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  • A handy little guide to small talk in the Stone Age

    03/04/2009 4:07:29 PM PST · by billorites · 20 replies · 564+ views
    Times online ^ | February 26, 2009 | Mark Henderson
    A “time traveller’s phrasebook” that could allow basic communication between modern English speakers and Stone Age cavemen is being compiled by scientists studying the evolution of language. Research has identified a handful of modern words that have changed so little in tens of thousands of years that ancient hunter-gatherers would probably have been able to understand them. Anybody who was catapulted back in time to Ice Age Europe would stand a good chance of being intelligible to the locals by using words such as “I”, “who” and “thou” and the numbers “two”, “three” and “five”, the work suggests. More nuanced...
  • 'Oldest English Words' Identified

    02/26/2009 4:51:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies · 1,010+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 26 February 2009
    Some of the oldest words in English have been identified, scientists say.Reading University researchers claim "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the most ancient, dating back tens of thousands of years. Their computer model analyses the rate of change of words in English and the languages that share a common heritage. The team says it can predict which words are likely to become extinct - citing "squeeze", "guts", "stick" and "bad" as probable first casualties. "We use a computer to fit a range of models that tell us how rapidly these words evolve," said Mark Pagel, an evolutionary biologist...
  • Israeli Archaeologists Discover 3,000-Year-Old Jar With Inscription of Name From the Bible

    07/27/2015 8:05:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/27/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    Archaeologists in Israel have found a rare inscription of the name of an apparently influential person from the time of King David, a name that is also mentioned in the Bible, according to Israel Antiquities Authority. Archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old large ceramic jar with the inscription of the name "Eshbaal Ben Beda," The Associated Press reported Sunday. The Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles in 8:33 and 9:39 identifies the fourth son of Saul as Eshbaal, also written as as Ish-bosheth. "Ner was the father of Kish, Kish the father of Saul, and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua,...
  • State Trooper: I Feed Bigfoots and They Have a Language

    07/25/2015 11:18:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 132 replies
    The man, who provided a full name but chose to remain anonymous, told Cryptozoology News that the encounters have been happening since 2009 in a remote area in the North Cascades. “Sometimes it is just 5 to 10 minutes, other times they stay for hours,” he said. “I leave them food and they visit,” he continued. From apples to carrots, to beef jerky, cookies and candy bars, the ex-law enforcement officer claims the creatures eat it all and leave him alone. The man says he was looking for an old mine in the mountains the first time he came across...
  • Two engraved reliefs unearthed on Red Sea coastline [12th Dynasty]

    07/24/2015 11:55:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Wednesday, July, 22, 2015 | Nevine El-Aref
    Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that studies carried out revealed that the first relief belongs to the Middle Kindom because it bears the cartouche of the seventh king of the 12th Dynasty, King Amenemhat IV, whose reign was characterised by exploration for precious turquoise and amethyst on Punt Island. Meanwhile the second relief, which is in a bad conservation condition, can be dated to the Second Intermediate Period. After restoration, Eldamaty said, more information on the relief would be revealed. Three Roman burials and parts of Berenice Temple's façade were also uncovered as well as a number...
  • Solving a Riddle Written in Silver

    09/27/2004 9:26:45 PM PDT · by 68skylark · 23 replies · 10,255+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 28, 2004 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    The words are among the most familiar and ecumenical in the liturgies of Judaism and Christianity. At the close of a worship service, the rabbi, priest or pastor delivers, with only slight variations, the comforting and fortifying benediction: "May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord cause his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace." An archaeological discovery in 1979 revealed that the Priestly Benediction, as the verse from Numbers 6:24-26 is called, appeared to be the earliest biblical passage ever...
  • 6th century B.C.E. artifacts unearthed near Ein Gedi

    02/19/2004 11:23:49 PM PST · by yonif · 26 replies · 350+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2/20/2004 | Zafrir Rinat
    Rare artifacts from the Shivat Zion ("Return of Zion") era, after the destruction of the First Temple, were discovered last week in a cave in the Ein Gedi region. The discovery of the items, dating back to the sixth century B.C.E., was announced Thursday by the Nature and National Parks Protection Authority. For the past three years the Archaeology Institute at Bar-Ilan University (BIU) and the Cave Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have been conducting an archaeological survey of the cliffs of the Judean Desert. BIU's Prof. Hanan Eshel is in charge of the project. A week...
  • Archaeologists find coins from Bar Kochva era in Ein Gedi Reserve

