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  • Wartime navy captain blamed for letting Nazi U-boat get away.... now hailed as a hero...

    05/07/2015 2:30:39 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 52 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8th May 2015 | Elaine O'Flynn
    The reputation of a disgraced wartime navy captain has been restored, thanks to the discoveries of a documentary featuring the finder of the Titanic. For more than 60 years, Captain Herbert G. Claudius was blamed for letting a Nazi U-boat ‘get away’, after it sank the Robert E. Lee passenger freighter in the Gulf of Mexico in 1942. But an undersea expedition – aided by Dr Robert Ballard who rediscovered the Titanic 30 years ago – has revealed the first published pictures of the submarine’s wreckage, showing how bombs dropped by Cpt Claudius’ crew successfully sunk the attacker U-166. ........
  • A new day surfaces for deep sea archaeology

    06/28/2002 5:31:01 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies · 810+ views
    USA Today ^ | 06/26/2002 - Updated 10:04 PM ET | By Dan Vergano
    <p>The desert winds swept over the sands and out to the sea. Waters churned and the ships, loaded with wine from the ancient city of Tyre, tumbled in the storm.</p> <p>Swamped, the Tanit and Elissa foundered around 800 B.C., coming to rest upright some 1,300 feet under the Mediterranean, too deep for recovery.</p>
  • Evidence Noah's Biblical Flood Happened, Says Robert Ballard (World Renown Underwater archaeologist)

    12/21/2012 3:25:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and now an acclaimed underwater archaeologist thinks he has found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour for ABC News, Robert Ballard, one of the world's best-known underwater archaeologists, talked about his findings. His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah. Tune in to Christiane Amanpour's two-part ABC News special,...
  • In Search of Noah’s Ark

    07/23/2003 7:03:32 AM PDT · by LOL Clinton Was Impeached · 138 replies · 573+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 21st, 2003 | Eve Conant
    He found the Titanic. Now Robert Ballard hunts the quarry of a lifetime July 21 issue — Ten thousand years ago, the Black Sea was a freshwater lake in the middle of a vast, low-lying basin. Its fertile valleys and lush pastures would have given Neolithic hunter-gatherers a perfect opportunity to make the leap to a more settled, agricultural society. But then disaster struck. ABOUT 7,500 YEARS ago the ice age ended, the world’s climate warmed and the seas rose. The Aegean Sea breached a narrow strip of land, where the Strait of Bosporus is today, like a dam bursting....
  • Archaeologists Uncover Europe's First Civilization

    12/13/2012 5:05:27 PM PST · by Renfield · 9 replies
    A team of archaeologists have unearthed additional evidence of what may have been Europe's first civilization at a site located near the town of Pazardzhik in southern Bulgaria. Known as Yunatsite, it is a Tell (mound containing archaeological remains) about 110 meters in diameter and 12 meters high, rising above fields next to a small Bulgarian village by the same name. The Tell contains remains of an urbanized settlement dated at its earliest to the early fifth millenium BC.Directed by Yavor Boyadzhiev of the National Institute of Archaeology and Museums, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, excavators have unearthed artifacts such...
  • Biblical-Type Floods Are Real, and They're Absolutely Enormous

    09/04/2012 8:31:09 AM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | 29 Aug 2012 | David R. Montgomery
    Geologists long rejected the notion that cataclysmic flood had ever occurred—until one of them found proof of a Noah-like catastrophe in the wildly eroded river valleys of Washington State. After teaching geology at the University of Washington for a decade, I had become embarrassed that I hadn’t yet seen the deep canyons where tremendous Ice Age floods scoured down into solid rock to sculpt the scablands. So I decided to help lead a field trip for students to see the giant erosion scars on the local landforms.We drove across the Columbia River and continued eastward, dropping into Moses Coulee, a...
  • Potential Origins of Europeans Found

