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  • Prehistoric Human Brain Found Pickled in Bog

    04/06/2011 11:43:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery ^ | Wed Apr 6, 2011 05:30 AM ET | By Jennifer Viegas
    A brain in near-perfect condition is found in a skull of a person who was decapitated over 2,600 years ago. A human skull dated to about 2,684 years ago with an "exceptionally preserved" human brain still inside of it was recently discovered in a waterlogged U.K. pit, according to a new Journal of Archaeological Science study. The brain is the oldest known intact human brain from Europe and Asia, according to the authors, who also believe it's one of the best-preserved ancient brains in the world. "The early Iron Age skull belonged to a man, probably in his thirties," lead...
  • Discovery in Guatemala finds oldest royal Mayan tomb

    04/06/2011 11:37:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | 04-06-2011 | Staff
    At the recent Society for American Archaeology meeting in Sacramento, California, archaeologist Michael Callaghan from the University of Texas presented his team's findings from the ancient site of K'o (now modern-day Guatemala) and what they believe to be the oldest known royal Mayan tomb. Excavating under a wealthy home, they discovered a lid leading to a tunnel of about 16 inches wide. Following the tunnel, they discovered a chultan, or storage chamber, where a burial was performed. Within this storage chamber they discovered a body they believe to have been a man in his fifties who was reasonably healthy when...
  • Pictures: Gold Treasure, Roman Coins Revealed in U.K.

    04/06/2011 11:27:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Published April 4, 2011 | Rachel Kaufman
    Fifty thousand Roman coins found in a field in Somerset, England, in 2010 (including the artifacts above) amount to the largest hoard of coins discovered in a single vessel—and the second largest hoard of ancient coins ever found in Britain, according to British Museum experts. The coins, along with recently discovered Iron Age gold jewelry—both found by amateur treasure hunters—will be acquired by museums, thanks to a series of grants and donations, officials recently announced. The coins will go to England's Museum of Somerset, which will put them on display after it reopens this summer. The haul, most of which...
  • Lost for 2,000 years... Could this be the first portrait of Jesus?

    04/04/2011 7:26:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | updated at 3:04 PM on 4th April 2011 Read more: | By Lydia Warren
    After 2,000 years buried within a cave in the Holy Land, the features are barely distinct as that of a human face. But Bible historians are trying to determine whether this is the first ever portrait of Jesus Christ. They are investigating whether the picture, which can still just about be seen to depict a man wearing a crown of thorns, was created in Jesus’s lifetime by those who knew him. The portrait was found on a lead booklet, slightly smaller than a credit card, which lay undiscovered in a cave in a remote village in Jordan overlooking the Sea...
  • Ancient Tablet Found: Oldest Readable Writing in Europe

    03/31/2011 10:38:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies ^ | Published March 30, 2011 | Ker Than
    Found at a site tied to myth, Greek tablet survived only by accident, experts say. Marks on a clay tablet fragment found in Greece are the oldest known decipherable text in Europe, a new study says. Considered "magical or mysterious" in its time, the writing survives only because a trash heap caught fire some 3,500 years ago, according to researchers. Found in an olive grove in what's now the village of Iklaina (map), the tablet was created by a Greek-speaking Mycenaean scribe between 1450 and 1350 B.C., archaeologists say. The Mycenaeans—made legendary in part by Homer's Iliad, which fictionalizes their...
  • The Lost Boys

    03/30/2011 10:01:33 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Texas Monthly ^ | Skip Hollandsworth
    In December 1970 two teenagers disappeared from the Heights neighborhood, in Houston. Then another and another and another. As the number of missing kids grew, no one realized that the most prolific serial killer the country had ever seen—along with his teenage accomplices—was living comfortably among them. Or that the mystery of what happened to so many of his victims would haunt the city to this day.
  • Artifacts in Texas Predate Clovis Culture by 2,500 Years, New Study Shows

