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  • Tuscany's Excalibur Is The Real Thing, Say Scientists

    09/24/2001 7:46:55 PM PDT · by blam · 53 replies · 2,702+ views
    The Observer ^ | 9-16-2001 | Rory Carroll
    Tuscany's Excalibur is the real thing, say scientists Rory Carroll in Rome Sunday September 16, 2001 The Observer The sword of St Galgano, said to have been plunged into a rock by a medieval Tuscan knight, has been authenticated, bolstering Italy's version of the Excalibur legend. Galgano Guidotti, a noble from Chiusdano, near Siena, allegedly split the stone with his sword in 1180 after renouncing war to become a hermit. For centuries the sword was assumed to be a fake. but research revealed last week has dated its metal to the twelfth century. Only the hilt, wooden grip and ...
  • Tuscan 'Excalibur' Mystery To Be Unearthed

    03/02/2004 7:24:15 PM PST · by blam · 88 replies · 1,553+ views
    Discovery ^ | 3-1-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Tuscan 'Excalibur' Mystery to be Unearthed By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News The Sword in The Stone March 1, 2004 — Archaeological digging might soon unveil the mystery surrounding a sword buried in a Gothic abbey in Tuscany, Italian researchers announced. Known as the "sword in the stone," the Tuscan "Excalibur" is said to have been plunged into a rock in 1180 by Galgano Guidotti, a medieval knight who renounced war and worldly goods to become a hermit. Built in Galgano's memory, the evocative Gothic abbey at Montesiepi, near the city of Siena, still preserves the sword in a little chapel....
  • The Sword in the Stone at the Monte Siepi Chapel

    12/08/2015 11:55:37 AM PST · by Talisker · 47 replies
    Historic Mysteries ^ | JULY 26, 2011 | Shelly Barclay
    Judging by a real artifact, the sword in the stone legend may be partially based on true events. No one pulled a sword from a stone and went on to become a king, as far as we know. In fact, the sword that exists in reality rather than legend is still stuck in its stone. However, there is no denying that such a sword exists. The stone and sword in question are located at Monte Siepi Chapel in the San Galgano Abbey in Tuscany. The abbey is in Italy and the history of it has naught to do with England....
  • There's a Real Sword in the Stone, & It Belonged to the RCC’s First Official Saint

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by millegan · 23 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • Origins of Mysterious World Trade Center Ship Revealed

    07/29/2014 5:49:18 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 27 replies
    Yahoo UK News ^ | 29th July 2014 | Megan Gannon
    'In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood. At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today's street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship. Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What's more,...
  • Is this the Holy Grail?

    04/01/2014 11:54:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 1, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Just in time for Easter, from The New York Daily News: Two historians claim the search for the Holy Grail is over.The famous cup used by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper was identified in a book written by Margarita Torres Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio, titled “Kings of the Grail” and published last week, as the jewel-encrusted goblet on display at the San Isidro Basilica in the northwestern Spanish city of Leon.News of the discovery caused masses of people to flock to the historic church to view the precious chalice – forcing the operators of the museum to pull...
  • WWII Fighter Plane Hailed the 'Aviation Equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' Found Preserved (Sahara)

    05/10/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Richard Alleyne
    WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara A Second World War aeroplane that crash landed in the Sahara Desert before the British pilot walked to his death has been found almost perfectly preserved 70 years later. Most of its cockpit instruments are intact and it still had it guns and ammunition before they were seized by the Egyptian military. There are also signs of the makeshift camp the pilot made alongside the fuselage. No human remains have been found but it is thought the pilot may lie within a 20 mile radius...
  • Did the hand of God filch the heart of O'Toole?