    11/11/2005 1:09:32 AM PST · by AlaskaErik · 107 replies · 3,276+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 10, 2005 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    A study of DNA from ancient farmers in Europe shows sharp differences from that of modern Europeans — results that are likely to add fuel to the debate over European origins. Researchers led by Wolfgang Haak of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, argue that their finding supports the belief that modern residents of central Europe descended from Stone Age hunter-gatherers who were present 40,000 years ago, and not the early farmers who arrived thousands of years later. But other anthropologists questioned that conclusion, arguing that the available information isn't sufficient to support it. Haak's team used DNA from 24...
  • Studying Evidence From Ice Age Lakes

    09/11/2007 4:25:24 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 681+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-11-2007 | Geological Survey of Norway
    Source: Geological Survey of Norway Date: September 11, 2007 Studying Evidence From Ice Age Lakes Science Daily — During the last Ice Age, the ice dammed enormous lakes in Russia. The drainage system was reversed several times and the rivers flowed southwards. A group of geologists is now investigating what took place when the ice melted and the lakes released huge volumes of fresh water into the Arctic Ocean. ”The ice-dammed lakes in Russia were larger than the largest lakes we know today,” Eiliv Larsen, a geologist at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), tells me. He is in charge...
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover 7 000-Years-Old Settlement

    07/03/2009 5:16:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 470+ views
    Novinite / Sofia News Agency ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2009 | unattributed
    Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered a 7 000-years-old settlement close to the northeast city of Shumen. The village dates back to the Stone-Copper Age, and is located in the locality of Chanadzhik, near the village of Sushina and the Ticha Dam. The archaeologists have discovered over 300 finds, most of which are made of marble. "These items are extremely rare. They were worn by very specific people. These are decorations that were not available to the masses. There are also others that are made of clay or bone," explained Stefan Chohadzhiev, an archaeology professor at the Veliko Tarnovo University, as quoted...
  • Why I think Noah's "erets" flood occurred around 9,000 - 12,000 B.C. and ended in Turkey.

    04/19/2002 12:51:23 PM PDT · by vannrox · 21 replies · 1,160+ views
    Trust the Bible DOT com ^ | 2002 | Wayne McKellips
    Why I think Noah's "erets" flood occurred around 9,000 - 12,000 B.C. and ended in Turkey. Intro: For a long time I thought the flood waters destroyed all air breathing life on earth, except for those in the ark. That view has problems. I now believe the flood, at the minimum, filled the land of Turkey up with water. As 1st Samuel 30:16 shows sometimes "the whole earth" or "all the earth" can refer to a country or land area. The word translated land or earth in 1st Samuel 30:16 is the main one of the two words used...
  • Black Sea Starts to Yield a Rich Ancient History

    04/12/2006 7:36:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday 20 January 2003 | Guy Gugliotta
    The ship had a cargo hold filled with ceramic jars, some -- and perhaps all -- of them filled with salt fish. It probably left from a seaport in what is now Turkey and sailed northwest through the Black Sea to the Crimea to pick up its load. Then, for unknown reasons, it sank in 275 feet of water off the present-day Bulgarian coast, coming softly to rest on a carpet of mud. Last week, archaeologists announced they had found the long-lost vessel. Sunk sometime between 490 B.C. and 280 B.C., it is the oldest wreck ever found in the...
  • Expedition crew combs Black Sea for Noah's Ark&lt;BR&gt;Scientists seek habitat described in Bible b

    09/06/2001 8:35:40 AM PDT · by zbogwan2 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Detroit News ^ | 09-06-01 | Veselin Toshkov / Associated Press
    <p>SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Could it be that Noah's Ark lies well-preserved somewhere in the inky depths of the Black Sea? A U.S.-Bulgarian scientific expedition is combing the Black Sea for traces of a lost civilization -- a mission that could shed more light on the controversial timing and site of the biblical Great Flood.</p>
  • Ballard Chases History Again In The Black Sea

    08/14/2007 1:32:33 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Day ^ | 8-14-2007 | Katie Warchut
    Ballard Chases History Again In The Black SeaExcavation of shipwreck part of 3-leg research trip By Katie Warchut Published on 8/14/2007 It's a painfully slow process, watching a robotic arm brush, inch-by-inch, the sediment off a 900-year-old shipwreck 400 feet underwater in the Black Sea. But when the dust settles, Robert Ballard, president of the Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium, and his team hope to have a better look into a time capsule of early human history. About 6 miles off the coast of Ukraine, Ballard watched from a NATO research vessel Monday on a high-definition plasma television screen....
  • Scientists Prepare to Excavate Black Sea

