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  • Rag And Bone Cup Dates To 300BC

    05/27/2008 3:21:27 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 144+ views
    Rag and bone cup dates to 300BC Last Updated: 9:40PM BST 27/05/2008 The grandson of a rag and bone man who acquired a small metal cup is in line for a windfall after discovering it is a pure gold vessel dating back to the third or fourth century BC. A rag and bone man gave his grandson the pure gold vessel, which is from the third or fourth century BC The piece could be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. The 5½ in cup, believed to be from the Achaemenid empire, has two female faces looking in opposite directions, their...
  • Palaeolithic remains show cannibalistic habits of human ancestors

    04/19/2015 4:41:17 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 34 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | April 16, 2015 | Natural History Museum
    Analysis of ancient cadavers recovered at a famous archaeological site confirm the existence of a sophisticated culture of butchering and carving human remains, according to a team of scientists from the Natural History Museum, University College London, and a number of Spanish universities.
  • The Mysterious End Of Essex Man (UK)

    01/23/2005 3:16:48 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 1,105+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-23-2005 | Robin McKie
    The mysterious end of Essex man Archaeologists now believe two groups of early humans fought for dominance in ancient Britain - and the axe-wielders won Robin McKie, science editor Sunday January 23, 2005 The Observer Divisions in British culture may be deeper than we thought. Scientists have discovered startling evidence that suggests different species of early humans may have fought to settle within our shores almost half a million years ago. They have found that two different groups - one wielding hand-axes, the other using Stone Age Stanley knives to slash and kill - could have been rivals for control...
  • When Did Humans Return After Last Ice Age? (UK)

    07/27/2009 12:18:42 PM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 527+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 27, 2009 | Unknown
    The Cheddar Gorge in Somerset was one of the first sites to be inhabited by humans when they returned to Britain near the end of the last Ice Age. According to new radio carbon dating by Oxford University researchers, outlined in the latest issue of Quaternary Science Review, humans were living in Gough's Cave 14,700 years ago.
  • Blind luck helps archer make one-in-a-million Robin Hood shot[Blind Archer]

    03/29/2008 4:12:30 PM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,452+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 27 Mar 2008 | Telegraph
    An archer has achieved a one-in-a-million feat of marksmanship after splitting one arrow with another. What makes the shot even more remarkable is that Tilly Trotter is blind. The 74-year-old grandmother pulled off the shot, known among archers as a "Robin Hood", at a practice session of the Wellington Bowmen in Somerset. Mrs Trotter, who has been an archer for two years at the invitation of granddaughter Charlotte, said: "The second arrow made such a noise going into the back of previous arrow I thought I had hit the ceiling or done some expensive damage. "Then I heard people jumping...
  • Agency for flooding that puts greater water parsnips and voles before local people (UK)

    02/08/2014 11:04:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:58 EST, 8 February 2014 | David Rose
    The Environment Agency put water voles, greater water parsnips, silver diving beetles and large marsh grasshoppers ahead of people in the flood-ravaged Somerset Levels, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. A 250-page agency document issued in 2008 shows that years of neglecting vital dredging which used to let water drain away much faster is part of a deliberate policy to increase flooding in the areas now worst affected.The policy was revealed as agency director of operations David Jordan angered residents yesterday by calling the flood defenses a “success story”. He said: “We need to recognize that 1.3 million other properties...
  • Pictures: Gold Treasure, Roman Coins Revealed in U.K.

