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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #424
Saturday, September 1, 2012

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 Asperger's Man- The Search for Multi-Regional Human Speciation

· 08/30/2012 10:45:34 AM PDT ·
· Posted by EveningStar ·
· 10 replies ·
· The Freehold ·
· August 29-30, 2012 ·
· Jonathan David Baird ·

My first love will always be archaeology and the study of what makes us human.This article is speculation. This is my personal musing on the development of certain psychological and physiological human traits. This is not to be taken as anything but my personal opinion. I have no evidence that there was an Asperger's man. This article was also written several years ago and since then more evidence for the possibility of interbreeding with other hominids has come to light in Russia and in Africa that may support my original idea... Part 1·Part 2

Neandertal / Neanderthal

 Most Neanderthals Were Right-Handed Like Us

· 08/26/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 54 replies ·
· Live Science ·
· 8-24-2012 ·
· Megan Gannon ·

Right-handed humans vastly outnumber lefties by a ratio of about nine to one, and the same may have been true for Neanderthals. Researchers say right-hand dominance in the extinct species suggests that, like humans, they also had the capacity for language. A new analysis of the skeleton of a 20-something Neanderthal man confirms that he was a righty like most of his European caveman cousins whose remains have been studied by scientists (16 of 18 specimens). Dubbed "Regourdou," the skeleton was discovered in 1957 in France, not far from the famous network of caves at Lascaux....

Prehistory & Origins

 Neolithic Man: The First Lumberjack?

· 08/27/2012 3:38:18 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· Terra Daily ·
· Wednesday, August 15, 2012 ·
· Staff Writers ·

The use of functional tools in relation to woodworking over the course of the Neolithic period has not been studied in detail until now. Through their work at the archaeological site of Motza, a neighbourhood in the Judean Hills, Dr. Barkai and his fellow researchers, Prof. Rick Yerkes of Ohio State University and Dr. Hamudi Khalaily of the Israel Antiquity Authority, have unearthed evidence that increasing sophistication in terms of carpentry tools corresponds with increased agriculture and permanent settlements. The early part of the Neolithic age is divided into two distinct eras - Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) and Pre-Pottery Neolithic...

Climate

 Greenhouse theory smashed by biggest stone

· 03/30/2006 4:58:23 PM PST ·
· Posted by haole ·
· 57 replies ·
· PhysOrg ·
· 14 March 2006 ·
· Vladimir Shaidurov ·

A new theory to explain global warming was revealed at a meeting at the University of Leicester (UK) and is being considered for publication in the journal "Science First Hand". The controversial theory has nothing to do with burning fossil fuels and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. According to Vladimir Shaidurov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the apparent rise in average global temperature recorded by scientists over the last hundred years or so could be due to atmospheric changes that are not connected to human emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of natural gas and oil. Shaidurov explained how...

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 New paper finds deep Arctic Ocean from 50,000 to 11,000 years ago was 1-2°C warmer ......

· 08/31/2012 2:10:24 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Ernest_at_the_Beach ·
· 20 replies ·
· Watts Up With That? ·
· August 29, 2012 ·
· Anthony Watts ·

Reposted from the Hockey SchtickA new paper published in Nature Geoscience finds "From about 50,000 to 11,000 years ago, the central Arctic Basin from 1,000 to 2,500 meters deep was 1-2°C warmer than modern Arctic Intermediate Water." This finding is particularly surprising because it occurred during the last major ice age. Horizontal axis is thousands of years ago with modern temperatures at the left and 50,000 years ago at the right. Temperature proxy of the Intermediate Water Layer of the Arctic Ocean is shown in top graph with degrees C anomaly noted at the upper right vertical axis. Note...

Megaliths & Archaeoastronomy

 Ancient Town Found Near Stonehenge

· 01/30/2007 10:28:33 AM PST ·
· Posted by Froufrou ·
· 15 replies ·
· woai.com ·
· 01/30/07 ·
· Unknown ·

Evidence of a large settlement full of houses dating back to 2,600 BC has been discovered near the ancient stone monument of Stonehenge in southwest England, scientists said on Tuesday. They suspect inhabitants of the houses, forming the largest Neolithic village ever found in Britain, built the stone circle at Stonehenge -- generally thought to have been a temple, burial ground or an astronomy site -- between 3,000 and 1,600 BC. "We found the remains of eight houses," Mike Parker Pearson, a professor of archaeology at Sheffield University, said in a teleconference to announce the discovery. "We think they are...

Orkney

 Third 5,000-year-old figurine found at Orkney dig

· 08/31/2012 6:15:12 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 16 replies ·
· BBC ·
· August 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

A third 5,000-year-old hand-carved figurine has been discovered during excavations on Orkney. Archaeologists had previously unearthed two ancient figurines in 2009 and 2010 at the dig at Links of Noltland in Westray. All three will go on display at the Westray Heritage Centre. Alasdair McVicar, chair of the Westray Heritage Trust, said: "The discovery of these figurines has really put Westray and the heritage centre on the map." Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "There was understandable excitement when the first figurine, believed to be the earliest artistic representation of the human form ever found in the UK, was found in...

Scotland Yet

 Roman Gask Project archaeologists look to uncover Stracathro site's secrets

· 08/31/2012 6:27:25 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 4 replies ·
· Courier UK ·
· August 28, 2012 ·
· Graeme Bletcher ·

A team of archaeologists has arrived in Angus to survey the world's most northerly Roman fort. Directors of The Roman Gask Project, Dr David Woolliscroft and Dr Birgitta Hoffmann, are at the ancient site near Stracathro, which was part of a line of Scottish watchtowers believed to be the oldest Roman frontier. Despite being discovered from the air almost 50 years ago, little is known about the structure of the fort near Brechin, which makes up part of the Gask Ridge frontier system. Assisted by volunteers from Liverpool University, the experts will use non-invasive survey techniques such as magnetometry and...

Roman Empire

 Emperor Caligula Gold Coin Found Underwater Near Cyprus

· 08/27/2012 7:05:53 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 13 replies ·
· Greek Reporter (Source: onair24) ·
· August 21, 2012 ·
· Marianna Tsatsou ·

A significant archaeological finding, a gold coin, has been reported discovered underwater in the area between Limassol and Larnaca by a local amateur fisherman. According to Cypriot authorities, the coin is of great value. Cypriot media reported that it dates back to the first century A.D. and depicts the third Roman emperor called Caligula, well-known for his fierce and brutal policy during his reign. On this coin, Caligula is sacrificing an animal before the Temple of Augustus, which is constituted by six pillars. Many coins of the same age have been found over the course of time, but this one...

Epigraphy & Language

 Ancient poem deifies wife of brutal Roman emperor Nero

· 08/26/2012 8:21:11 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 21 replies ·
· MSNBC ·
· 8/23/2012 ·
· Owen Jarus ·

A just-deciphered ancient Greek poem discovered in Egypt deifies Poppaea Sabina, the wife of the infamous Roman emperor Nero, showing her ascending to the stars. Based on the lettering styles and other factors, scholars think the poem was written nearly 200 years after Nero died (about 1,800 years ago), leaving them puzzled as to why someone so far away from Rome would bother composing or copying it at such a late date. In the poem, Poppaea ascends to heaven and becomes a goddess. The ancient goddess Aphrodite says to Poppaea, "my child, stop crying and hurry up: with all their...

Byzantium

 Bulgarian archaeologist discover necropolis of ancient Apollonia in Sozopol

· 08/31/2012 6:22:29 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 8 replies ·
· FOCUS News Agency ·
· 29 August 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

Bulgarian archaeologists discovered a necropolis of ancient Apollonia in the coastal town of Sozopol, Director of the Museum of History in Sozopol Dimitar Nedev announced for FOCUS News Agency. In Nedev's words, the burial was found in the northern part of the narthex of the three-naved basilica under the levels of the two churches. "The situation is the following: two churches -- one from VI and another from the VII century, with equal period of construction, and another one of the X century, existing until XVII century. In the outlines of the northern part of the narthex, we found the...

Greece

 The Greek Crisis: Palaeoanthropology and Archaeology

· 08/31/2012 6:42:42 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 5 replies ·
· Heritage Daily.com ·
· August 29, 2012 ·
· Charles t. g. Clarke ·

Greece has been in the grip of a financial crisis for the last few years now and Greek heritage sites are hit the worst. There is however, an unseen, less well known crisis and it involves Greek palaeoanthropology -- the study of hominin evolution. It is not so much a crisis as a metaphorical drought of artefacts and fossil evidence, which remains the best way to understand human evolution in Greece. An understanding of tectonic activity and the ever changing relationship between the Aegean Sea and mainland Greece are crucial to understanding why so little Lower Palaeolithic Hominin material has...

Paleontology

 Prehistoric tiny bugs found trapped in amber

· 08/28/2012 8:29:13 AM PDT ·
· Posted by null and void ·
· 26 replies ·
· WTOP ·
· 8/28/12 ·
· Seth Borenstein ·

This undated handout photo provided by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the University of Göttingen shows photomicrographs of the two new species of ancient gall mites in 230-million-year-old amber droplets from northeastern Italy. The gall mites were named: Triasacarus fedelei, left, and Ampezzoa triassica. (AP Photo/A. Schmidt, University of Göttingen, Proceedings of the National Academy) -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have found three well preserved ancient insects frozen in amber -- and time -- in what is Earth's oldest bug trap. The discoveries of amber-encased insects in Italy may sound like something out of "Jurassic Park"...

Middle Ages & the Renaissance

 Shakespeare's Richard III Buried in a UK Parking Lot?

· 08/26/2012 5:30:48 PM PDT ·
· Posted by nickcarraway ·
· 21 replies ·
· The Times of India ·
· Aug 27, 2012 ·

Archaeologists may have solved the puzzle of where the English king Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare in his play is buried as they have started digging a car park in Leicester for his lost remains. The University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and the Richard III Society have joined forces to search for the grave of Richard III, thought to be under a parking lot for city council offices. The team will use ground-penetrating radar to search for the ideal spots to dig. "This archaeological work offers a golden opportunity to learn more about medieval Leicester as well as about...

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 Pictures: Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple

· 08/31/2012 6:18:21 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 21 replies ·
· National Geographic ·
· August 2012 ·
· A.R. Williams ·

Sixteen feet (five meters) below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of 1,789 bones from children, teenagers, and adults along with the complete skeleton of a young woman. The burial, dating to the 1480s, lies at the foot of the main temple in the sacred ceremonial precinct of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, founded by the Aztecs in 1325. The Aztecs dominated central Mexico until falling to Spanish conquistadores in 1521. Although several burials with multiple remains have been uncovered previously in this precinct, this is the first that includes human bones from such a wide span...

The Revolution

 Seeking Brooklyn's Lost Mass Grave

· 08/25/2012 7:23:53 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Pharmboy ·
· 45 replies ·
· The New York Times ·
· August 25, 2012 ·
· Justin Burke ·

Confident Bob Furman suspects that up to 256 Revolutionary soldiers lie under this lot in Gowanus.Dave Sanders for The New York Times NOTHING is visible at the intersection of Third Avenue and Eighth Street in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn to indicate that anything extraordinary is there. The artisanal-pie place on one corner and the auto body shops across the way suggest it is merely another spot in the city where grit is giving way to gentrification. But if a small group of history enthusiasts are right, this particular corner of Kings County is hallowed ground. HEROIC Kim Maier,...

Age of Sail

 USS Constitution Sails For First Time Since 1997

· 08/20/2012 11:21:06 AM PDT ·
· Posted by moonshot925 ·
· 25 replies ·
· NAVY ·
· 19 August 2012 ·
· Kathryn E. Macdonald ·

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- USS Constitution departed her berth from Charlestown, Mass. Aug. 19, to set sail for the first time since 1997, during an underway demonstration commemorating Guerriere Day. The underway honored the 200th anniversary of Constitution's decisive victory over the HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812, marking the first time a United States frigate defeated a Royal Navy frigate at or nearly equal size. It's also the battle in which Constitution earned her famous nickname "Old Ironsides." The ship got underway at 9:57 a.m. with tugs attached to her sides and 285 people on board, including special...

