Throughout the week, there have been numerous headlines capturing the eyes of the public. Whether it is the latest in space shuttle launches or the discovery of ancient pottery in southern Indiana, there have been many strides made in the newsworthiness of science, anthropology, as well as archaeology. This article deals with the discovery of an ancient ecosystem, as well as the discovery of an ancient Roman skeleton.
Thurs June 1st
Released Thursday, scientists from Israel uncovered an ancient ecosystem living within a lake, located within a cave. It is said that eight species of crustaceans and invertebrates, which were previously unrecognized by the public have been absent from our curious eyes for millions of years. The cave, which was positioned close to the city of Ramle in the central section of Israel, was explored last month when these unique discoveries were made.
When researching the cave (which is thought to be the second largest of its kind throughout the country), it measured close to 330 feet under the ground within a quarry made of limestone. Tunnels were found inside the cave, which were about a mile and a half in length. A sizeable lake was located underground, where unknown species of critters thrived. Some of these inhabitants were described as being related to shrimp and scorpions.
The finds are considered to be quite an achievement within the realms of science. One of the most interesting facts about these animals is that they have not been exposed to the outside world. The finds were also quite small. None of the critters measured over two inches long, except for one creature that was similar to a scorpion.
Wed May 31st
Deep in the center of Rome, the skeleton of a woman dating back to the 10th century BC was uncovered by a group of archaeologists. The woman, who was found in a rather well preserved state, is thought to be about 30 years of age. She is believed to have stood around 5 feet 3 inches tall. Close to her body, four pins and a necklace made from amber was discovered. This find was part of an excavation that took place under the site called Caesar’s Forum, which is one piece to the puzzle that is referred to as the Imperial Forums.
The skeleton was uncovered on Monday, which marked the first to be discovered within the necropolis. This site is said to be 3,000 years old. The first piece of archeological interest was found earlier this year within in one of the tombs on the premises. Archeologists came upon a funerary urn filled with the ashes of humans. Bone fragments were also found within the urn, which were thought to come from that of a sheep.
The importance of studying a find like this highlights the transition from burning the dead to the act of burying the deceased. Researchers familiar with the area claim that the necropolis where the skeleton was found was set aside for inhabitants who held high-ranking positions within the civilization. This included ancient religious figures, as well as warriors.