Ancient Findings By Reuters

9 Dec

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People look at artifacts displayed at the Museum of Machu Picchu in Cuzco December 2, 2010. Peru will celebrate on July 2011, the first centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu with a huge exhibition after an agreement with Yale University to return thousands of artifacts taken from the archaeological site in the early 1900s, the Ministry of Culture said. 


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An ancient crocodile skull fossil is displayed at the Northeastern Research Institute of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources in Nakhon Ratchasima, 260 kilometres (161 miles) northeast of Bangkok November 29, 2010. Thai scientists said they have discovered an ancient species of crocodile estimated to be about 100 million years old. The crocodile fossil, a 191 millimetre (7.5 inches) skull, was found in the Khok Kruat Formation in northeast Thailand. 


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A security guard points to a hieroglyphic painting as tourists walk inside the Luxor Temple in Luxor city, around 650 km (404 miles) south of Cairo, December 4, 2010.

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A polychrome pottery vessel is displayed among 300 archaeological pieces at the National Museum of Anthropology “David J. Guzman”, in San Salvador November 18, 2010. A company anonymously donated the 294 pieces and 52 bags of pottery fragments, corresponding to the pre-classic period (1500 BC to 350 AD), the classic period (350 to 950 after AD) and post-classic period, according to officials at working for Cultural Heritage of El Salvador .


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Skeletons of troops found in 1996 are seen in a mass grave close to a battlefield site in this undated photograph, in Towton, Yorkshire. Archaeologists believe they have found evidence of the first use of firearms on a British battlefield after fragments of shattered guns were unearthed on a site that saw one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on English soil. The bronze barrel fragments and a very early lead shot were discovered by a metal detectorist working closely with a team that has been trying to unlock the secrets of the 1461 battle of Towton, in Yorkshire, northern England. 


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Artifacts are displayed at the Museum of Machu Picchu in Cuzco December 2, 2010. Peru will celebrate on July 2011, the first centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu with a huge exhibition after an agreement with Yale University to return thousands of artifacts taken from the archaeological site in the early 1900s, the Ministry of Culture said. 

   Spearheads are displayed among 300 archaeological pieces at the National Museum of Anthropology “David J. Guzman”, in San Salvador November 18, 2010. A company anonymously donated the 294 pieces and 52 bags of pottery fragments, corresponding to the pre-classic period (1500 BC to 350 AD), the classic period (350 to 950 after AD) and post-classic period, according to officials at working for Cultural Heritage of El Salvador . 

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A view shows the “Aden Tanks” in the city of Aden in southern Yemen November 30, 2010. The tanks are ancient architectures used to collect water and prevent floods.
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A statue is seen in front of a long section of a rustic retaining wall in the garden of the House of the Moralist, which collapsed after heavy rains in Pompeii November 30, 2010. Another part of the 2,000 -year-old archaeological site at Pompeii collapsed just weeks after a similar incident, sparking more criticism of the government by critics who say two collapses this month underscore the need for urgent action to preserve the site. 

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“An autograph” attributed to Italian High Renaissance Painter and Inventor Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), is presented to the media in Nantes December 6, 2010. The manuscript, written in 15th century Italian with words running from right to left, requires the use of a mirror to read. The manuscript was discovered after a journalist learned of the presence of the text in Nantes from a biography of the Italian painter. 

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