Archaeologists signed interesting from each other and magnificent discoveries with their work in the last 20 years. Let’s take a look at 7 interesting archeology news and amazing historical discoveries.
World’s oldest cheese was seen in Egypt
The ancient Tomb of Ptahmes was unearthed in the late 19th century and was forgotten. It hadn’t received that much attention. However, by 2018, it was rediscovered together with “probably the most ancient archeological solid residue of cheese ever found to date” found inside the tomb. Dating to the 13th century BCE and reported in the journal Analytical Chemistry, the cheese likely had the consistency of chèvre with a “really acidy” bite, one cheese expert told The New York Times.
The oldest work of art originated in Africa.
Blombos Cave in South Africa taught us a lot about early human culture: The underground system is home to hundreds of stone tools, beads, and carved bones. But the most surprising artifact to come out? A study published in Nature magazine was an abstract artwork drawn on a rock with red ocher that caught our attention in 2018. At 73,000 years old, the doodle is believed to be the oldest known piece of abstract art in human history.
The age of the shoes protected by stool is surprising
Even the title of the discovery is interesting isn’t it? The age of the shoes protected by stool … Our interesting story of discovery takes place in a cave in Armenia. If you want to keep your belongings for future generations, the people of prehistoric Armenia have a suggestion: poop… In 2010, archaeologists announced the discovery of a 5500-year-old leather shoe in a cave. The shoes were incredibly well-preserved thanks to the cool and dry climate of the cave. Even the laces of the shoes were still intact. However, there was another important factor; the shoes were preserved in a pile of sheep manure.
Mysterious footprints in Italy
Ciampate del Diavolo in Italy is home to mysterious footprints. Locals believed that these footprints belonged to the devil. But the color changed when archaeologists got involved. It turns out that these traces, called the “Satan’s Trace”, are some of the oldest human footprints in the world. It could be nothing more than footprints left by an early hominin species walking through volcanic ash. The age of these traces was about 350,000 years.
One skull can change human history
In 2015, Nature magazine described in detail an amazing discovery: a human skull in a cave. But it’s not just any skull-it’s a 60,000-year-old specimen from Israel. During that period, especially in that area, few human fossils were found. This discovery provides more support for the “African Theory”. “African Theory” is the view that modern humans originated in Africa and migrated to Europe and Asia. The researchers speculated that the specimen “may be closely related to the first modern humans who later successfully colonized Europe.” Since then, even more, ancient modern human evidence has appeared, greatly expanding our understanding of our own history.
The Bedouins found the resting place of King Herod.
People in the Bible rarely make headlines. But in May 2007, a group of Israeli archaeologists discovered something directly from the “New Testament”: the final resting place of the Jewish king Herod the Great. After 35 years of searching, the local Bedouins helped researchers find the tomb and sarcophagus of the famous ruler in the desert.
How old can the oldest hair be?
Those who read history see such titles all the time.The oldest in the world… The oldest in human history… One of these interesting titles is this… How old is the oldest hair ..?
For years, the oldest known human hair came from a mummy buried 9,000 years ago. But the 2009 discovery will break that record. This year, South African scientists discovered human hair that was up to 257,000 years old. The reason why they survived? You guessed it: poo. Hair was discovered in fossilized hyena droppings. This situation is really terrible, why? Because unfortunately, we have ancestors on the hyena menu.
Our article contains excerpts from 20 archaeological discoveries on Mentalfloss.com.