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  • Ancient clay tablet has revealed locations of 11 'lost cities' from 4,000 years ago

    11/22/2017 12:16:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies ^ | Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Rob Waugh
    Baked clay tablets from ancient Assyria, dating back as much as 4,000 years, could reveal the locations of 11 'lost cities' in modern-day Turkey. Harvard researchers analysed tablets found in the ancient city of Kanesh, the 12,000 cuneiform trade records include business transactions, accounts, seals and contracts. The researchers used mathematical models based on the price of goods and how frequently goods travelled between trade hubs to track down the locations of the ancient cities. Researchers reconstructed an economic network of trade goods such as wool, wine and precious metals across the Anatolian plateau in the 19th Century BC. The...
  • Indian politician offers $1.5M for beheading of Bollywood star over Hindu... Muslim... romance film

    11/22/2017 11:11:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    A member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party offered a $1.5 million bounty Sunday for anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that's sparked controversy for depicting a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler. Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of Haryana, offered the bounty against actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali... The movie "Padmavati" is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, "Padmavat," a fictional account of a brave and beautiful Rajput queen who chose to kill herself rather than...
  • ...Former Dream singer Melissa Schuman claims Backstreet Boy Nick Carter...[raped her]

    11/22/2017 10:12:28 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 21, 2017 | Valerie Edwards
    Ex-Dream singer Melissa Schuman accused Nick Carter of rape in graphic blog She alleges that Carter performed unwanted oral sex on her in 2002 incident Schuman claims that Carter then forced her to perform oral sex on him She alleges he then took her to his bedroom and forced her to have intercourse Schuman said she told her manager about alleged rape but was told Carter had powerful legal team and if she pursued charges her career would be ruined She wrote in the blog that she came forward after a story was published about a woman alleging she...
  • Janice Dickinson scores huge win over Bill Cosby in defamation case...

    11/22/2017 10:01:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 22, 2017 | Chris Spargo
    The former supermodel, 62, filed a complaint against Cosby, 80, over his response to a 2014 interview with Entertainment Tonight in which she said that the actor had sexually assaulted her in 1982 after giving her an unknown pill. Soon after that interview aired, Cosby's attorney Marty Singer responded to requests for comment by disputing Dickinson's claim that she was drugged and raped by his client and calling the allegation 'an outrageous defamatory lie.' The judge ruled on Tuesday that because he sent out that statement and a subsequent press release Singer too will face claims in the case. 'We...
  • Dramatic moment off-duty policeman shoots dead two gunmen as... [Brazil]

    11/22/2017 8:55:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20 November 2017 | Liz Dunphy
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Sergeant Rafael Souza entered a pharmacy with his wife and baby boy Two burglars with hoods and a gun rushed into steal from the pharmacy CCTV reveals the dramatic scenes in Campo Limpo Paulista, Brazil
  • Marine Le Pen: Is France's National Front leader far-right?

    11/22/2017 7:36:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | undated | Hugh Schofield
    Marine Le Pen's political awakening came at the age of eight, when she survived a bombing at her family's Paris home. Five kilograms of dynamite had been placed on the landing outside the apartment at 9 Villa Poirier. The explosion ripped open the entire front of the building. A baby in the next-door flat fell five floors and was saved by the branches of a tree. In her autobiography, the woman who took over the leadership of France's National Front (FN) from her father describes the chaos, the smoke and debris. She and her two sisters “were on our knees...
  • Egypt to construct world’s largest seawater desalination plant

    11/20/2017 3:48:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | November 15, 2017 | unattributed
    Egypt is in the process of constructing the largest seawater desalination plant in the world, in the Suez Governorate's coastal city of Ain Sokhna, revealed the head of the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority, Kamal El-Wazeir. In a telephone interview with the privately-owned ON TV, El-Wazeir stated that, once complete, the plant is expected to have the capacity to purify 164,000 cubic meters of seawater each day. Currently under-construction, the desalination station will "benefit the economic zone located northwest of Suez Gulf, as well as supporting other three giant desalination stations located inside El Galala, east of Port Said Governorate...
  • Sean Astin Backs Corey Feldman's Sexual Abuse Claims

    11/12/2017 1:27:36 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Page Six ^ | November 9, 2017 | Mara Siegler
    Corey Feldman's "Goonies" co-star Sean Astin is standing by his friend as Feldman comes forward with allegations of a Hollywood pedophile ring. "Hopefully, this doesn't play out as a personal tabloid story," Astin told us at TBS's "Search Party" premiere at Public Hotel. "The fact is, real people all over the country are starting to have a conversation, and it can be very distracting if it distills down into some kind of typical [story]." He added, "My only concern is [it] won't actually develop into the complex conversation that needs to happen. And if it doesn't, and it becomes about...
  • Israel Shoots Down Drone at Border, Issues Stern Warning to Syrian Army

    11/12/2017 1:08:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | November 11, 2017 | Yochanan Visser
    ...shot down a Syrian drone about to enter Israeli airspace over the border town Kuneitra on the Syrian Golan Heights. Israeli media reported the unmanned aerial vehicle belonged to the Syrian army, which consists today of mainly Shiite volunteers and mercenaries flown in from Iran. The IDF used a Patriot missile to down the drone, which was on a reconnaissance mission, just as it did in September when a Hezbollah-operated UAV entered Israeli airspace at about the same spot near the Israeli border... Israel has... demanded that any solution to the 6-year-old Syrian war must involve the creation of a...
  • Bronze Age farmer Tam is earliest known Stirling resident

    11/09/2017 11:46:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    The Times ^ | November 2 2017 | unattributed
    A skeleton found 138 years ago in Stirling has been identified as a Bronze Age farmer who worked the land more than 4,000 years ago. The discovery makes the man the earliest known resident of the ancient capital of Scotland. The farmer, who died in his twenties, has been nicknamed "Torbrex Tam", after the area of Stirling in which he was found. Tam's facial reconstruction has been carried out by a forensic artist to discover what he would have looked like. The remains were found in 1879 when workmen digging for gravel hit the slabs of a stone-lined cist. The...
  • Roman road discovered during digging in German city Aachen

    11/09/2017 11:37:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | November 07, 2017 | AP
    Aachen city archaeologist Andreas Schaub told the dpa news agency Tuesday the road is about six meters (yards) wide and is thought to possibly date back to the second century. Schaub says the road could have connected the important settlement in Aachen to what is today the Dutch city of Maastricht.
  • Ancient Latrine: A Peek into King Hezekiah's Reforms in the Bible?

