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  • Submerged prehistory off Scotland: a development-led perspective

    07/23/2011 6:38:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Sunday, July 17, 2011 | Dr Andrew Bicket
    Throughout the 19th century there have been reports and scholarly discussions of submerged forests and artefacts from now-submerged environments around the coasts and seas of Britain (Coles 1998). Since the publication of Doggerland: a speculative study by Prof. Bryony Coles in 1998, there has been significant progress in the active investigation of submerged prehistoric landscapes around the coasts of the UK. To date much of this progress has been focused around the coasts of England and Wales, partly as a consequence of the geographical distribution of available funding streams i.e. the Marine element of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF)....
  • Mesolithic 'rest stop' found at new Sainsbury's site

    07/23/2011 6:28:31 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 July 2011 | unattributed
    Archaeologists believe the remains of burned oak uncovered at the site of the first Sainsbury's in the Highlands to be evidence of an ancient "rest stop". The supermarket and a filling station are being constructed on the outskirts of Nairn, at a cost of about £20m. Headland Archaeologists investigated the site ahead of building work. They radiocarbon-dated the hearth to the Mesolithic period, which started as the last Ice Age ended about 12,000 years ago. ...the archaeologists said the fire appeared to have been made to provide heat and not cooking, because no food waste was found... "The dating of...
  • Archaeologists discover a hoard of silver Roman denarii coins at Vindolanda

    07/22/2011 4:51:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | unattributed
    A hoard of twenty one silver denarii has been recovered during the recent excavation of the foundations of a clay floor in a centurion's apartment of the late Antonine period (cAD180-200) at Vindolanda, northeast England. The hoard had been buried, possibly in a purse or some similar organic package which had long since rotted away, in a shallow pit within the foundation material of the floor of the structure in the middle of the room. Dr Andrew Birley, director of excavations at the site explains, "The coins were tightly packed together and several had corroded onto one another, held together...
  • Keyhole surgeons save babies in womb

    12/02/2007 6:14:08 AM PST · by cpforlife.org · 6 replies · 156+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | Sun 2 Dec 2007 | kfoster@scotlandonsunday.com
    A PIONEERING new form of keyhole surgery will be used to save the lives of dozens of unborn babies every year, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The remarkable technique involves a 'fetoscope' about the width of three grains of sugar which is used to internally examine babies while they are still in the womb. The resulting images will allow Scottish doctors to perform surgical and other procedures on fetuses - many of whom would otherwise die - from as little as 24 weeks' gestation. At this point, the fetus would fit in the palm of an adult man's hand and...
  • From Anglican minister to Catholic priest - a historic first for Scotland {Anglican/Catholic caucus}

    07/19/2011 4:28:16 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Scotsman.com ^ | 19 July 2011 | John Ross
    RELIGIOUS history has been made with the first ordination of a former Anglican clergyman in Scotland into the Catholic priesthood. Father Len Black, 61 and a grandfather of two, was ordained into the priesthood this weekend, at a ceremony at St Mary's Church in Greenock performed by Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley. He is the latest former Anglican clergyman in the UK, and the first in Scotland, to be ordained into the Roman Catholic Church under the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the body set up earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI to receive those leaving the...
  • Let disabled people choose death, says MSP (Scottish Parliament)

    07/04/2011 9:39:26 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    The Christian Institute ^ | 7/1/11 | The Christian Institute
    People born with disabilities who ‘lose the will to live’ would be eligible to end their lives under controversial new legislation proposed for the Scottish Parliament. This is the second attempt by Margo MacDonald MSP to legalise assisted suicide. Her first bill was roundly rejected by the Scottish Parliament. But the Independent MSP now intends to table a new bill which critics have branded “utterly irresponsible”. DangersMrs MacDonald has also suggested that people suffering from chronic conditions, but who do not have a terminal illness, should be able to get medical help to end their lives. And she suggested that...
  • Royal colours ceremony marks end of military era