    04/17/2003 1:14:52 PM PDT · by yonif · 8 replies · 700+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 17, 2003 | THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF
    A wallet containing nine coins from the period of Bar Kochva was discovered in a small cave at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve on the eastern periphery of the Judean Desert. Thrilled archaeologists reported that amongst the find, three coins were minted by Jewish authorities from the period of Bar Kochva, One of the coins is made of silver and weighs 12 grams. This is only the second coin of its type discovered in Israel so far, reports Israel Radio. The discovery was made by members of Bar Ilan University's Archaeology Institute in cooperation with researchers from the center for...
  • Biblical Text from 500 A.D. Deciphered from Charred Scroll

    07/21/2015 8:17:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Discovery ^ | Jul 20, 2015 06:06 PM ET // by | Rossella Lorenzi
    Virtual unwrapping software has revealed verses from the Book of Leviticus in a charred parchment scroll, making it the oldest biblical text after the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Monday. Found 45 years ago inside the Holy Ark of the synagogue at Ein Gedi, on the western shore of the Dead Sea, the 2.7-inch scroll was dated by C14 analysis to about 500 AD. “This is the first time in any archaeological excavation that a Torah scroll was found in a synagogue, particularly inside a Holy Ark,” the IAA said in a statement. ... To...
  • History in Limbo

    08/28/2009 12:19:12 AM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 9 replies · 1,526+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | August 2009 | Hershel Shanks
    Scholar Blocks Reports of Old Excavations In the late 1960s the ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi, on the shore of the Dead Sea, was excavated by Israeli archaeologist Dan Barag, a student of the great Nahman Avigad. The finds were extraordinary—two well-preserved mosaic floors on top of one another in the main room, a large mosaic inscription in the entrance corridor, a hoard of Byzantine coins, a disc from a roll of the Torah, a water basin for washing hands and a magnificent bronze menorah. The only problem is that a report on the excavation has never been written—not even...
  • Giant Llamas and flames found among 24 new images at Peru's Nazca Lines [two centuries older]

    07/13/2015 8:15:16 PM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    Japanese archaeologists have discovered 24 new geoglyphs on the Nazca Plateau in Peru that were created two centuries earlier than the giant images that the region is famous for. Archaeologists from the University of Yamagata in Japan made the discovery a mile north of the city of Nazca, in central Peru. The shapes are mostly geometrical, including a figure resembling a flame, along with what appears to be a llama, with the largest being 20m long. The geoglyphs, found in surveys between last December and February, have been reported to the Peruvian government. The geoglyphs are almost invisible on the...
  • Archaeologists Find Assyrian Tablets in Turkey, Some About Women's Rights

    07/19/2015 1:05:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Ancient Assyrian tablets, dictating social arrangements including women's rights, dating back to 4,000 years have been excavated in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Prof. Fikri Kulakoglu of Ankara University told Dogan News Agency that the Kultepe-Kanis-Karum trade colony site where the tablets were unearthed was remarkable. He said the tablets revealed detailed information about the Assyrians, spanning from commercial trade to the nitty-gritty of the local social life. "From women's rights to the adoption of children and marriages arranged at birth, the tablets include all kinds of civilizational and social data from Anatolia 4,000...
  • The Diffusionists Have Landed

    02/22/2015 4:49:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 1st, 2000 | Marc K. Stengel
    The Norwegian archaeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad's famous identification, in 1961, of a Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, from just after A.D. 1000 is, of course, a notable exception, no longer in dispute. But that discovery has so far gone nowhere. The Norse settlers, who may have numbered as many as 160 and stayed for three years or longer, seem to have made no lasting impression on the aboriginal skraellings that, according to Norse sagas, they encountered, and to have avoided being influenced in turn. The traditions of the Micmac people, modern-day inhabitants of the area, have...
  • Olmeca Waterproofing Technology Involved Tar

