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Secrets in the News: October 4 – 10, 2014

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Credit: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Credit: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


1. Ancient Indonesian Cave Drawings as old as European Prehistoric Art?
The cave paintings of hands and animals on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were found 50 years ago, but until now, the dates of origin were unknown. Archaeologists reported these cave drawings are at least 39,900 years old, making it one of the oldest prehistoric pictures known in the world. Read more at Associated Press.

2. 2,000 Year-Old Footprint Found in Çanakkale
Archaeologists discovered a 2,000 year-old footprint believed to belong to a laborer in the Hellenistic city of Parion, located in the northwestern province of Çanakkale’s Biga district in Turkey. Read more at Hurriyet Daily News.

3. Bronze Age Palace and Grave Goods Discovered
Archaeologists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona discovered a palatial construction with an audience hall at La Almoloya in Pliego, Murcia, Spain. A prince’s tomb in the subsoil contains the largest amount of grave goods from the Bronze Age — including outstanding items like a silver diadem, and four golden and silver ear dilators — unusual objects for that era. Read more at ScienceDaily.

4. ‘Significant’ Neolithic pottery found at site on Scilly Isles
Archaeologists have discovered one of the largest hauls of Neolithic pottery in the southwest, on the Isles of Scilly, St Martin’s. There was no real reason why a Neolithic site was found on St Martin’s yet nowhere else in the islands — “other than luck.”?Read more at The Cornishman.

5. Doping for Gold at the Asian Games
Six athletes, including a Chinese hammer-throw gold medalist, failed doping tests at the 2014 Asian Games that took place in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4, 2014. Watch Secrets of the Dead Doping for Gold to discover East Germany’s organized use of steroids and testosterone to bolster its athletes’ performance from 1960s through the 1980s.