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  • HOW THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAS FORGED: AN EXERCISE IN COMMON SENSE

    08/31/2015 8:06:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world?   Early historical sources—both Muslim and non-Muslim—make clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasons—from converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the “winning team” to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the “losing team.” Modern day Muslims and other apologists—primarily in academia, government, and mainstream media—reject...
  • South Dakota Drops Study of Early U.S. History as a High School Requirement

    08/31/2015 5:42:12 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 40 replies
    govtslaves ^ | August 31 2015 | Steve Straehley
    Students in South Dakota will now graduate from high school without studying early American history, under new teaching guidelines adopted by the state. After a year of deliberations, the state Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards that no longer require instructors to teach the first 100 years of U.S. history. Such milestone events and developments as the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution could be completely ignored. Cutting out early U.S. history in 11th grade hurts the ability of students to “think historically” when they reach higher education, according to a letter sent to the state...
  • Mysterious Russian Statue Is 11,000 Years Old - Twice As Old As The Pyramids

    08/30/2015 12:51:10 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 53 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | Rob Waugh
    <p>'A mysterious wooden idol found in a Russian peat bog has been dated to 11,000 years ago - and contains a code no one can decipher.</p> <p>The Shigir Idol is twice as old as the Pyramids and Stonehenge - and is by far the oldest wooden structure in the world.</p>
  • Stunning Prehistoric Elk Carving Found in Norway

    08/31/2015 11:29:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 26 Aug 2015
    A set of 7,000-year old rock carvings have been found deep inside the Arctic Circle in a sensational discovery that is being compared to the Unesco-protected Alta petroglyphs found 40 years ago. Erik Kjellman found the carvings of elk and reindeer last Monday as he was doing field work at Tømmerneset, just outside Kirkenes on Norway’s Northeastern border with Russia. “I am 29 years old and can not really retire now. I will never be involved in anything like this again. It is unique in an archaeological context,” he told Norway’s NRK channel. He said that he had stumbled on...
  • Oldest Koran ‘Destabilises’ Islamic History, Scientists Say It Pre-dates Mohammed

    08/31/2015 11:22:54 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 31, 2015 | by Nick Hallett
    Fragments of an early Koran found in a Birmingham library may rewrite Islamic history after carbon dating revealed they could be older than Mohammed.
  • Ancient Greek palace unearthed near Sparta dates back to 17th century BC

    08/27/2015 1:46:45 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 26th 2015 | Agent France-Presse
    Archaeologists discover palace with archaic inscriptions built during the Mycenaean period 'Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean age, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around 10 rooms and was discovered near Sparta in southern Greece. At the site, archaeologists found objects of worship, clay figurines, a cup adorned with a bull’s head, swords and fragments of murals.'
  • At the origin of language structure

    08/29/2015 10:29:43 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 61 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/27/2015 | Sissa Medialab
    There are languages that place the verb between the subject and the object (SVO order -- Subject/ Verb/ Object) while others place it at the end of the trio (SOV order). The order of these elements, far from being purely decorative, influences efficiency of expression. A team from SISSA's Language, Cognition and Development Lab (along with two Iranian institutions) studied the mechanism that controls the transition from the SOV form, considered the "basic" order by scientists, to the SVO order while the language is evolving, demonstrating that when the computational load on the brain is lightened, humans choose more efficient...
  • World's oldest wooden statue is TWICE as old as the pyramids: New analysis reveals Shigir Idol is...

    08/29/2015 7:40:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Will Stewart
    A stunning wooden statue pulled from a Russian peat bog 125 years ago has been dated as being 11,000 years old after 'sensational' new analysis. This means the remarkable Shigir Idol, which is covered in ‘encrypted code’ and may be a message from ancient man, is by far the oldest wooden sculpture in the world. Previous dating attempts claimed it was made 9,500 years ago. ... The idol was originally dug out of a peat bog in the Ural Mountains in 1890. 'The first attempt to date the idol was made 107 years after its discovery, in 1997. The first...
  • For Inca Road Builders, Extreme Terrain Was No Obstacle (20K mile road)

