2008 Unexplainable Recap of Exciting Headlines: May

In May, details regarding the owners of the Ramhormoz treasure that dates back to the Elamite period shows that the owners were two women, who possessed a collection of beautiful gold ornaments and other artifacts uncovered in two coffins. The southwestern province of Khuzestan in Iran was the site of the discovery, which consisted of about 500 pieces of priceless trinkets. In this article, you will also learn about a search that continues for the lost but not forgotten war casualities.

The Owners of Elamite Treasure Revealed

In May of 2007, the ancient treasure was found, but we now know that the pieces contain a glimpse into the following time periods: the Elamite period (3400-550 BCE), the Achaemenid (550-330 BCE), and the Parthian (248 BCE- 224 CE) dynastic eras. This year, it was stated that the owners consisted of a woman believed to have been between the age of 30 and 35, and a young female thought around 17 years old.

The identities of the women were in question after the discovery, as archeologists believe that they were related to Shutruk-Nahhunte, who was the king of Elam from about 1185 to 1155 BC. He was also known as the second king of the Shutrukid Dynasty.

Athens, Greece Acropolis Museum Opens for a Brief Moment

In May, the Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis was reported to have enjoyed a tour of the new Acropolis Museum, which was set for International Museum Day. His Sunday tour was met with 4,000 people that paid a visit to the museum. This tally was beat by the more than 5,500 that entered the Acropolis-related archaeological sites on the same day. The tour included the nearly complete New Acropolis Museum courtyard. At the event, Liapis announced plans to start a pilot program that aims to blend cultural heritage with modern trends.

Who Will Find the Australian WWI Diggers?

In May of 2008, the search for the bodies of diggers that were either killed, wounded, or taken as a prisoner in just one night , 92 years ago. The diggers were causalities of a World War I battle that took place in France. During the ruthless Battle of Fromelles, troops faced a rather advanced German platoon in July of 1916. 1,719 Australian diggers took part in the battler, and 170 bodies of those dead were never recovered. Despite their missing status for more than 90 years, they have not been forgotten.

During this month, 15 archeologists and scientists embarked on a mission to locate the remains of the diggers. Their first stop was on the outskirts of a quiet rural town in the northern part of France called Fromelles. Evidence suggests that after the German troops won the battle in Fromelles, they dug at least five mass graves, and then deposited the bodies of dead Australian and British soldiers.

The process of locating the bodies will be slow, and researchers will have to rely on historical proof that the bodies have not been moved. Until the digging begins, there really is no way of telling what the scientists will find. With a mixture of high-tech equipment (like laser scanners and mechanical excavators), scientists will also use trowels and spades to remove earth from a potential final resting place.