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  • Mysterious giant sarcophagus discovered in Egypt

    07/09/2018 8:00:28 PM PDT · by BBell · 68 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 7/9/18 | James Rogers
    A mysterious ancient black granite sarcophagus has been discovered in Egypt. The tomb, which dates back to the Ptolemaic period between 305 B.C. and 30 B.C., was uncovered in the city of Alexandria. In a Facebook post, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced that the 6-foot high sarcophagus, which is 8.7-feet long and 5.4-feet wide, is the largest ever found in Alexandria. The sarcophagus was found buried 16.4 feet below the surface. A layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the sarcophagus indicates that it has not been opened since it...
  • Mystery black sarcophagus opened in Egypt

    07/19/2018 7:30:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 62 replies
    Two weeks ago, archaeologists in Egypt found a massive black granite sarcophagus in Alexandria, untouched for 2,000 years - and fleet-footed rumour quickly got to work. Could it contain the remains of ancient Greek leader Alexander the Great, or (less appealingly) a deadly curse? According to experts who have now unsealed it, it's a no to both. Instead, it revealed three skeletons and red-brown sewage water, which gave off an unbearable stench.Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities had appointed a committee of archaeologists to open the relic, which was unearthed at a construction site. According to Egyptian news outlet El-Watan, they initially...
  • The EU's Magical Thinking on The Israeli-Arab Conflict: How Much Failure is Enough?

    05/18/2018 8:02:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/18/2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, when the Welsh magus Glendower boasts, “I can call spirits from the vasty deep,” the sceptic Hotspur retorts, “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?” For seven decades the West’s foreign policy establishment has been trying to call Middle East peace from depths of endless summits and conferences and agreements with ritualistic chants of “land for peace” and “two-state solution.” But all they’ve managed to produce is war, terrorism,...
  • Archaeology and Biblical History: A Glass Head at Abel Beth Maacah Confirms Biblical Narrative

    07/02/2018 10:00:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/02/2018 | Eric Metaxas And Roberto Rivera
    I never get tired of talking about archaeology confirming biblical history. So let's talk. Second Samuel 20 tells the story of a short-lived rebellion against the rule of King David led by a Benjamite named Sheba, a kinsman of David's predecessor, Saul. It's a short, almost enigmatic, tale involving, among other things, cloistered concubines, deadly beard-pulling, and an unintentionally—or perhaps not—comical siege scene that could have come out of a Monty Python movie. Comic or not, the site of the siege was a real place that testifies to the historical nature of the biblical narrative. In II Samuel, David, fresh...
  • Aztec 'skull tower' revealed:human sacrifices had their hearts cut out heads were severed (tr)

    06/27/2018 8:00:41 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 6/27/18 | MARK PRIGG
    The full horror of the Aztec 'skull tower' revealed: Archaeologists say THOUSANDS of human sacrifices had their still-beating hearts cut out before their heads were severed and added to a monument the size of a basketball court Archaeologists previously found 650 skulls in Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which became Mexico City New research shows find was just a small part of massive array of what was once thousands of skulls New details of the gory rituals have also been revealed, which include turning skulls into masks Aztec human sacrifices were far more widespread and grisly that previously thought, archaeologists have revealed....
  • The full horror of the Aztec 'skull tower' revealed: Archaeologists say THOUSANDS of [tr]

    06/28/2018 7:00:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 28, 2018 | Mark Prigg
    Aztec human sacrifices were far more widespread and grisly that previously thought, archaeologists have revealed. In 2015 archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found a gruesome 'trophy rack' near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. Now, they say the find was just the tip of the iceberg, and that the 'skull tower' was just a small part of a massive display of skulls known as Huey Tzompantli that was the size of a basketball court.
  • The full horror of the Aztec 'skull tower' revealed: Archaeologists say THOUSANDS

    06/27/2018 10:32:59 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 51 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | June 27, 2018 | MARK PRIGG
    Full Title: The full horror of the Aztec 'skull tower' revealed: Archaeologists say THOUSANDS of human sacrifices had their still-beating hearts cut out before their heads were severed and added to a monument the size of a basketball court Aztec human sacrifices were far more widespread and grisly that previously thought, archaeologists have revealed. In 2015 archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found a gruesome 'trophy rack' near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. Now, they say the find was just...
  • The full horror of the Aztec 'skull tower' revealed