    07/22/2003 7:13:41 PM PDT · by vannrox · 34 replies · 1,134+ views
    AP Science ^ | 7-21-2003 | By RICHARD C. LEWIS, Associated Press Writer
    NARRAGANSETT, R.I. - In 1994, archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert rode around northern Turkey in a dirty white Toyota van looking for evidence of ancient civilizations around the Black Sea. Every time he and his team would ask locals for the whereabouts of centuries-old ruins, they'd get the same response. "Everyone kept pointing us to the sea," Hiebert recalled. Hiebert knows now why they did. After some preliminary trips, the University of Pennsylvania professor and other scientists will go on a first-ever effort to excavate ancient ships and a possible human settlement left mummified in the Black Sea's oxygen-free waters. Scientists hope...
  • Why Noah's Flood was Local

    05/29/2006 6:28:25 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 254 replies · 2,980+ views
    I often hear skeptics point to the belief in the global flood as a reason to not believe Christianity. I also see "Christian" creationist groups condem other Christians who believe the local flood is the literal interpretation. It's time we start telling "Christian" groups like ICR and AIG to stop turning people away from the Bible and tell them to stop their childish, immature attacks on other Christians (AIG recently refused to be subject to review, now there's the making of a cult!). And it's time for Christians to stop blindly believing everything they are told, just because it comes...
  • Human Impact Felt On Black Sea Long Before Industrial Era

    09/08/2012 6:13:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 4, 2012 | Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst
    In the delta's early stages of development, the river deposited its sediment within a protected bay. As the delta expanded onto the Black Sea shelf in the late Holocene and was exposed to greater waves and currents, rather than seeing the decline in sediment storage that he expected, Giosan found the opposite. The delta continued to grow. In fact, it has tripled its storage rate. If an increase in river runoff was responsible for the unusual rapid build up of sediment in the delta, says Giosan, the question is, "Was this extraordinary event in the Danube delta felt in the...
  • Black Sea Trip Yields No Flood Conclusion (Noah's Flood?)

    07/31/2004 4:37:21 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 1,055+ views
    Newsday ^ | 7-31-2004 | Richard Lewis
    Black Sea Trip Yields No Flood Conclusions By RICHARD C. LEWIS Associated Press Writer July 30, 2004, 2:06 PM EDT PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Four years ago, scientists thought they had found the perfect place to settle the Noah flood debate: A farmer's house on a bluff overlooking the Black Sea built about 7,500 years ago -- just before tidal waves inundated the homestead, submerged miles of coastline and turned the freshwater lake into a salty sea. Some believed the rectangular site of stones and wood could help solve the age-old question of whether the Black Sea's flooding was the event...
  • Making Waves Over Noah's Flood (Black Sea)

    01/14/2003 7:53:47 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 482+ views
    Newsday ^ | 1-14-2002 | Robert Cooke
    Making Waves Over Noah’s FloodSome research backs the biblical story and some finds no evidence of the catastrophe By Robert Cooke STAFF WRITER January 14, 2003 Scientists are seriously challenging a recent, fascinating proposal that Noah's epic story - setting sail with an ark jam-full of animal couples - was based on an actual catastrophic flood that suddenly filled the Black Sea 7,500 years ago, forcing people to flee. In a detailed new look at the rocks, sediments, currents and seashells in and around the Black Sea, an international research team pooh-poohs the Noah flood idea, arguing that all the...
  • Scientists hunt for evidence of Noah's flood in Black Sea -

    07/17/2003 5:42:16 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 9 replies · 234+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 16, 2003
    Posted 7/16/2003 2:45 PM Scientists hunt for evidence of Noah's flood in Black Sea NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — In 1994, archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert rode around northern Turkey in a dirty white Toyota van looking for evidence of ancient civilizations around the Black Sea. Every time he and his team would ask locals for the whereabouts of centuries-old ruins, they'd get the same response. "Everyone kept pointing us to the sea," Hiebert recalled. Hiebert knows now why they did. After some preliminary trips, the University of Pennsylvania professor and other scientists will go on a first-ever effort to excavate ancient ships...
  • Archaeology: Black Sea's ancient coast found - report

