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Ancient Maya Flasks

Mexican marigold

A team of archaeologists from the United States and Mexico have detected mixtures of tobacco and a non-tobacco plant called the Mexican marigold (Tagetes lucida) in residues taken from a collection of 14 pre-Columbian Maya bottle-shaped containers known as flasks. The discovery paints a clearer picture of ancient Maya drug …

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Ancient Villages In Amazonia

Using a helicopter-based lidar mapping tool, an international team of scientists led by University of Exeter archaeologists has discovered a network of mound villages in the south-eastern portion of Acre State, Brazil, dating back to 1300-1700 CE. Detail of a circular mound village called Dona Maria with ‘twin’ village. Image …

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3,000 Year Old Fort In Israel

A team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has uncovered the remnants of an ancient fortified complex believed to have been founded by the Geshurites, the ally of King David, in the 11th or 10th century BCE. Dr. Tzin with a figurine and an engraved stone at the …

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Ancient Seal Depicting

Archaeologists digging in the Tzurim Valley National Park in Jerusalem, Israel, have found a small gem seal, dating from the first century CE, with a portrait of the ancient Greek deity Apollo. The 2,000-year-old gem seal found in Jerusalem, Israel. Image credit: Eliyahu Yanai, City of David. “Although Apollo is …

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2,700 Year Old Limestone

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have found a two-shekalim limestone weight dating from the First Temple period in Jerusalem, Israel. The 2,700-year-old two-shekalim weight found in Jerusalem, Israel. Image credit: Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority. “The weight is dome-shaped with a flat base,” said IAA archaeologists Dr. Barak …

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Cat Geoglyph at Nazca

Archaeologists with the Nazca-Palpa Management Plan of Peru’s Ministry of Culture have discovered a 2,100-year-old figure of a relaxing feline in the Nazca Desert, southern Peru. This image shows the figure of a feline on a hillside in the Nazca Desert, southern Peru. Image credit: La Oficina de Comunicación e …

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Old Copper Smelting

Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Geological Survey of Israel have excavated a Chalcolithic-period (5th millennium BCE) copper-smelting workshop at the site of Horvat Beter in Beer Sheva, southern Israel. Copper slag from Horvat Beter, Beer Sheva, southern Israel. Image credit: Anat Rasiuk, Israel Antiquities …

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Archaeologists Unearth

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have uncovered a magnificent ritual bath (mikveh) at the site of the 2,000-year-old agricultural farmstead near Hannaton, a kibbutz in northern Israel. This aerial photo shows the 2,000-year-old mikveh (lower right) at the site of the ancient agricultural farm near Hannaton in northern …

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Mammoth Tusk in Siberia

The 13,000-year-old partial tusk of an adult mammoth found in western Siberia has four images of two-humped camels engraved on it. The 13,000-year-old engraved mammoth tusk from the Tom River, western Siberia. Image credit: Esin et al, doi: 10.1016/j.ara.2020.100180. The engraved tusk was found in 1988 at a locality known …

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Phoenician Wine Press

Archaeologists have unearthed the well-preserved remains of a 2,700-year-old wine press at the Phoenician site of Tell el-Burak, 9 km south of Sidon in present-day Lebanon. The wine press at Tell el-Burak from the south-west. Image credit: Tell el-Burak Archaeological Project. The ruins of Tell el-Burak, a small Phoenician settlement …

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