    06/27/2018 7:53:35 PM PDT · by pepsi_junkie · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2018 | Mark Prigg
    Aztec human sacrifices were far more widespread and grisly that previously thought, archaeologists have revealed. In 2015 archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found a gruesome 'trophy rack' near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. Now, they say the find was just the tip of the iceberg, and that the 'skull tower' was just a small part of a massive display of skulls known as Huey Tzompantli that was the size of a basketball court.
  • 1,500-Year-Old Love Story Between a Persian Prince and a Korean Princess that Could Rewrite History

    06/26/2018 9:10:31 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | May 2018 | Mark Oliver
    More than a thousand years before the first European explorer reached Korea’s shores, the Persian Empire was writing love stories about Korean princesses. Recently, historians took a second look an old Persian epic written around 500 AD and realized that, at the center of the tale, was the unusual story of a Persian prince marrying a Korean princess. It’s an incredible discovery. Up until recently, we weren’t sure that the Persians of that time even knew Korea existed. This new revelation shows Persia didn’t just make contact with Korea – these countries were intimately connected. The story is called the...
  • Students work to establish first archaeology fraternity in the country

    05/11/2018 12:42:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The George Washington Hatchet ^ | April 30, 2018 | Lizzie Mintz
    A group of 19 students wants to establish the first archaeology fraternity in the nation. After registering as a student organization in November, Delta Iota Gamma recruited 12 members to its inaugural pledge class earlier this semester. The group plans to become a nationally recognized fraternity by the fall because members want to help students studying archaeology or classics build professional networks – a resource they said is needed on campus. Members said this semester they’ve worked to trademark the group’s letters and write governing documents. As they continue to gain recognition, they are also planning to host social events,...
  • Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

    05/06/2018 9:31:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    MSN ^ | May 6, 2018 | Emily Cochrane, The New York Times
    OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Nestled in centuries of dirt and debris, several well-preserved ships and artifacts have been unearthed that offer a glimpse of life at what was once one of the busiest ports in the North American colonies. At the site for Robinson Landing, a new townhouse and condominium development along the Potomac River here, excavations have uncovered the protruding, curved wooden bones of the ships. Three ships were scuttled and buried here centuries ago as Alexandria sought to expand its land into the deeper waters of the river. “It tells us a lot about the resourcefulness of...
  • Humans were in Philippines 700,000 years ago

    05/04/2018 7:12:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | May 4, 2018 | Ashley Strickland
    About 709,000 years ago, someone butchered a rhinoceros using stone tools on the Philippine island of Luzon. That may not seem remarkable -- except that humans weren't supposed to be in the Philippines so long ago. Before this discovery, the earliest indicator that early humans, or hominins, were even on those islands had been a single foot bone from 67,000 years ago, uncovered in the Callao Cave on Luzon. That's quite a time jump. Research says that the new findings push back the date for humans inhabiting the Philippines by hundreds of thousands of years. A study published Wednesday in...
  • King David's city discovered? Ancient site linked to biblical kingdom, archaeologists say

    05/03/2018 7:51:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/02/2018 | JamesRogers
    Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered an ancient site that may offer fresh insight into the ancient biblical kingdom of David and Solomon. Researchers from Bar-Ilan University have been excavating the remains of a large house dubbed the “Governor’s Residence” that was destroyed by a fire in an 8th century B.C. Assyrian military campaign. The impressive four-room home, located at Tel ‘Eton in the Judean foothills, had at least two stories and its ground floor extended over 2,420 square feet. Occupying high ground at the top of a mound, the house was carefully built with deep foundations. Large masonry stones were...
  • Did the Biblical city of King David exist? Archaeologists claim they have found ruins(tr)