    08/17/2008 12:40:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 100+ views
    INAH ^ | August 7, 2008 | unattributed
    Earliest evidence of tar used as waterproofing material was found in Veracruz and is more than 3,500 years old. Olmeca cultures that inhabited the Gulf of Mexico vicinity used it to protect soil, terracotta or wooden constructions, floor and wall covering, boat sealant, as well as glue. Earliest remains of containers with tar are those recovered in the municipality of Hidalgotitlan, Veracruz, as part of El Manati archaeological project. Containers found by INAH archaeologists may have been used to heat up tar... Contemporary inhabitants of the Gulf coast vicinity still use tar to flatten the entrance of their houses, patios,...
  • Fighting with Jaguars, Bleeding for Rain: Has a 3K-year-old ritual survived in the central Mexico?

    10/12/2008 6:53:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 466+ views
    Archaeology, v61 n6 ^ | November/December 2008 | Zach Zorich
    In early May I went to the Guerrero highlands to see the celebrations that take place during the Catholic Holy week, which coincides with the beginning of the spring planting season. The people in several mountain towns practice a type of Catholicism that incorporates religious beliefs and rituals that pre-date the arrival of Europeans. The most spectacular of these rituals are the Tigré fights. Men in the village of Acatlan dress in jaguar costumes and box each other as a kind of sacrifice to the rain god, Tlaloc. (The goggle-like eyes on their headgear match ancient depictions of both Tlaloc...
  • New Maya Olmec Archeological Find in Guatemala [Takalik Abaj]

    11/03/2008 5:01:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 291+ views
    Guatemala Times ^ | Thursday, October 30, 2008 | unattributed
    It is known that the fragments of this enigmatic sculptures were placed into the buildings during the second part of the Late Pre- Classic Period (Phase Ruth 200 BC - 150 AD), which is when the early Mayan culture was florishing. Therefore this sculpture must have been carved before this time. There are two possibilities, it was carved at the start of the early Mayan era, or a little earlier, when the changes in Tak'alik Ab'aj from the Olmec era to the Mayan era was taking place, what is called the transition period. Could it be that the early Mayan...
  • Pyramid Tomb Found: Sign of a Civilization's Birth?

    05/19/2010 7:54:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 635+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | John Roach
    Apparently caught between two cultures, the 2,700-year-old pyramid in Chiapa de Corzo (map), Mexico, may help settle a debate as to when and how the mysterious Zoque civilization arose, according to excavation leader Bruce Bachand. At the time of the pyramid tomb's dedication, hundreds of artisans, vendors, and farmers would have known Chiapa de Corzo as a muggy town, redolent with wood smoke and incense. Above them towered the three-story-tall pyramid, a "visually permanent and physically imposing reminder" of their past rulers and emerging cultural identity, said Bachand, an archaeologist at Brigham Young University. The two rulers found with the...
  • Archaeologists Discover Two More Human Skeletons Accompanied by a Rich Offering at Chiapa de Corzo

    12/09/2010 8:52:39 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    ArtDaily ^ | Tuesday, December 7, 2010 | Emiliano Gallaga & Bruce R. Bachand (?)
    After discovering a 2,700 year old tomb, probably the earliest in Mesoamerica, the team of specialists of the Chiapa de Corzo Archaeological Project discovered another multiple burial that probably dates from 500 BC, which was accompanied by an offering where a necklace with an Olmeca-style pendant stands out. Also found at Mound 11 of Chiapa de Corzo Archaeological Zone, this second discovery consists in 2 osseous remains of male adults, located in a corner of the excavation area of the hill... The general characteristics of the multiple burial and its offering, as pointed out by the experts, confirms the early...
  • Archaeologists Discover Ancient Olmec-Influenced City Near Mexico City

    01/25/2007 3:20:10 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 520+ views
    SignonSanDiego ^ | 1-25-2007 | Mark Stevenson
    Archeologists discover ancient Olmec-influenced city near Mexico City By Mark Stevenson ASSOCIATED PRESS 12:16 a.m. January 25, 2007 MEXICO CITY – A 2,500-year-old city influenced by the Olmecs – often referred to as the “mother culture” of Mesoamerica – has been discovered hundreds of miles away from the Olmecs' Gulf coast territory, archaeologists said. The remains of Zazacatla are providing insight into the early arrival of advanced civilizations in central Mexico, while also providing lessons about the risks to ruins posed by modern development that now cover much of the ancient city. Archaeologist Giselle Canto said Wednesday that two statues...
  • Ancient Bones Found In Honduras Said To Be Olmec

