0 Have your say Archaeologists have made a breakthrough in their understanding of Scotland’s mysterious loch dwellers who built timber settlements on the water around 2,500 years ago. For the first time, experts can say people were living on Loch Tay in Perthshire between 370BC and 355BC following a study of the sunken remains of a crannog, a wooden house supported over the water by stilts.The results of tree ring analysis of highly preserved wood recovered from Loch Tay have radically narrowed down the timeline for life on the water during the early Iron Age.Previously, it was only known that the Loch Tay crannogs were inhabited during a 400 year period from around 800BC.READ MORE: Archaeologists solve ancient mystery of ‘melted’ Iron Age fortMichael Stratigos, post-doctoral researcher on the Living on Water project, said the high level of accuracy on the dates broke new ground.He said: “To get the date to a 15 year period is an incredible change for … [Read more...] about Breakthrough in study of Scotland’s ancient loch dwellers
Ancient mysteries solved
0 Have your say Archaeologists have made a breakthrough in solving the ancient mystery surrounding an Iron Age fort in the Highlands that was burned at such high temperatures that parts of it melted. Over the years, a number of experiments have been carried out at Dun Deardail in Glen Nevis to establish how temperatures hot enough to fuse stones together, in a process called vitrification, were achieved at the fort, which latterly served as a Pictish citadel.Dun Deardail, which was built around 500BC and served as both a Celtic fort and Pictish citadel, is one of at least 60 other vitrified sites in Scotland.READ MORE: Housebuilder finds Iron Age chamber on Isle of LewisWriter and broadcaster Arthur C Clarke said the country’s vitrified forts were the biggest mystery he had encountered and suggested that Stone Age people would need to be equipped with laser to achieve the results.Conspiracy theorists have too shown an interest with claims including some sort of ancient … [Read more...] about Archaeologists solve ancient mystery of ‘melted’ Iron Age fort
He’s credited with being the first recorded European to make contact with the eastern coastline of Australia. And Marton-born Captain James Cook was also the first to circumnavigate New Zealand on one of his epic around-the-world voyages. But 250 years after a visit to the Polynesian islands, the world-renowned explorer could have solved an off-beat mystery - the origins of the sweet potato. Scientists say they have fathomed how the vegetable, which is native to the Americas, also grows on the islands - which are thousands of miles away. The new study rejects a long held notion that people from the Americas were in touch with Polynesians before Europeans turned up in the New World in the 15th Century. It had been thought that the sweet potato had been brought by travellers from the Americas, and cultivated on the Pacific islands. But recent research now suggests the tasty mealtime treat was not transported by human hands - but instead, seeds probably floated over the ocean … [Read more...] about How Captain Cook may have helped solve a sweet potato mystery
A century-long mystery over the identity of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy has finally been solved by the FBI. Since 1915, scientists have puzzled over the severed head discovered in the corner of a looted tomb in Deit el-Bersha, an ancient Egyptian necropolis. Archaeologists worked out the tomb belonged to a governor called Djehutynakht and his wife, but were unable to decipher whether the head was male or female. Read more Mummy of 2,500-year-old Egyptian priestess found in 'empty' coffin World's oldest tattoo art found on mummy in British Museum Ancient mystery of 'screaming mummy’ may have been solved It took a forensic scientist at the FBI, using advanced DNA sequencing technology, to say definitely that the head belonged to the governor himself. Odile Loreille, an FBI biologist, drilled into a tooth extracted from the skull, collected the powder and dissolved it in a chemical solution. She then ran the solution through a DNA copy machine followed … [Read more...] about Mystery over identity of 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy finally solved by FBI
HARRY Potter fans will soon be able to live out their Hogwarts fantasy, thanks to a brand new smartphone game. This is your official letter inviting you to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here's when the game is out... What is the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game? Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is one of 2018's most anticipated new games. The game, which is part of a licensing deal with author J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros., allows wannabee wizards to create their own character and experience life as a Hogwarts student. You'll head to lessons, like Potions and Transfiguration, where you'll be taught by the notorious professors from the books and movies, explore the ancient castle and compete in spell duels with other characters. It essentially mirrors what went on in the books, but you won't play Harry or Hermione - the game will be filled with other fan-created players instead. You'll be able to make pals with or create rivalries with other students, like those nasty … [Read more...] about When is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery out and is there a trailer for the mobile game?