    08/29/2015 4:10:26 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 60 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/29/2015 | Jasmine Garsd
    --snip-- we're taking a virtual journey down what was once more than 20,000 miles of road traversing some of the world's most challenging terrain — mountains, forests and deserts. The Inca road began at the center of the Inca universe: Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, said to be built in the shape of a crouching puma. It actually was not a single road but a network of royal roads, an instrument of power designed for military transport, religious pilgrimages and to move supplies.
  • Archaeologists making exciting discoveries in Laconia

    08/28/2015 5:10:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Unattributed
    Ongoing excavations at a site in the southern Peloponnese are offering rare insight into the ancient past of Laconia, about which very little physical evidence exists, the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency cited the Culture Ministry as saying on Tuesday. Covering an expanse of 3.5 hectares, the site on Aghios Vassilios Hill near the village of Xirokambi on the Sparta plain has been under excavation since 2009 and is believed to contain valuable evidence that will shed light on life in the area during the 17th to 16th centuries BC, the announcement said. A palace complex found on the site and...
  • Bungling builders destroy 6,000-year-old Neolithic tomb - and replace it with concrete PICNIC TABLE

    08/28/2015 5:06:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | Friday, August 28, 2015 | Sam Webb
    The tomb was a relic of the first settlers in the Spanish Cristovo de Cea region and was originally built some 4000 years before the birth of Christ. Every builder, tradesman and DIY enthusiast knows the embarrassment of making a howler on the job, whether it's taps installed the wrong way round or a wonky shelf. But few will know the sheer panic these Spanish workmen probably felt when they discovered they had smashed up a 6,000-year-old Neolithic tomb and replaced it with a concrete picnic table. The tomb was a relic of the first settlers in the Cristovo de...
  • Two Men Say They’ve Found a Mythical Train of Nazi Gold

    08/25/2015 4:52:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | AUGUST 24, 2015 | Danny Lewis
    Treasure hunters have searched for it since the end of World War II, but it may have never existed in the first placeTw wo treasure hunters are claiming they have discovered a train full of Nazi gold and jewels hidden under a mountain in Poland. As much as it sounds like a movie plot, the lost train is a bit of a local legend around the city of Wroclaw. The story goes that towards the end of World War II, as the Soviet army marched on eastern Germany, a Nazi train loaded with gold, valuable art and jewels disappeared into...
  • How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts

    08/25/2015 11:30:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | William J. Broad
    In April 1815, the most powerful volcanic blast in recorded history shook the planet in a catastrophe so vast that 200 years later, investigators are still struggling to grasp its repercussions. It played a role, they now understand, in icy weather, agricultural collapse and global pandemics — and even gave rise to celebrated monsters. Around the lush isles of the Dutch East Indies — modern-day Indonesia — the eruption of Mount Tambora killed tens of thousands of people. They were burned alive or killed by flying rocks, or they died later of starvation because the heavy ash smothered crops.
  • Civil War ironclad CSS Georgia recovers from Savannah River

    08/24/2015 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Army Mil. ^ | August 21, 2015 | Jeremy Buddemeier
    Tonnage and undersized propulsion, combined with the strength of the Savannah River's currents and tides, pigeonholed the vessel into becoming a floating battery across from Old Fort Jackson, where it guarded against a Union naval advance into Savannah.
  • Watch: What Palmyra looked like in the 1800s, and how the Islamic State is destroying it

    08/25/2015 10:31:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 25 at 12:40 PM | Ishaan Tharoor
    Before the 20th century, the ruins of Palmyra, once a key crossroads of classical civilizations, existed on the dusty margins of the Ottoman Empire. European travelers, though, took a special interest in the city. The images sequenced above — photographs by the 19th-century French photographer Félix Bonfils and drawings by the 18th-century British traveler Robert Wood — were formative documents in the Western imagination and inspired the architecture of the industrial age's emerging powers. Wood's rendering of an ancient Roman eagle seen in Palmyra, for example, would later become the model for the Seal of the United States. The archaeological...
  • Activists say Islamic State destroyed temple at Syria's Palmyra