    03/07/2012 5:17:38 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 12 replies
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | March 7, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    Did God enlist some creep to steal a religious relic? It wouldn’t be the first time the Almighty used an infidel to do his bidding. Pagan Cyrus of Persia released long-enslaved Jews, enabling them to return to Jerusalem in 537 BC. The preserved 834 year-old heart of St. Laurence O’Toole (AD 1128-1180) disappeared Saturday from Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland and one has to wonder if God’s sovereignty was at work behind the scenes of that seemingly dastardly act. The Almighty is known for His slash-and-burn attitude toward icons and idols, knowing that such lifeless items steal the affections,...
  • Christ's 'True Face' Relic Found in Tenn. Thief's Closet

    08/22/2011 5:17:43 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8-6-11 | Anugrah Kumar
    Police in a small Tennessee town have salvaged a rare painting of supposedly the true face of Jesus from a thief who was trying to sell it to a church. The 150-year-old painting, a Catholic relic based on the “Veil of Veronica,” had been stolen and dumped in a closet for years by a thief, identified as Kelly Ghormley, before she approached a church in Madisonville to sell it, Daily Mail reported Friday. According to legend, when a follower named Veronica from Jerusalem encountered Jesus on the way to Calvary and wiped sweat off His face with her veil, Christ’s...
  • Shroud of Turin

    The authenticity Shroud of Turin has been the most debated of Christian relics in history. Many believe this is the burial shroud of Jesus. Some dismiss it out of hand because of their religious or philosophical beliefs about God. Some Protestants are wary of they perceive as a “Catholic” relic. But what if it is real? What if it is an authentic archaeological piece?
  • Police recover relic stolen from Boston cathedral [Catholic Caucus]

    08/17/2010 5:50:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2010
    Boston, Mass., Aug 16, 2010 / 07:54 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Boston declared Monday that the prayers of its faithful were answered after a relic of the True Cross that was stolen from the Cathedral of Holy Cross earlier this month was found in rural Vermont. “Our prayers have been answered as the Relic of the True Cross has been recovered,” the Archdiocese of Boston said in its statement. “God has blessed us with His love and capacity to forgive.  We prayerfully carry on His call for forgiveness for those responsible.”The splinter of wood from the cross, encapsulated in a...
  • Relic of cross, stolen from Boston church, recovered in Vermont

    08/16/2010 12:55:01 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 1 replies
    boston. ^ | August 16, 2010 | Lisa Wangsness
    A splinter of wood that Catholics consider to be a relic of the cross on which Jesus was crucified and that had been stolen from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross earlier this summer, has turned up in rural Vermont, the Archdiocese of Boston and the Vermont State Police confirmed today. The relic, one of the Archdiocese of Boston's oldest and most treasured possessions, was stolen sometime between 10 a.m. on June 30 and 8 a.m. on July 1 from the base of a crucifix that hung in the cathedral's Blessed Sacrament Chapel. It is still not clear who stole...
  • Relic of St. Mary Magdalene to visit U.S. [Catholic Caucus]

    10/16/2009 4:48:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 624+ views
    cna ^ | October 16, 2009
    The reliquary containing the tibia of St. Mary Magdalene Irondale, Ala., Oct 16, 2009 / 06:19 am (CNA).- A French priest has brought a relic of St. Mary Magdalene on its first visit to the United States to share the story of the relic and the saint who is recorded as the first witness of the Resurrection.Fr. Thomas Michelet, a Dominican priest, is touring with the permission of Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon, the relic’s home, EWTN reports.A letter of authentication from Bishop Rey reports that the relics were hidden at the time of the Saracen invasions and rediscovered...
  • In Annapolis, a miracle worthy of sainthood?