    03/25/2011 6:23:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 03-24-2011 | Staff
    Researchers in Texas have discovered thousands of human artifacts in a layer of earth that lies directly beneath an assemblage of Clovis relics, expanding evidence that other cultures preceded the Clovis culture in North America. This pre-Clovis toolkit appears to be between 13,200 and 15,500 years old and it includes biface and blade technology that may have later been adapted -- and improved upon -- by the Clovis culture. The Clovis people, whose tools were known for their distinctive "fluted" points, were once thought to be the original settlers of North America about 13,000 years ago. Over the past few...
  • Hideaki Akaiwa

    On the afternoon of Friday, March 11th, Hideaki Akaiwa was at his job, dully trudging out the final bitter minutes of his work week in his office just outside the port city of Ishinomaki in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture. What this guy's day job actually is, I honestly have no idea, but based on the extremely limited information I have on the guy I can only presume that his daily nine-to-five routine probably falls somewhere between the motorcycle chase scenes from the movie Akira and John Rambo's antics in the book version of First Blood on the ridiculousness/badassitude scale. But that's...
  • 60-year hunt for Russian Czars' missing Amber Room may be over

    03/23/2011 7:43:51 PM PDT · by Charlespg · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd March 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The hunt for the missing Amber Room of the Czars has taken a new twist with treasure hunters in a small town in east Germany about to break into a bunker they believe may hold one of the lost wonders of the modern world. The priceless room which once belonged the the King of Prussia Peter the Great was looted by Nazis during WWII and the original walls have been missing ever since.
  • Interview with IDF medic who was first on scene of Itamar massacre

    03/22/2011 5:28:55 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 3 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | Carl in Jerusalem
    Here's a transcript of an interview with Sgt. Edi Itelman (pictured), who is an IDF medic, who was first on the scene at the home of Udi and Ruti Fogel HY"D (May God avenge their blood) on the night that they and three of their children were massacred in Itamar. The interview took place a few hours ago (I missed it) and the transcript was sent to me by one of the participants.
  • The Itamar Massacre: Why Is Such Savagery Surprising?

    03/20/2011 9:37:13 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 14 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Andrew Bostom
    Friday night 3/11/11 in Itamar, Samaria, parents, Udi, 36, and Ruth Fogel, 35, as well as three of their six children, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and the 3-month old infant Hadas, were all brutally stabbed to death. The infant Hadas was in fact decapitated. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, terrorist wing of the Fatah faction headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility for the savage attack, characterizing it as a “heroic operation.” Saturday evening (3/12/11) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Itamar massacre. Netanyahu’s eloquent remarks included a demand … that the Palestinian Authority stop the incitement that...
  • Genocide in Israel

    03/19/2011 6:23:38 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    As Meotti tells me, “Those who profess to deplore violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian equation have remained relatively silent on the slaughtering of this Israeli family. No words of condemnation about the killing of these innocents have been heard from the human-rights groups, the same faction that is so quick to vilify Israel for defending itself from terrorist attacks, especially when Palestinian citizens lose their lives during a retaliatory foray by Israel. There is no other conclusion to draw: When the deaths of Jewish innocents go unmourned and unacknowledged, it is because Jewish lives do not count. Where’s...
  • The Sharia Catechism

    03/19/2011 9:19:03 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Roland Shirk
    Likewise, honest readers of the Qur'an and other authoritative Muslim texts can draw certain conclusions, which all the evasions and obfuscations of pseudo-moderate Muslims (remember Eurocommunism? Anyone? It was all the rage in respectable liberal circles while I was in college in the 80s.) cannot obscure. Let me lay out my own no-nonsense take on the question, in a form I'll call the Sharia Catechism: What does Islam teach? Islam teaches that it is the final revelation from God, and the only legitimate world religion. All other faiths, or secular world views, are either idol-worship, blasphemous parodies of Islam, or...
  • Don't Let Them Sweep this Horror under the Rug