    08/23/2015 4:49:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | August 23, 2013
    Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits near the modern Syrian city of the same name. Activists said the militants used explosives to blow up the Baalshamin Temple on its grounds, the blast so powerful it also damaged some of the Roman columns around it. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday night that the temple was blown up a month ago. Turkey-based activist Osama al-Khatib, who is originally from Palmyra, said the temple was blown up Sunday. Both said the extremists used a large amount of explosives...
  • Coins worth $4.5m recovered from shipwreck

    08/22/2015 9:11:40 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 24 replies
    MIAMI: Treasure hunters off Florida have found $4.5 million in gold coins from a Spanish ship that sunk during a hurricane in the 18th century , the sal vage company said on Wednesday. The ship 'Ten Galleons' traveling from Havana to Spain... "Over 350 gold coins, including 9 Royals were recovered on July 30 & 31 on the actual 300th anniversary of the wreck,"
  • Decapitated victims discovered at excavation in Mexico

    08/21/2015 5:53:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Spero News ^ | 8/21/15 | Martin Barillas
    Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History announced that archaeologists have found the macabre remains of human sacrifice left behind by Mexico's Aztec ancestors.Known as a tzompantli, the archaeologists found a structure that consists of a rack of the skulls of human sacrificial victims that was once part of a temple complex in Tenochtitlan - the capital of the Aztecs that is now Mexico City.he tzompantli was found on Calle Guatemala, a street that runs at the eastern end of the Metropolitan Cathedral in the modern city's central square. According to El Universal - a Mexican daily - researchers found...
  • Massive Human Skull Rack Found at Aztec Temple

    08/21/2015 3:14:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    Discovery ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Found on the western side of what was once the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan, in modern Mexico City, the partially unearthed skull rack was likely built between 1485 and 1502 and may have been about 112 feet (34 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Mostly belonging to young adult men, but also to women and children, several of the unearthed skulls feature holes on both sides, suggesting they belonged to a tzompantli. This was a rack on which the skulls of sacrificed people were arranged on wooden poles and displayed... To make the scene even more horrifying,...
  • IS Destroys Ancient Catholic Monastery in Syria

    08/21/2015 12:17:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 8/21
    Islamic State militants have destroyed an ancient monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, according to a monitor and pictures published by the jihadist group. "The Islamic State group yesterday used bulldozers to destroy the Mar Elian monastery in Al-Qaryatain, in Homs province," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman. He said the militants demolished the Syriac Catholic monastery "on the pretext that it was used for worshipping others than God."
  • Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian (Catholic) monastery

    08/21/2015 2:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 21, 2015
    The monastery was originally built in the fourth century Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monasteryISIS fighters have demolished a monastery in central Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The Mar Elian monastery in the town of Qaryatain near Homs, was captured by the terrorists  from the Syrian Army two weeks ago. This week they used bulldozers to raze the holy site,Mar Elian is also where Fr Jacques Mourad was kidnapped in May. He remains one of six clergy in Syria who have been kidnapped by rebel groups, their fates unknown.Qaryatain is near a road linking the ancient...
  • 1913 hometown photo [vanity]

    08/20/2015 2:35:25 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 82 replies
    free republic ^ | 8/20/15 | cripplecreek
    Photo of my hometown of Hanover Michigan taken by my great grandfather in 1913.
  • 'Super-Predator' Humans Force Evolution in Animals

    01/14/2009 1:56:00 PM PST · by em2vn · 33 replies · 615+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 01-14-09 | Robert Britt
    Acting as super-predators, humans are forcing changes to body size and reproductive abilities in some species 300 percent faster than would occur naturally, a new study finds. Hunting and fishing by individual sportsmen as well as large-scale commercial fishing are also outpacing other human influences, such as pollution, in effects on the animal kingdom.
  • Artist Draws All 100,000 Objects in Grandpa’s Shed