    07/10/2011 7:20:46 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 3 July 2011 | Tom Peterkin
    CENTURIES of proud military tradition were laid to rest yesterday in a ceremony that saw the Queen present The Royal Regiment of Scotland with its first stand of colours, the totemic flags that were once a rallying point in battle. The new colours will take the place of those that were carried for hundreds of years by the old Scottish regiments that were controversially amalgamated in 2006 to form Scotland's single infantry unit. The presentation of the new colours consigned the individual colours once carried by The Black Watch, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, The King's...
  • "Tomb of the Otters" Filled With Stone Age Human Bones

    07/10/2011 7:35:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies
    7-7-2011 | James Owen
    Thousands of human bones have been found inside a Stone Age tomb on a northern Scottish island, archaeologists say. The 5,000-year-old burial site, on South Ronaldsay (map) in the Orkney Islands, was accidentally uncovered after a homeowner had leveled a mound in his yard to improve his ocean view. ~~~snip~~~ The underground grave consists of a 4- by 0.75-meter (13- by 2.5-foot) central chamber surrounded by four smaller cells hewn from sandstone bedrock. Capping the central chamber are large water-worn slabs supported by stone walls and pillars. At least a thousand skeleton parts belonging to a mix of genders and...
  • July date set for Minden Day parade

    07/01/2011 11:16:09 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Southern Reporter ^ | Friday 1 July 2011 05:45 | Mark Entwhistle
    VETERANS of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers will celebrate the anniversary of their former regiment’s most famous battle honour, when they commemorate the Battle of Minden, at the Barracks in Berwick-upon-Tweed on Saturday, July 30, writes Mark Entwistle. This year the veterans will be joined by regular soldiers from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1SCOTS), who, following this parade, will commence a period of intensive training for yet another operational tour in Afghanistan. The organisers hope around 500 soldiers and veterans will be on parade and joined by friends and families from around...
  • The Scottish Independence Movement and the SNP's Government

    06/30/2011 5:53:25 PM PDT · by OldNewYork · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2011 | Sarah Lyall
    The Scottish National Party, whose avowed goal is securing Scottish independence, surprised perhaps even itself then by winning a resounding majority in the Scottish Parliament and taking direct control of the Scottish government for the first time (it had been leading a fragile coalition government since 2007).
  • My Dad was the Real Private Ryan of World War I

    06/28/2011 3:36:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Daily Record ^ | Jun 28 2011 | Chris Musson
    The family of a Scots soldier sent home from World War I after three of his brothers were killed have been traced after a worldwide appeal. The story, similar to the plot of Tom Hanks' film Saving Private Ryan, was uncovered by Scottish archives chiefs, who were desperate to find out what became of Frank Cowie. Now they have discovered that after his reprieve, he became a dad and successful farmer. The amazing story emerged last year after confidential military documents were released by National Records of Scotland. Yesterday, it emerged that his youngest daughter, Judy Barrett, had been in...
  • Carer of 92-Year-Old Ordered to Leave House for Estranged Wife

    06/23/2011 12:22:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Scotsman ^ | 6/23/2011 | John Ross
    A HOMEOWNER has been ordered to leave the house where he was caring for his 92-year-old mother to allow his estranged wife to move back in. Angus and Barbara Ann Fraser are fighting a legal battle over the home in the Lochaber village of Caol. Mrs Fraser, 61, left the house the couple shared with her mother-in-law Elizabeth nine weeks ago when the pair separated, but then began a legaADVERTISEMENT l move at Fort William Sheriff Court to return to live there. Sheriff Douglas Small has granted an interim exclusion order against Mr Fraser, 54, banning him from the house...
  • Prehistoric finds on remote St Kilda's Boreray isle (Scotland)

    06/16/2011 7:30:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | June 16, 2011 | Unknown
    The remains of a permanent settlement which could date back to the Iron Age has been uncovered on a remote Scottish island, according to archaeologists.It was previously thought Boreray in the St Kilda archipelago was only visited by islanders to hunt seabirds and gather wool from sheep. Archaeologists have now recorded an extensive agricultural field system and terraces for cultivating crops. They have also found an intact stone building buried under soil and turf. St Kilda's group of small islands are the remotest part of the British Isles, lying 41 miles (66km) west of the Western Isles. Hirta, the main...
  • 'Incredibly exciting' rare pre-Ice Age handaxe discovered on Orkney

    06/11/2011 9:44:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    STV News ^ | Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | unattributed
    The Palaeolithic -- or Old Stone Age -- tool, which could be anything between 100,000 and 450,000 years old, is one of only ten ever to be found in Scotland. The axe, which was found on a stretch of shore in St Ola by a local man walking along the beach, is the oldest man-made artefact ever found in Orkney. The stone tool, which is around five-and-a-half inches long, has been broken, and originally would have tapered to a point opposite the cutting edge, but at some point in time, the point broke off and someone reworked the flint to...
  • Former British MP Galloway Vows Land Convoy Would Reach Gaza, Declares: Palestine is One...

