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2008 Unexplainable Recap of Exciting Headlines: June

If you are interested in the medieval period, then the discovery of a Jain statue (one of more than 36 in total) should spark your attention. Situated in the older sections of Pushkar and Ghat, the region is a treasure trove of the ancient statues. With this piece of evidence and more, researchers may now conclude that a religious congregation was situated at the location during the 11th century.

11th Century Jain Statue Discovered in Pushkar

Old Pushkar has been the site of 18 Jain statue discoveries, including one that is close to 1,000 years old. Some of the statues showcase the image of Vishnu, while another rare find depicts the god Kartikeya. Other Jain Tirthankar statues have also hit the headlines in recent months. The statue found in June of 2008 is that of Jain Tirthankar Kuntunath and highlights a meditating posture. The find was discovered while the infamous Varaha temple in Pushkar was undergoing renovations.

When analyzing the statue, one can see the characteristic features of Jain architecture, which utilizes curly hair and sharpened features on the face. Even the style of meditation shows a connection to Jain philosophy.

For now, the statues have found a new home in the government museum located at Akbar Fort in Ajmer. It is the hope of archeologists and historians that they will uncover new insight into the scripts associated with the Chouhan dynasty of the 11th century.

“Lost” Pyramid Rediscovered Buried in Egypt

For many generations, a pyramid belonging to an ancient Egyptian pharaoh has been rediscovered. Archeologists are delighted at the prospect of having found what they believe is the tomb of King Menkauhor , thought to have ruled during the 5th century during the mid-2400s B.C. His reign lasted for 8 years and since then, the structure has sustained damage to its foundations. In the past, the pyramid had been referred to as Number 29 or the “Headless Pyramid” and had been the talk during the mid-19th century when German archaeologist Karl Richard Lepsius showed interest in the site.

Then, out of the blue, the sands of Saqqara removed the pyramid from our minds and only Lepsius knew for sure how to reach its location, but the structure was no longer visible. The royal burial complex that once stood tall by current-day Cairo was swallowed by Mother Nature. To unveil the pyramid that had already been discovered once before, Egyptian archaeologists spent close to one year and a half removing all of the sand that covered the top of the pyramid.

Archeologists link the pyramid to the days of the Old Kingdom (somewhere between 2575 and 2150 BC). There is also a possibility that the pyramid thrived during the Middle Kingdom days (between 1675 and 1640 BC). Further investigation has shown that the pyramid does not possess the winding mazes often seen in temples of the Middle Kingdom days.