For a long time it was believed that the inhabitants of Easter island, or Rapa Nui (the local name for the Islands), were the victims of military conflict. The only thing left is the mysterious stone statues and a set of triangular shards of volcanic glass, which, presumably, was used as a weapon. However, it was different, believe scientists from the University of Binghamton in new York (USA).
In their opinion pieces, called “meta a”, actually served as tools. The findings of archaeologists refute existing theory about the bloody battle that destroyed the civilization on the island. New assumptions based on the results of the analysis of over 400 samples “mate and” collected on Rapa Nui.
According to the head of research, Professor Carl Lipo, a careful study of the fragments shows that they differ in shape, unlike the model spearheads. Comparing the samples from Easter island with the fragments of weapons found in Europe and around the world, you will notice that all the elements of the latter have the same carefully designed and tested the form, says the scientist. And she, in his opinion, was necessary that weapons are guaranteed to reach the desired goal. Continue reading
As reported by portal newsru.co.il, in the course of excavations at the construction site of the highway in the district of Shuafat in Northern Jerusalem were discovered traces of ancient settlements. Specialists of the Department of antiquities dated to the copper age, that is, people lived there 7,000 years ago.
Discovered the ruins of two buildings and a distinctive basalt and ceramic dishes, metal utensils. According to the excavators, the houses are built very thoroughly and their condition constantly watched.
Scientists say that this is the oldest settlement in the municipal boundaries of the Israeli capital. Previously so ancient settlements were found only in the Negev, the coastal strip and in the North of Israel.
“Such discoveries in Jerusalem and the Judean hills was not. We found traces of human presence Chalcolithic in Abu Ghosh, the site of complex “Holyland” and in the valley and ELA, but nothing significant was detected”, – says the head of the history Department of antiquities Dr. OMRI Barzilai.
“There is no doubt that the territory of Jerusalem there was a prosperous settlement. Such construction quality to be envied now. Findings indicate a developed crafts. Found sickles for the harvest, the axes of builders and even beads”, – said the head of excavations Ronit Lupo. Continue reading
The researchers from Italy used sophisticated scanners to check the status of the remains of victims of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 ad, the inhabitants of Pompeii. Multi-layer scanning showed very interesting results. For example, the fact that the victims were just great teeth. In addition, most people died not from suffocation, but because of head injuries.
The analysis is part of a larger project involving archaeologists, it professionals, orthodontists, radiologists. The remains of the victims of the eruption of Vesuvius covered with plaster in the 19th century for the preservation of human remains and capable of transporting them. But the cast made it impossible to study the remains, the layer is too thick for a regular examination. The fact that archaeologists of the 19th century unearthed the city, and found voids in the strata of volcanic ash that were previously occupied the bodies of humans and animals. These voids (inside which are preserved the skeletons of the dead) were filled with plaster, and then uncovered. In summary, the researchers managed to obtain a very realistic casts of human bodies, complete in every detail. Continue reading