    04/06/2011 11:27:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Published April 4, 2011 | Rachel Kaufman
    Fifty thousand Roman coins found in a field in Somerset, England, in 2010 (including the artifacts above) amount to the largest hoard of coins discovered in a single vessel—and the second largest hoard of ancient coins ever found in Britain, according to British Museum experts. The coins, along with recently discovered Iron Age gold jewelry—both found by amateur treasure hunters—will be acquired by museums, thanks to a series of grants and donations, officials recently announced. The coins will go to England's Museum of Somerset, which will put them on display after it reopens this summer. The haul, most of which...
  • UK treasure hunter finds 52,000 ancient Roman coins

    07/08/2010 11:14:24 AM PDT · by GeronL · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 6, 2010 | Robert Barr
    LONDON – A treasure hunter has found about 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest such discoveries ever in Britain, officials said Thursday. The hoard, which was valued at 3.3 million pounds ($5 million), includes hundreds of coins bearing the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who seized power in Britain and northern France in the late third century and proclaimed himself emperor.
  • Why Frome is still cashing in on the Romans

    12/13/2010 1:54:43 AM PST · by Islander7 · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | Dec 12, 2010 | Maev Kennedy
    Dave Crisp found treasure on a soggy ridge outside the Somerset town of Frome last April, and helped rewrite history. On a bitter winter afternoon, as he walks the frosty field again, he recalls one of the most heart-stoppingly exciting moments of his life. The 63-year-old ex-army man had discovered a scattering of Roman silver coins in the field. He came back a few days later with his detector, bought secondhand on eBay, to round up any remaining broken pieces. The signals were faint and confusing.
  • Guy With Metal Detector Finds $1 Million in Roman Coins

    07/10/2010 5:45:29 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | July 10, 2010 | Gizmodo
    Considering how thrilled I was just to find this story, I can only imagine the delirious, all-consuming excitement felt by Dave Crisp, a British hospital chef, when his metal detector uncovered this pot of 52,000 Roman coins.Crisp was lolling with his detector in a field in southwestern England when he made the discovery, eventually unearthing some 50,000 silver and bronze coins dating from 253 to 293 AD. Over 700 of them bear the face of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, a Roman general who ruled Britain and was the first to make coins in the region.Crisp, a self-described "metal detectorist," explained that...
  • Huge Roman coin find for hobbyist

    07/08/2010 5:15:35 AM PDT · by csvset · 33 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 8 July 2010 | Staff
    One of the largest ever finds of Roman coins in Britain has been made by a man using a metal detector. The hoard of more than 52,000 coins dating from the 3rd Century AD was found buried in a field near Frome in Somerset. The coins were found in a huge jar just over a foot (30cm) below the surface by Dave Crisp, from Devizes in Wiltshire. "I have made many finds over the years, but this is my first major coin hoard," he said. After his metal detector gave a "funny signal", Mr Crisp says he dug down 14in...
  • Navy christens USS Somerset, last of 3 ships named in honor of 9/11 terrorist attack sites

    07/28/2012 7:24:10 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 48 replies
    Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 28 July 2012 | Staff
    AVONDALE, La. — The USS Somerset — the last of three Navy ships named for 9/11 attack sites — was christened Saturday in honor of the passengers and crew of the plane that crashed before terrorists could reach their intended target. Passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 stormed the cockpit and thwarted an attack on Washington, but the plane crashed in Somerset County, Pa., killing all 40 passengers and crew members. “The men and women of Flight 93 ... thought they were going to San Francisco to work, to play, to learn; to live their lives in peace while others...
  • Earliest Directly-Dated Human Skull-Cups [ 14,700 BP ]

    01/07/2012 5:35:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Public Library of Science ^ | February 16, 2011 | Silvia M. Bello, Simon A. Parfitt, Chris B. Stringer
    Abstract Background The use of human braincases as drinking cups and containers has extensive historic and ethnographic documentation, but archaeological examples are extremely rare. In the Upper Palaeolithic of western Europe, cut-marked and broken human bones are widespread in the Magdalenian (~15 to 12,000 years BP) and skull-cup preparation is an element of this tradition. Principal Findings Here we describe the post-mortem processing of human heads at the Upper Palaeolithic site of Gough's Cave (Somerset, England) and identify a range of modifications associated with the production of skull-cups. New analyses of human remains from Gough's Cave demonstrate the skilled post-mortem...
  • Ancient Britons 'drank from skulls'

