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RAMAR News VLog June 2017 Edition

We are proud to release the first issue of our monthly RAMAR news vlog video series. Every month we’ ll inform you about the latest news and the most recent scientific discoveries from all around the world.

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A 3000 year old cooper mask from Argentina sheds new light on South American metalwork development

(Credit: Leticia Inés Cortés/María Cristina Scattolin/Antiquity)

Archaeologists who have discovered the mask stated that the discovery challenges the dominant theory that South American metalworking originated in Peru. According to their estimations, the mask dates back to 1000 BC. Sources of copper ore have been found within 45 miles of the location where the mask was unearthed, which makes archaeologists speculate that metalworking could have appeared in Argentina at the same time that it was emerging in Peru. Read more on

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New POI on Ramar map: Karahunj, Stonehenge of Armenia

Zorats Karer, also known as Karahunj is often referred to as the Armenian Stonehenge. The site is rich with stone settings, burial cists and standing stones – Menhirs. In total registered 223 stones. The heights of the stones range from 0.5 to 3 m (above ground) and weight up to 10 tons.

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Iron beads found in Native American burial site are made from meteorite iron

The meteorite beads were discovered in 1945 in an grave of the Hopewell-Culture near the Town of Havana in Illinois, USA. The Hopewell-Culture is known for sprawling ceremonial earthworks and for objects made of non-local materials such as mica. Scientists now discovered that these beads were made from iron of the so called “Anoka”-meteorite which fell to Earth more than 700 kilometres from where the beads were found. Read more on

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New POI on Ramar map: Marcahuasi

Marcahuasi is a plateau in the Andes Mountains, located east of Lima, on the mountain range that rises to the right bank of the Rímac River. This mountain range dominates the landscape at 4,000 m above sea level and the place is known for curious shapes of human faces and animals visible in granite rock.

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New POI on Ramar map: The Gate of the Gods in Peru near Lake Titicaca

The “Gate of the Gods”, also known as Puerta de Hayu Marca, is an ancient “rock gate” in Peru, near Lake Titicaca. This huge rock-door is still a great mystery. There are ancient legends about this door/portal. The first King of the Incas was supposedly able to open the door with a “golden disc” and then travel to other places by entering the door.

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New POI on Ramar map: The Zone of Silence in Mexico

The Zone of Silence is, similar to the Bermuda triangle, an area near Ceballos in Mexico where strange happenings have been recorded. From magnetic anomalies to UFO sightings and legends from the ancient anasazi about sky gods and sky people, there are a lot of mysteries to uncover in the zone of silence.

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New human species Homo Nadeli finaly dated with a surprising result

© Picture: Wits University/John Hawks

In 2015, the bones from a total of 15 individuals had been found inside the Rising Star Cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, alongside thousands of bone fragments – the largest number ever found at a single site. The Cave contained a new hominin species named Homo naledi by the scientists who described it. The age of the original Homo naledi remains from the Dinaledi Chamber has been revealed to be startlingly young in age. Homo naledi, which was first announced in September 2015, was alive sometime between 335 and 236 thousand years ago. This places this population of primitive small-brained hominins at a time and place that it is likely they lived alongside Homo sapiens. This is the first time that it has been demonstrated that another species of hominin survived alongside the first humans in Africa. Read more on

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Ancient megaliths with dragon and griffin depictions have been found in the Altai Mountains

© Picture: Ruslan Posyolkov

The Siberian Times reported about gigantic, artificialy created megaliths, depicting a griffin and a dragon, discovered in the wilderness at Mokhnataya mountain in Altai region. According to scientists, the dragon and griffin are unique in terms of their sizes, the griffin is also unique in terms of its preservation. No other dragon megalith has been found in Siberia, although scientists believe such discoveries  are possible in the future. The megalith complex in Mokhnataya mountain may date back as far as the end of the last Ice age – or earlier but clear, detailed research will be required to give a more precise dating to the finds. Read more on the Siberian Times

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