2009 has remained an interesting year for archaeologists. Various, significant discoveries have been unearthed, and will eventually allow researchers to obtain information regarding the ancient history and culture of mankind. I have noticed that numerous discoveries of new and ancient species, along with the latter archaeological finds, seemingly appear to be reoccurring at a constant rate in recent years. The included links provide pictures.
Tomb of Ucupe
Located nearly 500 miles north of Lima, outside a vast pyramid, lay the tomb of Lord of Ucupe. What contrastingly separates this discovery from other Moche Indian excavations is the amount of fine ornaments and treasures associated herein. Additionally, two other men and a pregnant woman were also concealed inside. Though the natives were especially indulged in human sacrifices, the respective tomb residents do not appear to be physically inflicted, etc. I, personally, am no scholar; but is it possible each member was entrapped inside as a punishment? Another interesting fact is that Moche Indian culture peaked between A.D. 100 and 800. The natives were known to be farmers, etc. and dependent on larger cities. However, this discovery of Lord of Ucupe residing in such a small village appears wealthy and amazingly independent based on his monumental values. This could very well contradict prior beliefs.
Anglo-Saxon Treasures Discovered
Estimated roughly 1300+ years old, the largest discovery of Anglo-Saxon treasures was discovered this year in central England. Dating to the Dark Ages era, supposedly the craftsmanship of associated treasures is of the highest quality applicable for its time. Over 1500 gold and silver artifacts were excavated across the respective farm.
Apparently, a recent survey team had discovered the location via aerial photography, after noticing various crop circles. Though the two tombs have yet to be excavated, they are estimated to be roughly 6,000 years old. The larger of the two reached 230 feet in length! Only 15 miles from Stonehenge, the tombs are now listed as the oldest architectural creations in England. Hopefully, explorers will reveal the contents of the tombs in the near future; however, they expect to find various human skeletons and ancestral remains of respective settlers.
National Geographic Explorer (2009). Top ten archaeological finds. Retrieved Dec 28, 2009.