    07/08/2011 6:50:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Sofia Echo ^ | Thursday, July 07, 2011 | staff
    Bulgarian scientists have found the ancient shores of the Black Sea, currently deep beneath the waves, which they claim were the original shores about 7500 years ago, when the Black Sea at the time was just a fresh water lake... The team, led by Professor Petko Dimitrov of the Institute of Oceanology in Varna, which is part of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), returned from an expedition aboard the research vessel Akademik, saying that they have found the ancient coastline close to the Cape of Emine. Archaeological evidence suggest that this particular spot was part of the ancient coastline,...
  • Scientists hunt for evidence of Noah's flood in Black Sea

    07/17/2003 7:27:18 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 67 replies · 714+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/16/2003
    <p>In 1994, archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert rode around northern Turkey in a dirty white Toyota van looking for evidence of ancient civilizations around the Black Sea. Every time he and his team would ask locals for the whereabouts of centuries-old ruins, they'd get the same response. "Everyone kept pointing us to the sea," Hiebert recalled.</p>
  • Questions about Noah's Flood Theory

    07/21/2002 8:38:34 AM PDT · by vannrox · 1 replies · 260+ views
    Questions about Noah's Flood Theory Many scientists accept the idea that the biblical story of Noah's flood was inspired by a sudden inundation of the Black Sea by the Mediterranean 7500 years ago. But new research suggests no such flood occurred. Geologists Bill Ryan and Walter Pitman of Columbia University crafted the "Noah's Flood Hypothesis" in 1997 to explain the sudden appearance of saltwater mollusks in 7500-year-old Black Sea sediments. They proposed that during the last Ice Age, some 18,000 years ago, sea levels dropped enough to isolate the Black Sea from the Mediterranean Sea. Rain and rivers then turned...
  • Making Waves Over Noah’s Flood.

    01/14/2003 6:32:06 PM PST · by vannrox · 81 replies · 1,289+ views
    Newsday ^ | January 14, 2003 | By Robert Cooke
    <p>Scientists are seriously challenging a recent, fascinating proposal that Noah's epic story - setting sail with an ark jam-full of animal couples - was based on an actual catastrophic flood that suddenly filled the Black Sea 7,500 years ago, forcing people to flee.</p> <p>In a detailed new look at the rocks, sediments, currents and seashells in and around the Black Sea, an international research team pooh-poohs the Noah flood idea, arguing that all the geologic, hydrologic and biologic signs are wrong. Little that the earth can tell us seems to fit the Noah story, they say.</p>
  • Marine Team Finds Surprising Evidence Supporting A Great Biblical Flood

    09/10/2007 8:00:41 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 25 replies · 1,473+ views
    Science Daily ^ | September 10, 2007 | Unattributed
    Did the great flood of Noah's generation really occur thousands of years ago? Was the Roman city of Caesarea destroyed by an ancient tsunami? Will pollution levels in our deep seas remain forever a mystery? ~snip~ "When I was looking for a partner, I needed to find a team of marine scientists who were leaders in their fields," says Weil, a Swedish environmental philanthropist who helped conceive and fund the idea of giving a free, floating marine research lab to any scientist who needed it. "I didn't want us to be just another Greenpeace group of environmental activists. My dream...
  • New findings put Noah's epic story to the test

    02/06/2003 1:21:58 PM PST · by vannrox · 43 replies · 508+ views
    Newsday ^ | 3-5-03 | By Robert Cooke
    <p>Scientists are seriously challenging a recent, fascinating proposal that Noah's epic story -- setting sail with an ark jam-full of animal couples -- was based on an actual catastrophic flood that suddenly filled the Black Sea 7,500 years ago, forcing people to flee. In a detailed look at the rocks, sediments, currents and seashells in and around the Black Sea, an international research team discounts the Noah flood idea, arguing that all the geologic, hydrologic and biologic signs are wrong.</p>
  • Explorer Who Discovered The 'Titanic' Sets Out To Prove That Noah's Flood Formed Black Sea

