Top ten archaeology finds of 2008

December 20th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by ANI  

National Geographic

Washington, Dec 20 (ANI): The National Geographic News has outlined a list of its ten most viewed archaeology stories of 2008, which include lost cities, baffling pyramids, and ancient graveyards.

The top ten archaeology finds of 2008 are:

10. Inca skull surgeons were highly skilled: Dangerous skull surgery was commonly and successfully performed among the Inca, likely as a treatment for head injuries suffered during combat, a May study found.

9. Ancient Lost City discovered in Peru: Stone ruins discovered in Peru this past January could be the ancient lost city of Paititi, according to claims that sparked serious but cautious responses from experts.

8. New pyramid found in Egypt: Long buried by deep sands, the newly discovered 4,300-year-old Queens tomb is a testament to a pharaohs reverence for his mother.

7. Alexander the Greats crown, shield discovered: An ancient Greek tomb once thought to have been that of Alexanders father is more recent than thought and may contain treasures belonging to Alexander himself.

6. Mystery pyramid built by newfound ancient culture: The Huapalcalco pyramid in central Mexico may be the work of a previously unknown culture of ancient people, the Huajomulco.

5. Rare Egyptian Warrior tomb found: Feathered arrows lying near a well-preserved coffin suggest that the mummy inside, when alive, may have been a mercenary for an Egyptian king.

4. Stonehenge was cemetery first and foremost: From the start 5,000 years ago, the site was a burial groundperhaps for prehistoric rulersand it remained so for centuries.

3. Maya may have caused civilization-ending climate change: A satellite program designed to improve environmental policies in Central America found evidence of ancient, self-induced climate changeoffering lessons on how to combat todays warming.

2. Great pyramid mystery may be solved by hidden room: A sealed space in Egypts Great Pyramid may help solve a centuries-old mystery: How did the ancient Egyptians move two million 2.5-ton blocks to build the ancient wonder?

1. Portal to Maya underworld found in Mexico: An underground labyrinth filled with stone temples and pyramids, found in August, likely relates to Maya myths of the afterlife, according to archaeologists. (ANI)

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