Stone bracelet is oldest ever found in the world

It is intricately made with polished green stone and is thought to have adorned a very important woman or child on only special occasions. Yet this is no modern-day fashion accessory and is instead believed to be the oldest stone bracelet in the world, dating to as long ago as 40,000 years.

Unearthed in the Altai region of Siberia in 2008, after detailed analysis Russian experts now accept its remarkable age as correct.

New pictures show this ancient piece of jewellery in its full glory with scientists concluding it was made by our prehistoric human ancestors, the Denisovans, and shows them to have been far more advanced than ever realized. 

‘The bracelet is stunning - in bright sunlight it reflects the sun rays, at night by the fire it casts a deep shade of green,’ said Anatoly Derevyanko, Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Read more.

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По дороге от Бийска до Новосибирска нас застал рассвет. 

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Aug. 29, 1929: “Over the wastes of Siberia she soared like an astral wanderer, a marvel to lonely souls left far behind in the march of progress,” The Times wrote of the Graf Zeppelin, which completed its circumnavigation of the globe after 21 days, 7 hours and 26 minutes. After the voyage, the ship was bunked in a hangar in Lakehurst, N.J., while workers replenished the ship’s fuel and gas and prepared her for another voyage. The passengers disembarked, taking a commuter train back to New York. Photo: The New York Times

'Mummy of a child warrior from 'lost medieval civilisation' unearthed near Arctic'

Scientists this week opened the mummified child’s remains cocooned in birch bark and copper which - combined with the permafrost - produced an accidental mummification.

The child - seen here in these remarkable pictures for the first time - appears to be from a higher social strata that previous remains unearthed at the site, the mysterious  Zeleny Yar necropolis, close to the Siberian Arctic, which had ancient links to Persia. So far only one female - a child - has been found at the burial place.

The major new find close to Salekhard is seen as exciting by experts who are conducting MRI scans on the remains.

Alexander Gusev, research fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Arctic, told The Siberian Times: ‘We did the MRI scan first and yesterday held the first stage of opening the cocoon. We saw that the body was almost fully mummified, thanks to copper - or bronze - plates, except for the right hand and his legs.’ Read more.

United States of Siberia by Giorgio Morra

“Those photographs documents the everyday life of a group of former prisoners and addicted to drugs. They now work and live together in a charitable rehabilitation centre. In some cases, the heroin and crocodile, a drug widespread in Russia which accelerates the physical decay drastically, had led many of them into a spiral of self destruction. In other cases, after having served sentence, some men try to redirect their lifes.”

1,300-year-old fortress-like structure on Siberian lake continues to mystify experts

It is one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in Russia – an ancient complex engulfing a small island in the center of a remote lake in the mountains of southern Siberia. At first glance, it appears to be an ancient fortress, its perimeter of high walls constructed to keep out enemies. However, others have proposed the 1,300-year-old structure may have been a summer palace, monastery, memorial complex, ritual center, or astronomical observatory. More than a century after its rediscovery, experts are no closer to understanding the secrets of these enigmatic ruins.

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First glimpse inside the Siberian cave that holds the key to man's origins

These exclusive pictures show the world famous Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains from which a series of stunning scientific discoveries on man’s origins have been made in recent years.

More are expected as a result of a hive of archeological activity - overseen by the specialists from Novosibirsk State University -  underway at this unique site inhabited continuously from the deep past.

Scientist Maksim Kozlikin said: ‘We are working with Oxford University in the UK, they help us with radiocarbon and other dating and also conduct studies of ancient DNA. Currently, we continue cooperation and there can be new joint scientific articles.’

The significance of the cave is immense, and the experts are convinced it has more secrets to give up on human origins. Here in 2008 was discovered a finger bone fragment of 'X woman’, a juvenile female who lived around 41,000 years ago, analysis of which indicated that she was genetically distinct from Neanderthals and modern humans. Read more.