Massive dinosaur fossil unearthed by Alberta pipeline crew

CBC News
Oct. 3, 2013

A 30-metre-long fossilized dinosaur was found by a pipeline crew working southwest of Spirit River, Alta., on Tuesday. (Supplied)

A massive dinosaur fossil has been found by a pipeline crew near Spirit River, Alta.

The 30-metre-long fossilized skeleton was found Tuesday when a backhoe operator working on the Tourmaline Oil Corp. pipeline installation moved some earth, inadvertently breaking off a piece of the fossil.

Thinking he had simply chipped off a section of rock, the backhoe operator laid the piece to the side and turned to resume excavation work.

That’s when he saw the exposed fossil in the embankment in front of him.

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A piece of Jesus’ cross? Relics unearthed in Turkey

Image: Koroglu with stone

Image: Koroglu with stone EBU via NBC News

Alan Boyle,  NBC News

Turkish archaeologists say they have found a stone chest in a 1,350-year-old church that appears to contain a relic venerated as a piece of Jesus’ cross.

The artifacts were unearthed during a dig at Balatlar Church in Turkey’s Sinop Province, and displayed this week by excavation team leader Gülgün Köroğlu. “We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross,” the Hurriyet Daily News quoted her as saying.

Köroğlu, an art historian and archaeologist at Turkey’s Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, said the team suspects that the chest served as a symbolic coffin for the relics of a holy person — and that the fragments within it were associated with Jesus’ crucifixion.

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King David’s suburban palace unearthed

Remains possibly part of biblical town of Sha’arayim, date to 10th century B.C.


(Israel Today) Archaeologists from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Thursday revealed the results of a year-long dig outside the capital – the discovery of King David’s suburban palace.

Experts said the large structures found at a dig near the town of Beit Shemesh are clearly a royal facility, and appear to have been constructed for residence.

The remains are part of what is believed to be the biblical town of Sha’arayim, and date to the tenth century B.C., the time that David was ruling in nearby Jerusalem.

In later centuries, the site was used by Bedouin tribes who even referred to the location as Khirbat Daoud, or David’s Ruins.

Archaeologists are hailing the find as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the country, and one that will help them to finally better understand life in Israel during the time of David and Solomon.