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  • The Dark Side Of Joe Kennedy Sr.

    02/03/2018 6:44:24 AM PST · by beaversmom · 47 replies
    ATI ^ | January 31, 2018 | Kellen Perry
    Joe Kennedy Sr., JFK's father and the patriarch of "America's Royal Family," left behind a complicated legacy, including anti-Semitism and Nazi sympathies. In 1928, Joe Kennedy Sr. sold two of his small film studios, creating RKO Pictures, best known for allowing 24-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles to make Citizen Kane, the revered film chronicling the rise and fall of Charles Foster Kane, an illustrious yet treacherous American magnate. But Joe Kennedy Sr.’s own rollercoaster of a biography trumps even the fictional Kane’s in every regard, from his hand-over-fist stock market days to his persona non grata period as a failed World...
  • JFK Secret Society Speech

    02/03/2018 6:54:14 AM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 25 replies
    JFK Presidential Library ^ | 04/27/1961 | JFK
    "...The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is...
  • Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew

    11/21/2016 6:08:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Science News ^ | November 19, 2016 | Bruce Bower
    he world’s earliest alphabet, inscribed on stone slabs at several Egyptian sites, was an early form of Hebrew, a controversial new analysis concludes. Israelites living in Egypt transformed that civilization’s hieroglyphics into Hebrew 1.0 more than 3,800 years ago, at a time when the Old Testament describes Jews living in Egypt, says archaeologist and epigrapher Douglas Petrovich of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Hebrew speakers seeking a way to communicate in writing with other Egyptian Jews simplified the pharaohs’ complex hieroglyphic writing system into 22 alphabetic letters, Petrovich proposed on November 17 at the annual meeting of the American...
  • [tr]...proto-Sinaitic inscriptions found along the coast of Uruguay

    02/02/2018 10:11:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | January 24, 2015 | William James Veall
    Proto-Sinaitic led to the development of the Phoenician alphabet and its variants, many characters from which are clearly visible within the Uruguayan petroglyphs. Based upon this hypothesis, the characters would be dated from 1850 BC to 1100 BC. After this date (1100 BC) came the fully developed, 22 character, Phoenician 'international' writing system subsequently used by all West Semitic languages. I observed that many of the 'new international' characters do not appear among the petroglyphs suggesting movement away from this particular coastline 'port of call' some time after 1100 BC... Proto-Sinaitic has, allegedly, been found in Brazil at Itacoatiara, near...
  • Interlocked Spiral of Ancient Skeletons Unearthed in Mexico City

    02/02/2018 12:38:43 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 35 replies ^ | February 2, 2018 | Megan Gannon
    Modern-day Mexico City is built on top of centuries of previous settlements, so it's not unusual for ancient tombs to occasionally be uncovered beneath the city's streets. It is, however, strange to find 10 ancient skeletons arranged in a spiral with their bodies interlocked, as archaeologists recently did. The 2,400-year-old burial was discovered during salvage excavations of an ancient village beneath the campus of the Pontifical University of Mexico, in southern Mexico City, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced.
  • Exclusive: Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

    02/02/2018 11:30:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies ^ | Tom Clynes | Tom Clynes
    [S]cholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was far more complex and interconnected than most Maya specialists had supposed. “The LiDAR images make it clear that this entire region was a settlement system whose scale and population density had been grossly underestimated,” said Thomas Garrison, an Ithaca College archaeologist....who specializes in using digital technology for archaeological research. The project mapped more than 800 square miles (2,100 square kilometers) of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Petén region of Guatemala, producing the largest LiDAR data set...
  • Mysterious pool and fountain discovered at ancient Christian site in Israel

    02/01/2018 4:22:59 PM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-31-18
    Archaeologists in Israel have announced the discovery of a large 1,500-year-old pool and elaborate fountain at the site of an ancient church near Jerusalem. The pool is part of a system of pools unearthed at Ein Hanniya Park between 2012 and 2016, officials said Wednesday. Built during the Byzantine era, the pools date back to between the 4th and 6th centuries A.D., according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. Other artifacts found at the site include a rare silver coin from the 4th century B.C. and an ancient capital, or part of a pillar. Experts say that the capital is typical...
  • Truck Driver Plows Over Peru's 2,000-Year-Old Nazca Lines, Leaving 'Deep Scars'