The Civil War

 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam

· 08/26/2012 6:52:09 PM PDT ·
· Posted by PaulZe ·
· 37 replies ·
· 150thAntietamReenactment.com ·

The 150th Antietam-Sharpsburg Reenactment is pleased to announce we will be hosting a Remembrance Illumination scheduled for Saturday evening, September 15th at 7PM. The Antietam Illumination Committee in conjunction with Michael Wicklein will be placing 3654 (Union KIA 2108, Confederate KIA 1546) candles on the reenactment battlefield in remembrance of the number killed in action on September 17, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam. Lasting approximately one hour, the program will include an artillery salute.

Back to the Future

 Sci-Fi writers of the past predict life in 2012

· 08/28/2012 12:09:46 PM PDT ·
· Posted by EveningStar ·
· 16 replies ·
· Gizmag ·
· August 5, 2012 ·
· David Szondy ·

As part of the L, Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future award in 1987, a group of science fiction luminaries put together a text "time capsule" of their predictions about life in the far off year of 2012. Including such names as Orson Scott Card, Robert Silverberg, Jack Williamson, Algis Budrys and Frederik Pohl, it gives us an interesting glimpse into how those living in the age before smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi and on-demand streaming episodes of Community thought the future might turn out.

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Mythical Dragon Gate Protects Home

· 08/26/2012 1:29:19 PM PDT ·
· Posted by EveningStar ·
· 11 replies ·
· My Modern Metropolis ·
· November 9, 2011 ·
· Pinar ·

In Dublin, Ireland, stands an estate reminiscent of old folklore, complete with its own dragon! Of course, dragons are mythical creatures, so this home only has a dragon made of steel which acts as its gatekeeper. The property, known at Harlech House, was originally built in 1798 by a Welsh immigrant. (The estate is actually named after a town in Wales called Harlech and the national flag has a dragon on it.) Harlech House sits on less than an acre of land but is full of enchantment. It features religious iconography and fairy-tale motifs throughout the seven-bedroom home, but it's...

World War Eleven

 The Amazing Saga Of Two-Gun Cohen

· 08/29/2012 2:50:59 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Zionist Conspirator ·
· 11 replies ·
· The Jewish Press ·
· 8/29/'12 ·
· Steven Plaut ·

In November 1947, the United Nations was considering the creation of a Jewish state in parts of Western Palestine and a new Arab state in the other parts. The hopes of the Jews rested in large part on China. The five-member Security Council had to approve putting the resolution before the General Assembly, but China, one of the five, was threatening to veto it. The head of the Chinese delegation was approached by a hero of the Chinese campaign against the Japanese during World War II, a man who had been a general and senior adviser to President Sun Yat-sen....

Let's Have Jerusalem

 Israeli Archaeologist Excavates Sobibor Death Camp To Reveal The Nazis' Buried Secrets

· 08/28/2012 7:11:00 PM PDT ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 45 replies ·
· Haretz ·
· August 21, 2012 ·
· Associated Press ·

Israeli archaeologist digs into Sobibor death camp in search of Nazi killing machines Yoram Haimi's biggest breakthrough yet: mapping of what the Germans called the Himmelfahrsstrasse, or the 'Road to Heaven,' a path upon which the inmates were marched naked into the gas chambers. When Israeli archaeologist Yoram Haimi decided to investigate his family's unknown Holocaust history, he turned to the skill he knew best: He began to dig. After learning that two of his uncles were murdered in the infamous Sobibor death camp, he embarked on a landmark excavation project that is shining new light on the workings of...

Longer Perspectives

 While digging a highway, Israeli archeologists find two figurines from the New Stone Age

· 08/31/2012 6:33:37 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· Art Daily ·
· Saturday, September 1, 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

Two figurines from the New Stone Age (Pre-Pottery Neolithic B) were discovered in excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is currently conducting at the Tel Moza archaeological site, prior to work being carried out on the new Highway 1 from Sha'ar HaGai to Jerusalem by the National Roads Company. According to Anna Eirikh and Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily, directors of the excavation at the site on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "The figurines, which are 9,000-9,500 years old, were found near a large round building whose foundations were built of fieldstones and upper parts of the walls were apparently made of...

Religion of Pieces

 Turkey Lobbies Museums Around World to Return Artifacts

· 08/31/2012 7:11:20 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 13 replies ·
· Voice of America ·
· Friday, August 31, 2012 ·
· Dorian Jones ·

Turkey is following an increasingly aggressive policy of getting top museums around the world to return its heritage. Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay says that in the last decade, more than 4,000 artifacts had been brought back to Turkey from world museums and collections... Gunay says when you visit the world's big museums in the US, England, France, Germany, you see that most of the precious artifacts came from Turkey, Italy, Egypt and Greece. Some of these, he says, were looted, and he is fighting to get back historical artifacts that went to the big museums of the...


 '1001 Muslim Inventions' Fantasy Comes to DC: The Presentation of Legend as History

· 08/26/2012 4:59:28 PM PDT ·
· Posted by YankeeReb ·
· 114 replies ·
· vinienco.com ·
· 8/26/2012 ·
· J. Christian Adams ·

National Geographic Explorer's Hall in Washington D.C. has hosted some of the most prestigious exhibits in America. Previous exhibits have included the Chinese terracotta warriors, as well as the James Caird, the lifeboat Sir Ernest Shackleton miraculously sailed from Antarctica to South Georgia Island in 1916. Currently it is hosting a curious exhibit through February 2013 entitled "1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization." This high tech, slickly produced exhibit explicitly seeks to debunk the "myth" that the dark ages were dark. The exhibit purports to provide examples of innovations from Muslim civilization, and some of the...

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Here are this week's topics, links only, by order of addition to the list:

Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #425
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 Staggering Number of Bones of Extinct Ice Age Animals Found in Mexico

· 09/06/2012 8:24:18 PM PDT ·
· Posted by ForGod'sSake ·
· 110 replies ·
· International Business Times ·
· September 4, 2012 ·
· Sanskrity Sinha ·

Apparently, archaeologists have also found a few human skeletal remains at the excavation site -- More than hundred bones of animals, now extinct, that thrived over 10,000 years ago (the late Pleistocene period), have been discovered in the state of Hidalgo, in central-eastern Mexico. Remains of megafauna that lived more than 10,000 years ago in what is now the Valley of Mexico. (Photo: INAH) The discovery was made at a construction site of a wastewater treatment plant near the river El Salto in the city of Atotonilco de Tula,...

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 Human Genome Is Much More Than Just Genes

· 09/06/2012 10:04:50 PM PDT ·
· Posted by neverdem ·
· 13 replies ·
· ScienceNOW ·
· 5 September 2012 ·
· Elizabeth Pennisi ·

This diagram illustrates a chromosome in ever-greater detail, as the ENCODE project drilled down to DNA to study the functional elements of the genome. Credit: ENCODE project · The human genome -- the sum total of hereditary information in a person -- contains a lot more than the protein-coding genes teenagers learn about in school, a massive international project has found. When researchers decided to sequence the human genome in the late 1990s, they were focused on finding those traditional genes so as to identify all the proteins necessary for life. Each gene was thought to be a discrete piece...

Neandertal / Neanderthal

 How our DNA differs from that of Denisovans, our extinct cousins

· 09/01/2012 5:42:46 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Pharmboy ·
· 45 replies ·
· LA Times ·
· 9-1-12 ·
· Rosie Mestel ·

Scientists are beginning to analyze the DNA differences between modern humans and our extinct archaic relatives, the Denisovans. (National Human Genome Research Institute) Genome of ancient Denisovans may help clarify human evolution Scientists recently reported they had pieced together a high-quality sequence of an archaic human relative, the Denisovans. Among other things, the researchers took a close look at the ways in which we differ from these people, who were named after the place where their traces were discovered: Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia....snip It's "fascinating" to see the DNA changes that spread to most or all...

Age of Sail

 A brief history of Iceland - Vanity

· 12/08/2006 11:24:32 AM PST ·
· Posted by Leifur ·
· 128 replies · 2,467+ views ·
· 8.12.2006 ·
· Leifur ·

Here are the basics of the history of Iceland. With a special emphasis of US - Icelandic connections and the US military presence here and its end in this year, and the disillusionment of many Icelanders, specially on the right, because of this towards the US wich they have supported for long time. 874: Scandinavian/british isles vikings and their celtic slaves began settling the country. 930: Mostly settled, the Icelandic Free State was established, a governing system without a king or any executive branch whatsoever. A very individualistic system of governance, that ensured peace and prosperity here for 300 years....

Middle Ages & the Renaissance

 Two Iron Age Sites Discovered in Finland

· 09/03/2012 6:21:35 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 12 replies ·
· Popular Archaeology ·
· Thursday, September 6, 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

In the autumn of 2010, local amateur archaeologists discovered a large harbor, dating from around 1000-1200 AD, in Ahvenkoski village, at the mouth of western branch of the Kymijoki River in Finland. The findings included a smithy, a iron smelting furnace, forceps, as well as hundreds of iron objects such as boat rivets, similar to those found at Viking settlements in different parts of the Baltic, Scandinavia, Scotland and Iceland. More recently, in August of 2012 and in the same area, a 2 x 3 meter wide late Viking Age or Crusade period cremation grave was uncovered. Artifacts included a...

Epigraphy & Language

 [Indo-Euro]Language family may have Anatolian origins

· 09/01/2012 6:51:05 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Pharmboy ·
· 14 replies ·
· Science News ·
· August 23rd, 2012 ·
· Bruce Bower ·

Indo-European tongues traced back more than 8,000 years to present-day Turkey ANCIENT SPREADThe map shows the timing and geographic expansion of Indo-European languages proposed in a new statistical analysis. The red area in what's now Turkey is a possible birthplace of the Indo-European language family more than 8,000 years ago.Remco Bouckaert et al. Indo-European languages range throughout Europe and South Asia and even into Iran, yet the roots of this widespread family of tongues have long been controversial. A new study adds support to the proposal that the language family expanded out of Anatolia -- what's now Turkey -- between...

Let's Have Jerusalem

 Archaeologists unearth ruins of 1,500-year-old Jewish town in southern Israel

· 09/03/2012 6:06:02 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 8 replies ·
· Times of Israel ·
· Sunday, September 2, 2012 ·
· Matti Friedman ·

The remains of two Jewish ritual baths and two public buildings were uncovered in a salvage dig ahead of the paving of a new section of Israel's Highway 6, a north-south toll road eventually slated to run much of the length of the country. Both of the public buildings feature raised platforms along the walls facing Jerusalem, archaeologists say -- a trademark feature of Jewish houses of prayer... The existence of the town was known to scholars from archaeological surveys, but the findings show it was more substantial than had been previously thought, Nir Shimshon-Paran, the dig director, told The...

Roman Empire

 Late Roman Shipwreck on Spanish Chapel

· 09/03/2012 7:54:05 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 8 replies ·
· Bodrum Museum of
 Underwater Archeology ·
· by 2009 ·
· Tony Marciniec ·

Just off the west coast of the Bodrum peninsula, southwest of an island called Yassiada, there is a submerged reef appropriately referred to by some as The Ship Trap. About A.D. 626, in the reign of Emperor Heraclius, when the Persians and the Avars were laying siege to Constantinople, the capital of the East Roman Empire, the reef claimed another victim, a small ship bearing in its hold a cargo of nearly a thousand wine amphorae. For more than thirteen centuries the shipwreck lay on the seabed until it was discovered by Kemal Aras, a Turkish diver, who then showed...

Anatolia

 Headless statues unearthed in Aphrodisias excavations

· 09/03/2012 7:00:33 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· Hurriyet Daily News ·
· Anatolia News Agency ·

The two big headless statues have been found at the ancient city of Aphrodisias. The ongoing excavation works at one of Turkey's most important archaeological sites, the Karacasu Aphrodisias Ancient City, have revealed two headless statues. According to information provided by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, one of the statues is in 1.76 meters in height and the other is 1.68 meters. One of the statues holds a roll in its left hand and its right hand is on its chest. There is a pack of documents behind its left foot, but the fingers and head are broken. The second...

