lunes, 14 de abril de 2014

5000 YO Golden Treasure on Display in Sofia's National History Museum

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A treasure of 15 000 golden elements was put on display on Monday in Sofia's National History Museum (NHM).

The pieces, which are presumably parts of three different necklaces, are dated at around 3000 BCE and were recently confiscated by the Agency for National Security (DANS) during an operation against attempted trafficking of cultural artifacts.

According to the NHM director Bozhidar Dimitrov, the necklaces were most likely made by a technologically advanced ancient civilization inhabiting the area of modern day central Bulgaria, and are nearly impossible to be replicated by the contemporary jewelers.

“Such things don't have a price tag, because this is not a supermarket,” Dimitrov said. “Those golden artifacts are 1500 years older than the Trojan War and 2500 years older than all Thracian treasures that we know of.”

According to him, at the market the sheer number of the golden elements could have fetched up several million euro. via

Arqueología cognitiva - Ágora Historia

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Skeleton found at building site intrigues scientists

CAPE TOWN - Archaeologists in Cape Town are on high alert following the discovery of human remains on a building site in the coastal suburb of Melkbosstrand.

A skeleton that is believed to be that of a male could be dated back as far as 3,000 years.

At least one archaeologist believes it is highly likely that more remains could be buried beneath the luxury homes of the coastal suburb.

Louisa Hutten, an archaeologist from the University of Cape Town, and her team have been working endlessly on the site since the first findings, and their hard work paid off this week.

“And then when we came into excavate, we actually found another skeleton which was very nice because we could sort of identify the grave of the skeleton and the position that the skeleton was lying in,” said Hutten.

Hutten was especially excited because the latest findings are much more complete and allows them to learn even more about the people who occupied the area.

“It sort of gives us an idea of how the people occupied the landscape and what they ate and the way they lived on the landscape. And we can learn more from the skeletons itself - the age and if they have some sort of disease or malnutrition or anything like that,” she said.

Hutten and her team are hoping to wrap up their work as soon as possible, and once their work is done, she will make a recommendation to Heritage Western Cape to always have an archaeologist on site while building recommences... (Video)

Hallan esqueleto de más de tres mil años en Sudáfrica
Arqueólogos sudafricanos hallaron en Ciudad del Cabo (suroeste), y en casi perfecto estado el esqueleto de un homínido varón que vivió hace más de tres mil años, reseñó la revista científica South African Journal of Science (SAJS).
Los restos fueron descubiertos metros abajo de los cimientos de una obra en construcción en el barrio costero de Melkbosstrand. La figura estaba tendida en posición fetal a modo aparentemente ritual.

La científica en antropología forense Louisa Hutten, de la Universidad Cape Town, explicó que este hallazgo aportará muchos elementos positivos al estudio sobre paisaje y adaptación alimenticia de estos primeros humanos en la región.

Fieldwork revises ice-free corridor hypothesis of human migration

This series of maps shows the generalized glacial extent in North America as the Cordilleran and Laurentide ice sheets waxed and waned. From top to bottom, the maps show ice extent at about 25,000 years ago, 20,000 years ago, 14,500 years ago and 12,000 years ago. Credit: basemap by NOAA NGDC; modified by Kathleen Cantner, AGI.

The existence of an ice-free corridor through Canada during the climax of last glaciation, which allowed the first Americans to cross the Bering land bridge from Siberia and move south (about 13,000 years ago), has long been postulated in North American archaeology. Now, research based on the exposure ages of glacial rocks found in the corridor suggests a puzzling conclusion — that the open pathway closed several thousand years prior to 20,000 years ago and didn’t open again until between 13,000 and 12,000 years ago, well after the first Americans were in the Americas.

The findings, presented at last year’s Paleoamerican Odyssey conference, along with other recent findings, may leave researchers back “at square one,” with no conclusive evidence of when or how the first people arrived in North America, says Lionel Jackson, a geologist at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and a co-author of one of the studies presented at the meeting. [...]