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Bronze Age 'Facebook' discovered by Cambridge experts
Cambridge News ^ | May 2012 | Leanne Ehren

Posted on 05/19/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Mark Sapwell believes he has discovered an 'archaic version' of social networking site Facebook.

Mark Sapwell, who is a PhD archaeology student at St John's College, believes he has discovered an "archaic version" of the social networking site, where users share thoughts and emotions and give stamps of approval to other contributions -- similar to the Facebook "like".

Images of animals and events were drawn on the rock faces in Russian and Northern Sweden to communicate with distant tribes and descendants during the Bronze Age.

They form a timeline preserved in stone encompassing thousands of years.

Mr Sapwell said: "Like a Facebook status invites comment, the rock art appears very social and invites addition -- the way the variations of image both mirror and reinterpret act as a kind of call and response between different packs of hunters across hundreds -- even thousands -- of years."

The two sites he is investigating, Zalavruga in Russia and Nämforsen in Northern Sweden, contain around 2,500 images each of animals, people, boats, hunting scenes and even early centaurs and mermaids.

He is using the latest technology to analyse the different types, traits and tropes in the thousands of images imprinted on the two granite outcrops, where the landscapes of early Bronze Age art stretch across areas of rock the size of football pitches.

Mr Sapwell, 28, explained: "These sites are on river networks, and boat is likely how these Bronze Age tribes travelled.

"The rock art I'm studying is found near rapids and waterfalls, places where you would have to maybe leave the river and walk around -- carrying your animal-skin canoe on your back -- natural spots to stop and leave your mark as you journey through, like a kind of artistic tollbooth."

(Excerpt) Read more at cambridge-news.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: bronzeage; bullwinkle; facebook; godsgravesglyphs; moose; mooseandsquirrel; russia; squirrel
Ancient rock art has been likened to a prehistoric form of Facebook by a Cambridge archaeologist.

Bronze Age Faceboo' discovered by Cambridge experts

1 posted on 05/19/2012 6:28:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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The post at the bottom says:

“This morning I have to shovel all the crap left after last night’s party..”

To the right is his Like for Bullwinkle cartoons..


2 posted on 05/19/2012 6:32:22 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


3 posted on 05/19/2012 6:35:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

You can get an app for that on your iStone.


4 posted on 05/19/2012 6:39:43 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

:’D


5 posted on 05/19/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: D-fendr

I think that is Tor, killing the Moose that bit his sister.


6 posted on 05/19/2012 6:50:19 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Larry Lucido
The Doctor Fun Page

7 posted on 05/19/2012 6:50:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Facebook = Graffiti?


8 posted on 05/19/2012 6:53:10 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: SunkenCiv
It's been long recognized that the rock drawings covered a very long period of time ~ but to refer to all of them as Nordic and Bronze Age is really, really, really just wrong.

The site in Sweden was being worked thousands of years before the Norse people even arrived along the Southern Coast of Scandinavia. The site in Russia is in Keralia and that part of the world is well outside of any Bronze Age. Keralia was opened up to non-Sa'ami some time in the last 1500 years but some of the stone drawings there date back to 7500 BC, and possibly earlier. The important thing to remember is that when it was opened up they went immediately from the age of stone and bone to IRON!

One site on the net refers to a warm period about 1000 BC that brought agriculturalists to the Scandinavian coastline, but that was wrapped up about 500 BC and it was another half millenium before anybody else could bring agriculture (with improved methods and animals) back to that part of the world.

This is a case where ART HISTORY is lagging way behind DNA studies that clearly establish that the earlier populations of Sa'ami were NOT (closely) related (in time) to the far more recent populations of Norse from Europe.

9 posted on 05/19/2012 6:53:36 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SunkenCiv

Farmville then was EVERYWHERE

10 posted on 05/19/2012 7:00:21 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: muawiyah

Reporters are just hopeless when it comes to stuff like this.


11 posted on 05/19/2012 7:05:04 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: SunkenCiv

I just likened dogs sniffing around fire hydrants as akin to Facebook. Can I have a grant now?


12 posted on 05/19/2012 7:06:30 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: SunkenCiv
Ecclesiastes 1:9 'The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.'
13 posted on 05/19/2012 7:16:20 AM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: SunkenCiv

Facebook is a kind of black hole.


14 posted on 05/19/2012 7:37:37 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: equaviator

Since the FB IPO, it has become a green hole.


15 posted on 05/19/2012 7:40:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s right, I almost forgot!


16 posted on 05/19/2012 7:42:09 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: muawiyah; squarebarb

Since the term “Nordic” doesn’t appear either in the excerpt or in the full article, what you’re engaged in there is a classic straw man argument.


17 posted on 05/19/2012 7:44:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Zalavruga in Russia and Nämforsen in Northern Sweden both appear in the article AND it refers to BRONZE AGE.

A quick review of the literature regarding both sites ~ including the maps ~ and a reference to the Bronze Age as it's identified in Scandinavia, pins this piece down to the Nordic Thesis ~ which has been modified substantially since the advent of DNA testing of extant populations and mummified remains.

So, no straw man here ~ maybe some Taiga

18 posted on 05/19/2012 8:06:49 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SunkenCiv
Ancient rock art has been likened to a prehistoric form of Facebook by a Cambridge archaeologist.


(This guy cracks me up. His hair 'does it')

19 posted on 05/19/2012 8:25:42 AM PDT by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: muawiyah

That’s quite an imagination ya got there.


20 posted on 05/19/2012 9:01:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
It's been within living memory that the top archaeologists and paleontologists thought the Sa'ami (and others) in the Sapma were thought to be just runaways from the more heavily populated Scandinavian South.

More recently (just months ago) a cut stone foundation for a more permanent dwelling was found in Southern Norway and identified as ............ well, fur shur, something far older than Norse ~ but they weren't quite ready to match that up with the known Sa'ami artifacts found in the same region.

So, nothing firm on that yet, but even Alaska is turning up foundations and artifacts more typical of NE Asia, but older!

The North was warmer in the past.

21 posted on 05/19/2012 9:52:47 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Yes it was, and multiple times; someone I know online stated that according to records, his Scandinavian ancestors traded with eastern Asia by sailing to and from the Bering Strait in the Arctic Ocean during the long summers of the medieval warming period.


22 posted on 05/19/2012 2:09:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bering, on his first trip East, sailed most of the way ~ but there were only limited windows without problems with ice.


23 posted on 05/19/2012 2:35:03 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SunkenCiv

“And just like many of the Facebook users and employees, the long-dead cavemen & women will vote for Mr. Obama in November” he added.


24 posted on 05/21/2012 1:00:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

:’D


25 posted on 05/21/2012 6:18:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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