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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #428
Saturday, September 29, 2012

Denisovans, of Love, Say What

 DNA Unveils Enigmatic Denisovans

· 09/29/2012 1:04:30 PM PDT ·
· Posted by blam ·
· 16 replies ·
· Science News ·

Vol.182 #6 (p. 5) A replica of a partial Denisovan finger bone, placed on its corresponding position on a person's hand, emphasizes the small size of this ancient find. Scientists have retrieved a comprehensive set of genetic instructions from the actual Denisovan finger fossil. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Genetic data of unprecedented completeness have been pulled from the fossil remains of a young Stone Age woman. The DNA helps illuminate the relationships among her group --- ancient Siberians...

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 Studies slow the human DNA clock

· 09/22/2012 10:25:11 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 125 replies ·
· Nature ·
· Tuesday, September 18, 2012 ·
· Ewen Callaway ·

Geneticists have previously estimated mutation rates by comparing the human genome with the sequences of other primates. On the basis of species-divergence dates gleaned ---- ironically ---- from fossil evidence, they concluded that in human DNA, each letter mutates once every billion years. "It's a suspiciously round number," says Linda Vigilant, a molecular anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The suspicion turned out to be justified. In the past few years, geneticists have been able to watch the molecular clock in action, by sequencing whole genomes from dozens of families5 and comparing mutations in...

Ancient Autopsies

 Ancient tooth may provide evidence of early human dentistry [ 4,500 BC ]

· 09/22/2012 10:12:28 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 7 replies ·
· Public Library of Science via Eurekalert ·
· Wednesday, September 19, 2012 ·
· Jyoti Madhusoodanan ·

Researchers may have uncovered new evidence of ancient dentistry in the form of a 6,500-year-old human jaw bone with a tooth showing traces of beeswax filling, as reported Sep. 19 in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The researchers, led by Federico Bernardini and Claudio Tuniz of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy in cooperation with Sincrotrone Trieste and other institutions, write that the beeswax was applied around the time of the individual's death, but cannot confirm whether it was shortly before or after. If it was before death, however, they write that it was likely...

Rocks Around the Clock

 Humans were already recycling 13,000 years ago

· 09/22/2012 10:41:53 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 35 replies ·
· Eurekalert ·
· Thursday, September 20, 2012 ·
· FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology ·

A study at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) reveals that humans from the Upper Palaeolithic Age recycled their stone artefacts to be put to other uses. The study is based on burnt artefacts found in the MolÌ del Salt site in Tarragona, Spain. The recycling of stone tools during Prehistoric times has hardly been dealt with due to the difficulties in verifying such practices in archaeological records. Nonetheless, it is possible to find some evidence, as demonstrated in a study published in the 'Journal of Archaeological Science'. "In order...

Diet & Cuisine

 In Prehistoric Britain Cannibalism Was Practical and Ritualistic

· 09/25/2012 6:50:46 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 46 replies ·
· Scientific American Blogs ·
· 9-24-2012 ·
· Kate Wong ·

BORDEAUX ---- Mealtime in Gough's cave in Somerset, England, 14,700 years ago, was not for the faint of heart. Humans were on the menu, for consumption by their own kind. Anthropologists have long studied evidence for cannibalism in the human fossil record, but establishing that it occurred and ascertaining why people ate each other have proved difficult tasks. A new analysis provides fresh insights into the human defleshing that occurred at this site and what motivated it ---- and hints that cannibalism may have been more common in prehistory than previously thought....

Prehistory & Origins

 Stone bowl from Neolithic period found in Galilee

· 09/24/2012 7:21:33 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 16 replies ·
· Jerusalem Post ·
· Tuesday, September 25, 2012 [9 Tishri, 5773] ·
· staff ·

200 colored beads found in a bowl, and ostrich figures carved on a stone plate alongside animal figurines have been discovered on Sunday at the Ein Zippori national park, located in the Lower Galilee. Ahead of the widening of Highway 79, extensive archaeological excavations have been conducted by the Antiquities Authority. During the excavations, a variety of impressive prehistoric artifacts have been uncovered. Prehistoric settlement remains that range in date from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (c. 10,000 years ago) to the Early Bronze Age (c. 5,000 years ago) are at the Ein Zippori site, which extends south of Ein Zippori...

Paleontology

 Ancient crocodiles ate like killer whales

· 09/25/2012 6:57:55 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 6 replies ·
· Heritage Daily ·
· 9-24-2012 ·

Crocodiles are often thought of as living fossils, remaining unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. But scientists have shown this is not always the case and that 150 million years ago, their feeding mechanisms were more similar to some mammals living today, the killer whales. An international team led by Dr Mark Young of the University of Edinburgh, and including Dr Lorna Steel at the Natural History Museum, studied two species of extinct marine dolphin-like crocodylians, Dakosaurus maximus and Plesiosuchus manselii. Their research is published today in the journal PLoS One. Dakosaurus and Plesiosuchus were among the top predators...

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from (Chinga) meteorite

· 09/27/2012 1:19:50 PM PDT ·
· Posted by NormsRevenge ·
· 32 replies ·
· BBC News ·
· 9/27/12 ·
· Matt McGrath - BBC ·

An ancient Buddhist statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite. Researchers say the 1,000-year-old object with a swastika on its stomach is made from a rare form of iron with a high content of nickel. They believe it is part of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed about 15,000 years ago. The findings appear in the Journal, Meteoritics and Planetary Science. The 24cm (9-inch) tall statue is 10kg (22lb) and is called the Iron Man. Origins unknown The story of this priceless object owes more perhaps to an Indiana...


 Nazi-Acquired Buddha Statue Came From Space

· 09/27/2012 6:21:53 PM PDT ·
· Posted by EveningStar ·
· 35 replies ·
· LiveScience ·
· September 26, 2012 ·
· Stephanie Pappas ·

It sounds like a mash-up of Indiana Jones' plots, but German researchers say a heavy Buddha statue brought to Europe by the Nazis was carved from a meteorite that likely fell 10,000 years ago along the Siberia-Mongolia border.

Egypt

 'Cult Fiction' Traced to Ancient Egypt Priest

· 09/25/2012 7:12:01 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 18 replies ·
· LiveScience ·
· 24 September 2012 ·
· Owen Jarus ·

A recently deciphered Egyptian papyrus from around 1,900 years ago tells a fictional story that includes drinking, singing, feasting and ritual sex, all in the name of the goddess Mut. Researchers believe that a priest wrote the blush-worthy tale, as a way to discuss controversial ritual sex acts with other priests... the Egyptians were known to discuss other controversial matters using fictional stories. Containing writing in a form of ancient Egyptian known as Demotic, the papyrus is likely to have originated in the Fayum village of Tebtunis at a time when the Romans controlled Egypt... Researchers know the story is...

Faith & Philosophy

 Papyrus Research Provides Insight...Job Training, Prayer...Dream Interpretation in the Ancient World

· 11/30/2011 9:19:14 AM PST ·
· Posted by decimon ·
· 2 replies ·
· University of Cincinnati ·
· November 30, 2011 ·
· M.B. Reilly ·

A University of Cincinnati-based journal devoted to research on papyri from Egypt sheds light on job training, prayer, dream interpretation and belief in magic in the ancient world.Education, jobs, religion and even the cultural effects of bilingualism were as topical in the ancient world as they are today. All of these topics and more are featured in translations of ancient papyrus in the University of Cincinnati-based journal, "Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists," due out Dec. 2. The annually produced journal, edited since 2006 by Peter van Minnen, UC associate professor and head of classics, features the most prestigious...

Epigraphy & Language

 The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed

· 09/25/2012 5:53:17 PM PDT ·
· Posted by annalex ·
· 26 replies ·
· markgoodacre.org ·
· 20 September 2012. ·
· Francis Watson ·

http://markgoodacre.org/Watson.pdf The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed FRANCIS WATSON, Durham University, U.K, 20 September 2012. Email francis.watson@dur.ac.uk A gospel or gospel-fragment might be regarded as "fake" whether its author belongs to the ancient or the modern world. In both cases, the aim would be to persuade as many readers as possible to take the new text seriously --- as a window onto unknown aspects of Jesus' life, or how it was perceived by his later followers. In her thorough and helpful analysis of the text that is coming to be known as the Gospel of...

Let's Have Jerusalem

 The Volatile Notion of a Married Jesus (George Stephanopoulos' Mom Objects)

· 11/03/2003 8:03:28 PM PST ·
· Posted by Destro ·
· 38 replies · 776+ views ·
· VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN ·
· November 3, 2003 ·
· VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN ·

The Volatile Notion of a Married Jesus By VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN Published: November 3, 2003 Half a dozen religious leaders joined David Westin, the president of ABC News, and others from the network and the press for lunch on the 22nd floor of ABC building on 66th Street in Manhattan late last week. Mr. Westin wore a sharp suit, as did some members of the clergy; others had dressed casually. Many were diffident. Some were quietly furious. Part symposium and part focus group, the meeting had been convened to discuss "Jesus, Mary and da Vinci," tonight's ABC News special; the show...


 The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus

· 09/20/2012 5:34:56 AM PDT ·
· Posted by OldRanchHand ·
· 40 replies ·
· Smithsonian Magazine ·
· September 20, 2012 ·
· OldRanchHand ·

Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, "Jesus said to them, "My wife.'" The text also mentions "Mary," arguably a reference to Mary Magdalene. The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world. The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a special documentary about the discovery on September 30 at 8 p.m. ET. And Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks, tracing King's steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought...


 The Gospel of Jesus' Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

· 09/22/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT ·
· Posted by daniel1212 ·
· 45 replies ·
· http://www.albertmohler.com ·
· September 20, 2012 ·
· Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. ·

The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was "apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship ---- and beyond." Really?What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, "Jesus said to them, "My wife.'" Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like "Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus Had...


 The Gospel of Jesus' Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

· 09/22/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT ·
· Posted by rhema ·
· 48 replies ·
· AlbertMohler.com ·
· 9/20/12 ·
· R. Albert Mohler, Jr. ·

The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was "apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship ---- and beyond." Really? What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, "Jesus said to them, "My wife.'" Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like "Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus...


 Why the Singleness of Jesus Makes the Best Sense of the Historical Evidence

· 09/23/2012 1:33:02 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SeekAndFind ·
· 14 replies ·
· Christian Post ·
· 09/23/2012 ·
· Timothy Paul Jones ·

"It is an embarrassing insight into human nature that the more fantastic the scenario, the more sensational is the promotion it receives and the more intense the faddish interest it attracts," Roman Catholic scholar Raymond Brown wrote nearly three decades ago. "People who would never bother reading a responsible analysis of the traditions about how Jesus was crucified, died, was buried, and rose from the dead are fascinated by the report of some "new insight' to the effect he was not crucified or did not die, especially if his subsequent career involved running off with Mary Magdalene to India." This...


 Ancient Text Reveals False Gospel

· 09/25/2012 11:44:40 PM PDT ·
· Posted by GeronL ·
· 37 replies ·
· Associated Posers ·
· 2-26-2012 ·
· geonl ·

(Associated Posers) - CAIRO, Egypt - Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, revealed this morning an ancient shred of papyrus. He announced that for the past 6 months this scrap of papyrus has been studied by some of the leading archaeologists. "Due to the controversial nature of the contents, we have been extremely meticulous and we have documented everything" Zahi Hawass said at the press conference held near his office "The paper, the ink and even the writing all point to the same result" Less than a week after another scrap of ancient text was falsely said to have...

Underwater Archaeology

 Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits

· 09/22/2012 11:39:46 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 16 replies ·
· Athens News ·
· Friday, September 14, 2012 ·
· John Leonard ·

During the summer the sites of six previously undocumented ancient shipwrecks were located by the Southern Euboean Gulf Survey (SEGS)... nautical archaeologist George Koutsouflakis of the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (EUA)... noted that the collaborative SEGS project was launched in 2006... has discovered and recorded 24 ancient shipwrecks... This year's SEGS team... located four ancient wrecks... Makronissos proved to be a particularly rich hunting ground... three of the wreck sites discovered there appear extraordinarily well preserved and may contain the actual remains of the wooden ships... mounded, concreted cargoes of transport amphorae, the distinctive ceramic containers usually used for...

Early America

 Vanity: Made a website regarding the history of our house which dates to 1760

· 09/24/2012 8:51:50 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Gennie ·
· 28 replies ·
· http://www.1760loghouse.com ·
· today ·
· Me ·

I had been posting on another thread from last week regarding some discoveries a person had made in their log house. I thought those on here may be interested in checking out the site I decided to make. It was spurred because: 1) The barn originally tied to this house was sold and dismantled last week, and while I have been searching on and off for two years it renewed interest. and... 2)The guy dismantling the barn came over to talk to us, and we had showed him some things we had uncovered in a crawlspace when my husband was...

The Civil War

 Sunken treasure off N.J.'s coast? Florida diver lays claim to ship wreck site

· 09/23/2012 8:04:55 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Theoria ·
· 10 replies ·
· The Star-Ledger ·
· 22 Sept 2012 ·
· Stephen Stirling ·

It was buried among the legal ads in a local newspaper this week, nary two paragraphs long amid public notices from municipalities and legal name changes. It was a federal court announcement, but no ordinary one, from a treasure hunter announcing to "modern day pirates" that he was laying claim to a previously undiscovered Civil War-era shipwreck buried off the coast of Asbury Park ---- the maritime equivalent of a wedding officiant asking "if anyone has reason for these two not to be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace." The "groom" is Allan Gardner, a Florida diver who...

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Oldest Message in a Bottle Found

· 09/06/2012 1:48:48 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Red Badger ·
· 33 replies ·
· Discovery.com ·
· Thu Sep 6, 2012 01:45 PM ET ·
· Analysis by Rossella Lorenzi ·

A Scottish skipper has found the oldest message ever in a bottle at sea, Guinness World Records said. According to the record-keeping organization, Andrew Leaper, skipper of the Shetland fishing boat "Copious," made the discovery on April 12 when hauling in his nets in the North Sea off the coast of Shetland. He later learned that the message in bottle had been adrift for 97 years and 309 days. This surpasses the previous record by more than five years. Amazingly, it was Leaper's friend Mark Anderson who set the previous record in 2006 by retrieving another Scottish bottle as he...

