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  • Ancient 'grand lady' skeleton uncovered in Chinese tomb

    10/16/2018 10:30:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    fox news ^ | Krysia Lenzo |
    he remains of the body were uncovered in a water-filled coffin within a tomb at Tieguai Village in China. The skeleton was buried with various other artifacts, such as a model house with miniature furniture inside and a silver pendant decorated with dragons. A sign found on the coffin said the tomb belonged to the "Grand Lady" who lived in "Ankang Commandery." While her actual name was difficult to read on the sign, the archaeologists believe it could be née Jian, LiveScience reports. One indication of the Grand Lady’s age came from the 200 bronze coins located within her coffin...
  • Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories

    10/14/2018 11:53:42 PM PDT · by robowombat · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 20, 2018 | MICHAEL E. RUANE
    <p>The bullet probably hit the Union soldier as he was fleeing. It may have struck his cartridge box first, which sent it tumbling through the muscle of his right buttock, broke his right leg and buried itself sideways in his thigh bone just below the hip.</p>
  • Neanderthal-like features in 450,000-year-old fossil teeth from the Italian Peninsula

    10/13/2018 4:10:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 3, 2018 | PLOS
    Zanolli and colleagues examined dental remains from the sites of Fontana Fanuccio, located 50km southeast of Rome, and Visogliano, located 18km northwest of Trieste. At around 450,000 years old, these teeth join a very short list of fossil human remains from Middle Pleistocene Europe. Using micro-CT scanning and detailed morphological analyses, the authors examined the shape and arrangement of tooth tissues and compared them with teeth of other human species. They found that the teeth of both sites share similarities with Neanderthals and are distinct from modern humans. There has been much debate over the identities and relationships of Middle...
  • Mount Vesuvius caused victims' heads to explode, blood to boil: study

    10/10/2018 8:42:39 PM PDT · by aomagrat · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10 October 2018 | Chris Ciaccia
    Talk about a headache. When Mount Vesuvius erupted, the explosion caused such extreme heat that victims' skulls exploded, their blood boiled and their muscles, flesh and brains were replaced with ash, according to a new study. "New investigations on the victims' skeletons unearthed from the ash deposit filling 12 waterfront chambers have now revealed widespread preservation of atypical red and black mineral residues encrusting the bones, which also impregnate the ash filling the intracranial cavity and the ash-bed encasing the skeletons," the study's abstract reads.
  • Broad genetic variation on the Pontic-Caspian Steppe [Scythians]

    10/09/2018 12:49:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 3, 2018 | Stockholm University
    The genetic variation within the Scythian nomad group is so broad that it must be explained with the group assimilating people it came in contact with. This is shown in a new study on Bronze and Iron Age genetics of the Pontic-Caspian Steppe, situated in the Black Sea region... This is likely the strategy needed for the group to have been able to grow as fast, expand as vast and to remain established for as long as they did. The findings emphasize the importance of assimilation to maintain Scythian dominance around the Black Sea region... The vast area of the...
  • Secret identity of 150-year-old body found in NYC revealed

    10/02/2018 2:51:20 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2 October 2018 | Michael Kaplan
    On the afternoon of Oct. 4, 2011, a backhoe dug into an excavation pit in Elmhurst, Queens, and struck iron. Construction workers assumed they had hit a pipe. But when the claws of the backhoe emerged from the ground, it was dragging a body clothed in a white gown and knee-high socks. Scott Warnasch, then a New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner forensic archaeologist, initially viewed the finding as a recent homicide. “It was recorded as a crime scene,” Warnasch, 52, told The Post. “A buried body on an abandoned lot sounds pretty straightforward.” It turned out to...
  • Intact 2,000-Year Old Etruscan Tomb Discovered

    08/13/2007 4:43:25 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,024+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-13-2007 | Deepa Babington
    Intact 2,000-year old Etruscan tomb discovered Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:58PM BST By Deepa Babington ROME (Reuters) - Archaeologists have discovered a more than 2,000-year-old Etruscan tomb perfectly preserved in the hills of Tuscany with a treasure trove of artefacts inside, including urns that hold the remains of about 30 people. The tomb, in the Tuscan town of Civitella Paganico, probably dates from between the 1st and 3rd centuries B.C., when Etruscan power was in decline, Andrea Marcocci, who led digging at the site, told Reuters. "It's quite rare to find a tomb intact like this," said Marcocci, who had...
  • Roman cemetery found at North Lincolnshire building site

