For more than a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism — named after the southern Greek island off which it was found — was a tantalizing puzzle.
Some anthropologists have suggested that beer making was a prompter for organized agriculture in ancient times.
A medieval sword depicting the Holy Mother of God (Virgin Mary) and hundreds of other samples of prehistoric, ancient, and medieval arms originating in Bulgaria, which have never been made public before, have been exhibited by the Museum of Archaeology in the southern city of Plovdiv. The archaeological artifacts are part of a private collection including a huge arsenal of arms and other military artifacts dating back from the 6th millennium BC until the 16th century. They have now been made public for the first time ever in an exhibition of the Plovdiv Museum of Archaeology entitled “From Stone to Gun Powder", reports the 24 Chasa daily.
Stone steps uncovered at the ancient port city of Thmuis are part of a nilometer, a structure used in antiquity to monitor the level of the Nile River. The device was used to predict harvest [and tax] times. “During the time of the pharaohs, the nilometer was used to compute the levy of taxes, and this was also likely the case during the Hellenistic period,” says Robert Littman, an archaeologist at the University of Hawaii. “If the water level indicated there would be a strong harvest, taxes would be higher.”
Archeologists in Australia have identified a halfted hatchet found in In the Kimberly region as being 44,000 to 49,000 years old. Umearthed more than 20 years ago, the artifact pushes the date for axes back by around 10,000 years. The find and dating shows that human innovation was not confined to Africa and Europe as previously thought.
We’ve lost the secret to making some of history’s most useful inventions, and for all of our ingenuity and discoveries, our ancestors of thousands of years ago are still able to baffle us with their ingenuity and discoveries. We have developed the modern equivalent of some of these inventions, but only very recently.
In Vedic age, cloning of animals was done by sages to clone the species of powerful horses and productive cows. Ancient Indian produced a horse from another horse and a cow from the skin of a cow. Other achievements like Parthenogesis, Test-tube-baby etc are also reported in ancient literature of India. In Rigveda, Rubhus are mentioned as brothers (Rubhu, Vajra and Vibhu) who brought youthfulness to their old parents. Their father was old but they were cloned young to bring back the youth of aging parents. They even managed to bring back their lost skills. (They must have used ayurvedic recipes to bring back youthfulness. So much literature about such recipes exist even today but is neglected). Additionally, they also created a cloned horse and cow. According to Dr. Vartak these experiments are done about 25000 years ago.
Naturally occurring glass like obsidian was used by many ancient societies around the world but it is thought that the first manmade glass was created by the ancient Mesopotamians or the ancient Egyptians in the mid third miilenium B.C. The oldest uses for manmade glass is thought to have been smaller objects such as beads. No one knows quite what to make of a 9 ton slab of ancient glass believed to have been made in one gigantic piece 1600 years ago in a cave.....
Hinted at in many old viking tales a sun stone was believed to have been found on a shipwreck.
El Mirador, the largest known Mayan city in the world which is constantly being excavated revealing more surprises. The city itself is remarkable in that it contained the complex roads, canals and impressive structures one would expect of a modern metropolis.
XINING, (Xinhuanet) -- Archaeologists in northwest China’s Qinghai province claimed that a 5,000-year-old stone knife with designs of constellations will extend China’s history of astronomical observation by 1,000 years.
Craftsmen in ancient China were using complex machines to work jewellery long before such devices are traditionally thought to have been invented.
A tiny Iron Age tool found in Holland is one of the oldest objects unearthed in Europe made from the alloy steel.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Some may find it odd that a 57-year-old man goes out into his yard to play with blocks. But then, the blocks that Wallace T. Wallington moves around near his home in a rural Flint area weigh up to nearly 10 tons.
Human-like species living in Africa up to 1.5 million years ago may have known how to control fire, scientists say.
The ancient technology of producing raw silk is now being applied by such state-of-the-art industries as genetic engineering and biotechnology.
AURORA -- Bible Times Tech, a new exhibit at SciTech Hands-On Museum in Aurora, could surprise folks who think they know all about life in Judea about 3,000 years ago, said building manager Chris Dunklau.
On a visit to the United States this month, Zahi Hawass, director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, reported that the discoveries were expected to provide new insights into the technology behind the splendor of the pharaohs.