Apr. 5th, 2016

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Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos
Scattered across the foothills of central Laos, thousands of large stone jars hewn from bare rock have perplexed archaeologists for decades.

Now excavations on the mysterious Plain of Jars may finally have provided an answer to what these strange vessels, which measure between three and ten feet tall, were used for.

Archaeologists have discovered 2,500-year-old human remains buried at sites close to the clusters of stone jars.


possible second Viking site found in North America
Archaeologists worked hard to unearth what might well be only the second Viking site ever discovered in North America – but they had a little help from a higher power.

To be precise, 386 miles higher, in the form of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite.

It was the satellite’s near-infrared imagery that set Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her colleagues on a quest to excavate the site on the southwestern coast of Newfoundland, known as Point Rosee.

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