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  • St David link to 6th Century Pembrokeshire burial site

    07/09/2016 8:29:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 July 2016 | unattributed
    Skeletons uncovered at a Pembrokeshire burial site may be the remains of contemporaries of the Patron Saint of Wales, archaeologists believe. The discovery was made during the third and final excavation at St Patrick's Chapel at Whitesands Bay, St Davids. It found Christian burial sites dating from the early-6th Century when St David was a bishop. This means a medieval plot found during a previous dig there was not the earliest use of the site. Phil Bennett, cultural heritage manager for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, which supported the dig, said: "Without doubt some of the people buried in...
  • Neanderthal bones show signs of cannibalism

    07/07/2016 1:18:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    The remains that were found were radiocarbon-dated to be about 40,500 to 45,500 years old, and it was determined that Neanderthals butchered and used the bones of their peers as tools, according to a press release from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports. The team identified 99 "uncertain" bone fragments as belonging to Neanderthals, which would make this the greatest trove of Neanderthal remains ever found north of the Alps. The findings also shed light on the genetics of this lost human species, adding to previously collected data on Neanderthal genes....
  • Archaeologists discover 2,800-year-old 'burial jars' in Turkey... but what lies inside?

    09/07/2015 10:36:00 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 49 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 6th September | Sam Matthew
    'Using just a small hand trowel these archaeologists are painstakingly working to unlock the secrets of an ancient kingdom. Historians believe they have unearthed tombs dating back over 2,800 years in Van, eastern Turkey. The pithos burial chambers, which are like large ceramic jars, are thought to be from the Kingdom of Uratu, which ruled the country from the mid-ninth century BC until its defeat by the Medes. Historians at work in the Turkish town of Vans, which was the capital of the Urartian Kingdom. Vans was the capital of the Urartian Kingdom until it fell early in the sixth...
  • Skeletons and Gold Coins Found in Pompeii Shop

    06/24/2016 10:31:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Friday, June 24, 2016 | editors
    Archaeologists excavating a shop on the outskirts of Pompeii have found four skeletons, several gold coins, and a necklace pendant, according to an Associated Press report. The skeletons belonged to young people who died in the back of the shop when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. There was an oven in the shop that the archaeologists believe may have been used to make bronze objects. There is evidence that the shop was targeted by looters seeking treasure after the eruption, but they apparently missed the gold coins and the gold-leaf-foil, flower-shaped pendant. Archaeologists have been excavating a second...
  • Tomb of the century [Anthony and Cleopatra]

    04/29/2009 4:03:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 1,099+ views
    Al Ahram ^ | 4-29-09
    Archaeological traces found at Taposiris Magna west of Alexandria may indicate the tomb of one of the most famous couples in history, Queen Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, reports Nevine El-Aref A joint Egyptian and Dominican Republic archaeological mission working at Taposiris Magna, an area of great archaeological importance on the Mediterranean coast west of Alexandria and site of a temple dedicated to the god of prosperity, Osiris, and a number of Graeco- Roman catacombs, has discovered several Ptolemaic objects dating back to the reign of the famous Queen Cleopatra. The team was searching the site in the hope of locating...
  • 'Indiana Jones'-Like Archeologist Says He's Found Cleopatra's Tomb

    05/25/2008 1:02:47 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 30 replies · 2,544+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2008 | The Sunday Times
    A flamboyant archeologist known worldwide for his trademark Indiana Jones hat believes he has identified the site where Cleopatra is buried. Now, with a team of 12 archeologists and 70 excavators, Zahi Hawass, 60, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has begun the search for her tomb. In addition, after a breakthrough two weeks ago, Hawass hopes to find Cleopatra's lover, the Roman general Mark Antony, sharing her last resting place at the site of a temple, the Taposiris Magna, 28 miles west of Alexandria.
  • Dig 'may reveal' Cleopatra's tomb

