This Week In History News, Nov. 12 – 18

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Buddha’s remains possibly unearthed, rare “living fossil” shark caught by fishermen, Earth’s oldest winemaking site found.

The Actual Buddha’s Remains May Have Just Been Found

Buddhist Relics

Chinese Cultural RelicsCremated human remains were found inside this ceramic box.

Archeologists have discovered a chest in central China which claims to contain the remains of the Buddha, who is said to have died 2,500 years ago.

Live Science reported that villagers from the Gongchi Village in Jingchuan County, China found a box with an inscription that claims that it contains the collected remains of Siddhārtha Gautama, the man known as the Buddha and the founder of Buddhism, while repairing roads in the area.

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Rare Prehistoric “Living Fossil” Caught By Fishermen

Frilled Shark

Sic Noticias News The frilled shark caught by the research team.

Researchers aboard a Portuguese trawler off the Algarve coast have caught a rare frilled shark, which scientists have dubbed a “living fossil.”

According to SIC Notícias, the researchers were working on a European Union project to “minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing,” when the five-foot-long snake-like fish found its way into their nets.

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Researchers Uncover Earth’s Oldest Known Winemaking Site

Georgia Wine Site

Stephen Batiuk/National Geographic

Turns out that humans have been making wine for a whopping 8,000 years. According to new research published in PNAS, archaeologists in the present-day nation of Georgia were cultivating grapes and using them to make wine sometime around 6,000 B.C.

Analysis of pottery and pollen at the dig site shows that the people who lived there were indeed the first winemakers yet discovered. Now, the researchers hope to learn more about those winemakers’ techniques — and put them into practice — by planting a new vineyard at the site.

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