This Week In History News, Feb. 14 – 20

Published February 19, 2021

Viking treasure trove unearthed, ancient Egyptian brewery found, Stonehenge's original site discovered.

Millennium-Old Viking Treasure Haul Found Just Underneath A Quiet English Farm

Viking Artifact Pieces

Manx National Heritage MuseumThis rare collection of silver and gold Viking artifacts likely dates back to the 10th century.

An amateur treasure hunter on England’s Isle of Man has just unearthed a millennium-old haul of Viking riches. Retired police officer Kath Giles uncovered a rare trove of Viking jewelry that dates back to approximately 950 A.D., including a gold arm band and a silver brooch.

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Archaeologists Unearth World’s Oldest Brewery At Ancient Egyptian Burial Site

Ancient Brewery

Egypt Ministry of Tourism and AntiquitiesThe factory is 5,000 years old and might possibly be the oldest ever discovered.

In the early 1900s, British archaeologists posited that the ancient Egyptians had a high-production beer factory, but it wasn’t until recently that they actually found it. Researchers have uncovered a 5,000-year-old beer factory at the Abydos burial ground on the west side of the Nile River in Egypt — and it is currently the oldest brewery in the world.

Dig deeper in this report.

Researchers Find The ‘Original’ Stonehenge — And It’s Not In England

Original Stonehenge

A. Stanford/M. P. Pearson et. al./AntiquityThe prehistoric stone circle of Waun Mawn in Wales, which researchers believe is the “original” Stonehenge.

According to legend, the wizard Merlin helped move Stonehenge from Ireland to Salisbury Plain in England thousands of years ago. While this story has long been dismissed as a fantasy, at least one part might be true.

Archaeologists have recently uncovered evidence that Stonehenge once stood at Waun Mawn in Wales — an area that was once Irish territory. At Waun Mawn, researchers have discovered a series of buried stone-holes that follow a circle’s outline. The shapes of these holes have been linked to Stonehenge’s famous bluestone pillars.

Read on here.

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