    04/15/2009 6:43:13 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 11 replies · 1,146+ views
    BBC ^ | April 15, 2009 | BBC
    Archaeologists are to search three sites in Egypt that they say may contain the tomb of doomed lovers Anthony and Cleopatra. Excavation at the sites, which are near a temple west of the coastal city of Alexandria, is due to begin next week. Teams working in the area said the recent discovery of tombs containing 10 mummies suggested that Anthony and Cleopatra might be buried close by.
  • Egyptians hope to find Cleopatra's tomb

    04/15/2009 7:51:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 570+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | April 16, 2009 | Sheera Frenkel
    Cleopatra and Mark Antony were immortalised as two of history’s greatest lovers, but their final resting place has always been a mystery. Now archaeologists in Egypt are about to start excavating a site that they believe could conceal their tombs. Zahi Hawass, director of Egypt’s Superior Council for Antiquities, said yesterday that there was evidence to suggest that Cleopatra and Mark Antony were buried together in the complex tunnel system underlying the Tabusiris Magna temple, 17 miles from the city of Alexandria. The dig, which begins next week, could reveal answers to the many myths surrounding the pair — including...
  • Hollywood producer attacks Angelina Jolie as 'spoiled brat with rampaging ego'

    12/12/2014 8:15:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Nick Allen
    Hollywood producer attacks Angelina Jolie as 'spoiled brat with rampaging ego' In embarrassing emails leaked by Sony hackers Scott Rudin, producer of The Social Network and The Queen, claims the star's planned remake of Cleopatra will be an "ego bath" By Nick Allen, Los Angeles 8:14PM GMT 10 Dec 2014 An Oscar-winning Hollywood producer reportedly attacked Angelina Jolie as a "spoiled brat with a rampaging ego" in leaked emails. Scott Rudin, who produced films including The Social Network, Notes on a Scandal, Moneyball, and The Queen, made the comments in what appear to be a series of angry exchanges with...
  • Rupert Murdoch Defends Moses Movie Casting: “Since When Are Egyptians Not White?”

    11/29/2014 10:56:58 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 82 replies
    Showbiz411 ^ | November 28, 2014 | Roger Friedman
    Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter tonight to defend 20th Century Fox's new movie "Exodus" that casts Christian Bale as Moses, and a variety of white actors as Egyptians. There’s been scuffle on Twitter ever since Murdoch made his observations. And a lot of this stems from a quote director Ridley Scott gave Variety about why he didn’t use Egyptian or Arab actors for the film. He said: "I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such," Scott says. "I'm just...
  • The Bombshell: Our Cleopatra Moment [ review of "Cleopatra: A Life" ]

    12/08/2010 6:31:06 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Bookslut ^ | December 2010 | Jenny McPhee
    We are in a Cleopatra moment. Three books featuring the notorious Egyptian queen have been published in the past few months of which Cleopatra: A Life by Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer Stacy Schiff is generating bombshell-size buzz. Michiko Kakutani gave Schiff's book a rave in The New York Times, the biography was fodder for Maureen Dowd's op-ed column (NYT), on NPR Tina Brown declared Schiff's book a "must-read" on the subject of women and power, Judith Thurman's round-up (The New Yorker) of the goddess' most recent chroniclers conferred upon Schiff's opus alone the honorific "a work of literature." But the mega-buzz...
  • Angelina Jolie draws criticism for being 'too white' to play Cleopatra in upcoming Scott Rudin film

    06/21/2010 7:43:10 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 109 replies · 3+ views
    Daily News ^ | June 19, 2010 | Meena Hartenstein
    Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but her "perfect" looks have some critics complaining she's all wrong for her latest role. Earlier this month producer Scott Rudin got the Internet buzzing with his announcement that he was developing a Cleopatra biopic "for and with Jolie" based on Stacy Schiff's book "Cleopatra: A Life." Schiff raved about the choice, telling USA Today, "Physically, she's the perfect look." But some members of the African American community beg to differ -- they are outraged by the casting decision and say Jolie is "too white" to play the...
  • Angelina Jolie Race Row