    06/30/2009 8:07:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 763+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 28, 2009 | Arthur Hirsch
    The treatment for terminal cancer that Annapolis resident Mary Ellen Heibel took at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2004 and early 2005 worked beyond anyone's wildest hopes, wiping out malignant tumors in her lungs, liver, stomach and chest. Her doctor did not expect it, nor could he explain it. Surely the outcome was remarkable, but was it - in the sense applied by the Roman Catholic Church in such cases - a miracle? In a few weeks, a committee appointed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore will begin exploring that question, examining 11 witnesses, including Heibel, pressing her doctors, nurses and friends...
  • Catholic relic (of St. Therese of the Child Jesus) nicked from Toronto church [Catholic Caucus]

    06/18/2009 4:19:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 861+ views
    Montreal Gazette ^ | June 17, 2009 | Teresa Smith
    A Catholic Church in Toronto is hoping for a miracle — that the thief who stole a saint's relic will have a change of heart and return the holy object. The relic of St. Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of missions, is a small piece of her body — about the size of a quarter — which could have easily fit in the pocket of the thief. Jane Fleming, spokeswoman for St. Michael's Catholic Church, said the thief may have pretended to be praying at the saint's shrine while he or she removed the relic's Plexiglas cover and stole it...
  • Spiritual gift, Paterson Catholic gets relic of 1st U.S.-Born Saint (Catholic Caucus)

    01/12/2009 12:00:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 621+ views ^ | 01.06.09 | KAREN KELLER
    PATERSON — The city's only Roman Catholic high school has gained a religious relic from the body of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, born in 1774. (As Principal Richard Garibell, second from right, watches, students at Paterson Catholic Regional High School check out the bone fragment of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the ancient coin collection that Angel Diaz, right, and his wife donated to the school. Below, a close-up view of the Seton relic.) The gift has special significance in its new home in the school chapel: Seton was also the woman who founded the...
  • Relic thieves? All we took from Egypt was a cheap souvenir, says couple thrown into cells[UK]

    11/01/2008 6:40:49 PM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 681+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 02 Nov 2008 | Liz Todd
    It should have been a luxury break in the Caribbean sun. Having forked out Ł3,500 on a three-week holiday in St Lucia, retired policeman Anthony Griffin and his wife Pauline were naturally excited as their plane touched down. However, as they passed through immigration, Mr Griffin was stopped and told there was an international warrant for his arrest over the theft of Egyptian artefacts. Instead of booking in to a plush hotel the couple say they were separated and thrown in filthy, rat-infested police cells for two days. Tony and Pauline Griffin from Gillingham, Kent are happy to be home...
  • His backers jittery, Obama steps up attacks on McCain, belittling him as a disco age relic

    09/13/2008 2:25:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 110 replies · 290+ views ^ | 9/13/08 | NEDRA PICKLER and CHARLES BABINGTON/AP
    Belittling John McCain as a relic of the disco age, Democrat Barack Obama pushed his campaign Friday to a new level of counter-punching "on the issues that matter" and directed his running mate to be tougher on their Republican opponents. The changes come as national polls find McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, pulling ahead of Obama and Joe Biden, prompting some jittery Democrats to implore them to fight back harder, and Obama's camp to pledge "speed and ferocity" in that effort.
  • Civil War Watch Stopped Suddenly; Sub End Still Unknown (H.L. Hunley)

    12/17/2007 6:15:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies · 317+ views
    National Geographic ^ | December 17, 2007 | Bruce Smith
    Civil War Watch Stopped Suddenly; Sub End Still Unknown Bruce Smith in Charleston, South Carolina Associated Press December 17, 2007 When scientists opened the watch belonging to the H.L. Hunley commander three years ago, they thought they had the key clue to why the Confederate submarine sank off Charleston, South Carolina. But the 18-karat gold watch now seems to raise even more questions, despite the finding announced last week that the watch did not slowly wind down but stopped quickly—perhaps the result of a concussion or rushing water. "All of us were thinking the watch pointed to the crucial moment,"...
  • Treatise on Relic-Chap 5. Reaction Against The Worship Of Images And Other Superstitious Practices

