Found 700 Year Old Gold Ring

Archaeologists have found an ancient gold ring in the mud in Bjørvika, downtown Oslo. The ring has been hidden since Queen Eufemias era in the early 1300s.

The 23-karat gold ring decorated with garnet has been lying in the mud over 700 years. Recently, archaeologist Line Hovd at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) discovered it…

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Timeless Mystery: How Could a Swiss Ring-Watch End up in a Sealed Ming Dynasty Tomb?

Originally posted on Epoch Times.

A file photo of a Ming Dynasty mausoleum (Axz66/iStock)

The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In “Beyond Science” Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.

A mystery surrounds the curious excavation of a strange artifact and those who recovered it from the depths of an ancient tomb in China. When archaeologists reportedly recovered a modern-looking, mud-encrusted artifact from a 400-year-old sealed tomb in 2008, their astonishment was great. For some, this type of discovery could have only meant one thing—it was evidence of time travel. Was the discovery real? Was it a hoax? Could the find have been an intriguing artifact out-of-place and time?

Reports described the team as composed of archaeologists and journalists filming a documentary at a dig at a sealed tomb dating to the Ming Dynasty in Shangsi, southern China. As one of the coffins was being cleared of soil before being opened, a strange thing happened.

We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch.

“When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, suddenly a piece of rock dropped off and hit the ground with metallic sound,” said Jiang Yanyu, a former curator of the Guangxi Autonomous Region Museum…

via Timeless Mystery: How Could a Swiss Ring-Watch End up in a Sealed Ming Dynasty Tomb?.

Ancient Mayan tablet unearthed in Guatemalan jungle dates back 1,600 years — RT News

Originally posted on RT News.

A 1,600 year-old Mayan tablet has been uncovered in the ancient El Achiotal ruins of a temple in Guatemala. It describes a king’s 40-year reign during a period of unrest in Mayan history. The site is said to have been occupied between 400 BC and 550 AD.

“This stela portrays an early king during one of the more poorly understood periods of ancient Maya history,” Marcello Canuto, an anthropologist at Tulane University in Louisiana, says.

The discovery was made by complete accident; the dig had been ongoing for years, but the trench containing the tablet contained a previously unseen secret chamber, a shrine of sorts. The researchers had to crouch to explore it. Various objects normally found within ancient tombs were unearthed, along with…

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6 Fascinating Finds from the London Wreck, 1665

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Three hundred and fifty years ago, a second rate 72-gun warship known as the London spectacularly blew up after a gun powder explosion just off Southend-on-Sea in Essex. It is considered one of England’s most important 17th century shipwrecks. Historic England, Cotswold Archaeology and licensed divers have been excavating the wreck, bringing up more than 150 artefacts before they are lost forever to time, in the Thames Estuary. These finds create a unique snapshot of life on board this warship in 1665.

1. Beeswax Candles

The discovery of candles in the wreck is extremely rare due to their fragility. On ships light is crucial to illuminate the lower decks and to signal. These fragile candles are made of beeswax, as was established by Fourier Transformation Infrared Spectroscopy. The layers from repeatedly dipping the wick into the molten wax can be clearly seen, as can the wick itself.

Candle fragment, showing fibrous wick in the centre Candle fragment, showing…

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Israeli scientists ‘digitally unwrap’ 1,500-yo charred scroll, find biblical text — RT News

Originally posted on RT News.

Although it looked little more than a burnt piece of wood, the object Israeli researchers uncovered at Ein Gedi turned out to house one of the most precious texts of the Old Testament: the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus.

Israeli scientists originally discovered the scroll in the 1970s in the region of Ein Gedi, which lies on the shores of the Dead Sea. The town used to house a Jewish community during the Byzantine period. Among the notable features of the village were its mosaics, synagogue and the Holy Ark that contained pieces of the Torah, the Old Testament.

However, the town mysteriously burned to the ground and none of the inhabitants ever returned to collect their belongings.

“We have no information regarding the cause of the fire, but speculation about the destruction ranges from…

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Alexander the Great Mosaic Unearthed in Israel – artnet News

Originally posted on artnet News.

Researchers believe the mosaic depicts Alexander the Great. Photo: Jim Haberman via The Daily Mail

Researchers believe the mosaic depicts Alexander the Great.
Photo: Courtesy of Jim Haberman via Daily Mail.

An intricate mosaic depicting Alexander the Great meeting a Jewish high priest was uncovered in a 5th-century synagogue at the archeological site in the ancient village of Huqoq.

An extremely rare find, the mosaic is significant because it is the first non-biblical scene discovered in an ancient synagogue.

The colorful floor-piece shows a meeting of two men and also depicts several…

via Alexander the Great Mosaic Unearthed in Israel – artnet News.

Wiltshire homeowner finds 13th Century chapel recorded in the Domesday Book | Daily Mail Online

Originally posted on Daily Mail Online.

Homeowner chops down leylandii in her front garden and finds 13th Century chapel on site recorded in the Domesday Book.

Retired teacher was excavating some trees when ruins of 13th Century chapel were found beneath her front garden.

Archaeologists invited to investigate and found Saxon and medieval structures revealing more about local history

Resident, 65, says she was happy to host the year-long dig at her home and described the findings as ‘fantastic’.

Much of the structure, descending 4ft into the ground, will now have to be covered up to prevent any further decay…

via Wiltshire homeowner finds 13th Century chapel recorded in the Domesday Book | Daily Mail Online.