    02/01/2018 12:56:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | January 31, 2018 | LAUREL WAMSLEY
    A semitrailer driver ignored warning signs and drove over Peru's famous Nazca Lines on Saturday, causing significant damage to the UNESCO World Heritage site. The driver, identified as 40-year-old Jainer Jesús Flores Vigo, was detained and released, according to newspaper Peru21. The lines were scratched into the ground approximately 2,000 years ago and depict animals, plants, imaginary creatures and geometric figures miles long. Nazca's lines and geoglyphs stretch across an area of about 280 square miles. A magistrate concluded that there wasn't sufficient evidence to indicate the driver acted with intent, Peru21 reports. Peru's public minister announced that Nazca's prosecutor's...
  • Stone tools in India suggest earlier human exit from Africa

    02/01/2018 8:17:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Phys Org ^ | January 31, 2018 | Malcolm Ritter
    Just a week after scientists reported evidence that our species left Africa earlier than we thought, another discovery is suggesting the date might be pushed back further. omo sapiens arose in Africa at least 300,000 years ago and left to colonize the globe. Scientists think there were several dispersals from Africa, not all equally successful. Last week's report of a human jaw showed some members of our species had reached Israel by 177,000 to 194,000 years ago. Now comes a discovery in India of stone tools, showing a style that has been associated elsewhere with our species. They were fashioned...
  • What Can an Ancient General Teach Us About Modern Leadership?

    01/31/2018 4:13:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KNOWLEDGE@WHARTON ^ | Jan 18, 2018
    Patrick N. Hunt discusses his new book on Hannibal and how much of his success was based on solid financing. Audio Player Few military leaders hold as much allure for historians as Hannibal Barca of Carthage (today’s Tunisia). Born in 247 B.C., he is still studied today because of his unparalleled ability to strategize and get inside the mind of his opponent in battle. Archaeologist Patrick N. Hunt, who had been the director of Stanford’s Alpine Archaeology Project, has written a new book about the legendary figure that is simply titled Hannibal. He joined the Knowledge@Wharton show on SiriusXM channel...
  • Scientists discover 'the Holy Grail of dinosaurs' in Africa

    01/30/2018 7:25:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | January 30 at 3:32 PM | Amy B Wang
    Paleontologist Matthew Lamanna can still remember the day in 2014 when a colleague, Hesham Sallam, emailed him detailed pictures of fossils that had just been unearthed by his team in Egypt. From one photo, depicting the remains of a large lower jaw bone, Lamanna knew right away that Sallam had found a dinosaur. “No pun intended, my jaw did almost literally hit the floor when I saw that,” Lamanna, the principal dinosaur researcher at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, told The Washington Post. “When you stare at dinosaur bones for a lot of your life, you learn to recognize...
  • Ancient board game has no parallel in Europe

    01/30/2018 12:46:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Spectator (Slovakia) ^ | January 5, 2018 | Spectator Staff
    Slovakia has another unique archaeological object, an ancient game found in 2006 when researching the tomb of a Germanic prince in Poprad. After its conservation and further research, experts found the game has no parallel in Europe. The game, over 1,600 years old, consists of chess-like squares with green and white playing pieces of different sizes that have also been preserved... Archaeologists turned to the best European expert on ancient games, Ulrich Schädler, director of the Museum of Games located near Lake Geneva in Switzerland. He travelled to Slovakia and was excited about the finding... Experts succeeded in finding much...
  • The flu can kill tens of millions of people. In 1918, that’s exactly what it did

    01/30/2018 10:14:37 AM PST · by rktman · 93 replies ^ | 1/26/2018 | Ashley Halsey III
    The flu arrived as a great war raged in Europe, a conflict that would leave about 20 million people dead over four years. In 1918, the flu would kill more than twice that number — and perhaps five times as many — in just 15 months. Though mostly forgotten, it has been called “the greatest medical holocaust in history.” Experts believe between 50 and 100 million people were killed. More than two-thirds of them died in a single 10-week period in the autumn of 1918. Never have so many died so swiftly from a single disease. In the United States...
  • Scraps of paper found on Queen Anne's Revenge

