AN "alien glider’ that was found in Egyptian tomb "is proof that extra-terrestrials have once visited Earth", a UFO enthusiast has claimed. The small wooden bird-shaped model was found in the Djoser Pyramid in 1898, and is estimated to be around 2200 years old. The artefact has aerodynamic qualities and bares the phrase, "I want to fly", on its front. This has prompted scientists to believe the Egyptians wanted to make a flying machine based on something they had seen. Speaking in the latest episode of Ancient Aliens, Dr Algund Eenboom said: “The Saqqara bird is a highly developed glider. "I think the people from ancient times were visited by beings not from Earth. They gave us culture and scientific technologies to improve our life on earth from the primitive to a higher developed country.” Aerospace engineer Dr Uwe Apel also backed the claims that the Egyptians would have seen "flying machines or an aircraft". He said: "It’s interesting – … [Read more...] about ‘Alien glider’ found in ancient Egyptian tomb ‘is proof extra-terrestrials visited Earth’, UFO enthusiast claims
Ancient mysteries solved
Scientists who have studied a set of fossilized pre-human remains for the past two decades now believe they have discovered one of our ancient lost ancestors, whom they have affectionately named ‘Little Foot.’ Little Foot’s bones were found in a deep in a South African cave, Sterkfontein, northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in 1994 by paleoanthropologist Ronald Clarke. He initially thought they were the foot bones of monkeys. Clarke, of the University of the Witwatersrand, then painstakingly studied these bones for 20 years, excavating over 90 percent of a skeleton which was far more remarkable than he may have initially thought. The bones were embedded in an almost concrete-like substance and, in some cases, were paper-thin, hence the two-decades of painstaking excavation, cleaning, restoring and analysis. As excavation continued, Clarke and his team believed they had found the most complete and oldest Australopithecus (early humans who lived between two … [Read more...] about Little Foot mystery solved?: Scientists may have confirmed new species of human ancestor
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
An 800-year-old "made in China" label has helped archaeologists pinpoint when an ancient merchant ship sunk. After a fisherman discovered a lost treasure-trove of ancient ceramics off the coast of Indonesia in the 1980s, archaeologists have struggled to piece together where the ship was from and when it sunk, as the wooden ship disintegrated long before its contents were discovered. They initially dated the ship to the 13th century, however new evidence suggests it is "probably a century older than that", according to Lisa Niziolek, an archaeologist at the Field Museum in Chicago and lead author of the study in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Read more Alabama shipwreck may be remains of last boat to bring slaves to US Among the thousands of ceramics found in the shipwreck, some were marked with an inscription that suggests they were made in Jianning Fu, a government district in China near modern-day Jian'ou. This is a significant find as the district was … [Read more...] about ‘Made in China’ label helps archaeologists solve 800-year-old mystery shipwreck
German mathematician Maria Reiche (1903-98), known for her pioneering work into Peru's ancient Nazca Lines, was born in Dresden 115 years ago today. Honoured in today's Google Doodle, Reiche became obsessed with solving one of Latin America's greatest mysteries: why did the land's ancient people carve giant bird and animal geoglyphs into the desert plains? She had first arrived in Peru in 1932 after completing her studies, having accepted a job as governess to the children of the German consul in Cuzco. She quickly became enraptured by the country - despite losing a finger to gangrene after being pricked by a cactus - visiting the Andes and the high plains of southern Peru before relocating to Lima in 1934. Here she worked as teacher of German and befriended American ex-pat Amy Meredith, who would become her partner and who ran a fashionable local coffee shop where she first encountered New York academic Paul … [Read more...] about Maria Reiche: Who was the German governess who devoted her life to Peru’s mysterious Nazca Lines?