    She hasn't even been officially confirmed as having the role, but Angelina Jolie is already receiving criticism over her possible portrayal of the legendary Queen of the Nile. Jolie, who turned 35 last week, is caught up in a racially charged debate over whether the role should have been played by a black woman Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1287505/Race-row-erupts-casting-Angelina-Jolie-Cleopatra.html#ixzz0rDMI1hT4
  • Race row erupts over casting of Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra

    06/18/2010 4:13:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 77 replies · 1,504+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | June 17, 2010 | Sophie Forbes
    She hasn't even been officially confirmed as having the role, but Angelina Jolie is already receiving criticism over her possible portrayal of the legendary Queen of the Nile. Jolie, who turned 35 last week, is caught up in a racially charged debate over whether the role should of been played by a black woman. The Egyptian royal was most famously portrayed Elizabeth Taylor in 1963. The new film's producer, Scott Rudin, previously told USA Today the role is being developed with Angelina in mind as she has 'the perfect look'. But this statement has angered members of the African American...
  • Race row erupts over casting of Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra

    06/17/2010 8:16:48 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 158 replies · 3,003+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | June 17, 2010 | Sophie Forbes
    She hasn't even been officially confirmed as having the role, but Angelina Jolie is already receiving criticism over her possible portrayal of the legendary Queen of the Nile. Jolie, who turned 35 last week, is caught up in a racially charged debate over whether the role should of been played by a black woman. The Egyptian royal was most famously portrayed Elizabeth Taylor in 1963. The new film's producer, Scott Rudin, previously told USA Today the role is being developed with Angelina in mind as she has 'the perfect look'. But this statement has angered members of the African American...
  • Cleopatra Not First Female Pharoah of Her Line: Queen Arsinoe II, an Olympian medalist...

    12/12/2010 8:29:43 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, December 2, 2010 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Cleopatra may not have been ancient Egypt's only female pharaoh of the Ptolemaic dynasty -- Queen Arsinoë II, a woman who competed in and won Olympic events, came first, some 200 years earlier, according to a new study into a unique Egyptian crown. After analyzing details and symbols of the crown worn by Arsinoë and reinterpreting Egyptian reliefs, Swedish researchers... suggest that Queen Arsinoë II (316-270 B.C.) was the first female pharaoh belonging to Ptolemy's family -- the dynasty that ruled Egypt for some 300 years until the Roman conquest of 30 B.C. While researchers largely agree on Arsinoë's prominence...
  • Is this Cleopatra's skull? The thrilling finds at the dig to discover Egypt's lost queen

    04/20/2009 7:47:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 57 replies · 1,179+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | April 20, 2009 | James White
    Archaeologists searching for the lost bodies of doomed lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony have made a number of important discoveries. In what could be the most thrilling finds since the tomb of Tutankhamun was unearthed in 1922, leading Egyptologists believe they are edging ever closer to the country's most fabled queen. The female skull was found during a radar survey of a temple close to Alexandria, Egypt, and workers are hopeful they will also find the remains of the celebrated Roman general. Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass was optimistic of making a significant find when the dig began last month....
  • Skeleton of Cleopatra's Murdered Sister Identified

    03/15/2009 3:13:37 PM PDT · by RDTF · 16 replies · 693+ views
    Fox ^ | March 15, 2009
    Archeologists and forensic experts believe they have identified the skeleton of Cleopatra’s younger sister, murdered more than 2,000 years ago on the orders of the Egyptian queen. The remains of Princess Arsinöe, put to death in 41BC on the orders of Cleopatra and her Roman lover Mark Antony to eliminate her as a rival, are the first relics of the Ptolemaic dynasty to be identified. -snip-
  • Found: the sister Cleopatra killed