Byzantium

 Turkish Archaeologists Reveal 6th Century Baptistery Abroad [in Kosovo]

· 09/07/2012 11:14:09 AM PDT ·
· Posted by marshmallow ·
· 6 replies ·
· Hurriyet Daily News ·
· 9/7/12 ·
· Dogan News Agency ·

A historic baptistery structure has been unearthed at one of the most important ancient sites in Kosovo by Turkish archaeologists. It is the first such excavation to be carried out by Turkish archaeologists in Europe Since the beginning of excavations in July in Kosovo's ancient city of Ulpiana, a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period have been unearthed by Turkish archaeologists of the Mimar Sinan University. At an excavation site in Kosovo's ancient city of Ulpiana, a team of Turkish archaeologists have discovered a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period. The archaeological team, consisting of archaeology students from Istanbul's Mimar...

Faith & Philosophy

 Crosses appear inside the Hagia Sophia

· 09/01/2012 11:49:37 AM PDT ·
· Posted by annalex ·
· 29 replies ·
· Orthodoxy and Hellenism ·
· September 30, 2011 ·

Strange and inexplicable event comes after the last appearance of winged angels. A paradox for those of us who do not possess the art of iconography is that the mosaics were covered with a thick layer of lime (about two fingers), as seen in this picture, in order to hide the Christian symbols. It is onto the lime cover that these crosses appeared. And rightfully should the visitors wonder, since they are not painted later. Somehow they "seeped" from the wall up to the outer surface of plaster? And why should only the crosses...

The Revolution

 Ask Ron column: Did Route 222 [PA] play an important role in the American Revolution?

· 09/06/2012 7:45:29 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Pharmboy ·
· 11 replies ·
· NY Daily News ·
· September 6th 2012 ·
· Ron ·

The road from Reading to Easton, now Route 222, was called King's Highway in 1776. It was a critical artery for the movement of troops and supplies during the American Revolution. Indeed, there's strong evidence that Gen. George Washington himself traversed the road on his way to upstate New York in 1782, stopping off in the Moravian town of Bethlehem. Revolution, however, was not on the minds of most colonists when the Reading-to-Easton road was proposed by Conrad Weiser, William Parsons and other leaders in 1753; Indians were. There had been massacres of settlers pushing north from Philadelphia to settle...

The Great War

 WWI era ammunition frozen in a glacier for nearly a century has been found in N. Italy

· 09/02/2012 7:17:19 PM PDT ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 28 replies ·
· Daily Mail (U.K.) ·
· September 2, 2012 ·
· Alex Gore ·

First World War ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been found as glacier melts WWI ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been discovered in northern Italy. More than 200 pieces of the ammunition were revealed at an altitude of 3,200 metres by a melting glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak in Trentino. The 85-100mm caliber explosives weighed between seven and 10 kilos and explosives experts have been to the site to safely dispose of the weaponry. The once-perennial glacier began partially melted during a recent heat wave, allowing the Finance Police Alpine rescue...

World War Eleven

 B-17 - Fantastic Story of Survival

· 09/02/2012 8:54:46 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Windflier ·
· 84 replies ·
· Email ·
· Unknown ·
· Unknown Patriot ·

WWII B-17 Survival Story · B-17 "All American" (414th Squadron, 97BG) · Crew Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr. · Copilot- G. Boyd Jr. · Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle · Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge · Engineer- Joe C. James · Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway · Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda · Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk · Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus · Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland · B-17 in 1943 · A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went...

The Holocaust

 Volunteer For Auschwitz Among Polish War Heroes
  Buried In Mass Grave By Poland's Communist Regime

· 08/30/2012 8:34:00 PM PDT ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 13 replies ·
· leaderpost.com ·

Man who volunteered for Auschwitz among war heroes Poland searching for in mass grave WARSAW, Poland - It could hardly have been a riskier mission: infiltrate Auschwitz to chronicle Nazi atrocities. Witold Pilecki survived nearly three years as an inmate in the death camp, managing to smuggle out word of executions before making a daring escape. But the Polish resistance hero was crushed by the post-war communist regime -- tried on trumped-up charges and executed. Six decades on, Poland hopes Pilecki's remains will be identified among the entangled skeletons and shattered skulls of resistance fighters being excavated from a mass...

Egypt

 Berlin marks 100 years of discovering Nefertiti

· 09/03/2012 7:30:22 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 11 replies ·
· Hurriyet Daily News ·
· August 30, 2012 ·
· Agence France-Presse ·

Berlin's Egyptian Museum has said that it will celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the 3,400-year-old fabled bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti amid an ongoing feud with Cairo over its ownership. The museum said it would open an exhibition on Dec. 6 honoring the famous sculpture and other jewels of the Amarna period in its collection on the German capital's Museum Island. On the same day in 1912, the bust was unearthed by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt. "The exhibition focuses on never-before-seen discoveries from the collections of the Berlin museum, supplemented by loans from other museums abroad," it said,...

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Janet Suzman 'Mad as a Snake' Over Rylance and Shakespeare 'Myths'

· 09/04/2012 12:39:06 PM PDT ·
· Posted by nickcarraway ·
· 21 replies ·
· Guardian ·
· Dalya Alberge ·

Janet Suzman 'mad as a snake' over Rylance and Shakespeare 'myths'

Longer Perspectives

 Must Read: Zombies: How the Left Captured Academia, the Media, and Other Organizations

· 09/05/2012 2:07:10 PM PDT ·
· Posted by lbryce ·
· 23 replies ·
· PJMedia ·
· September 5 , 2012 ·
· Vik Rubenfeld ·

Alinsky-style behavior in the workplace itself may have been the key Recent studies have confirmed that American universities have become bigoted and biased against the expression of conservative views. One new study documents bias against the expression of conservative views among social and personality psychologists, including those at universities: We find that respondents significantly underestimate the proportion of conservatives among their colleagues. ... that conservatives fear negative consequences of revealing their political beliefs to their colleagues. Finally, we find that conservatives are right to do so. In decisions ranging from...

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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #426
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Neandertal / Neanderthal

 Early Cannibalism Tied to Territorial Defense?

· 09/10/2012 6:08:37 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 34 replies ·
· Smithsonian 'blogs ·
· Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ·
· Erin Wayman ·

The earliest known instance of cannibalism among hominids occurred roughly 800,000 years ago. The victims, mainly children, may have been eaten as part of a strategy to defend territories against neighbors, researchers report online in the Journal of Human Evolution. The new study shows how anthropologists use the behavior of modern humans and primates to make inferences about what hominids did in the past -- and demonstrates the limitations of such comparisons. The cannibalism in question was discovered in the Gran Dolina cave site of Spain's Atapuerca Mountains. Eudald Carbonell of the University of Rovira and Virgili in Spain and...

Prehistory & Origins

 Prehistoric Animated Cave Drawings Discovered In France

· 09/12/2012 5:47:16 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 21 replies ·
· Web Pro News ·
· 6-14-2012 ·
· Amanda Crum ·

News out of France concerning Prehistoric cave drawings that were animated by torch-light is taking the art history world by storm, and has overwhelmed this artist to the point of awe. The cave drawings were found by archaeologist Marc Azema and French artist Florent Rivere, who suggest that Paleolithic artists who lived as long as 30,000 years ago used animation effects on cave walls, which explains the multiple heads and limbs on animals in the drawings. The images look superimposed until flickering torch-light is passed over them, giving them movement and creating a brief animation. "Lascaux is the cave with...

Catastrophism & Astronomy

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

· 09/04/2012 8:31:09 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Theoria ·
· 29 replies ·
· Discover Magazine ·
· 29 Aug 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, a...

Climate

 Coral links ice to ancient 'mega flood'

· 03/30/2012 12:44:46 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Red Badger ·
· 28 replies ·
· www.physorg.com ·
· 03-30-2012 ·
· Provided by Oxford University ·

Coral off Tahiti has linked the collapse of massive ice sheets 14,600 years ago to a dramatic and rapid rise in global sea-levels of around 14 metres. Previous research could not accurately date the sea-level rise but now an Aix-Marseille University-led team, including Oxford University scientists Alex Thomas and Gideon Henderson, has confirmed that the event occurred 14,650-14,310 years ago at the same time as a period of rapid climate change known as the Bölling warming. The finding will help scientists currently modelling future climate change scenarios to factor in the dynamic behaviour of major ice sheets. A report of...

Anatolia

 Human Impact Felt On Black Sea Long Before Industrial Era

· 09/08/2012 6:13:53 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 13 replies ·
· ScienceDaily ·
· September 4, 2012 ·
· Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst ·

In the delta's early stages of development, the river deposited its sediment within a protected bay. As the delta expanded onto the Black Sea shelf in the late Holocene and was exposed to greater waves and currents, rather than seeing the decline in sediment storage that he expected, Giosan found the opposite. The delta continued to grow. In fact, it has tripled its storage rate. If an increase in river runoff was responsible for the unusual rapid build up of sediment in the delta, says Giosan, the question is, "Was this extraordinary event in the Danube delta felt in the...

Black Sea Flood

 The great flood legends -- ancient misreadings of the fossil record?

· 06/21/2004 7:49:48 AM PDT ·
· Posted by aculeus ·
· 64 replies · 1,338+ views ·
· Antiquity ·
· June 2004 ·
· Richard K. Jeck ·

Over the past two decades there have been renewed attempts to search for remains of Noah's ark and to discover evidence of the biblical Flood itself. In the early 1980s, several expeditions led by an American astronaut and others ascended Mt. Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's ark in northern Turkey, in an unsuccessful search for remains of the ark. More recently, evidence has been reported that the Black Sea may have formed suddenly about 7500 years ago by break-through flooding from the Mediterranean Sea (Ryan & Pitman 1998; Ballard 2001). These authors speculate that this natural disaster (for...

Underwater Archaeology

 Shipwreck in 'exceptional' condition discovered by archaeologists in France

· 09/08/2012 9:36:29 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 4 replies ·
· Le Monde via Guardian Weekly ·
· Tuesday 4 September 2012 ·
· Stéphane Foucart ·

It looks like the rib cage of a large marine mammal, whose bones turned black as it was fossilised. The wreck was discovered in May during a dig in Antibes, on the French Riviera, prior to construction of a car park on the site of the Roman port of Antipolis. Archaeologists have gradually uncovered a 15-metre length of hull and structural timbers, in "exceptional" condition, according to Giulia Boetto, a specialist in ship design at Aix-Marseille University who is involved in the dig. Saw and adze marks are still visible on the wood. Luckily the ground in which it was...

Roman Empire

 Buried but found: First images of a lost Roman town

· 09/10/2012 6:02:01 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 25 replies ·
· Phys.org ·
· Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ·
· U of Cambridge ·

Originally founded as a Roman colony in the 4th century BCE, the site of Interamna Lirenas lies in the Liri Valley in Southern Lazio, about 50 miles south of Rome itself. After it was abandoned around the year 500 CE, it was scavenged for building materials and, over time, its remains were completely lost from view. Today, the site is an uninterrupted stretch of farmland, with no recognisable archaeological features. Now, researchers have successfully produced the first images of the ancient site, using geophysical methods that allowed them to look beneath the surface of the earth and map the layout...

Faith & Philosophy

 Reservoir from time of King Solomon found in Jerusalem

· 09/10/2012 4:39:23 PM PDT ·
· Posted by little jeremiah ·
· 12 replies ·
· Fox News ·
· September 10, 2012 ·

Archaeologists have found an ancient water reservoir in Jerusalem that may have been used by pilgrims coming to the Temple Mount, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced. The IAA said the cistern could have held 66,000 gallons (250 cubic meters) of water; it likely dates back to the era of the First Temple, which, according to the Hebrew Bible, was constructed by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. and then destroyed 400 years later. Israeli archaeologists believe the reservoir served the general public in the ancient city, but say its location hints at...

Ancient Autopsies

 Tutankhamun's death and the birth of monotheism

· 09/10/2012 6:16:15 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 26 replies ·
· New Scientist ·
· 5 September 2012 ·
· Jessica Hamzelou ·

...says Hutan Ashrafian, a surgeon with an interest in medical history at Imperial College London. Tutankhamun died young with a feminised physique, and so did his immediate predecessors. Paintings and sculptures show that Smenkhkare, an enigmatic pharaoh who may have been Tutankhamun's uncle or older brother, and Akhenaten, thought to have been the boy king's father, both had feminised figures, with unusually large breasts and wide hips. Two pharaohs that came before Akhenaten -- Amenhotep III and Tuthmosis IV -- seem to have had similar physiques. All of these kings died young and mysteriously, says Ashrafian. "There are so many...

