I really enjoyed this article and thought that all of the discoveries were incredibly interesting. I personally thought that liquid mercury found at the Teotihuacan site in Mexico was the coolest. The cultural material that was found at this site was Mercury in its liquid form. The archeologists found liquid mercury under a pyramid in Teotihuacan that dates to the 3rd century A.D.
Mercury is known to be very persistent in nature, meaning it actually lasts for a really long time in nature which is why its so toxic. I, however, did not realize exactly how long it could stay. It was also really cool that they found the mercury in its liquid form because seeing this, they were able to interpret what it was used for. The archeologist interpreted the liquid mercury to be a part of a representation or a map. The map was of the geography of the underworld, where the silver mercury was used to depict bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. The article also mentioned that the mercury was able to stay in its liquid form mainly because of the environmental factors that the underground chambers provided. Plant seeds and other degradable objects had also been preserved because of the humidity and low oxygen.
I picked this as my favorite discovery because it is a really cool way to see how certain objects are used differently over time. Liquid mercury today would never be used freely for recreational use because of its toxicity, let alone be used in maps.
In looking at the top ten discoveries, what stirred my interest was how much of a range there was in the different artifacts found. The discoveries included human skulls and tombs, to chemicals, to food, to clothes and even to animals! I know that archeology covers a lot of topics, but to actually see the diverse and incredibly wide range of artifacts and discoveries is really cool.
When looking at these discoveries, I am always surprised by how much there still is left to find. For example, Jamestown, Virginia is one of the most well known archeological sites and has been studied for decades and yet people are still discovering new things, such as the silver box in a grave on the site filled with human bone fragments! Even in places such as Germany and Denmark, which are heavily populated and have been documented for centuries, there are still more discoveries to be made, such as pretzels and bridal wear. It just shows that although we have discovered a lot of history and culture, there is still so much left to find.