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  • What Otzi the Iceman's Tattoos Reveal About Copper Age Medical Practices

    09/21/2018 12:32:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | September 10, 2018 | Meilan Solly
    Three decades worth of research have yielded intimate details of Ötzi's life from his age, height and weight to manner of death -- felled by an arrow to the left shoulder sometime during early summer... Now, a team of European researchers has analyzed the tattoos scattered across Ötzi's body, as well as the various herbs and medicines found alongside his remains, to paint a clearer picture of the Iceman's community and its ancient medical practices, reports Joshua Rapp Learn for Science magazine... Previous studies of the Iceman's tattoos have hypothesized that the lines and crosses etched into his skin offered...
  • Melania Trump announces restoration of Blue Room furniture

    09/20/2018 11:53:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | September 20, 2018 | The Associated Press
    The White House Blue Room is getting a new old look. Melania Trump has announced the restoration of a collection of furniture made for the White House by Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Bellange. The first lady says a team of curators has spent more than a decade restoring the furniture. The Committee for the Preservation of the White House approved the restoration project. President James Monroe bought the Bellange suite in 1817. Almost all of it had been auctioned off in 1859....
  • U.S. Navy Commences Oil Removal from Capsized German Cruiser ‘Prinz Eugen’ in South Pacific

    09/20/2018 7:51:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    gCaptain ^ | September 20, 2018 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Navy, in partnership with the Army and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, have started the recovery of oil from the overturned World War II German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen in the Kwajalein Atoll.
  • Archaeologists voice alarm over Artemis Agrotera temple in Athens

    09/18/2018 11:17:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | Monday, September 10, 2018 | unattributed
    Greek archaeologists expressed their concern on Monday over the abandonment by the state of the site of the mid-5th century BC Temple of Artemis Agrotera, which they described as "one of the most historically important archaeological sites in the center of Athens." The Ionic-style temple, dedicated to the Greek virgin goddess of the hunt was constructed of Pentelic marble. It stands on Ardittou street, in the neighbourhood of Mets, surrounded by modern buildings. In a press release titled "A monument in danger," the Association of Greek Archaeologists says that despite numerous decisions published by the Central Archaeological Council since 1964...
  • Church in Prague receives relic of Czech Marco Polo [Odoric of Pordenone]

    09/18/2018 10:33:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Radio Czech ^ | September 12, 2018 | Tom McEnchroe
    I, brother Odoric, a Czech from Turlania,...crossed the sea and visited the land of the unbelievers intending to harvest some of their souls. I will not mention all that I have seen...For I would have not believed it myself, if I had not heard it and seen it with my own ears and eyes. Thus begins the 'The Journey into the Empire of the Great Khan', a book of recollections written in the 14th century by Czech priest, Odoric of Pordenone, who set out for China in 1318, after being commissioned by the Pope to establish contact with the its...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Part XI of War in Ancient India ~ September 21, 2004

    09/20/2004 7:59:05 PM PDT · by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub · 371 replies · 3,363+ views
        For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.     Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ANCIENT WARFARE Part XI: War in Ancient India   Accounts of Foreign Travelers to IndiaComing to later times we have the account of Hiuen Tsang who notices a fleet of 3,000 sail belonging to the King os Assam. There is inscriptional evidence of the possession of a fleet under the Kakatiyas and the Cholas in South india. Marco Polo testifies to the huge size...
  • DINOSAURS and the Gravity Problem

    09/18/2018 11:13:53 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 40 replies
    The Anomalist ^ | 1994 | Ted Holden
    Scientists delight in devising explanations for the great dinosaur extinctions. But there are several questions which they have failed to even ask, much less tried to answer. Why, for instance, in all of the time claimed to have passed since the dinosaur extinctions, has nothing ever re-evolved to the sizes of the large dinosaurs? If such sizes worked for creatures which ruled the Earth for tens of millions of years, then why would not some species of elephant or rhinoceros have evolved to such a size again? What kinds of problems, if any, would sauropod sizes entail in our world...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Earth's Richat Structure