    10/19/2007 4:18:35 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 54 replies · 95+ views
    God Rules ^ | 1562 | John Calvin
    Chapter 5 - Reaction Against The Worship Of Images And Other Superstitious Practices By The Iconoclast Emporors Of The East— Opposition to the Same Worship by Charlemagne. THE worship of images, as well as other Pagan practices, introduced into the church during the fourth and fifth centuries, were prevailing in the east as much as in the west; and I have mentioned, that the monks, particularly those of Egypt, had greatly contributed to the introduction of anthropomorphism into the Christian church. A great blow to image worship was given in the east by the rise and rapid progress of Mahometanism,...
  • Treatise on Relic-Chap 4. Infection Of The Christian Church By Pagan Ideas And Practices

    10/18/2007 4:38:28 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 8 replies · 62+ views
    God Rules ^ | 1562 | John Calvin
    CHAPTER 4 - Infection Of The Christian Church By Pagan Ideas And Practices During The Fourth And Fifth Centuries — General State of Christian Society During That Period — Opposition to the Worship of Angles, Saints, Images, and Relics — Vigilantius. I HAVE said that the Council of Elvira (ed:please see #36), in Spain, held in 305, prohibited the use of images in the churches. Other canons of the same council show that even then Christians were but too prone to relapse into the practices and customs of Paganism; because they enact very severe ecclesiastical penances against those Christians who...
  • Treatise on Relic-Chap 3. Position Of The First Christian Emperors Towards Paganism

    10/17/2007 4:16:29 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 17 replies · 42+ views
    God Rules ^ | 1562 | John Calvin
    CHAPTER 3- Position Of The First Christian Emperors Towards Paganism, And Their Policy In This Respect. I HAVE given in the preceding chapter a description, traced by one of the most learned Roman Catholic writers of our day, of the compromise between Christianity and Paganism, by which the church has endeavored to establish her dominion over the adherents of the latter. I shall now try to give a rapid sketch of the circumstances which undoubtedly have influenced the church, to a considerable degree, in the adoption of a line of policy which, though it certainly has much contributed to the...
  • Treatise on Relic-Chap 1. Origin of Worship of Relic

    10/15/2007 5:35:11 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 78 replies · 83+ views
    God's Rule Net ^ | 1562 | John Calvin
    CHAPTER 1- ORIGIN OF THE WORSHIP OF RELICS AND IMAGES IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. HERO-WORSHIP is innate to human nature, and it is founded on some of our noblest feelings, — gratitude, love, and admiration, — but which, like all other feelings, when uncontrolled by principle and reason, may easily degenerate into the wildest exaggerations, and lead to most dangerous consequences. It was by such an exaggeration of these noble feelings that Paganism filled the Olympus with gods and demigods, — elevating to this rank men who have often deserved the gratitude of their fellow-creatures, by some signal services rendered...
  • Vatican warning over pope 'relic'

    09/25/2007 12:46:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 49+ views
    BBC ^ | September 25, 2007
    <p>The Vatican has warned Roman Catholics that buying relics is sacrilege, after reports that pieces of former Pope John Paul II's clothes were for sale online.</p> <p>The website of the Holy Diocese of Rome has been offering small pieces of John Paul II's white cassock as part of the campaign to beatify him.</p>
  • Who were Hunnu?(Mongolian account of Huns)

    06/18/2007 12:29:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 1,015+ views
    Who were Hunnu? Huunu artisan medallion with yak image engraving For many decades the study of ancient history of Mongols was subject to ideological directives and politics. And therefore, with the removal of political and ideological restraints after political reforms of 1990, archeology now experiences a boom.One of the hottest areas is the history of Hunnu, a nomadic tribe that ruled the vast stretches of Central Asian steppes and forced China to go into extreme effort of building the Great China wall in attempt to protect against devastating raids.The name of Atilla, the Hunnu king who led his men...
  • Archaeology - 5th Century Gupta Era Relic Found

