Category: Archaeology

La Doncella: The Girl Frozen for 500 Years

La Doncella: The Girl Frozen for 500 Years

Via Waffles At Noon A series of images circulating online show a perfectly-preserved girl who was said to be frozen for 500 years. Is this real or simply another internet hoax? It’s real. Known as La Doncella (“The Maiden”), the Inca mummy was discovered in Argentina in 1999 at the 22,000-foot summit of Mount Llullaillaco. The well-preserved teenage girl is frozen in time in a cross-legged sitting […]

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Could Ancient Peru and Egypt have been connected?

Could Ancient Peru and Egypt have been connected?

Via Hidden Inca Tours Two of the most enigmatic areas in the world as regards ancient civilizations are Egypt and Peru/Bolivia. Egypt of course has the pyramids of the Giza Plateau, as well as many beautiful temples that were created by the Dynastic Egyptians. The pyramids appear to be FAR older…

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Five incredible funerary practices from the ancient world

Five incredible funerary practices from the ancient world

Via Ancient-Origins Evidence for burial rituals has been found dating back 100,000 years and since then numerous examples of funerary customs have been from the ancient world, from Egyptian mummification to bodies preserved in peat bogs, and departed Vikings launched out on ships-turned-crematoriums. In many cultures, the deceased were buried below ground and through time, mounds of earth, temples, cists, […]

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Skeletal remains from Napoleon’s army found in Hampshire garden

Skeletal remains from Napoleon’s army found in Hampshire garden

Via UK Newsday When they decided to put an extension on their home, Nicola and Paul Walling were simply hoping for extra space to enjoy family life. But instead, they discovered their modern property was playing host to a macabre echo of history. Underneath their back garden a builder found the partial skeletons of at least two French prisoners captured in the […]

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Cyclopean Masonry: A Mystery of the Ancient World

Cyclopean Masonry: A Mystery of the Ancient World

Via Paranormal People They don’t make things like they used to, and that is, in some cases, a monumental understatement.  Silly wordplay notwithstanding, there is something to be said for the construction techniques of the old world.  Where modern buildings are designed to withstand the elements; wind, temperature extremes, earthquakes and floods, today’s engineers have to strike a balance between […]

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Pre-Columbian mummies in Chile show signs of arsenic poisoning

Pre-Columbian mummies in Chile show signs of arsenic poisoning

Via Ancient-Origins A team of scientists have discovered that people of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning evidenced by certain skin conditions, as well as traces of arsenic in a mummy’s hair and in the soil.  It is believed that the poisoning occurred through consumption of contaminated water. […]

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Mummified by accident in copper masks almost 1,000 years ago: but who were they?

Mummified by accident in copper masks almost 1,000 years ago: but who were they?

Via Siberian Times The 34 shallow graves excavated by archeologists at Zeleniy Yar throw up many more questions than answers. But one thing seems clear: this remote spot, 29 km shy of the Arctic Circle, was a trading crossroads of some importance around one millennium ago. The medieval necropolis include 11 bodies with shattered or missing skulls, and smashed skeletons. […]

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Ancient Egyptian Coffin Unearthed in Israel

Ancient Egyptian Coffin Unearthed in Israel

Via Discovery An ancient Egyptian coffin complete with the skeleton of a man buried with a gold Pharaonic seal has been unearthed in Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Wednesday. Found in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel during work to install a gas pipeline, the coffin was part of a burial site dating to the Late Bronze Age (13th […]

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Do the ancient stone walls of Saksaywaman in Peru contain hidden communication?

Do the ancient stone walls of Saksaywaman in Peru contain hidden communication?

Via Ancient-Origins Lying on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco in Peru, lies the remarkable walled complex of Saksaywaman (Sacsayhuaman), believed to have been built by the Inca. The site is famous for its remarkable large dry stone walls with boulders carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar, displaying a precision of fitting that is unmatched in […]

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Archaeologists discover hidden architecture of 1,000-Year-Old Village in New Mexico

Archaeologists discover hidden architecture of 1,000-Year-Old Village in New Mexico

Via Ancient-Origins Buried under a thousand years’ worth of sand and stone, Blue J is an ancient Puebloan settlement in New Mexico, which is only just beginning to reveal its secrets. For more than four decades, archaeologists have been gradually revealing the remains of houses, plazas and other buildings in a construction dating back to the 11th century. But thanks […]

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