    11/12/2003 10:08:07 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 1,269+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 11-11-2003
    Ancient Bones Found in Honduras Said to Be Olmec TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Human bones believed to date from the ancient Olmec civilization have been found in southeastern Honduras, suggesting the influential culture extended farther than previously thought, Honduran authorities said on Tuesday. Missed Tech Tuesday? Here's the real reasons you need speed, plus better broadband tips and making do with dial-up. Carmen Fajardo, at the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History, said it appeared to be the first time Olmec remains have been found outside the so-called Mesoamerican corridor that stretches from Mexico to central Honduras. "For the first...
  • Mysterious Jade May Have Been Offering to Gods [...or not]

    03/11/2015 2:02:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Mar 11, 2015 09:30 AM ET | by Owen Jarus, LiveScience
    The jade artifact, which has cleft rectangles, incisions and a cone at its top, was discovered underwater in Veracruz, Mexico. Photo courtesy Professor Carl Wendt A mysterious corncob-shaped artifact, dating to somewhere between 900 B.C. and 400 B.C., has been discovered underwater at the site of Arroyo Pesquero in Veracruz, Mexico. Made of jadeite, a material that is harder than steel, the artifact has designs on it that are difficult to put into words. It contains rectangular shapes, engraved lines and a cone that looks like it is emerging from the top. It looks like a corncob in an abstract...
  • Figures Found During Mural Restoration in Mexico

    10/10/2011 3:25:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | Monday, October 10,2011 | EFE
    Mexican experts have discovered some small, previously hidden figures in a Mayan mural while carrying out restoration work on it, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said. Figures representing the heads of three men were found during the treatment being given to the Murals of Bonampak at the like-named archaeological site, located in the Lacandona jungle in the southern state of Chiapas, that dates back to the year 790 A.D. Further information about the diminutive figures has not yet come to light, the INAH said. At the same time, the iconography of two images painted on the upper...
  • 3,500-year-old stone carving found [ Jomon ]

    09/15/2006 12:04:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 377+ views
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | Friday, September 15, 2006 | unattributed
    A 3,500-year-old stone artifact from the late Jomon period (ca. 10,000 B.C.-ca. 300 B.C.) decorated with carved images of three people has been unearthed at the Chikano archaeological site in Aomori... The find is known as a stone crown because of its shape, with the upper part narrower than the bottom. It is rare for a stone artifact with drawings from the Jomon period to be discovered, and it is the first time a stone crown depicting more than one person has been found... The Chikano archaeological site is located near the Sannai-Maruyama dig--the biggest Jomon period village remains... The...
  • A Mother Lode Of Jade Solves Maya Mystery

    05/24/2002 7:14:54 AM PDT · by blam · 45 replies · 970+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 5-22-2002 | William J. Broad
    A mother lode of jade solves Maya mystery Hurricane exposes ancient mines Wednesday, May 22, 2002 By WILLIAM J. BROAD THE NEW YORK TIMES For half a century, scholars have searched for the source of the jade that the early civilizations of the Americas prized above all else and fashioned into precious objects of worship, trade and adornment. The searchers found some clues to the source of jadeite, as the precious rock is known, for the Olmecs and Mayas. But no lost mines came to light. Now, scientists exploring the wilds of Guatemala say they have found the mother lode...
  • New Analysis Of Pottery Stirs Olmec Trade Controversy

    08/02/2005 8:00:10 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 529+ views
    New analysis of pottery stirs Olmec trade controversy Clearing -- or perhaps roiling -- the murky and often contentious waters of Mesoamerican archeology, a study of 3,000-year-old pottery provides new evidence that the Olmec may not have been the mother culture after all. Writing this week (Aug. 1, 2005) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of scientists led by University of Wisconsin-Madison archeologist James B. Stoltman presents new evidence that shows the Olmec, widely regarded as the creators of the first civilization in Mesoamerica, imported pottery from other nearby cultures. The finding undermines the...
  • Mexico monolith may cast new light on Mesoamerica

