2008 Unexplainable Recap of Exciting Headlines: December

The earliest evidence regarding our ancestors that once lived in caves is believed to have been uncovered by a research team working in the Wonderwerk cave located in South Africa. The director of the University of Toronto’s Archaeology Centre in Canada, Professor Michael Chazan believes that the stone tools located at the bottom level of the cave are actually 2 million years old. If true, then this piece of evidence would prove that human ancestors dwelled in the cave earlier than previous thought.

Early Evidence of Cave Dwelling Human Ancestors Found

By analyzing geological evidence, there is proof that the tools were left in the cave and did not come from any other site. The archeological investigation taking place is in the Wonderwerk cave , a National Heritage site located in South Africa because of the human and environmental history associated with the region. Research first started in the 1940s and continued on to the present day.

Sculptures Significant to the Beginning of Oman’s History Found

This month, archeologists revealed that the excavation of various sites located in Oman will most likely produce important information regarding the country’s history. For example, a stone sculpture depicting a full human head was uncovered within what some consider a rather significant building.
Why are such finds like this important? Let’s take the archaeological site in Dhakhliya. A researcher connected to the excavation of the region stated that they have found a direct link to the beginning of the history of Oman. Experts can now track the actions of Arab tribes that arrived at earlier dates from other parts of Arabia. The site can also shed light on the details concerning early proof of the Aflaj system in the Sultanate.

Other excavation finds include a large circular stone structure that was uncovered from below the surface of a platform at the site. This will serve as an indication that a much earlier phase of the settlement existed during the early Bronze Age. A monumental tomb also came to light, where partial human remains were found. The position of the bones may give information concerning some of the burial traditions of the time period. Additional objects of intrigue include beads, pottery vessels, votive objects, stone and bronze tools, as well as a white stone mace-head.

Cafe de Hansen Remains Found

Why would one care if the remains of the Cafe de Hansen has been found? To lovers of the tango, this is a significant location to explore, as it is the infamous birthplace of the magical Argentine dance of passion. The Cafe de Hansen was a hot spot between the later part of the 19th century to the start of the 20th century. Whether lyrics or dance steps associated with the tango were brought to life, the site served as an important fixture in Buenos Aires.

Archeologists discovered part of the brick flooring belonging to the café, which had been buried underneath Palermo Park. The government hopes to unearth the full establishment and use it as a gateway into the past , to illustrate the way things used to be. It is known that the tango was first danced in Palermo, according to the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. The popularity of the dance spread throughout the neighborhoods.  Another interesting find that archeologists uncovered involved a series of tunnels that date back to 1833 , remains of an infrastructure belonging to the first electrical power plant in Buenos Aires.