    09/24/2018 4:00:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 September 2018 | unattributed
    A Roman cemetery has been unearthed on the site of a housing development in North Lincolnshire. Dozens of 2,000-year-old skeletons have been found at the site near Winterton where 135 homes are being built. So far more than 60 graves have been excavated by a team of archaeologists at the 1,500 sq m (16,145 sq ft) site. Pieces of pottery and "grave goods" left for the dead have been found in the plots containing the remains of men, women and children. Natasha Powers, senior manager at Allen Archaeology, said the discovery was "not an everyday find". "We knew there was...
  • Sea gives up Neanderthal fossil [ dredged up from the North Sea ]

    06/15/2009 8:19:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies · 1,014+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, June 15, 2009 | Paul Rincon
    Scientists in Leiden, in the Netherlands, have unveiled the specimen -- a fragment from the front of a skull belonging to a young adult male. Analysis of chemical "isotopes" in the 30,000-60,000-year-old fossil suggest a carnivorous diet, matching results from other Neanderthal specimens... The Neanderthal frontal bone is the first known "archaic" human specimen to have been recovered from the sea bed anywhere in the world. It was found among animal remains and stone artefacts dredged up 15km off the coast of the Netherlands in 2001. The fragment was spotted by Luc Anthonis, a private fossil collector from Belgium, in...
  • 6,000-Year-old Skull Could Be From The World's Earliest Known Tsunami Victim

    10/30/2017 1:02:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 25, 2017 | Field Museum
    Scientists studying the effects of tsunamis have now shed light on what could be the earliest record of a person killed in a tsunami: someone who lived 6,000 years ago in what's now Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific. Their skull was found in geological sediments having the distinctive hallmarks of ancient tsunami activity... The skull in question was found in 1929, buried in the ground near the small town of Aitape on the northern of Papua New Guinea, about 500 miles north of Australia... In 2014 Golitko and others went back to the exact place where this skull...
  • Spanish documents suggest Irish arrived in America before Columbus

    05/14/2014 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Irish Central ^ | May 13, 2014 04:12 AM | Kerry O’Shea
    While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having discovered America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey. […] In 1520, Peter Martyr d’Anghiera, a historian and professor, was appointed by Carlos V to be chronicler for the new Council of the Indies. Though Martyr died in 1526, his report, founded on several weeks of interviews, was published posthumously in a book named De Orbe Novo (About the New World). […] While interviewing Spanish colonists, Martyr took note of their vicious treatment of Chicora...
  • Archaeological sensation in Oestfold [ Inca remains from 11th c Norway? ]

    06/26/2007 11:34:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies · 1,285+ views
    Norway Post ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2007 | Rolleiv Solholm (NRK)
    Norwegian arhaeologists are puzzled by a find which indicates an Inca Indian died and was buried in the Oestfold city of Sarpsborg 1000 years ago. The remains of two elderly men and a baby were discovered during work in a garden, and one of the skulls indicates that the man was an Inca Indian. There is a genetic flaw in the neck, which is believed to be limited to the Incas in Peru, says archaeologist Mona Beate Buckholm. The Norway Post suggests that maybe the Vikings travelled even more widely than hitherto believed? Why could not the Viking settlers in...
  • First American in Europe 'was native woman kidnapped by Vikings and hauled back to Iceland...'

    11/17/2010 8:33:00 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 87 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail Online (UK) ^ | November 17, 2010 | NIALL FIRTH
    A native woman kidnapped by the Vikings may have been the first American to arrive in Europe around 1,000 years ago, according to a startling new study. The discovery of a gene found in just 80 Icelanders links them with early Americans who may have been brought back to Iceland by Viking raiders. The discovery means that the female slave was in Europe five centuries before Christopher Columbus first paraded American Indians through the streets in Spain after his epic voyage of discovery in 1492...
  • Christopher Columbus was actually a Scotsman called Pedro Scotto, historian says

    03/09/2009 8:02:54 AM PDT · by BGHater · 32 replies · 1,195+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08 Mar 2009 | Telegraph
    The 15th century explorer who opened up the American continents to Europe was actually called Pedro Scotto - not Christopher Columbus - and his family originally hailed from Scotland, a Spanish historian has claimed. Alfonso Ensenat de Villalonga has disputed conventionally-accepted narratives on the explorer's origins - that he was the son of a weaver in Genoa, Italy, or that he was from Catalonia or Galicia in Spain. In fact, he was from Genoa, but he was "the son of shopkeepers not weavers and he was baptised Pedro not Christopher," Mr Villalonga told Spain's ABC newspaper on Sunday. And his...
  • Was Christopher Columbus Polish?

