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Huge underwater pyramid discovered near Portugal

Researchers claim it is an ancient pyramid – an underwater anomaly near the coast of Portugal.

An exciting discovery was revealed by Portuguese News channels. The islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores are supposed to have an enormous underwater pyramid.

Diocleciano Silva first found the “pyramid.” The pyramid, he believes, is a completely square structure, designed to match the directions of the primary compass.

GPS technology produced the measurements. The structure is estimated to be 60 meters high with an 8,000 square meter foundation.

This data was also analyzed by the Portuguese Navy Hydrographic Institute, they wanted to determine if the structure is man-made, or just a natural occurrence.

There are many speculations and theories about the pyramid. Some researchers go to the extremes and claim that this is a remnant of Atlantis, some even say that it was made by aliens.

Scientists say that, based on the newest scans, the structure looks like an underwater volcanic hill.

The pyramid is located in an area of the mid-Atlantic that has been submerged for the last 20,000 years. This is approximately the time of the last ice age.

Supporters of the idea that this is a man-made object are saying that the civilization that existed here before the ice age is responsible for constructing it.

It is interesting that this discovery comes recently after archeologists from the Portuguese Association of Archaeological Research, discovered some evidence of human existence in the Azores thousands of years before the coming of the Portuguese people.

This fact convinced some researchers to further support the idea that a different, older, civilization made the pyramid.

The island of Pico, where evidence for an older civilization than the Portuguese is found. In the background, you can see Mount Pico, the highest mountain in Portugal.

But, however things may look, there is still no definite explanation about the origin of the structure.

Experts from the Portuguese Navy said that Diocleciano used sonar equipment with a very low resolution that made this ordinary volcanic hill look like a perfectly square pyramid.

From a geological perspective, the Azores are located above an active triple junction between three of the world’s large tectonic plates (the North American Plate, the Eurasian Plate, and the African Plate) a condition that has caused the existence of many faults and fractures in this region of the Atlantic.

The islands of the archipelago were formed through a volcanic and seismic activity during the Neogene Period.

When you look at the highly active volcanic and seismic history of the region, it is highly possible that the pyramid was created by these natural forces.

However, there is always space for wilder theories. There is always a small chance that an advanced and intelligent civilization found some high energy potential at this spot of the world and decided to build the pyramid in order to harness that energy.

Energy channeling has always been connected with pyramids and this one is no exception. Furthermore, some ancient pyramid researchers believe that there are two more pyramids located in the vicinity of this one. They suggest that when you look at them, there is a pattern similar to the pyramids in Egypt.

Skeleton of man who had his throat slit by Anglo Saxon executioners 1,000 years ago is uncovered during excavations for a new wind farm

Skeleton of man who had his throat slit by Anglo Saxon executioners 1,000 years ago is uncovered during excavations for a new wind farm.

During the excavation job for a wind farm, remains of a Man believed to be the victim of an execution that killed 1,000 years ago were discovered.

During a dig in preparing for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, archeologists discovered the adult guy, aged between 25 and 35, with deadly cut marks on his throat.

The skeleton was recovered intact with the exception of a few small bones missing from the hands and feet.

He was laid facing upwards with his arms at his side in an East-West alignment, with no sign of a coffin.

A vertebrae from the skeleton 

The remains were found during surveying work for the route for onshore cabling on the South Downs at Truleigh Hill, north of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Jim Stevenson, project manager for Archaeology South East, said:

“Specialist osteological assessment and radiocarbon dating have revealed that the skeleton is most likely to be an execution burial of the later Anglo Saxon period of around 1010 to 1025 AD.

“Most significantly, two cut marks made by a sharp blade or knife were found at the mid-length of the neck, which would have proved fatal for the individual.”

The skeleton was found during work for a wind farm 

The isolated burial was found along the ancient route of the South Downs Way in an area of known prehistoric graves recorded in the West Sussex Historic Environment Record.

It is believed some were once identifiable as visible surface burial mounds, were excavated in the 18th and 19th centuries and sometimes coincide with isolated burials.