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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #428 · v 9 · n 12
Saturday, September 22, 2012
 
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A nearly normal 21 topics, but next week there will be more that I missed. My apologies for any pings I missed.
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Stuff that doesn't necessarily make it to GGG here on FR sometimes gets shared here, that's my story and I'm sticking with it: Still a lot of trolls operating around here -- obviously the election is growing near, and Zero is behind *and* everyone knows it. Trolls arrive in topics trying to stir up sectarian turmoil and other animosity.

Everything you needed to know about Barry Soetero, you learned on September 11, 2012.
Zero has to go, because it's quite literally him or us. And "him or us" isn't "lesser of two evils".

-- 'Civ, in this topic (and in his FR profile shortly thereafter)
Romney / Ryan in November.
 
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Here are this week's topics, links only, by order of addition to the list:

Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #429
Saturday, October 6, 2012

Epigraphy & Language

 The Sea Peoples, from Cuneiform Tablets to Carbon Dating

· 10/04/2012 3:01:40 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 25 replies ·
· PLOS ONE ·

Whereas the Sea People event constitutes a major turning point in ancient world history, attested by both written and archaeological (e.g. Ugarit, Enkomi, Kition, Byblos) evidence, our knowledge of when these waves of destructions occurred rests on translation of cuneiform tablets preceding the invasions (terminus ante quem) and on Ramses III's reign (terminus post quem). Here, we report the first absolute chronology of the invasion from a rare, well-preserved Sea People destruction layer (Fig. 2) from a Levantine harbour town of the Ugarit kingdom. The destruction layer contains remains of conflicts (bronze arrowheads scattered around the town, fallen walls, burnt...

Oh So Mysteriouso

 The Unsolved Mystery of the Tunnels at Baiae

· 10/04/2012 5:34:56 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 11 replies ·
· Past Imperfect 'blog ·

According to legend, the sibyl traveled to Tarquin's palace bearing nine books of prophecy that set out the whole of the future of Rome. She offered the set to the king for a price so enormous that he summarily declined -- at which the prophetess went away, burned the first three of the books, and returned, offering the remaining six to Tarquin at the same price. Once again, the king refused, though less arrogantly this time, and the sibyl burned three more of the precious volumes. The third time she approached the king, he thought it wise to accede to...

Underwater Archaeology

 Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found

· 10/04/2012 5:39:19 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 23 replies ·
· Guardian UK ·

In 1900, Greek sponge divers stumbled across "a pile of dead, naked women" on the seabed near the tiny island of Antikythera. It turned out the figures were not corpses but bronze and marble statues, part of a cargo of stolen Greek treasure that was lost when the Roman ship carrying them sank two thousand years ago on the island's treacherous rocks. It was the first marine wreck to be studied by archaeologists, and yielded the greatest haul of ancient treasure that had ever been found. Yet the salvage project -- carried out in treacherous conditions with desperately crude equipment...

Metallurgy

 The Fire Piston: Ancient Firemaking Machine

· 10/05/2012 8:08:08 PM PDT ·
· Posted by djone ·
· 27 replies ·
· primitiveways.com ·

History/how to of this ancient device: "Air gets very hot when it is compressed under high pressure. A classic example would be the heat that is created when one uses a bicycle pump. But when the air is compressed in a firepiston it is done so quickly and efficiently that it can reach a temperature in excess of 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to ignite the tinder that is placed in the end of the piston which has been hollowed out to accept it."

Agriculture & Animal Husbandry

 Ancient Stinging Nettles Reveal Bronze Age Trade Connections

· 10/06/2012 7:00:45 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 8 replies ·
· Science News ·

A piece of nettle cloth retrieved from Denmark's richest known Bronze Age burial mound Lusehøj may actually derive from Austria, new findings suggest. The cloth thus tells a surprising story about long-distance Bronze Age trade connections around 800 BC. 2,800 years ago, one of Denmark's richest and most powerful men died. His body was burned. And the bereaved wrapped his bones in a cloth made from stinging nettle and put them in a stately bronze container, which also functioned as urn... Karin Margarita Frei's work and the grave's archaeological remains suggest that the cloth may have been produced as far...

Prehistoric Europe

 La Bastida unearths 4,200-year-old fortification, unique in continental Europe

· 10/06/2012 6:42:28 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 17 replies ·
· Eurekalert! ·

...The discovery, together with all other discoveries made in recent years, reaffirm that the city was the most advanced settlement in Europe in political and military terms during the Bronze Age (ca. 4,200 years ago - 2,200 BCE), and is comparable only to the Minoan civilisation of Crete... The fortification consisted of a wall measuring two to three metres thick, built with large stones and lime mortar and supported by thick pyramid-based towers located at short distances of some four metres. The original height of the defensive wall was approximately 6 or 7 metres. Until now six towers have been discovered...


 Oldest ivory workshop in the world discovered in Saxony-Anhalt

· 10/06/2012 5:58:37 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 1 replies ·
· Heritage Daily ·

In an international co-operation project, archaeologists from the Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for the Evolution of Hominin Behaviour, part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, (RGZM) and the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and Archäologie in Saxony-Anhalt are excavating the 35,000 year old site of Breitenbach, close to Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt... During this year's campaign, site directors Dr. Olaf Jöris and Tim Matthies and their team found the oldest evidence for clearly distinct working areas which are interpreted as standardized workshops for working mammoth ivory. It was possible to identify a zone where pieces of ivory were split into lamella, as well ...

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 When humans broke off sex with neanderthals

· 10/05/2012 12:48:49 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Sopater ·
· 109 replies ·
· Fox News ·

Neanderthals apparently last interbred with the ancestors of today's Europeans after modern humans with advanced stone tools expanded out of Africa, researchers say. The last sex between Neanderthals and modern humans likely occurred as recently as 47,000 years ago, the researchers added. Modern humans once shared the globe with now-departed human lineages, including the Neanderthals, our closest known extinct relatives. Neanderthals had been around for about 30,000 years when modern humans appeared in the fossil record about 200,000 years ago. Neanderthals disappeared about 30,000 year ago. In 2010, scientists completed the first sequence of the Neanderthal genome using DNA extracted...

Neandertals / Neanderthals

 Neanderthals and human lived side by side in Middle Eastern caves and even interbred

· 09/30/2012 5:19:02 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 110 replies ·
· Daily Mail (UK) ·

Neanderthals may have lived side by side with early humans and possibly interbred with them, according to new research. Stone axes and sharp flint arrowheads of both branches of the human race have been discovered in limestone caves in northern Israel. The findings, reported in the Times, have led archeologists to believe the two sub-species found harmony in a coastal mountain range that today is in a state of war with its neighbours...


 A Neanderthal trove in Madrid

· 10/05/2012 5:25:53 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 20 replies ·
· el Pais ·

The Lozoya River Valley, in the Madrid mountain range of Guadarrama, could easily be called "Neanderthal Valley," says the paleontologist Juan Luis Arsuaga. "It is protected by two strings of mountains, it is rich in fauna, it is a privileged spot from an environmental viewpoint, and it is ideal for the Neanderthal, given that it provided the[m] with good hunting grounds." ... "There are around 15 sites in Spain: in the Cantabrian mountain range, along the eastern Mediterranean coast and in Andalusia, but none on the plateau, where there are no limestone formations and no adequate caves to preserve human...

Biology & Cryptobiology

 Boy discovers almost complete woolly mammoth carcass

· 10/04/2012 12:47:07 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 22 replies ·
· New Scientist ·

An 11-year-old Russian boy stumbled across the 30,000-year-old remains of a woolly mammoth, an experience that was surely either incredibly exciting or permanently traumatising. According to the Moscow News, Yevgeny Salinder found the 500-kilogram beast in the tundra of the Taymyr peninsula in northern Russia. Scientists laboured for a week with axes and steam to dig it out of the permafrost it's been encased in for centuries. Woolly mammoths have been found in the permafrost in Siberia since at least 1929, but this is one of the best preserved. Its tusks, mouth and rib cage are clearly visible....

Paleontology

 Prehistoric-super-tooth dentists drill DIAMONDS into duck-billed 'saur riddle

· 10/05/2012 10:13:05 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Ernest_at_the_Beach ·
· 11 replies ·
· The Register ·

Some dentistry work on a 70-million-year-old tooth has provided an insight into the evolutionary success of duck-billed dinosaurs. Hadrosaurs' unique tooth structure is now a vital clue in the mystery of how the billed herbivores, dubbed "the cows of the Cretaceous era", spread so far and lived for so long. The ancient monsters survived until the very end of the dinosaur age, roughly 65 million years ago. Biologist Gregory Erickson, of Florida State University in Tallahassee, led a team of scientists who rubbed diamonds on the ancient tooth, provided by the American Museum of Natural History, to simulate the processes...

Egypt

 Ancient Nile Delta City in Egypt Reveals its Secrets

· 10/06/2012 9:55:32 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 2 replies ·
· Popular Archaeology ·

A team of archaeologists and students are excavating a site in the Nile Delta region of Egypt where, set within desert desolation, ruins still bespeak an important port city that flourished by the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. Near the present-day city of El-Mansoura, a clearly human-made rise with visible ruins mark the spot of Tel Timai, what remains of the city of Thmuis, an ancient port city and capital of the Ptolemies... "Little excavation has been done in Tell El-Timai," reports Littman, "...At the end of the 19th century Edouard Naville discovered what he labeled as a library in...

Diet & Cuisine

 Archaeologists find 2,000 year-old beef portion in ancient tomb in northwest China

· 10/06/2012 10:08:37 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 1 replies ·
· New Straits Times ·

Archaeologists said a black substance found in an ancient tomb in northwest China's Shaanxi province is a 2,000-year-old portion of beef. Scientists arrived at the conclusion after months of analysis confirmed the substance's makeup, according to Hu Songmei, a paleontologist from the provincial archaeological institute. Xinhua news agency reports that according to Hu, the beef -- most of which had been carbonised -- is the earliest beef product discovered in China. The beef was discovered two years ago in a bronze pot placed in a tomb believed to date back to the Warring States Period (475 B.C. -- 221 B.C.),...

Archaeoastronomy & Megaliths

 Ancient calendar unearthed in Tuyen Quang

· 10/06/2012 8:33:03 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 5 replies ·
· VNA/VOV ·

Archaeologists have found a stone tool assumed to be an early calendar dating back 4,000 years in a cave in the northern province of Tuyen Quang. According to Prof. Trinh Nang Chung from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute, the stone tool, with 23 parallel carved lines, seemed to be a counting instrument involving the lunar calendar. A similar tool was found in Na Cooc Cave in the northern province of Thai Nguyen's Phu Luong District in 1985, Chung said. Similar items have been found in various areas in the world, including China, Israel and the UK, suggesting that people 5,000 years...

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 Warrior queen's tomb in Guatemala gives up Mayan secrets

· 10/04/2012 4:30:08 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Squawk 8888 ·
· 15 replies ·
· Toronto Sun ·

GUATEMALA CITY - Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the tomb of an ancient Mayan warrior queen packed with jade jewels and other artifacts that shed light on the long-vanished civilization, experts said on Wednesday. Researchers from Guatemala and the United States uncovered the remains of Queen Kalomt'e K'abel, who reigned in the seventh century, at the Peru-Waka dig site in the sweltering Peten jungle region in northern Guatemala. Inside the tomb, the team found a hoard of glistening jade jewels and a small alabaster vase decorated with the image of an older woman's face and inscribed with the queen's name,...


 Archaeologists Discover Tomb of Maya Queen Lady K'abel in Guatemala

· 10/06/2012 5:08:35 AM PDT ·
· Posted by csvset ·
· 4 replies ·
· Sci-News ·

During excavations of the royal Maya city of El PerË™-Waka' in northwestern Petén, Guatemala, an international team of archaeologists has discovered the tomb of Lady K'abel, one of the great queens of Classic Maya civilization.El Peru-Waka', located approximately 75 km west of the famous city of Tikal, is an ancient Maya city in northwestern Petén, Guatemala. It was part of Classic Maya civilization (200-900 AD) in the southern lowlands and consists of nearly a square kilometer of plazas, palaces, temple pyramids and residences surrounded by many square kilometers of dispersed residences and temples. A small, carved alabaster jar found in...

Cave Art

 Archeology: Prehistoric rock art found in caves on Terceira Island -- Azores

· 10/06/2012 9:36:23 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 4 replies ·
· Portuguese American Journal ·

The president of the Portuguese Association of Archeological Research (APIA), Nuno Ribeiro, revealed Monday having found rock art on the island of Terceira, supporting his believe that human occupation of the Azores predates the arrival of the Portuguese by many thousands of years, Lusa reported. "We have found a rock art site with representations we believe can be dated back to the Bronze Age," Ribeiro told Lusa in Ponta Delgada, at a presentation in University of the Azores on the topic of early human occupation of the Azores. The oldest cave art known in Europe is of prehistoric origin, dating...

Roman Empire

 Coin hoards and pottery bring new insights to an ancient illyrian stronghold

· 10/06/2012 9:23:22 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 2 replies ·
· Past Horizons ·

Ancient Rhizon was also a political centre for the illyrians and it was here that Teuta, Queen of the Ardiaei tribe, established her capital. After negotiations broke down between Teuta and the Romans (who requested her to put an end to piracy in the Adriatic), the First illyrian War broke out in 229 BC. However, the illyrians could not withstand the might of Rome and the war was a short lived affair. Not much else is known about Rhizon's place in history as hardly any documentary accounts exist which refer to it by name. Most of the archaeological evidence has...

Climate

 Romans, Han Dynasty were greenhouse gas emitters: study

· 10/04/2012 8:37:26 AM PDT ·
· Posted by jmcenanly ·
· 23 replies ·
· Reuters.com ·

(Reuters) - A 200-year period covering the heyday of both the Roman Empire and China's Han dynasty saw a big rise in greenhouse gases, according to a study that challenges the U.N. view that man-made climate change only began around 1800. A record of the atmosphere trapped in Greenland's ice found the level of heat-trapping methane rose about 2,000 years ago and stayed at that higher level for about two centuries. Methane was probably released during deforestation to clear land for farming and from the use of charcoal as fuel, for instance to smelt metal to make weapons, lead author...


