Today, Archaeology Magazine has rolled out its “Top 10 Discoveries of 2012.” The list includes (in no particular order):
Maya Sun God Mask
Neanderthal Medicine Chest
First Use of Poison
Aztec Ritual Burial
Caesar’s Gallic Outpost
Europe’s Oldest Engraving
The First Pots
Scottish “Frankenstein” Mummy
2,000 Year Old Stashed Treasure
Oldest Egyptian Funerary Boat
My vote for the most interesting discovery among these goes to “Neanderthal Medicine Chest”. That these hominids sought out and partook of bitter-tasting medicinal plants is very strong evidence that Homo Sapiens does not have a patent on intelligent, self-aware behavior. If intelligence can arise in different species on Terra there’s no reason it can’t on other planets as well.
Thanks, Jennifer, for sharing these highlights with us laymen.
Really it’s all Archaeology Magazine! You know, that’s a great gift for someone (children for a father, or a grandfather perhaps)?
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