    08/19/2015 7:50:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 42 replies
    MakeZine ^ | July 29, 2015 | Donald Bell
    As we all know, a well-stocked workshop is a beautiful thing. It’s the place that keeps and collects all the tools and hardware you may someday need to fix something you love or make something new. When Lee John Phillips’ grandfather passed away, he left behind a tool shed packed with a lifetime of old tools, hardware, and odds and ends. As an artist by training, Lee took inspiration from the dense, seemingly limitless stash of unique artifacts and began organizing and drawing collections of them in his sketchbook.
  • Earliest site of coal fuel found in Xinjiang

    08/20/2015 10:37:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    China Daily ^ | Friday, August 14, 2015 | Xinhua
    Photo taken on Aug 10, 2015 shows the excavation site of Jiren Taigoukou Ruins in Qialege'e village in Nilka county in Ili Valley, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Archaeologists here found the earliest site where coal was used as fuel by human beings. The discovery, which indicates human beings had been using coal as fuel 3,500 years ago, is 1,000 years earlier than previous finds. [Photo/Xinhua]
  • 'Winged Monster' Rock Art Finally Deciphered

    08/20/2015 7:48:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    livescience.com ^ | August 18, 2015 09:25am ET | Laura Geggel,
    The mystery surrounding the ancient rock paintings of Utah's Black Dragon Canyon has finally been solved. For decades, researchers and creationists have debated whether the vibrant red pictographs are images of humans and animals, or rather, depictions of a large winged monster, possibly a pterosaur. Now, using cutting-edge technology, researchers suggest the red paintings show five separate images, including a tall bug-eyed person, a smaller person, a sheep, a dog and a serpentlike figure. "It is not a single figure. It is not a pterodactyl," said co-lead researcher Paul Bahn, a freelance archaeologist. "It's a beautiful set of images." The...
  • Goliath Gates: Entrance to Famous Biblical Metropolis Uncovered

    08/19/2015 6:09:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 8/4/15 | Tia Ghose
    A massive gate unearthed in Israel may have marked the entrance to a biblical city that, at its heyday, was the biggest metropolis in the region. The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled the city. The Old Testament also describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the giant warrior whom the Israelite King David felled with a slingshot. The new findings reveal just how impressive the ancient Philistine city once was, said lead archaeologist of the current excavation, Aren Maeir, of Bar-Ilan...
  • ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years -

    08/19/2015 4:52:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2015
    ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years - then hangs his body from a column Islamic State militants have beheaded an antiquities scholar in an ancient Syrian city and hung his body on a column in a main square. The family of Khaled Asaad are said to have been told that the 82-year-old scholar who worked for more than 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra was executed by ISIS yesterday. Mr Asaad had been detained and interrogated for over a month by the ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants, according to...
  • Poland looking into report of Nazi treasure train found

    08/19/2015 12:38:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Reuters-UK ^ | August 19, 2015 | Alexandra Hamilton
    Two people in Poland say they have found a Nazi German train cloaked in mystery since it was rumoured to have gone missing near the end of World War Two while carrying away gems and guns ahead of advancing Soviet Red Army forces. Local authorities in Poland’s southwestern district of Walbrzych said they had been contacted by a law firm representing a Pole and a German who said they had located the train and were seeking 10 percent of the value of the findings. “Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this,” Marika Tokarska, an...
  • Awful: ISIS Beheads Archaeologist Preserving Middle East History, Hangs His Body

    08/19/2015 8:33:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Islamic State is continuing its rampage through the Middle East, killing anyone who gets in their way and destroying ancient sites in an effort to cleanse anything they consider anti-Islamic. Late last week we learned that before she was killed, America hostage Kayla Mueller was brutally raped and used as a sex slave by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Today we've learned ISIS has beheaded a world renowned, 82-year old archaeologist who was protecting the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria. More from Fox News: Syrian state antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters that the family of Khaled Asaad had informed Abdulkarim...
  • Confederate Warship, Weapons Recovered from Georgia River

    08/18/2015 12:08:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/18/15 | Elizabeth Goldbaum
    The armored husk of a Confederate warship is being raised out of the depths of a Georgia river, 150 years after the ship's crew deliberately sunk it. Government officials are pulling approximately 250,000 lbs. (113,000 kilograms) of the warship CSS Georgia's armored siding — the ship's skeleton — from the Savannah River. Crews are raising the Civil War-era ship's remains in 10,000-lb. (4,500 kg) chunks that measure about 4 feet tall by 24 feet wide (1.2 by 7.3 meters). The siding is the last major ship part remaining in the water; Navy divers began retrieving the ship's unexploded shells, cannons...
  • Scientists find evidence of prehistoric massacre in Europe