 Human Greenhouse Gas Emissions Traced to Roman Times

· 10/05/2012 4:04:55 PM PDT ·
· Posted by presidio9 ·
· 12 replies ·
· LiveScience ·

By burning wood, humans have been significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions as far back as the Roman Empire, researchers say. The finding may lead scientists to rethink some aspects of climate change models, which assume humans weren't responsible for much greenhouse gas before the Industrial Revolution. "It was believed that emissions started in 1850. We showed that humans already started to impact greenhouse effects much before," study co-author Célia Sapart of Utretcht University in the Netherlands said. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with 20 times the warming power of carbon dioxide, Sapart told LiveScience. Forest fires, wetlands and...

Alexander the Great

 NYP: ALEX THE GAY -- Greeks fuming at 'flaming' film by Oliver Stone

· 11/20/2004 8:04:44 PM PST ·
· Posted by OESY ·
· 92 replies ·
· 3,035+ views ·
· New York Post ·

Oliver Stone and the studio releasing his $150 million historical epic "Alexander" should beware of Greeks bearing writs -- over the film's depiction of Alexander the Great as Alexander the Fabulous. The controversial director and Warner Bros. were yesterday threatened with a lawsuit by a group of Greek lawyers who are incensed that the new movie "Alexander" portrays the hero as bisexual. The group of 25 Athens-based lawyers said they sent a letter to Warner Bros. demanding that it label "Alexander" ... as a work of fiction.... "We are not saying that were are against gays, but we are saying...

Let's Have Jerusalem

 Archaeologists discover second Lycian synagogue

· 10/06/2012 7:07:23 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 7 replies ·
· Hurriyet Daily News ·

Archaeological teams digging in the ancient city of Limyra in the Mediterranean province of Antalya have announced the discovery of a second synagogue from the Lycian civilization. Researchers initially thought the house of worship was a glass furnace, according to the head of the excavations, Dr. Martin Seyer of the Austrian Archaeology Institute. "We first found a bath and a menorah. After some [further] investigation, we found out that it was a synagogue," he said. Second synagogue in the Lycian city The synagogue in Limyra, which is located in Turunçova in Antalya's Finike district, is the second to be found...

Ancient Autopsies

 Bene Israel hail DNA result {Indian Jewish history dating back 2000 years}

· 10/04/2012 11:14:35 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Cronos ·
· 24 replies ·
· Times of India ·

They have adopted mehendi and haldi ceremonies from Indian weddings, they speak fluent Marathi and many of them have enrolled their children in Marathi medium schools. As fond as they are of their adoptive home, the 250-odd members of the Bene Israel community in the city were pleasantly surprised to open the Sunday Times of India on July 21. An STOI exclusive report highlighted the results of four-year-long DNA tests in London which confirms their genetical link to the "original children of Israel" (literal translation of Bene Israel), who are said to have migrated to this country 2,000 years ago....

Longer Perspectives

 He hated Britain and excused Stalin's genocide. But was hero of the BBC.., Eric Hobsbawm

· 10/03/2012 6:41:51 AM PDT ·
· Posted by C19fan ·
· 13 replies ·
· UK Daily Mail ·

On Monday evening, the BBC altered its programme schedule to broadcast an hour-long tribute to an old man who had died aged 95, with fawning contributions from the likes of historian Simon Schama and Labour peer Melvyn Bragg. The next day, the Left-leaning Guardian filled not only the front page and the whole of an inside page but also devoted almost its entire G2 Supplement to the news. The Times devoted a leading article to the death, and a two-page obituary. You might imagine, given all this coverage and the fact that Tony Blair and Ed Miliband also went out...

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Another way of speaking English disappears as fisherman's death spells demise of rare dialect

· 10/03/2012 10:21:04 AM PDT ·
· Posted by FeliciaCat ·
· 151 replies ·
· Fox News ·

In a remote fishing town on the tip of Scotland's Black Isle, the last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has died, taking with him another little piece of the English linguistic mosaic. Scottish academics said Wednesday that Bobby Hogg, who passed away last week at age 92, was the last person fluent in the dialect once common in the seaside town of Cromarty, about 175 miles (280 kilometers) north of Scottish capital Edinburgh. The Biblically-influenced speech -- complete with "thee" and "thou" -- is one of many fading dialects which have been snuffed out across the British Isles.

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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #430
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Diet & Cuisine

 Who Mastered Fire?

· 10/06/2012 1:16:02 PM PDT ·
· Posted by presidio9 ·
· 34 replies ·
· Slate ·
· Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 ·
· L.V. Anderson ·

Richard Wrangham, an anthropologist at Harvard, claims that hominids became people -- that is, acquired traits like big brains and dainty jaws -- by mastering fire. He places this development at about 1.8 million years ago. This is an appealing premise no matter who you are. For those who see cooking as morally, culturally, and socially superior to not cooking, it is scientific validation of a worldview: proof that cooking is literally what makes us human. For the rest of us, it means we have a clever retort the next time one of those annoying raw-food faddists starts going on about how natural it...

Biology & Cryptobiology

 DNA has a 521-year half-life

· 10/10/2012 8:32:08 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 135 replies ·
· Nature ·
· Wednesday, October 10, 2012 ·
· Matt Kaplan ·

By comparing the specimens' ages and degrees of DNA degradation, the researchers calculated that DNA has a half-life of 521 years. That means that after 521 years, half of the bonds between nucleotides in the backbone of a sample would have broken; after another 521 years half of the remaining bonds would have gone; and so on. The team predicts that even in a bone at an ideal preservation temperature of -5°C, effectively every bond would be destroyed after a maximum of 6.8 million years. The DNA would cease to be readable much earlier -- perhaps after roughly 1.5...

Prehistory & Origins

 Complex Brains Existed 520 Million Years Ago in Cockroach Relative

· 10/11/2012 4:22:26 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· Scientific American 'blogs ·
· October 10, 2012 ·
· Katherine Harmon ·

Cockroaches and other insects belong to a group called the arthropods, which arose some 540 million years ago. A new Chinese fossil is yielding new insights into how the arthropod brain evolved and shows that within the first 20 million years of the group's emergence, the arthropod brain had already become surprisingly advanced. The new findings are based on a three-inch-long fossil arthropod known as Fuxianhuia protensa, found in what is now China's Yunnan Province and were described online October 10 in Nature (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group)... Fuxianhuia's body is understandably primitive, which is par for...

Dinosaurs

 How Did Dinosaurs Sleep?

· 10/11/2012 1:09:07 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 33 replies ·
· Smithsonian Magazine (blog) ·
· 10-9-2012 ·
· Brian Switek ·

Bone by bone and study by study, paleontologists are learning more than ever before about dinosaurs. But there are still many aspects about prehistoric biology that we know little about. In fact, some of the simplest facets of dinosaur lives remain elusive. For one thing, we don't know much at all about how dinosaurs slept. Did Apatosaurus doze standing up or kneel down to rest? Did tyrannosaurs use their tiny, muscular arms to push themselves off the ground after a nap? And, given the discovery of so many enfluffled dinosaurs, did fuzzy dinosaurs ever cuddle up together to stay warm...

Paleontology

 A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years

· 10/09/2012 2:04:50 PM PDT ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 67 replies ·
· IO9 ·
· October 9, 2012 ·
· George Dvorsky ·

Paleontologists have discovered beautifully preserved species trapped in amber before -- but this one is extraordinary. It features a parasitic wasp that has become ensnared in a spider's web, with the owner bearing down on it for an attack. But just before the spider was about to have its meal, a drop of resin flowed down from above, freezing the moment in time. Researchers date the scene to the Early Cretaceous between 97 to 110 million years ago in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar -- a...

British Isles

 A History of Celtic Britain (1of4) -- Age of Iron

· 10/10/2012 8:25:07 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 8 replies ·
· BBC via YouTube ·
· July 22, 2011 ·
· Uploaded by PIETRASZE ·

A History of Celtic Britain (1of4) -- Age of Iron

Scotland Yet

 Neolithic discovery: why Orkney is the centre of ancient Britain

· 10/07/2012 2:56:45 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 19 replies ·
· Guardian (UK) ·
· 10-06-2012 ·
· Robin McKie ·

Drive west from Orkney's capital, Kirkwall, and then head north on the narrow B9055 and you will reach a single stone monolith that guards the entrance to a spit of land known as the Ness of Brodgar. The promontory separates the island's two largest bodies of freshwater, the Loch of Stenness and the Loch of Harray. At their furthest edges, the lochs' peaty brown water laps against fields and hills that form a natural amphitheatre; a landscape peppered with giant rings of stone, chambered cairns, ancient villages and other archaeological riches. This is the heartland of the Neolithic North, a...

Roman Empire

 CSIC researchers find the exact spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed

· 10/10/2012 8:46:06 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 50 replies ·
· EurekAlert! ·
· Wednesday, October 10, 2012 ·
· CSIC Comunicacion ·

A concrete structure of three meters wide and over two meters high, placed by order of Augustus (adoptive son and successor of Julius Caesar) to condemn the assassination of his father, has given the key to the scientists. This finding confirms that the General was stabbed right at the bottom of the Curia of Pompey while he was presiding, sitting on a chair, over a meeting of the Senate. Currently, the remains of this building are located in the archaeological area of Torre Argentina, right in the historic centre of the Roman capital... Classical sources refer to the closure (years...


 Archaeologists Discover Murder Site Where Julius Caesar Was Assassinated in 44 B.C.

· 10/11/2012 2:55:00 PM PDT ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 8 replies ·
· Live Science ·
· October 11, 2012 ·
· Stephanie Pappas ·

Archaeologists believe they have found the first physical evidence of the spot where Julius Caesar died, according to a new Spanish National Research Council report. Caesar, the head of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by a group of rival Roman senators on March 14, 44 B.C, the Ides of March. The assassination is well-covered in classical texts, but until now, researchers had no archaeological evidence of the place where it happened. Now, archaeologists have unearthed a concrete structure nearly 10 feet wide and 6.5 feet tall (3 meters by 2 meters)...

Assyrians

 Archeologists uncover new Assyrian site in northern Iraq

· 10/07/2012 10:09:09 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 7 replies ·
· Al-Arabiya ·
· Tuesday, 02 October 2012 ·
· Al Arabiya ·

Archeologists working in northern Iraq have discovered a new Assyrian site in the vicinity of the historic Arbil city center, the head of the antiquities office in the Kurdish Province of Arbil, Haydar Hassan, was quoted as saying in an Iraqi newspaper. The Assyrian civilization flourished in northern Iraq between 1000-700 B.C., archeologists were led to discover the site when they exhumed a burial ground, complete with mud brick grave heads. To further unearth this site the foreign archeological team had to study and remove two more layers of civilization under which the Assyrian structure was buried, according to a...

Minoans

 Crete, 3500-year-old Minoan building found:
  From same period as Knossos Palace, over 1,300 square m

· 10/08/2012 7:06:47 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 13 replies ·
· Ansamed ·
· Thursday, October 4 , 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

In the past few years, the remains of an impressive and luxurious building from 3,500 years ago has seen the light. The building has two or three floors and some 80 rooms including workshops and storage rooms over a surface of 1,360 square metres and it is in excellent state. Sapouna-Sakellaraki told To Vima weekly that it is the first Minoan mountain settlement built in the same period as the Palace of Knossos. The archaeologist also said this is the largest summer residence found so far from the Minoan era. The structure of the building shows that it was not...

Greeks

 Messene, out from under the shadow of Sparta

· 10/06/2012 9:52:36 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· Athens News ·
· August 17, 2012 ·
· John Leonard ·

Messene's 9.5km-long circuit of stoutly constructed defensive walls enclosed an extensive array of uniquely designed public and private structures... Mt Ithome and its southwestern slopes are soaked in history, their occupation dating back to at least the Early Bronze Age. The city of Messene, within the larger region of the same name, was only founded in 369BC, at the behest of the Theban leader Epaminondas, two years after Boeotian forces had defeated the Spartans at the Battle of Leuctra and ended their domination over the Peloponnese. Messene and its northeastern neighbour Megalopolis, established in 371BC, were intended as a pair...

Climate

 Ancient Romans, Chinese Helped Warm Planet

· 10/04/2012 8:25:35 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Milagros ·
· 22 replies ·
· Newser ·
· Oct. 4, 2012 ·

(NEWSER) -- Human activity contributed to climate change long before the Industrial Revolution, according to new research. Scientists analyzing ice core samples from Greenland found a spike in emissions of the greenhouse gas methane during a 200-year period around 2,000 years ago, when the ancient Roman and Chinese empires were at their peak, reports the Los Angeles Times. Researchers believe the rise was caused by the widespread use of charcoal as fuel and the burning of...

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 Mexican archaeologists discover the tomb of a pre-hispanic governor in Copalita

· 10/12/2012 7:40:37 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 3 replies ·
· Art Daily ·
· Saturday, October 13, 2012 ·
· translator Cristina Perez Ayala ·

The sepulcher of an individual that (possibly) governed a place known today as Bocana del Río Copalita in Huatulco, Oaxaca, 1300 years ago, was discovered by investigators of the ceremonial area of this archaeological site. Here another 38 burials were found, some of which were individuals whom they believe part of the elite. ...archaeologists found a sepulcher made with masonry's stone blocks of about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) high and 1 meter (3.28 feet) wide. The sepulcher contained the skeleton of an individual, presumably of the male sex who was between 20 and 23 years old at death... estimated to...

Aztecs

 Archaeologists find the largest amount of skulls at the most sacred temple of the Aztec empire

· 10/06/2012 5:37:07 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 36 replies ·
· ArtDaily.org ·
· 10-7-2012 ·
· Adriana Perez Licon ·

MEXICO CITY (AP).- Mexican archaeologists said Friday they uncovered the largest number of skulls ever found in one offering at the most sacred temple of the Aztec empire dating back more than 500 years. The finding reveals new ways the pre-Colombian civilization used skulls in rituals at Mexico City's Templo Mayor, experts said. That's where the most important Aztec ceremonies took place between 1325 until the Spanish conquest in 1521. The 50 skulls were found at one sacrificial stone. Five were buried under the stone, and each had holes on both sides -- signaling they were hung on a skull...

