Buried City Shakes Up Archeological Thinking
Ancient Dagger Found

Posted by Chris Parker
Aug 13 2006

 

 


Tribune Staff Writer
May 23, 2000 By Nick Thorpe
BBC News

An ancient city in Syria discovered by scientists from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute shows evidence that the age of cities and civilization dawned even earlier than previously believed.

Digging into a huge mound known as Tell Hamoukar, past villages and towns that disappeared thousands of years ago, a joint Chicago/Syrian team was astonished to discover something even older underneath: a protective city wall and other evidence of a complex government dating back at least 6,000 years.

Story 2: Ancient Dagger Found in Bulgaria

The dagger, made of an alloy of gold and platinum, was found near the village of Dubovo. Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of Bulgaria’s National Museum, told Reuters news agency the discovery was “sensational”.

It is the latest in a string of finds in the area in recent years which has excited archaeologists and has provided more details of the skills of the still mysterious Thracian civilisation.

According to officials at the museum, the dagger is 16cm (6in) long and is sharp enough to shave with.

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