Interesting Archeology Headlines of March 2010

Interest has tuned towards a settlement that has a history tracing back 150,000 years. Posing many challenges for archeologists and researchers, artifacts and details associated with the 3rd century BC are found at a site in an Iraqi town. This article will also touch upon the archeological significance of Vero Beach, Florida.

Settlement Dating Back 150,000 Years

150,000 years is quite a long time and this is how far back into the past a settlement uncovered in the northern Iraqi town of Arbil dates. Czech archaeologists believe they have stumbled upon one of the oldest permanently inhabited parts in northern Mesopotamia and possibly the world. Many interesting items have also been found on the site, including prehistoric stone tools, which settled nearly 10 meters under the ground.

A team of eight people mostly involving representatives from the University of West Bohemia was comprised of academic and university institutions in Prague and two companies. The expedition focused on the town of Arbil, which once stood as the royal residential centers of ancient Assyria. Investigating a site that never stopping thriving poses a challenge for archeologists who have to find inventive ways to decipher the archeological record. Because of its characteristics, many archeologists have overlooked the site.

The town dates back to the 3rd century BC and will give researchers plenty to explore, including the geophysical details and historical buildings. Archeologists have also used aerial and satellite images to build a foundation for thier stuides.

Hunt for the Ice Age Past

In 1915, researchers investigating Vero Beach, Florida, found the fossilized bones from five different individual humans and a variety of animal bones that date back to the Ice Age. The most recent discovery was a bone etched with the image of a mammoth. This has prompted a newly surfaced interest in returning to the Florida site to find more pieces of the Ice Age puzzle.

Four scientists hailing from Florida and Colorado are interested in launching a full-scale excavation to take a peek at the Ice Age archaeology still hidden throughout the city. What makes this site special is that it is one of the few places in the United States where human skeletal remains have been mixed with the bones of animals that are now extinct. Researchers now believe that humans and animals of these kind lived with one another between 11,000 and 13,000 years ago.

It is here that researchers believe the one of the oldest known art objects discovered in the New World has been found , by an amateur collector no less. Scientists wish to continue research and excavation of the region and have asked a local group called the Old Vero Ice Age Committee to help raise $500,000 in donations for the cause. If the money were collected, the excavation would take place on a canal bank, located close to the county Administration Building. This is where human remains (such as a skull and mammoth bones) have already been found.

Interestingly, the skull has since disappeared, while the other bones of what has been dubbed as the Vero Man site are now residing at the Florida Museum of Natural History.