    04/20/2007 10:51:57 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 679+ views
    News From Bangladesh ^ | 4-20-2007 | Hasibur Rahman Bilu
    Archaeology -5th century Gupta era relic foundThis photo shows terracotta plaques with Brahmi letters, ancient forms of Bangla letters. The relics were recently found at Bhair Dhap dig site in Shibganj upazila of Bogra. PHOTO: STAR The Brahmi inscriptions show ancient formation of some Bangla letters Friday April 20 2007 12:30:03 PM BDT Hasibur Rahman Bilu, Bogra The archaeology department recently found cement-like ancient building material, known as "vajralepa", dating back to the Gupta era, during an excavation at Bhair Dhap site in Shibganj upazila of Bogra.( The Daily Star ) Rajshahi region Director of the department Abdul Khalaque said...
  • Rome office issues prayer cards, relics to promote sainthood for JPII

    02/28/2007 10:10:14 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 509+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 26, 2007
    ROME (CNS) -- The Rome diocesan office charged with promoting the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul II continues to distribute the official prayer cards for the cause and the only authorized relics, an office spokeswoman said. "We receive dozens of requests each day and the distribution continues," she told Catholic News Service Feb. 26. The relic is a small piece of one of the white cassocks worn by Pope John Paul. The free cards and relics can be requested by letter, fax or e-mail, she said. The e-mail address is:; the fax number is: (39-06) 6888-6240. The mailing...
  • Bone fragment likely not Joan of Arc

    12/17/2006 3:29:22 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 563+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 17, 2006 | CHRISTIAN PANVERT
    A rib bone and a piece of cloth supposedly recovered after Joan of Arc was burned at the stake are probably not hers, according to experts trying to unravel one of the mysteries surrounding the 15th century French heroine.Eighteen experts began a series of tests six months ago on the fragments reportedly recovered from the pyre where the 19-year-old was burned for heresy.Although the tests have not been completed, findings so far indicate there is "relatively little chance" that the remnants are hers, Philippe Charlier, the head of the team, told The Associated Press on Saturday.The fragment of linen from...
  • Centuries Old Relic (heart of St. John Vianney) Comes To U.S.

    10/06/2006 10:41:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies · 3,528+ views
    CBS ^ | October 5, 2006
    (AP) MERRICK, N.Y. In life, St. John Vianney was a revered 19th-century French clergyman who was said to be blessed with the ability to read the hearts of worshippers. In death, his own heart has became an object of worship. For reasons unknown, Vianney's body never decayed after death, and his heart and body have been encased in separate glass reliquaries in France for more than a century. The heart is being brought to the U.S. for the first time this weekend in what the pastor of the Long Island church hosting the relic calls a "historical moment for our...
  • Divers spy ship relic in Winyah-Researchers think boat may belong to Civil War era(SC)

    09/15/2006 6:48:47 AM PDT · by GinJax · 14 replies · 706+ views
    The Sun News ^ | 15 Sep 2006 | Kelly Marshall Fuller
    GEORGETOWN - A shipwreck that could be the remains of a lost Confederate blockade runner, or possibly a vessel that predates the Civil War, was found Thursday near the entrance to Winyah Bay, researchers said. Divers from the Maritime Research Division of the S.C. Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology dove in about 13 feet of water and discovered a vessel that is about 90 feet long, with a wooden hull and a possible copper coating. The wreck could be the Sir Robert Peel, a blockade runner that was used by Confederate soldiers to get supplies to Georgetown during the Civil...
  • Unearthed War Relics See Battle Again - Archaeologists decry History Buffs Dig (Civil War relics)

    04/19/2006 7:04:05 AM PDT · by XRdsRev · 29 replies · 1,640+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 16, 2006 | Brigid Schulte
    The buzz began in the chow line. "Did you hear?" asked one relic hunter. "Yeah. A Mississippi plate," said another. "Absolutely perfect." The proud new owner of the Confederate belt plate embossed with an eagle held out his treasure on his dirt-caked palm.
  • POPE PIUS X vestment ZUCCHETTO Cap + RELIC up for sale on eBay