    07/22/2003 6:51:44 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,024+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 7-23-2003 | David Usborne
    Explorer who discovered the 'Titanic' sets out to prove that Noah's flood formed Black Sea By David Usborne 23 July 2003 The Bible tells us how the Great Flood happened, compelling Noah to herd all of animal life into his Ark. The skies opened and it rained incessantly, in fact for 40 days and 40 nights. But some scientists have another theory altogether and this week an expedition will leave for the Black Sea to try to prove it. Among the team will be Robert Ballard, the American underwater explorer who became famous when he found the Titanic beneath the...
  • Flood Expedition Inspires 'Noah's Ark' in Bulgaria

    08/27/2002 5:12:41 AM PDT · by Tancred · 1 replies · 311+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 27, 2002 | Reuters
    Flood Expedition Inspires 'Noah's Ark' in Bulgaria Tue Aug 27, 7:17 AM ET SOFIA, Bulgaria (Reuters) - An expedition looking to prove that the great biblical flood occurred in the Black Sea has inspired Bulgarian entrepreneurs to build a replica of Noah's Ark aimed at luring tourists. The wooden vessel, 368 feet long, will shelter exotic animals while actors play the biblical figures of Noah and his family, project manager Nikolai Kanchev said Monday. The Ark will be built near the Black Sea resort of Slanchev Bryag and open for visitors next year, Kanchev told Reuters. Last year U.S. geologist...
  • Did Noah really need the Ark?

    12/11/2001 2:56:51 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 13 replies · 584+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 12/8/01 | Kevin Cox
    "And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth; and all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. Fifteen cubits did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered." Genesis 7, verses 19-20 Stories about cataclysmic floods prompted by angry deities have abounded in European and Asian mythology for thousands of years, but geologists paid little heed. Then, in 1997, two Columbia University geology professors, Walter Pitman and William Ryan, stunned the earth-science community with their theory that there had, in fact, been a great deluge around 7,000 BC -- the same time that the Bible says ...
  • 'Whale ribs, meteorites and chairs' [ Robert Ballard off Cyprus ]

    08/20/2012 6:07:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Cyprus Mail ^ | August 19, 2012 | unattributed
    Famed explorer Robert Ballard's expedition over the Eratosthenes Seamount is currently collecting images during sweeps of the area using the latest technology to explore the sea floor some 70 miles off the island. After two days of exploring, the team's underwater robots, operating at 800 to 1,000 metres, yesterday reached the summit of the Eratosthenes, going over terrain from a previous sweep and then turned west to head to unexplored territory to the west. On Friday night they came across what appeared to be fossilised rib bones commentators suggested might have come from a whale, perhaps even 40,000 years old......
  • Robert Ballard on exploring the oceans (Drill, baby, drill!!)

    12/18/2010 7:52:44 AM PST · by pillut48 · 6 replies
    TED ^ | Feb. 2008 | Dr. Robert Ballard
    Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?
  • Dugout probably dating to prehistoric age discovered at Black Sea bottom

    12/01/2008 6:08:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 542+ views
    FOCUS News Agency ^ | November 29, 2008 | unattributed
    A dugout probably dating back to the prehistoric age has been discovered the bottom of the Black Sea, National History Museum Director professor Bozhidar Dimitrov told Focus News Agency. On Friday evening at some 15 miles in the sea, east of Maslen Cape, between the seaside cities of Sozopol and Primorsko, a fishing ship found an enormous dugout, he added. "You can find nowhere similar dugouts, as well as any type of vessels older than 3 years of age, because water rots the wood away, but in the Black Sea below a certain depth there is dissolved sulphuretted hydrogen, which...
  • Explorer Ballard heads exploration of undersea volcano

