Archeology Headlines ”“ July 2012

From the discovery of ancient Bulgarian religious archeology to temple artifacts found in Italy, the following headlines in this article have hit the headlines in the news for July 2012.

Important Christian Archaeology Site Pops Up in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, a Christian tomb dating back to the 4th century has been discovered at the necropolis of Philippopolis while electricity work was being completed on the infrastructure of the city of Plovdiv. The significance of the find involves two walls filled with multi-hued murals that represent the resurrection of Lazarus. The other two walls are decorated with Christian symbols.

The ancient Christian burial site presents preserved murals that are believed to date back to the 4th century AD in a part of the southern necropolis that measures 1 X 2 meters. The Resurrection of Lazarus depiction displays five different colors. The Lazarus murals are quite significant because they are thought a unique find for the Bulgaria.

Although this discovery was many in early May, the details of the burial site have not hit the public until now. Researchers needed time to study the site while navigating through the intricacies of the surrounding urban infrastructure. They faced difficulties and obstacles because the cemetery site is situated close to modern-day natural gas and sewerage pipes located at the center of the second largest city in Bulgaria. For now, plans have been made to remove the murals and put them on exhibit in one of the museums in Plovdiv.

More Clues to Early Man in America

After studying human coprolites found in the Paisley Caves in Oregon, carbon dating suggests that the specimens date back 14,500 years ago. This would make them the earliest direct evidence that people lived in America at this time. In the caves, researchers have also uncovered fragments of stone tools that are different form the Clovis tools that have been previously found in the caves. This leads the scientists to believe that a separate group of people lived on the land ”“ constructing different types of arrowheads and spear points.

One of the theories that researchers have come with to explain the relation between the two groups is that they may or may have not been genetically related, but one of the group most likely traveled to the interior of the continent and brought the Clovis technology with them. The other group probably stayed in the west and established their own set of tools. The western group is also responsible for creating the oldest known toilet in the continent.

Ancient Artifacts and Temple Clues Found in Sicily

Archeologists have uncovered artifacts at a site in Sicily, which indicate that a temple located at the site of Selinunte was dedicated to the goddess of grain and agriculture, Demeter. Some of the finds was a small flute made out of bone, a central colonnade and pottery decorated with grazing animals. The temple is estimated to date back to the 6th century BC.