    02/16/2011 3:40:26 PM PST · by decimon · 45 replies
    BBC ^ | February 16, 2011 | Jonathan Amos
    Ancient Britons were not averse to using human skulls as drinking cups, skeletal remains unearthed in southwest England suggest. The braincases from three individuals were fashioned in such a meticulous way that their use as bowls to hold liquid seems the only reasonable explanation. The 14,700-year-old objects were discovered in Gough's Cave, Somerset. Scientists from London's Natural History Museum say the skull-cups were probably used in some kind of ritual. "If you look around the world there are examples of skull-cups in more recent times - in Tibetan culture, in Fiji in Oceania, and in India," said Dr Silvia Bello,...
  • Some Hunky Somerset Farmers Suggest You Try Their Yoghurt….

    10/11/2011 9:51:48 AM PDT · by sussex · 16 replies
    The Aged ^ | 11/10/11 | The Aged P
    Would you buy your organic yoghurt from one of these hunky Somerset farmers?
  • Virginia man had weapons cache, grenade launcher stashed in N.J. hotel room [Map of Ft. Drum]

    01/25/2010 8:01:01 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 126 replies · 5,260+ views
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | 1/25/10 | Star-Ledger Staff
    A Virginia man who once spent eight years on the run from naval investigators was arrested in Somerset County early today with a trove of high-powered weapons, including a grenade-launcher and two assault rifles, along with maps of a U.S. military base and a civilian neighborhood, authorities said. The federal government’s Joint Terrorism Task Force quickly joined the investigation into Lloyd R. Woodson, 43, who had been staying at a Branchburg motel since last week. Woodson, whose last known address was in Reston, Va., was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying one of the assault rifles — customized to shoot...
  • Navy marks start on 2nd warship memorializing 9/11

    12/11/2009 1:24:24 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies · 623+ views
    wgso,com radio ^ | Dec. 11, 2009 | unattributed
    <p>AVONDALE, La. (AP) - A ceremony steeped in shipbuilding tradition kicked off major construction Friday on a U.S. Navy assault vessel named in honor of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.</p> <p>It is the second of three new Navy ships named for the sites of the Sept. 11 attacks. The USS New York entered service last month and the Arlington, memorializing the strike on the Pentagon, is under construction.</p>
  • Democrats Caught Making Robocalls for 'Independent' Daggett

    11/02/2009 7:47:37 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies · 581+ views
    National Review ^ | Monday, November 02, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    This news breaks too late to make much of a difference, but it simply confirms what many have long suspected: that the Democrats have so much of a vested interest in independent Christopher Daggett splitting the anti-incumbent vote that they are putting resources into promoting him. The Democratic State Committee now admits paying for a robocall to Somerset County voters that slams Republican Chris Christie and promotes independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett. A Democratic spokeswoman says the party’s chairman, Joe Cryan, was not aware of the robocalls when he denied that the state committee had anything to do with them...
  • Obama will get no warning when the people's response to this crisis comes

    02/15/2009 6:41:27 PM PST · by NCjim · 77 replies · 4,338+ views
    On Friday, the day Congress passed the stimulus bill, more than 250 people arrived at the Holiday Inn in Somerset for a careers fair. There are scenes like this all over the country. In San Fransisco last week, queues for a similar fair went out of the door and around the block. In Miami last month, a thousand people waited in line, some overnight, for just 35 firefighter jobs. But New Jersey has not quite suffered like the rest of the country, and in Somerset the line of hopefuls is long but moves reasonably fast. For the most part, they...
  • Texas Teacher Arrested for Giving Topless Photo to Boy, 14

    11/20/2008 6:52:33 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 48 replies · 3,519+ views
    Fox ^ | 11/19/2008 | Fox
    SAN ANTONIO — A 27-year-old woman has been arrested on charges of distributing harmful material to a minor after a 14-year-old's parents found a topless photo of her on his cell phone. Victoria Ann Chacon, a former middle school teacher, allegedly met the boy at their church, where she was a Sunday school teacher. Authorities at Somerset Independent School District said they found no evidence of any inappropriate relationships with students; the 14-year-old attended school elsewhere.
  • 9/11 steel poured for USS Somerset (USS Arlington and USS New York almost ready to go!)