Ancient Autopsies

 Kennewick Man bones not from Columbia Valley, scientist tells tribes

· 10/10/2012 8:02:02 AM PDT ·
· Posted by oh8eleven ·
· 29 replies ·
· The Seattle Times ·
· 10 October 2012 ·
· Lynda V. Mapes ·

Owsley says study shows that not only wasn't Kennewick Man Indian, he wasn't even from the Columbia Valley, which was inhabited by prehistoric Plateau tribes.Tribal members listened for hours to Owsley's highly detailed presentation, but it did not budge their conviction that Kennewick Man is a part of their people's past -- and needs to be reburied.

Megaliths & Archaeoastronomy

 Mysterious Elk-Shaped Structure Discovered in Russia

· 10/12/2012 7:13:56 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 25 replies ·
· LiveScience ·
· Thursday, October 11, 2012 ·
· Owen Jarus ·

A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru's famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years. The animal-shaped stone structure, located near Lake Zjuratkul in the Ural Mountains, north of Kazakhstan, has an elongated muzzle, four legs and two antlers. A historical Google Earth satellite image from 2007 shows what may be a tail, but this is less clear in more recent imagery. Excluding the possible tail, the animal stretches for about 900 feet (275 meters) at its farthest points (northwest to southeast), the researchers estimate, equivalent to two American football fields....

Central Asia

 Sky Caves of Nepal

· 10/07/2012 3:21:14 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 15 replies ·
· National Geographic ·
· 10-2012 ·
· Michael Finkel ·

The skull, a human skull, was perched atop a crumbly boulder in the remote northern reaches of the Nepalese district of Mustang. Pete Athans, the leader of an interdisciplinary team of mountaineers and archaeologists, stepped into his harness and tied himself to a rope. He scrambled up the 20-foot boulder, belayed by another climber, Ted Hesser. ~~~snip~~~ But more intriguing than the skull itself was where it fell from. The boulder Athans scaled sat directly below a soaring cliff, tan rock streaked with bands of pink and white. Toward the top of the cliff were several small caves, painstakingly hand-dug...

Epigraphy & Language

 Maronite Christians Seek To Revive Aramaic Language

· 10/12/2012 11:32:09 AM PDT ·
· Posted by marshmallow ·
· 35 replies ·
· The Jewish Daily Forward ·
· 10/12/12 ·
· Ksenia Svetlova ·

Ancient Israeli Minority Hopes To Win Community Recognition -- On a hot August day in the Galilee, a group of schoolchildren in the Arab Christian village of Jish counted diligently, from one to 10, after their instructor. But the words, though similar to Arabic and Hebrew, were neither. "Chada, tarteyn, telat, arba, khamesh," they recited, "shet, shva, tamney, teysha, asar."At this unique summer camp, some 85 children were being immersed in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke and in which the Gemara -- one of the Talmud's two major books -- was written. Once the Middle East's lingua franca, Aramaic is an almost...

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 Research unearths Jewish roots in Colorado Indians

· 10/09/2012 7:25:35 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Pharmboy ·
· 68 replies ·
· ynet news ·
· 06.01.12 ·
· Anon ·

Native American Indians from western United States found to have genetic mutation typical of Ashkenazi Jews; connection may date back to time of Christopher Columbus A population of Native American Indians from the US state of Colorado has been found to have a genetic mutation typical of Ashkenazi Jews. The finding suggests the presence of common roots that date back to the days of Christopher Columbus. According to RT news, the so-called "Ashkenazi mutation" is a deleterious modification in BRCA1 gene which increases risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Researchers from the Sheba (Tel Hashomer) Medical Center in Israel...

The Vikings

 Happy Leif Erikson Day!

· 10/09/2012 6:02:52 AM PDT ·
· Posted by KC_Lion ·
· 22 replies ·
· EIRÍKS SAGA RAUDA ·
· October 9th, 2012 ·
· Snorri Sturluson ·

1. kafli Óleifur hét herkonungur er kalladur var Óleifur hvíti. Hann var son Ingjalds konungs Helgasonar, Ólafssonar, Gudrödarsonar, Hálfdanarsonar hvítbeins Upplendingakonungs. Óleifur herjadi í vesturvíking og vann Dyflinni á Írlandi og Dyflinnarskíri og gerdist konungur yfir. Hann fékk Audar djúpúdgu dóttur Ketils Flatnefs Bjarnarsonar bunu, ágæts manns úr Noregi. fiorsteinn raudur hét son fleirra. Óleifur féll á Írlandi í orustu en Audur og fiorsteinn fóru flá í Sudureyjar. fiar fékk fiorsteinn fiurídar dóttur Eyvindar austmanns, systur Helga hins magra. fiau áttu mörg börn.

Age of Sail

 Anglosphere: Celebrating Wrong Italian? (Columbus vs. Cabot)

· 10/13/2002 10:02:58 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Tancred ·
· 7 replies ·
· United Press Int'l ·
· October 12, 2002 ·
· James C. Bennett ·

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A few years ago I chanced to be in Buenos Aires on Columbus Day. It is a major holiday there, during which no business is transacted. I spent the day wandering about town enjoying the celebrations. One plaza held a Columbus Day festival in which passersby could enjoy demonstrations and samples of music, dance, crafts and foods of all the various Latin American nations, and of many of the source-nations of Argentina's immigration. The interesting thing to me was the complete absence of anything representing the United States. This was not a coincidence. Columbus, and...

Twentieth Century Art

 The Discovery Of America By Christopher Columbus (painting by Dali)

· 10/08/2012 5:54:22 PM PDT ·
· Posted by annalex ·
· 42 replies ·
· The Dali Museum ·

The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus Salvador Dalí 1959 oil on canvas 410 cm x 284 cm (161.4 in x 111.8 in) Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida Dalí completed his tenth masterwork, The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, in 1959. This work, which is almost 14 feet tall, is an ambitious homage to Dalí's Spain, combining Spanish history, religion, art and myth. This painting was commissioned for Huntington Hartford's Gallery of Modern Art on Columbus Circle in New York. At that time, some Catalan historians claimed that Columbus was actually from Catalonia, not Italy. From that...

Longer Perspectives

 "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue"

· 10/08/2012 4:11:00 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Starman417 ·
· 36 replies ·
· Flopping Aces ·
· 10-08-12 ·
· Wordsmith ·

"In fourteen hundred ninety-two/ Columbus sailed the ocean blue. "He had three ships and left from Spain/ He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain." -- Source Unknown I'm old enough to remember a time when Christopher Columbus Day was a national holiday that was widely celebrated rather than shamefully downplayed and derided. Columbus has become the symbolic white devil harbinger of all that is evil about America's founding: genocide and manifest destiny imperialism; slavery and racism; annihilation and exploitation of peaceful, "noble savages" living in harmony with the environment. President Obama seems to echo the sentiments of multiculturalist leftists...


 Occupy anti colonial anti capitalist "[snip] Columbus" march results in 22 arrests

· 10/08/2012 5:51:02 PM PDT ·
· Posted by massmike ·
· 24 replies ·
· citizenjournalistdotorg.wordpress.com ·
· 10/08/2012 ·
· n/a ·

Police arrested 22 people during an "anti colonial, anti capitalist" "F--k Columbus Day" march in San Francisco. As they marched, they vandalized cars, slashing the tires of one car and breaking the window of another. They also smashed a Starbucks window. About 15 minutes into the march, they began to throw flares and bags of paint with rocks in them at the police who were accompanying the march.


 Professor mocks Columbus Day with list of "15 most overrated White people'

· 10/08/2012 6:17:20 PM PDT ·
· Posted by oliverdarcy ·
· 122 replies ·
· Campus Reform ·

A prominent Ivy-League professor denounced Columbus Day and mocked those who celebrate it by releasing a list of individuals he deems are the "15 most overrated white people" on Monday. Marc Lamont Hill, Associate Professor of English Education at Columbia University, wrote that the holiday is one of America's "most bizarre cultural rituals" and that he finds it perplexing people "continue to praise the vicious conquistador as a hero." "To honor the true spirit of Columbus Day, I have created my own list of overrated white people," he wrote in his article published on the Huffington Post. The list includes...

Epidemics, Pandemics, Plagues, the Sniffles

 Diary From The HMNZ Tahiti During The 1918 Pandemic

· 10/08/2012 12:00:43 PM PDT ·
· Posted by neverdem ·
· 19 replies ·
· Avian Flu Diary ·
· OCTOBER 08, 2012 ·
· Michael Coston ·

For years historians, epidemiologists, and virologists have been attempting to peel back the cobwebs of time in order to analyze the deadliest pandemic in human history; the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. John Barry's The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History, has probably done more to reawaken memories of that awful time than any other source, but many gaps in our knowledge remain. Jeffrey K. Taubenberger and David Morens - both researchers at NIAID -- have added considerably to our understanding of the H1N1 virus and the events surrounding its emergence. Taubenberger was the first to...

Oh So Mysteriouso

 World's most mysterious buildings

· 10/11/2012 5:03:46 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 26 replies ·
· Yahoo! Travel ·
· Thursday, October 4, 2012 ·
· Adam H. Graham ·

Mysteries come in many forms: ancient, modern, unsolved, and unexplained. But the world's most mysterious buildings are a physical force to be reckoned with. They've become popularized on websites full of user-generated and editor-curated like Abandoned-places.com, weburbanist.com, and AtlasObscura.com, an exhaustive database of the unusual. "In an age where it sometimes seems like there's nothing left to discover, our site is for people who still believe in exploration," says AtlasObscura.com cofounder Joshua Foer. Our definition of mysterious is broad and varied. Some buildings on our list are being eaten alive by the earth, such as a lava-buried church in the...

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 "Let's Unlose This war"

· 10/12/2012 3:26:13 PM PDT ·
· Posted by TexasBarak ·
· 11 replies ·
· Hatrack.com ·
· October 4, 2012 ·
· Orson Scott Card ·

The reason it is so depressing to read Alone, the middle volume of William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill, is not because the British government was so obtuse in failing to listen to Churchill's constant warnings about the rising menace of Adolf Hitler. Why should that be depressing? After all, when Hitler finally got the war he had wanted for so long, Churchill was elevated at last to be prime minister of Britain, and in that position he saved Britain and, by the way, the world. So this is the prelude to a tale of triumph. It is sad to...

Obituary

 Keith Campbell, who cloned Dolly the sheep, dead at 58

· 10/12/2012 12:18:38 PM PDT ·
· Posted by mojito ·
· 23 replies ·
· CNN ·
· 10/12/2012 ·
· Staff ·

Keith Campbell, the scientist who helped pioneer the birth of Dolly the sheep, the world's first mammal cloned from fully developed adult cells, has died, according to The University of Nottingham. Campbell, 58, died on October 5, according to a university statement released Thursday. His funeral has been scheduled for October 24. The university did not say how he died. Campbell was part of a team at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, Scotland, that cloned Dolly in 1996. Her birth made headlines worldwide, capturing the scientific imagination of many while generating intense controversy over the ethics of cloning. While Campbell...

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The Vikings

 Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada

· 10/19/2012 6:11:45 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Engraved-on-His-hands ·
· 76 replies ·
· National Geographic News ·
· October 19, 2012 ·
· Heather Pringle ·

For the past 50 years -- since the discovery of a thousand-year-old Viking way station in Newfoundland -- archaeologists and amateur historians have combed North America's east coast searching for traces of Viking visitors. It has been a long, fruitless quest, littered with bizarre claims and embarrassing failures. But at a conference in Canada earlier this month, archaeologist Patricia Sutherland announced new evidence that points strongly to the discovery of the second Viking outpost ever discovered in the Americas.

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 Earth Was A Baking Lifeless Desert For 5 Million Years

· 10/19/2012 9:11:14 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SeekAndFind ·
· 28 replies ·
· The Register ·
· 10/19/2012 ·
· By Brid-Aine Parnell ·

Boffins have discovered that "lethally hot" ocean temperatures kept the Earth devoid of life for millions of years after the mass extinction that occurred 250 million years ago. The global wipeout that ended the Permian era, before dinosaurs, wiped out nearly all of the world's species. Mass extinctions like these in Earth's history are usually followed by a "dead zone", a period of tens of thousands of years before new species crop up. But the early Triassic dead zone lasted millions of years, not thousands. Boffins now reckon that the extra-long five million year dead zone was caused by screaming...

Megaliths & Archaeoastronomy

 Ancient tomb found at 'Sweden's Stonehenge'

· 10/17/2012 3:41:11 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 20 replies ·
· The Local (Sweden) ·
· October 15, 2012 ·
· Rebecca Martin ·

Swedish archaeologists have unearthed what is presumed to be a dolmen, or a portal tomb, that is believed to be over 5,000 years old near the megalithic monument Ale's stones in southern Sweden... Despite a few days of rain, the archaeologists have managed to uncover enough of the site to see that what they have found is like to be a dolmen, a type of megalithic tomb, most often consisting of three or more upright stones supporting a large flat horizontal capstone... According to reports, the archaeologists have found what they believe is an imprint of the tomb, which must...

Greeks

 'Fox hole' opens passage to Neolithic past, possibly Hades

· 10/20/2012 9:19:10 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 26 replies ·
· WBEZ 91.5 Chicago ·
· Thursday, October 18, 2012 ·
· Cassidy Herrington ·

A Field Museum curator is digging around a cave in Southern Greece that's been compared to the mythical underworld, Hades. That cave might help explain why people choose to migrate to big cities or high tail it to the suburbs. And it has a surprising Chicago tie. William Parkinson is the associate curator of Eurasian anthropology at the Field Museum. He is on a research team, called The Diros Project, made up of two Greek and two American archaeologists (both Chicago natives). They are excavating Alepotrypa Cave, which is nearly four football fields long. The researchers compare the most striking...

Scotland Yet

 Ancient 'sauna' unearthed in Assynt

· 10/20/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 3 replies ·
· BBC ·
· Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of what they believe could be an Bronze Age bathing site, or a sauna. The metre-deep pit with a channel to a nearby stream was discovered at Stronechrubie, Assynt, in the north west Highlands. The find was made by the Fire and Water Project, which is run by archaeology and history group Historic Assynt. The project team had been trying to understand what a crescent shaped mound of stones had been created for. Excavations at the mound by archaeologists and volunteers unearthed the pit and channel from beneath a layer of clay. Archaeologists believe it...