    06/09/2011 6:07:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    Memri TV ^ | May 24, 2011 | Palestine Today TV (Lebanon)
    Former British MP George Galloway Vows that Land Convoy Would Reach Gaza and Declares: Palestine is One - From the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea Following are excerpts from an interview with former British MP George Galloway, which aired on Palestine Today TV on May 24, 2011: George Galloway: When President Obama is talking about a smaller and smaller Palestine, we have to insist that Palestine is one, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. […] Our next land convoy, which will arrive, God willing, in Gaza on the 27th of December this year, will be called "The...
  • Dig Unearths 1,500 Year Old 'Tarbat Man' (Pict)

    09/23/2005 4:05:01 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,685+ views
    North Star ^ | 9-22-2005
    Dig unearths 1,500 year old 'Tarbat Man' HUMAN remains have been discovered at Portmahomack - but police will not be called in as the skeleton is thought to be around 1,500 years old and likely to be that of a Pictish monk. The discovery was made by archaeologists from the University of York who come to the Port each season to dig in the grounds of the Tarbat Old Church, one of the most important Pictish sites in Scotland. They are excited by the find came in the last week of the archaeological dig and means that the team will...
  • Scotland: Glasgow districts boycott Israeli books

    05/27/2011 11:44:11 AM PDT · by CondorFlight · 20 replies
    YNET ^ | May 24, 2011 | Yaniv Halily
    Two and a half years ago, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel. Following the botched raid on the Turkish Flotilla to Gaza last May, the council expanded the boycott to include a ban on the purchase of English translations of Israeli books and the distribution of these books in public libraries throughout the council's jurisdiction. West Dunbartonshire was joined by the large Scottish city Dundee. . . Legal advisers instructed Dundee's mayor to refrain from legally enforcing the boycott in order...
  • Scotland: Glasgow districts boycott Israeli books

    05/26/2011 9:12:26 PM PDT · by CondorFlight · 29 replies
    YNET ^ | May 24, 2011 | Yaniv Halily
    Two and a half years ago, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel. Following the botched raid on the Turkish Flotilla to Gaza last May, the council expanded the boycott to include a ban on the purchase of English translations of Israeli books and the distribution of these books in public libraries throughout the council's jurisdiction. West Dunbartonshire was joined by the large Scottish city Dundee. . . Legal advisers instructed Dundee's mayor to refrain from legally enforcing the boycott in order...
  • Skeleton of Amazon warrior discovered

    05/26/2011 5:30:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies · 1+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 5-27-11 | Frank Urquhart
    THE discovery of the remains of an aristocratic Scottish "Amazon", killed in battle during the Wars of Independence, is set to rewrite the history books. Her skeleton was among the remains of five "high status" individuals - all of whom had suffered violent deaths - found beneath the paved floor of the "lost" Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle. The woman - simply known as "skeleton 539" - was a robust and muscular female, standing 5ft 4in tall. Archaeologists had previously suspected she had been a courtier at the Royal palace during the reign of Alexander 11. But detailed forensic tests...
  • Skeleton of Amazon warrior discovered

    05/26/2011 5:29:47 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 5-27-11 | Frank Urquhart
    THE discovery of the remains of an aristocratic Scottish "Amazon", killed in battle during the Wars of Independence, is set to rewrite the history books. Her skeleton was among the remains of five "high status" individuals - all of whom had suffered violent deaths - found beneath the paved floor of the "lost" Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle. The woman - simply known as "skeleton 539" - was a robust and muscular female, standing 5ft 4in tall. Archaeologists had previously suspected she had been a courtier at the Royal palace during the reign of Alexander 11. But detailed forensic tests...