    08/18/2015 6:16:15 AM PDT · by ETL · 61 replies
    AP, via Yahoo News ^ | Aug 17, 2015 | FRANK JORDANS
    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they have found rare evidence of a prehistoric massacre in Europe after discovering a 7,000-year-old mass grave with skeletal remains from some of the continent's first farmers bearing terrible wounds. Archaeologists who painstakingly examined the bones of some 26 men, women and children buried in the Stone Age grave site at Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten, near Frankfurt, say they found blunt force marks to the head, arrow wounds and deliberate efforts to smash at least half of the victims' shins — either to stop them from running away or as a grim message to survivors. [snip] "What is...
  • How Did Marth's Vineyard Get it's Name?

    08/16/2015 7:24:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Martha's Vineyard Tour Guide ^ | 27 June (2015?) | Jim Rivard
    The most popular and very believable account is that the island was named by the British explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, after his infant daughter -- Martha... He would take short sails to "the big island" (Martha's Vineyard) for the purpose of gathering sassafras root, to be hauled back to England for medicinal use. Gosnold was only on Cuttyhunk about six weeks because of a small skirmish with the Wampanoags... the British wisely withdrew from the Islands before winter. Before leaving, however, it's believed that Gosnold named the big island after his infant daughter, Martha... Another, not as popular version of the...
  • Possible home of Mary Magdalene unearthed - CNN Video

    08/16/2015 1:09:36 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | August 15, 2015 | Erin McLaughlin
    CNN's Erin McLaughlin visits the ruins of an ancient village that might have been the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, and where Jesus might have preached.
  • Bones Of Contention: Dinosaur Cells Survived Millions Of Years Trapped In Bone

    08/15/2015 8:58:12 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 46 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | Mary Schwietzer
    Twenty years ago Mary Schweitzer found herself the closest that anyone has ever been to a living dinosaur. As she examined a thin slice of a T. Rex bone fragment under a microscope, she realized she was looking at what appeared to be preserved red blood cells- cells which had no place in a 65 million year old fossil. It was the first time that anyone had found evidence that biological material could survive the passage of millions of years and still retain its molecular structure, challenging one of the central beliefs of paleontologists. Proving that what she was seeing...
  • Symbols of Hittite goddess of sexuality found on 4,000-year-old tablet discovered in central Turkey

    08/15/2015 7:49:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | August 13, 2015 | Dogan News Agency
    Amid excavations at four different ancient sites in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat, a cuneiform tablet has been unearthed in the Uflakle Mound at the Büyük Tafllek village. Thought to date back to around 2,000 B.C., the cuneiform tablet in the Sorgun district of Yozgat shows symbols of ishtar, known as the Hittite goddess of love, war, fertility and sexuality, more clearly than those on any other unearthed tablets. "Considering the intensity of archaeological materials on the surface and diffusion area, the mound tends to bear traces of Hittite Civilization. it is thought that the mound was affiliated to...
  • Incised stone sun discs found during Danish island excavations

    08/15/2015 6:50:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | August 13, 2015 | PAP – Science and Scholarship in Poland
    Evidence of the beliefs and rituals of the inhabitants of the Danish island of Bornholm (Baltic Sea) over 5,500 years ago, have been discovered by Warsaw University archaeologists during excavations in Vasagard. The research project is the result of several years of collaboration between the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw and Bornholms Museum. This year also included students from the University of Copenhagen. Sun worship The study site -- Vasagard, is a puzzling one, but is thought to be a temple for Sun worship. During this season of excavations, archaeologists have discovered several ditches, in which, in...
  • 'Sea Monster' Figurehead Emerges From Baltic Sea

