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wooden statue found at Saqqara
New finds at Egypt's city of dead
(Feb 22, 2007)


Archaeologists have been unveiling the latest discoveries from the Saqqara necropolis, or city of the dead, south of Egypt's capital, Cairo. Two tombs dating from between 3,000 and 4,200 years ago are of a royal scribe and a butler. Another find is of the sarcophagi of a priest and his female companion from the 12th dynasty (1991-1786 BC).

Read more. Source: BBC

Etruscan cippus (grave marker)
On the origin of the Etruscan civilisation
(Feb 15, 2007)


One of anthropology's most enduring mysteries – the origins of the ancient Etruscan civilisation – may finally have been solved, with a study of cattle. This culturally distinct and technologically advanced civilisation inhabited central Italy from about the 8th century BC, until it was assimilated into Roman culture around the end of the 4th century BC.

Read more. Source: New Scientist


coins bearing and the heads of Anthony (left) and Cleopatra
Coin shows Cleopatra's ugly truth
(Feb 14, 2007)


Antony and Cleopatra, one of history's most romantic couples, were not the great beauties that Hollywood would have us believe, academics have said. A study of a 2,000-year-old silver coin found the Egyptian queen, famously portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor, had a pointed chin, thin lips and sharp nose. Her Roman lover, played by Richard Burton, had bulging eyes, thick neck and a hook nose.

Read more. Source: BBC

Neolithic embrace
Italy mystery of prehistoric hug
(Feb 10, 2007)


Archaeologists in Italy have unearthed two skeletons thought to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old, locked in an embrace. The pair from the Neolithic period were discovered outside Mantua, about 40km (25 miles) south of Verona. The pair, almost certainly a man and a woman, are thought to have died young as their teeth were mostly intact, said chief archaeologist Elena Menotti.

Read more. Source: BBC

Stonehenge
Stonehenge builders' houses found
(Jan 31, 2007)


A huge ancient settlement used by the people who built Stonehenge has been found, archaeologists have said. Excavations at Durrington Walls, near the legendary Salisbury Plain monument, uncovered remains of ancient houses. People seem to have occupied the sites seasonally, using them for ritual feasting and funeral ceremonies.

Read more. Source: BBC

Kostenki artefacts
Clues found for early Europeans
(Jan 12, 2007)


An archaeological find in Russia has shed light on the migration of modern humans into Europe. Artefacts uncovered at the Kostenki site, south of Moscow, suggest modern humans were at this spot about 45,000 years ago. The first moderns may have entered Europe through a different route than was previously thought, the international team reports.

Read more. Source: BBC

Mayan pyramid
Collapse of civilisations linked to monsoon changes
(Jan 4, 2007)


The downfall of the one of the greatest Chinese dynasties may have been catalysed by severe changes in climate. The same climate changes may have simultaneously led to the end of the Maya civilisation depicted in Mel Gibson's new film Apocalypto. So says Gerald Haug of the GeoForschungsZentrum in Germany and colleagues, who studied geological records of monsoons over the past 16,000 years.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

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