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"Archaeologists Find Site of Henry VIII's Jousting Accident. Thelocal. Here are eight facts you probably didn't know about them: 1.


They engaged in human sacrifice This was strictly restricted to Rome’s Regal period, circa 753-509 BC, and Republican period, 509-44 BC. Later Romans made a show of being appalled by the idea of human sacrifice and it was outlawed by senatorial decree in 97 BC. But according to the historians Livy and Plutarch, ritual killings to propitiate the gods were performed on at least three occasions in the years 228, 216, and 113 BC. In each instance, two pairs of Greeks and Gauls, each consisting of one man and one woman, were buried alive at the Forum Boarium cattle market by the River Tiber, where the Temple of Hercules Victor and the Temple of Portunus stand today. Vestal virgin priestesses were also buried alive if it was discovered they had broken their vows of chastity, or simply to placate the gods if bad omens started appearing. The Temple of Hercules Victor in the Forum Boarium. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. A Roman-style chariot. 8. 1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway.

The remains of a 1,200-year-old pagan temple to the Old Norse gods such as Thor and Odin have been discovered in Norway — a rare relic of the Viking religion built a few centuries before Christianity became dominant there.

1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway

Archaeologists say the large wooden building — about 45 feet (14 meters) long, 26 feet (8 m) wide, and up to 40 feet (12 m) high — is thought to date from the end of the eighth century and was used for worship and sacrifices to gods during the midsummer and midwinter solstices. Old Norse culture was famous and feared by some a century later, after bands of Norse sailors and warriors known as the Vikings started trading, raiding and colonizing throughout Europe and into Iceland, Greenland and Canada.

Related: Did the Vikings think the gods were watching them? The 10 Most Exciting Archeological Discoveries In World History. Though there are new archaeological discoveries all the time, every now and then, excavators will find something big.

The 10 Most Exciting Archeological Discoveries In World History

These important findings change our understanding of the past and help to fill in missing details that have been lost to history. Some of them have an impact on all the discoveries that follow. If you’re a history buff, you can’t help but be excited, even years after the remains and artifacts are found! RELATED: 10 Ancient Wonders You Can Only Experience In The Middle East. "Ancient Bust of Greek God Hermes Found During Work on Athens' Sewage System.

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Derinkuyu The volcanic rock landscape of Turkey’s Cappadocia region is pockmarked with several different underground cities, but perhaps none is as vast or as impressive as Derinkuyu. This labyrinthine complex dates to around the 8th century B.C. and was most likely built to serve as a refuge during periods of war and invasion. Ancient Teeth Show 'Invasion' of Egypt 3,600 Years Ago Was No Invasion at All.

The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were arguably some of the greatest leaders in human history, reigning over the river Nile for some three thousand years.

Ancient Teeth Show 'Invasion' of Egypt 3,600 Years Ago Was No Invasion at All

But for a brief moment there, right in the middle, they lost control of their most fertile lands. The last slave ship survivor and her descendants identified. Texans You Should Know: How a Black Cowboy’s Discovery Changed the Field of Archaeology. On the evening of August 27, 1908, dark clouds gathered over the Dry Cimarron River along the New Mexico–Colorado border.

Texans You Should Know: How a Black Cowboy’s Discovery Changed the Field of Archaeology

Sarah Rooke, the phone operator in Folsom, New Mexico, called as many people as she could to warn them about the impending storm, but it wasn’t long before water began pouring from the sky and rushing through the town, wiping away entire buildings in its path. More than a dozen lives, including Rooke’s, were lost in the flash flood that night. The next day, George McJunkin, a cowboy from Leon County, east of Waco, who worked as the foreman of a ranch near Folsom, took his horse out to survey the damage. As he trotted along the edge of a gully, which he called Wild Horse Arroyo in honor of the horses he broke there, he spotted something unusual sticking out of the soil.

An amateur naturalist with an enthusiasm for collecting peculiar items, McJunkin hopped off his horse and walked ten feet into the washed-out land to get a closer look. “It was a guess. Snakestones: the myth, magic and science of ammonites. Some buffalo stones, which are fragments of ammonite fossils sacred to the Blackfoot people of North America Practical applications for ammonite fossils Ammonites were considered to have applications for hunting and agriculture in many places around the world, not just in North America. 'In New Guinea, members of the Tifalmin tribe who lived on the Upper Sepik River used ammonites as charms to help with hunting and agriculture,' says Paul.

Snakestones: the myth, magic and science of ammonites

In Europe, ammonites named variously as dragonstones, crampstones and snakestones were all put to practical use. Dragonstones. The archaeology of commoners. Until the past few decades, archaeology was all about the grand and the wealthy, focused on temples, palaces, and spectacular artifacts — think King Tut's tomb, or the great temples and palaces of the Mayan city of Tikal.

The archaeology of commoners

Jeremy Sabloff, an archaeologist now retired from the University of Pennsylvania and the Santa Fe Institute, was part of the generation that changed that. Sabloff built his career on the study of the common folk of the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America, mapping and excavating entire cities to study who lived where, and how. In the 2019 Annual Review of Anthropology, Sabloff looks back over the 50-plus years of his career and reviews what archaeologists have learned about the Maya through the study of settlement patterns. Knowable Magazine spoke with him about the archaeology of common folk. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Why had archaeologists overlooked the commoners for so long? Remarkable ‘Sewn’ Roman Shipwreck is Croatia’s Biggest Find of 21st Century. Croatia has an already rich archaeological heritage and now, experts have announced the recent discovery of a rare Roman shipwreck.