    03/15/2009 2:18:56 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 28 replies · 2,002+ views
    The Times ^ | March 15, 2009 | Daniel Foggo
    Forensic experts believe they have identified the skeleton of the queen’s younger sister, murdered over 2,000 years ago ARCHEOLOGISTS and forensic experts believe they have identified the skeleton of Cleopatra’s younger sister, murdered more than 2,000 years ago on the orders of the Egyptian queen. The remains of Princess Arsinöe, put to death in 41BC on the orders of Cleopatra and her Roman lover Mark Antony to eliminate her as a rival, are the first relics of the Ptolemaic dynasty to be identified. The breakthrough, by an Austrian team, has provided pointers to Cleopatra’s true ethnicity. Scholars have long debated...
  • Heads she's homely; tails he's ugly

    02/15/2007 4:12:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 863+ views
    Washington Times Insider ^ | February 15, 2007 | Al Webb
    <p>LONDON -- A couple of millennia after their steamy affair went scorching across the Roman Empire, Mark Antony and Cleopatra remain among history's most romanticized lovers. But in the looks department, they may both have left much to be desired.</p>
  • Ancient coin contradicts legend of Cleopatra's beauty (Oooof! She looked like Ed Koch)

    02/14/2007 10:45:05 AM PST · by dead · 65 replies · 4,253+ views
    The image of Cleopatra on the silver denarius of dated to 32BC, being displayed t Newcastle University, Newcastle, England. Wednesday Feb. 14, 2007. So maybe Mark Antony loved Cleopatra for her mind. That is the conclusion drawn by academics at the University of Newcastle from a Roman denarius which depicts the celebrated queen of Egypt as a sharp-nosed, thin- lipped woman with a protruding chin. In short, a fair match for the hook-nosed, thick-necked Mark Antony on the obverse. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
  • CLEOPATRA WAS A BLONDE - (terrific brief history of Egypt's rich past; optimistic democratic future)

    03/26/2005 1:14:24 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 94 replies · 7,824+ views
    TO THE POINT.COM ^ | MARCH 24, 2005 | DR. JACK WHEELER
    No, this is not a blonde joke. If you want one of those, go to this week’s Humor File. Cleopatra was in fact a blonde. That’s because she was not Egyptian. She was a Macedonian Greek, with hair as blonde as Alexander’s. Alexander conquered Egypt in 332 BC, then went on to subdue all of the Middle East. When he died nine years later, his just-conquered empire was fought over and carved up by his generals. The one who ended up running Egypt was Ptolemy (367-283 BC). Declaring himself Pharaoh, he founded the Ptolemaic Dynasty, with twelve Ptolemies in succession,...
  • Alexander the Great's "Crown," Shield Discovered?

    04/25/2008 7:11:55 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 225+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 4-23-2008 | Sara Goudarzi
    Alexander the Great's "Crown," Shield Discovered?Sara Goudarzi for National Geographic NewsApril 23, 2008 An ancient Greek tomb thought to have held the body of Alexander the Great's father is actually that of Alexander's half brother, researchers say. This may mean that some of the artifacts found in the tomb—including a helmet, shield, and silver "crown"—originally belonged to Alexander the Great himself. Alexander's half brother is thought to have claimed these royal trappings after Alexander's death. The tomb was one of three royal Macedonian burials excavated in 1977 by archaeologists working in the northern Greek village of Vergina (see map of...
  • Egypt: Tomb Of Cleopatra And Lover To Be Uncovered

    04/25/2008 7:44:34 PM PDT · by blam · 82 replies · 8,437+ views
    Adnkronos ^ | 4-24-2008
    Egypt: Tomb of Cleopatra and lover to be uncovered Cairo, 24 April(AKI) - Archaeologists have revealed plans to uncover the 2000 year-old tomb of ancient Egypt's most famous lovers, Cleopatra and the Roman general Mark Antony later this year. Zahi Hawass, prominent archaeologist and director of Egypt's superior council for antiquities announced a proposal to test the theory that the couple were buried together. He discussed the project in Cairo at a media conference about the ancient pharaohs. Hawass said that the remains of the legendary Egyptian queen and her Roman lover, Mark Antony, were inside a temple called Tabusiris...
  • Coin Shows Cleopatra's Ugly Truth

