1,400-year-old ‘ghost’ ship sails England’s east coast again

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Investigating the remains of an Anglo-Saxon burial mound, she was digging with others at the site of Sutton Hoo in the county of Suffolk in eastern England on the eve of World War II. Inside the mound, researchers unearthed ancient treasures, all with incredibly intricate designs that defied previous expectations of early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

As scientists brushed the earth, fragments emerged which were then reassembled to reveal elaborately detailed weapons and masks.

The discovery shed light on the artistry, sophistication and culture of the seventh-century people who created these artifacts, forever reshaping the way we view our medieval ancestors.

Now another intrepid team wants to piece together the one item that has never been restored.

Dig it

The ‘ghost’ ship that served as the burial vessel of an Anglo-Saxon warrior king in the 7th century has fascinated visitors to Sutton Hoo for decades since it was found inside this ceremonial mound.

Only neat rows of rivets and indentations in the dirt mark where the 90-foot-long (27.4-meter-long) boat once rested in the sandy ground.

Now the charity Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company brings the ship back to life and rebuilds a full-scale ship that will cross English rivers again.

The ship’s keel has already been laid, using authentic Anglo-Saxon tools and techniques, and its decorated sides are set to grace the water in spring 2024. A team of 40 rowers will steer the ship through the waterways that their ancestors borrowed 1,400 years ago. .

defy gravity

The fourth time was the charm of the Artemis I mega lunar rocket. The 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) stack passed its final final-stage test attempt, which NASA calls the wetsuit rehearsal, on Monday.

Some problems arose during the crucial pre-launch test – including a hydrogen leak that nearly shut it down – but the Artemis team persevered and fully fueled the rocket for the first time.

The rocket will return inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida next week, and engineers will repair the leak and prepare for launch.

The next time the rocket hits the launch pad in August, it is expected to finally venture into space.

fantastic creatures

Adult Caribbean flamingos guard their chicks in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.

Conservation photographer Claudio Contreras Koob has been fascinated by flamingos since he was 4 years old, watching colonies congregate in the lagoons behind his home on the Yucatán Peninsula.

His new book, “Flamingo”, brings together the stunning photos he has captured over several years.

To prevent the birds from panicking and abandoning their colony, he developed a slow approach, including sitting in his boat from dawn until dusk. This strategy allowed him to create intimate portraits.

Flamingos live in extreme environments that would irritate most animals. The wetlands that serve as their nesting and breeding sites are protected in Mexico, but that hasn’t stopped pollution and the impact of the climate crisis from seeping in.

We are a family

When stone tools were found in a river bed in southeast England in the 1920s, they were moved to the British Museum in London.

Now, using modern techniques, researchers have dated the objects and found they were used in one of the earliest known Stone Age communities in northern Europe.

The 330 stone tools belonged to a Neanderthal ancestor called Homo heidelbergensis. These early humans lived between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago in southern Britain.

At the time, Britain was part of the European continent, so hunter-gatherers had room to roam. So far, little evidence of when this rare community flourished has been uncovered.

A long time ago

Cuneiform tablets were discovered in ceramic containers at the site in northern Iraq.

Extreme drought has revealed a 3,400-year-old city in northern Iraq.

When the water level in the Mosul Reservoir dropped, Kurdish and German archaeologists began excavating the site in January and February, facing snow and hail as they didn’t know how much time they had.

Scholars believe it to be the Bronze Age city of Zakhiku, a sprawling center of the Mittani Empire that ruled between 1550 BC and 1350 BC.

Archaeologists have discovered ceramic structures and vessels containing more than 100 clay cuneiform tablets. The tablets could reveal the fate of the city, which was struck by a devastating earthquake around 1350 BC.

Take note

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