    05/01/2018 9:23:02 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 77 replies
    DailyMail ^ | May 1, 2018 | Tim Collins
    A lost city dating to the rule of King David from the Old Testament has been uncovered in Jerusalem. King David is an ancestor of Jesus, according to biblical sources, which say he ruled around BC 1,000. Experts say that recently-found ruins date to the 10th century BC. This ties in with the timeframe for when the bible says King David existed, making the link between the two 'plausible', researchers claim. The finding is likely to fuel the debate surrounding whether Biblical figures such as King David actually existed, however.
  • Indiana Legend Says Welsh Settlers Arrived in the 12th Century

    05/01/2018 12:23:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 67 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 3, 1989 | Jodi Perras
    On a rugged bluff overlooking the Ohio River, known locally as "Devil's Backbone," centuries of overgrowth obscures a secret of history... In 1799, early settlers found six skeletons clad in breastplates bearing a Welsh coat of arms. Indian legends told of "yellow-haired giants" who settled in Kentucky, southern Indiana, southern Ohio and Tennessee -- a region they called "the Dark and Forbidden Land." Archeologists debunk the legend. They say that evidence indicates that the natives of the region once conducted a vigorous trading network nearby and buried their dead on the bluff... Upstream about 14 miles from Louisville, Ky., the...
  • Why archaeologists are arguing about sweet potatoes

    04/13/2018 9:30:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | 04/13/2018 | Staff
    A Japanese variety of sweet potato Pixabay _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ At some point, sweet potatoes crossed the Pacific. This much we know. As for the rest—How? When? Why?—we’re just not sure. Or, to be more clear, some people are sure they’re sure, and others disagree. Sweet potatoes have been at the center of a massive archaeological debate for many decades now, and a new paper in Current Biology has only stoked the flames. It uses genetic data from sweet potatoes and their relatives to establish a phylogenetic tree of their evolution, thereby demonstrating that the tubers existed in Polynesia before humans lived...
  • Video: Banned from the Bible?

    04/09/2018 2:54:53 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 9, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Banned from the Bible? (Run time: about 1 hour 25 minutes).This is the final class in a 12-part series on the archaeological evidence supporting the Bible.This class is about the common idea that the New Testament is "incomplete," and that there are certain books telling us a different story about Jesus that were banned by the church.I discuss in length many historical misconceptions from Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" as well as other books that have misrepresented the birth of the Christian church.I also go into the controversial idea that Christian story of Jesus is somehow "borrowed" from other...
  • Amazon Jungle Once Home to Millions More Than Previously Thought

    03/28/2018 6:20:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | By Erin Blakemore | By Erin Blakemore
    Forget small nomadic tribes and pristine jungle: the southern Amazon was likely covered in a network of large villages and ceremonial centers before Columbus. Geoglyphs in the southern Amazon are evidence of a once-thriving population. Photograph courtesy of University of Exeter ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Before Spanish invaders conquered South America, sparse groups of nomadic people clustered around the Amazon River, leaving the surrounding rain forest pristine and untouched. Or did they? New research suggests a very different story—an Amazonian region peppered with rain forest villages, ceremonial earthworks, and a much larger population than previously thought. The research, funded in part by the...
  • How Many Isaiahs Wrote Isaiah?

    03/25/2018 12:53:17 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 123 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | March 24, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux Skeptics who don’t believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God have a few problems, not the least of which is that it successfully prophesies major world events before they took place. And I’m not just talking about end-times prophecies that haven’t occurred yet. Isaiah and Daniel are the two starkest examples. I’ve already written about Daniel in my previous blog, “The Daniel Lynchpin,” which you can read here. This week I want to talk about Isaiah, why it’s come under fire by Bible critics, and resolve the “multiple authors” controversy. Isaiah’s prophetic ministry started in...
  • Was a Tiny Mummy in the Atacama an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange

    03/22/2018 4:22:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 20 replies
    NYT ^ | 22 March 2018 | Carl Zimmer
    Nearly two decades ago, the rumors began: In the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, someone had discovered a tiny mummified alien. An amateur collector exploring a ghost town was said to have come across a white cloth in a leather pouch. Unwrapping it, he found a six-inch-long skeleton. Despite its size, the skeleton was remarkably complete. It even had hardened teeth. And yet there were striking anomalies: it had ten ribs instead of the usual 12, giant eye sockets and a long skull that ended in a point. {snip} On Thursday, a team of scientists presented a very different explanation...