In a town just north of Tokyo, a ceramic jar filled with thousands of bronze coins has been unearthed at the site of a fifteenth-century samurai’s residence. According to archaeologist Yoshiyuki Takise of the Saitama Cultural Deposits Research Corporation, the coins, which were cast in China, may have been an offering to the deity of the earth, or may simply have been buried for safekeeping. Markings on a wooden tablet found on the rim of the jar indicate it could contain as many as 260,000 coins, a number that Takise says far exceeds what one would expect to find in circulation in what was then a rural area. READ MORE HERE:
Calakmul: Ancient Mayan City of the Two Pyramids and Three Stones
Calakmul is truly a lost ancient Mayan city. It is situated deep in the dense jungles of the Petén Basin of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Soon after it was abandoned, the impressive city was reclaimed by the jungle.
The archaeological site is located in Cempeche. Calakmul was discovered in 1931 and some investigations were carried out at the site in the years that followed. The exploration of the site, however, came to a halt, and was only resumed during the 1980s. Today, Calakmul is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it continues to be investigated by archaeologists. READ MORE HERE:
Dressed to Kill: The Vibrant Textiles Adorning these Incan Mummies Have a Lethal Secret
Scientists have encountered a toxic substance on textiles buried with two Incan mummies sacrificed in Chile. Since making the find, they’ve warned other researchers to be wary of handling any similar red pigments. Why did the Inca people put something so dangerous in the burial?
As Live Science reports, the vibrant red textiles that were placed in the grave of two female mummies buried between 1399 to 1475 AD, were tinted with cinnabar, a primary source of the highly toxic metal mercury. This is the first known example of ancient peoples in northern Chile having used the pigment. READ MORE HERE: