Major Archaeological Discoveries of 2016

Major Archaeological Discoveries of 2016

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Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016
Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016

Throughout the last year, archaeologists revealed many amazing archaeological discoveries.

Every year that we move forward in time, archaeologists continue to peel back many layers of years into the past. Consequently, they discover archaeological treasures and history that tells us a clearer story of who we all once were.

Indeed, 2016 revealed many interesting finds such as a dinosaur tail preserved in amber and ancient roman shoes. Consequently, we have listed these, and more intriguing finds, below.

 

Ancient Oven

Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 - Ancient Oven
Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 – Ancient Oven

An archaeologist by the name of Bob Dawe discovered an oven from around 400 A.D. that still contained food. Surprisingly, it had been left untouched in a place known now as “Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump”.

The oven is about the size of a table, and he had it lifted in its entirety to the Royal Alberta Museum. There, he will analyze it to find out exactly what food was being cooked inside.

 

Bronze Age Stilt Houses

Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 - Bronze Age Stilt Houses
Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 – Bronze Age Stilt Houses

In the East Anglian Fens, archaeologists have uncovered an insight into what domesticity looked like at the end of the Bronze Age, 3000 years ago. They discovered a settlement that would have housed a group of families, built above water on stilts.

At some point, it appears as though fire caused the inhabitants to move on. However, what they left behind became preserved in the river.

 

Viking Settlement

Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 - Viking Settlement
Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 – Viking Settlement

Archaeologists like Sarah Parcak are now utilizing satellites to locate archaeological sites. As a result, her recent find in North America may put to rest the theory that Viking visits across the Atlantic Ocean have till now been nothing more than a myth.

Although she doesn’t yet have definitive proof, the clues that include a telltale turf wall, which is unique to Viking culture, seem to point to a legitimate testimony that they did indeed visit America.

 

 

Ancient Shipwreck Cargo

Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 - Ancient Shipwreck Cargo
Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 – Ancient Shipwreck Cargo

Impressive artifacts from the bronze age have been recovered from Caesarea National Park’s ancient harbor. Wonderfully preserved, archaeologists found bronze figurines of gods and goddesses, lamps, statues and animals. Ultimately, it has been the largest find of its kind in 30 years.

 

2000-Year-Old Butter

Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 - 2000-Year-Old Butter
Greatest Archaeological discoveries 2016 – 2000-Year-Old Butter

A turf cutter in County Meath in Ireland discovered a 2000-year-old “Bog Butter”. And apparently, it is still edible! Before modern refrigeration, for the greater part of the history of humanity, people had to find alternative ways to preserve food.

Bogs provided a low oxygen and cold environment that was perfect for this.

 

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