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The advances in technology, especially when it comes to hunting or processing animal carcasses for food has come a long way since the beginning of mankind’s evolution. Archaeologists were able to uncover ancient weapons that date back to 300,000 years ago.
Express reports that archaeologists found what seemed like a collection of the earliest weapons that were used to hunt animals in a coal mine in northern Germany. They found nine ancient spears, as well as the remains of horses and elephants that date all the way back to 300,000 years ago. According to the researchers, based on the estimated date of the spears, these were likely used by the neanderthals.
If that was the case, then this find would touch on the theory that the earliest humans were scavengers. It also means that man’s hunting abilities came in earlier than previously believed. “The former Schöningen open-cast mine is a first-rate archive of climactic change. This must be made even clearer in the future. This is a place where we can trace how humankind went from being a companion of nature to a designer of culture,” said Björn Thümler, the Minister of Science of Lower Saxony.
Jordi Serangeli, who led the excavation revealed that the hunters during the Stone Age likey cut the meat, tendons, and fats of the animals they hunted out from the bones. Serangeli added that there is a chance dangerous elephant hunting may have occurred at the time, which would be confirmed by archaeozoologist Ivo Verheijen after analyzing the remains that were found.
Onto more discoveries, back in 2016, a teenager claimed to have discovered a lost Mayan city through the use of Google Maps. 15-year-old William Gadoury from Quebec made the discovery using star charts as well as satellite images, finding one of the biggest Mayan settlements that had ever existed.
According to Gadoury, the location of Mayan cities may have corresponded with stars in Mayan constellations. Analyzing 22 Mayan star maps and overlaying each one on satellite photos of the Yucatan peninsula, it showed that 117 Mayan cities matched the positions, the brightest stars corresponding to major areas. A 23rd constellation, three stars of which correlated to two of the ancient cities, led him to believe that the third star which would be on the Mexico-Belize border, could be a lost city, now referred to as K’aak Chi, meaning Fire Mouth.