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Santorini map
Thera eruption was bigger still
(Aug 30, 2006)

The second largest volcanic eruption in human history was much larger than previously thought, scientists say. The Bronze Age eruption of Thera near mainland Greece would have devastated ancient civilisations in the region. Ash would likely have plunged much of the Mediterranean into darkness, and tsunami would have wrecked local ports.

Read more. Source: BBC

Sythian mummy
Scythian mummy shown in Germany
(Aug 25, 2006)

An international group of archaeologists has shown photos of a well-preserved 2,500-year-old mummy of a Scythian warrior found in Mongolia. The mummy was hailed as a "fabulous find" at a news conference in Berlin. It was unearthed at a height of 2,600m (8,500ft) in an intact burial mound in the Altai Mountains this summer.

Read more. Source: BBC

Thracian dagger
Ancient dagger found in Bulgaria
(Aug 8, 2006)

Archaeologists have discovered a precious golden dagger dated to about 3,000BC in a Thracian tomb in the centre of Bulgaria. It is the latest find from one of many tombs believed to have formed the cradle of Thracian civilisation. The dagger, made of an alloy of gold and platinum, was found near the village of Dubovo.

Read more. Source: BBC

Archimedes palimpsest
X-rays reveal Archimedes secrets
(Aug 2, 2006)

A series of hidden texts written by the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes are being revealed by US scientists. Until now, the pages have remained obscured by paintings and texts laid down on top of the original writings. Using a non-destructive technique known as X-ray fluorescence, the researchers are able to peer through these later additions to read the underlying text.

Read more. Source: BBC

France's new Stonehenge: Secrets of a neolithic time machine
(Jul 31, 2006)

A spectacular discovery of Stone Age menhirs in Brittany could unlock the code to one of the most puzzling chapters of human development, and transform our knowledge of mankind's early history. Some months ago builders were clearing a piece of wasteland in southern Brittany when they struck an enormous hunk of granite.

Read more. Source: Independent

pectoral of Tutankhamun
Tut's gem hints at space impact
(Jul 19, 2006)

In 1996 in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Italian mineralogist Vincenzo de Michele spotted an unusual yellow-green gem in the middle of one of Tutankhamun's necklaces. The jewel was tested and found to be glass, but intriguingly it is older than the earliest Egyptian civilisation. Working with Egyptian geologist Aly Barakat, they traced its origins to unexplained chunks of glass found scattered in the sand in a remote region of the Sahara Desert.

Read more. Source: BBC

Interior of 63rd tomb found in the Valley of the Kings
Ancient garland in Egyptian tomb
(Jul 4, 2006)

Archaeologists in Egypt expecting to find a mummy during their excavation of a burial chamber in Luxor have instead discovered a garland of flowers. The 3,000-year-old garland is the first to be discovered. It was found in the last of seven coffins which archaeologists had hoped would contain the mummies of royal queens or even Tutankhamun's mother.

Read more. Source: BBC


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