    03/21/2006 9:39:17 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 657+ views
    eBay ^ | March 21, 2006
    Unique and Exceptional Authenticated POPE PIUS X relics Current bid: US $1,876.00 End time: Mar-26-06 20:00:00 PST (5 days 10 hours) LINK
  • Relic of St. Andrew Given to Greek Orthodox Church

    02/27/2006 6:34:12 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 418+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 27, 2006
    Relic of St. Andrew Given to Greek Orthodox Church Cardinal Etchegaray Presents the Donation in Rome VATICAN CITY, FEB. 27, 2006 ( A Vatican official turned over a relic of the Apostle Andrew to a representative of Greek Orthodox Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens, who had requested it. Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, gave the relic to Greek Orthodox Bishop Agathangelos on Sunday during a ceremony at Transfiguration Parish in Rome. The donated relic will be taken to Athens this week and displayed for veneration by the faithful in the Orthodox Church of...
  • Tashkent's Hidden Islamic Relic (Oldest Koran)

    01/08/2006 2:32:15 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 605+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-8-2006 | Ian McWilliam
    Tashkent's hidden Islamic relic By Ian MacWilliam BBC News, in Tashkent The Othman Koran is the oldest in the world In an obscure corner of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, lies one of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran. It is a reminder of the role which Central Asia once played in Muslim history - a fact often overlooked after seven decades of Soviet-imposed atheism. The library where the Koran is kept is in an area of old Tashkent known as Hast-Imam, well off the beaten track for most visitors to this city. It lies down a series...
  • AC-130 Toasts Iraqi Terrorists (Amazing Video)

    01/04/2006 7:45:41 AM PST · by pabianice · 105 replies · 38,815+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 1/3/06
    This is remarkable film footage. This is a night vision movie from Iraq, showing live action against Iraqi insurgents. The pictures were taken from an AC-130 Specter gunship two and a half miles from the target. The guys in the picture are setting up a roadside bomb and planning to ambush an American convoy which followed a short while after the pictures were taken. They were setting up the ambush and were pacing off the distance from the bomb to where the convoy was to pass by. Turn your sound up. The level of effort these Specter crews put forth...
  • True-life 'Robinson Crusoe' lived atop a hill on isle off Chile(300 year-old relic found)

    09/20/2005 5:56:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1,739+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 091/7/05
    True-life 'Robinson Crusoe' lived atop a hill on isle off Chile 09/17/2005 The Asahi Shimbun A team led by explorer Daisuke Takahashi says it has found where the true-life 18th century model for "Robinson Crusoe" spent more than four years in the Pacific Ocean waiting to be rescued. Traces of a structure that Scottish navigator Alexander Selkirk (1676-1721) likely built after he was marooned in 1704 were found atop a hill on what is now called Robinson Crusoe Island, off the coast of Chile, Takahashi said in Tokyo on Thursday. "I have finally reached him," Takahashi said. "In times when...
  • 3rd Century Buddhist Relic Discovered

    08/05/2005 12:25:41 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 493+ views
    The Statesman ^ | 8-3-2005
    3rd century Buddhist relic discovered Statesman News Service BHUBANESWAR, Aug. 3. — The state cultural department today claimed to have discovered 3 Asokan stupas dating back to the 3rd century BC in Dharmasala area of Jajpur district. The discovery is likely to provide further archaeological evidences on the visit of Lord Buddha to Kalinga, site of the historic Kalinga war and the location of Kalinga’s capital. Talking to reporters here today, culture minister Dr Damodar Rout said that the Orissa Institute of Maritime and South-East Asian Studies, under the state culture department, had taken up the excavation work at Tarapur,...
  • VFW in Marcellus wants ATF to give back machine gun