    05/19/2006 12:42:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 279+ views
    Narragansett Times ^ | 5/19/2006 | Chris Church
    University of Rhode Island professor Robert Ballard... was slated to... meet up with the crew of the... 185-foot-long research vessel Endeavor... Ballard, notably known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, will be heading up a team of scientists from URI's Graduate School of Oceanography, the Institute for Exploration, and the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Athens. Scientific operations for the expedition began on Apr. 26 and will continue through June 18... The first leg of the expedition will be to the Greek island of Thera, also known as Santorini, to study the sea...
  • U.S. signs treaty to protect Titanic wreck

    06/18/2004 6:24:56 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 5 replies · 173,360+ views
    UPI ^ | 6-18-04
    WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- The United States has signed a treaty that designates the Titanic as an international maritime memorial. The pact with Great Britain still needs approval by the Senate. The treaty limits visits to the Titanic, now resting on the ocean floor 225 miles from Newfoundland, and regulates the taking of artifacts from the ship. The Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in April 1912, killing hundreds of people. Oceanographer Robert Ballard, who discovered the ship in 1978, hopes France, Canada and Russia will also sign the treaty. With the United State and Great Britain, they are...
  • Scientists Unveil New Discoveries At Titanic wreck

    12/05/2005 12:02:23 PM PST · by ZGuy · 145 replies · 3,916+ views
    BostonChannel ^ | 12/5/05
    The discovery of two large pieces of the Titanic's hull is changing the story of how the luxury ocean liner sank 93 years ago. Undersea explorers said Monday that the Titanic broke into three pieces, not two pieces as commonly believed and portrayed in James Cameron's 1997 film version of the catastrophe. That means the ship likely sank faster than believed. The hull pieces were found this summer by an expedition sponsored by the History Channel. Its leaders called it the most significant find at the site since undersea explorer Robert Ballard discovered the wreck 20 years ago and declared...
  • Archaeology Team Helps Find Oldest Deep-Sea Shipwrecks

    10/17/2004 9:02:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Harvard Gazette ^ | September 16, 1999 | Alvin Powell
    They were found 1,000 feet down in June by a team made up of Harvard archaeologists led by Lawrence Stager, Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel, and a crew from the Connecticut-based Institute for Exploration, headed by oceanographer Robert Ballard. The ships are the oldest ever found in the deep sea and may change the understanding of ancient Mediterranean commerce. Because many shallow-water wrecks have been found, historians and archaeologists believed that ancient sailors preferred routes that hugged the coastline. Modern technology, however, is opening a new field of deep-water archaeology, which is showing that ancient sailors did indeed...
  • Believers In The Lost Ark (Noah's)

    08/08/2003 6:56:40 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 614+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-9-2003 | Karen Armstrong
    Believers in the lost Ark Treating myth as fact misunderstands the meaning of religion Karen Armstrong Saturday August 9, 2003 The Guardian (UK) The explorer who discovered the Titanic beneath the Atlantic in 1985 is setting out on another underwater expedition to document Noah's flood. The Black Sea was originally a freshwater lake that in ancient times became inundated by the salty Mediterranean. Robert Ballard believes that this was a cataclysmic event that occurred about 7,500 years ago, and was possibly the deluge described in the Bible. Ballard's critics are sceptical: they argue that the infiltration of the Black Sea...
  • Expedition Seeks Clues To Lost Bronze Age Culture (Minoans - Robert Ballard)

    06/04/2006 4:05:30 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 656+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6-1-2006 | Richard C. Lewis
    Expedition seeks clues to lost Bronze Age culture By Richard C. Lewis Thu Jun 1, 4:11 PM ETReuters Photo: Deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard speaks at the National Geographic Society in an undated file photo.... PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) - An underwater explorer who found the Titanic and a team of international scientists will soon survey waters off the Greek island of Crete for clues to a once-powerful Bronze Age-era civilization. The expedition about 75 miles northwest of Crete aims to learn more about the Minoans, who flourished during the Bronze Age, and seeks to better understand seafaring four millennia ago,...
  • U.N. constitution for the oceans – a done deal: how scientists using Titanic to push global treaty

