Archive for November 17th, 2009
The giant deer, also known as the giant Irish deer or Irish elk, is one of the largest deer species that ever lived.
Yet why this giant animal, which had massive antlers spanning 3.6m, suddenly became extinct some 10,600 years ago has remained a mystery.
Now a study of its teeth is producing tantalising answers, suggesting the deer couldn’t cope with climate change.
Standing proudly on a hillside in West Dorset, the chalk outline of the Cerne Abbas Giant has perplexed visitors for centuries.
To the frustration of archaeologists there is no written record of the anatomically detailed chalk figure before the late 17th century, but clues that the giant was created earlier than that have emerged in the form of suggestive earthworks built nearby.
Forensic tests to determine whether skull handed in to authorities came from outlaw who was hanged in 1880.
Archaeologists are to study a Bronze Age barrow in a corner of a sand quarry site at Minsted, near Stedham.
OSLO, Norway, Nov. 13 (UPI) — A Norwegian man said experts told him the sword he found abandoned at a roadside four years ago dates back 3,000 years.
A unique archaeological discovery made during the Roskilde Museum excavations in Gl camps.
It is a mere 2 inches tall figure – but despite the size, is found to be totally unique and it must be counted among the most outstanding finds from prehistoric Denmark.
The supreme Nordic god who is pictured here, is evident from the two birds sitting on the chair’s armrest. It is Odin’s two ravens, Hugin and Munin, who flew out every day for the evening to return home and tell Odin on everything that had happened.
THE discovery of a villa in Ceredigion suggests that Roman settlements may have spread deeper into Wales than previously thought.
Evidence of the first ever pub in Lincolnshire has been found at a village near Lincoln.
Britain’s oldest bath overflow is to be given its first thorough inspection nearly 2,000 years after it was built.
In a bombshell finding that has far-reaching implications for society and culture, scientists at the University of Rochester have found that phthalates — the chemical found in many vinyl and plastic products — tends to “feminize” boys, altering their brains to express more feminine characteristics. The study has been published in the Journal of Andrology.
Phthalates are found in vinyl products (including vinyl flooring), PVC shower curtains, plastic furniture and even in the plastic coating of the insides of dishwashing machines.