Ancient Roman statue heads found in England, 2,700-year-old saddle discovered in China, breastplate with history's oldest-known Cyrillic text unearthed in Bulgaria.
1,800-Year-Old Heads From Roman Statues Uncovered By A Volunteer Archaeologist In Northern England
Just two days into a dig at Roman ruins that are now the site of northern England’s Carlisle Cricket Club, a volunteer archaeologist experienced the ultimate beginner’s luck when she happened upon the heads of two ancient Roman statues — one of which could depict Fortuna, the goddess of luck.
A retired nurse from Indiana, Carolyn Veit had visited friends in the area many times, but had never thought to join an archaeological dig until recently. And soon after she began, she saw stone eyes and lips peeking out of the dirt in an unprecedented discovery that experts are now calling “unique and priceless.”
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2,700-Year-Old Saddle Discovered In Woman’s Grave In China May Be Oldest Ever Found
While excavating a tomb in Yanghai — in the Turpan Basin of China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region — archaeologists came across the grave of a woman. To their surprise, they also found that she was posed sitting on a leather saddle. Now, archaeologists believe that this saddle may be the oldest ever discovered.
The saddle is made of two cowhide cushions. Inside, it’s stuffed with straw, as well as deer and camel hair. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the saddle was made almost 3,000 years ago, between 724 and 396 B.C.E.
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Researchers Identify 1,100-Year-Old Breastplate With Perhaps The Oldest Cyrillic Text Ever Found
A 1,100-year-old inscription on a breastplate may be the oldest Cyrillic text ever found.
Several Eurasian languages, including Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, and Bulgarian, employ the Cyrillic alphabet — and have since its creation in the late ninth century.
Given the alphabet’s age, scholars wish to collect artifacts to paint a picture of its evolution, and they think that the breastplate may be one of the most important discoveries yet.
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