    02/14/2007 8:59:15 AM PST · by blam · 134 replies · 4,297+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-14-2007
    Coin shows Cleopatra's ugly truth The images of Antony and Cleopatra are less than flattering Antony and Cleopatra, one of history's most romantic couples, were not the great beauties that Hollywood would have us believe, academics have said. A study of a 2,000-year-old silver coin found the Egyptian queen, famously portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor, had a pointed chin, thin lips and sharp nose. Her Roman lover, played by Richard Burton, had bulging eyes, thick neck and a hook nose. The tiny coin was studied by experts at Newcastle University. The size of a modern 5p piece (18mm or 0.7in), the...
  • Cleopatra seduced the Romans with her irresistible . . . mind

    03/15/2005 8:10:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 110 replies · 2,420+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | March 14, 2005 | Ben Hoyle
    LONG before Shakespeare portrayed her as history’s most exotic femme fatale, Cleopatra was revered throughout the Arab world — for her brain. Medieval Arab scholars never referred to the Egyptian queen’s appearance, and they made no mention of the dangerous sensuality which supposedly corrupted Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Instead they marvelled at her intellectual accomplishments: from alchemy and medicine to philosophy, mathematics and town planning, a new book has claimed. Even Elizabeth Taylor, who famously played the title role in the 1963 epic Cleopatra, would have struggled to inject sex appeal into this queen. Arab writers depict Cleopatra’s court...
  • Researchers claim to have found Cleopatra's murdered sister in Turkey

    02/27/2013 4:09:03 PM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    An archaeologist who claimed to have found the bones of Cleopatra's murdered half-sister says they are pinning their hopes on new forensic techniques to conclusively identify the remains. It was claimed that the remains of Princess Arsinöe IV, who was murdered more than 2,000 years ago on the orders of Egypt's queen Cleopatra, were the first relics of the Ptolemaic dynasty to be identified.
  • Found: the Sister Cleopatra Killed

    03/15/2009 11:07:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,596+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | March 15, 2009 | Daniel Foggo
    ARCHEOLOGISTS and forensic experts believe they have identified the skeleton of Cleopatra’s younger sister, murdered more than 2,000 years ago on the orders of the Egyptian queen. The remains of Princess Arsinöe, put to death in 41BC on the orders of Cleopatra and her Roman lover Mark Antony to eliminate her as a rival, are the first relics of the Ptolemaic dynasty to be identified. The breakthrough, by an Austrian team, has provided pointers to Cleopatra’s true ethnicity. Scholars have long debated whether she was Greek or Macedonian like her ancestor the original Ptolemy, a Macedonian general who was made...
  • The face of Cleopatra: Scientists recreate the first true image of the legendary beauty

    12/15/2008 9:59:29 AM PST · by yankeedame · 48 replies · 6,476+ views
    DailyMail.uk ^ | 15th December 2008 | Fiona Macrae
    The face of Cleopatra: Scientists recreate the first true image of the legendary beauty ...Cambridge University Egyptologist...believes the computer-generated 3D image is the best likeness of the legendary beauty... Pieced together from images on ancient artefacts, including a ring dating from Cleopatra's reign 2000 years ago, it is the culmination of more than a year of painstaking research. Likeness: The computer-generated 3D image has been pieced together from images on ancient artefacts The result is a strikingly beautiful young woman of mixed ethnicity... ...reflect the monarch's Greek heritage as well as her Egyptian upbringing. ...'She probably wasn’t just completely European....
  • "On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ" JAMA Atticle

    04/18/2014 6:40:36 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 10 replies
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI
    ABSTRACT: Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily...
  • Egypt reveals Tutankhamun's lineage, cause of death

