far from Kristiansand’s airport at Kjevik in southern Norway, the settlement has remained undisturbed for 5,500 years, buried under three feet of sand. “The formation of the upper layer remains somewhat mysterious. Most probably the site was suddenly flooded, and covered with sand by the nearby river.
Mohenjo-daro is an archeological site situated in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Built around 2600 BC, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, and one of the world's earliest major urban settlements, existing at the same time as the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Crete. Significant excavation has since been conducted at the site of the city, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980
The Tarim mummies were discovered in the Tarim Basin in present-day Xinjiang, China, and date from 1800 BCE to 200 CE. The earliest Tarim mummies, found at Qäwrighul and dated to 1800 BCE, are of a Europoid physical type whose closest affiliation is to the Bronze Age populations of southern Siberia, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and the Lower Volga. Their textiles may indicate a common origin with Indo-European neolithic clothing techniques. Wiki text.