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  • Archaeologists Closer to Finding Lost Viking Settlement

    03/20/2018 1:38:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 6, 2018 | Owen Jarus
    A lost Viking settlement known as "Hp," which has been mentioned in sagas passed down over hundreds of years, is said to have supported wild grapes, abundant salmon and inhabitants who made canoes out of animal hides. Now, a prominent archaeologist says the settlement likely resides in northeastern New Brunswick. If Hp is found it would be the second Viking settlement to be discovered in North America. The other is at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland. ...using the description of the settlement from sagas of Viking voyages, along with archaeological work carried out at L'Anse aux...
  • Complex engineering and metal-work discovered beneath ancient Greek 'pyramid'

    01/18/2018 2:45:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Maev Kennedy
    More than 4,000 years ago builders carved out the entire surface of a naturally pyramid-shaped promontory on the Greek island of Keros. They shaped it into terraces covered with 1,000 tonnes of specially imported gleaming white stone to give it the appearance of a giant stepped pyramid rising from the Aegean: the most imposing manmade structure in all the Cyclades archipelago... Archaeologists from three different countries involved in an ongoing excavation have found evidence of a complex of drainage tunnels -- constructed 1,000 years before the famous indoor plumbing of the Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete -- and traces...
  • Nova Scotia vineyards flourish in age of global warming

    10/23/2017 11:24:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | October 23, 2017 | By MICHAEL TUTTON
    HALIFAXThe skies have been brilliant blue in Nova Scotia wine country this October, the vines heavy with grapes, and winemakers such as Sean Sears are seeing crops they could only vaguely hope for in the past. Amid the havoc wrought elsewhere by global warming, Annapolis Valley vineyards have flourished as temperatures have moderated. If this trend continues well be sitting in one of the great wine regions, Sears says in an interview. Sears says his Petite Riviere vineyard has already clipped fruit with sucrose counts higher than anything his plants have produced in his memory, while the skin, seeds and...
  • California farmers say they dont have enough workers but its not because of Trump

    09/01/2017 1:48:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 1, 2017 | By Stephen Magagnini
    As temperatures plunged from 94 degrees into the 60s on a recent August evening, Lodi grower Brad Goehring dispatched his crew of Mexican workers into a field to pick Pinot Gris. The grapes were finally sweet enough, and the 2017 wine harvest had begun. Despite President Donald Trumps pledge to step up deportations of undocumented immigrants, theres little evidence of field workers being rounded up in California this year. We havent heard of a single ICE raid in California fields, said Goehring. An estimated 70 percent of Californias roughly 600,000 farm workers are undocumented, according to United Farm Workers Vice...
  • Chuck Schumer Says Feds Will Spend $18,000,000 to Buy Grape Juice to Subsidize Vineyard Owners

    08/18/2017 4:38:52 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/18/2017 | CNS News Staff
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D.-N.Y.) announced yesterday that the federal government will spend up to $18,000,000 to buy Concord grape juice in an effort to increase the price that New York farmers can get for their grapes. In a letter to Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to have the government buy the grape juice, Sen. Schumer noted that there are more than 280 growers with over 9,700 acres of Concord grape vineyards in New York State. I write to encourage the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) to utilize...
  • French wine makers fear 'worst harvest for 40 years'

    11/06/2016 4:42:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 06 Nov 2016 08:42 GMT+01:00
    This isnt so much a harvest, as a hunt for grapes, said French winemaker Jean-Jacques Robert, with a rueful laugh as he unloaded grapes still warm from his vineyards around Fuisse in Burgundy. Its a catastrophe, the worst harvest for 30 or 40 years, said the normally cheery 64-year-old owner of Domaine Robert-Denogent. The organic winemaker lost between two-thirds and three-quarters of his harvest in one hailstorm in April. He is not alone. For thousands of French winemakers, 2016 will go down as an annus horribilis, with vines destroyed by frost, heavy rain, hailstones as big as ping pong balls,...
  • How Methodists Invented Your Kid's Grape Juice Sugar High

    09/24/2016 9:04:55 AM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 09-23-2016 | Luke T. Harrington
    Its weird to think about, but a lot of the things we take for granted are almost shockingly recent inventions. The can opener didnt exist until 1870nearly a full century after canned food was first produced (people ate so much canned food that year, you guys). Doors have been around forever, but doorknobs werent invented until 1878 (and people were finally able to leave their houses). And grape juice?
  • Vintner mentor needed.