The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, 13km off the Sussex coast, is due to be fully operational later this year.

Once complete, it will provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to about half the homes in Sussex.

London archaeology dig: Skeletons reveal noxious environs in early industrial Britain

Skeletons found in London archaeology dig reveal noxious environs

News reports and social media anxiety may make us feel that life is tough in Britain today but the extraordinary findings of a new archaeological excavation have provided a salutary reminder that, a couple of centuries ago, it was so much worse.

Archeologists working on a burial site at the New Covent Garden market in south-west London in the early 19th century, where about 100 bodies were found, said they contained evidence of arduous working conditions, a harmful environment, endemic diseases, physical deformities, malnutrition, and deadly violence.

Between the 1830s and 1850s, the burials offer an extraordinary glimpse of life in early industrial London. They show the hardness of life that Charles Dickens so acutely described in his classic novels for the industrial poor.

One of the skeletons’ hands showed signs of bare-knuckle fighting.
One of the skeletons’ hands showed signs of bare-knuckle fighting. 

The skeletal remains of those who might have been Dickens’ subjects, who could be deemed among the first “modern” Londoners, have been uncovered by Wessex Archaeology during the excavation of part of a cemetery originally situated on the site of New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms.

The skull of a female who died as a result of a stab wound to the head. Photograph: Wessex Archaeology
The skull of a female who died as a result of a stab wound to the head. Photograph: Wessex Archaeology

The cemetery was attached to the church of St George the Martyr.

The site had been partially cleared in the 1960s, just before the new market was built, having relocated from its original setting in central London.

Kirsten Egging Dinwiddy, senior osteoarchaeologist at Wessex Archaeology, told the Guardian these were people who had led “a life of drudgery and just-about surviving”. This part of the capital saw a particularly dramatic change from rural market gardens to a heavily industrialized and urbanized environment over just a few years, she said.

“All of a sudden, the world changes and there [are] hideous factories and noxious gases … Gasworks, big railway depots, a lot of construction work.”She added: “The surrounding assortment of noxious, dangerous and labor-intensive industries would have made for very poor working and living conditions, although great numbers of people continued to flock to the area to take advantage of work opportunities.

Most of those trying to survive in and around the area would have been classed as poor or very poor.”The burials reveal high levels of chronic infections, including endemic syphilis.

Three burials in particular offer fascinating insights. One of them reveals a woman who had suffered lifelong congenital syphilis and had led a strenuous working life that involved heavy use of her upper arms and shoulders.

She had a broken nose and a wound to her skull, suggesting she had been murdered. Archaeologists believe that she was attacked, probably from behind, stabbed in the right ear with a thin blade, like a stiletto dagger.

In another burial, a man who was once nearly six feet tall was found. He would have had a distinctive look. A flattened nose and a depression on his left brow suggest “several violent altercations”, the archaeologists say. Bare-knuckle fighting was a popular pastime – he died before the adoption of Queensberry Rules that required boxing gloves – and his knuckles show signs of such fights.

Egging Dinwiddy said that “he would have had a less-than-winning smile” as both front teeth had been lost, probably due to an enormous cyst on the roof of his mouth. He also suffered from syphilis.

About 40% of the burials were of children under the age of 12, reflecting high infant mortality rates of the time. One of the burials has added poignancy because it has a coffin plate revealing the name of Jane Clara Jay, who died on 18 March 1847, just before her second birthday.

She was the daughter of Sarah Jay and her labourer husband, George James Jay, of Nine Elms. Archaeologists found signs of underlying malnutrition, but the exact cause of her death is unclear.

New Covent Garden market is the UK’s largest fresh-produce market. Its 175 businesses employ more than 2,500 people. In partnership with Vinci St Modwen, it is undergoing major redevelopment with new buildings and facilities.

Archaeologists were taken aback by the sheer number of burials beneath what was a car park. They thought that the site of the original cemetery had been completely cleared in the 1960s. Finds from the New Covent Garden project will be shown as part of Digging for Britain on BBC.