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Christian mosaics found in 1,500-year-old basilica

The remains of a 1,500-year-old basilica, complete with Christian mosaic floors, has been found is Israel. The ruins were discovered during a salvage excavation ahead of a construction project in Aluma, a village about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Tel Aviv, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Wednesday (Jan. 22).

Intact grain store found at Neolithic site in Turkey

An 8,000-year-old grain store has been found at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey. In total, from each of the two studied containers archaeologists recovered almost 5 kg of grain. Such amount and such a good state of preservation is a global scale phenomenon. In addition, a different grain cluster

Stone Age harpoon uncovered in Timor

A 35,000-year-old harpoon made out of carved bone has been found on the island of Timor. A team led by archaeologist Sue O’Connor of Australian National University in Canberra has unearthed, in a project that began in 2000, what it regards as the broken butt of a bone harpoon point. Three

Large 21-room mainsion found near Sphinx

A large high-status home containing at least 21 rooms has been found south of the Sphinx in Egypt in a 4,500-year-old urban site. Archaeologists excavating a city just 400 meters (1,312 feet) south of the Sphinx uncovered the house and nearby mound containing the hind limbs of young cattle, the seals

Ancient cultivated rice grains found in Japan

11 ancient grains of rice which date back to between 2,600 and 2,400 years ago have been found in Japan. The rice grains, which were first excavated in November, were brown and about four millimeters in length. The rice did not have husks. The grains are believed to have been so

Ancient Sican tombs found in Peru

35 Sican tombs dating back 1,000 years have been found at an ancient cemetery in Peru. The tombs -containing skeletal remains, ceramics, textiles and gold-plated copper pieces- are thought to be of a pre-hispanic Sican descent. Last December, just after Christmas, workers involved in the Olmos irrigation project found 12 other tombs