    06/19/2016 6:49:49 PM PDT · by killermosquito · 34 replies
    Killermosquito
    I've started a vineyard, 7 vines in 42 feet of space. All seedless and I'm in NC. I'm trying to decide what wire and post configuration to use. So far I have 3 eight feet posts that are 2 feet deep. Should I go with T on top of each or just 2 wires at 5.5 feet ant a second wire about 18 inches beneath it. Suggestions?
  • Open Borders Gowdy Says Marco Rubio More Conservative Than Jeff Sessions

    Pro-amnesty and mass migration advocate Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 86% tried to argue that Florida Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% is more conservative than Alabama Senator Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 80% . As South Carolina’s Post and Courier Deanna Pan reports via twitter: “Gowdy notes that Rubio has higher Heritage ratings than Jeff Sessions and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) 79% . ‘There is no one more conservative than Marco Rubio.'” Jeff Sessions has been the fiercest opponent of Sen. Rubio’s open borders trade and immigration agenda. By contrast, in 2013— at a time when illegal minors were continuing to...
  • Chemical terror plot foiled in London

    11/21/2003 10:51:54 PM PST · by Jackson Brown · 6 replies · 161+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 21, 2003
    Chemical terror plot foiled in London Fri November 21, 2003 11:43 PM ET LONDON (Reuters) - An attempt by a London-based terror group to buy half a tonne of toxic chemicals was foiled after the supplier became suspicious and alerted police, the Financial Times has reported.It said the group had attempted to buy 500 kgs (1,102 lb) of the toxin saponin from Amersham Biosciences late last year but the sale was refused after staff became concerned about the size of the order. A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police told Reuters on Saturday that police were "not prepared to discuss the...
  • Michigan woman finds black widow spider in Walmart grapes

    09/10/2015 4:59:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 97 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    TROY, Mich., - A Michigan woman who bought grapes from a Walmart store said she discovered a venomous black widow spider in the package. Ariel Jackson, 25, said she bought the perforated package of grapes from a Walmart Supercenter in Troy and she discovered the spider when she started washing the fruit. "She was screaming about a huge spider, and everyone was like, 'Calm down, it's probably nothing,'" Jackson's boyfriend, Michal Frank, 26, told ABC News. "But we took a closer look and lo and behold, it's a black widow. It had the red hourglass-shaped spot on its belly." Jackson...
  • Will climate change kill off Pinot Noir? Vineyards are ditching grape varieties that can't cope...

    01/03/2015 1:57:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/02/15 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    If global temperatures continue to rise, the taste of your favourite wine could either drastically change, or the drink could be off the menu completely. A wine expert has warned that fine wines in particular, such as Pinot Noir, are having their flavour significantly altered due to climate change. And, as a result, vineyard owners are ditching these grape varieties in favour of those that are better equipped to handle the increases in global temperature.
  • Baboons gobble grapes in South African wine region

    03/25/2010 3:31:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies · 680+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 23, 2010 | NASTASYA TAY
    JOHANNESBURG Baboons, it seems, prefer pinot noir. They also like a nice chardonnay. Largely undeterred by electric fences, hundreds of wild baboons in South Africa's prized wine country are finding the vineyards of ripe, succulent grapes to be an "absolute bonanza," said Justin O'Riain of the University of Cape Town. Winemakers have resorted to using noisemakers and rubber snakes to try to drive the baboons off during harvest season. "The poor baboons are driven to distraction," said O'Riain, who works in the university's Baboon Research Unit. "As far as baboons are concerned, the combination of starch and sugar is...
  • A Raccoon Eating Grapes at the Dinner Table Is Almost Adorable (Video)

    11/09/2013 7:29:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    There's only one flaw in this otherwise cute video of a button-eyed raccoon dexterously eating grapes like he's people: the audio. The sounds of slurping and chomping in this video apparently uploaded by a Russian YouTuber
  • French wine 'has Italian origins' [Etruscans]

