Skip to comments."Korean Pompeii" Discovered on Jeju Island
Posted on 02/04/2007 4:37:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv
An archaeological site on Jeju Island is being called Korea's version of Pompeii after the ancient Roman city which was preserved by volcanic debris. Discovered in 2006, a human settlement at the Hamori 105 formation in Daejung-eup, Seogwipo-city was confirmed to have been smothered by a volcanic eruption more than 5,000 years ago.
The Jeju Culture & Art Foundation collected volcanic materials that covered Hamori and sent it to an American research institute. The Foundation said Sunday that the U.S. researchers determined the debris to have come from an eruption at nearby Songak Mountain over 5,200 years ago.
Local scientists have discovered beneath the volcanic residue ancient footprints and archaeological items like pottery shards and shellfish fragments that show how the early human inhabitants of the area lived.
"This is the first time that we've found relics beneath volcanic residue like Pompeii," said Lee Chung-kyu, a professor of Archaeology at Youngnam University. "If we investigate a larger area, we may discover further evidence from Neolithic civilizations here, such as a housing site."
The researchers discovered that the early people of Hamori made soup from various kinds of shellfish and enjoyed fish such as black porgy and red sea-bream. The scientists will reveal more information in an upcoming report on the finds.
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suggestive of Easter Island.
Because of the relative isolation of the island, the people of Jeju have developed a culture that is distinct from that of mainland Korea. Jeju is home to thousands of local legends. Perhaps the most distinct cultural artifact is the ubiquitous dol hareubang ("stone grandfather") carved from a block of lava.
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Department of Life Science, College of Natural Sciences, Cheju National University, Jeju 690-756, Korea.
Ancient cattle bones were excavated from archaeological sites in Jeju, Korea. We used molecular genetic techniques to identify the species and establish its relationship to extant cattle breeds.
Ancient DNA was extracted from four sources: a humerus (Gonae site, A.D. 700-800), two fragments of radius, and a tooth (Kwakji site, A.D. 0-900). The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop regions were cloned, sequenced, and compared with previously reported sequences of various cattle breeds (9 Asian, 8 European, and 3 African).
The results revealed that these bones were of the breed, Bos taurus, and a phylogenetic tree indicated that the four cattle bones formed a monophyletic group with Jeju native black cattle.
However, the patterns of sequence variation and reports from archaeological sites suggest that a few wild cattle, with a different maternal lineage, may have existed on Jeju Island. Our results will contribute to further studies of the origin of Jeju native cattle and the possible existence of local wild cattle.
Early Volcano Victims DiscoveredWhole communities of ape-like creatures may have been killed in East Africa 18 million years ago by the once active volcano Kisingiri. Proconsul lived in a semi-arid environment close to the mountain and the research suggests they may have been caught by a pyroclastic flow. The abundance of the hominoid fossils may represent "death assemblages" - whole populations wiped out simultaneously by "glowing cloud" eruptions. The fossils of the Rusinga Formation form a crucial link between the early primates of the forest habitats, and human forerunners of the more open-country habitat, who lived in drier conditions than had been supposed, on a landscape that experienced repeated volcanic eruption.
Monday, May 3, 1999Move Over, Pompeii"Since Nola is only 7.5 miles from the volcano, people probably did not have time to pack before the eruption, and left behind cooking utensils, drinking cups, hunting tools, a hat decorated with wild boars' teeth, and a pot waiting to be fired in the kiln... So far no human remains have been found at Nola -- only several footprints preserved in the mud -- but scholars believe the skeletons of a Bronze Age man and woman discovered nearby about five years ago may be associated with the prehistoric eruption as well."
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Salt and pepper shakers. :') Maybe a Jeju "grandfather stone" version of a chess set. They need to hire me for their tourism dep't...
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The study of neighbouring cultures can throw some light on the Inca games. The Mapuches - formerly called Araucanians - were influenced by the Incas. Fortunately, Mapuche games were described in more detail than the Inca ones. No surprise if the same kind of pyramidal die is to be observed, here called kechu (Mapuche "five"). Under the name kechukawe the Mapuches played two different games with the same die: a game whose object was to throw a die through a perched ring, and a board game which appears to be very similar to the Inca race game wayru, as observed in the 1960's in Southern Ecuador. The Mapuches knew a "hunt game" that they called komikan: it is the same as the Inca taptana/komina...
well, maybe not exactly chess, but...
"Not chess -- Poker!"
typical private house on Jeju Island...a little rustic for my liking...
could go poof! anytime, no thanks.
more salt and pepper shakers.
Koreans have been wearing those same "bowler" hats for 5000 years?!?
:') I don't know. Good question.
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