Mummification in Europe may be older than previously thought

History and Archeolory

A multi-national study of the Sado Valley in Portugal suggests that mummification in Europe may be older than previously thought. The study, published in the European Journal of Archaeology, suggests that European Mesolithic peoples may have been performing treatments such as desiccation through mummification at sites like the Sado Valley from 8,000 years ago. Until…

Rare stone with Pictish symbols found in farmers’ field

History and Archeolory

Archaeologists have uncovered a stone with carved Pictish symbols in a farmer’s field near Forfar, Scotland. A team from the University of Aberdeen was conducting geophysical surveys to better understand the landscape of the Aberlemno stones, where they found anomalies that led to the discovery of the 1.7-metre-long stone. The Aberlemno stones are a series…

Archaeologists have uncovered two pre-Hispanic temples in the Tehuacán el Viejo archaeological zone

History and Archeolory

Archaeologists excavating within the archaeological zone of Tehuacán Viejo in Puebla, Mexico, have announced the discovery of two pre-Hispanic temples. Tehuacán el Viejo was an ancient city of the Nguiwa or Popoloca culture that served as a cult centre and political head of the region during the Postclassic period from AD 1000 to AD 1456,…

Underwater archaeologists excavate Byzantine shipwreck near Samos

History and Archeolory

Underwater archaeologists have excavated a Byzantine shipwreck near the Greek island of Samos in the East Aegean. The shipwreck, one of 58 identified in the Fourni islands archipelago as part of the framework of the EU’s Interreg VA Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020 program, was selected for further study by the Culture Ministry of Greece due to the…

The Immortal Armour of China’s Jade Burial Suits

Archaeology Mystery of Tomb

The Jade burial suits are hand-crafted jade suits from the Han Dynasty of China, used for the ceremonial burials of China’s elite and members of the ruling class. The Chinese developed a fascination with Jade as early as 6000 BC during the Neolithic period, producing ritual and ornamental tools or weapons as symbols of political…

Researchers reveal the burial rituals of the “oldest city in the world”

Archaeology Mystery of Tomb

An international team of researchers have provided new insight into the burial rituals of Çatalhöyük, considered the “oldest city in the world”. Image Credit : University of Bern Çatalhöyük is an ancient proto city from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods, located on the edge of the Konya Plain near the present-day city of Konya in…