    06/24/2004 11:47:16 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 39 replies · 620+ views ^ | Friday, June 25, 2004 | Joan Veon
    The very controversial Law of the Sea Treaty, LOST, which is still in committee, is a done deal, according to a senior White House official. Of the 145 countries that have ratified this United Nations treaty, the U.S. is the only major power not to have ratified it. Various groups of countries that have signed it include all of the G8 countries with the exception of the U.S., almost two-thirds of the countries in our hemisphere that are members of the Free Trade Areas of the Americas, as well as both NAFTA partners. The Law of the Sea was placed...
  • Object off Alaska coast may be WWII sub

    10/03/2006 12:15:01 PM PDT · by El Gran Salseron · 14 replies · 2,096+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/10/2006 | Yahoo News
    News of the Grunion.Someone please ping the steely-eyed killers. Thanx.
  • USS Grunion: Lost submarine found off Alaska

    08/18/2006 4:55:24 AM PDT · by llevrok · 51 replies · 5,684+ views
    The Seattle P-I (Newspaper) ^ | 8/18/06 | RALPH RANALLI
    There was no distress call, no indication of enemy depth charges exploding or bulkheads breached, just a dead silence that stretched from a few days into 60 years. The USS Grunion disappeared in July 1942, leaving 70 American families grieving and the three sons of skipper Mannert L. "Jim" Abele without a father. Abele's boys -- who were 5, 9 and 12 and lived in Newton, Mass., when their father disappeared -- grew up and built their own lives. But they dwelt on the fate of their father. At 2 a.m. Wednesday, a grainy sonar picture e-mailed via satellite appeared...
  • Robots take scientists into sea depths

    08/02/2005 12:42:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 624+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 7/29/05 | Tom Paulson
    Think of it as the Mars Rover but at the bottom of the ocean, remotely exploring our own planet's most alien landscape for scientists back at mission control. "This is how the science is going to be done," said Deborah Kelley, a University of Washington oceanographer. In 2000, Kelley led an expedition using a manned submersible to explore the deep Atlantic Ocean. Her team stumbled upon something never seen before. The researchers discovered a startlingly massive collection of limestone towers located miles away from the tectonic "spreading" cracks in the seafloor that typically produce such structures. Some of these hydrothermal...
  • Scientists Discover Lost World (8,000 Years Old)

    02/15/2004 4:03:44 PM PST · by blam · 88 replies · 1,928+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-15-2004
    Scientists discover lost world A prehistoric lost world under the North Sea has been mapped by scientists from the University of Birmingham. The team used earthquake data to devise a 3D reconstruction of the 10,000-year-old plain. The area, part of a land mass that once joined Britain to northern Europe, disappeared about 8,000 years ago. The virtual features they have developed include a river the length of the Thames which disappeared when its valley flooded due to glaciers melting. This is the most exciting and challenging virtual reality project since Virtual Stonehenge. Professor Bob Stone Professor Bob Stone, head of...
  • Expert Says Iraq Could Rewrite Archaeology Books

    03/05/2004 2:51:50 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies · 1,520+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 3-4-2004 | Luke Baker
    Expert Says Iraq Could Rewrite Archaeology Books Thu Mar 4,10:15 AM ET By Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq, torn apart by years of war and sanctions, remains so rich in hidden ancient wonders that a leading expert believes the world's archaeology books will have to be rewritten over the next decade. Reuters Photo As security improves to allow excavation, evidence may emerge that advanced societies existed in the area much earlier than previously thought, said Dr John Russell, professor of archaeology at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. "A decade of research in Iraq could rewrite the books...
  • Minoan ship to ply Greek seas for first time in 3,500 years

    07/25/2004 7:54:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 792+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | Fri Oct 3, 2003 4:41 AM ET | editors
    Since no wreck of a Minoan ship has ever been found, Apostolos Kourtis has had to start from scratch, relying on ancient drawings and using the same methods as the Minoans... With no wreck to provide a model, his four-strong team had to turn to historical sources for help. Frescos unearthed in excavations on the nearby volcanic island of Santorini proved valuable... The 17-metre long and 3.80-metre wide ship with its round-shaped trunk looks like a traditional fishing boat as it emerges in a dockyard in the Cretean city of Chania. It is due to be launched for the...
  • Replica of 3,300-year-old shipwreck arrives in Bodrum [ Uluburun II ]