Let's Have Jerusalem

 Land near Petra was a green oasis in the past

· 09/08/2012 9:30:00 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 21 replies ·
· Past Horizons ·
· September 2012 ·
· unattributed ·

About 15 km to the east of the ancient city of Petra, archaeologists from the University of Leiden have discovered an impressive network of ancient water conservation measures and irrigated field systems... In Antiquity, an ingenious system of underground canals, hacked out of the limestone bedrock, in addition to specially built aqueducts and reservoirs with capacities of millions of litres of water, transformed this marginal region into a complex man-made landscape. This is a fantastic example of ancient water-management technology, constructed to irrigate the surrounding terraced field systems... It is possible that parts of this agricultural system -- which was...

Epigraphy & Language

 US opposes penalty for Russia over historic books

· 09/11/2012 3:41:35 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SJackson ·
· 14 replies ·
· Seattle Times ·
· 9-11-12 ·
· Frederic J. Frommer ·

The Obama administration is opposing a Jewish group's bid to have civil fines levied against Russia for failing to obey a court order to return its historic books and documents -- a dispute that has halted the loan of Russian art works for exhibit in the United States. WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is opposing a Jewish group's bid to have civil fines levied against Russia for failing to obey a court order to return its historic books and documents -- a dispute that has halted the loan of Russian art works for exhibit in the United States. In a...

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 Mammoth tooth found at Transbay dig

· 09/13/2012 1:22:15 AM PDT ·
· Posted by thecodont ·
· 11 replies ·
· San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ·
· Wednesday, September 12, 2012 ·
· Updated 10:55 p.m. ·
· Michael Cabanatuan ·

A seemingly ordinary day at the Transbay Transit Center construction site became a mammoth day of discovery Monday when a mild-mannered crane operator reached deep into the earth and pulled out a tooth. This was no ordinary tooth. The 10-inch-long brown, black and beige chomper, broken in two and missing a chunk, once belonged to a woolly mammoth, an elephantine creature that roamed the grassy valley that's now San Francisco Bay 10 million to 15 million years ago in the Pleistocene epoch. Other woolly mammoth fossils have been found in the Bay Area, including in San Francisco about 2 miles...

Mammoth Told Me...

 Mammoth fragments raise cloning hopes

· 09/15/2012 11:44:55 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 9 replies ·
· Telegraph (UK) ·
· Tuesday, September 11, 2012 ·
· AP ·

Well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments have been discovered deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a tad closer to the possibility of cloning a prehistoric animal, the mission's organiser has said. Russia's North-Eastern Federal University said an international team of researchers had discovered mammoth hair, soft tissues and bone marrow some 328 feet (100 meters) underground during a summer expedition in the northeastern province of Yakutia. Expedition chief Semyon Grigoryev said Korean scientists with the team had set a goal of finding living cells in the hope of cloning a mammoth. Scientists have previously found bones and fragments...

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 'Junk DNA' Debunked

· 09/14/2012 8:48:31 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Olog-hai ·
· 11 replies ·
· Wall Street Journal ·
· September 5, 2012, 2:01 p.m. ET ·
· Gautam Naik and Robert Lee Hotz ·

The deepest look into the human genome so far shows it to be a richer, messier and more intriguing place than was believed just a decade ago, scientists said Wednesday. While the findings underscore the challenges of tackling complex diseases, they also offer scientists new terrain to unearth better treatments. Encode succeeded the Human Genome Project, which identified the 20,000 genes that underpin the blueprint of human biology. But scientists discovered that those 20,000 genes constituted less than 2% of the human genome. The task of Encode was to explore the remaining 98% -- the so-called junk DNA -- that lies between those...

Middle Ages & the Renaissance

 Have UK archaeologists found Richard III's skeleton?

· 09/12/2012 12:14:15 PM PDT ·
· Posted by TnGOP ·
· 24 replies ·
· Reuters ·
· 09/12/2012 ·
· Michael Holden ·

(Reuters) -- Archaeologists searching for the body of England's King Richard III under a city centre parking lot said on Wednesday they had found remains which could be those of the monarch depicted by Shakespeare as an evil, deformed, child-murdering monster.


 Skeleton found in Leicester could be Richard III

· 09/12/2012 9:09:02 PM PDT ·
· Posted by MrsEmmaPeel ·
· 35 replies ·
· CBC News ·
· Sept 12, 2012 ·
· CBC News ·

Archeologists at the University of Leicester in central England say they have discovered a human skeleton with battle wounds and a curved spine that could be the remains of King Richard III.

The Civil War

 Civil War "Blockade Runner" Warship Washes Up On Alabama Beach

· 09/04/2012 10:13:29 AM PDT ·
· Posted by trailhkr1 ·
· 21 replies ·
· The Daily Mail ·
· 9-4-12 ·
· The Daily Mail ·

Gulf Coast residents are getting a history lesson after a mysterious ship popped up on the beach after Hurricane Isaac. The wreckage of a presumed Civil War warship washed up in Fort Meyer, Alabama, near Mobile, after the Category 1 storm barreled down on the Gulf Cost.

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Colour film of 1901, judged world's earliest ever, found at media museum

· 09/14/2012 6:49:33 PM PDT ·
· Posted by lowbridge ·
· 26 replies ·
· guardian ·
· september 12, 2012 ·
· mark brown ·

There is not much of a plot -- goldfish in bowl -- but the scene and others from the same rolls of film were revealed on Wednesday as the earliest colour moving images ever made in a discovery that does nothing less than "rewrite film history". The National Media Museum in Bradford said it had found what it contends are truly historic films from 1901/02, pre-dating what had been thought to be the first successful colour process -- Kinemacolor -- by eight years. "We believe this will literally rewrite film history," said the museum's head of collections, Paul Goodman. "I don't think it is...

Longer Perspectives

 Are Democrats Really the "Pro-Science" Party?

· 09/10/2012 2:29:35 PM PDT ·
· Posted by neverdem ·
· 84 replies ·
· realclearpolitics.com ·
· September 10, 2012 ·
· Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell ·

A narrative has developed over the past several years that the Republican Party is anti-science. Recently, thanks to the ignorant remarks about rape made by Rep. Todd Akin, the Democrats have seized the opportunity to remind us that they are the true champions of science in America. But is it really true? No. As we thoroughly detail in our new book, "Science Left Behind," Democrats are willing to throw science under the bus for any number of pet ideological causes -- including anything from genetic modification to vaccines. Consider California's Proposition 37, which would require genetically modified food to carry...

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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: Everything you needed to know about Barry Soetero, you learned on September 11, 2012.
Barack Hussein Obama -- "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."
They have, and you are.

Romney / Ryan in November.
Zero has to go, because it's quite literally him or us. And "him or us" isn't "lesser of two evils".

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Wouldn’t it be neat if post #1492 is made on October 8?


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If I remember, that could probably be arranged...


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Weekly Digest #427
Saturday, September 23, 2012

Roman Games

 Romans return to Caerleon

· 09/17/2012 4:06:58 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 12 replies ·
· South Wales Argus ·
· Sunday 19th August 2012 ·
· Chris Wood ·

THE Romans returned to Caerleon this weekend, with thousands of people marvelling at the battle skills which were hallmarks of their empire-building. Ars Dimicandi draws actors from all over Italy and they travel to all parts of the former Roman Empire demonstrating gladiator-style fighting, different types of duels and battle re-enactments. The group was formed by Dario Battaglia 20 years ago and he said: "The main things we show is different types of fights, armours and how a military person is different from a gladiator." It was Mr Battaglia's third time in Caerleon and the group were there as part...

Roman Britain

 Some catch! The local who wed an emperor's daughter

· 09/17/2012 3:43:59 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 19 replies ·
· This Is Kent ·
· Thursday, August 30, 2012 ·
· Dover Express ·

In about AD50 there was a rebellion against Rome throughout parts of Britannia but Arviragus did not join in. In fact, he did the dirty on his fellow Britons by allying his tribesmen with the Roman legions to put down the rebellion. After that he helped the Romans to make further inroads into Britannia. History records that the Roman emperor Claudius Caesar, the first emperor to be born outside Italy, was so delighted with the support his troops received from king Arviragus that he gave his daughter Gennissa to him in marriage. No doubt this was to strengthen the alliance...

Roman Africa

 Archaeological research into funeral rituals at Baelo Claudia

· 09/15/2012 7:13:38 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· Past Horizons ·
· September 2012 ·
· Asociacion RUVID ·

Set in the current municipality of Tarifa (Cadiz) and opposite the Moroccan coast, Baelo Claudia is one of the best preserved Roman cities in Spain. Declared a National Historic Monument in 1925, the once prosperous city was founded in the late 2nd century BC... The archaeological work conducted at the site since the early twentieth century has uncovered what is probably the best preserved city from the high imperial Roman period of the Iberian Peninsula, though many elements link it to the Mauritanian-Punic African world, especially visible in certain architectural and structural features of the forum and the temple area....

Roman Rhineland

 Excavations at the Place du Chateau in Strasbourg

· 09/16/2012 10:06:35 AM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 8 replies ·
· Past Horizons Archaeology ·
· September 2012 ·
· Source: INRAP ·

This excavation... presents a unique opportunity to explore the ancient origins of the city, to discover the Roman camp of the Legio VIII Augusta, and to uncover remains associated with the construction of the cathedral. The origins of Strasbourg coincide with the installation of the Roman army. The Legio VIII Augusta was established in the ancient city of Argentorate in the 90's AD. Its 6000 men built a permanent camp covering nearly 20 hectares, which would later become the core of the Episcopal city during the Middle Ages, now the current centre of the city. In the context of several...

Roman Gaul

 Roman military camp dating back to the conquest of Gaul
  throws light on a part of world history


· 09/15/2012 7:36:07 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 25 replies ·
· Institute of Pre- and Protohistory ·
· Friday, September 14, 2012 ·
· Dr. Sabine Hornung ·

In the vicinity of Hermeskeil, a small town some 30 kilometers southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have confirmed the location of the oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany to date. These findings shed new light on the Roman conquest of Gaul. The camp was presumably built during Julius Caesars' Gallic War in the late 50s B.C. Nearby lies a late Celtic settlement with monumental fortifications known as the "Hunnenring" or "Circle of the Huns," which functioned as one of the...

Roman Greece

 Painted Roman tomb found in Corinth

· 09/15/2012 7:49:35 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 17 replies ·
· Past Horizons ·
· September 2012 ·
· Central Archaeological Council ·

A Roman period tomb containing vivid murals was found in January 2012 during excavation work on the new highway between Corinth-Patras in Greece, according to a report in To BHMA newspaper... The underground chamber tomb has been dated stylistically to the 3rd century CE and measures 2.40 x 2.30 metres internally. The roof, which has been partially damaged is barrel vaulted. There are two decorated sarcophagi, one of which is not well preserved, but the other contains a picture of a beautiful young woman lying on a bed. Within the sarcophagus were two urns, one of which contained a female...

Roman Anatolia

 Enormous Roman Mosaic Found Under Farmer's Field

· 09/18/2012 4:02:49 PM PDT ·
· Posted by mojito ·
· 65 replies ·
· Yahoo ·
· 9/17/2012 ·
· Stephanie Pappas ·

A giant poolside mosaic featuring intricate geometric patterns has been unearthed in southern Turkey, revealing the far-reaching influence of the Roman Empire at its peak. The mosaic, which once decorated the floor of a bath complex, abuts a 25-foot (7-meter)-long pool, which would have been open to the air, said Michael Hoff, a University of Nebraska, Lincoln art historian and director of the mosaic excavation. The find likely dates to the third or fourth century, Hoff said. The mosaic itself is an astonishing 1,600 square feet (149 square meters) -- the size of a modest family home. [....] So far,...