Climate

 The Most Important Records For Dating Old Objects Were Just Found In A Japanese Lake

· 10/18/2012 2:09:47 PM PDT ·
· Posted by blam ·
· 22 replies ·
· TBI ·
· 10-18-2012 ·
· Dina Spector ·

Lake Suigetsu in Japan -- For tens of thousands of years, leaf and twig fossils have remained undisturbed at the bottom of Lake Suigetsu in Japan. By drilling into well-preserved layers of sediment and extracting cores containing those leaves and twigs, researchers have obtained some of the most accurate records of radiocarbon in the atmosphere yet. These records give a precise estimation of how much radioactive carbon there was in the atmosphere in any given year, and could help increase...


 Core sample sends carbon clock farther back in time

· 10/20/2012 12:07:06 PM PDT ·
· Posted by neverdem ·
· 4 replies ·
· Nature News ·
· 18 October 2012 ·
· Ewen Callaway ·

Sediment from Japanese lake provides more accurate timeline for dating objects as far back as 50,000 years. The carbon clock is getting reset. Climate records from a Japanese lake are set to improve the accuracy of the dating technique, which could help to shed light on archaeological mysteries such as why Neanderthals became extinct. Carbon dating is used to work out the age of organic material -- in effect, any living thing. The technique hinges on carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of the element that, unlike other more stable forms of carbon, decays away at a steady rate. Organisms capture a...

Roman Empire

 Archaeologists Uncover Roman Mosaic in Downtown Sofia

· 10/19/2012 9:17:36 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 1 replies ·
· Novinite ·
· Monday, October 15, 2012 ·
· Live News ·

Archaeologists have discovered colorful floor mosaic from the Roman era near the so-called West Gate of Serdica in downtown Sofia. The news was announced Monday by the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, who visited the archaeological excavations in the company of her Deputy in charge of Culture, Todor Chobanov. The mosaic has an area of 40 square meters and is located in the ruins of a Roman building discovered for the first time between 1975 and 1980 when archaeologists began exploring the site. The works were later abandoned and remained unfinished. Serdica's West Wall followed the current "Washington" and "Lavelle"...


 Cat discovers 2,000-year-old Roman catacomb

· 10/19/2012 9:53:26 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 8 replies ·
· Guardian ·
· Thursday, October 18, 2012 ·
· Tom Kington in Rome ·

Rome may not exactly be short of catacombs, but one discovered this week is more deserving of the name than the city's countless other subterranean burial chambers. For Mirko Curti stumbled into a 2,000-year-old tomb piled with bones while chasing a wayward moggy yards from his apartment building. Curti and a friend were following the cat at 10pm on Tuesday when it scampered towards a low tufa rock cliff close to his home near Via di Pietralata in a residential area of the city... Inside the small opening in the cliff the two men found themselves surrounded by niches dug...


 Tomb raiders lead to new archaeological find

· 10/19/2012 9:47:29 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 4 replies ·
· Gazzetta del Sud On Line ·
· Friday, October 19, 2012 ·
· ANSA ·

Investigations into the activities of four tomb raiders in the Alban hills near Rome have led to the discovery of a previously unknown site containing ancient Roman votive offerings. The ex-votos date from the fourth to the second century BC and include life-sized statues and depictions of parts of the human anatomy in terracotta offered to the ancient Roman goddess Juno. Police caught the tomb robbers in action as they were stealing the devotional objects from a natural cavity in a tufa wall near Lanuvio and Genzano that did not appear on archaeological maps of the area. The cavity appears...

Religion of Pieces

 A Weak Case for Inaction in Syria

· 10/20/2012 6:34:28 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 14 replies ·
· Commentary ·
· Friday, October 19, 2012 ·
· Max Boot ·

There is something that I don't get about opponents of greater American action in Syria, such as the freelance reporter Benjamin Hall, who was recently in Aleppo. He points out, as other observers have, that the rebels are disorganized and that various factions are often at odds with one another. They don't have a central, unified leadership... Hall recommends not arming the rebels -- although he is open to the imposition of a no-fly zone. Here's where I don't follow the logic... while the U.S. is not arming the rebels and is not imposing a no-fly zone or helping to...

Prehistory & Origins

 Islamic Salafists Destroy Ancient Morocco Carvings: NGO (Carvings Date Back 8,000 Years)

· 10/18/2012 8:17:56 PM PDT ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 29 replies ·
· AFP ·
· October 18, 2012 ·
· AFP ·

NGO RABAT -- Stone carvings in Morocco's High Atlas mountains dating back more than 8,000 years and depicting the sun as a pagan divinity have been destroyed by Salafists, a local rights group said on Wednesday. "These stone carvings of the sun are more than 8,000 years old. They were destroyed several days ago," Aboubakr Anghir, a member of the Amazigh (Berber) League for Human Rights, told AFP. "One of the carvings, called 'the plaque of the sun,' predates the arrival of the Phoenicians in Morocco," Anghir said. "It lies in a well-known archaeological site...

Thrace

 Bulgarian Archaeologists Rescue Thracian Treasure from Hwy Construction

· 10/19/2012 7:46:21 AM PDT ·
· Posted by curmudgeonII ·
· 9 replies ·
· Sofia News Agency ·
· Oct. 19, 2012 ·

A real archaeological treasure has popped out underneath the "Struma" highway construction works in western Bulgaria. Archaeologists at the site have managed a last-minute rescue operation, pulling "under the nose" of waiting construction workers and machinery gold soldier breastplates, gold earrings and hairpins, and a number of silver and amber items, the Bulgarian Standard daily writes Friday. The finds came from an unseen so far in size Thracian necropolis in the vicinity of the village of Dren, near the town of Radomir. They have been unearthed in the spring of 2012,...

Middle Ages & Renaissance

 The "Grand Design" for Europe of Henry IV and the Duc de Sully

· 10/13/2012 3:54:36 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Cronos ·
· 4 replies ·
· Henri IV ·
· 1635 ·
· Duc de Sully ·

The "Grand Design" The "Grand Design" was a European confederation project that was progressively drawn up by the duc de Sully between the end of Henri IV's reign in 1610 and Sully's own death in 1641. Sully stated on several occasions that it was Henri IV's concept, and although it is likely that Sully and the king discussed the major points, the evidence seems to indicate that the lion's share of the work was done after 1610. On 26 January 1611, Maximilien de BÈthune , the duc de Sully, submitted his resignation to Marie de MÈdicis, who was acting as...

Obituary

 Modern-Day Galileo: J. Philippe Rushton (1943-2012)

· 10/13/2012 11:41:04 AM PDT ·
· Posted by River Hawk ·
· 21 replies ·
· Big Think ·
· Oct. 10th, 2012 ·
· Satoshi Kanazawa ·

Last week the world of science lost one of its most courageous and brilliant practitioners, and I have lost a dear friend and colleague. On 02 October, J. Philippe Rushton passed away at an infuriatingly young age of 68. I first learned of Phil's work in 1999 when, as a then member of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association, I received a complimentary copy of the abridged edition of Race, Evolution and Behavior, which Phil had sent to all 600+ members of the Section at his personal expense. I read it right away, then I purchased and...

Oh So Mysteriouso

 VANITY You Are Transported To The Year 742 AD Europe And Allowed To Bring 3 Items From The Future

· 10/14/2012 8:02:34 AM PDT ·
· Posted by trailhkr1 ·
· 214 replies ·
· Internet ·
· 10-14-12 ·
· Internet ·

What would they be? A gun? Then you are only allowed to bring 2 bullets..see how that works?? Some basic ground rules..has to be a realistic items you can get you hands on today..no tanks etc. You are going with just the clothes on your back + the 3 items to survive an mingle with the folks of the day. Never coming back. Saw this question on another site and wanted to see what you guys would come up with..I will post that link tomorrow after everyone has a chance to come up with their ideas..some people came up with...

The Revolution

 Colonial Baptists used Bible to rally support for revolution

· 10/17/2012 9:42:02 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Alex Murphy ·
· 5 replies ·
· The Baptist Standard ·
· October 16, 2012 ·
· Ken Camp ·

From the days surrounding the American Revolution, Baptists used religious arguments to make political points and political arguments to make religious points, historian James P. Byrd, associate dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, told a conference at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the same time Baptists argued for separation of church and state, they did not hesitate to preach on political topics or embrace patriotic causes with religious fervor, Byrd said, addressing an Oct. 12-13 conference on "Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture." In a sense, Baptists reflected their culture. Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Benjamin Franklin accepted orthodox Christian...

The Civil War

 "I Saw John Wilkes Booth Shoot Abraham Lincoln (April 14, 1965)" - 1956 I've Got A Secret on YouTube

· 10/18/2012 7:39:31 PM PDT ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 110 replies ·
· YouTube ·
· February 9, 1956 ·
· I've Got A Secret ·

Lincoln Assassination Eyewitness appears on television's "I've Got a Secret" on February 9, 1956. On a 1956 game show, a man appeared who had been present at Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865. (Note: Link over to the YouTube site provided to watch this amazing historical video.)

World War Eleven

 The Ghosts of World War II: The photographs found at flea markets superimposed on to modern street

· 10/19/2012 2:43:51 PM PDT ·
· Posted by lowbridge ·
· 26 replies ·
· www.dailymail.co.uk ·
· october 18, 2012 ·
· Emma Reynolds ·

This haunting collection of images shows what it would look like if the ghosts of World War II returned to our streets. The remarkable pictures overlay modern scenes from France with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war. Historical expert Jo Teeuwisse, from Amsterdam, began the project after finding 300 old negatives at a flea market in her home city depicting familiar places in a very different context.

Biology & Cryptobiology

 Cops: Man Says Bigfoot Behind Winnebago Attack

· 10/19/2012 4:09:37 PM PDT ·
· Posted by EveningStar ·
· 22 replies ·
· The Smoking Gun ·
· October 19, 2012 ·

Amazingly, "victim" happens to head sasquatch hunters group OCTOBER 19--A Pennsylvania man today told police that a Bigfoot attacked his 1973 Winnebago motor home, smashing out windows and taillights with a fusillade of rocks.

Longer Perspectives

 Revisiting History: Did JFK Lose the Popular Vote?

· 10/19/2012 12:02:16 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SeekAndFind ·
· 28 replies ·
· RCP ·
· 10/19/2012 ·
· Sean Trende ·

Right now the RCP Averages are showing an odd situation. Mitt Romney leads nationally by one point, but trails in the Electoral College by a 294-244 count. Moreover, electoral vote number 270 (right now, Wisconsin) favors President Obama by a two-point margin. While I believe that an electoral vote/popular vote disconnect of this magnitude is unlikely, it certainly is possible that we'll see another split between the two, especially if the popular vote is decided by less than a point. If that happens, Americans will once again receive a civics lesson in how presidents are really chosen. In particular, we'll...

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 America's most attractive politicians: Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin head scientists' list...

· 09/03/2012 2:29:50 PM PDT ·
· Posted by 2ndDivisionVet ·
· 35 replies ·
· The London Daily Mail ·
· September 2, 2012 ·
· Staff ·

Political scientists from UCLA compare candidates based on 'competence' -- Most students interpreted 'competence' as 'attractiveness' -- Mitt Romney scored in the 99th percentile, Sarah Palin in the 95th and Paul Ryan in the 67th -- 'If the election were decided on looks, it would be no contest' -- Republican duo Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are one of the hottest tickets this nation has ever seen, and now there's proof that its not just their politics. According to professors at the University of California, Mitt Romney scores in the 99th percentile of all politicians for his looks alone, far outpacing his running mate...

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Saturday, October 20, 2012
 
22 topics
22 topics. That's all I've got to say. Proceed downward through the usual template.
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Everything you needed to know about Barry Soetero, you learned on September 11, 2012.
Jim Robinson on 08/20/2012 6:14:29 AM PDT -- As much as I detest what the Republican party has become, there is no other party on this earth that can come anywhere close to accomplishing what must be accomplished to keep America from spiraling down a Marxist/communist toilet... All Republicans, independents, grassroots conservatives, tea party members, moderates, Reagan democrats, Christians, Jews, life, family, liberty, decency-loving patriots of any stripe must work like the blazes for the next couple of months and then turnout on election day and drag their friends, relatives and co-workers to the polls to vote that communist bastard and as many godless, liberty-hating, capitalism-hating, God-hating, liberal progressive, corrupt Marxist communists bastards the hell OUT as is humanly possible!! [Obama the capitalism-hating, liberty-hating, America-hating Marxist must be destroyed!!]
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Epigraphy & Language

 Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

· 10/22/2012 8:03:13 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 53 replies ·
· BBC News ·
· Monday, October 22, 2012 ·
· Sean Coughlan ·

The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level... Dr Dahl's secret weapon is being able to see this writing more clearly than ever before... a big black dome is clicking away and flashing out light... It's being used to help decode a writing system called proto-Elamite, used between around 3200BC and 2900BC in a...

Prehistory & Origins

 New analysis of how humans expanded out of Africa

· 10/24/2012 2:40:39 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Natufian ·
· 20 replies ·
· Daily Mail (U.K.) ·
· 10/24/2012 ·
· Damien Gayle ·

The emergence of wheat and milk allergies could be explained by a new account of the human race's 'out of Africa' expansion that began 60,000 years ago. The comprehensive review of humans' anthropological and genetic records gives the most up-to-date story of how the global migration had a dramatic effect on human genetic diversity.

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 How scientists recreated Neanderthal man

· 10/23/2012 10:06:27 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 29 replies ·
· BBC ·
· 10-23-2012 ·

A team of scientists has created what it believes is the first really accurate reconstruction of Neanderthal man, from a skeleton that was discovered in France over a century ago. In 1909, excavations at La Ferrassie cave in the Dordogne unearthed the remains of a group of Neanderthals. One of the skeletons in that group was that of an adult male, given the name La Ferrassie 1. These remains have helped scientists create a detailed reconstruction of our closest prehistoric relative for a new BBC series, Prehistoric Autopsy. La Ferrassie 1 is one of the most important discoveries made in...

