This Week In History News, Mar. 8 – 14

Published March 13, 2020

Ancient Viking arrowhead uncovered, Egypt's oldest pyramid reopened, dozens of 1,200-year-old Canary Island skeletons found.

Researchers Uncover 1,500-Year-Old Viking Arrowhead In Norway

Man Holding Viking Arrowhead

brearkeologi/TwitterA researcher holds the ancient Viking arrowhead recently uncovered in the mountains of Norway.

For more than a millennia, a Viking arrowhead sat frozen in time inside a Norwegian glacier — until now. Researchers working on the Jotunheimen glacier recently found an arrow from the German Iron Age that’s estimated to be 1,500 years old.

Furthermore, the seven-inch arrow was so well-preserved that its shaft and feather were still intact. Now, archaeologists will continue to search the glacier for more ancient artifacts, some 2,000 of which have already been found so far.

Discover more here.

The Pyramid Of Djoser, Egypt’s Oldest And Largest, Restored To Its Former Glory

Djoser Pyramid Restoration

Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Pyramid of Djoser when it was still closed for renovations.

Though the Pyramids of Egypt still incite wonder and remain stunningly intact after thousands of years, they didn’t stay that way without a healthy dose of restorative work over the decades.

Recently, the oldest of them all and the oldest large-scale cut stone structure to have ever been built by humans, the Pyramid of Djoser, finished a major facelift. During that time, the site was closed off to tourists, but it has now finally reopened.

Dig deeper into the story of the Pyramid of Djoser.

Drone Finds 72 Skeletons And Mummies In Ancient Guanche Cave Tomb In The Canary Islands

Guanche Burial Cave On Gran Canaria Island

CEN/Cabildo de Gran CanariaThe human remains consist of bones from 62 adult Guanche people and 10 newborns — the latter of which have never been found before.

With technological advancements come new opportunities to rediscover our past. For archaeologists on Gran Canaria island, that means using drones to find the remains of 72 people from the pre-Hispanic Guanche civilization in a cave that dates back to between 800 and 1000 A.D.

The mummified remains were found entombed in the Guayadeque ravine and consist of 62 adult skeletons and 10 newborns.

Read more here.

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