    04/07/2005 8:48:12 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 33 replies · 1,015+ views
    ap ^ | 4-7-04
    VFW in Marcellus wants ATF to give back machine gun 4/7/2005, 2:27 p.m. ET The Associated Press MARCELLUS, Mich. (AP) — Area residents want federal authorities to return a 1918 German .50 caliber machine gun to the local VFW Post's war museum after it was taken during a search earlier this year. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took the Maxim machine gun as part of a broader investigation into the person who donated the weapon to the post, the Three Rivers Commercial-News reported. Museum curator and Vietnam veteran Wilber Breseman was outraged by the Feb. 23 search. "How...
  • Turin shroud 'older than thought'

    01/26/2005 7:31:12 PM PST · by ArcLight · 62 replies · 1,406+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/26/2005
    The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the 1980s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal. A research paper published in Thermochimica Acta suggests the shroud is between 1,300 and 3,000 years old. The author dismisses 1988 carbon dating tests which concluded that the linen sheet was a medieval fake.
  • A mystery shrouded in faith

    04/06/2004 11:03:23 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 27 replies · 221+ views
    Oak Lawn (IL) Reporter ^ | 4/8/04 | Michael M. Bates
    When I was a kid, Good Fridays meant staying in the house and being quiet. As one of the most solemn of Christian observances, that was only right. Local television stations would often air a program on the Shroud of Turin. The late Father Francis Filas, a Jesuit priest and theology professor at Loyola University, made a reasonably persuasive case that the shroud was indeed the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Father Filas wasn’t alone in his acceptance of the shroud’s legitimacy. The determination of any relic’s authenticity is beyond the scope of the Roman Catholic Church. This, however, didn’t...
  • Only Existing First Temple Relic May Be Forged

    03/26/2004 7:48:44 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 302+ views
    Haaretz Daily ^ | 3-26-2004 | Amiram Barkat
    Last Update: 26/03/2004 08:08 Only existing First Temple relic may be forged By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent Investigators for the Israel Antiquities Authority have been informed that a precious Ivory Pomegranate, on display at the Israel Museum since 1988, is a forgery. On the basis of an inscription it had been dated from the period of the First Temple, 10th century BCE. However, it is information on the origin of the inscription that has raised doubts about the authenticity of the item. The Antiquities Authority refused to reveal the origins and nature of the information it holds. The inscription, completed...
  • Toe Think Again... Relic Of Bruce

    03/07/2004 4:32:03 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 314+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 3-7-2004 | Yakub Qureshi
    Toe think again... relic of The Bruce YAKUB QURESHIA bone, said to be the toe of Robert The Bruce, is the centrepiece of a new exhibit. Picture: Donald MacLeod HE STOLE into the abbey in the dead of night, intent on stealing a personal memento of Scotland’s greatest king. Not a thief nor a grave robber but a respected town dignitary and "man of science", Joseph Paton found himself irresistibly drawn to the body of this icon of Scotland’s 14th-century fight for independence. Reaching forward, he snapped off a toe from the remains of Robert the Bruce and held aloft...
  • A Thousand Relics Found in Egypt

    01/30/2004 6:08:35 AM PST · by vannrox · 32 replies · 372+ views ^ | Jan 28, 04 | 11:57 am | By Hazel Heyer
    A Thousand Relics Found in Egypt Jan 28, 04 | 11:57 am A French-Egyptian archaeology team has retrieved more than 1000 artifacts, including statues and busts of pharaonic gods and goddesses, from the Mediterranean Sea floor off Egypt's northern coast of Alexandria, according to the Egyptian antiquities officials earlier this week. The 2003 Abu Qir Bay Department of Archeology Mission under the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the European Institute for Underwater Archeology unearthed artifacts during archaeological surveys which helped define the topography around the sanctuary site or the temple of Heracles. Dating back to the third and fifth centuries...
  • Early Civil War flag discovered in attic goes on auction block

