March132011
During a survey of a flooded cave system, the Aktun-Hu system in Quintana Roo, Mexico, divers explored the Hoyo Negro. This deep pit contained skeletal remains of a mastodon and a human skull. This skull may be one of the earliest humans ever discovered in the Americas.
“During the Late Pleistocene, these caves were dry. The first people to   occupy what is now the Caribbean coast of Mexico wandered into these  caves,  where some ultimately met their demise. As the last glacial  maximum came to end, the melting of the polar ice caps  and continental  ice sheets raised sea levels worldwide. The caves of the Yucatan   Peninsula filled with water and the First Americans were hidden for  millennia —  only to be discovered by underwater cave explorers. It is  within these dark reaches that cave explorers are discovering and   documenting the oldest human skeletons yet found in the Western  Hemisphere,”  archaeologist Dominique Rissolo said.

During a survey of a flooded cave system, the Aktun-Hu system in Quintana Roo, Mexico, divers explored the Hoyo Negro. This deep pit contained skeletal remains of a mastodon and a human skull. This skull may be one of the earliest humans ever discovered in the Americas.

“During the Late Pleistocene, these caves were dry. The first people to occupy what is now the Caribbean coast of Mexico wandered into these caves, where some ultimately met their demise. As the last glacial maximum came to end, the melting of the polar ice caps and continental ice sheets raised sea levels worldwide. The caves of the Yucatan Peninsula filled with water and the First Americans were hidden for millennia — only to be discovered by underwater cave explorers. It is within these dark reaches that cave explorers are discovering and documenting the oldest human skeletons yet found in the Western Hemisphere,” archaeologist Dominique Rissolo said.

February192011
In the waters of Hawaii’s northwestern islands, near the Papahanaumokuakea marine reserve, a maritime archaeologist checks out a ceramic jar once used to store foodstuffs in the galley of a whaler. All evidence suggests this wreck is an 1823 whaling ship from Nantucket called Two Brothers, and strangely enough, tied to some of the same crew as the Essex, another whaler known for inspiring Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The jar pictured is called a “ginger jar” due to it’s shape rather than contents. Other artifacts found at the underwater site include a harpoon tip, which likely bears the name of the ship engraved on it, as was the tradition of nineteenth-century whaling. The concretions however hide this vital piece of evidence, making conservation of great importance both in preserving and contextualizing the metal fragment.
(click image for the full article from National Geographic)
Click here for some PDF reports from the NOAA and here for a video of the lead archaeologist discussing the find.

In the waters of Hawaii’s northwestern islands, near the Papahanaumokuakea marine reserve, a maritime archaeologist checks out a ceramic jar once used to store foodstuffs in the galley of a whaler. All evidence suggests this wreck is an 1823 whaling ship from Nantucket called Two Brothers, and strangely enough, tied to some of the same crew as the Essex, another whaler known for inspiring Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The jar pictured is called a “ginger jar” due to it’s shape rather than contents. Other artifacts found at the underwater site include a harpoon tip, which likely bears the name of the ship engraved on it, as was the tradition of nineteenth-century whaling. The concretions however hide this vital piece of evidence, making conservation of great importance both in preserving and contextualizing the metal fragment.

(click image for the full article from National Geographic)

Click here for some PDF reports from the NOAA and here for a video of the lead archaeologist discussing the find.

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