Remarkable ‘Sewn’ Roman Shipwreck is Croatia’s Biggest Find of 21st Century

Mummy of ancient Egyptian teenager, buried in fine jewelry, discovered in Luxor. Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the ancient mummy of a teenage girl decked out in beautiful jewelry, including beaded necklaces and copper earrings, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Mummy of ancient Egyptian teenager, buried in fine jewelry, discovered in Luxor

The teenager was only 15 or 16 years old when she died during the 17th dynasty (1580 B.C. to 1550 B.C.). A team of Spanish and Egyptian archaeologists uncovered her mummified remains, as well as a pair of leather shoes, while excavating ahead of a construction project in an open courtyard by the tomb of General Djehuty, who served under king Thutmose III (stepson and nephew to the female pharaoh Hatshepsut) during the 18th dynasty, José Galán, director of the archaeological mission, said in a statement posted on Facebook. The girl's mummy was resting on its right side in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor's West Bank, according to Ahram Online, an Egyptian newspaper. Related: Image gallery: Female Egyptian mummy discovered Image Gallery. Archeologists Find Long-Lost Biblical City and Rare Figurine of Canaanite God Baal  In addition to the rare statuette of the Canaanite god, archaeologists from Macquarie University have also found the bronze statue of a calf.

The ancient city is believed to be linked to the story of King David. The artifacts discovered at the archeological dig date back some 3,300 years. The archeological site covers an area of around 1.7 hectares. Maya Murals: Stunning Images of King & Calendar. Maya Artwork The painted figure of a man, possibly a scribe who once lived in the house built by the ancient Maya, is illuminated through a doorway to the dwelling, in northeastern Guatemala. The structure represents the first Maya house found to contain artwork on its walls. The research, detailed in the May 11 issue of the journal Science, is supported by the National Geographic Society. Decorated Walls. Lost Clan Campbell Seal Reveals Clues to Scottish Feud. Here Are 8 of the Most Incredible Archaeological Finds of the Past Decade, From 'Spanish Stonehenge' to the 'Mona Lisa of Dinosaurs'

Archaeologists are improving our understanding of the ancient world at a pace that feels more rapid than ever. Technological advances are accelerating our discovery of prehistoric civilizations, extinct species, and other mysteries of bygone eras. Last year alone saw the discovery of the world’s oldest known shipwreck, dating to the time of ancient Greece, and what may be the world’s oldest known figurative art, the 40,000-year-old cave paintings identified via a new method of flowstone dating. And just this past week, archaeologists announced that the Lovers of Modena, two skeletons romantically preserved arm-in-arm, are actually both men. We’re even learning new things about good old King Tut, like the fact that the boy king’s dagger was likely made from a meteorite.

Travel - The re-discovery of a long-lost Greek city. When talking about influential cities, or poleis, in Ancient Greece, the ones that usually come to mind are Athens and Sparta. But the regions controlled by those cities may have been just as relevant, too. An example is ancient Thouria – located on the outskirts of what is now the southern city of Kalamata – often referenced as one of the most significant cities of western Messenia, a region under Spartan rule for roughly 400 years. Now, recent archaeological findings might corroborate that this long-lost city was much more important than once thought. Archaeologist Xeni Arapogianni was leading an excavation in the region in 2007, when the remains of a wall became visible.

What lay underneath was much more than she had anticipated: the entire city of ancient Thouria had been hiding there all along. The Mysterious Pyramid of Bomarzo: Discovering The Etruscan’s Enigmatic Past. Treasure Chest Found in Egypt Reveals Clues to Thutmose II’s Lost Tomb. Archaeologists working at one of the most famous Egyptian archaeological sites have made an amazing discovery. They have come across a stone chest and a wooden box with unusual contents. 3,500 Years Old Trinket Box From Ancient Egypt Discovered By Archaelogists. Recently, archaeologists were able to unearth a 3,500-year-old chest from Ancient Egypt. Travel - The re-discovery of a long-lost Greek city. Skeleton identified as Japanese American artist who left California internment camp. LOS ANGELES — A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California’s second-highest peak was identified Friday as a Japanese American artist who had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War II.

Mummy returns: Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life. Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists have fulfilled a mummified Egyptian priest's wish for life after death - by replicating his voice with artificial vocal chords. Culture - Did the Trojan War actually happen? Elizabeth I revealed as secret scribe of historic manuscript. Image copyright Lambeth Palace Library/Getty Images A manuscript written by Queen Elizabeth I has been discovered after lying unnoticed for more than a century.

Rabbit hole leads to incredible 700-year-old Knights Templar cave complex. An apparently ordinary rabbit’s hole in a farmer’s field leads to an underground sanctuary said to have been used by devotees of a medieval religious order – but is everything what it seems? Road built by biblical villain uncovered in Jerusalem. Pontius Pilate is a man many Jews and Christians love to hate. Egypt expert praises ‘beautiful’ intact coffins discovered in Valley of Kings. An Eerie Egyptian Burial Has Been Found, With Nonsense Hieroglyphs on The Coffin. More Than 20 Ancient Egyptian Coffins in Pristine Condition Have Just Been Uncovered. Artifact. History.

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