Top archaeological finds of 2015(15 images)

While humans may be rapidly evolving to advance the future, archaeologists are still working to uncover the past to better understand the present day. From shipwrecks to century-old beer to lost cities, this gallery contains just a few of the handful of recent archaeological discoveries from this year.

Thomas Jefferson-era chemistry lab
A chemistry room from the 1840s was found during the renovation of the University of Virginia's famed Rotunda building. The small room features work benches, stone work surfaces, a chemical hearth and two fireboxes fed by air ducts and used to burn coal and wood for heat-induced chemical reactions. Once the renovation is finished, the hearth will be part of a permanent display. Photo by UVA
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