    07/02/2006 6:51:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 1,126+ views
    Turkish Daily News (thanks, curmudgeonII) ^ | Wednesday, June 28, 2006 | unattributed
    The Uluburun II, which is on display in Bodrum and sponsored by the Bodrum Peninsula Promotion Foundation started to be built in 2004 using late Bronze Age techniques and was launched in 2005... The [original] Uluburun sank in the 14th century 8.5 kilometers southeast of Kafl in Uluburun Bay while carrying copper and tin from Alexandria to Crete. It was discovered in 1982 by a diver. The remains of the shipwreck were unearthed by an excavation team consisting of archaeologists and divers and the process has lasted over 20 years. Considered to be one of the most significant archaeological finds...
  • Ship from 8th Century Found in Mediterranean (off Dor Beach in a shallow lagoon)

    01/23/2007 10:58:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 398+ views on yahoo ^ | 1/23/07 | Live Science
    A ship from the 8th century discovered off Dor Beach in the Mediterranean is thought to be the only vessel from that era ever found in the region. "We do not have any other historical or archaeological evidence of the economic activity and commerce of this period at Dor," said Ya'acov Kahanov from the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies and the Department Of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa. "The shipwreck will serve as a source of information about the social and economic activities in this area." The wreck [image] was found almost a decade ago but only...
  • Quest for the Phoenicians (National Geographic special)

    10/17/2004 7:53:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 2,058+ views
    PBS ^ | Oct 20 2004 | National Geographic
    In "Quest for the Phoenicians," three renowned scientists, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and oceanographer Robert Ballard, geneticist Spencer Wells and archaeologist Paco Giles, search for clues about the Phoenicians in the sea, in the earth and in the blood of their modern-day descendents... Ballard looks at ancient shipwrecks along Skerki Bank off the island of Sicily... Paco Giles excavates a cave at the bottom of the rock of Gibraltar... Spencer Wells collects DNA from a 2,500-year-old Phoenician mummy's tooth, to extract its unique genetic code and compare it with DNA samples collected from men and women from Lebanon to Tunisia.
  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: International Trade and the Late Bronze Age Aegean

    08/28/2004 4:49:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 886+ views
    George Washington University ^ | 1994 | Eric H. Cline
    The traditional circular sea route by which merchants are thought to have sailed around the ancient Mediterranean runs counter-clockwise: from the Greek Mainland to Crete, south to Egypt, up to Syro-Palestine and Cyprus, west to the Aegean via the southern coast of Anatolia, then to Rhodes and the Cycladic Islands, and ending up again at Crete and Mainland Greece. Longer routes incorporated the Central and Western Mediterranean as well. Merchants may, of course, have started in on this route at any point, for instance in Italy or Syro-Palestine rather than Crete. Recent evidence has demonstrated that a clockwise route...
  • Farming Origins Gain 10,000 Years

    06/23/2004 4:42:34 PM PDT · by blam · 80 replies · 2,537+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-23-2004
    Farming origins gain 10,000 years Wild types of emmer wheat like those found at Ohalo were forerunners of today's varieties Humans made their first tentative steps towards farming 23,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought. Stone Age people in Israel collected the seeds of wild grasses some 10,000 years earlier than previously recognised, experts say. These grasses included wild emmer wheat and barley, which were forerunners of the varieties grown today. A US-Israeli team report their findings in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The evidence comes from a collection of 90,000 prehistoric plant remains dug...
  • Scientists Seek Indian History Underwater[North America]

    11/07/2006 1:28:01 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 55 replies · 2,060+ views
    The Day ^ | Joe Wojtas
    Mashantuckets, Ballard To Explore Ancient Coastline They are questions that have intrigued scientists, archaeologists and historians for centuries: When did Native Americans first arrive on the North American continent, and where did they settle? Now, Robert Ballard, president of the Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium, and Kevin McBride, research director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and other researchers hope to answer that question. On Wednesday, Ballard, McBride and Dwight Coleman, the IFE's research director, outlined plans for a multiyear expedition to chart the location of ancient coastlines now underwater, identify sites of Native American settlements and find artifacts to...