Faith & Philosophy

 Suggestion of a married Jesus --
  Ancient papyrus shows that some early Christians believed he wed


· 09/18/2012 11:20:37 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Red Badger ·
· 102 replies ·
· Harvard Gazette ·
· 09-18-2012 ·
· contr. by Alvin Powell ·

Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, Harvard Professor Karen King told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies today. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of the ancient text at the congress' meeting, held every four years and hosted this year by the Vatican's Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. The four words that appear on the fragment translate to "Jesus said to them, my wife." The words, written in Coptic, a language of Egyptian Christians, are on a...


 A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife

· 09/18/2012 2:35:59 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Altariel ·
· 84 replies ·
· NY Times ·
· September 18, 2012 ·
· Laurie Goodstein ·

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: "Jesus said to them, "My wife ...' " The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, "she will be able to be my disciple." The...


 A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife (Written in Coptic in the fourth century)

· 09/18/2012 5:05:46 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SeekAndFind ·
· 99 replies ·
· New York Times ·
· 09/18/2012 ·
· Laurie Goodstein ·

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: "Jesus said to them, "My wife ...' " The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, "she will be able to be my disciple." The...


 The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus (Married!)

· 09/19/2012 6:49:40 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 80 replies ·
· Smithsonian Magazine ·
· 9-18-2012 ·
· Ariel Sabar ·

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...


 Five big questions about the 'Jesus' wife' papyrus

· 09/20/2012 6:02:24 PM PDT ·
· Posted by count-your-change ·
· 83 replies ·
· Houston Chronicale ·
· Thursday, September 20, 2012 ·
· Alessandro Speciale ·

In a surprise announcement that seemed scripted by novelist Dan Brown, a Harvard professor revealed an ancient scrap of papyrus on Tuesday that refers to Jesus' wife. The so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" presents a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, said Karen King, a respected historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School.

Africa

 The Mystery of Ethiopian Iconography

· 09/18/2012 12:38:25 PM PDT ·
· Posted by marshmallow ·
· 11 replies ·
· Orthodox Arts Journal ·
· 8/10/12 ·
· Jonathan Pageau ·

Ethiopian Christianity presents many mysteries to us, their unique use of Old Testament typology, their concentric churches, their claim of having the Ark of the Covenent and its use in liturgy -- these all create an obscure but fascinating question. I went to Ethiopia in 2009 to discover more about their liturgical arts. I would like to share some of my findings with you. This is just to give you a taste since of course one could easily write a book on the subject. I will focus on the Lake Tana churches and mostly one church : Kidana Mhiret on...

Let's Have Jerusalem

 Heavenly Egyptian Charm Found in Israeli City

· 09/16/2012 7:49:43 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 16 replies ·
· LiveScience ·
· Monday, September 10, 2012 ·
· Staff ·

A rare scarab amulet newly unearthed in Tel Aviv reveals the ancient Egyptian presence in this modern Israeli city. Archaeologists excavating the ancient city of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, have long uncovered evidence of Egyptian influence. Now, researchers have learned that a gateway belonging to an Egyptian fortification in Jaffa was destroyed and rebuilt at least four times. They have also found the scarab, which bears the cartouche of the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III... Scarabs were common charms in ancient Egypt, representing the journey of the sun across the sky and the cycle of life. Jaffa was the...

Ancient Autopsies

 Mystery of King Tut's death solved?

· 09/18/2012 1:40:31 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 34 replies ·
· ABC News (Via Yahoo) ·
· 9-14-2012 ·
· Matthew Rosenbaum ·

The mystery of King Tut's death might finally be solved, according to one scientist who argues that the secret to the young pharaoh's demise is hidden in plain sight. Dr. Hutan Ashrafian, a lecturer and surgeon at the Imperial College London, says the key to the mystery lies in the art from the period, which depicted King Tut with highly feminine features, including enlarged breasts. The enlarged breasts, he argues, are indicative of a condition known as gynecomastia, which, when added to a host of historical and familial evidence, indicates that Tutankhamun might have suffered and eventually died from temporal...

The Phoenicians

 Ancient Baby Graveyard Not for Child Sacrifice, Scientists Say

· 09/20/2012 1:09:45 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 24 replies ·
· Live Science ·
· 9-19-2012 ·
· Tia Ghose ·

A Carthaginian burial site was not for child sacrifice but was instead a graveyard for babies and fetuses, researchers now say. A new study of the ancient North African site offers the latest volley in a debate over the primary purpose of the graveyard, long thought to be a place of sacred sacrifice. "It's all very great, cinematic stuff, but whether that was a constant daily activity ― I think our analysis contradicts that," said study co-author Jeffrey Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh....

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 Mexican Experts Explore Tomb of Presumed 5th-Century Mayan Leader

· 09/15/2012 7:18:23 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 10 replies ·
· foxnewslatino ·
· Friday, September 14, 2012 ·
· EFE ·

Mexican experts entered for the first time a 1,500-year-old funerary chamber in Palenque believed to contain the remains of one of the first rulers of this Mayan city... K'uk Bahlam I, who came to power in 431 A.D. and founded the dynasty to which the famed Mayan ruler Pakal belonged. The royal tomb, discovered 13 years ago inside Temple 20 of this archaeological zone in the southern state of Chiapas, is at least two centuries older than the tomb of Pakal, discovered 50 years ago at the same site... "As for dates, we're looking at the birth of the Palenque...

The Vikings

 The English inspired Vikings to build cities

· 09/19/2012 4:57:29 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 11 replies ·
· ScienceNordic.com ·
· 9-16-2012 ·
· Anne Ringgaard ·

When Danish Vikings sailed across the North Sea and conquered England, they left their mark on the English language and place names. That's common knowledge, at least to historians. What's perhaps less known is that the influence cut both ways. Although England was under Danish rule in the Viking Age, the English were culturally and politically more sophisticated than their neighbours to the east. Historian Marie B¯nl¯kke Spejlborg was one of the more than 300 Norse mythology researchers who attended the 15th International Saga Conference held recently in Aarhus, Denmark. She is currently writing her PhD thesis about how the...

Middle Ages & the Renaissance

 Body of Richard III found (possibly)

· 09/16/2012 10:58:10 PM PDT ·
· Posted by 2ndDivisionVet ·
· 7 replies ·
· Persicope Post ·
· September 13, 2012 ·

The background Archeologists from Leicester University have uncovered an intact skeleton which they believe is that of Richard III, the king whose reputation as a ruthless hunchback comes from William Shakespeare's play. The skeleton has a deformed spine, and is at the site of Grey Friars church, where Richard was thought to have been buried after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, where he was defeated by Henry Tudor. His grave is now underneath a council car park in Leicester. DNA tests will reveal whether he's really the king or not -- it's an adult male, with spinal abnormalities that...

Biology & Cryptobiology

 Old fish, new fish, red fish, blue fish
  cichlid fish appear to be splitting into two species


· 10/01/2008 7:22:16 PM PDT ·
· Posted by Soliton ·
· 24 replies · 731+ views ·
· Science Daily ·
· October 1st, 2008 ·

Some cichlid fish see red better while others only have eyes for blue. This difference in vision, observed in fish in an African lake, could be pushing red-bodied cichlids to branch off from their blue-bodied brethren and to form a new species. If so, it would be the first time that scientists have caught evolution in the act of creating a new species because of changes in sense organs. For one species to diverge into two, some barrier must prevent two groups of individuals from interbreeding. Physical separation of two groups and changes to reproductive organs are two of the...

Megaliths & Archaeoastronomy

 Ancient henge discovered in North Downs [ near Hollingbourne ]

· 09/16/2012 7:41:07 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 6 replies ·
· Kent Online ·
· Saturday, September 8, 2012 ·
· Chris Hunter ·

An ancient ceremonial site the size of Stonehenge has been discovered on the North Downs. The exact purpose of the site -- a neolithic "henge" near Hollingbourne -- remains shrouded in mystery, but a large amount of burnt bone and pottery uncovered suggest it was used in a ritual capacity for almost 2000 years, as far back as 2500BC, the end of the Stone Age. Dr Paul Wilkinson (pictured below) of the Kent Archaeological Field School, which led the investigation, said the first tantalising clue had come in the form of a circular mark spotted in satellite images of a...

Epigraphy & Language

 Theory: Music underlies language acquisition

· 09/19/2012 5:02:40 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Pharmboy ·
· 43 replies ·
· Rice University ·
· September 18, 2012 ·
· B.J. Almond ·

HOUSTON -- (Sept. 18, 2012) -- Contrary to the prevailing theories that music and language are cognitively separate or that music is a byproduct of language, theorists at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) advocate that music underlies the ability to acquire language. "Spoken language is a special type of music," said Anthony Brandt, co-author of a theory paper published online this month in the journal Frontiers in Cognitive Auditory Neuroscience. "Language is typically viewed as fundamental to human intelligence, and music is often treated as being dependent on or derived from...

Rock Art

 Uncovered: Secrets of Ilkley Moor's rock art

· 09/16/2012 7:38:06 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 12 replies ·
· Yorkshire Post ·
· Friday, September 14, 2012 ·
· Andrew Robinson ·

It is a 4,000-year-old mystery just waiting to be solved... Are they way markers, religious symbols, star charts or just 'doodles' done by early farmers with a bit of time on their hands? ...There are more than 400 known rock carvings, known as 'cup and ring' stones, on Rombalds Moor, which includes Ilkley Moor, and they are thought to date back to before the Pyramids were built. Members of Friends of Ilkley Moor are busy mapping the exact locations of the stones, noting down their co-ordinates and taking photographs for posterity. And now the Friends have launched a Cup and...

Prehistory & Origins

 Skilled hunters 300,000 years ago

· 09/18/2012 3:12:27 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 18 replies ·
· Past Horizons ·
· September 2012 ·
· University of Tubingen ·

Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen in Germany have found eight extremely well-preserved spears -- an astonishing 300,000 years old, making them the oldest known weapons anywhere. The spears and other artefacts as well as animal remains found at the site demonstrate that their users were highly skilled craftsmen and hunters, well adapted to their environment -- with a capacity for abstract thought and complex planning comparable to our own. It is likely that they were members of the species Homo heidelbergensis, although no human remains have yet been found at the site... excavation in an open-cast brown coal mine...

Neandertal / Neanderthal

 Neanderthals used feathers as 'personal ornaments'

· 09/18/2012 12:26:03 PM PDT ·
· Posted by BenLurkin ·
· 31 replies ·
· bbc ·
· 17 September 2012 ·
· Paul Rincon ·

Clive Finlayson and Kimberly Brown from the Gibraltar Museum, along with colleagues from Spain, Canada and Belgium, examined a database of 1,699 ancient sites across Eurasia, comparing data on birds at locations used by humans with those that were not. They found a clear association between raptor and corvid remains and sites that had been occupied by humans. They then looked more closely at bird bones found at Neanderthal sites in Gibraltar, including Gorham's and Vanguard cave, near the base of the rock: "The Neanderthals had cut through and marked the bones. But what were they cutting? We realised a...

Glaciation / The Ice Ages

 Did a Pacific Ocean meteor trigger the Ice Age?

· 09/20/2012 5:02:02 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 33 replies ·
· PhysOrg ·
· 9-19-2012 ·

(Phys.org) -- When a huge meteor collided with Earth about 2.5 million years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean it not only likely generated a massive tsunami but also may have plunged the world into the Ice Ages, a new study suggests. A team of Australian researchers says that because the Eltanin meteor -- which was up to two kilometres across -- crashed into deep water, most scientists have not adequately considered either its potential for immediate catastrophic impacts on coastlines around the Pacific rim or its capacity to destabilise the entire planet's climate system. "This is the only known deep-ocean impact...

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 Challengers to Clovis-age impact theory missed key protocols, new study finds

· 09/20/2012 7:18:47 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 46 replies ·
· Eurekalert! ·
· September 17, 2012 ·
· Jim Barlow, U of Oregon ·

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from seven U.S. institutions says a disregard of three critical protocols, including sorting samples by size, explains why a group challenging the theory of a North American meteor-impact event some 12,900 years ago failed to find iron- and silica-rich magnetic particles in the sites they investigated. Not separating samples of the materials into like-sized groupings made for an avoidable layer of difficulty, said co-author Edward K. Vogel, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. The new independent analysis -- published this week in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National...


