archeological artifacts


A mysterious wooden idol found in a Russian peat bog has been dated to 11,000 years old - and contains a code no one can decipher.

The Shigir Idol

is twice as old as the Pyramids and Stonehenge - and is by far the oldest wooden structure in the world. Even more mysteriously, it is covered in what experts describe as ‘encrypted code’ - a message from a lost civilisation. Professor Mikhail Zhilin of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Archeology said: ‘The ornament is covered with nothing but encrypted information. People were passing on knowledge with the help of the Idol.’

The statue had been dated as being 9,500 years old, after its discovery in a peat bog 125 years ago. But new research in Mannheim, Germany used Accelerated Mass Spectrometry on small fragments of the sculpture, and found it is at least 11,000 years old. That means the sculpture dates from the very beginning of the Holocene epoch - the era when man rose to dominate the world.

The Nebra sky disc and other items that were found in 1999 near Nebra, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. c 1600BC
 
30 cm diameter and a weight of 2.2 kg, with a blue-green patina and inlaid with gold symbols. These are interpreted generally as a sun or full moon, a lunar crescent, and stars (include a cluster interpreted as the Pleiades). Two golden arcs along the sides, marking the angle between the solstices, were added later. A final addition was another arc at the bottom surrounded with multiple strokes (of uncertain meaning, variously interpreted as a Solar Barge with numerous oars, as the Milky Way, or as a rainbow). The Nebra sky disc  found in 1999 near Nebra, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. c 1600BC

Lawrence of Arabia's exploits 'backed up' by archaeology

Archaeological remains that support Lawrence of Arabia’s account of his World War One exploits have gone on display in the UK for the first time.

In his Seven Pillars of Wisdom, British officer TE Lawrence, documented how he helped lead an Arabic uprising against the Ottoman empire in 1916.

Some historians have cast doubt on his account as much of it was unverifiable.

Artefacts found in Jordan are on display at the National Civil War Centre in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

A trained archaeologist, Lawrence was feted during his lifetime as a hero who helped defeat the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East, leading small guerrilla forces.

Neil Faulkner, from the Great Arab Revolt Project (GARP), has spent the last 10 years working in the Jordanian desert, and comparing it with Lawrence’s memoir of leading the Arab revolt, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Read more.

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There are many remarkable ancient artifacts that could re-write history as we know it. These artifacts are highly controversial. We are constantly finding new artifacts that defy our current understanding of history. Among the many jewels, mens wedding bands, pottery and weapons found we find items that can confuse even the most experienced archaeologists. According to orthodox science such objects shouldn’t exist, but they do and that is a fact that cannot be denied. Above are some of the most extraordinary artifacts discovered world-wide. 

Are these artifacts proof of ancient astronauts visiting our planet, or are they remenants left over from a previous civilization that inhabited earth before us ?

Mary Rose shipwreck skulls go online in 3D

For the first time, skulls and other artefacts from the 1545 wreck of Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose are being exhibited online as 3D reconstructions.

Researchers from Swansea University unveiled the scans to coincide with the British Science Festival, taking place in the Welsh city this week.

Some of the virtual objects are public while others are for research purposes.

The idea is to see how much can be learned about the lives of the ship’s crew, just from their digitised bones.

Richard Johnston, a materials engineer at Swansea, said the project would test the scientific value of digital archaeology - and the world’s burgeoning collection of cyber-artefacts. Read more.

'Cyber-archaeology' salvages lost Iraqi art

Priceless historical artefacts have been lost recently, to violence in Iraq and earthquakes in Nepal. But “cyber-archaeologists” are working with volunteers to put you just a few clicks away from seeing these treasures - in colourful, three-dimensional detail.

The effort began with a conversation between two young researchers in late February, days after shocking footage emerged of Islamic State militants tearing down and smashing artworks in the Mosul Museum in northern Iraq.

Chance Coughenour and Matthew Vincent are PhD students working for the Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage (ITN-DCH), an EU-funded project set up to apply new technology to cultural heritage issues.

“We were talking about the destruction and [Chance] suggested that we crowd-source the reconstruction of these images, using photogrammetry and images from the public,” Read more.

Italy police stumble upon 'priceless' ancient artefacts

Police in southern Italy who were searching for illegal weapons uncovered a large hoard of ancient Greek relics instead.

Officers were looking for arms and ammunition in a house near the Sicilian city of Enna when they found a stash of artefacts which date from between the 5th and 2nd Centuries BC, Corriere del Mezzogiorno reports. In total, 254 pieces were seized from the site, including dozens of vases, oil lamps and terracotta figures, as video of the haul shows. The pieces are thought to have come from settlements and burial sites in central and southern Sicily.

Police describe the finds as “priceless” but say they were being stored in cardboard boxes and plastic crates, wrapped in newspaper. Some had signs of salt incrustation, suggesting they had been fished out of the sea. They’ve now been handed over to the cultural heritage authority in Enna. Read more.

Stolen Artifacts Recovered in New York Are Worth Over $100 Million

The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Tuesday made public the largest antiquities seizure in American history and asked a judge to grant it custody of a startling 2,622 artifacts recovered from storage rooms affiliated with an imprisoned Madison Avenue art dealer.

The artifacts, valued by the authorities at $107.6 million, were described in papers filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan as having been looted from India and Southern Asia and smuggled into the United States by the dealer, Subhash Kapoor.

In their complaint, prosecutors said Mr. Kapoor, 65, had cached the items in an assortment of hideaways in Manhattan and Queens. They were confiscated during raids that began in 2012 and continued through last year. Read more.