Two big pieces of news this week. First, researchers think they have discovered the disease that killed massive numbers of Aztecs – some estimate 80% of the population – in 1545. And second, a man-made pyramidal structure on one of the Greek islands has also been found to include other remarkable finds, including the beginnings of urban enterprise nearly 4,000 years ago.
Beyond that, here’s this week’s roundup. Enjoy!
From the CBC:
The 2016 discovery of a beautifully preserved antler arrow and bronze arrowhead found in the Yukon has been announced.
Further reporting on the disease – called “cocolitzli” in primary sources – that killed so many Aztecs in the 16th century.
Further reporting also on the pyramidal site at Dhaskalio in Greece.
Evidence of beer brewing has been identified in Greece dating to the Bronze Age. I’m not sure if this pushes the date back for brewing beer in Greece, so if anyone has any follow up to this, let me know.
From the Smithsonian:
Excavations – led by former Minister of Antiquities in Egypt, Zahi Hawass – have begun on what could possibly be the tomb of Ankhesenamun, the sister-queen of King Tut.