    02/17/2010 5:59:51 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies · 708+ views
    xinhuanet.com ^ | 2010-02-17 22:50:55
    CAIRO, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- A DNA study shows Egypt's famed King Tutankhamun who suffered from a club foot died of malaria and that his father was the "heretic" king Akhenaten, Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Wednesday. Speaking at a press conference, Hawass said two years of DNA testing and CT scans on Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and mummies either known or believed to be members of his immdiate family are helping reveal many of the myths surrounding the boy king's lineage and cause of death. Tutankhamun's father was the "heretic" king, Akhenaten, whose body is now almost certainly...
  • Study aims to uncover mystery of Luxor's tomb KV55

    06/17/2016 11:10:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    al-Ahram (English) ^ | Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | Nevine El-Aref
    This week, the Ministry of Antiquities will start the second phase of a study aimed at uncovering the mystery behind an unidentified sarcophagus found in 1906 inside tomb KV55 at the Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s west bank. The study is being operated with a grant of $28,500 from the American Research Centre in Egypt (ARCE) Endowment Fund. This tomb was thought to hold the body of the monotheistic king Akhenaten, though no definitive evidence has been presented to back up this speculation. Elham Salah, head of the ministry’s Museums Department, told Ahram Online that the study is being...
  • Photos: "Body Jars," Cliff Coffins Are Clues to Unknown Tribe [ Cambodia ]

    05/19/2012 6:06:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | May 15, 2012 | John Miksic
    Skulls and other human bones poke from large ceramic jars at Khnorng Sroal, one of the newly dated mountainside burials in southwestern Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains. The bones were placed in the 20-inch-tall (50-centimeter-tall) body jars only after the bodies had decomposed or had been picked clean by scavenging animals, according to the study, which is published in the latest issue of the journal Radiocarbon. "The Cardamom highlanders may have used some form of exposure of the body to de-flesh the bones, like the 'sky burials' known in other cultures," study leader Beavan said. Placing the sky-high burials couldn't have been...
  • Healthy 'Vampires' Emerge From Graves In Medieval Polish Cemetery

    06/01/2016 9:06:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 1, 2016 | Kristina Killgrove
    Archaeologists excavating a Medieval cemetery site in Kałdus, Poland, recently discovered hundreds of graves — among them, they found 14 anti-vampire burials. Some of these people were decapitated, others buried face-down, and still more were weighted down with stones. One of the major theories about ancient “vampire” graves is that people buried in this way were unhealthy or disabled, causing their compatriots to treat them differently in death because of their physical differences in life. A team of researchers set out to investigate diseases apparent on the bones of these 14 so-called vampires.
  • Leonardo da Vinci's DNA

    05/10/2016 12:57:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Vol. 22 Spring 2016 | editors
    Born in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo died in 1519, age 67, and was buried in Amboise, southwest of Paris. His creative imagination foresaw and described innovations hundreds of years before their invention, such as the helicopter and armored tank. His artistic legacy includes the iconic Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. The idea behind the Project, founded in 2014, has inspired and united anthropologists, art historians, genealogists, microbiologists, and other experts from leading universities and institutes in France, Italy, Spain, Canada and the USA, including specialists from the J. Craig Venter Institute of California, which pioneered the sequencing of the human...
  • 1,700 years ago, the mismanagement of a migrant crisis cost Rome its empire

    05/08/2016 2:46:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 48 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 07 May 2016 | Annalisa Merelli
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  • Half Of Western European Men Descended From One Bronze Age 'King'

    04/30/2016 2:15:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 81 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | April 25, 2016 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age 'king' who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown. The monarch, who lived around 4,000 years ago, is likely to have been one of the earliest chieftains to take power in the continent... It is likely his power stemmed from advances in technology such as metal working and wheeled transport which enabled organised warfare for the first time. Although it is not known who he was, or where he lived, scientists say he must have existed because of genetic variation in...
  • Radar Scan of Shakespeare's Grave Confirms Skull Apparently Missing