    06/08/2013 7:40:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday, June 3, 2013 | Jason Palmer
    The earliest known examples of wine-making as we know it are in the regions of modern-day Iran, Georgia, and Armenia -- and researchers believe that modern winemaking slowly spread westward from there to Europe... The Etruscans, a pre-Roman civilisation in Italy, are thought to have gained wine culture from the Phoenicians -- who spread throughout the Mediterranean from the early Iron Age onward -- because they used similarly shaped amphoras... Dr McGovern's team focused on the coastal site of Lattara, near the town of Lattes south of Montpellier, where the importation of amphoras continued up until the period 525-475 BC....
  • A serving of Philistine culture: Boar, dog and fine wine

    09/03/2007 8:38:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 259+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Monday, September 3, 2007 | Ofri Ilani
    Research into the dispersal of Philistine cooking methods among various populations in Israel shows that the Philistines spread their culture beyond the areas under their control... Unlike most of the peoples living in the region in the biblical era, the Philistines were not Semites... They prepared meals in a characteristic sealed pottery vessel suited to long cooking times at low heat, while most inhabitants of Canaan at the time used open pots and faster cooking methods. The bones found at the Philistine cities showed that... the Philistines ate mainly pork, with an occasional meal of dog meat. The Philistines' wine...
  • Brewing Stone Age beer

    08/05/2012 7:33:03 AM PDT · by Renfield · 51 replies
    sciencenordic.com ^ | 7-20-2012 | Asle Rnning
    Beer enthusiasts are using a barn in Norway’s Akershus County to brew a special ale which has scientific pretensions and roots back to the dawn of human culture. The beer is made from einkorn wheat, a single-grain species that has followed humankind since we first started tilling the soil, but which has been neglected for the last 2,500 years. “This is fun − really thrilling. It’s hard to say whether this has ever been tried before in Norway,” says Jørn Kragtorp. He started brewing as a hobby four years ago. He represents the fourth generation on the family farm of...
  • Paphos excavation reveals Bronze Age malting kiln

    12/01/2012 3:41:09 PM PST · by Renfield · 95 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 11-29-2012
    Between 2007 and 2012 a team led by Dr Lindy Crewe from the University of Manchester have been excavating a Cypriot Bronze Age site at the south-western settlement of Kissonerga-Skalia near Paphos.Excavation of a malting kiln The team excavated a two by two metre domed mud-plastered structure and have now demonstrated by means of experimental archaeology and various other evidence that it was used as a kiln to dry malt for beer making three-and-a half-thousand years ago.The form of this construction suggests that the most likely function was as a drying-kiln, and that one of the primary uses of this...
  • Did early Southwestern Indians ferment corn and make beer?

    12/04/2007 12:35:33 PM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies · 970+ views
    www.physorg.com ^ | 12/04/07 | Sandia National Laboratory
    Sandia researcher Ted Borek used gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to analyze vapors produced by mild heating of pot samples. (Photo by Randy Montoya) The belief among some archeologists that Europeans introduced alcohol to the Indians of the American Southwest may be faulty. Ancient and modern pot sherds collected by New Mexico state archeologist Glenna Dean, in conjunction with analyses by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ted Borek, open the possibility that food or beverages made from fermenting corn were consumed by native inhabitants centuries before the Spanish arrived. Dean, researching through her small business Archeobotanical Services, says, Theres been...
  • 3,800-year-old Babylonian tablets contain recipe!

    11/16/2001 1:21:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies · 910+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/12/01
    Monday November 12 10:18 AM ET Ancient Tablets Offer Beer Primer DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A Syrian-Belgian-British archaeological mission unearthed 3,800-year-old Babylonian beer-making instructions on cuneiform tablets at a dig in northern Syria. Abdel-Massih Baghdo, director of the Hassakeh Archaeological Department, told The Associated Press in a telephone call that the 92 tablets were found in the 14th layer of Tell Shagher, a site just north of Hassakeh. He said the tablets showed beer-making methods and tallied quantities of beer produced and distributed in the region.'' Hassakeh, 400 miles northeast of Damascus, is known these days for its wheat production. ...