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Bones found at Stonehenge belonged to people from Wales

Tests show 5,000-year-old remains found at the world heritage site came from more than 100 miles away in west Wales The bones of people buried at Stonehenge, who died and were cremated about 5,000 years ago, have given up their secrets: like the bluestones, which form part of the famous prehistoric monument, they came from west Wales, near the Preseli Hills where the stones were quarried. The remains of at least 10 of 25 individuals, whose brittle charred bones were buried at the monument, showed that they did not spend…

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Huge Egyptian sarcophagus found to contain three mummies

Archaeologists open granite tomb but are dismayed at state of decay after sewage leak Egyptian archeologists have opened a 30-tonne black granite sarcophagus to find three decomposed mummies after sewage water apparently leaked inside. The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse, identified as sewage water, believed to have entered the sarcophagus through a crack on its right side, causing the decomposition of the mummies. The Tomb after the lid was removed. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters The tomb was found buried five metres…

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Homo erectus may have been a sailor and able to speak

A new theory suggests that Homo erectus was able to create seagoing vessels and must have used language to sail successfully They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that Homo erectus might have been a mariner complete with sailing lingo. Homo erectus first appeared in Africa more than 1.8m years ago and is thought to be the first archaic human to leave the continent. Quick guide Evolutionary timeline Show Hide 55m years ago First primates…

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Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexicos birthplace of the gods, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth are being revealed to the world In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods. Items unearthed…

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Archaeologists uncover 17 mummies in Egyptian necropolis

Mummies elaborately preserved and therefore likely belong to officials and priests An Egyptian archaeological mission has found a necropolis holding at least 17 mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya, in the first such find in the area, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday. The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert. The area hosts a large necropolis for thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds as well as other animals. It also includes tombs and…

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Remains of five archbishops found near Lambeth Palace

Builders find 30 lead coffins in crypt of former church next to archbishop of Canterburys official residence The remains of five archbishops of Canterbury have been found beneath a medieval church next to the current archbishops official London residence, it has been revealed, much to the delight of Christians celebrating Easter. The discovery at the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth was made during the refurbishment of Lambeth Palaces a mobile phone attached to a stick and were able to have the first glimpse of what lay beneath: a hidden crypt…

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