Based on National Geographic news updates throughout 2009.
2009 has remained an interesting year for archaeologists. Various, significant discoveries have been unearthed, and will eventually allow researchers to obtain information regarding the ancient history and culture of mankind. I have noticed that numerous discoveries of new and ancient species, along with the latter archaeological finds, seemingly appear to be reoccurring at a constant rate in recent years. The included links provide pictures.
Ancient Skeleton Discovery
Germany, near a town known as Bad Lauchstadt, has revealed the ancient skeleton of a woman who supposedly lived during the Bronze Age (estimated to be 2200 to 1600 B.C.). An archaeological survey team discovered the skeleton, which apparently remained nearly intact via a sitting position. The excavation should reveal additional details and information regarding life on the Querfurter Platte, an ideal location for settlers between the Saale and Unstrut river valleys. Because the respective land is conveniently located among these rivers, fertile soil provided for adequate farming and hunting. Researchers hope to reveal more details shortly.
400+ Year Old Slate found in Jamestown, VA
Though not quite suited by the aforementioned title of “ancient,” archaeologists recently discovered a slate dating back to the time of early English settlers residing in the Jamestown, VA area. For those familiar with the region, it was a first permanent settlement inhabited by explorer John Smith. The tablet was discovered in an old well that more than likely provided the settlers with water. However, over the course of time, the water became contaminated and the well eventually subsided as a dump. The tablet discovered herein, recited multiple pictures, sketches, etc. of plants and animals of the New World. Though the exact dating, owners, and interpretation of the slate is questionable, researchers are suggesting that it was utilized by the original settlers, before the winter known as the “Starving Time.” Of course, even with all the unanswered questions, this discovery is without a doubt, extremely interesting.
Vampire Exorcism Skull Discovered
During the Middle Ages, individuals lacked information regarding the decomposition of the body, etc., and were baffled by blood traces near the opening of the mouth of the deceased. Though this is common, detection of such occurrences led to beliefs regarding supernatural beings, such as vampires. In order to subdue the suspected vampire, typically affiliated as a plague victim, a brick would be placed between the jaw bones in order to prevent the disease from further contamination. In early 2009, an excavation revealed a skull outside Venice, Italy, with the aforementioned affects.
National Geographic Explorer (2009). Top ten archaeological finds. Retrieved Dec 28, 2009.