Prehistoric Art

 Most Ancient Pottery Prehistoric Figurine of the Iberian Peninsula Found in Begues

· 10/26/2012 3:18:49 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 4 replies ·
· Science News ·
· Friday, October 26, 2012 ·
· Universidad de Barcelona ·

In the course of the excavation process in Can SadurnÃŒ cave (Begues), members of the Col-lectiu per la Investigación de la Prehistória i l'Arqueologia del Garraf-Ordal (CIPAG), together with the University of Barcelona Seminar of Studies and Prehistoric Research (SERP), found the torso, with one complete arm and the initial part of the other, of a human figurine made of pottery. Its chronostratigraphic unit makes it, until now, the most ancient human figurine of the Prehistory in Catalonia; it is dated 6500 years ago.


 Rare findings dating back to the 6th millennium B. C. have been dug out in Masis hill

· 10/26/2012 3:21:19 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 5 replies ·
· Armenia Press ·
· Wednesday, October 24, 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

The excavation of 37 different monuments has been undertaken by the National Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and the results are satisfying. As the director of the Institute Pavel Avetisyan mentioned in the conversation with "Armenpress" not only excavations, but testing and research have been executed in those ancient places. Excavations in 10 archeological units are still being carried out. He said: "This year we have carried out excavation in Masis hill nearby Yerevan, which is a monument dating back to the Stone Age and probably the most part...

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 Prehistoric 'Kennewick Man' Was All Beefcake

· 10/21/2012 2:59:58 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 43 replies ·
· NPR.org ·
· 10-21-2012 ·
· Anna King ·

For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes in Washington state fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9,500-year-old bones known as Kennewick Man. Scientists won the battle, and now, after years of careful examination, they're releasing some of their findings. For starters, Kennewick Man was buff. I mean, really beefcake. So says Doug Owsley, head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and the man who led the study of the ancient remains. Owsley can read the bones like we might read a book. He looks for ridge lines that indicate which muscles...

Peru & the Andes

 Artifact of Chimu culture found in Machu Picchu

· 10/26/2012 3:27:22 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· Andina ·
· Monday, October 22, 2012 ·
· PHS/VVS/JOT/LOG/MOC ·

An offering featuiring pieces of pottery, stones and a ceremonial pot was found in Machu Picchu Inca citadel during archaeological excavations. The pieces, which were discovered by experts of Cusco's Regional Directorate of Culture, were found 70 centimeters underground. According to archeologist Carlos Werner Delgado, the artifacts were left as an offering to the gods of Machu Picchu and Salkantay snowcapped mountain due to the position they were placed underground. He noted that the pieces would date back to time of Pachacutec, between 1438 and 1470, but the ceremonial pot of Chimu culture would be the oldest one dating back...

The Mayans

 Guatemala excavates early Mayan ruler's tomb [700 - 400 BC!]

· 10/26/2012 12:04:57 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Red Badger ·
· 15 replies ·
· Phys.Org ·
· 10-25-2012 ·
· Staff ·

Archaeologists announced Thursday they have uncovered the tomb of a very early Mayan ruler, complete with rich jade jewelry and decoration. Experts said the find at Guatemala's Tak'alik Ab'aj temple site could help shed light on the formative years of the Mayan culture. Government archaeologist Miguel Orrego said carbon-dating indicates the tomb was built between 700 and 400 B.C., several hundred years before the Mayan culture reached its height. He said it was the oldest tomb found so far at Tak'alik Ab'aj, a site in southern Guatemala that dates back about 2,200 years. Orrego said a necklace depicting a vulture-headed...

Etruscans

 Bronze Age Golden Cup Unearthed in Italy

· 10/26/2012 3:25:20 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 5 replies ·
· Popular Archaeology ·
· Friday, October 26, 2012 ·
· Archaeofilia & AHER ·

The gold cup had been smashed and damaged in ancient times, and then finally under the plough... As reported, "No other elements -- from strictly the same period as the Montecchio cup -- were found in the gravel pit area: it thus must have been hidden away or placed there as a votive offering, although some information from the archives, presently under examination, might be able to link the cup to a finding of 13 gold objects, apparently from the Bronze Age, when a field in Montecchio was ploughed on January 18, 1782: unfortunately, the items were melted down. All...

Paleontology

 Molecular analysis supports controversial claim for dinosaur cells (How prehistoric is it?)

· 10/23/2012 10:22:36 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SeekAndFind ·
· 22 replies ·
· Nature ·
· 10/23/2012 ·
· Kate Wong ·

RALEIGH -- Twenty years ago, paleontologist Mary Schweitzer made an astonishing discovery. Peering through a microscope at a slice of dinosaur bone, she spotted what looked for all the world like red blood cells. It seemed utterly impossible -- organic remains were not supposed to survive the fossilization process -- but test after test indicated that the spherical structures were indeed red blood cells from a 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. In the years that followed, she and her colleagues discovered other apparent soft tissues, including what seem to be blood vessels and feather fibers. But controversy accompanied their claims. Skeptics argued that the alleged organic tissues were...

Middle Ages & Renaissance

 Today is Charles Martel Day

· 10/25/2012 12:33:01 PM PDT ·
· Posted by CharlesMartelsGhost ·
· 38 replies ·
· Infidel Bloggers Alliance ·
· October 25, 2011 ·
· Pastorius ·

October 25, 732, Charles Martel beat back an invading Muslim army at the Battle of Tours, also known as the Battle of Poitiers. A Muslim army, in a crusading search for land and the end of Christianity, after the conquest of Syria, Egypt, and North Africa, began to invade Western Europe under the leadership of Abd-er Rahman, governor of Spain. Abd-er Rahman led an infantry of 60,000 to 400,000 soldiers across the Western Pyrenees and toward the Loire River, but they were met just outside the city of Tours by Charles Martel, known as the Hammer, and the Frankish Army....

Religion of Pieces

 Egyptian Researcher...: Hitler Was a "Righteous Believer" According to the Old Testament

· 10/21/2012 7:39:22 AM PDT ·
· DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis ·
· 24 replies ·
· MEMRI TV ·
· 9-7-12 ·
· Al-Rahma TV (Egypt) ·

Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian researcher Muhammad Galaa Idris, which aired on Al-Rahma TV on September 7, 2012. Muhammad Galaa Idris: They now say that the worse genocide in history was committed by Nazism and Hitler -- the Holocaust. In my view, Hitler was one of the most fanatical believers in the Torah. [...] To those who believe that [the Torah] is a divine book, I say: If it is indeed a divine book, revealed by God, why do you blame Hitler for what he did to the Jews? The genocides that you talk about, which were...

Let's Have Jerusalem

 8 Alleged Resting Places of the Ark of the Covenant

· 10/20/2012 4:56:17 PM PDT ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 42 replies ·
· IO9 ·
· Oct 19, 2012 ·
· Keith Veronese ·

8 Alleged Resting Places of the Ark of the Covenant The Ark of the Covenant is an artifact associated with Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths. Depending on the source, the Ark holds the Ten Commandments, a staff that once became a snake, a portion of the Torah, and more. After the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in the 6th Century B.C.E. (sic), the Ark of the Covenant disappeared from religious records. Where did it go? Here are eight incredible, conspiracy-minded theories. 1. The Tomb of King Tut A 1922 picture of the early excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun shows an...

Oh So Mysteriouso

 Welcome to our new lizard overlords:
  Alien worlds could be full of super-intelligent dinosaurs

· 09/30/2012 9:34:07 PM PDT ·
· Posted by 2ndDivisionVet ·
· 54 replies ·
· The Daily Mail ·
· April 12, 2012 ·
· Rob Waugh ·

NASA's Kepler telescope scans the skies for 'habitable worlds' - but an American chemist has suggested the whole project might be a terrible idea. Ronald Breslow suggests that life-forms based on slightly different amino acids and sugars could take the form of huge, ferocious dinosaurs that have evolved to have human-like intelligence and technologies. 'We would be better off not meeting them,' says Breslow, who claims that it was a stroke of luck that an asteroid wiped out dinosaurs on earth, leaving the field clear for mammals such as humans. On other worlds, dinosaurs could have evolved into huge, intelligent...

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 Biblical-Type Floods Are Real, and They're Absolutely Enormous

· 09/30/2012 6:17:06 PM PDT ·
· Posted by 2ndDivisionVet ·
· 36 replies ·
· Discover Magazine ·
· August 29, 2012 ·
· David R. Montgomery ·

Geologists long rejected the notion that cataclysmic flood had ever occurred -- until one of them found proof of a Noah-like catastrophe in the wildly eroded river valleys of Washington State. After teaching geology at the University of Washington for a decade, I had become embarrassed that I hadn't yet seen the deep canyons where tremendous Ice Age floods scoured down into solid rock to sculpt the scablands. So I decided to help lead a field trip for students to see the giant erosion scars on the local landforms. We drove across the Columbia River and continued eastward, dropping into Moses Coulee,...

The Revolution

 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America

· 10/23/2012 6:57:26 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 59 replies ·
· Frontiers of Anthropology ·
· 5-15-2012 ·
· Jack O'Brien, Elford Alley ·

When it comes to the birth of America, most of us are working from a stew of elementary school history lessons, Westerns and vague Thanksgiving mythology. And while it's not surprising those sources might biff a couple details, what's shocking is how much less interesting the version we learned was. It turns out our teachers, Hollywood and whoever we got our Thanksgiving mythology from (Big Turkey?) all made America's origin story far more boring than it actually was for some very disturbing reasons. For instance ...

Longer Perspectives

 Recordings made by Alexander Graham Bell Heard for the First Time

· 10/25/2012 12:52:40 AM PDT ·
· Posted by My Favorite Headache ·
· 24 replies ·
· Smithsonian/YouTube ·
· Jan 13, 2012 ·

Researchers and scientists work together to find a way to play recordings made by the studio of inventor Alexander Graham Bell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94qEVX55JqY&feature=relmfu

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Historical treasures missing from National Archives (calling Sandy Burglar)

· 10/26/2012 10:05:18 AM PDT ·
· Posted by RummyChick ·
· 13 replies ·
· cbs ·
· 10/26 ·
· cbs ·

Precious historical artifacts like the Wright Brothers airplane patent, the bombing maps for the nuclear attack on Japan, the original eyewitness radio report of the Hindenburg disaster and photos taken by the astronauts on the moon are just some of the items stolen from our National Archives. So much of our past has been pocketed by thieves that the National Archives has formed a recovery team to get them back. Bob Simon reports on this alarming trend -- and the conman now serving seven years in prison for the largest theft of historic artifacts in U.S. history -- in a...


 TV Game Show Appearance Of Last Surviving Man
  To Witness Abraham Lincoln's Assassination - YouTube

· 10/22/2012 6:47:41 AM PDT ·
· Posted by blam ·
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· The Daily Mail ·
· 10-20-2012 ·

On YouTube After Nearly 60 YEARS I've Got a Secret featured Samuel Seymour, a Maryland man who was the last surviving person to witness Abraham Lincoln's death Mr Seymour died about two months after his appearance on the show, at 96 years old. The video is from a February 1956 episode...

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 Tsunamis in the Alps? A killer wave slammed medieval Geneva, a new study says... [500 A.D.]

· 11/01/2012 7:36:44 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 22 replies ·
· National Geographic ·

Nearly 1,500 years ago a massive flood in Geneva reportedly swept away everything in its path -- mills, houses, cattle, even entire churches. Now researchers believe they've found the unlikely sounding culprit: a tsunami-like killer wave in the Alps. The threat, they add, may still be very much alive. (Video: Tsunamis 101.) Spurred by a huge landslide, the medieval Lake Geneva "tsunami" (technically defined as a seismic ocean wave) swamped the city, which was already a trading hub, according to a new study. Far from any ocean, the massive wave was likely generated by a massive landslide into the Rhone...

Middle Ages & Renaissance

 Saxon find in Lyminge has historians partying like it's 599 [Remains of great hall]

· 10/31/2012 3:32:28 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 19 replies ·
· Guardian ·

The foundations of a spectacular Anglo-Saxon feasting hall, a place where a king and his warriors would have gathered for days of drinking and eating -- as vividly described in the poem Beowulf -- have been found inches below the village green of Lyminge in Kent. There was one last celebration by the light of flickering flames at the site, 1,300 years after the hall was abandoned, as archaeologists marked the find by picking out the outline of the hall in candles, lighting up the end-of-excavation party. Heaps of animal bones buried in pits around the edge of the hall...

The Vikings

 Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada

· 11/03/2012 12:07:50 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 5 replies ·
· National Geographic ·

While digging in the ruins of a centuries-old building on Baffin Island (map), far above the Arctic Circle, a team led by Sutherland, adjunct professor of archaeology at Memorial University in Newfoundland and a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, found some very intriguing whetstones. Wear grooves in the blade-sharpening tools bear traces of copper alloys such as bronze -- materials known to have been made by Viking metalsmiths but unknown among the Arctic's native inhabitants. Taken together with her earlier discoveries, Sutherland's new findings further strengthen the case for a Viking camp on Baffin Island. "While...

Epigraphy & Language

 "Vinland Map" Parchment Predates Columbus's Arrival In North America

· 07/30/2002 11:11:50 AM PDT ·
· Posted by sourcery ·
· 35 replies ·
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· ScienceDaily ·

Scientists from the University of Arizona, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Smithsonian Institution have used carbon-dating technology to determine the age of a controversial parchment that might be the first-ever map of North America. In a paper to be published in the July 2002 issue of the journal Radiocarbon, the scientists conclude that the so-called "Vinland Map" parchment dates to approximately 1434 A.D., or nearly 60 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the West Indies. "Many scholars have agreed that if the Vinland Map is authentic, it is the first known cartographic representation of...

The Phoenicians

 Carthage: Ancient Phoenician City-State

· 10/29/2012 6:15:57 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 13 replies ·
· LiveScience ·

The Phoenicians were originally based in a series of city-states that extended from southeast Turkey to modern-day Israel. They were great seafarers with a taste for exploration. Accounts survive of its navigators reaching places as far afield as Northern Europe and West Africa. They founded settlements throughout the Mediterranean during the first millennium B.C. Carthage, whose Phoenician name was Qart Hadasht (new city), was one of those new settlements. It sat astride trade routes going east to west, across the Mediterranean, and north to south, between Europe and Africa. The people spoke Punic, a form of the Phoenician language... The...