 Asteroid Impact Played Pivotal Role in Rapid Proliferation of Life

· 05/20/2003 11:01:28 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Mike Darancette ·
· 67 replies · 374+ views ·
· Australian Centre for Astrobiology ·
· May 2003 ·
· Australian Centre for Astrobiology ·

Scientists studying rocks near an ancient asteroid impact structure in South Australian have uncovered evidence that could change current theories explaining how life on Earth rapidly diversified about 580 million years ago. Dr Kath Grey of the Western Australian Department of Industry and Resources' Geological survey and an ACA associate researcher, Prof Malcolm Walter, Director of the ACA and Dr Clive Calver of the Tasmanian Department of Mineral Resources challenge the idea that 'Snowball Earth' -- an intense period of glaciation about 600 million years ago, triggered the evolution of simple life forms into more complex and familiar species. In...


 Evidence For Cosmic Impact In Early Mass Extinction Found

· 06/17/2003 7:56:11 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Mike Darancette ·
· 8 replies · 200+ views ·
· Lousiana State University ·
· 11 June 2003 ·
· Ronald Brown ·

It's the stuff of science fiction movies. Bruce Willis, by a mighty effort, saving the world from extinction by a huge meteor. But Bruce Willis won't do it, and in our current state of readiness, neither will anyone else (sic!). That is why LSU geophysicist Brooks Ellwood is plumbing the geologic record, trying to correlate known mass extinctions to meteor strikes. "When we think about the human race and life in general, what do we worry about? We worry about nuclear holocaust and major glaciation. Then we worry about the giant chunks of rock that fly past Earth all the...

The Minoans

 Will Ancient Akrotiri Face Another Massive Eruption?

· 09/21/2012 5:50:59 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 21 replies ·
· Popular Archaeology ·
· September 2012 ·

The ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri was destroyed by a massive eruption over 3,000 years ago. Will it happen again soon to the excavated remains and the modern town? Scientists uncover some possible signs..... Now, a new survey suggests that a chamber of molten rock beneath Santorini's volcano has expanded 10-20 million cubic metres -- up to 15 times the size of London's Olympic Stadium -- between January 2011 and April 2012. The growth of this 'balloon' of magma has seen the surface of the island rise 8-14 centimetres during this period, a team led by Oxford University scientists has...

The Greeks

 How the Greeks Gave Form to the West

· 01/17/2004 10:59:32 AM PST ·
· Posted by quidnunc ·
· 9 replies · 253+ views ·
· Rocky Mountain News ·
· January 15, 2004 ·
· Vincent Carroll with Thomas Cahill ·

Thomas Cahill's "How the Irish Saved Civilization" was a surprise best-seller in the mid-1990s. Since then he has released three other highly regarded books in a planned seven-part work he calls the "Hinges of History" that chronicle the origins of the modern world. "They are The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels" (1998); "Desire of the Everlasting Hills: the World Before and After Jesus" (1999); and most recently "Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter" (2003) all published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. Cahill was recently in Denver and...

Black Sea Flood


 From Ancient Deforestation, a Delta Is Born

· 09/17/2012 11:43:59 AM PDT ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 8 replies ·
· Green Blog -- N.Y. Times ·
· 9-14-2012 ·
· Rachel Nuwer ·

Humans were tampering with nature long before the Industrial Revolution's steam and internal combustion engines arrived on the scene. The invention of agriculture around 8,000 years ago, some argue, significantly changed ecosystems as it spread around the globe. Although scientists are only just beginning to understand how these ancient alterations shaped our world today, a new study in Scientific Reports suggests that millennium-old development along the Danube River in Eastern Europe significantly changed the Black Sea ecosystem and helped create the lush Danube Delta in Romania and Ukraine. "My team had a big surprise," said Liviu Giosan, a geologist at...

Paleontology

 Guinea-zilla? World's largest rodent sibling to guinea pigs -- Roughly the size of a buffalo

· 09/18/2003 11:33:19 AM PDT ·
· Posted by bedolido ·
· 13 replies · 1,248+ views ·
· Eurekalert ·
· 09/18/03 ·
· Ginger Pinholster/Christina Smith ·

Roughly the size of a buffalo, a giant rodent that roamed the banks of an ancient Venezuelan river some 8 million years ago, dining on sea grass and dodging crocodiles, was an evolutionary sibling to modern-day guinea pigs. The largest rodent that ever lived, Phoberomys pattersoni, weighed about 1,545 pounds (700 kilograms) -- more than 10 times the size of today's rodent heavyweight, the 110-pound (50 kilograms) capybara. "Imagine a weird guinea pig, but huge, with a long tail for balancing on its hind legs and continuously growing teeth," said Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra of Germany's University of Tübingen. "It was...

Climate

 [Rut Roe] Another Global Warming Theory Discredited

· 02/08/2004 5:58:26 PM PST ·
· Posted by The Raven ·
· 15 replies · 872+ views ·
· Cntr for the Study of CO2 & Global Change ·
· Feb 8, 2004 ·
· Sherwood, Keith and Craig Idso ·

Low-Frequency Signals in Long Tree-Ring Chronologies Reveal the Existence of Multi-Centennial-Scale Temperature Trends of the Past Millennium* Volume 7, Number 5: 4 February 2004 If the Medieval Warm Period of a thousand years ago was truly warmer than, or merely as warm as, the Modern Warm Period in which we currently live, there is simply no basis for claiming that any of the warming that brought us out of the Little Ice Age was caused by the concomitant historical rise in the air's CO2 content (Idso, 1988). This is the reason why proponents of legislation to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions...

Australia & the Pacific

 Tomb Raiders Spoil Philippine Archaeological Find

· 09/22/2012 12:30:01 AM PDT ·
· Posted by lbryce ·
· 4 replies ·
· Phys.org ·
· September 22, 2012 ·
· Staff ·

Philippine archaeologists said Friday they had discovered a thousand-year old cemetery of rock coffins in a rainforest, but that tomb-raiders had found it decades earlier and stolen precious artefacts. The coffins are rectangular holes carved into a limestone hill, a burial method documented only in two other areas of eastern Asia, the leader of the National Museum's archaeological dig, Eusebio Dizon, told AFP. Dizon said local officials informed the museum last year about the site, in a forest about 200 kilometres (125 miles) southeast of Manila. "(But) treasure hunters had been there before, in the 1960s and the 1970s, and...

Central Asia

 2012 Issyk Kul Expedition: Search for a Sunken Palace

· 09/21/2012 6:17:33 PM PDT ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 8 replies ·
· National Geographic ·
· September 6, 2012 ·
· Kristin Romey ·

Early on, Issyk Kul also drew attention from researchers for the remains that lie beneath its stunning cobalt waters. It's an endorheic lake (meaning that it has no outlet) with abundant underwater springs, and the water level has fluctuated dramatically over the centuries, submerging settlements, buildings and even entire cities that had been established on earlier shorelines. Issyk Kul was one of the earliest sites for underwater archaeological research in Central Asia, with divers exploring its depths as long ago as the 1860s. In the Middle Ages, the region around the lake was hotly contested by two divergent lines of...

Dhimmitude

 The Louvre's New Islamic Galleries Bring Riches to Light

· 09/19/2012 3:26:47 PM PDT ·
· Posted by EveningStar ·
· 5 replies ·
· New York Times ·
· September 19, 2012 ·
· Carol Vogel ·

PARIS -- When I. M. Pei's glass pyramid opened at the Louvre more than 20 years ago, many argued that this 70-foot-tall structure had destroyed the classical beauty of one of the world's great museums. But today, as crowds wait on long lines outside the pyramid, which serves as the Louvre's main entrance, what once seemed audacious has become as accepted a part of the city's visual landscape as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe. Now the museum is again risking the public's wrath as it introduces the most radical architectural intervention since the pyramid in 1989. Designed...

Early America

 Hidden Treasure in an Old Log Cabin

· 09/18/2012 4:39:03 AM PDT ·
· Posted by djone ·
· 26 replies ·
· myruraltv.com ·

"After nearly four decades of tearing down and restoring old log structures a Virginia man has seen a lot of history. When it came time for him and his new bride to restore one for themselves they had no idea just how much history they would uncover." ...In and and around an old cabin were Spanish coins, minnie balls, a spanish crossbow arrowhead and indian artifacts...(2 minute video)

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Legendary Outlaw Butch Cassidy's "Amnesty" Colt .45 To Be Auctioned This Month

· 09/20/2012 7:35:29 PM PDT ·
· Posted by smokingfrog ·
· 20 replies ·
· Sacbee.com ·
· 19 September 2012 ·
· RMK Svc ·

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, September 30, 2012, California Auctioneers in Ventura, California, will auction off the Colt .45 SAA (Serial Number 158402) that belonged to Robert LeRoy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy, the legendary bank thief, train robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang -- the notorious Wyoming-based bandits that stalked the American West throughout the 1890s. His legacy as an icon of the American Old West was immortalized in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Known as the "Amnesty Colt," this is the most documented of Cassidy's guns. Hunted by...

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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: Lotta trolls are operating on FR, but mostly not related to GGG topics -- obviously the election is growing near, and Zero is behind *and* everyone knows it.

Everything you needed to know about Barry Soetero, you learned on September 11, 2012.
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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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Everything you needed to know about Barry Soetero, you learned on September 11, 2012.
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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
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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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Saturday, October 13, 2012
 
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30 topics, kind of a lot really, and massive variety. I'm going to rip this issue out, because I've barely accomplished anything today.
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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #431
Saturday, October 20, 2012

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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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
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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: Trolls arrive in topics trying to stir up sectarian turmoil and other animosity. They are FINOs and CINOs.

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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Here are this week's topics, links only, by order of addition to the list:

Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #432
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 ·
· 6 replies ·
· 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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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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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 ·
· 228+ views ·
· 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"...

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 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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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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 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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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.
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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. =)


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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?
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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.


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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.


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Bookmarked it immediately. 2004. Just wow. What an archive!


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Here are this week's topics, links only, by order of addition to the list:

Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Weekly Digest #435
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Let's Have Jerusalem

 8,500-Year-Old Well Unearthed in Israel, Mystery Surrounds Two Human Skeletons

· 11/17/2012 1:11:55 PM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 1 replies ·
· Science News ·
· Thursday, November 8th, 2012 ·
· Sergio Prostak ·

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have unearthed an ancient well dating to the Neolithic period some 8,500 years ago in the Jezreel Valley. "The impressive well that was revealed was connected to an ancient farming settlement and it seems the inhabitants used it for their subsistence and living. The upper part of the well was built of stones and its lower part was hewn in the bedrock. Two capstones, which narrowed the opening, were set in place at the top of the well. It is about 8 m deep and its upper part measures about 1.3 m in diameter,"...

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 Life Drains Away From Lost Tribe Of Mountain Jews

· 04/27/2003 4:47:57 PM PDT ·
· Posted by blam ·
· 7 replies ·
· The Telegraph (UK) ·
· 4-27-2003 ·
· Tom Parfitt ·

Life drains away from lost tribe of Mountain Jews By Tom Parfitt in Azerbaijan (Filed: 27/04/2003) One of the most isolated Jewish communities in the world is struggling for survival as its young people leave in droves seeking a better life in the West. The population of Krasnaya Sloboda in northern Azerbaijan has fallen to 4,000 from the 18,000 who lived here during the Communist era. Lured by the prospect of better wages and an easier life, young Jews are fleeing abroad, raising fears that the community could dwindle and die. "Soon there may be no one left," said God...

Religion of Pieces

 Arabs Burning First Temple Pillars

· 11/04/2012 10:57:46 PM PST ·
· Posted by Dogbert41 ·
· 46 replies ·
· Israel National News ·
· 11/04/2012 ·
· David Lev ·

A group of Jews that ascended the Temple Mount Sunday were shocked to see that ancient beams of wood that had apparently been used during the period of the Holy Temple were being used as firewood by Arabs on the Mount, and off it. Archaeologists have dated the wood as far back as the First Temple period, and appear to be among the celebrated "Cedars of Lebanon" mentioned in the Tanach.

