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PostSubject: Top 10 Discoveries of 2009   Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:39 am

According to National Geographic these 10 finds are the most viewed discoveries.



http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091207-top-ten-archaeology-finds-2009.html



This is a copy of their list. If you follow the link above you can read more about them if interested.



10. "Extraordinary" Ancient Skeletons Found

Several graves dating as far back as the early Stone Age—complete with
the dog-tooth jewelry and sitting woman seen in these pictures—were
discovered during extensive digs in central Germany, archaeologists
announced this fall.



9. "Vampire" Exorcism Skull Found in Italy

The partial body and skull of a plague victim show her jaw forced
open by a brick—a medieval exorcism technique used on suspected
vampires—a forensic archaeologist explained in March.



8. Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found

A sword guard, tiny gold pieces, and a coin are among newfound
artifacts from a shipwreck off North Carolina—shown in exclusive
pictures. The discoveries, announced in March, add to evidence that the
ship belonged to the pirate Blackbeard.



7. World War II "Samurai Subs" Found—Carried Aircraft

Two advanced Japanese "samurai subs" were found off Pearl Harbor in
February and announced in November—including a stealth
aircraft-carrying submarine and a supersleek vessel engineered for
utmost speed.



6. Huge Pre-Stonehenge Complex Found via "Crop Circles"

Given away by crop circle-like formations, the pre-Stonehenge site
surprised archaeologists with temple ruins, dozens of burial mounds,
and two huge tombs that are among "Britain's first architecture,"
experts said in June.



5. Mysterious Inscribed Slate Discovered at Jamestown

Archaeologists are trying to unravel the mysteries of an unusual,
inscribed 400-year-old slate tablet they dug out of a well in the early
American settlement in Virginia, we reported in June.



4. Ancient "King of Bling" Tomb Revealed in Peru

Packed with treasure in the styles of two ancient orders, the
1,500-year-old tomb is apparently like no other—and may help resolve
mysteries of the Moche Indian civilization.



3. Ancient Gem-Studded Teeth Show Skill of Early Dentists

The glittering "grills" of some hip-hop stars aren't exactly
unprecedented. Sophisticated dentistry allowed Native Americans to add
bling to their teeth as far back as 2,500 years ago, a May study said.



2. Gold Hoard Found: Largest Known Anglo-Saxon Treasure

Found in July by an amateur treasure hunter in England, the largest
known Anglo-Saxon gold hoard is rich with precious stones and
intricately wrought war gear.



1. Gold Rush-Era "Ghost Ship" Wreck Found

With boots thrown hastily on deck and cooking utensils scattered,
the last moments of the crew aboard the gold rush-era paddleboat A.J.
Goddard are preserved in the ship's recently found wreck,
archaeologists announced in November.
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