Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Science LInks - 9/9/14 - Archeology

Article: Chinese boy discovers 3,000-year-old sword in a river
Archaeologists speculated that the sword, which is roughly 10 inches long, comes from either the Shang or Zhou dynasties. The bureau suggested that the sword was a "status symbol of a civil official" and not a weapon used for fighting.
Archeologists are now planning a dig at the site.

Article: 3,000-Year-Old Golden Bowl Hides a Grisly Archaeological Tale

The golden bowl was found in an excavation in 1958 at a site in Iran. Further investigations make it appear as though looted along with several other valuable objects by several soldiers, found dead near by. The soldiers were killed, and buried, when the roof collapsed on them.

Two objects, thousands of miles apart, both from about the same era.

Article: Fever mounts as stunning statues found at ancient Greek tomb

A stunning discovery in the age of twitter and the 24/7 news cycle. Long ago (20 years or more) a major discovery would be investigated, then published.

Today, it can be followed on a near daily basis. This is so cool.
Speculation is mounting that the tomb, which dates from Alexander's lifetime (356-323BC), may be untouched, with its treasures intact. 
Theories abound about who could be buried in the tumulus tomb, ranging from Alexander's Bactrian wife Roxane, to his mother Olympias or one of his generals. 
Experts say the chances of Alexander himself being buried there are small, however. 
After his death at 32 in Babylon, the most celebrated conquerer of the ancient world is believed to have been buried in Alexandria, the Egyptian city he founded -- although no grave has ever been found there.

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