    08/15/2015 12:55:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Discovery News ^ | August 12, 2015 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Representing a ferocious looking creature with lion ears and crocodile-like mouth, the 660-pound figurehead stood at the prow of a ship. It was carved from the top of an 11-foot-long beam. According to experts at Blekinge museum, which was involved in the salvage effort, the “monster” was part of the Gribshunden, a 15th-century warship belonging to the Danish King Hans. The ship was anchored in Ronneby when it sunk in 1495 after a fire. A contemporary of Christopher Columbus’ flagship Santa Maria, the wreck is considered to be the best-preserved example of a 15th-century ship. Very few wrecks from that...
  • Pyramids exist in Bosnia: Archaeologist

    08/14/2015 8:46:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | August 14, 2015 | Carolyn Khew
    But experts say the five that he identified in Bosnia-Herzegovina are natural hills.Despite his many critics, maverick archaeologist Sam Osmanagich stands by his claims that he has uncovered not one, but five structures which he says are pyramids in Visoko in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dr Osmanagich, who earned his doctorate on the history of civilisations at the University of Sarajevo in 2008, was in Singapore recently for a conference, where he spoke about his work on pyramids. The 55-year-old claims that he has discovered the "biggest complex of pyramidal structures in the world" comprising five pyramids, all connected by underground tunnels. The...
  • For Evolving Brains, a ‘Paleo’ Diet Full of Carbs

    08/13/2015 9:17:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    The New York Times ^ | AUG. 13, 2015 | Carl Zimmer
    You are what you eat, and so were your ancient ancestors. But figuring out what they actually dined on has been no easy task. There are no Pleistocene cookbooks to consult. Instead, scientists must sift through an assortment of clues, from the chemical traces in fossilized bones to the scratch marks on prehistoric digging sticks. Scientists have long recognized that the diets of our ancestors went through a profound shift with the addition of meat. But in the September issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology, researchers argue that another item added to the menu was just as important: carbohydrates,...
  • Curiae Veteres Sanctuary in Rome Attracts the Curious

    08/13/2015 8:54:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 11, 2015 | Elisabetta Povoledo
    Archaeologists working on the Palatine Hill here this summer excavated parts of sixth-century B.C. foundations connected to a sanctuary of a cult that ancient sources trace back to Romulus, Rome’s mythic founder — a rare find from such an early period. The discovery, archaeologists say, will probably lead to further exploration for even more ancient elements of the sanctuary, called the Curiae Veteres. The remains came to light during a continuing dig of the northeast slope of the hill. The most recent phase of the dig ended last month... The Curiae Veteres was among the most important buildings of that...
  • Victims of the Great Plague 'discovered' at Liverpool Street station

    08/13/2015 8:49:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | August 12, 2015 | unattributed
    A mass burial site that may contain 30 victims of the Great Plague has been discovered in the City of London. The skeletons were found during excavation of the Bedlam burial ground at Liverpool Street, which will serve the cross-London Crossrail line. A headstone found nearby was marked 1665. Scientists hope to establish whether bubonic plague or some other pestilence was the cause of death. The skeletons will be analysed by the Museum of London Archaeology. Archaeologists said the fact the individuals appear to have been buried on the same day suggest they were victims of the Plague. Crossrail lead...
  • Genetic test proves President Harding DID father a love child (tr)

    08/13/2015 10:16:39 AM PDT · by dware · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08.13.2015 | Ashley Collman
    FULL TITLE: Genetic test proves President Harding DID father a love child with mistress who he would have sex with in a West Wing closet One of the sauciest legends of the White House has finally been proven true, thanks to DNA testing. Relatives of President Warren G Harding revealed to the New York Times on Wednesday that he did indeed father a daughter in 1919 with his longtime mistress Nan Britton, after receiving the results of a genetic test linking them to the son of the love child. Rumors of Harding's infidelity became tabloid fodder in 1927, when Britton...
  • The bones of 'Red Sonja' have been found. Where's Conan?