Epigraphy & Language

 Dead Sea Scrolls and Masada Scrolls Written by Same Scribe

· 11/16/2012 8:22:25 AM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 17 replies ·
· Popular Archaeology ·
· 11-7-2012 ·

Israeli paleographer Ada Yardeni has recently identified 50 Dead Sea scrolls found near Qumran in Israel as having been penned by the same scribe, a scribe who also penned scrolls that have been found at the Herodian mountain-top fortress of Masada, where Jewish rebel zealots made their last suicidal stand against the Romans in 73 A.D.The subject scrolls were previously discovered in six different caves in the area of the Qumran site. In an article authored by Sidnie White Crawford and published in the November/December 2012 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Crawford writes that documents penned by the same scribe and found...

Egypt

 "Destroy the idols,' Egyptian jihadist calls for removal of Sphinx, Pyramids

· 11/12/2012 7:52:09 AM PST ·
· Posted by Nachum ·
· 68 replies ·
· Al Arabiya ·
· 11/12/2012 ·
· By AL ARABIYA ·

An Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the Taliban, called for the "destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt," drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues, local media reported this week. Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such "idols." "All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues," he said on Saturday during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely watched by...

Ancient Autopsies

 Who stabbed Ginger in the back? Scan reveals 5,500-year-old murder mystery...

· 11/17/2012 6:45:28 AM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 23 replies ·
· Daily Mail ·
· Friday, November 16, 2012 ·
· Mark Prigg and Damien Gayle ·

Daniel Antoine, the museum's expert on human remains, told The Times: ..."The force is such that the blade would have penetrated through his lung." ...Examinations also showed he was a young man, aged between just 18 and 20 when he was killed, and impressively muscled. Mr Antoine said he believes a lack of defensive wounds suggest Ginger was the victim of a surprise attack. A blade of copper or sharpened flint at least 5in long and 0.7in wide made the injury, he said... Professor Anders Persson of the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), a Forensic Radiology expert,...

The Iceman

 Iceman Mummy Finds His Closest Relatives

· 11/11/2012 12:44:27 PM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 37 replies ·
· Live Science ·
· 11-9-2012 ·
· Tia Ghose ·

SAN FRANCISCO --- ÷tzi the Iceman, an astonishingly well-preserved Neolithic mummy found in the Italian Alps in 1991, was a native of Central Europe, not a first-generation ÈmigrÈ from Sardinia, new research shows. And genetically, he looked a lot like other Stone Age farmers throughout Europe. he new findings, reported Thursday (Nov. 8) here at the American Society of Human Genetics conference, support the theory that farmers, and not just the technology of farming, spread during prehistoric times from the Middle East all the way to Finland. "The idea is that the spread of farming and agriculture, right now we...

Oh So Mysteriouso

 "Vampire" Skeleton Rediscovered in Britain
  (Skeleton from 550-700 A.D. Was Unearthed in 1959)

· 11/14/2012 3:25:38 PM PST ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 10 replies ·
· Discovery ·
· November 8, 2012 ·
· Rossella Lorenzi ·

Vampire Skeleton Rediscovered in Britain Photo: The Southwell deviant burial (left) as it was found in 1959 alongside further disarticulated human remains. Credit: Charles Daniels. Details of one of the few "vampire" burials in Britain have emerged as a new archaeological report details the long forgotten discovery of a skeleton found buried with metal spikes through shoulders, heart area and ankles. Dating from 550-700 A.D., the skeleton was unearthed in 1959 in the minster town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, during excavations in preparation for a new school. The dig also turned up Roman remains. Archaeologist Charles Daniels immediately recognized the skeletal...

Prehistory & Origins

 Anthropologist suggests Mediterranean islands inhabited much earlier than thought

· 11/16/2012 8:16:41 AM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 3 replies ·
· PhysOrg ·
· 11-16-2012 ·
· Bob Yirka ·

Modern science has held that islands such as Cypress and Crete were first inhabited by seafaring humans approximately 9,000 years ago by agriculturists from the late Neolithic period. Simmons writes that research over the past 20 years has cast doubt on that assumption however and suggests that it might be time to rewrite the history books. He cites evidence such as pieces of obsidian found in a cave in mainland Greece that were found to have come from Melos, an island in the Aegean Sea and were dated at 11,000 years ago as well as artifacts from recent digs on...

Africa

 Archaeologists identify spear tips used in hunting a half-million years ago

· 11/15/2012 12:05:23 PM PST ·
· Posted by Red Badger ·
· 42 replies ·
· Phys.Org ·
· U of Toronto ·

A University of Toronto-led team of anthropologists has found evidence that human ancestors used stone-tipped weapons for hunting 500,000 years ago -- 200,000 years earlier than previously thought. "This changes the way we think about early human adaptations and capacities before the origin of our own species," says Jayne Wilkins, a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and lead author of a new study in Science. "Although both Neandertals and humans used stone-tipped spears, this is the first evidence that the technology originated prior to or near the divergence of these two species," says...

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 Authorities: vandals buried objects at Ohio mound (A real tin-foil alert)

· 11/15/2012 5:52:16 AM PST ·
· Posted by xzins ·
· 22 replies ·
· WKBN Radio ·
· 11/06 10:22 am ·

Authorities are seeking people they say vandalized an ancient snake-shaped Serpent Mound by burying what may be hundreds of small muffin-like resin objects at the southern Ohio earthworks. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the objects buried at the 63-acre Native American site in Peebles were embedded with aluminum foil and quartz crystal. Three have been found so far. The Ohio Historical Society says a YouTube video posted by a group calling itself Unite the Collective shows people running across the earthworks. It includes comments by individuals describing themselves as "light warriors" who say they planted the objects to "help lift...

Biology & Cryptobiology

 5 Reasons Mars May Have Never Seen Life

· 11/17/2012 11:13:21 AM PST ·
· Posted by LibWhacker ·
· 29 replies ·
· Forbes ·
· 11/15/12 ·
· Bruce Dorminey ·

On Aug. 28, 2012, during the 22nd Martian day, or sol, after landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover drove about 52 feet (16 meters) eastward. The drive imprinted the wheel tracks visible in this image. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech After decades of following the water, the reality that "life as we know it" may never have gotten a foothold on Mars' surface, at least, has arguably taken root within the planetary science community. If life ever was or is lurking on the Red planet, it's been extremely coy about revealing itself. The recent news that the Mars Curiosity rover has thus far...

Climate
 Droughts steady since 1950s

· 11/17/2012 5:39:34 AM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 13 replies ·
· Daily Telegraph (UK) ·
· 11-14-2012 ·
· Nic, Collins ·

According to a commonly used model of drought patterns, researchers had previously assumed that higher global temperatures were causing greater evaporation of water, and therefore more droughts. But a more detailed analysis of weather data, including wind speed, humidity and radiation levels, found that in fact there has been "little change" in drought over the past 60 years. Researchers from Princeton University and the Australian National University said drought was "expected to increase in frequency and severity" in the future, but added that currently used prediction methods are inaccurate.....

Australia & the Pacific

 New Study Reveals First Polynesians Arrived in Tonga around 826 BC

· 11/16/2012 9:18:49 AM PST ·
· Posted by Theoria ·
· 5 replies ·
· Sci-News ·
· 09 Nov 2012 ·
· Sergio Prostak ·

Archaeologists, using new high-precision techniques, have come to the conclusion that first settlers arrived in Polynesia almost 2,900 years ago.This is a view on an island in Tonga (thekingdomoftonga.com) Polynesia was one of the last places on our planet to be settled by humans. In 2008, Prof David Burley of Simon Fraser University in Canada and his team claimed that Tonga was the first group of islands in the region to be settled by migrants -- the Lapita people -- some 3,000 years ago, and that Nukuleka, a small village on the coast of the Tonga's Tongatapu Island, was their...

Paleontology

 30,000-year-old DNA preserved in poo a window into the past

· 11/16/2012 8:08:30 AM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 18 replies ·
· Murdoch University (Australia) ·
· 11-16-2012 ·

Murdoch University DNA scientists have used 30,000-year-old faecal matter known as middens to ascertain which plants and animals existed at that time in the hot, arid Pilbara region of North Western Australia.To date, this is the oldest environmental sample from which DNA has been obtained in Australia. It had previously been considered unrealistic to extract DNA from hot, arid zone samples due to the extreme heat.PhD candidate D·ithÌ Murray from Murdoch's Ancient DNA Lab said that comparing the genetic signatures obtained from old material such as middens to present day plant and animal surveys would allow for an exploration...

India

 Is the Harappan civilisation 2000 years older?

· 11/14/2012 12:03:35 PM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 8 replies ·
· Past Horizons ·
· 11/14/2012 ·

The recent International Conference on Harappan Archaeology produced an unexpected announcement from archaeologists BR Mani and KN Dikshit, both of the Archaeological Survey of India, who claim that new dates from excavations show the Harappan culture began around 2000 years earlier than previously thought.The ruins of the Harrapan city of Mohenjo-daro remained undocumented for over 3,700 years, until their discovery in 1922 by Rakhaldas Bandyopadhyay, an officer of the Archaeological Survey of India. He was led to the mound by a Buddhist monk, who reportedly believed it to be a stupa. Image: Wikimedia commons Redating of Harappan culture Based on...

Dinosaurs

 Flying Dino Too Weak to Lift Off?

· 11/10/2012 11:58:31 AM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 41 replies ·
· Discovery News ·
· Thursday, November 8, 2012 ·
· Larry O'Hanlon ·

A new analysis of the largest of pterodactyls suggests they were too big and their muscles too weak to vault into the air and fly. Instead, they were right at the upper limit of animal flight and needed a hill or stiff breeze so they could soar like hang gliders. The new analysis was done on the enormous pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus from Late Cretaceous rocks of Big Bend, Texas. Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of about 35 feet (10.6 meters), or about the wingspan of a F-16 fighter. It was among the last pterodactyls to look down on dinosaurs 65 million years...

Thoroughly Modern Miscellany

 Right-wing group's theft of Palestinian heritage outlined in new study (Smell the bias)

· 11/16/2012 6:45:30 PM PST ·
· Posted by 2ndDivisionVet ·
· 7 replies ·
· The Electronic Intifada ·
· November 12, 2012 ·
· Charlotte Silver ·

Yesterday, the alternative archaeology group Emek Shaveh published its most recent report on the extent to which Elad, the ultra-nationalist settler organization, has control over the presentation, excavation and development of archeology in Jerusalem, specifically in occupied East Jerusalem. The report outlines each of Elad's six sites, emphasizing that "visitors are told an exclusive story of Jewish heritage and Israeli connection to the site, whilst other periods and cultures are almost entirely ignored." The report is welcome, as this time last month Israeli and Zionist media spun itself into a frenzy when a French consul general, FrÈdÈric Desagneaux, dared to...

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1,482 posted on 11/17/2012 1:57:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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1,483 posted on 11/17/2012 1:58:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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What on your home page is objectionable?

What on your home page is objectionable? :-))

1,484 posted on 11/17/2012 4:49:49 PM PST by colorado tanker
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Yes, exactly my point. :’)


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Weekly Digest #436
Saturday, November 24, 2012

Early America

 Squanto, the Worldly Indian Who Dazzled the Pilgrims.
  A 17th Century American Henry Kissinger.

· 11/21/2012 7:15:47 AM PST ·
· Posted by SeekAndFind ·
· 21 replies ·
· National Review ·
· 11/21/2012 ·
· Deroy Murdock ·

As you gobble your Thanksgiving turkey, imagine being a Pilgrim in March 1621. Hardly four months after the Mayflower reached Plymouth Rock the previous November, you still struggle for food, shelter, and survival in the state of nature.Suddenly, an Indian reaches your outpost. Friend or foe? What brought him here? How would you ever communicate with him?And then he opens his mouth. He speaks English! More amazing, he does so with a British accent and the demeanor of someone who had lived and worked among England's elite.Who on Earth is this incredible man? Squanto, a.k.a. Tisquantum, was born about 1580...

