Nasca (Peru), Condor, August 2007

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American researcher David Johnson, comes up with a new and intriguing explanation on one of the most enigmatic sites in world. The mysterious lines, figures and signs on Nazca Plain have been researched and examined for decades since last century and there are almost a dozen theories about their “purpose” and function. Among them were, Swiss writer Erich von Daeniken’s “ancient airport” theory which made the headlines in 1970s. Now, Johnson suggests an interesting explanation for these enigmatic lines, which connects them to the underground water sources.

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Sternstunden - Wunder des Sonnensystems, Ausst...

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The Bronze Age relic known as “The Nebra Disk” was one of the most significant archaeological discoveries just before the end of millenium, in 1999. Believed to be made around 17th century BCE, the disk is thought to be designed as a kind of “astronomical clock” by the priests of a Bronze Age central European sun-cult. Now some archaeologists suggest another point, not contradicting this generally accepted view but questioning the “function” of the disk after a very serious natural catastrophe changed the circumstances of the Ancient World.

The mega eruption of the Thera volcano in Santorini island around 3600 years ago, not only shook most of the Bronze Age civilizations and cause some of them to collapse (Minos and Harappa) or fall into a serious crisis (Egypt and Babylonia), but also changed the climate conditions harshly all over the world. A “volcanic winter” caused by the ash clouds that covered the sky, deeply affected the lives of millions of people: Contaminated waters caused by the acid rains and sulphur (remember the Exodus story, which said “there were blood on rivers in all Egypt”); crop failures which resulted famines on many agricultural lands; unusually cool summers and deadly cold winters.

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This is quite a mystery. An ancient (probably from the mid-1700’s) ship’s remains found buried 20 to 30 feet below street level at WTC site – probably undisturbed for more than two centuries. Build date is uncertain and the ship design is unfamiliar. A large team of archaeologists is working on the remains at Maryland to solve this puzzle.

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On July 12 the remains of an 18th century ship were found buried 20 feet below street level at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. The question is how did they get there?

Mysteries Abound in WTC Ship Remains
Nobody knows for sure — yet. And even though there are timbers from the front half of the ship, nobody can identify what kind of ship it is because, among other mysteries, it’s not a design we’ve seen before. (more…)

Almost every week or so we hear sensational discoveries from the world of archaeology. This time, teams from Manchester and York universities claimed to have discovered a house which is 10,500 years old – the oldest house found so far in Britain.

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Archaeologists are claiming to have discovered the oldest house in Britain.

The circular structure, found at a site near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, has been dated as being made in 8,500BC.

Archaeological dig at Star Carr

Described as a “sensational discovery” by archaeologists, this is 500 years older than the previous oldest house.

The teams from the universities of Manchester and York are also examining a nearby wooden platform, which is being claimed as the oldest example of carpentry in Europe. (more…)

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Teotihuacan is one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico. Apart from the worldwide famous Sun and Moon Pyramids and the well planned citadel, Teotihuacan had a great influence throughout Mesoamerica for centuries. The most important deity of the city was “The Feathered Serpent“, who was also worshipped by the Mayans as “Kukulcan” and by the Aztecs as “Quetzalcoatl” (both meaning “feathered” or “plumed serpent” in respective native languages.) This week, archaeologists discovered a long tunnel that lead to a network of underground galleries, beneath Temple of Quetzalcoatl of this 2,200 year-old (and maybe much older) city.

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Some very disturbing things have been happening in Bulgarian archaeology scene lately. The recent so-called “St. John’s relics discovery” caused an ugly war of words between a minister (famous for his extreme nationalist views) and a top archaeologist who has been often criticized by his colleagues for seeking to achieve media sensationalism with his public appearances. Actually, it seems like an “undeclared war” between two groups of academicians in Bulgaria: One, is apparently trying hard to underline the “religious significance” of the country’s past and pushing it hard in order to boost a kind of “faith tourism” towards Bulgaria. The second group seems upset about the quick announcements which stated that the “remains of John the Baptist were discovered”, without testing and further examining the evidence. Now the “warriors” of each group are exchanging insults (including f-word) in front of the public.

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Say goodbye to “conventional” 2300 BCE date. Every evidence backs the “older” theories which suggested a construction date well before 3000 BCE.
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Stonehenge

New findings at Stonehenge suggest its stones were erected much earlier than thought, challenging the site’s conventional history.

A new excavation puts the stones’ arrival at 3000 BC – almost 500 years earlier than originally thought – and suggests it was mainly a burial site.
The latest results are from a dig by the Stonehenge Riverside Project.
It is in conflict with recent research dating construction to 2300 BC and suggesting it was a healing centre.
The 2300 BC date was arrived at by carbon dating and was the major finding from an excavation inside the henge by professors Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright.
That dig was the subject of a BBC Timewatch documentary.
The team suggests the 2300 BC date relates to the time when the stones were moved from the outer pits to the centre of the site.
Professor Parker-Pearson said: “It’s very exciting that we have evidence for stones right from its beginnings around 3000 BC.