Sometimes significant discoveries come at quite an unexpected time and at an unexpected place. Remember that gigantic Pharoah Ramses II statue found buried in the slums of Cairo? Archaeologists never guessed that such a thing was in the area and now the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is describing the statue as one of its “most important archaeological discoveries” ever.
Well the same can be said regarding this find in the Orkeny Islands, in Scotland. As it turns out, the island was struck by a wild storm in the winter of 1850. At the aftermath of the storm, however, they were surprised to see a secret settlement and archaeologists began coming over to learn more about it.
The settlement, researchers claim, is estimated to have been occupied by around 50 to 100 people over 4,500 to 5,100 years ago. It has since been excavated, explored, and named Skara Brae.
Experts believe Skara Brae to be the oldest settlement in the United Kingdom.
According to experts, this settlement is the oldest of its kind in the UK. In fact, this comes out on top of Oxford by around 4,000 years. Since the place remained covered in sand for thousands of years, Skara Brae’s condition was preserved extremely well.
Moreover, it is considered as one of the best archaeological discoveries in the world.
Archaeologist Nick Card, excavation director with the Archaeology Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands, said that Skara Brae is definitely one of the best archaeological discoveries in the world.
“This is almost on the scale of some of the great classical sites in the Mediterranean, like the Acropolis in Greece, except these structures are 2,500 years older.
“Like the Acropolis, this was built to dominate the landscape—to impress, awe, inspire, perhaps even intimidate anyone who saw it. The people who built this thing had big ideas. They were out to make a statement.”
In a report by AWM, we also learn:
“Houses in the settlement were connected through tunnels and each little residence had its own toilet. Considering this was during the stone age, the residents of Skara Brae had relative luxury.
“However, toilets were not the only surprise hidden in the secret underground settlement. One bed was always bigger than the others in the room. Archaeologists still do not know why. While theories abound, none are proven.”
“Skara Brae was inhabited before the Egyptian pyramids were built, and flourished for centuries before construction began at Stonehenge.”
The VisitScotland website gives us some additional information about the archaeological find which says:
“Skara Brae was inhabited before the Egyptian pyramids were built, and flourished for centuries before construction began at Stonehenge. It is some 5,000 years old. But it is not its age alone that makes it so remarkable and so important. It is the degree to which it has been preserved. The structures of this semi-subterranean village survive in impressive condition. So, amazingly, does the furniture in the village houses. Nowhere else in northern Europe are we able to see such rich evidence of how our remote ancestors actually lived.”
Watch this documentary and learn more:
Meet the Man who Fought in World War II with a Sword and a Bow
What a badass guy!
When you think of men wielding swords, you're probably picturing a medieval infantryman wearing armor and heading off to battle. You're unlikely to be thinking of a man in full military gear in World War II. However, there was one brave soldier who went into battle in full gear along with a bow, a quiver of arrows, and a basket-hilted claymore by his side.
Meet John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, aka Mad Jack, second in command of a British infantry company. Mad Jack was a decorated soldier who fought in the battle of Dunkirk in 1940, wherein 300,000 troops became stranded on the beaches and needed to be evacuated. One of his great achievements in this battle is shooting down a German soldier with one of his arrows!
Jack Churchill aka Mad Jack, one of WWII's greatest badasses.
America Once Accidentally Dropped a Nuke On Little Girls’ Playhouse
Fortunately and remarkably, no one got seriously hurt.
Sixty-one years ago, a nuclear bomb was accidentally dropped in South Carolina. It happened on March 11, 1958 and not a lot of people know that something like this happened. The Boeing Stratojet belonging to the U.S. Air Force took off from the base and flew to the United Kingdom and then to Africa, carrying nuclear weapons just in case a war with the Soviet Union would ensue.
By accident, the captain pulled the emergency release pin that resulted to the bomb, a Mark 6, falling off the plane.
Thr US Air Force accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb in South Carolina.
This Pair of Ancient Skeletons Has Been Locked in Embrace for 6,000 Years
The Lovers of Valdaro wowed the world when they were discovered in 2007.
In 2007, at a Neolithic tomb in San Giorgio near Mantua, Italy, archaeologists made a fascinating discovery - the Lovers of Valdaro. Also called the Valdaro Lovers, the pair of skeletons is believed to date back approximately 6,000 years. The two skeletons, locked in eternal embrace, appear to have been buried facing each other.
Archaeologist Elena Maria Menotti led the excavation of the skeletons. According to her team's findings, the pair are male and female, not older than 20 years old, and about 5'2" (157 cm) in height. Menotti decided that the couple should not be separated and that their unique position should be preserved. And so during the excavation, the team dug up the block of earth in which the skeletons were found and placed them in a box.
The Lovers of Valdaro were discovered in San Giorgio near Mantua, Italy, in 2007.
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