Roman Empire

 Caesar, the Orchid Chief

· 10/29/2012 2:02:37 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 6 replies ·
· ScienceNOW ·

Turns out the early Romans were wild about orchids. A careful study of ancient artifacts in Italy has pushed back the earliest documented appearance of the showy and highly symbolic flowers in Western art from Renaissance to Roman times. In fact, the researchers say, the orchid's popularity in public art appeared to wilt with the arrival of Christianity, perhaps because of its associations with sexuality... A few years ago, botanist Giulia Caneva of the University of Rome (Roma Tre) set out to change that. Working with several graduate students, she began assembling a database of Italian artifacts, including paintings, textiles,...

British Isles

 Penis-Shaped Bone & Lover's Bust Among Trove of Roman Art

· 10/29/2012 1:11:46 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 20 replies ·
· LiveScience ·

Amateurs using metal detectors have discovered a trove of Roman artifacts, including a bust possibly depicting a male lover of a Roman emperor, a silver and gold brooch of a leaping dolphin and a penis-shaped animal bone. The wide array of art, found across Britain, dates back about 1,600 to 2,000 years, when the Romans ruled the island. This art is among almost 25,000 Roman artifacts (the bulk of them coins) reported in England and Wales in 2011. They were documented as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) and published recently in the journal Britannia. In the journal article,...

Megaliths & Archaeoastronomy

 Neolithic monument unearthed in Cornwall

· 11/02/2012 6:34:59 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· Past Horizons ·

Archaeologists working at the site of the future Truro Eastern District Centre (TEDC) in Cornwall, southwest England, have discovered the fragmentary remains of a prehistoric enclosure built around 5,500 years ago... dating to the early Neolithic period (circa 3800 to 3600BCE)... ...Recent research in the British Isles indicate that causewayed enclosures were constructed within a relatively short time frame. The concept seems to have originated in mainland Europe spreading quickly through France, Germany, Scandinavia and into the UK. Using the latest in dating techniques along with statistical analysis of C14 results, it has been shown that causewayed enclosures in Ireland...

Farty Shades of Green

 Google Earth image finds ancient Irish settlement at Hill of Tara, 4,000 year old site...

· 11/02/2012 7:36:42 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 25 replies ·
· IrishCentral ·

A Dublin lecturer has discovered an unknown prehistoric site at the Hill of Tara -- without even leaving his desk! Aidan O'Sullivan uncovered the 4,000 year old enclosure thanks to Google Earth. The University College Dublin lecturer was preparing a presentation for his first year students when he noticed the site the traditional seat of Ireland's ancient kings. O'Sullivan was intrigued by the unfamiliar dark, circular feature in a field photographed by Google Earth. The Sunday Times reports that the lecturer was able to verify that the soil mark was a large embanked enclosure, dating back 4,000 years. The reports...

Let's Have Jerusalem

 Egyptian Deity Pendant, Herodian Structure Fragment Found in Jerusalem Dig

· 11/01/2012 7:18:24 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 5 replies ·
· Popular Archaeology ·

While deep within excavations of an ancient Byzantine tower structure in the Ophel area of Jerusalem, a team of archaeologists, students and volunteers recently unearthed two important finds representing ancient times that were centuries apart. The first, only about one inch in length, was a small white necklace pendant made from faience... Originally green, the pendant was a figurine depicting the ancient Egyptian god Bes, a deity worshipped as a fertility god and protector of families and households, and in particular, of mothers, children and childbirth. The find is rare in that it is the first and only artifact of...

Ancient Autopsies

 The ancient town where they sliced their dead in half and buried them from the pelvis up

· 10/31/2012 11:26:08 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 29 replies ·
· Daily Mail (UK) ·

Residents of what is thought to be Europe's oldest town cut their dead in half and buried them from the pelvis up, according to archaeologists. The newly discovered ancient settlement, thought to date back to 4700BC, is near the Bulgarian town of Provadia, about 25 miles from the country's Black Sea coast. Archaeology professor Vassil Nikolov led the dig which focused on the town itself and its necropolis, where the strange and complex burial rituals were discovered....


 Europe's Oldest Prehistoric Town Unearthed in Bulgaria

· 11/01/2012 9:42:52 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Red Badger ·
· 13 replies ·
· www.novinite.com ·

Archaeologists in Bulgaria say they have uncovered the oldest prehistoric town found to date in Europe. The walled fortified settlement, near the modern town of Provadia, is thought to have been an important centre for salt production. Its discovery in north-east Bulgaria may explain the huge gold hoard found nearby 40 years ago. Archaeologists believe that the town was home to some 350 people and dates back to between 4700 and 4200 BC. That is about 1,500 years before the start of ancient Greek civilisation. The residents boiled water from a local spring and used it to create salt bricks,...

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 Burke archaeologist challenges Smithsonian over Kennewick Man

· 11/02/2012 3:13:21 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 15 replies ·
· Crosscut ·

The discovery of Kennewick Man, the name given to the 9,200 year-old skeleton unearthed in southern Washington nearly a decade ago, has unearthed plenty of questions among anthropologists and tribal members about what Kennewick Man's life might have been like. To Burke Museum anthropological archaeologist Peter Lape though, the biggest question at hand is whether peer review, a time-honored scientific practice, is being ignored by leading forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley, whose team has been the only one allowed to study Kennewick Man's bones since they were discovered in the mid-90s. Lape, the curator of achaeology at the Burke Museum and...

The Peaceful Savage

 The DNA of Aztec conquest: Genetic evidence tracks missing inhabitants of Mexican city

· 11/03/2012 11:36:55 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 5 replies ·
· Nature ·

Mata-Míguez and his colleagues sampled mitochondrial DNA from 25 bodies recovered from patios outside excavated Xaltocan houses. The remains dated from between 1240 and 1521, and so acted as markers of the population before and after the occupation. It turned out that the DNA in the pre-conquest samples did not match those of the post-conquest ones, indicating that a new biological influence came with cultural overthrow. The team concedes that its sample is small and may not be entirely representative of the historical conquest. "We originally thought the question was simply a matter of whether the population was replaced or...

Epidemics, Pandemics, Plagues, the Sniffles

 Europeans may not have been deadly as thought to Aztecs

· 10/15/2006 7:13:00 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SwinneySwitch ·
· 34 replies ·
· 1,663+ views ·
· San Antonio Express- News/
 Houston Chronicle ·

MEXICO CITY -- Here's what history tells us about the Spanish conquest of this country: Armed with modern weapons and old world diseases, several hundred Spanish soldiers toppled the Aztec empire in 1521. And by the end of the century, the invaders' guns, steel and germs had wiped out 90 percent of the natives. It's a key piece of the "Black Legend," the tales of atrocities committed by the Spanish Inquisition and colonizers of the New World. But it may be just that -- legend, according to Rodolfo AcuÃ’a-Soto, a Harvard-trained epidemiologist. He argues that an unknown indigenous hemorrhagic fever...

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 Previously Unknown Population Explosion of Human Species 40,000 Years Ago

· 10/31/2012 1:10:13 AM PDT ·
· Posted by LibWhacker ·
· 23 replies ·
· Daily Galaxy ·

DNA sequencing of 36 complete Y chromosomes has uncovered a previously unknown population explosion that occurred 40 to 50 thousand years ago, between the first expansion of modern humans out of Africa 60 to 70 thousand years ago and the Neolithic expansions of people in several parts of the world starting 10 thousand years ago. This is the first time researchers have used the information from large-scale DNA sequencing to create an accurate family tree of the Y chromosome, from which the inferences about human population history could be made. "We have always considered the expansion of humans out of...

Neandertal / Neanderthal

 Neanderthals smart enough to copy humans [from the UK of course]

· 10/31/2012 4:29:30 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 9 replies ·
· Nature (UK of course) ·

In 2010, Thomas Higham, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford, UK, and his colleagues used radiocarbon evidence to argue that the bones and tools were mixed together from higher and lower layers of the cave strata, representing different occupations of the site between 45,000 and 28,000 years ago. Some of the artefacts might have been created by modern humans but then settled down into the Neanderthal layers. Today, Jean-Jacques Hublin, an archaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and his colleagues report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the fossils and...


 Genetic research confirms that non-Africans are part Neanderthal

· 07/18/2011 7:16:57 AM PDT ·
· Posted by decimon ·
· 88 replies ·
· U of Montreal ·

Some of the human X chromosome originates from Neanderthals and is found exclusively in people outside Africa, according to an international team of researchers led by Damian Labuda of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center. The research was published in the July issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution. "This confirms recent findings suggesting that the two populations interbred," says Dr. Labuda. His team places the timing of such intimate contacts and/or family ties early on, probably at the crossroads of the Middle East. Neanderthals, whose ancestors left Africa about 400,000 to...

Longer Perspectives

 OPINION: Is human longevity due to grandmothers or older fathers?

· 10/31/2012 2:08:41 AM PDT ·
· Posted by LibWhacker ·
· 13 replies ·
· UNSW ·

Why do humans tend to live such a long time? Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, can last into their mid forties in the wild. Yet somewhere in the last six million years, human lifespans have lengthened dramatically, so that living into our seventies is no big surprise. The last few weeks have seen some exciting new developments in this area. First, a recent paper featured in The Conversation showed that at all ages, humans are less likely to die than chimps. Excitingly, however, modern health care, diets and the steady decline in violent deaths have slashed mortality rates of young...

Prehistory & Origins

 Early Human 'Lucy' Swung from the Trees

· 10/29/2012 2:12:45 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 28 replies ·
· LiveScience ·

Despite the ability to walk upright, early relatives of humanity represented by the famed "Lucy" fossil likely spent much of their time in trees, remaining very active climbers, researchers say. Humans are unique among living primates in that walking bipedally -- on two feet -- is humans' chief mode of locomotion. This upright posture freed their hands up for using tools, one of the key factors behind humans' domination of the planet. Among the earliest known relatives of humanity definitely known to walk upright was Australopithecus afarensis, the species including the famed 3.2-million-year-old "Lucy." Australopithecines are the leading candidates for...

Paleontology

 Shark brains 'similar to those of humans'

· 10/30/2012 9:15:22 PM PDT ·
· Posted by null and void ·
· 15 replies ·
· The Telegraph ·

Shark brains have been found to share several features with those of humans -- University of Western Australia shark researcher Kara Yopak, who has dissected the brains of more than 150 species, said new studies of the great white shark's brain had revealed important similarities to human brains. "Great white sharks have quite large parts of the brain associated with their visual input, with implications for them being much more receptive to repellents targeting visual markers," Ms Yopak said of the research, published in a special edition of the journal Brain, Behaviour and Evolution. Most repellents now on...

Dinosaurs

 Feathery Ostrich Mimics Enfluffle the Dinosaur Family Tree

· 10/28/2012 3:50:22 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 6 replies ·
· Smithsonian Magazine ·

Another week, another feathery dinosaur. Since the discovery of the fluffy Sinosauropteryx in 1996, paleontologists have discovered direct evidence of fuzz, feather-like bristles and complex plumage on over two dozen dinosaur genera. I love it, and I'm especially excited about a discovery announced today. In the latest issue of Science, University of Calgary paleontologist Darla Zelenitsky adds another enfluffled species to the dinosaurian ranks. Even better, the specimens raise hopes that many more dinosaurs might be preserved with their feathery coats intact. Zelenitsky's downy dinosaurs are not newly discovered species. Ornithomimus edmontonicus was initially described by famed bone hunter C.H....

Triassic Period

 New flying fish fossils discovered in China

· 10/31/2012 3:55:36 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 26 replies ·
· BBC ·

Chinese researchers have tracked the "exceptionally well-preserved fossils" to the Middle Triassic of China (235-242 million years ago). The Triassic period saw the re-establishment of ecosystems after the Permian mass extinction. The fossils represent new evidence that marine ecosystems re-established more quickly than previously thought. The Permian mass extinction had a bigger impact on the earth's ecological systems than any other mass extinction, wiping out 90-95% of marine species. Previous studies have suggested that Triassic marine life developed more quickly than was once thought and that marine ecosystems were re-established more rapidly than terrestrial ecosystems... The fossils show an asymmetrical,...

Early America

 Frankenstorm: Skeleton found beneath storm-toppled tree in Connecticut

· 10/31/2012 1:20:04 PM PDT ·
· Posted by NYer ·
· 38 replies ·
· MainlineMedia ·

Photo courtesy New Haven Register A skeleton was found beneath storm-toppled tree outside New Haven, Conn. Hurricane turned Superstorm Sandy toppled a majestic old oak on the Upper Green (outside New Haven, CT) and intertwined in the dirt and roots was a human skeleton.

Faith & Philosophy

 Sistine Chapel at 500 Years: Threatened by Tourism

· 11/03/2012 5:01:19 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 22 replies ·
· Discovery News ·

Michelangelo's Sistine chapel frescoes are threatened by the effects of too many visitors, experts have warned on Wednesday, as the masterly painted ceiling celebrated its 500th anniversary... Many visitors just stare, tranfixed, at one of the most notable artwork ever created. Indeed, Pope Julius II and 17 cardinals reacted in the same way when the vaulted ceiling was revealed in all its blue glory on the Eve of All Saints, 31 October, 1512, during a vesper Mass. But others are "drunken tourist herds" disrespectful of the unique setting they are visiting, according to leading literary critic Pietro Citati. The "herds"...

Pages

 Navy Has Probably Found the Island of the Blue Dolphins Cave

· 11/02/2012 3:35:38 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 14 replies ·
· Curbed LA ·

Your pre-adolescent dreams have been dashed: some other person has found the supposed cave from Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins. To be fair, you were not quite as dedicated to the cause as Navy archaeologist Steve Schwartz, who scoured San Nicolas Island (one of the Channel Islands, controlled by the Navy) for more than 20 years for the cave that "was believed to be home to the island's most famous inhabitant, a Native American woman who survived on the island for 18 years, abandoned and alone," according to the LA Times (O'Dell based his story on her). Last...

