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Stonehenge Breakthrough, Ancient Egyptian Brewery and More Unearthed Secrets

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A roundup of Secrets in the News for February 2021.


Dramatic discovery links Stonehenge to its original site – in Wales

The Guardian: An ancient myth about Stonehenge, first recorded 900 years ago, tells of the wizard Merlin leading men to Ireland to capture a magical stone circle called the Giants’ Dance and rebuilding it in England as a memorial to the dead. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s account had been dismissed, partly because he was wrong on other historical facts, although the bluestones of the monument came from a region of Wales that was considered Irish territory in his day…[read more]

 

Archaeologists discover ancient beer factory in Egypt

CNN: Archaeologists have discovered a massive 5,000-year-old brewery in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The brewery was located in Egypt’s Sohag Governorate, and likely dates back to the reign of King Narmer, around 3100 BC, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday — making this the oldest brewery found in Abydos…[read more]

 

Trove of ‘Ancient Treasures’ Found in Shipwreck Off the Coast of Greece

Smithsonian: Archaeologists excavating shipwrecks off the Greek island of Kasos have unearthed a trove of pottery that sheds light on trade networks in the ancient world, according to a statement from the country’s Ministry of Culture and Sports. Scholars from the ministry and the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation uncovered the four shipwrecks last fall. As the Athens News Agency reports, the most significant discovery was a hoard of Roman pottery…[read more]

 

How did ancient Egyptians bake? After 54 loaves, scholar finds answers

The Jerusalem Post: How did the Egyptians bake bread some 4,500 years ago? The question has puzzled archaeologists for many years, in light of the profusion of cooking vessel remains and even iconographic evidence that pointed toward the Israelites’ nemesis baked their dough in conical molds. Until one researcher decided to take the matter literally into her own hands and to start baking with one goal in mind: to uncover the technique used to bake bread so many millennia ago, including the recipe…[read more]

 

9 Historical Treasures Unwittingly Used as Common Household Items

Mental Floss: Just because an artifact is ancient or historically significant or even sought after for years doesn’t mean its owner is aware of it. Here are nine historical treasures that were used as common household items by owners who had no idea their random things were actually valuable antiquities…[read more]