    03/24/2016 10:53:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 24, 2016
    Shakespeare's skull is likely missing from his grave, an archaeologist has concluded, confirming rumors which have swirled for years about grave-robbers and adding to the mystery surrounding the Bard's remains. Four hundred years after his death and burial at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon, central England, researchers were allowed to scan the grave of England's greatest playwright with ground-penetrating radar. But in the area under the church floor where the Bard's skull was expected to be, they found signs of interference.
  • King Richard III's grave

    03/22/2016 3:16:40 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 104 replies
    Sketchfab ^ | 03.16.2016
    Credit: University of Leicester. This model of King Richard III’s grave shows the king’s remains in-situ shortly after their discovery by University of Leicester archaeologists beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012. The model has been generated using Agisoft’s Photoscan from photographs taken during the excavation. If you would like to learn more about the search for King Richard III please visit www.le.ac.uk/richardiii.
  • Earliest British Cemetery Dated (10,000+ Years)

    09/23/2003 8:10:55 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 398+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-23-2003
    Earliest British cemetery dated A cave in the Mendip Hills in southwest England has been revealed as the earliest scientifically dated cemetery in Britain. The age of the cemetery makes it an important European site The site at Aveline's Hole, near Burrington Combe, contained human bone fragments that have now been confirmed to be between roughly 10,200 and 10,400 years old. The specimens - representing about 21 individuals - were originally removed from the cave in the early years of the 20th Century and were held in a museum in Bristol. There, the collection was largely destroyed in a World...
  • 400,000-year-old fossils from Spain provide earliest genetic evidence of Neandertals

    03/20/2016 2:54:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Max Planck Gesselschaft ^ | March 14, 2016 | SJ, SP, MM/HR
    Previous analyses of the hominins from Sima de los Huesos in 2013 showed that their maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA was distantly related to Denisovans, extinct relatives of Neandertals in Asia. This was unexpected since their skeletal remains carry Neandertal-derived features. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have since worked on sequencing nuclear DNA from fossils from the cave, a challenging task as the extremely old DNA is degraded to very short fragments. The results now show that the Sima de los Huesos hominins were indeed early Neandertals. Neandertals may have acquired different mitochondrial genomes...
  • First successful extraction of ancient DNA from a southern African mummy

    03/20/2016 5:16:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | March 16, 2016 | University of the Witwatersrand
    Researchers have presented one of the first computerised tomography (CT) scans of a mummified individual from southern Africa, and also completed the first successful aDNA (ancient DNA) extraction from such remains. The mummy is estimated to have been about 300 years old. Professor Maryna Steyn, Head of the School of Anatomical Sciences, together with researchers from the University of Zurich (Switzerland), University of Pretoria and University of Botswana have published these findings in a paper, Radiological and genetic analysis of a Late Iron Age mummy from the Tuli Block, Botswana, in the South African Journal of Science. Mummified human remains...
  • Scientists Wrap Up Old Mystery (Archaeology)

    11/09/2004 2:36:57 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,213+ views
    Housron Chronicle ^ | 11-8-2004 | Eric Burger
    Nov. 8, 2004, 10:57PM Scientists wrap up old mysteryMummies' tar provides a link to ancient trade routes By ERIC BERGER Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle RESOURCES Historians have long known that Egyptians used tar to seal mummies during the embalming process. What wasn't known until now is where the tar came from. Thanks to work by some Texas geochemists, however, scientists are now answering this millennia-old mystery. The Middle East is, of course, littered with natural oil seeps, in which tar and other black deposits bubble up from oil beneath the surface. Within each oil seep, however, the tar has a...
  • Teasing The Sun (Nefertiti)

    09/12/2004 6:02:36 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 1,125+ views
    IOL ^ | 9-5-2004
    Teasing The Sun September 05 2004 at 08:02PM By David Leafe An erotic striptease to arouse the sun god was part of Queen Nefertiti's daily routine. With the early morning sun glinting off her golden bracelets and great clouds of aromatic incense billowing all around her, Queen Nefertiti of Egypt began her elaborate dance of seduction. Music was provided by a choir of blind men - chosen because they could see nothing of this most erotic of royal rituals - who clapped and sang as she moved towards the altar. Nefertiti's religious striptease was an important part of her daily...
  • Voyage To Prove Pharaohs Traded Cocaine

