The most significant archaeological finds of 2012

1st place: a ship of Pharaoh

Egyptologist Jan Tristant from the University of Sydney studied
Reply frantsuschzskoy archaeological expedition Professor Pierre Monte,
who in 1914 explored the tombs of the pharaohs near the town of Abu Ravash.
Suddenly he noticed something strange: French archaeologist wrote,
that the tomb was a wooden floor. It seemed strange -
because before that in Egyptian tombs never vstrechalos wooden floors.
He suggested that under the wooden beams hiding something else.
And sure enough - a tomb was found an ancient burial ship,
manufactured in 2950 BC Also found were pottery
beer and bread - to all appearances, it was not just a ship,
and grocery carts that accompanied the Pharaoh in the kingdom of the dead.

2nd place: Treasure of Kiryat

This treasure trove of jewels and coins were onaruzheny in the courtyard of an ordinary house in the town of Kiryat Shmona.
Apparently, these coins date back to the Bar Kochba revolt, which lasted from 132 to 135 years. BC
It is the oldest of gold coins found in the territory of Israel.

3rd place: Cladh Hallan

Two mummies of men and women were found in the ancient mine
near the Scottish town treasure-Hallan in 2001,
but this year the archaeologists who examined the skeletons,
came to the conclusion that this ancient European mummies - apparently,
these people have died about 1300 BC. e. - That is, at about the same time as Tutankhamun.
Archaeologists did not immediately realize that the skeletons were originally mummies:
their bodies were placed on a special year for the conservation of peat bog.
Thereafter, the bodies were apparently placed in a room
(and after a few hundred years, they were buried - the reasons for this rite,
It seems to remain unknown to us). Further study of the remains
It led to another startling discovery: it turns out, a male skeleton,
It is actually composed of three individual bones. Scientists today
We began to study the female skeleton, which seems,
is also made up of the remains of different people - at least, set,
skull mummy 200 years older than the rest of the body.

4th place: the first pots from China

Until recently it was believed that the appearance of the potter's wheel occurred about 10 thousand years ago
- During the first Neolithic technological revolution.
However, finding the pots in a cave located in Jiangxi Province
in the southeast of China, it shows that this period should be increased
at least twice - according to experts, these pots were
made on a potter's wheel 19 thousand years ago.


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