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Carved reindeer antler found in Poland

A carved piece of reindeer antler which may date back 10,000 years has been found in central Poland. The antler was discovered in the spring of 2013, in the village of Go??biewo, during excavation of a fish pond. It is just over 30cm long and about 2-3cm in diameter. Along the

Maya ball-game carving found in Belize

Stone panels bearing the images of Maya ball-game players have been found at Tipan Chen Uitz in Belize. The discovery of these two panels reinforces the idea that the Maya people would have placed a lot of importance on the ballgame, and suggests that it helped the Maya connect with different

11,000-year-old idol carved with beaver teeth

New researcher has revealed that the 11,000-year-old Shigir Idol was carved with stone chisels and beaver teeth. At a conference involving international experts held in the city this week, Professor Mikhail Zhilin said the wooden statue, originally 5.3 metres tall, was made of larch, with the basement and head carved using

Ancient Buddhist sculptures found in Pakistan

Buddhist sculptures and carvings have been found in an ancient shrine in Bazira, Pakistan. Sculptures and carvings dating back more than 1,700 years have been discovered in the remains of a shrine and its courtyard in the ancient city of Bazira. The sculptures illustrate the religious life of the city, telling

Stolen Olmec carving recovered in France

A 3,000-year-old Olmec carving which was stolen from Mexico more than 40 years ago has been recovered in Paris, France. The Olmec carving dating to around 900 B.C. had been chipped off the rock face sometime between the arrival of an archaeological team in 1968 and 1972, when the team returned

Pharaonic rock carvings found in Egyptian quarry

Rock inscriptions depicting the transfer of two obelisks from a quarry has been found at Gebel el Silsila in Egypt. “The work technique shows a notable cooperation among the workers and the workshops at the quarry. The scenes of the rocks, which were precisely cut, confirm the advanced skills of ancient

The world’s oldest engraving discovered in shell

While cataloging a collection of mollusk shells found in the 19th century, a researcher noticed an engraving inside one of the shells that is 300,000 years older than the previously thought oldest engraving. "When I got to image number 298 I almost fell off my chair. It was one of those

9,000-year-old staff with carved faces found in Syria

A staff featuring two carved human faces has been found at Tell Qarassa in southern Syria. The roughly 9,000-year-old artifact was discovered near a graveyard where about 30 people were buried without their heads — which were found in a nearby living space. "The find is very unusual. It's unique," said study