    05/29/2007 6:47:52 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 1,641+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-30-2007 | Tom Leonard
    Voyage to prove pharaohs traded cocaine By Tom Leonard in New York Last Updated: 2:21am BST 30/05/2007 An adventurer who believes that ancient man regularly crossed the Atlantic Ocean 14,000 years ago plans to recreate such a voyage in a 41ft raft made of reeds and eucalyptus tree branches. Basing his theory on the thinnest of historical evidence, Dominique Gorlitz believes that the discovery of traces of tobacco and cocaine in the tomb of the pharaoh Rameses II proves that there was trade between the Old and New Worlds. He also claims that 14,000-year-old cave paintings in Spain show that,...
  • Mummified body of German adventurer is found inside yacht drifting off the Philippines

    02/29/2016 10:59:20 AM PST · by PROCON · 57 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Feb. 29, 2016 | y ALLAN HALL and GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE
    This is the mummified body of a German adventurer who was found dead drifting on his abandoned yacht at the weekend off the coast of southern Philippines. Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was discovered by two fishermen aboard his yacht in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Barobo town in Surigao del Sur. His body was sitting near to the radio telephone as if he was trying one last desperate Mayday call to save himself when he died.
  • Mummified sailor's haunting final message to dead wife written from ghost yacht

    03/01/2016 6:05:01 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    Mirror ^ | 1 Mar 2016 | Allan Hall , Sam Webb , Jon Dean
    A mummified adventurer found floating aboard a ghost yacht had penned a tragic final message to his dead wife. Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was found by two fishermen at the weekend off the coast of the Philippines
  • Cold Case Squad Resolves 47-Year-Old Missing Person Report in Jefferson County

    01/30/2016 9:30:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    ptleader.com ^ | Jan 29, 2016 | Patrick J. Sullivan
    Camper went into the mountains in 1968, body found in 1975, remains identified in 2015 By Patrick J. Sullivan of the Leader Jan 29, 2016 0 Camper went missing in Olympic Mountains in 1968 A forensic artist in 2000 made a sketch from the skull found in the Olympic Mountains in 1975. In 2015, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s Cold Case Squad confirmed that the remains belonged to a camper who went missing in 1968. Images courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office cold case squad has resolved a 47-year-old mystery of a Tacoma man who went missing...
  • The Iceman's Stomach Bugs Offer Clues to Ancient Human Migration

    01/07/2016 7:00:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    smithsonianmag ^ | 01/07/2016 | Brian Handwerk
    Otzi the legendary “Iceman” wasn't alone when he was mummified on a glacier 5,300 years ago. With him were gut microbes known to cause some serious tummy trouble. These bacteria, Helicobacter pylori, are providing fresh evidence about Otzi's diet and poor health in the days leading up to his murder. Intriguingly, they could also help scientists better understand who his people were and how they came to live in the region. ... Discovered in the 1990s, Otzi lived in what are today the Eastern Italian Alps, where he was naturally mummified by ice after his violent death. The body is...
  • Hunter-gatherer diet caused tooth decay

    01/12/2014 3:03:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, January 7, 2014 | Natural History Museum
    ...The results published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) also suggest tooth decay was more prevalent in earlier societies than previously estimated. The results also suggest that the hunter-gatherer society studied may have developed a more sedentary lifestyle than previously thought, relying on nut harvesting. Dental disease was thought to have originated with the introduction of farming and changes in food processing around 10,000 years ago. A greater reliance on cultivated plant foods, rich in fermentable carbohydrates, resulted in rotting teeth.High level of decayNow, the analysis of 52 adult dentitions from hunter-gatherer skeletons found in a cave...