Prehistoric Art

 CU profs being investigated for illegal fossil gathering in Utah

· 10/28/2012 12:12:59 PM PDT ·
· Posted by george76 ·
· 20 replies ·
· Boulder Camera ·

Two University of Colorado professors are being investigated by the Bureau of Land Management for taking fossils from a remote area of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah without a permit. The professors, who have not been named, and a group of students with them were breaking off slabs of rock containing fossils in a remote section of the monument in early October when a tour guide discovered them and informed them that what they were doing was illegal. The guide with Escape Goat Tours and Shuttle Service reported that the professors told him to mind his own business as...

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Iraq's rich history tempts relic smugglers

· 11/03/2012 4:25:36 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 7 replies ·
· al-Arabiya ·

Iraqi police have confiscated scores of artifacts and arrested two smugglers in the southern Province of Dhiqar, al-Zaman news reported on Monday... The two smugglers in question have long been dealing in stolen relics. One police source was quoted as saying on condition of anonymity: "Interior Ministry forces in coordination with the Iraqi army seized 64 archaeological pieces as well as 114 bronze coins in a district of al-Fajir." The province of Dhiqar holds some of the most archaeologically precious excavation mounds in Iraq. Its historical treasures have turned it into a hub for smugglers and illegal diggers. Many of...

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Everything you needed to know about Barry Soetero, you learned on September 11, 2012.
Jim Robinson on 08/20/2012 6:14:29 AM PDT -- As much as I detest what the Republican party has become, there is no other party on this earth that can come anywhere close to accomplishing what must be accomplished to keep America from spiraling down a Marxist/communist toilet... All Republicans, independents, grassroots conservatives, tea party members, moderates, Reagan democrats, Christians, Jews, life, family, liberty, decency-loving patriots of any stripe must work like the blazes for the next couple of months and then turnout on election day and drag their friends, relatives and co-workers to the polls to vote that communist bastard and as many godless, liberty-hating, capitalism-hating, God-hating, liberal progressive, corrupt Marxist communists bastards the hell OUT as is humanly possible!! [Obama the capitalism-hating, liberty-hating, America-hating Marxist must be destroyed!!]
Romney / Ryan in November.
 
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1,472 posted on 11/03/2012 2:16:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Here are this week's topics, links only, by order of addition to the list:

Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #434
Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pages

 Mugged by Ann Coulter

· 11/05/2012 4:24:56 PM PST ·
· Posted by UnapologeticConservative ·
· 19 replies ·
· On Line Opinion ·
· Tuesday, 6 November, 2012 ·
· Ben-Peter Terpstra ·

Thanks to Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, Ann Coulter is now the author of nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers. And if that's not some kind of record, I don't know what is. Moreover, unlike the Clintons, the erudite author has written all of her books without a team of ghost-writers. In Mugged, we learn that Republicans fight racism and Democrats fight imaginary racism after the real battles have been won. For Coulter reminds us that: Republicans opposed slavery, Democrats protected slave owners; Republicans supported anti-lynching laws, Democrats protected lynching mobs, and so on. Or basically, key...

Longer Perspectives

 Obama and the Burden of History

· 11/07/2012 4:45:12 PM PST ·
· Posted by BfloGuy ·
· 10 replies ·
· City Journal ·
· 7 November 2012 ·
· Myron Magnet ·

Myron Magnet Obama and the Burden of History The president hastens -- and embodies -- American decline. 7 November 2012 "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation," Adam Smith calmly reassured a friend who despaired that the American defeat of General Burgoyne at Saratoga in the Revolutionary War meant that Britain was finished. A great deal of ruin, no doubt -- but not unlimited. Pondering President Obama's reelection, I can't help remembering that in the course of my adult life, the Britain I first knew half a century ago has run through its allotment of ruin and is now almost unrecognizably transformed from...

Religion of Pieces

 Muslims World Failures is not the West's Fault 'Islam Bigger Impact Than Imperlaism'

· 11/03/2012 4:46:21 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Lorianne ·
· 5 replies ·
· You Tube ·
· 26 October 2012 ·
· Niall Ferguson interviewed ·

video 8:11

World War Eleven

 Eisenhower Letters Hint at Affair With Aide

· 11/10/2012 6:27:40 AM PST ·
· Posted by Trapper6012 ·
· 5 replies ·
· New York Times ·
· June 06, 1991 ·
· By JOHN KIFNER ·

A previously unknown collection of wartime letters from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to his driver, Capt. Kay Summersby, appears likely to stir renewed debate over whether the two were lovers during the last year of World War II. Both General Eisenhower, who was married, and Captain Summersby initially denied the long-rumored romance. But in 1976, as she was dying of cancer, Miss Summersby published a second book of memoirs of the war years, "Past Forgetting: My Love Affair With Dwight D. Eisenhower," in which she described a passionate but frustrating affair with the Supreme Allied Commander.

The Vikings

 Should we keep the Vikings' stolen goods?

· 11/10/2012 7:20:49 AM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 2 replies ·
· Science Nordic ·
· Wednesday, November 7, 2012 ·
· Maj Bach Madsen ·

The National Museum of Denmark regularly receives objects that appear to be stolen goods from the Viking Age. Shouldn't these objects be returned to their original owners? Ranvaik's golden chest was made in Ireland or Scotland toward the end of the eighth century and originates from a church or a monastery. "Ranvaik owns this shrine" the inscription on the bottom reads, as a strong indication that it later came to belong to a noble Viking lady named Ranvaik. Archaeologists believe that the shrine, which can be admired at the Danish National Museum, is stolen property from the Viking Age. "Viking...

Egypt

 Ancient tomb of fifth dynasty princess discovered in Egypt

· 11/06/2012 4:19:19 PM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 18 replies ·
· One News Page ·
· Saturday, November 3, 2012 ·
· Stephanie Boyd ·

A 4,500-year-old tomb of an Egyptian princess has been discovered near Cairo, Egypt --- A princess's tomb dating from the fifth dynasty (around 2500 BC) has been discovered in the Abu Sir region near Cairo. Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt's antiquities minister, announced the discovery on Friday. "We have discovered the antechamber to Princess Shert Nebti's tomb which contains four limestone pillars," he said. He described the pillars as having "hieroglyphic inscriptions giving the princess's name and her titles, which include 'the daughter of the king Men Salbo and his lover venerated before God the all-powerful'." The Czech Institute of Egyptology's...


 Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Discovered in Unusual Spot

· 11/08/2012 11:09:40 AM PST ·
· Posted by Red Badger ·
· 16 replies ·
· www.livescience.com ·
· 11-08-2012 ·
· Staff ·

The tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess has been discovered south of Cairo hidden in bedrock and surrounded by a court of tombs belonging to four high officials. Dating to 2500 B.C., the structure was built in the second half of the Fifth Dynasty, though archaeologists are puzzled as to why this princess was buried in Abusir South among tombs of non-royal officials. Most members of the Fifth Dynasty's royal family were buried 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) to the north, in the central part of Abusir or farther south in Saqqara. (Saqqara holds a vast burial ground for the ancient...

Greece

 Is this the oldest d20 on Earth?

· 11/06/2012 5:10:07 PM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 23 replies ·
· io9 ·
· Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ·
· Robert T. Gonzalez ·

Romans may have used 20-Sided die almost two millennia before D&D, but people in ancient Egypt were casting icosahedra even earlier. Pictured above is a twenty-faced die dating from somewhere between 304 and 30 B.C., a timespan also known as Egypt's Ptolemaic Period. According to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the gamepiece is held, the die was once held in the collection of one Reverend Chauncey Murch, who acquired it between 1883 and 1906 while conducting missionary work in Egypt.

Thrace

 Bulgarian Archaeologists Find Unique Gold Thracian Treasure

· 11/08/2012 5:26:22 PM PST ·
· Posted by Engraved-on-His-hands ·
· 12 replies ·
· Novinite [Sofia News Agency; Bulgaria] ·
· November 8, 2012 ·
· Staff ·

Bulgarian archaeologists have found a unique gold Thracian treasure in the famous Sveshtari tomb. The team, led by one of the most prominent Bulgarian experts on Thracian archaeology, Prof. Diana Gergova, from the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, made the discovery during excavations at the so-called Omurtag mount. The researchers found fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with a number of extremely well-preserved golden objects, dated from the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 3rd century B. C.. They include four spiral gold bracelets, and a number...

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 Ancient Supervolcano Affected the Ends of the Earth

· 11/08/2012 6:20:32 PM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 28 replies ·
· LiveScience ·
· November 5, 2012 ·
· Staff ·

About 74,000 years ago, the Toba volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted with catastrophic force. Estimated to be 5,000 times larger than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, it is believed to be the largest volcanic event on Earth in the last 2 million years. Toba spewed enough lava to build two Mount Everests, it produced huge clouds of ash that blocked sunlight for years, and it the left behind a crater 31 miles (50 kilometers) across. The volcano even sent enough sulphuric acid into the atmosphere to create acid rain downpours in the Earth's polar regions,...


 This Is the Way the World Ends? Volcanoes Could Darken World

· 06/06/2012 7:25:44 PM PDT ·
· Posted by presidio9 ·
· 59 replies ·
· ABC News ·
· June 6, 2012 ·
· LEE DYE ·

Are you worried about the end of life as we know it? Then don't just look to the sky for that catastrophic asteroid that could be heading our way. The end may come from right beneath your feet. Super-volcanoes have probably caused more extinctions than asteroids. But until now it has been thought that these giant volcanoes took thousands of years to form --- and would remain trapped beneath the earth's crust for thousands more years --- before having much effect on the planet. But new research indicates these catastrophic eruptions, possibly thousands of times more powerful than the 1980...


 Ancient Volcano's Devastating Effects Confirmed (Toba eruption and the following Ice Age)

· 12/04/2009 3:08:19 PM PST ·
· Posted by NormsRevenge ·
· 30 replies ·
· LiveScience.com ·
· 12/4/09 ·
· LiveScience Staff ·

A massive volcanic eruption that occurred in the distant past killed off much of central India's forests and may have pushed humans to the brink of extinction, according to a new study that adds evidence to a controversial topic. The Toba eruption, which took place on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia about 73,000 years ago, released an estimated 800 cubic kilometers of ash into the atmosphere that blanketed the skies and blocked out sunlight for six years. In the aftermath, global temperatures dropped by as much as 16 degrees centigrade (28 degrees Fahrenheit) and life on Earth plunged deeper...

Biology...

 Previously unseen whale species washes up on New Zealand beach

· 11/06/2012 11:46:52 AM PST ·
· Posted by blueplum ·
· 30 replies ·
· LA Times ·
· 05 Nov 12 ·
· Jon Bardin ·

Not one but two specimens of the world's rarest known species of whale have been discovered on a New Zealand beach, according to a report published Monday in the journal Current Biology. The species, called the spade-toothed beaked whale, is so rare that before the find researchers weren't even sure if it still existed. The two whales washed up on Opape Beach in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty. At first scientists thought they were examples of a much more pedestrian species, the Gray's beaked whales, which are the most commonly beached whales in the region. But after undertaking a DNA...

... & Cryptobiology

 Hikers Take Flight When What They Thought Was a Bear Resembles Bigfoot
  (Most Convincing Video Ever)

· 11/04/2012 8:49:53 PM PST ·
· Posted by lbryce ·
· 74 replies ·
· Grind TV ·
· November 4, 2012 ·
· Pete, Thomas ·

When the black bear you think you're looking at from a safe distance suddenly stands and begins to resemble bigfoot, and that creature stares directly at you, how do you react? The hikers who captured the accompanying footage recently in Utah's Provo Canyon seemed to act appropriately: They bolted through the woods, with the camera still running, to get as far away from the creature as possible. "We ran straight to the car after that, leaving our tent and everything behind. It's probably all still up there," states Beard Card, the YouTube user who posted the video. This is...

Paleontology

 Ancient teeth show how big cats lived with bear dogs:
  Both species preyed on wild boar, horses

· 11/10/2012 5:48:07 AM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 11 replies ·
· CBC News ·
· Wednesday, November 7, 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

New research has uncovered how saber-toothed cats and bear dogs managed to cohabitate peacefully more than nine million years ago. A team of paleontologists from the University of Michigan and the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Spain took tooth enamel samples from two species of sabre-toothed cats and one species of bear dog that had been unearthed at sites near Madrid. By analyzing the enamel and determining what the animals ate, the scientists were able to understand how they lived together in a woodland region... By analyzing what they ate, researchers surmised the leopard-sized cats and the bear dogs...

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1,473 posted on 11/10/2012 7:53:28 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Remind me, what did Allen West say about Trayvon and George?)
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1,474 posted on 11/10/2012 8:16:19 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Remind me, what did Allen West say about Trayvon and George?)
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A mere 15 topics, a very slow week, and last week's message about my being a day late was accidentally left in from #432.
· view this issue ·
Stuff that doesn't necessarily make it to GGG here on FR sometimes gets shared here, that's my story and I'm sticking with it: Regarding the recent election, its results, its controversies, and its aftermath, and (IMHO) the future of FR, I've updated my profile page. If its content troubles you, let me know, I'll be happy to drop you from all the lists I manage.
 
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1,475 posted on 11/10/2012 8:17:19 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Remind me, what did Allen West say about Trayvon and George?)
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You’re doing a great job keeping us supplied with so much stuff to read every week. I just wanted to say thanks again. Much appreciated. =)


1,476 posted on 11/10/2012 7:15:40 PM PST by Redcitizen (A good pun is its own reword.)
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Thanks Redcitizen, that's most kind! Thanks bigheadfred for the leg-pulling, or whatever that was. :')

And thanks MestaMachine for kind remark, alas, that other topic got obliviated. Oblivianated?
Unfortunately...
This thread has been pulled.
Pulled on 11/11/2012 4:56:29 AM PST by Admin Moderator, reason:

Hagmann not welcome on FR

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1,477 posted on 11/11/2012 5:19:36 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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WOW. It was a really good thread too. Lots of good comments. What a shame.
Thanks for saving my thanks to you guys. I mean every single word of it.


1,478 posted on 11/11/2012 5:30:55 AM PST by MestaMachine
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Thanks again MM. This is the “blog” topic that has been used for the Gods, Graves, Glyphs weekly digest since shortly after the digest started.


1,479 posted on 11/11/2012 7:03:54 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Bookmarked it immediately. 2004. Just wow. What an archive!


1,480 posted on 11/11/2012 7:07:09 AM PST by MestaMachine
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