Serpent Mound as Old as Aristotle New Evidence Says – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

Serpent Mound in rural Adams County, Ohio, is one of the premier Native American earthworks in the hemisphere. Its pristine flowing form was enhanced by major reconstruction in the 1880s.

Estimates of the age of the earthwork are now radically revised as the result of a new radiocarbon analysis, suggesting that the mound is about 1,400 years older than conventionally thought. The new date of construction is estimated at approximately 321 BCE, one year after the death of Aristotle in Greece.

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Source: History Got it Wrong: Scientists Now Say Serpent Mound as Old as Aristotle – UndergroundScience

500 Year-Old Shipwreck Loaded With Gold Found In Desert – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

Diamond miners recently discovered a ship that went down 500 years ago after draining a man-made lagoon on Namibia’s coast. While shipwrecks are often found along Africa’s Skeleton Coast, this one just so happened to be loaded with $13,000,000 worth of gold coins.

It also answers a centuries–old mystery and is what some archaeologists are calling one of the most significant shipwrecks ever found.

The wreck was first discovered along the coast near Oranjemund by geologists from the mining company De Beers in April 2008. One reason it took centuries to find is because it was underneath the ocean floor.

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Source: 500 year-old shipwreck loaded with gold found in Namibian desert | Fox News

Nazi Gold Train Search Abandoned – But Brings in £150 Million For Polish Town – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXpplrr

The search for a fabled Nazi gold train rumoured to be buried beneath mountains in Poland has ended in failure – but not for local residents, who have seen a surge of interest and investment in their town. According to local legend, a treasure-filled train was hidden in a network of secret Nazi tunnels in the Owl Mountains, close to the town of Walbrzych in south-west Poland, as German soldiers fled from the advancing Soviet Army in 1945.

Source: Nazi gold train search abandoned – but brings in £150 million for Polish town | Europe | News | The Independent

Nazi Gold Train Legend Put To – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

WARSAW, Poland — Explorers’ great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi “gold train” in Poland appeared dashed Wednesday when, after digging extensively, they admitted they have found “no train, no tunnel” at the site.The legend has sparked a gold rush, drawing in explorers and treasure hunters from across Europe to Poland’s southwestern town of Walbrzych, and prompting local authorities to dream about a great inflow of tourists and money.The local legend says in 1945, the Nazi Germans hid a train laden with gold and valuables in a secret tunnel nearby as they were fleeing the advancing Soviet army at the end of World War II.Last week two explorers – Andreas Richter, a German, and Piotr Koper, a Pole – moved in with heavy equipment and dug deep at a site near rail tracks in Walbrzych, following comments by residents who said they had knowledge of the train’s existence.

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Source: Nazi gold train legend put to test with dig in Poland Owl Mountains to find a secret “Riese” tunnel network – CBS News

‘World’s Oldest Writing’ Discovered on 7,000-Year-Old Ceramic – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr 

A ceramic fragment dating back to 5,000 BC with what might be “the world’s oldest writing” has been discovered in a previously unknown Chalcolithic (Aeneolithic, Copper Age) settlement found underneath the Ancient Roman road station Ad Putea near the town of Riben, Dolma Mitropoliya Municipality, Pleven District, in Northern Bulgaria.

The archaeological excavations of the Ancient Roman road station Ad Putea have been led by archaeologist Assoc. Prof. Sergey Torbatov from the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology, who is, respectively, an expert inRoman archaeology.

However, during the 2016 digs in the Roman fortress near Riben the researchers have reached a settlement from the Chalcolithic, and have stumbled upon the ceramic item seemingly featuring pictographic or pre-alphabetic writing.

Source: 7,000-Year-Old Ceramic Fragment with Possibly ‘World’s Oldest Writing’ Discovered in Bulgaria’s Riben – Archaeology in Bulgaria

Prospector Finds Huge Gold Nugget – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

“Striking gold” is mainly a term to express when someone gets really lucky nowadays, but by golly, someone has actually done it.

A 145-ounce gold nugget has been reportedly found in Victoria, Australia by a real life prospector and could be worth more than A$250,000 ($190,710) when it goes to auction. The big ‘ol nugget has been named “Friday’s Joy” on account of the day it was found. 

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Source: Prospector finds huge gold nugget, even though it’s 2016 and not 1851

The Maya Were Tracking The Planets Long Before Copernicus – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

An ancient Mayan text captured the moment when a royal astronomer made a scientific discovery about the movement of Venus across the night sky.The text, called the Dresden Codex, contains laborious measurements of the rising and setting of Venus. Based on these recordings, historians can now place this astronomer within a 25-year span within the first half of the 10th century.

“We can see the moment when this person puts it all together,” said Gerardo Aldana, a science historian in the Department of Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a co-author of a new study describing the findings

Source: The Maya were tracking the planets long before Copernicus | Fox News