    08/21/2008 8:46:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 1,116+ views
    Tribune Democrat ^ | KIRK SWAUGER
    9/11 steel poured for USS SomersetBy KIRK SWAUGER Published: August 06, 2008 11:35 pm SOMERSET — The old draglines that towered above the reclaimed strip mine where Flight 93 crashed near Shanks-ville almost seven years ago are gone. But their symbolic significance to the day average Americans fought back against terror will not be lost. Twenty-two tons of steel from one of the large cranes was melted and poured Wednesday for the stemhold of the USS Somerset, a Navy vessel being constructed in honor of Flight 93’s passengers and crew. “We’re going to be cutting the water for that ship...
  • Roman mosaics found on Quantocks

    10/05/2006 7:47:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 441+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 4 October 2006 | bbc
    Archaeologists working on the Quantock Hills in Somerset have uncovered evidence of a substantial Roman villa with a mosaic floor in the main room. The findings are part of a six-year study carried out on six separate sites around the area. The dig team said the villa at Yarford is one of the most westerly villas with mosaic floors found in Roman Britain. It was subjected to three seasons of excavation but has since been buried again to protect it for the future. "If there is one villa, then the chances are that others will be found in due course."...
  • Westwood One Launches 'The Monica Crowley Show' (debuts Sat April 1st at Noon ET)

    03/28/2006 4:58:35 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 12 replies · 2,886+ views
    Westwood One Press Release ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Peter Sessa
    WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW --New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET-- Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 New York, NY Monday, Mar 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET. The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will...
  • Ice Age Engravings Found In Somerset (UK)

    08/18/2005 2:47:54 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 854+ views
    Ice Age engravings found in Somerset Press Association Thursday August 18, 2005 The Guardian (UK) A series of rare engravings, believed to date from the Mesolithic period, 10,000 years ago, have been discovered in a cave in Somerset. The three abstract squares, thought to have been made with stone tools, were found in Long Hole cave in Cheddar by the University of Bristol Speleological Society. The find follows the discover of ancient inscribed crosses at nearby Aveline's Hole cave in February this year. Experts have not been able to determine the meaning of the engravings yet, but say they are...
  • Quecreek Mine Accident Anniversary to Be Marked With Benefit Auction

    07/27/2005 2:41:46 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 14 replies · 450+ views ^ | July 26, 2005
    SOMERSET – A benefit auction will be held today, the third anniversary of the Quecreek mine accident in which nine miners became trapped and emerged some 77 hours later after a dramatic rescue that captured the world's attention. The auction will raise money to relocate the 126-year old Sipesville fire hall, which served as a refuge for the miners' families, to the site of the rescue. A $2.3 million, five-acre memorial is planned at the site, Bill and Lori Arnold's Dormel Farms. The Quecreek Mine Rescue Memorial is being billed by organizers as the largest permanent tribute to America's rescue...
  • Ancient Engravings Found In Somerset Cave

    02/08/2005 5:29:13 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 645+ views
    Ancient engravings found in Somerset cave [07 February 2005] Two members of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society have discovered an engraving in a cave in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, which may be at least 10,000 years old. Graham Mullan and Linda Wilson, who have spent much of the last ten years studying Palaeolithic cave art, recently began a systematic search of caves in southern Britain in the belief that such works in this country would not simply be confined to those found at Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire. The first results of this study are a series of inscribed crosses found...
  • 9/11 report: Flight 93 crashed as passengers stormed cockpit