    05/09/2006 8:58:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies · 366+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Monday, May 8, 2006 | Reuters
    Findings at the newly excavated Tamtoc archeological site in the north-central state of San Luis Potosi may prompt scholars to rethink a view of Mesoamerican history which holds that its earliest peoples were based in the south of Mexico... Tamtoc, located about 550 miles northeast of Mexico City, will open to the public this week, while experts including linguists, historians, ethnographers and others study findings from the site to confirm their origins. The Olmecs are considered the mother culture of pre-Hispanic Mexico. Ruins of Olmec centers believed to have flourished as early as 1200 B.C. have been found in the...
  • Mother Of Us All, Or Sister? Olmecs A Puzzle

    03/15/2005 5:42:09 PM PST · by blam · 56 replies · 1,825+ views
    Times Union ^ | 3-15-2005 | John Noble Wilford
    Mother of us all, or sister? Olmecs a puzzle By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD, New York Times First published: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 On a coastal flood plain etched by rivers flowing through swamps and alongside fields of maize and beans, the people archaeologists call the Olmecs lived in a society of emergent complexity. It was more than 3,000 years ago, along the Gulf of Mexico around Veracruz. The Olmecs moved a veritable mountain of earth to create a plateau above the plain, and there planted a city, the ruins of which are known today as San Lorenzo. The Olmecs are...
  • Mexican Archaeologists Find 2,800-Year-Old Monument [ Olmecs ]

    07/29/2011 9:25:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2011 | EFE
    A group of Mexican archaeologists have discovered a 1.5 ton stone relief from the Olmec culture created more than 2,800 years ago, the National Institute of Archaeology and History, or INAH, said. The discovery was made at the archaeological site of Chalcatzingo in Morelos state, "the only pre-Columbian site known in central Mexico with large bas-reliefs," INAH said in a communique. The work -- standing more than 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall -- was discovered in late April on the north slope of Chalcatzingo as archaeologists were building a containing wall and protective roofs for the other monoliths in the...
  • Did China discover AMERICA? Ancient Chinese script carved into rocks may prove Asians lived in New W

    07/09/2015 4:50:03 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 109 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 9, 2015 | RICHARD GRAY
    The discovery of the Americas has for centuries been credited to the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, but ancient markings carved into rocks around the US could require history to be rewritten. Researchers have discovered ancient scripts that suggest Chinese explorers may have discovered America long before Europeans arrived there. They have found pictograms etched into the rocks around the country that appear to belong of an ancient Chinese script. John Ruskamp, a retired chemist and amateur epigraph researcher from Illinois, discovered the unusual markings while walking in the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, He claims they indicate ancient people from...
  • Aboriginal Language Had Ice Age Origins

    12/13/2006 3:00:25 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 508+ views
    ABC Science ^ | 12-13-2006 | Judy Skatssoon
    Aboriginal language had ice age origins Judy Skatssoon ABC Science Online Wednesday, 13 December 2006 A researcher has suggested that the origin of Aboriginal language can be traced back to a time when Australia and New Guinea were one (Image: Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water) Aboriginal languages may be much older than people think, argues a linguistic anthropologist who says they originated as far back as the end of the last ice age around 13,000 years ago. This challenges existing thinking, which suggests Aboriginal languages developed from a proto-language that spread through Australia 5000 to 6000 years ago....
  • Gold coin may be key to solve Sweden's 'Pompeii'

    07/02/2015 9:31:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | August 18, 2014 | Solveig Rundquist/Oliver Gee
    A small team of archaeologists at Kalmar County museum, in collaboration with Lund University, has been digging at the site for the past three years. The team is studying the Migration Period in Scandinavian history, from about 400 to 550 AD... While the team has found several hundred of the coin already, Monday's discovery was a big one, said archaeologist and project manager Helena Victor. "This is the first one found in an archaeological context," she told The Local. "Normally we find them while we're plowing the field. But we found this one inside a house where we found people...
  • Iran loses fight over "Lost Paradise" relics

