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During excavations in China archaeologists have discovered objects of gold and jade

Chinese archaeologists, who conducted excavations in the area of known archaeological site of Sanxingdui, located in the southwest of China, Sichuan province, were found numerous gold and jade jewelry, according to news Agency Xinhua.

The archaeological site of Sanxingdui is a place of careful work of archaeologists has been for at least three decades, but the finding of similar values are able to detect extremely rare — the last one of gold was found here in 1990-ies.

“The product was found, the approximate age of 3 thousand years, indicate the high social status living here once people. Gold and jade attest to the prosperity of the settlements here,” says lei Yu, an archeologist from Sichuan Institute.

Yu adds that the portions of the ancient walls, was found here earlier, could apply to two small towns.

The area is known Sanxingdui finds a variety of objects of antiquity from the beginning of the twentieth century, however, full excavations began in 1986, after the discovery of working pits for sacrifice. Continue reading

An incredible discovery archaeologists

A teenage girl 14-15 years old, which sacrificed about 500 years ago, all ages past have lain in the ice on top of thousander, which contributed to a great sound. Next to her frozen bodies of two more young victims: seven year old boy and six girls. It was found three mummies, which, in contrast to the embalmed Egyptian “colleagues”, suffered PublishAmerica. The body of a seven year old boy also studied, but to explore the remains of six girls scientists have not yet solved. Probably, it once struck by lightning, which may affect the accuracy of the research results. Instead of traditional DNA testing, scientists have studied proteins in tissues and found that in apparently healthy girl had a bacterial lung infection resembling tuberculosis. The first infection was detected in mummies.

Most likely, the three children were sacrificed, as evidenced by being near them artifacts of gold, silver, clothes, bowls with food and extravagant headdress of white feathers of unknown birds. Historians suggest that the children were selected by the Incas for their beauty (in addition, children were considered more pure beings than adults) and sacrificed. Inca is not often brought children into the victim.

B previous studies: before sacrificed, throughout the year, children were fed “elite” foods — maize and dried llama meat, though before that they ate only peasant food, consisting of potatoes and vegetables. Scientists have also concluded that preparing for the sacrifice of children, in particular, 15-year-old girl who regularly given drugs and alcohol to be more submissive. Continue reading

Mysterious discoveries

On Earth, almost no white spots. But almost every year we read about sensational finds made by archaeologists. About the most mysterious of them, secrets which are yet to be disclosed, says a new German book.

Much in the book “Things that could not be” perceived ambiguously. Already Chapter titles: “Shot Neanderthal”, “Antique computer”, “Ancient aliens” and so forth, cause distrust. But quite bold in some of his conclusions, the author Reinhard Habeck (Habeck Reinhard), as a rule, adheres strictly to the facts.For example, he very carefully describes was found in the early twentieth century on the seabed close to the small Greek island of Antikythera a subject that many (and not only Habeck) called “ancient computer”.

Fragments of “ancient computer”

An astrolabe from the bottom of the sea

Model, exhibited in the German Museum in Munich, shows that it is a very complex mechanism consisting of multiple gears of different sizes linked together in different planes. Most “computer” is reminiscent of a modern astrolabe. It allows you to keep track of the solar and lunar calendars to calculate the trajectory of planets and to determine the position of the stars. This is not surprising today, but “the mechanism of Antikythera” was assembled in periodid 150-m and 100-m years BC! Continue reading

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