The Pilgrims

 How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

· 11/22/2012 4:13:44 PM PST ·
· Posted by Founding Father ·
· 21 replies ·
· Hoover Institution StanfordU ·
· January 30, 1999 ·
· Tom Bethell ·

When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, they established a system of communal property. Within three years they had scrapped it, instituting private property instead. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell tells the story. There are three configurations of property rights: state, communal, and private property. Within a family, many goods are in effect communally owned. But when the number of communal members exceeds normal family size, as happens in tribes and communes, serious and intractable problems arise. It becomes costly to police the activities of the members, all of whom are entitled to their share of the total product of the...

Thanksgiving

 Proclamation -- Day of National Thanksgiving October 3, 1789

· 11/22/2012 8:10:06 AM PST ·
· Posted by TaxPayer2000 ·
· 11 replies ·
· American Presidency Project ·
· October 3, 1789 ·
· George Washington ·

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" Now, therefore, I do...

The Revolution

 NBC may give George Washington the dramatic treatment

· 11/17/2012 1:35:38 PM PST ·
· Posted by Pharmboy ·
· 29 replies ·
· Washington Post ·
· Nov 15, 2012 ·
· Lisa de Moraes ·

NBC is developing a drama series about George Washington, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography "Washington: A Life." In that book, author Ron Chernow wrote that the country's first president "ranks as the most famously elusive figure in American history, a remote, enigmatic personage more revered than truly loved."... The network has ordered a script from David Seidler... "There's George Washington the national icon, starting from the dollar bill with his supposed mouthful of wooden teeth, and then there's the George Washington who had an adulterous affair with his best friend's wife. The George Washington obsessed with social status, finely...

The Mayans

 Mayan Bones Reveal Painful End

· 11/23/2012 6:27:19 PM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 23 replies ·
· Discovery News ·
· Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ·
· Rossella Lorenzi ·

Evidence of the miserable life lived by the Maya during the Spanish conquest of the 16th century has emerged in an ancient settlement of Mexico's east coast, as archaeologists unearthed dozens of infant skeletons with signs of malnutrition and acute anemia. Found in the recently opened archaeological site of San Miguelito, in the middle of the hotel chain area of Quintana Roo, near Cancun, the human burials were excavated within 11 housing buildings dating to the Late Postclassic Mayan Period (1200-1550). Archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) estimate that at least 30 burials belong...

PreColumbian, Clovis & PreClovis

 How the West Was Lost by Native Americans

· 11/21/2012 5:24:18 AM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 91 replies ·
· Frontiers of Anthropology ·
· 11-20-2012 ·
· Dale Drinnon ·

Everybody knows that Europeans took a lot of land from Native Americans, but this animated GIF by Tumblr user sunisup gives a great sense of just how fast the people living in North America were pushed west after Christopher Columbus "discovered" the continent. She turned an old graphic by Louisiana State professor Sam B. Hillard into a mini-movie that viscerally demonstrates the gradual chopping away of Native American land through cessions, or a surrender of territory to another entity. The green represents Native American land, and any part that turns white was ceded. She writes: "Made because I was having...

The Vikings

 Seal diet provides clue to disappearance of Norse from Greenland

· 11/21/2012 5:18:33 AM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 29 replies ·
· Past Horizons ·
· 11-2012 ·

Greenland's Viking settlers, the Norse, disappeared suddenly and mysteriously from Greenland about 500 years ago. Natural disasters, climate change and the inability to adapt have all been proposed as theories to explain their disappearance. But now a Danish-Canadian research team has demonstrated the Norse society did not die out due to an inability to adapt to the Greenlandic diet: an isotopic analysis of their bones shows they ate plenty of seals."Our analysis shows that the Norse in Greenland ate lots of food from the sea, especially seals," says Jan Heinemeier, Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University. "Our analysis shows...

Prehistory & Origins

 Ancient Mariners: Did Neanderthals Sail to Mediterranean?

· 11/24/2012 8:17:46 AM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· LiveScience ·
· Thursday, November 15, 2012 ·
· Charles Choi ·

Neanderthals and other extinct human lineages might have been ancient mariners, venturing to the Mediterranean islands thousands of years earlier than previously thought. This prehistoric seafaring could shed light on the mental capabilities of these lost relatives of modern humans, researchers say. Scientists had thought the Mediterranean islands were first settled about 9,000 years ago by Neolithic or New Stone Age farmers and shepherds... For instance, obsidian from the Aegean island of Melos was uncovered at the mainland Greek coastal site of Franchthi cave in layers that were about 11,000 years old, while excavations on the southern coast of Cyprus...

Ancient Autopsies

 Scythian warriors show genetic blending between Europeans and Asians

· 11/23/2012 6:00:06 PM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 35 replies ·
· Past Horizons Archaeology ·
· November 2012 ·
· Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ·

Evidence of the potential genetic blending between Europeans and Asians has been discovered by a team of researchers led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) within the remains of Scythian warriors living over 2,000 years ago in the Altai region of Mongolia. The Scythians were already documented as the first large Eurasian culture, but were believed to be the product of migration from Europe. The researchers now suggest that the genetic blending is actually a result of the expansion of Scythian culture over the mountains. Studies on ancient mitochondrial DNA of this region suggest that the Altai Mountains played...

Alexander the Great

 Macedonia's 'Indiana Jones' Won't Rest Until He Finds Alexander's Tomb

· 11/23/2012 4:40:59 PM PST ·
· Posted by nickcarraway ·
· 12 replies ·
· Radio Free Europe ·
· November 20, 2012 ·

With his flowing white locks and extravagant manner, Macedonian archaeologist Pasko Kuzman has become something of a celebrity in his native country. Aside from some notable finds in his native Ohrid region, as head of the Cultural Heritage Protection Office he has had a major role in the Macedonian government's controversial, if not provocative, use of ancient historical figures to adorn the capital, Skopje. He's also seen as the force behind the latest beautification effort: the multimillion-dollar project called Skopje 2014. Most contentious is the massive bronze statue of Alexander the Great, erected in 2011. At the time, Greece objected...

Let's Have Jerusalem

 Desecrated Ancient Temple Sheds Light on Early Power Struggles at Tel Beth-Shemesh

· 11/19/2012 5:00:25 AM PST ·
· Posted by Renfield ·
· 6 replies ·
· aftau.org ·
· 11-12-2012 ·

Tel Aviv University researchers have uncovered a unique 11th-century BCE sacred compound at the site of Tel Beth-Shemesh, an ancient village that resisted the aggressive expansion of neighboring Philistines. The newly discovered sacred complex is comprised of an elevated, massive circular stone structure and an intricately constructed building characterized by a row of three flat, large round stones. Co-directors of the dig Prof. Shlomo Bunimovitz and Dr. Zvi Lederman of TAU's Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology say that this temple complex is unparalleled, possibly connected to an early Israelite cult -- and provides remarkable new evidence of the...

Helix, Make Mine a Double

 Scientists Reveal Single Gene Is the Difference Between Humans and Apes

· 11/22/2012 12:40:23 PM PST ·
· Posted by Fractal Trader ·
· 58 replies ·
· Medical Daily ·
· 21 November 2012 ·
· MAKINI BRICE ·

What makes us human? Some say that it is the development of language, though others argue that animals have language as well. Some say that it is our ability to use tools, though many animals are able to use rocks and other objects as primitive tools. Some say that it is our ability to see death coming. Now, researchers believe that they have found the definitive difference between humans and other primates, and they think that the difference all comes down to a single gene. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland attribute the split of humanity from apes...

Catastrophism & Astronomy

 Rare Fossil Points to Toxic Oceans in Devonian Period

· 11/23/2012 5:37:08 PM PST ·
· Posted by SunkenCiv ·
· 11 replies ·
· Sci-News ·
· Friday, November 16th, 2012 ·
· Natali Anderson ·

A well-preserved crab-like fossil that was found by scientists from Curtin University, Australia, has provided evidence of a toxic ocean environment in the Devonian Period, potentially responsible for the mass extinction 380 million years ago. A study, published in the journal Geology, shows that hydrogen sulphide dependant organisms -- known as Chlorobi -- and sulphate-reducing bacteria had preserved the shell and the muscles of the crab-like creature. "The research presents organic geochemistry as a new tool for paleontologists, enabling them to identify invertebrate fossils and reconstruct their environments from a molecular point of view," explained lead author Ines Melendez, a...

Biology & Cryptobiology

 Weird-Looking, Meat-Eating Sponge Found In Deep Sea

· 11/23/2012 4:23:48 PM PST ·
· Posted by nickcarraway ·
· 13 replies ·
· Yahoo News ·
· Fri, Nov 9, 2012 ·
· Betty Oskin ·

A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California's Monterey Bay. The meat-eating species was dubbed the "harp sponge," so-called because its structure resembles a harp or lyre turned on its side. A team from the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., discovered the sponge in 2000 while exploring with a remotely operated vehicle. The sponges live nearly 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) beneath the ocean's surface. "We were just amazed. No one had ever seen this animal with their own eyes before," said Lonny Lundsten, an invertebrate biologist at the...


 Weird-Looking, Meat-Eating Sponge Found In Deep Sea

· 11/23/2012 4:23:48 PM PST ·
· Posted by nickcarraway ·
· 13 replies ·
· Yahoo News ·
· Fri, Nov 9, 2012 ·
· Betty Oskin ·

A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California's Monterey Bay. The meat-eating species was dubbed the "harp sponge," so-called because its structure resembles a harp or lyre turned on its side. A team from the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., discovered the sponge in 2000 while exploring with a remotely operated vehicle. The sponges live nearly 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) beneath the ocean's surface. "We were just amazed. No one had ever seen this animal with their own eyes before," said Lonny Lundsten, an invertebrate biologist at the...

Oh So Mysteriouso

 Bizarre Muppet-Like Beast Discovered in Namibia

· 11/20/2012 2:46:41 PM PST ·
· Posted by DogByte6RER ·
· 69 replies ·
· Inquisitr ·
· November 20, 2012 ·
· Inquisitr ·

In the south African nation of Namibia, a bizarre muppet-like beast has been shot and killed. Unlike its distant relatives -- the abominable snowman, bigfoot, and the chupacabra -- this one has been caught on film. Locals in Namibia were escorting a shooting party through the country when they found the body of the strange muppet-like beast, and they picked it up and brought it back to the town with them, according to the Telegraph. Witnesses to the event said that locals saw the creature scavenging for food. One member of the shooting party shot and wounded the beast, and...

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1,486 posted on 11/24/2012 4:15:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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The FR software duplicates most of my pings (so far, the record is three). It does this about 80 percent of the time. Anyway, not my fault, but you have my apologies. We've lost two or three members (so far) due to the duplicates.

Last week's issue was #19 of volume 9, rather than #18. Sixteen nice tight topics this week. There could have been more, but I'm still on dialup. Anyone ever try the prepaid mi-fi from Walmart? I spotted that this afternoon after picking up the Boxee. I don't have a recommendation of any kind about the Boxee, since the setup menu has to configure the internet, and that can't be skipped. Still, it has what I need -- tuner for the 27" monitor, as well as those web-based streaming vid gizmos -- and a couple of USB ports for, hmm, I'm not sure what. It had virtually no manual.
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1,487 posted on 11/24/2012 4:23:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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· Gods, Graves, Glyphs Gods, Graves, Glyphs · Gods, Graves, Glyphs ·
The FR software duplicates most of my pings (so far, the record is three). It does this about 80 percent of the time. Anyway, not my fault, but you have my apologies. We've lost two or three members (so far) due to the duplicates.

Last week's issue was #19 of volume 9, rather than #18. Sixteen nice tight topics this week. There could have been more, but I'm still on dialup. Anyone ever try the prepaid mi-fi from Walmart? I spotted that this afternoon after picking up the Boxee. I don't have a recommendation of any kind about the Boxee, since the setup menu has to configure the internet, and that can't be skipped. Still, it has what I need -- tuner for the 27" monitor, as well as those web-based streaming vid gizmos -- and a couple of USB ports for, hmm, I'm not sure what. It had virtually no manual.
· 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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1,488 posted on 11/24/2012 4:24:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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I'd also like to point out (as if it's necessary), that when it gets to the point when SunkenCiv is the voice of reason, we're in bigger trouble than we thought.

LOL ...
Just to let you know am reading.

1,489 posted on 12/05/2013 11:19:28 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

;”)


1,490 posted on 12/06/2013 2:50:50 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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