A team of researchers with members from several countries has found evidence of the birth of pre-ceramic Neolithic populations in a region of what is now Turkey. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how excavations of various levels at Aşıklı Höyük, reveal the history of the people that lived there.
One of the great fascinating areas of archeological research is piecing together parts of the historical record that reveal major transitions, one of which is the move by early peoples from hunters to herders or farmers. In this new effort, the research team excavated a mound that developed due to human activities starting approximately 9000 years ago. Read more.
Greece’s Culture Ministry has warned against “overbold” speculation that an ancient artificial mound being excavated could contain a royal Macedonian grave or even Alexander the Great.
Site archaeologist Aikaterini Peristeri has voiced hopes of finding “a significant individual or individuals” within.
Greek websites enthused that it could hold the long-sought grave of 4th-century B.C. warrior-king Alexander the Great—thought to lie in Egypt.
A Culture Ministry statement Thursday said the partly-excavated mound has yielded a “very remarkable” marble-faced wall from the late 4th century B.C. It is an impressive 500 meters (yards) long and three meters high. (source)
Archaeologists are launching a new dig to try to unearth the secrets of a 9th Century stone monument on a prehistoric mound.
Bangor and Chester university experts will begin excavations at the Pillar of Eliseg near Llangollen, Denbighshire.
It is part of work by historical monuments agency Cadw to conserve the mound and better explain it to people.
Last year excavations focussed on the mound, which was identified as an early Bronze Age cairn.
It followed on from one in the 18th Century.
Professor Nancy Edwards from Bangor University told BBC Radio Wales: “We are looking at the relationship between the pillar and the early Bronze Age cairn on which it stands. Read more.
Archaeologists from the Gumilyov Eurasian National University have found a mound, presumably dating back to the Iron age. The tomb of Sarmatian warrior is located near the village of Aidarly in the Akmola region. In the mound, archeologists also found arrowheads, knives, an iron belt badge, ceramic vessels and the bones of sacrificial animals.
Sergazy Saken, Archeological Expedition Leader:
- The body of the middle-class warrior is place with its head towards the south which is peculiar for Sarmatians and dates back to 3rd or 4th centuries BC. The artifacts found in the tomb were placed near the body with two vessels near the head and one vessel near the feet. Here, you can see the peculiarities of the grave artifacts. On the left, you can see earrings but in that time, they were wearing earrings in ears.