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ROYAUME UNI – Llangain - A Llangain woman has discovered a piece of a 6,000 year-old Stone Age dagger made of flint in her garden. Julie Morris found the small tool in one of the polytunnels at her home. Carmarthenshire County Museum told Mrs Morris that the tool dates from the Neolithic Age, which was at the end of the Stone Age period between 4,500 and 2,000 BC.
TURQUIE – Magnesia - Ruins in the ancient city of Magnesia, located in the Aegean province of Aydın, were flooded after heavy rainfall that started over the weekend. Parts of Magnesia, including the grounds of a historic stadium, were submerged. The ancient city was also flooded after heavy rains last year. Magnesia, where archeological excavations have been ongoing for more than 30 years, is known for its Artemis and Zeus temples, which were built in the third century B.C. The first excavations at the site were conducted in 1891 and 1893 by a German archaeological team led by Carl Humann, lasting 21 months and revealing the theater, the Artemis temple, the agora, the Zeus temple and the prytaneion. Work at the site resumed in 1984, overseen by Orhan Bingöl of Ankara University and the Turkish Ministry of Culture. Much of the architectural remains of Magnesia were destroyed long ago by local miners.
ITALIE – Oetzi - Ever since the 5300-year-old mummy was discovered by hikers in the Ötztal Alps in 1991, scientists have been taken with Ötzi the Iceman. From his dozens of tattoos to his ulcer-causing gut bacteria, Ötzi's remarkably well-preserved body offers clues to what life may have been like in Copper Age Europe. The delicate specimen is currently kept in a below-freezing, climate-controlled vault in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology that's off limits to the public. Now, 3D-printing has made Ötzi available to a wider audience. According to Smithsonian, the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory commissioned paleoartist Gary Staab and the 3D-printing firm Materialise to create three highly detailed replicas of the famous mummy. The team has experience working together to create 3D-models of long-gone figures from history. In 2010, Staab and Materialise collaborated to produce a 3D-printed replica of the pharaoh Tutankhamen. To make the lifesize model, CAT scans were taken of Ötzi to create a single file of the body. Some body parts, like a few ribs, were missing, and engineers had to use 3D-modeling techniques to recreate them. After the 5-foot, 5-inch tall replica was printed out of liquid resin, Staab and his team spent approximately 2000 hours post-processing the model with artistic details until their copy was practically identical to the original. The entire process is detailed in the NOVA special "Iceman Reborn," which recently premiered on PBS (you can watch the trailer below). Ötzi's 3D-printed twin is currently on display at the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.