    01/30/2018 10:49:31 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Salisbury Post ^ | Thursday, January 4, 2018 | Staff Report
    Were 18th-century pirates literate? What sort of books did they keep on board ship? ... During conservation work on artifacts recovered from the wreckage of Queen Anne's Revenge -- the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard -- 16 tiny fragments of paper were discovered in a mass of wet sludge removed from the chamber for a breech-loading cannon. The largest fragment was only about the size of a quarter. Paper is an extremely rare material to find on shipwrecks, especially one 300 years old, because it usually disintegrates quickly under water... As the work progressed another discovery was made -- that...
  • Age and Content of Textile Fragment is in Accordance with Medieval Myth About St Francis of Assisi

    09/27/2017 6:37:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies ^ | 9/25/17 | Birgitte Svennevig
    For more than 700 years the Friary of Folloni near Montella in Italy has protected and guarded some small fragments of textile. According to the legend the textile fragments originate from a sack that appeared on the doorstep of the friary in the winter of 1224 containing bread sent from Saint Francis of Assisi, who at that time was in France. The bread was allegedly brought to the friary by an angel. Ever since that cold winter's night the sack has been guarded by the friary, and today the last few remaining fragments are kept as a relic in a...
  • A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

    11/22/2017 7:55:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | 21 NOV 2017 | MICHELLE STARR
    Sometimes legends are true. Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but now archaeologists have found the real thing hiding deep within Lake Van in Turkey. After a decade of searching the Middle East's second largest lake, the home of a lost kingdom has been found hundreds of metres beneath the surface. Archaeologists from the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University announced the incredible discovery - a vast 3,000-year-old castle preserved deep within the lake in amazing condition. The researchers worked closely with an independent team of divers to find their prize. Lost underwater cities and castles are a popular motif...
  • A Turkish Man Discovered a Whole City in His Basement

    01/28/2018 1:23:11 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 70 replies
    Floor8beta ^ | 25 January 2018 | Lindsey Young
    ​In 1963, a Turkish man accidentally uncovered an underground city while making renovations to his home. In the region of ​Cappadocia, the man was knocking down a wall in his basement when he unintentionally came across a secret room, which led to an underground tunnel, which opened up to a ancient hidden city: Derinkuyu.This ancient city was lying 18 stories beneath the Earth's surface. With about 600 entrances, it could house over 20,000 people and the preservation from the photos show the possibility of livestock, food supplies, churches, tombs, communal rooms, schools and stables all hidden in the underground city (Chapel featured in image above). The subterranean...
  • Chinese tomb belonging to eldest son of Han Dynasty emperor kicked out just a month into the job

    01/27/2018 10:37:03 AM PST · by mairdie · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 January 2018 | Jessica Green
    At the cemetery of the 'Marquis of Haihun' in east China's Jiangxi Province, the identity of a tomb owner has been confirmed to be the eldest son of the controversial Chinese emperor Liu He. Grandson of Emperor Wu - who was known as one of the greatest rulers of the Han Dynasty - Liu He was given the title 'Marquis of Haihun' after he was unseated as emperor, having only lasted 27 days. He was dethroned by the royal faction for his lack of morals and talent. Archaeologists said that a metal seal reading 'Liu Chongguo' was unearthed from the...
  • [E]xplorers searching for the famed steamship Pulaski... find a wreck filled with silver coins

    01/27/2018 9:17:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | 20 January 2018 | Forrest Hanson For
    A survivor's account in the Wilmington Advertiser tells of 'the wailing of the hopeless beings who were floating around in every direction, upon pieces of the wreck, to seek land'. McLeod's account, compiled from survivor's recollections, reads: 'The boat parted in two with a tremendous crash, and the bow and stern rose somewhat out of the water, but the latter again continued to sink until the water reached the promenade deck, when it separated into two parts, upset and precipitated all on it into the water.' The North Carolina Standard deemed the disaster to be 'the most painful catastrophe that...
  • Are we closer to solving the mystery of the 600-year-old Voynich manuscript?

    01/26/2018 9:01:47 AM PST · by mairdie · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 January 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    For centuries people have tried to decipher the meaning of the Voynich manuscript, and now a computer scientist claims to have cracked it using AI. The 600-year-old document is described as 'the world's most mysterious medieval text', and is full of illustrations of exotic plants, stars, and mysterious human figures. The 240-page manual's intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers. But even the cryptographers from Bletchley Park, the team that broke the Nazi enigma code, couldn't make sense of the manuscript. Now a computer scientist says the...