    11/09/2017 11:18:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | November 8, 2017 | Robin Ngo
    The Hebrew Bible has several references to King Hezekiah's reforms and attempts to centralize worship in Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 29-32 describes his efforts during the first year of his reign to cleanse and refurbish the Temple in Jerusalem, believing that his ancestors had not worshipped the God of Israel dutifully. 2 Kings 18:4 narrates that "he removed the high places (bamot), broke down the pillars (masseboth), and cut down the sacred pole (asherah)."
  • When the Gloves Come Off – Why We Do Not Use Gloves to Handle Artifacts in the Field

    11/09/2017 11:05:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Secrets of the Ice ^ | October 25, 2017 | Lars Pilo
    What about DNA? We have gotten a number of comments from people, who are concerned about DNA-contamination. Are we contaminating preserved ancient DNA material on the surface of the artefacts by touching the objects with our bare hands? It is important to have a realistic picture of the preservation conditions at the ice. The vast majority of the objects have been repeatedly exposed to the elements, even though they still look incredibly well preserved, compared to “normal” artifacts. The inside structure of the artifacts is in fact remarkably intact, but the surfaces are weathered to a varying degree. This would...
  • Gaza Bronze Age Remains Disappearing Under Concrete

    11/01/2017 7:35:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | October 24, 2017 | akher Abou El Oun with Laurent Lozano
    Palestinian archaeologist Moain Sadeq says the mound at Tell es-Sakan near Gaza City is a "unique" site that could offer an invaluable glimpse into the region's ancient heritage. It is "maybe the only fortified Canaanite city in southern Palestine" occupied continuously from 3200 to 2000 BC, he says. Since it was discovered by chance in 1998, the man-made mound has been scarred by bulldozers more than once. A few weeks ago the earthmoving equipment returned yet again, destroying a large part of archaeological excavations carried out in 1999 and 2000 by Sadeq and his French colleague Pierre de Miroschedji. The...
  • Searching for the Lost City of Copper [Enkomi, Cyprus]

    10/31/2017 4:25:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    National Geographic History magazine ^ | March/April 2017 | unattributed
    "To the King of Egypt, my brother. Thus says the King of Alashiya, your brother: ... Send your messenger along with my messenger quickly and all the copper that you desire I will send you." ...these words are from the collection of tablets known as the Amarna Correspondence, a cache of diplomatic exchanges discovered in the late 19th century. Historians identify the king of Egypt as Akhenaten, but who was writing to him? And where was Alashiya? Many historians feel that the most likely candidate for copper-rich Alashiya is in Cyprus. But the story of identifying the lost city near...
  • 'Every woman just went, "I'm done"': Amber Tamblyn claims that the allegations against Harvey...

    10/31/2017 2:14:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Sunday, October 29, 2017 | Valerie Siebert
    Actress Amber Tamblyn has claimed that the recent allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein would not have surfaced if Hillary Clinton had been elected last year. The 34-year-old star, who is very outspoken on the issue of sexual harassment, recently spoke to about how things have changed in Hollywood since Donald Trump was elected president. Amber argued that there has been a silver lining in living under the Trump administration, claiming that women are now feeling more free to speak out in cases of abuse. 'I think that without him being elected, if it had been...
  • 'Beyond pathetic': Hillary says she’ll 'go as the president' this Halloween

    10/30/2017 11:08:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 70 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Monday, October 30, 2017 | Brett T
    NBC News's Alex Seitz-Wald has some bad news about America's smartest woman; it seems she's still harboring some delusions about what took place almost a year ago. [tweet] Asked about her Halloween costume, Hillary Clinton says she'll "go as the president." [/tweet] -- Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) October 31, 2017<./h2>
  • 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 · 12 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...
  • Dinosaur Dung Fertilizes Planet, New Research Shows

    10/28/2017 3:25:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Science Daily / Science News ^ | October 16, 2017 | Northern Arizona University
    Christopher Doughty, faculty member in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University... "Theory suggests that large animals are disproportionately important to the spread of fertility across the planet... What better way to test this than to compare fertility in the world during the Cretaceous period -- where sauropods, the largest herbivores to exist, roamed freely -- to the Carboniferous period -- a time in Earth's history before four-legged erbivores evolved." During these two periods, plants were buried faster than they could decompose. As a result, coal was formed. Doughty gathered coal samples from mines throughout...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Aurorae on Jupiter

    07/10/2016 10:19:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | Monday, July 11, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Jupiter has aurorae. Like Earth, the magnetic field of the gas giant funnels charged particles released from the Sun onto the poles. As these particles strike the atmosphere, electrons are temporarily knocked away from existing gas molecules. Electric force attracts these electrons back. As the electrons recombine to remake neutral molecules, auroral light is emitted. In the featured recently released composite image by the Hubble Space Telescope taken in ultraviolet light, the aurorae appear as annular sheets around the pole. Unlike Earth's aurorae, Jupiter's aurorae include several bright streaks and dots. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is visible on the...