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Archaeologists find cemetery and cultural objects from the Warring States period

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Archaeologists from the Hubei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, and the Xiangyang Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, have uncovered a large cemetery from the Warring States period in Xiangyang, China.

The Warring States period (475–221 BC) was an era defined by numerous conflicts between several feuding Chinese kingdoms and concluded with the Qin wars of conquest.

Excavations of the Baizhuang Cemetery, located near the village of Dengcheng, have revealed a large number of earthen pit tombs and cultural relics.

Archaeologists have so far uncovered 176 tombs, with 174 dating from the Warring Sates period, and two from the Han Dynasty (202 BC–AD 9 and AD 25-220).

Speaking to HeritageDaily, a member of the excavation team explained that most of the tombs are modest in size, while 9 are medium-sized tombs with sloping tomb passages (designated M1 to M9).

Within M3 and M4, excavations have found the blue-grey decay marks of the coffins and funerary objects, which include bronze tripods, pots, and boats, as well as bronze swords, spoons, and horse bits. In the vicinity are also several horse burials with chariots found in situ.

Image Credit : Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

A press statement states that the cemetery has yielded over 500 cultural relics, among them, sets of pottery, imitation copper pottery ritual vessels, everyday items such as plates, bowls, and combs, as well as several jade rings.

Archaeologists from the project said: “This excavation provides a source of new materials for the study of funerary customs in the Xiangyang area during the middle and late Warring States Period, and also provides important physical data for the study of Chu culture.”

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Sources : Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

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Study reveals new insights into life at “German Stonehenge”

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Excavations of the Ringheiligtum Pömmelte, nicknamed the “German Stonehenge”, has revealed new insights into domestic life from prehistory.

Ringheiligtum Pömmelte is a late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age henge from the late third millennium BC. The monument features seven concentric rings made of palisades, ditches, and raised banks, each containing a series of wooden posts.

The site was discovered in 1991 through aerial photography near the present-day village of Pömmelte in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

From 2018 to 2022, archaeologists have excavated nearly 140 ancient dwellings dating from 2,800 BC to 2,200 BC. The older dwellings are linked to the Corded Ware and the Bell Beaker culture, while the more recent ones are associated with the Únětice Culture.

In a recent study conducted by the State Office for Monument Preservation and Archaeology (LDA) of Saxony-Anhalt, archaeologists are employing various scientific methods to offer new insights into the site’s ritual and settlement landscape.

The study has identified house locations of the Corded Ware culture (26th to 23rd century BC), and an associated settlement pit containing ceramic sherds, an axe head and flint blades. Until now, Corded Ware settlement could only be attributed to individual finds that had been relocated, and not to actual structures on the site.

Also associated with the Corded Ware culture is a storage area with 78 grain silo pits that held various types of gain, including wheat, barley, and spelt. Archaeologists already know that Corded Ware people lived on a balanced diet with animal products, further indicated by drinking vessels from burials at Ringheiligtum Pömmelte that contained traces of dairy products.

While the scientific analyses and the interpretation of the results with various specialists continue, excavations at Pömmelte will last until mid-July 2024.

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Sources : State Office for Monument Preservation and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt

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3,400-year-old shipwreck found with cargo mostly intact

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Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority Marine Unit have discovered a 3,400-year-old shipwreck with the cargo mostly intact.

The site was first identified during an underwater survey by Energean, an energy company searching for natural gas deposits beneath the Mediterranean Sea Floor.

This led to the discovery of the shipwreck and its cargo at a depth of 1.8 kilometers, along with its cargo that consists of Late Bronze Age Canaanite storage vessels.

IAA archaeologists, in collaboration with Energean, have used the deep sea exploratory vessel, “Energean Star” to conduct a visual inspection of the wreck site. This has revealed hundreds of ceramic vessels on the seabed, and a muddy layer which likely conceals a second layer and the wooden beams of the ship.

Jacob Sharvit, Head of the Israel Antiquities Authority Marine Unit, explains, “The ship seems to have sunk in crisis, either due to a storm or to an attempted piracy attack – a well-known occurrence in the Late Bronze Age. This is both the first and the oldest ship found in the Eastern Mediterranean deep sea, ninety kilometres from the nearest shore.”

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Only two other ships from this period have been found – the boat from Cape Gelidonya and the Uluburun boat; both found off the Turkish coast. Both ships were found near the shore, suggesting that shipping routes followed the coastline between ports. However, this new discovery changes the understanding of ancient marine trade, demonstrating that ancient shipping also extended into deep waters.

“The ship is preserved at such a great depth that time has frozen since the moment of disaster – its body and contexts have not been disturbed by human hand (divers, fishermen, etc.); nor affected by waves and currents which do impact shipwrecks in shallower waters,” added Sharvit.

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Sources : Israel Antiquities Authority

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