    03/31/2007 8:07:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 218+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2007 | Peter Griffiths
    In a ruling that could affect other countries' attempts to secure the return of antiquities, Britain's High Court rejected Iran's claim that it owned the artifacts... Lawyers acting for Iran said the treasures were among thousands of pieces stolen by looters after floods washed away the topsoil and exposed the ancient city of Jiroft in 2001. Senior judge Charles Gray said Iran had failed to prove its legal ownership of the jars, cups and other items but gave permission for his ruling to be challenged at the appeal court... The gallery's London lawyers, Lane & Partners, said the antiquities were...
  • Shrouded 5000-Year-Old Child Unearthed In Southeastern Iran

    12/19/2006 2:38:42 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 1,088+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 12-19-2006
    Shrouded 5000-year-old child unearthed in southeastern Iran TEHRAN, Dec. 19 (MNA) -- The skeleton of a 5000-year-old child wrapped in a winding sheet was discovered at the foot of a wall in the Taleb Khan Mound, which is located near the Burnt City in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. “The skeleton was discovered in a room of a house, while remnants of a white cloth were found around it. The cloth shows that the child had been shrouded before burial,” Mehdi Miri, the director of the archaeological team working at the site, said on Tuesday. “It was common for children to be buried...
  • Ancient rock tombs discovered at Jiroft

    11/14/2006 12:15:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 287+ views
    Mehr News Agency ^ | November 12, 2006 | unattributed
    Two tombs carved out of rock were recently discovered at the Qal'eh Kuchak mound by the team of archaeologists working at the Jiroft ancient site. The team began the fifth phase of excavations of Jiroft, which is located in the Halil-Rud River cultural area, in late October. Due to their magnificent structure, the archaeologists believe they may be the tombs of kings who ruled the region. "The ancient inhabitants of the region constructed a place like an orthogonal room measuring 2.5x2.5 meters. The place has some stairs leading to two cave-like tombs," team director Yusef Majidzadeh told the Persian service...
  • Ancient Metal Relics Discovered In Jiroft

    07/20/2006 3:04:59 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 548+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | 7-19-2006
    Ancient Metal Relics Discovered in Jiroft Jul 19, 2006 The police department of Jiroft succeeded in confiscating 41 metal relics belonging to the pre-historic and historic periods. The most ancient one is a Riton belonging to the third millennium BC. Riton is a kind of goblet with the head of an animal, usually in the shape of a lion, horse, ibex, or winged lion. "The police department of Jiroft found 41 bronze, copper, and silver relics. The most ancient one is a Riton with the head of a humped cow belonging to some 5000 years ago," said Nader Soleimani, archeologist...
  • (Iranian) MP: Village with cavemen discovered at Jiroft heights

    05/26/2006 1:39:03 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 34 replies · 1,096+ views
    IRNA ^ | May 24 | Staff
    Iran-Cave MP from Jiroft, Ali Zadsar here Wednesday said that a village whose residents are cavemen has been discovered at the heights of the city of Jiroft near Anbarabad in the southeastern province of Kerman. Speaking on the sidelines of Majlis open session, he said that a village was discovered 120 kms from the town of Anbarabad in the winter of 2005. He added that the residents of the newly-discovered village put on no clothes and feed on leaves. Zadsar said, "The village, called Pid-Nekoupieh, is situated in the mountain and the 200 people who live there have never left...
  • New Discoveries in Jiroft May Change History of Civilization

    01/26/2006 11:19:36 AM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies · 1,709+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | Jan 26, 2006
    New Discoveries in Jiroft May Change History of Civilization Jan 26, 2006 Latest archeological excavations in Jiroft, known as the hidden paradise of world archeologists, resulted in the discovery of a bronze statue depicting the head of goat which dates back to the third millennium BC. This statue was found in the historical cemetery of Jirof where recent excavations in the lower layers of this cemetery revealed that the history of the Halil Rud region dates back to the fourth millennium BC, a time that goes well beyond the age of civilization in Mesopotamia "One of the reasons the archeologists...
  • New Studies Show Jiroft Was An International Trade Center 5,000 Years Ago

    12/23/2004 9:39:27 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 451+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 12-23-2004
    New studies show Jiroft was an international trade center 5000 years ago Tehran Times Culture Desk TEHRAN (MNA) –- Studies by foreign archaeologists and experts on seals recently discovered in the Jiroft area prove that Jiroft was an international trade center 5000 years ago. The head of the excavation team in the region, Yusef Majidzadeh, said on Wednesday that several ancient seals in various shapes were discovered during the most recent excavation at the site. “The twenty-five discovered seals show that the regional people made use of seals in their business. They used to put products inside jars, covered the...
  • Ancient Iranian Site Shows Mesopotamia-Like Civilisation

