Excavations at Albazin prison is completed archaeological field season – Wednesday, August 11, all major work will be curtailed. Scientists summarize first scientific results. The main discoveries of this year was the discovery of nineteen single burials in coffins and, presumably, new skudelny – mass graves of the defenders of the Albazin prison of the seventeenth century.
19 single burials in coffins, most likely, relate to the beginning of the siege of the Fort, when its defenders still had enough strength to dig individual graves and the house they put together for each of the deceased. Some of these burials was demolished, and the bones of the dead extracted for further study, the other part is preserved to continue in the new season. Several coffins cleared and left untouched for demonstration to participants of the solemn ceremony of reburial of the remains of defenders albazina, which will be held in early September. Continue reading
Mexican archaeologists in the pyramid of the Aztec Huitzilopochtli in the ancient city of Tenochtitlan on the territory of modern Mexico city discovered a tunnel. It leads to two closed chambers, located on the Central square of the round shape. This was reported on the Fox News website.
The tunnel has a length of 8.2 meters, 0.5 meters wide and 1.5 meters in height. The entrance to the passage was closed with a three-ton plate, which was raised in 2013. It in a hidden space scientists have discovered gold ornaments, bones of eagles and the remains of two decapitated children 5-7 years, and closed with mud and stones of the narrow passage.
According to archaeologists, they found evidence of ritual sacrifices of the ancient Aztecs, and the camera can be a place of cremation of the dead Aztec rulers. In 1325-1521 years, the Indians burned the ashes of their ancient leaders. So, in one of the reports of the Spanish conquerors is indicated for cremation, made in 1521.
Print out the entrances to the chamber, the researchers plan in 2016. For the first time these hollow spaces, located under a huge stone monolith of the Aztec God of the earth Tlaltecuhtli, archaeologists discovered in 2007 with the help of radar research. Continue reading
A group of archaeologists from Vanderbilt University (USA) and several Chilean universities found in the vicinity of the oldest known primitive people of the Clovis culture in South America earlier traces of the temporary camps belonging, probably, to people of other cultures. Radiocarbon Dating showed that the found artifacts are aged from 14 000 to 19 000 years, whereas the oldest known traces of representatives of the Clovis appeared not later than 14 thousand years ago. The paper was published in the journal PLoS ONE .
Scientists examined several locations in the area of the oldest known to date Parking representatives of culture Clovis Chilean Monte Verde. Archaeologists have found stone tools 39 and 12 small camp-fires, around which were scattered animal bones with traces of processing (they were broken and fragmented) and fire, as well as nut shells and remains of other edible plants. This bone belonged as rather large animals — ancient llamas, mastodons, and small prehistoric horses and deer. However, neither they nor drugite could be in Monte Verde at the time because of the rather cold climate and lack of vegetation, hence, their killed and skinned in a different place, and only then delivered to the Parking lot. Continue reading