    07/22/2004 1:18:43 PM PDT · by pittsburgh gop guy · 126 replies · 5,976+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Thursday, July 22, 2004 | Dennis Roddy
    The hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 tried repeatedly to fend off passengers storming the cockpit in the final minutes before one of the hijackers, Ziad Jarrah, shouted “Allah is the greatest” and nosed the plane into a field in Somerset County, according to the final report of the September 11 commission. The report includes a transcript of conversation captured by the cockpit voice recorder on the hijacked jetliner that shows the uprising started at 9:57 a.m. Sept. 11 after passengers onboard learned through cell phone conversations with family members that three other hijacked planes had been flown into buildings...
  • 24 Hurt in British Suspected Acid Attack

    12/15/2003 7:26:18 AM PST · by nypokerface · 4 replies · 185+ views
    AP ^ | 12/15/03
    LONDON - Two dozen people suffered burns to their faces, hands and arms in a suspected acid attack at a pub in Bristol, southwestern England, police said Monday. Officers arrested a 25-year-old woman, who was injured in the early Sunday morning incident, in connection with the incident, Avon and Somerset Police said. A police spokesman said it appeared that a "corrosive substance" was thrown on 24 people. The victims received treatment at two hospitals, and most were later released. Police gave no further details.
  • {Drug Dealer Kenneth} White Convicted in Sheriff's Slaying

    11/13/2003 6:34:19 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 129+ views
    Lexington, KY, Herald-Leader ^ | 11-13-03 | Estep, Bill
    White convicted in sheriff's slaying Death sentence to be sought for drug dealer By Bill Estep SOUTH-CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU SOMERSET - A drug dealer looking to install an ally as the county's top cop helped plan the stunning assassination of Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron, a jury ruled yesterday. Today, the prosecutor will seek a death sentence for Kenneth White. After four days of testimony, the jury of eight women and four men deliberated less than an hour yesterday before convicting White, 56, of complicity to murder Catron. Lewis Catron, brother of the slain sheriff, pumped an emphatic thumbs-up. During...
  • Someset County: America's County

    09/15/2002 8:42:28 AM PDT · by LadyDoc · 1 replies · 192+ views
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | 9-11-02 | Joseph Sabino Mistick
    <p>SOMERSET - Whether we needed boundless love and kindness in the face of the unthinkable tragedy of Flight 93 or the rock-solid faith that seems to actually have caused a miracle to happen at Quecreek Mine, Americans have found both in the gentle hills of this usually quiet community.</p>
  • Danger or hoax? 'TMI cooler' is seized in Somerset

    09/09/2002 5:52:37 PM PDT · by itsnevertoolate · 24 replies · 280+ views
    Lancaster New ERA | Monday, September 9, 2002 | Janet Kelley
    A suspicious cooler left near the Somerset County crash site of Flight 93 Sunday night has sent state police and federal investigators into a spin.What made the cooler questionable, police said, were the several containers inside labeled "Three Mile Island," as well as a radiation detection card that had apparently been stolen from the nuclear power plant's visitors' center.Whether it is a bad practical joke or something sinister, officials don't know yet.But with the president's visit just days away, police are not taking any chances, and certainly are not taking the incident lightly.As of late this morning, state police, along...
  • 'All Nine Alive!' [Extended 10-chapter online description of Quecreek rescue]

    08/05/2002 5:48:58 AM PDT · by sanchmo · 6 replies · 590+ views
  • Rescued Pa. Miners Recount Ordeal

    07/28/2002 3:54:45 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 6 replies · 302+ views
    SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — The nine coal miners who were rescued from a cramped, flooded shaft Sunday decided early in their 77-hour ordeal that they would ``live or die as a group,'' tying themselves together so all their bodies would be found if they drowned. They also scrawled last messages to loved ones as they huddled together to keep warm 240 feet below the Earth's surface. ``I didn't think I was going to see my wife and kids again,'' a teary-eyed Blaine Mayhugh told reporters, hours after being pulled out of the Quecreek Mine in western Pennsylvania. He, his father-in-law...