24 JANVIER 2019: Stora Myrvatnet - Gamurziyevskoye - Kom al-Kholgan -
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NORVEGE – Stora Myrvatnet - A tent ring, tools, and fireplaces have been found on the shores of Stora Myrvatnet, a lake located on a mountain plateau in southern Norway, by a team of researchers led by Krister Eilertsen of the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger. The site, which is usually underwater, was accessible because of a lengthy drought. “We already knew of the other stone-age settlements around the same lake, and we have previously found arrowheads, scrapers, and knives here,” Eilertsen said. “Archaeologists have also found fragments of burned bones, but we did not find any this time.” The oldest evidence of human activity in the area dates back about 10,000 years.
RUSSIE – Gamurziyevskoye - The remains of a female with an alien-looking egg-shaped head have been unearthed at a Bronze Age burial pit by archaeologists in Russia.The 1,700-years-old skeleton was discovered during an ongoing Bronze Age dig at the Gamurziyevskoye settlement site in the city of Nazran in the Caucasus Mountains. The burial pit, between Russia’s Ingushetia republic between the Nazranka and Sunzha rivers, was found on the same site where Bronze Age weapons, ceramic and jewellery were discovered. The dig for artefacts started in 2017 – but the surprising discovery was made this week. Pictures of the bizarre find show the woman’s egg-shaped skull appears to have been artificially elongated with experts claiming the skull showed signs she was an “elite” member of her society.The skull shape was “moulded” either by multiple bandaging or "ringing" of the head in the person’s infancy. The practice would take place at the beginning of a child’s life in order to contort the skull into a desired shape. It is believed a moulded skull was considered a sign of aristocracy among the wealthy and noble, and marked a person’s status as a privileged elite in their society.
EGYPTE – Kom al-Kholgan - Egypt says archeologists have uncovered ancient tombs dating back to the Second Intermediate Period, 1782-1570 B.C., in the Nile Delta. The Antiquities Ministry said Wednesday that archeologists also found 20 burial sites dating back to the Predynastic Period in Kom al-Kholgan archeological site, about 140 kilometres (87 miles) north of Cairo. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the tombs contain ancient animal remains, stone artifacts and pottery fragments with drawings.The ministry says the remains were not well-preserved.