    05/19/2013 6:05:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    NASA ^ | May 19, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What on Earth is that? The Richat Structure in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is easily visible from space because it is nearly 50 kilometers across. Once thought to be an impact crater, the Richat Structure's flat middle and lack of shock-altered rock indicates otherwise. The possibility that the Richat Structure was formed by a volcanic eruption also seems improbable because of the lack of a dome of igneous or volcanic rock. Rather, the layered sedimentary rock of the Richat structure is now thought by many to have been caused by uplifted rock sculpted by erosion. The above image...
  • Rare, mummified Ice Age wolf pup and caribou dug up in Canada

    09/16/2018 12:08:39 PM PDT · by ETL · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Sept 16, 2018 | Christopher Carbone
    Two stunningly preserved ice age mammals were unearthed by gold miners in northwest Canada and unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday. A wolf pup and a caribou calf were found by the miners in the Yukon territory in 2016 in the area's melting permaforst. It's exceedlingly rare for fur, skin and muscle tissues to be preserved in the fossil record, but all three are present on these specimens, which have radiocarbon-dated to more than 50,000 years old, reports the Guardian. The wolf pup is reportedly preserved in its entirety, including exceptional details of the head, tail, paws, skin and hair,...
  • Stunning sphinx discovered at ancient Egyptian temple

    09/17/2018 9:42:47 AM PDT · by ETL · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Sept 17, 2018 | James Rogers | Fox News
    Archaeologists have discovered a stunning sphinx statue at an ancient temple in southern Egypt. The sandstone statue was discovered during a project to reduce groundwater at Kom Ombo temple in Aswan. The statue likely dates back to the Ptolemaic period, between 305 B.C. and 30 B.C., according to Dr. Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. In a Facebook post, Waziri explained that the statue was found in the southeastern side of the temple, where two sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V were discovered two months ago. Sphinx statues, which have a lion’s body and a human...
  • The "Inscribed Wall" at Chatata, Tennessee

    09/16/2018 6:40:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Science Frontiers ^ | No. 97: Jan-Feb 1995 | William Corliss
    One of our favorite anomalies over the years has been the ancient "inscribed wall" at Chatata, near Cleveland, in Bradley County, Tennessee. The above quotation marks are intended to warn the reader that said wall may not be man-made, and its inscriptions may be natural rather than artificial... The wall was originally almost completely buried. It attracted attention only because its course was marked on the surface by stones projecting from the ground every 25-30 feet over a gently curving arc about 1,000 feet long. One of these surface stones seemed to be inscribed with strange symbols. Excavations, supported at...
  • World's oldest brewery discovered, was making beer 13,000 years ago

    09/16/2018 7:17:51 AM PDT · by ETL · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Sept 14, 2018 | James Rogers
    Researchers from the U.S. and Israel have found evidence of the world’s oldest beer-making in an Israeli cave. Scientists studied three 13,000-year-old stone mortars uncovered in the Raqefet Cave near what is now the Israeli city of Haifa. Residues confirmed that the mortars were used for brewing of wheat and barley, as well as for food storage. Experts from Stanford University and the University of Haifa participated in the research. “This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world,” said Li Liu, a professor of Chinese archaeology at Stanford, in a statement. The cave formed part of...
  • Egyptian archaeologists find sandstone sphinx in temple at Aswan

    09/16/2018 4:57:15 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 Sep 2018 | Staff
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian archaeologists draining water from a temple in the southern city of Aswan have uncovered a sandstone sphinx likely dating to the Ptolemaic era, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday.
  • Thousands of objects discovered in Scandinavia's first Viking city

    09/15/2018 11:16:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 13, 2018 | Soren M. Sindbaek for ScienceNordic
    Archaeologists from Aarhus University and Southwest Jutland Museums (Denmark) have been excavating... down to three metres... Thousands of items discovered beneath the streets of Ribe... everything from beads, amulets, coins, and lost combs, to dog excrement and gnawed bones... a piece of a lyre (a harp-like stringed instrument), complete with tuning pegs. This discovery alone gives the Viking trading city of Ribe a whole new soundtrack.Another extraordinary find is the discovery of runic inscriptions...The people who lived here weren't primarily farmers for household purposes but were craftsmen, seafarers, tradesmen, innkeepers, and maybe even lyrists...The early period of Ribe is a...
  • Half-a-billion-year-old fossil offers new clues to how life exploded on sea floor

