Every year, archeologists and scientists find new relics that provide us with a glimpse into the past and help us better understand mankind’s history. Whether the discovery is made by a complete amateur or is the result of years of diligent research, it gives us answers to numerous questions and theories. It tells us more about our ancestors and their way of life.
Here are three important and fascinating archeological discoveries made in 2021.
1. Unknown Dead Sea Scrolls
In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd found the Dead Sea Scrolls in a cave in Israel. They are among the most significant archeological findings of the 20th century because they are the earliest known Hebrew biblical texts. In 2021, after more than six decades, researchers found new fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls at a site known as the Cave of Horrors.
The site was first explored during the 1950s and got its macabre name because of the discovery of countless skeletons. The cave was the final resting place of numerous Jewish men, women, and children who were murdered by the Romans during the Bar Kokhba Rebellion. Now the new fragments can help archeologists learn more about the early days of Christianity.
2. A New Discovery About Stonehenge
Stonehenge, an ancient circle of stone monoliths, is one of mankind’s most enduring mysteries. But every year, scientists are learning more and more about the ancient structure, and 2021 was no exception. This year, archeologists found a former stone circle in Wales, which closely matches the dimensions of Stonehenge’s inner ring.
This gives credit to the theory that one of Britain’s most famous landmarks was moved to Salisbury Plain after being built at another site. Furthermore, the stone circle found in Wales predates Stonehenge by four centuries, which seems unbelievable because it matches perfectly the legend about Merlin stealing the monument and bringing it to England.
3. Civilization and Art Outside Europe
In 2021, archeologists made important findings in Africa, Asia, and North America that may shift the Eurocentric preconceptions about civilizations and prehistory. Researchers found evidence that Wonderwerk Cave was inhabited by humans more than two million years ago, which makes it the world’s oldest home.
On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists stumbled upon the world’s oldest figurative art, a cave painting depicting three wild pigs. Their discovery is believed to be 45,500 years old. Perhaps the most interesting relic was found in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park, a human footprint dating back more than 21,000 years ago, which challenges the theory about the human arrival in the Americas.
These findings only raise the question of what will be the most astounding discovery of 2022 and what new things we will learn about our past.
Sir Patrick Stewart Is Now Reading Shakespeare Live on Twitter
With more and more people staying inside, it should come as no surprise to learn that people are coming up with more inventive ways to stay entertained. The world has been rearranged, and we’ve come to accept a ‘new normal,’ but it seems as though famous celebrities are now playing their part in this rearrangement. In fact, Star Trek and Shakespeare legend Sir Patrick Stewart is now reading The Bard live on Twitter.
A Famous Face
Sir Patrick Stewart is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, and while the Trekkies out there will forever consider this man to be Captain Piccard, there are others who have been entranced by his work within the Royal Shakespeare Company. As a member for almost two decades, Stewart has lived and breathed sonnets and plays for much of his life. It seems as though he now wants to give back some of what he’s learned.
The First Sonnet
March 22nd, 2020 — Patrick decided to share a video of him reciting Shakespeare’s famous sonnet 116. Fans were immediately struck by the talent and the voice of the man they had seen on their screen for so many years, and they inundated his social media profile with compliments. According to the actor, the response took him by surprise. To follow-up on this initial tweet, Stewart provided his fans with a little story.
A Sonnet a Day
In a heartfelt tweet, Patrick noted that when he was a child back in the ’40s, his mother used to tell him that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” So, the actor wanted to change this up slightly and adapt that phrase to, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away.” He has since been sharing them every single day since, and he’s even had some visitors along the way — including his cat, Glenn!
It’s time to follow Sir Patrick Stewart on Twitter.