    01/14/2004 6:42:41 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 199+ views
    Go Memphis ^ | 14-Jan-2004 | Michael Lollar
    The rambling farmhouse had been in the family since the Civil War, and Lavinia Skinner was absorbed in sentiment more than monetary value when she began rummaging through an old trunk from the attic. Layer after layer, the trunk was filled with family mementos from christening gowns to tea sets to a piece of dried seaweed wrapped in tissue. Packed in the days before mothballs, the trunk included big twists of tobacco to repel insects. It was the piece near the bottom of the trunk that gave Skinner "goosebumps" when she recognized it as a special piece of America's past....
  • Mesoamerican Relic Provides New clues To Mysterious Ancient Writing System

    01/10/2004 4:02:38 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies · 583+ views
    BYU/Newswise ^ | 1-9-2004 | BYU
    Source: Brigham Young University Released: Fri 09-Jan-2004, 17:30 ET Mesoamerican Relic Provides New Clues to Mysterious Ancient Writing System A previously unknown ancient mask from southern Mexico contains an inscription that shows the language used there prior to the Maya civilization remains undecipherable, according to a new study by Stephen Houston and Michael Coe. Newswise — A previously unknown ancient mask from southern Mexico contains an inscription that shows the language used there prior to the Maya civilization remains undecipherable, according to a new study by Brigham Young University archeologist Stephen Houston and Yale University professor emeritus Michael Coe. Translating...
  • Confederate Musket Tells an Intriguing Tale

    06/25/2003 6:14:09 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 20 replies · 677+ views
    Maine Antique Digest ^ | June 2003 | Robert Kyle
    When Virginia collector Tom Harman was tracing the history of an old Civil War musket, he found that when an old homestead stays in a family for generations, it can yield a wealth of history.Harman of Dugspur, Virginia, a retired U.S. National Park Service police officer, first saw the firearm in early 1998. It was on display at a small Civil War museum in Newbern, Virginia. He considered it museum property and thus unavailable.Harman's first stroke of luck came when he learned that the museum was only borrowing the gun. He got in touch with its owner, made an offer,...
  • Antiquities Authority to rule on authenticity of "Jesus' brother burial box"

    06/17/2003 2:24:13 PM PDT · by Alouette · 3 replies · 281+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 17, 2003 | Associated Press
    Israel's Antiquities Authority is to rule Wednesday on the authenticity of an ancient burial box with the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," touted by some scholars as the oldest archaeological link to New Testament figures but dismissed by others as a fake. Investigators have not disclosed the findings, but one expert from the committee, Uzi Dahari, suggested that many questions arose during the probe. Oded Golan, the Israeli owner of the "James ossuary," insists the item is authentic, but Dahari told The Associated Press that Golan "spoke to us and didn't convince anyone." Golan said he had...
  • Abortion and the New Generation Gap (My title: George McGovern: Dumber than a rock.)

    12/03/2002 12:00:44 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 28 replies · 235+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | November 28, 2002 | Maggie Galagher
    If you want to know the deepest reason why liberals have such trouble digesting the election news, take a look at the Harper's cover story by blast-from-the-past uberliberal George McGovern. The title says it all: "The Case for Liberalism: A Defense of the Future Against the Past." Here lies bared the unexamined heart of small-l liberalism: the idea of Progress (with a very big P). The liberal faith is that history, shorn of God, is nonetheless marching irrevocably in liberalism's direction. In the minds of McGovern and his ilk, liberalism equals rationality. Therefore, while the weight of tradition, taboo and...
  • China Scientists to Probe 'ET' Launch Tower

    07/21/2002 8:42:47 AM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies · 1,247+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | FR post 07-21-02 | BEIJING (Reuters)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - A team of Chinese scientists is to head out to the far west of the country to investigate a mystery pyramid that local legend says is a launch tower left by aliens from space, Xinhua news agency said Wednesday. Nine scientists would probe origins of the 165 to 198-foot tall structure -- dubbed "the ET relics" -- in the western province of Qinghai this month, the agency said. It sits on Mount Baigong, has three caves with triangular openings on its facade and is filled with red-hued pipes leading into the mountain and a nearby salt water...