    11/16/2004 4:45:22 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 812+ views
    New Kerala ^ | 11-16-2004
    Ancient Iranian site shows Mesopotamia-like civilisation [World News]: Tehran, Nov 16 : Shellfish is not seen on most Iranians dining tables but it was part of the daily diet of the inhabitants of ancient Jiroft in southern Iran 5,000 years ago that showed the existence of an ancient civilisation. Jiroft, located in Kerman province, is one of the richest historical areas in the world, with ruins and artefacts dating back to the third millennium BC and with over 100 historical sites located along the approximately 400 km of the Halil Rood riverbank, according to Mehr news agency. Many Iranian and...
  • Jiroft Is Ancient City Of Marhashi: US Scholar

    05/08/2008 6:25:35 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 119+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 5-7-2008
    Jiroft is the ancient city of Marhashi: U.S. scholarWednesday, May 7, 2008 Tehran Times Culture Desk Jiroft is the ancient city of Marhashi: U.S. scholar TEHRAN -- Piotr Steinkeller, professor of Assyriology in Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University, believes that the prehistoric site of Jiroft is the lost ancient city of Marhashi. He developed the theory in his paper during the first round of the International Conference on Jiroft Civilization, which was held in Tehran on May 5 and 6. Marhashi, (in earlier sources Warahshe) was a 3rd millennium BC polity situated east of Elam,...
  • Archaeologists Have Discovered The World's Oldest Inscription In Jiroft

    11/05/2007 1:31:53 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 1,267+ views
    CAIS ^ | 11-5-2007
    Archaeologists have Discovered the World's Oldest Inscription in Jiroft 05 November 2007 LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists have discovered the world's most ancient inscription in the Iranian city of Jiroft, near the Halil Roud historical site. "The inscription, discovered in a palace, was carved on a baked mud-brick whose lower left corner has only remained,” explained Professor Yousof Majid-Zadeh, head of the Jiroft excavation team. “The only ancient inscriptions known to experts before the Jiroft discovery were cuneiform and hieroglyph,” said Majid Zadeh, adding that,”the new-found inscription is formed by geometric shapes and no linguist around the world has been able...
  • Jiroft Is Lost Link Of Chain Of Civilization: Majidzadeh

    01/13/2007 3:15:01 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 1,003+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 1-12-2007
    Jiroft is lost link of chain of civilization: Majidzadeh TEHRAN, Jan. 12 (MNA) -- Iranian archaeologist Yusef Majidzadeh believes that Jiroft is the lost link of the chain of civilization and says it has such a significant civilization that he would be proud to be named an honorary citizen of the ancient site. In a seminar entitled “Jiroft, the Cradle of Oriental Civilization” held in Kerman on Thursday, he said, “The history of civilization in Jiroft dates back to 2700 BC and the third millennium civilization is the lost link of the chain of civilization which archaeologists have long sought....
  • Oxford University wants help decoding Egyptian papyri [ Oxyrhynchus ]

    07/27/2011 6:59:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | unattributed
    Oxford University is asking for help deciphering ancient Greek texts written on fragments of papyrus found in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of images have gone on display on a website which encourages armchair archaeologists to help catalogue and translate them. Researchers hope the collective effort will give them a unique insight into life in Egypt nearly 2,000 years ago... The collection is made up of papyri recovered in the early 20th Century from the Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, the so-called "City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish". At the time the city was under Greek rule. Later the Romans settled the...
  • Infra-Red Brings Ancient Papyri to Light

    04/20/2005 9:14:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 566+ views
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | April 19, 2005
    Oxyrhynchus, situated on a tributary of the Nile 100 miles south of Cairo, was a prosperous regional capital and the third city of Egypt, with 35,000 people. It was populated mainly by Greek immigrants, who left behind tons of papyri upon which slaves trained in Greek had documented the community's arts and goings-on. A vast array of previously unintelligible manuscripts from ancient Greece and Rome are being read for the first time thanks to infra-red light, in a breakthrough hailed as the classical equivalent of finding the holy grail. The technique could see the number of accounted-for ancient manuscripts increase...
  • WOW (Breakthrough in interpreting Oxyrhynchus Papyri)