    09/15/2018 11:10:54 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 20 replies
    University of Oxford ^ | 09/14/18 | Ruth Abrahams
    Stephen Pates, a researcher from Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, has uncovered secrets from the ancient oceans. With Dr Rudy Lerosey-Aubril from New England University (Australia), he meticulously re-examined fossil material collected over 25 years ago from the mountains of Utah, USA. The research, published in a new study in Nature Communications, reveals further evidence of the great complexity of the oldest animal ecosystems. Twenty hours of work with a needle on the specimen while submerged underwater exposed numerous, delicate microscopic hair-like structures known as setae. This revelation of a frontal appendage with fine filtering setae has allowed researchers to...
  • Ancient bird bones redate human activity in Madagascar by 6,000 years [8500 BC]

    09/15/2018 12:26:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | Zoological Society of London
    Analysis of bones, from what was once the world's largest bird, has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously thought... A team of scientists led by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) discovered that ancient bones from the extinct Madagascan elephant birds (Aepyornis and Mullerornis) show cut marks and depression fractures consistent with hunting and butchery by prehistoric humans. Using radiocarbon dating techniques, the team were then able to determine when these giant birds had been killed, reassessing when humans first reached Madagascar. Previous research on lemur bones...
  • Ancient Giant ‘Ghost’ Crocodile With T-Rex-Sized Teeth Discovered in Madagascar

    07/05/2017 9:18:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2017 | Hannah Osborne
    Scientists have discovered an ancient, giant, crocodile-like creature in Madagascar that had T-Rex-sized teeth it used for crunching bones,. The discovery helps to fill in the evolutionary gaps of a 74 million year long crocodilian “ghost lineage.” Researchers first discovered fossils of a giant predator on the island over a decade ago. At the time, scientists believed they had discovered a large predator from the Jurassic period and they named the creature Razanandrongobe sakalavae, meaning “giant lizard ancestor from Sakalava region.”
  • [Aug 2018] Scientists may have uncovered what dinosaur DNA looks like

    09/14/2018 10:14:36 AM PDT · by ETL · 39 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Aug 28, 2018 | Christopher Carbone
    Life will find a way, as Jeff Goldblum's character puts it in Jurassic Park. Researchers at the University of Kent in the U.K. say they’ve discovered the genetic secret of how dinosaurs came to dominate Earth for 180 million years. The team of scientists used mathematical techniques to identify possible genetic characteristics of the first dinosaurs. They worked backwards from birds and turtles, which are the closest modern-day relatives of dinosaurs. The results of their work, published in Nature Communications in May, suggest that birds today have very similar DNA to ancient dinosaurs. Dinosaur DNA was likely organized into chunks...
  • ARCHAEOLOGISTS UNCOVER 13,000-YEAR-OLD BREWERY IN THE CARMEL

    09/14/2018 6:08:43 AM PDT · by ASA Vet · 30 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 13, 2018 | TAMARA ZIEVE
    Study found the earliest evidence of alcohol production in a cave in northern Israel.Researchers have discovered the earliest evidence of alcohol production, from 13,000 years ago, in the Rakefet Cave in the Carmel, Haifa University announced Thursday. The discovery was made in a joint archaeological collaboration project by Haifa University and Stanford University researchers.Archaeologists analyzed three stone mortars from the 13,000-year-old Natufian burial cave site in Israel, concluding that these mortars were used for brewing wheat/barley, as well as for food storage. The researchers explained that the earliest archaeological evidence for cereal-based brewing, even before the advent of agriculture, comes...
  • Romans vs Khmers: They came, they saw, they traded... or did they?

    09/13/2018 10:36:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Phnom Penh Post ^ | 4th of July 2015 | Bennett Murray
    In 2nd century AD Egypt, the legendary Greco-Roman scientist Claudius Ptolemy put the extent of the known world onto paper. From his home in Alexandria, he gathered reports from sailors who had made perilous journeys to India and possibly beyond. Though details were sparse, a voyager named Alexander described a distant port called Kattigara on the Sinus Magna (Great Gulf) to the east of the Golden Chersonese peninsula - widely considered to be mainland Malaysia. Halfway across the world around the same time, the bustling seaport Oc Eo was part of the flourishing Funan Kingdom, the earliest known pre-Angkorian civilisation...