    11/30/2010 3:45:13 PM PST · by Coleus · 60 replies · 2+ views
    wbj ^ | 29th November 2010 | Andrew Shale
    A Portuguese historian believes he has solved the age-old mystery surrounding the nationality of Christopher Columbus. According to Manuel Rosa, a lecturer at Duke University, North Carolina, the explorer was in fact the son of Polish King Władysław III. It has always been thought that King Władysław III fell in battle against the forces of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Varna in 1444. According to Mr Rosa, however, the king managed to survive the battle unscathed and fled to the Portuguese island of Madeira where he lived out the rest of his life as a hermit and married...
  • Kabbalistic Signet Indicates Columbus was an Exiled Jew

    10/19/2008 12:29:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 833+ views
    arutz 7 ^ | October 19, '08 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    (IsraelNN.com) Columbus was a Jew named Salvador Fernando Zarco and was among those expelled from Spain in 1492, a rare triangular Kabbalistic signet indicates. Jose Rodrigues Dos Santos has authored an historical novel, Codex 632: The Secret Identity of Christopher Columbus, which relates the deciphering of a rare triangular Kabbalistic signet. The interpretation of the recent discovery of the signet claims to reveal the secret identity of Columbus. The unique triangular monogram is similar to inscriptions on gravestones in Jewish cemeteries in Spain and southern France. The interpretation of the recent discovery of the signet claims to reveal the secret...
  • Columbus Mystery Nearly Solved 500 Years After Death

    03/11/2006 11:30:40 AM PST · by blam · 51 replies · 1,876+ views
    Yahoo - Reuters ^ | 3-10-2006 | Phil Stewart
    Columbus mystery nearly solved 500 years after death By Phil Stewart Fri Mar 10, 11:30 AM ET ROME (Reuters) - Nearly 500 years after the death of Christopher Columbus, a team of genetic researchers are using DNA to solve two nagging mysteries: Where was the explorer really born? And where the devil are his bones? Debate about origins and final resting place of Columbus has raged for over a century, with historians questioning the traditional theory that he hails from Genoa, Italy. Some say he was a Spanish Jew, a Greek, a Basque or Portuguese. Even the location of his...
  • DNA Results Could ID Columbus

    01/22/2004 8:15:04 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 205+ views
    Discovery.com ^ | 1-22-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    DNA Results Could ID Columbus By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News Columbus' Remains Jan. 21, 2004 — The long-standing cultural dispute over Christopher Columbus' final resting place could take a new turn as further DNA tests are carried out by an Italian university. DNA technology will be applied by the University of Pavia's laboratories to fragments of bones now kept in a box in the university's library. The remains come from Santo Domingo, one of Columbus' debated burial places. "They were given by the bishop of Santo Domingo to Pavia University in 1880, as it was thought that Columbus studied here....
  • Ancient Italian Skeletons Had Hemp In Their Teeth, Archaeologists Discover

    09/04/2018 4:51:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 30, 2018 | Kristina Killgrove
    In a new analysis of thousands of teeth from ancient skeletons buried at a site near Naples, Italy, archaeologists have discovered that people were using their mouths to help with their work -- occupations that likely involved processing hemp into string and fabric. We all use our teeth as tools -- to open bottles, hold pieces of paper, or even smoke a pipe. When we do this, we open ourselves up to the possibility of cracking our teeth but also create microscopic grooves and injuries to the enamel surface. Since teeth don't remodel like bones do, these tiny insults remain...
  • Student discovers writing on pieces of ancient Egyptian mummy case

    09/04/2018 9:15:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    Phys.org ^ | August 30, 2018 | Alex Shashkevich, Stanford University
    When Ariela Algaze signed up for a spring 2018 course on museums, she didn't expect to get wrapped up in the mystery of an ancient Egyptian mummy case that Jane Stanford herself purchased more than 100 years ago... Algaze's research led her to discover information that was not known by university scholars - including inscriptions on the coffin and the name of the mummified woman inside it... Algaze learned that the artifact contained writing after sifting through hundreds of its fragments, which have been stored in three boxes, unstudied for decades. The mummy case, which Jane Stanford purchased in 1901,...