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 nature.com
In Zhengzhóu, Henan province, China, a team of archeologists has unearthed a small pyramid that eerily resembles the egyptian pyramides. In the same chamber where the pyramidal structure was found by the team of the Office of Cultural Relics of Zhengzhóu, is another tomb with the shape of a semi-cylinder. According to early estimates, experts believe that the ‘Egyptian Style’ pyramid could be over 2,000 years old. Judging by its style, archaeologists believe it belonged to the Han Dynasty. China isn’t a stranger when it comes to Pyramids. In fact, many scholars believe the oldest and largest Pyramids are located in the Asian country. Read more
The Amazonian rainforest was transformed over two thousand years ago by ancient people who built hundreds of large, mysterious earthworks.
The ditched enclosures, in Acre state in the western Brazilian Amazon, were concealed for centuries by trees. Modern deforestation has allowed the discovery of more than 450 of these large geometrical geoglyphs.
The function of these mysterious sites is still little understood — they are unlikely to be villages, since archaeologists recover very few artefacts during excavation. The layout doesn’t suggest they were built for defensive reasons. It is thought they were used only sporadically, perhaps as ritual gathering places. Read more