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Top Ten Archaeology Finds: Most Viewed of 2009

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posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 03:00 PM
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Here's a little something from the good people at National Geographic:

Top Ten Archaeology Finds: Most Viewed of 2009


10. "Extraordinary" Ancient Skeletons Found



Several graves dating as far back as the early Stone Age—complete with the dog-tooth jewelry and sitting woman seen in these pictures—were discovered during extensive digs in central Germany, archaeologists announced this fall.


9. "Vampire" Exorcism Skull Found in Italy



The partial body and skull of a plague victim show her jaw forced open by a brick—a medieval exorcism technique used on suspected vampires—a forensic archaeologist explained in March.


8. Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found



A sword guard, tiny gold pieces, and a coin are among newfound artifacts from a shipwreck off North Carolina—shown in exclusive pictures. The discoveries, announced in March, add to evidence that the ship belonged to the pirate Blackbeard.


7. World War II "Samurai Subs" Found—Carried Aircraft



Two advanced Japanese "samurai subs" were found off Pearl Harbor in February and announced in November—including a stealth aircraft-carrying submarine and a supersleek vessel engineered for utmost speed.


6. Huge Pre-Stonehenge Complex Found via "Crop Circles"



Given away by crop circle-like formations, the pre-Stonehenge site surprised archaeologists with temple ruins, dozens of burial mounds, and two huge tombs that are among "Britain's first architecture," experts said in June.


5. Mysterious Inscribed Slate Discovered at Jamestown



Archaeologists are trying to unravel the mysteries of an unusual, inscribed 400-year-old slate tablet they dug out of a well in the early American settlement in Virginia, we reported in June.


4. Ancient "King of Bling" Tomb Revealed in Peru



Packed with treasure in the styles of two ancient orders, the 1,500-year-old tomb is apparently like no other—and may help resolve mysteries of the Moche Indian civilization.


3. Ancient Gem-Studded Teeth Show Skill of Early Dentists



The glittering "grills" of some hip-hop stars aren't exactly unprecedented. Sophisticated dentistry allowed Native Americans to add bling to their teeth as far back as 2,500 years ago, a May study said.


2. Gold Hoard Found: Largest Known Anglo-Saxon Treasure



Found in July by an amateur treasure hunter in England, the largest known Anglo-Saxon gold hoard is rich with precious stones and intricately wrought war gear.


1. Gold Rush-Era "Ghost Ship" Wreck Found



With boots thrown hastily on deck and cooking utensils scattered, the last moments of the crew aboard the gold rush-era paddleboat A.J. Goddard are preserved in the ship's recently found wreck, archaeologists announced in November.




posted on Dec, 22 2009 @ 04:27 PM
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Great list, I've been seeing a lot of archeological news this past year, I say keep 'em coming. Hopefully the soured economy won't undermine some of these digs.



posted on Dec, 22 2009 @ 05:40 PM
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Lol old grillz.
Wonder if anyone with grillz now knows about this.



posted on Dec, 22 2009 @ 06:24 PM
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Cool thread! I love archaeology and somehow I missed some of these. Got love the gems embedded in the teeth! Now how long till that idea recycles?



posted on Dec, 22 2009 @ 06:32 PM
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Awesome. Thanks, I love archaeology.

Can't wait to see what the new year will bring, so much out there still that will wow us (and by us, I mean a small number, seems this stuff slips through the cracks).



posted on Dec, 22 2009 @ 08:19 PM
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They definitely found their fair share of treasure this past year, from Blackbeard's loot, the Viking gold hoard, and the bling in S. America. I'm sure a thousand years from now someone will find Flava Flav's grillz and think here lies a true king among men. You know it's gonna happen...



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