    04/17/2005 6:14:39 AM PDT · by bitt · 49 replies · 5,926+ views
    the Light of Reason ^ | 4/17/05 | Arthur Silber?
    For more than a century, it has caused excitement and frustration in equal measure – a collection of Greek and Roman writings so vast it could redraw the map of classical civilisation. If only it was legible. Now, in a breakthrough described as the classical equivalent of finding the holy grail, Oxford University scientists have employed infra-red technology to open up the hoard, known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and with it the prospect that hundreds of lost Greek comedies, tragedies and epic poems will soon be revealed. In the past four days alone, Oxford’s classicists have used it to make...
  • Some Recently Published NEW TESTAMENT Papyri from Oxyrhynchus: Overview and Assessment

    04/16/2005 8:54:33 PM PDT · by rface · 22 replies · 2,765+ views
    Tyndale Bulletin 51 ^ | April 15, 2005? | Peter M. Head
    I post this scholarly paper to compliment the link on DRUDGE:Eureka! Extraordinary discovery unlocks secrets of the ancients Summary:Seventeen newly published manuscripts of the Greek New Testament (comprising a new portion of P77 as well as P100-P115) are introduced and then discussed individually, with special attention to two groups of manuscripts: seven of Matthew and four of John. The material offers important new evidence on a range of text-critical issues and three passages are discussed (Mt. 23:38; Jn. 1:34; Rev. 13:18). I. Introduction:Within the last three years seventeen previously unknown papyrus manuscripts of portions of the New Testament have been...
  • A New Number of the Beast

    04/16/2005 5:24:43 PM PDT · by STD · 8 replies · 815+ views
    Oxford University | 4/16/05 | Ancient Authors
    The newest volume of Oxyrhynchus Papyri contains a fragmentary papyrus of Revelation which is the earliest known witness to some sections (late third / early fourth century). A detailed discussion of its place in the MS tradition is given in the printed volume. You will find images at 150dpi and 300dpi in the papyri section of this site, accessible from the main menu. One feature of particular interest is the number that this papyrus assigns to the Beast: 616, rather than the usual 666. (665 is also found.) We knew that this variant existed: Irenaeus cites (and refutes) it. But...
  • EXTRAORDINARY DISCOVERY UNLOCKS SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

    04/16/2005 5:01:00 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 77 replies · 3,377+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Sat 16 Apr 2005 | (Drudgereport.com) Scotsman.com
    EUREKA! EXTRAORDINARY DISCOVERY UNLOCKS SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS Thousands of previously illegible manuscripts containing work by some of the greats of classical literature are being read for the first time using technology which experts believe will unlock the secrets of the ancient world.
  • Pillars with inscriptions of Pallava, Chola kings found

    03/21/2007 11:55:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 276+ views
    The Hindu ^ | March 17, 2007 | T.S. Subramanian
    The inscriptions on the pillars belong to the Pallava period of 8th century A.D. when Thirukin Kizhavar was the local chieftain, the Pallava period of early 9th century A.D. when Nripatunga Varman was the ruler, and 998 A.D. when Raja Raja Chola was in his 13th regnal year. The inscriptions, in Tamil, are about the donation of gold and land for the temple and the maintenance of its perpetual lamp at Thiruvizhchil, which is present-day Salavankuppam. There is an inscription of Raja Raja Chola on the floor near the entrance to the Shore Temple. He built the Brihadisvara temple in...
  • So, Just How Good Are You At Puzzles?

    06/22/2015 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Popular Science ^ | Posted June 19, 2015 | By Chandra Clarke
    Put your jigsaw puzzle skills to the test with this archeological treasure Project: The Pictish Puzzle The Picts were a group of people that lived in Scotland during the Late Iron Age. You're probably familiar with their signature artwork: highly stylized animals, beautiful spirals, and intricate knots, all carved into stone, or worked in metal. And it's one of the most famous and beautiful Pictish stones that National Museums Scotland wants you to put back together. The Hilton of Cadboll Stone was carved between 700 and 800 AD. On one side (shown above) you can see a hunting scene. On...