    08/13/2015 10:57:20 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 38 replies
    Spero News ^ | 8/13/2015 | Martin Barillas
    The remains are believed to date as far back as 200 B.C. in what was then the ancient state of Kangyuy. She is believed to be the first warrior woman discovered in modern Kazakhstan. The Kangyuy people were a nomadic and war-fighting nation who became renowned for fighting off the equally fearsome Huns.
  • Construction project leads to discovery of ancient Jewish ritual bath with mysterious writing

    08/12/2015 1:40:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 7, 2015 | by Bob Yirka
    Inscriptions on the walls of the ritual bath. Credit: Shai Halevy, the Israel Antiquities Authority ======================================================================================================================================== A team of researchers has descended down into what archaeologists are calling an ancient Jewish ritual bath with mysterious writing on the walls—dating back perhaps 2000 years. The bath was found by antiquity officials checking out a site designated for a new nursery building. The bath was found when a hole was discovered in a construction site and a rock fell down into it and disappeared. Investigation revealed an underground room, with a stone staircase. What was most surprising was the writing on the...
  • 'Mummy of a child warrior from 'lost medieval civilisation'

    08/12/2015 4:01:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | August 4, 2015 | Anna Liesowska
    Five mummies were found to be shrouded in copper, while also elaborately covered in reindeer, beaver, wolverine or bear fur. Nearby were found three copper masked infant mummies - all males. They were bound in four or five copper hoops, several centimetres wide. Similarly, a red-haired man was found, protected from chest to foot by copper plating. In his resting place, was an iron hatchet, furs, and a head buckle made of bronze depicting a bear. The feet of the deceased are all pointing towards the Gorny Poluy River, a fact which is seen as having religious significance. The burial...
  • Mystery of Dead Sea Scroll unravels

    04/03/2002 9:55:46 AM PST · by It'salmosttolate · 16 replies
    news.independent.co.uk ^ | 03 April 2002 | Claudia Joseph
    Mystery of Dead Sea Scroll unravels By Claudia Joseph 03 April 2002 19:23 It is a mystery that has baffled religious scholars for 50 years. Now the secret of the Copper Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, may finally be unravelled. Robert Feather, a member of the Institute of Metallurgists, will claim in a television documentary tonight that he has cracked the secret code of the Copper Scroll Mr Feather rejects current thinking that the copper document was written by the Essenes monastic sect 2,000 years ago. A member of the Jewish Historical Society, and the Egypt Exploration...
  • All The King's Men

    10/09/2001 4:05:44 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-4-2001 | Tim Radford
    All the king's men Tim Radford on ancient skulduggery and a new search for old secrets in Egypt Thursday October 4, 2001 The Guardian Somewhere beneath the Valley of the Kings could lie the body of a 3,300-year-old woman whose face has become an icon of beauty. A British-led group of archaeologists, in the first exploration of new ground since Howard Carter unearthed the body of the young King Tutankhamun, dreams of discovering the royal tomb of Nefertiti. The dream is based on reasoning rather than direct evidence, according to Nicholas Reeves, curator of Egyptian and classical art at ...
  • Has Queen Nefertiti been found behind King Tut's tomb?

    08/11/2015 11:34:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    After analysing high-resolution scans of the walls of Tutankhamun's grave complex in the Valley of the Kings, Dr Reeves spotted what appeared to be a secret entrance. He described how he uncovered the 'ghosts' of two portals that tomb builders blocked up, one of which is believed to be a storage room. The other, on the north side of Tutankhamun's tomb, contains 'the undisturbed burial of the tomb's original owner - Nefertiti', Dr Reeves argued. If Dr Reeves is correct, the hidden tomb could be far more magnificent than anything found in Tutankhamun's burial chamber. He believes it is her...
  • Has Turkey found world's oldest temple?

    08/10/2015 5:47:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 8/10/15 | Tulay Cetingulec
    The ancient city of Ephesus and the Diyarbakir Fortress and its surrounding Hevsel Gardens have become the latest historical sites in Turkey to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July. Turkey’s next nomination is the Stone Age cult site of Gobeklitepe, located in Sanliurfa province not far from the turbulent Syrian border. The site’s discovery began with a coincidence reminiscent of a movie plot. In 1983, local farmer Mahmut Kilic found a carved stone while plowing his field in the village of Orencik. He took it to the Sanliurfa Museum, where it was to wait a decade...