Archaeologists find Bronze Age food at prehistoric settlement “comparable to the Mary Rose”


Archaeologists found food from between 800-1000 BC in a set of pots, textiles and other material at a Cambridgeshire settlement destroyed by fire during the Bronze Age© Cambridge Archaeological Unit

An “extraordinary testimony” to the lives of prosperous people in Bronze Age Britain could lie under the soil of a 1,100-square metre site destroyed in a fire 3,000 years ago, say archaeologists who are about to start digging within a brick pit near Peterborough.
Must Farm – part of the Flag Fen Basin, and the site where nine pristine log boats were famously unearthed in 2011 – was protected by a ring of wooden posts before a dramatic fire at the end of the Bronze Age caused the dwelling to collapse into the river.
Its submergence preserved its contents, creating what experts are describing as a “time capsule” of “exceptional” decorated tiles made from lime tree bark.
Rare small pots…

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Ancient Roman city discovered under the silt of the Nile Delta

Originally posted on Luxor Times in July 2014.

Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities and Heritage, announced the discovery of the remains of a Roman ancient city about 25 kilometres to the south of Rosetta in Behira governorate.

The city discovered under massive layers of silt during archaeological survey done by the international team formed between the ministry and Italian universities of Siena and Padova. Prof. Cristina Mondin, director of the archaeological mission, along with Giorgia Marchiori and Dr Mohamed Kenawi.

Ancient Roman City discovered Metalis by Luxor Times 1

The importance of this discovery that it would help to find out more details on the daily life of this era as well as the architecture of such cities. According to Dr. El Damaty, the discovered city is an excellent example of the Hellenistic Roman cities in Nile Delta. The site is an addition to the architectural elements in Kom El Ahmar and Kom El Wasit sites beside the huge Roman bath which was discovered before in the same site. The Minister explained “During the magnetic survey at the site, many structures were discovered around…

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Stonehenge sun-disc from the dawn of history goes on display in Wiltshire for summer solstice | Culture24

Originally posted on Culture24.

Photo of a gold disc with a cross

The gold sun-disc dates from the time of Stonehenge© Wiltshire Museum

Marking this year’s summer solstice an early Bronze Age sun-disc, one of the earliest metal objects found in Britain, has gone on display for the first time at Wiltshire Museum.

Archaeologists believe the disc was forged in about 2,400 BC, soon after the great sarsen stones were put up at Stonehenge. It is thought it was worn on clothing to represent the sun.

Wiltshire Museum will exhibit a gold ‘Stonehenge sun-disc’, which may have been worn on clothing or a head-dress

The sun-disc, one of only six such finds, was discovered in a burial mound at…

via Stonehenge sun-disc from the dawn of history goes on display in Wiltshire for summer solstice | Culture24.

5 plants the Romans gave us | Heritage Calling

Originally posted on Heritage Calling. 

Greater celandine growing against a garden wall. Photograph by John Vallender

Greater celandine growing against a garden wall. Photograph by John Vallender

Chelsea Flower Show is in full swing, and we’ve been gripped by gardening fever. The British love to get out in the garden but did you know some of our most familiar garden plants and weeds were introduced around two thousand years ago when Britain became part of the Roman Empire?

The arrival of the Romans saw an explosion in the types of plant foods eaten. Whilst some of these foods, like olives, would never have been grown in this country, others such as cherries and plums, were cultivated in gardens and orchards and remain with us today. Other plants hitched a ride in imported grain or other goods and established themselves as weeds in our fields and hedgerows. Some of these plants were deliberately introduced and escaped from cultivation while others were introduced by…

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Royal Chapel discovered in Heliopolis

Heliopolis temple discovery Dietrich Raue by Luxor Times 1

Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities, announced today that the Egyptian-German mission working at Heliopolis temple discovered the lower part of a chapel dated back to the reign of Nectanebo I, 30th Dynasty.

The chapel lower part is a group of inscribed basalt stone blocks beside a part of a royal statue bears the cartouche of King Nectanebo I.

“This discovery is important because it is the first time to find a chapel within the temple. Lowering the underground water levels is ongoing at the moment to resume the excavations in one of the biggest and most important temples in ancient Egypt.” Minister said…

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123 artefacts to be repatriated to Egypt from USA

Originally posted on the Luxor Times


The antiquities were confiscated by customs in New York and after proven ownership, the American authorities decided to give it back to Egypt.

The 123 objects contains wooden sarcophagus for a lady dated to 26th Dynasty, 4 wooden statues if birds representing “Ba” the soul in ancient Egypt, collection of statues dates to Third Intermediate Period (TIP), number of funerary boats of Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom Stela and a collection of Roman coins.

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Found Rock Carvings With Sun Cross Right Outside the Doorstep

Bronze Age Rock Carvings Norway 1

These rock carvings appeared when Espen Bøe tore down the front entrance. (Photo: Arne Gunnar Olsen/ NRK)

In late November, when Stein Espen Bøe and his wife Kristin living in the town of Haugesund drained around their house and had to remove the front entrance, it appeared some rock carvings showing several ships and a sun cross.

After being examined and recorded by archaeologists from the Stavanger Museum and Rogaland County, the finding proves to be about 3000 years old. The Bronze Age drawings that probably have been part of a larger part is covering about two square meters and displays ships with crew and a sun cross.

The discovery of the largest Bronze Age rock art finding from the Haugesund region is like any other similar findings from this time period, a mystery. However, it is very interesting to observe that one of the ships has a crew of…

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