    03/15/2011 10:11:35 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Zilla ^ | Zila
    On Friday night, islamic terrorists snuck into a home through a window and slaughtered the innocent family who lived there. A father who lay sleeping with his baby died when his throat was slashed, his three month old infant daughter was decapitated. The mother was in the bathroom at the time and when she came out, she was stabbed to death after fighting for her life and those of her family. The murdered couple's 11 year old son was reading in bed at the time, and the killers stabbed him to death as well, along with with his sleeping 4...
  • Island tool finds show early settlers' diversity

    03/06/2011 4:31:35 AM PST · by Renfield · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 03-4-2011
    Caches of tools and animal remains from around 12,000 years ago, found on islands off the California coast, have given remarkable insight into the lives of the first Americans. The finds show fine tool technology and a rich maritime economy existed there. The tools vary markedly from mainland cultures of the era such as the Clovis. The finds, reported in Science, also suggest that rather than a land route to South America, early humans may have used coastal routes.....
  • Ancient Seafood Buffet Uncovered on Channel Islands

    03/03/2011 3:21:34 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | 03-03-2011 | by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
    On the menu for the earliest colonizers of the Americas: seabirds, seals and sardines That's according to findings from three new archaeological digs on the Channel Islands off Southern California. The sites have yielded dozens of delicate stone tools and thousands of bone and shell fragments from meals more than 11,000 years old, researchers report in this week's issue of the journal Science. The finds reveal more about how early Americans lived and ate, said study researcher Torben Rick, a curator of North American archaeology at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The tools found also link the seafaring people...
  • Death to Apostates: Not a Perversion of Islam, but Islam

    02/19/2011 8:50:22 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    On NRO Friday, Paul Marshall lamented the Obama administration’s fecklessness, in particular the president’s appalling silence in the face of the death sentence Said Musa may suffer for the crime of converting to Christianity. This is in Afghanistan, the nation for which our troops are fighting and dying — not to defeat our enemies, but to prop up the Islamic “democracy” we have spent a decade trying to forge at a cost of billions. This shameful episode (and the certain recurrence of it) perfectly illustrates the folly of Islamic nation-building. The stubborn fact is that we have asked for just...
  • Is Indiana Jones the next victim of Egypt's revolution? (Zahi Hawass)

    02/14/2011 6:59:00 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 14, 2011 | Dan Murphy
    A few days ago, in the shadow of the great Pyramids at Giza, the Egyptian monuments that draw millions of tourists to visit Egypt every year, the opinion among workers on the lower rungs of the economy was unanimous: The big man had to go. No, they weren't talking about Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian dictator chased from power last Friday. On the president, opinions were mixed. But the answer to the question "what would you most like to see changed about the regime" could be boiled down to two words: Zahi Hawass. Mr. Hawass, who has run Egypt's Supreme Council...
  • Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt's Chaos (Zahi Hawass interview)

    01/30/2011 10:42:21 PM PST · by pillut48 · 45 replies
    NatGeo ^ | January 30, 2011 | David Braun
    Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, reports that several of the country's museums have been attacked by looters taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country. In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, looters stole jewelry from the museum shop and smashed a statue of Tutankhamun and other artifacts. In a Sinai store containing antiquities from the Port Said Museum, "a large group, armed with guns and a truck, entered the store, opened the boxes in the magazine and took the precious objects. Other groups attempted to enter the Coptic Museum, Royal Jewellery Museum, National...
  • Clovis Find Reveals Humans Hunted Gompotheres in North America

    01/26/2011 7:57:13 AM PST · by Renfield · 26 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 1-25-2011
    Mexican archaeologists found three projectile points from the Clovis culture, associated with remains of a Gomphotheres – a now extinct type of elephant - dating back at least 12,000 years, in northern Sonora. The find is of major importance, as this is the first evidence in North America that this animal was contemporary with early humans. The location and date of these remains opens the possibility that in North America the Gomphotheres was still alive, in contrast with previous theories that suggest it had disappeared 30,000 years previously. The finds were made in early January at the site of ‘World’s...