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The year 2010 in archaeology





  • April 9: In England, metal detectorist Dave Crisp discovers the Frome Hoard, 52,503 Roman coins dating to the period 253 to 305, one of the largest hoards ever found in Britain.[12]
  • May: A fragment of a clay tablet is discovered in the Ophel section of the City of David in Jerusalem, Israel. The fragment, with a surface of 2 by 2.8 centimetres (0.79 by 1.10 in), is the oldest piece of writing from Jerusalem yet discovered, dating back to the 14th century BC. The high quality of the Akkadian writing indicates that it was engraved by a royal scribe and speaks to the importance of Jerusalem as a political center in that era.[13]
  • May: In Cumbria, England, a metal detectorist discovers an almost complete Roman cavalry helmet.[14]
  • June: Skeletons featuring marks that could have resulted from a violent death are uncovered during an ongoing investigation in Driffield Terrace near the centre of York in England. Archaeologists believe the cemetery to be that of gladiators. Bite marks on one skeleton suggest that the gladiator was bitten by a large carnivore which would be consistent with gladiatorial battles in Ancient Rome.[15]
  • June: The world's oldest leather shoe was found in a cave in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia. The 5,500-year-old shoe dates back to approximately 3,500 BC and is in great condition, due in large part to being buried under a pile of sheep dung.[15]
  • June: Vatican officials announced that the earliest-known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul were discovered in the catacombs of an eight-story office building in Rome. The images date to the second half of the 4th century and are believed to decorate the tomb of a Roman noblewoman. The tomb also houses the oldest known images of the Apostles John and Andrew.[16]
  • July: Egyptian archaeologists unveiled a recently discovered double-tomb in Saqqara. The tomb is the resting place of a father and son who served as heads of the royal scribes. The tomb dates to the 6th dynasty making it 4,300 years old. Archaeologists hail this find as one of the most colorful Old Kingdom tombs ever discovered. Archaeologists also believe that when excavated, this area just west of the Step Pyramid of King Djoser, could be one of the largest cemeteries in ancient Egypt.[17]
  • July: The first Philistine temple is unearthed at Tell es-Safi, Israel, the historic site of the city of Gath. The find provides archeological context for the Biblical narrative of Samson (Book of Judges chapters 13 to 16), who destroys a Philistine temple by pulling the two main pillars together.[18]
  • July: A second and larger Viking Age ship, containing the remains of more than 20 dead men, is found in Salme village, Saaremaa, Estonia. Several weapons, everyday items, gaming pieces and animal remains are also found.[19]
  • July: Parks Canada finds wreck of HMS Investigator (1848) on Banks Island in the Beaufort Sea.[20]
  • July 22: Archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar announce discovery of an apparent new henge at Stonehenge in England.[21][22][23]
  • August: Stone point arrowheads are recovered from Sibudu Cave, South Africa, which date back 64,000 years. The arrowheads have traces of blood and a plant resin glue. This is the oldest known use of arrows.[24]
  • August: The Theban Desert Road Survey, a program led by Yale University, announces the discovery of an ancient Egyptian settlement along an ancient caravan route in the Western Desert. The settlement was a major administrative and economical center, estimated to have been in use from 1650 BC to 1550 BC.[25]
  • September: An 8th-century BC Moabite temple is discovered near the city of Madaba, Jordan. The temple contained around three hundred religious artifacts, including a figurine of the animal god Hadad. The artifacts will be displayed in the Jordan Archaeological Museum.[26]





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