Thursday, August 09, 2007

Not archaeology, but cool Ancient forest discovered in Hungary
Archaeologists have found an eight-million-year old forest of cypresses, well preserved and not fossilised, in Bukkabrany in north-eastern Hungary.

"The discovery is exceptional as the trees kept their wooden structure, they neither turned into coal nor were petrified," Tamas Pusztai, the deputy director and head of the archaeological department at the local Otto Herman museum who oversaw the excavation, told AFP.

Archaeologists announced the find last week after uncovering the mysterious forest of taxodiums, a kind of swamp cypress, after a few days of digging.

No pictures, unfortunately. Apparently, they disintegrate very quickly, too.

Update: Mostly the same article here but they have a video of something else embedded in the page.