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Zombies in 8th century Ireland

Halloween is still more than one month away but archeologists working in Ireland have uncovered a couple of 8th century human skeletons that point to a ghoulish story.

The skeletons, dug up between 2005 and 2009 at Kilteasheen, near Loch Key in Ireland, were found with stones stuck into their mouths. Researchers examining the remains suggest this may have been related to a belief among the locals that this practice would prevent the dead from returning to walk the Earth as zombies.

More via  CBS News.

September 19, 2011 Posted by | archeology, Strange | 1 Comment

Next time you’re in France, check this out

When Frenchman Louis Mantin died in 1905, he mandated that his house be sealed up for a century, then reopened to the public as a museum.  And now it is, effectively becoming a time capsule for all to see.

The French mansion, located in the town of Moulins, is full of artifacts and pieces that Mantin had collected over the course of his life, including paintings, tapestries, prehistoric flints, Egyptian relics and other pieces from the Medieval and Neolithic eras.

via This Mansion, Sealed Shut For Over a Century, Is Now a Time Capsule for All to See.

January 20, 2011 Posted by | archaeology, archeology, cool stuff, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Next time you’re in France, check this out

They don’t make wine presses like they used to…

Archeologists have unearthed the oldest wine-making facility ever found, using biochemical techniques to identify a dry red vintage made about 6,000 years ago in what is now southern Armenia.

The excavation paints a picture of a complex society where mourners tasted a special vintage made at a caveside cemetery, the researchers reported on Tuesday in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

via At 6,000 years old, wine press is oldest yet found – Yahoo! News.

January 11, 2011 Posted by | archeology | Comments Off on They don’t make wine presses like they used to…

An old cold one

Divers have recovered what’s thought to be the world’s oldest beer from a 200-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic Sea.

The find was made as researchers recovered drinkable Champagne from a Russian cargo ship which crashed in the 1780s.

The divers say they were surprised to find a handful of beer bottles during the salvage operation near the Aland Islands.

When one of the bottle just so happened to break, the divers tried some of the dark liquid and say they liked the taste.

via Odd News | newslite.tv.

September 6, 2010 Posted by | archaeology, archeology, beer | Comments Off on An old cold one

Uncle George! Is that you?

Scientists yesterday announced the discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor in Ethiopia’s harsh Afar desert.

The find reveals that our forebears underwent a previously unknown stage of evolution more than a million years before Lucy, the iconic early human ancestor specimen that walked the Earth 3.2 million years ago.

The skeleton belonged to a small-brained, 110-pound female nicknamed ‘Ardi.’

The fossil puts to rest the notion that a chimpanzee-like missing link would eventually be found at the root of the human family tree.

More via Our Strange World.

October 4, 2009 Posted by | animals, archeology, Bigfoot | Comments Off on Uncle George! Is that you?

‘Ark of the Covenant’ ? Well, maybe.

The patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, perhaps the world’s most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia, according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.

More at ‘Ark of the Covenant’ about to be unveiled?.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | archaeology, archeology | | 1 Comment

Evidently someone beat them to the tomb


Archeologists in China are baffled after finding a tiny Swiss watch in a 400-year-old tomb. The watch ring was discovered as archeologists were making a documentary with two journalists from Shangsi town.

“When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, a piece of rock suddenly dropped off and hit the ground with a metallic sound,? said Jiang Yanyu, former curator of the Guangxi Autonomous Region Museum.

“We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch.”

The time was stopped at 10:06am, and on the back was engraved the word “Swiss”, reports the People’s Daily.

via Ananova – Swiss watch

December 15, 2008 Posted by | archeology, Strange | | 1 Comment