Wednesday 1 January 2014

King Richard III, 14,800 years old rock art among top archaeological discoveries of 2013

'Oldest' rock art in North America found here in 2013

Reviewing various archaeological findings of the year 2013, online medium, Livescience lists a grave said to be housing the bones of England’s King Richard III and a North American rock art among the top 10 of great discoveries.

Livescience recalls that in February, researchers announced that the Richard III’s grave was found under a parking lot in Leicester, England. Further studies have revealed that the crippled king's life was compounded with “painful scoliosis treatment.” The findings also showed that with “several bruising head injuries, the king was buried in a hasty grave without any ceremony, analysis of the skeleton revealed.”

Described by archaeologists as the oldest rock art discovered in North America, it was unearthed in a dried-up lake in the Nevada desert, U.S.  Archaeologists date the rock art to between 10,500 and 14,800 years ago.

Reports however say that so much was still unknown about the findings, which Livescience describes as “the enigmatic lines and grooves carved into the limestone near Winnemucca Lake.” “Scientists aren't sure about the meaning of the rock art, though the images do seem quite similar to the second-oldest rock art in North America, which was found in Oregon.” MORE

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