4,500-year-old statue of Canaanite goddess found in Palestine

A stone statue of an ancient goddess of beauty, love and war has been found in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian archaeologists say that the head of the Canaanite deity, Anat, dates back 4,500 years to the late Bronze Age. The discovery was made by a farmer digging his land in Khan Younis, in the south of the strip. On social media, some Gazans are making wry comments suggesting the goddess’s association with war seems apt. In recent years, they have seen a series of devastating flare-ups in the conflict between Israel and militant groups in Gaza, which is governed by … Continue reading 4,500-year-old statue of Canaanite goddess found in Palestine

‘Mysterious’ giant stone jars found in India

Researchers have uncovered giant “mysterious” jars in India that may have been used for ancient human burial practices. The 65 sandstone jars were found scattered over four sites in the north-eastern state of Assam. They vary in shape and size. Some of the jars are tall and cylindrical, while the others are partly or fully buried in the ground. Similar stone vessels have previously been found in Laos and Indonesia. The details of the discovery – which involved researchers from three universities in India and Australia – were published in the Journal of Asian Archeology journal this week. The research was … Continue reading ‘Mysterious’ giant stone jars found in India

Gaza construction workers find 31 Roman-era tombs

Construction workers at a building site in northern Gaza have uncovered 31 Roman-era tombs dating from the first century AD, the Palestinian territory’s Islamist rulers Hamas said Monday. The tombs were discovered near the town of Beit Lahia as work began on an Egyptian-funded residential area, part of the $500 million reconstruction package Cairo pledged after the 11-day war in May between Israel and armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Naji Sarhan, an official at Gaza’s Ministry of Public Works, confirmed the find and said there is “evidence that there are other graves” at the site. Construction work has been … Continue reading Gaza construction workers find 31 Roman-era tombs

Amazing: Badger thought to have found Roman treasure

A hungry badger is thought to have unearthed the largest collection of Roman coins ever to have been discovered in northern Spain, reports say. The treasure trove was discovered close to the den of an animal in the municipality of Grado, Asturias. The animal is thought to have uncovered the treasure as it desperately searched for food last winter, a harsh one. Heavy snowfall affected the region when storm Filomena hit last year. In a desperate attempt to find some food, it is thought that the animal – which researchers believe could be a badger – inserted its legs into a … Continue reading Amazing: Badger thought to have found Roman treasure

Piece Of History: Virginia workers open Civil War era time capsule

A conservation team in the US state of Virginia has opened a box containing Confederate war memorabilia believed to be more than 130 years old. It contained newspapers, books and ammunition dated to the US Civil War. Workers discovered the container in the state capital of Richmond while finishing the removal of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee. The memorial was removed after protests against it following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year. Records held by the Library of Virginia say that the capsule was buried in 1877 and that dozens of local residents … Continue reading Piece Of History: Virginia workers open Civil War era time capsule

Roman-era ‘Good Shepherd’ ring found off Israel in ancient shipwreck

A Roman-era gold ring bearing an image used by early Christians to symbolize Jesus has been found by archaeologists off Israel’s Mediterranean coast. The Israel Antiquities Authority said the ring was set with a green gemstone carved with the figure of a shepherd boy carrying a sheep on his shoulders. In the Bible, Jesus describes himself as the “Good Shepherd”. The ring was among a number of artefacts discovered in two shipwrecks near the ancient port of Caesarea. The other treasures include hundreds of silver and bronze Roman coins from the mid-3rd Century and a large hoard of silver coins … Continue reading Roman-era ‘Good Shepherd’ ring found off Israel in ancient shipwreck

Largest-ever millipede fossil found on a beach

Scientists say they have discovered the largest-ever fossil of a giant millipede on a beach in Northumberland, totally by chance. The millipede, known as Arthropleura, is thought to have been more than 8ft (2.5m) long. It would have weighed about seven stone (50kg). The fossil segment was first spotted in 2018 when a large block of sandstone fell on to a beach at Howick Bay. It will be displayed in Cambridge’s Sedgwick Museum next year. “It was a complete fluke of a discovery,” said Dr Neil Davies, from Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences, who has been analysing the 75cm-long fossil. … Continue reading Largest-ever millipede fossil found on a beach

Iraq puts looted ‘Gilgamesh Dream Tablet’ artefact on display

The 3,500-year-old Gilgamesh Dream Tablet has gone on display in Iraq for the first time in three decades. The clay artefact bears part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s oldest surviving works of literature. It was looted from an Iraqi museum during the 1991 Gulf War and smuggled through many countries before ending up at Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible. US authorities seized the tablet in 2019 and handed it over to the Iraqi embassy in September. It is one of 17,926 artefacts recovered by Iraq from the US, UK, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands over … Continue reading Iraq puts looted ‘Gilgamesh Dream Tablet’ artefact on display

Workers digging gas pipes in Peru find 2,000-year-old gravesite

Workers laying gas pipes on a street in the Peruvian capital Lima stumbled on the remains of a pre-Hispanic gravesite that included 2,000-year-old ceramic burial vessels, an archaeologist said Thursday. A work crew laying a natural gas pipe under a street in Lima, Peru stumbled across a 2,000-year-old burial site, including the remains of six people and ceramic vessels “This find that we see today is 2,000 years old,” archaeologist Cecilia Camargo told AFP at the site. “So far, there are six human bodies that we have recovered, including children and adults, accompanied by a set of ceramic vessels that were … Continue reading Workers digging gas pipes in Peru find 2,000-year-old gravesite

Piece Of History: Sword found in Israel may have been dropped by a Crusader knight

An ancient sword, found by a scuba diver off the coast of Israel, may have been dropped in the sea by a Crusader knight 900 years ago, researchers claim. The 3ft long weapon was found on the Mediterranean seabed encrusted with marine organisms, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. Its hilt and handle were distinctive enough for the ‘eagle-eyed’ amateur diver to notice, after undercurrents apparently shifted sands that had concealed it. The sword was found in a natural cove near the port city of Haifa, which may have served as a shelter for seafarers, according to Kobi Sharvit, director … Continue reading Piece Of History: Sword found in Israel may have been dropped by a Crusader knight

4,000-year-old sword discovered by man with metal detector in parents’ backyard

A Bronze Age sword dating back as far as 1700 B.C. was found broken in pieces in Finland this past summer by a man using a metal detector in his parents’ back garden.Pieces of a sword believed to be from the Bronze Age were found by Matti Rintamaa in his parent’s yard with the help of a metal detector in the Finnish village of Panelia. The July discovery in the village of Panella in southwestern Finland was only made public recently by the Satakunta Museum and the Finnish Heritage Agency. Matti Rintamaa had bought his first metal detector only two … Continue reading 4,000-year-old sword discovered by man with metal detector in parents’ backyard

A 1,500-year-old Byzantine wine complex found in Israel

A 1,500-year-old wine-making complex, said to have been the world’s largest at the time, has been discovered in Israel, archaeologists say. Five presses were unearthed at the huge Byzantine-era winery at Yavne, south of Tel Aviv, which is estimated to have produced two million litres a year. After a sophisticated production process it was exported around the Mediterranean. Those working at the site said they were surprised by its size. There are plans to make the complex a visitor attraction once preservation work is completed. The site contains five wine presses spread over a square kilometre (0.4 sq miles), warehouses … Continue reading A 1,500-year-old Byzantine wine complex found in Israel