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3,000-year-old copper mask discovered in Argentina

A copper mask dating back 3,000 years has been found in an ancient cemetery in Argentina. An ancient, rectangular copper mask recently found in the southern Andes in Argentina is about 3,000 years old — one of the oldest human-made metal object from South America — and its discovery challenges the

Fortified gate found at copper mine in Israel

A fortified gatehouse has been found at an ancient copper-smelting site in the Timna Valley in Israel. For the newest study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Ben-Yosef and his colleagues focused on the only entrance to the mining camp and the end of the steep path to the

Copper artifacts found in northern Germany

Construction work in northern Germany has unearthed a variety of ancient copper artifacts. A group of ancient copper items found at a construction site in June, including three pieces of jewelry and an ax, has turned out to be possibly of "national significance," the northern German city of Osnabrück said on

Copper plates found underneath Indian temple

Archaeologists examining the foundation of an ancient temple in the Indian state of Karnataka have found two sets of copper-plates which date back to 1180 A.D. A copper-plate charter has five leaves, each 28 cm long and 14 cm wide, held together by a royal seal with a beautiful engraving of

Medieval copper smelter found in Norway

A copper smelting operation which dates back to the 14th century has been found in Norway. They found the remains of wooden structures beneath a collapsed pile of stones that provided evidence of technologically advanced production methods. “The wood material was surprisingly well preserved,” says Stenvik. One eye-popper was a split log that

2,000-year-old wine found in China

An airtight copper pot containing 2,000-year-old wine has been found in Henan province in China. A Western Han dynasty ancient tomb group was accidentally found at a construction site in Puyang city, China's Henan province, on April 10. During the excavation, archaeologists discovered an airtight copper pot covered in rust. They found

Four tonnes of ancient coins found in China

An ancient kiln containing four tonnes of ancient copper coins has been found in China. An ancient kiln storing several tons of copper coins dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) was excavated in Hua County of northwest China's Shaanxi Province on Dec. 22. The kiln is 1 meter wide at the

Iron Age slag shows earth used to have stronger magnetic field

An analysis of Iron Age slag, leftover from ancient copper smelting, shows that Earth's magnetic field was strong and more variable 3,000-years-ago than previously suspected. The Earth’s magnetic field comes from the movement of molten iron in the core. The field’s strength and structure are constantly changing. But paleomagnetists (scientists