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  • Man shot in face in Oxnard; green SUV sought

    09/16/2012 7:13:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    KABC) ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2012
    OXNARD, Calif. Oxnard police officers were called about 10 p.m. Tuesday by a report of a shooting victim in the street. The 23-year-old Hispanic male victim was shot once in the face. A suspect allegedly followed the victim in a green SUV to the location near Charles and Clara streets, where he confronted the victim, according to police. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male about 19 or 20 years old, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds, with a shaved head, wearing a black and gray flannel shirt. The victim was hospitalized at Ventura...
  • Stowaway cat survives 10 hour trip in owners suitcase for trip to Disneyland

    09/15/2012 11:16:52 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 14th September, 2012
    Bob-bob the sly moggie decided that he was not about to let his owner go to the Happiest Place on Earth without him and so slipped into her suitcase ready for the ten hour journey. Ethel Maze from Ohio didn't realise that she was in fact harbouring her pet in her luggage and despite the bag being screened at Port Columbus International Airport it wasn't until she checked into her hotel room and unzipped her bag that she noticed the black cat tucked into her belongings. The 14-month old kitty appeared to be shaken from the long-haul flight, however soon...
  • Painted Roman tomb found in Corinth

    09/15/2012 7:49:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | September 2012 | Central Archaeological Council
    A Roman period tomb containing vivid murals was found in January 2012 during excavation work on the new highway between Corinth-Patras in Greece, according to a report in To BHMA newspaper... The underground chamber tomb has been dated stylistically to the 3rd century CE and measures 2.40 x 2.30 metres internally. The roof, which has been partially damaged is barrel vaulted. There are two decorated sarcophagi, one of which is not well preserved, but the other contains a picture of a beautiful young woman lying on a bed. Within the sarcophagus were two urns, one of which contained a female...
  • Roman military camp dating back to the conquest of Gaul throws light on a part of world history

    09/15/2012 7:36:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Institute of Pre- and Protohistory ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Dr. Sabine Hornung
    In the vicinity of Hermeskeil, a small town some 30 kilometers southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have confirmed the location of the oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany to date. These findings shed new light on the Roman conquest of Gaul. The camp was presumably built during Julius Caesars’ Gallic War in the late 50s B.C. Nearby lies a late Celtic settlement with monumental fortifications known as the "Hunnenring" or "Circle of the Huns," which functioned as one of the...
  • Mexican Experts Explore Tomb of Presumed 5th-Century Mayan Leader

    09/15/2012 7:18:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    foxnewslatino ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | EFE
    Mexican experts entered for the first time a 1,500-year-old funerary chamber in Palenque believed to contain the remains of one of the first rulers of this Mayan city... K'uk Bahlam I, who came to power in 431 A.D. and founded the dynasty to which the famed Mayan ruler Pakal belonged. The royal tomb, discovered 13 years ago inside Temple 20 of this archaeological zone in the southern state of Chiapas, is at least two centuries older than the tomb of Pakal, discovered 50 years ago at the same site... "As for dates, we're looking at the birth of the Palenque...
  • Archaeological research into funeral rituals at Baelo Claudia

    09/15/2012 7:13:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | September 2012 | Asociacion RUVID
    Set in the current municipality of Tarifa (Cadiz) and opposite the Moroccan coast, Baelo Claudia is one of the best preserved Roman cities in Spain. Declared a National Historic Monument in 1925, the once prosperous city was founded in the late 2nd century BC... The archaeological work conducted at the site since the early twentieth century has uncovered what is probably the best preserved city from the high imperial Roman period of the Iberian Peninsula, though many elements link it to the Mauritanian-Punic African world, especially visible in certain architectural and structural features of the forum and the temple area....
  • ‘Stay Away From Seattle Day’ marks Emerald City’s anti-love letter to the nation

    09/15/2012 2:35:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Pacific Northwest residents are well regarded as some of the friendliest folks in the nation. But that doesn't necessarily mean they want visiting guests to stay forever. To that end, some of the city's 3.4 million residents will be celebrating "Stay Away From Seattle Day" on Sept. 16.
  • Mammoth fragments raise cloning hopes

    09/15/2012 11:44:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | AP
    Well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments have been discovered deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a tad closer to the possibility of cloning a prehistoric animal, the mission's organiser has said. Russia's North-Eastern Federal University said an international team of researchers had discovered mammoth hair, soft tissues and bone marrow some 328 feet (100 meters) underground during a summer expedition in the northeastern province of Yakutia. Expedition chief Semyon Grigoryev said Korean scientists with the team had set a goal of finding living cells in the hope of cloning a mammoth. Scientists have previously found bones and fragments...
  • Older bikers opt for third wheel

    09/15/2012 7:32:11 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 14, 2012
    MOUNT AIRY, N.C., - Three-wheeled motorcycle riders at the National East Coast Trike-In in North Carolina said the extra wheel can be beneficial to aging bikers. Grady Howard, 74, who said he began riding motorcycles about 50 years ago with his wife, Barbara, said during the Labor Day weekend event in Mount Airy he was forced to switch to the three-wheeled design due to leg aches and other health issues, The New York Times reported Friday. "I told my wife it was either trike it or park it," Howard said. "And she said, 'Trike it.'" Industry experts told the Times...
  • Big Billy Kinder Outdoors 9/15/12

    09/15/2012 4:23:09 AM PDT · by mylife · 13 replies
    Big Billy Kinder Outdoors ^ | 9/15/12 | Billy Kinder
    Big Billy Kinder Outdoors is ON THE AIR, Saturdays, 5:00am to 6:00am on WBAP, our Flagship station, AND...a Growing NETWORK OF STATIONS! Grab your coffee and join Big Billy Kinder at 5:00am Saturday mornings! We invite you to come into the camp-house for an hour of outdoor talk that will get your weekend going. Weekly, you will enjoy Big Billy and other Pro Staff, WFAA, Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus, and Dallas Morning News, Columnist, Ray Sasser PLUS invited special celebrity guests. See you in the camp THIS Saturday!
  • London mansion on sale for record asking price of nearly $500M

    09/13/2012 5:01:22 PM PDT · by workerbee · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/13/12
    A London mansion believed to be adorned with millions of dollars worth of gold leaf decoration is on the market for a record asking price of $483 million. The 60,000-square-foot home, once was owned by late Lebanon Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, contains 45 bedrooms, underground parking, a swimming pool and possibly bulletproof windows, according to the Telegraph.
  • Josh Sankey Will Travel Across America Using Only Bacon as Money

    09/12/2012 12:11:54 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 50 replies
    FoodBeat.com ^ | September 12, 2012 | Angela Ayles
    Well this brings a whole new meaning to the term bringing home the bacon. Actor Josh Sankey has been hand-selected by Oscar Mayer to embark on a journey unlike any other where he will be required to travel to 12 American cities using only Oscar Mayer bacon as money. Sankey’s journey will conclude in Los Angeles on September 23, 2012 if everything goes to plan. The actor/comedian will have 3,000 pounds of the company’s new, thick bacon which they insist is “worth its weight in gold” but will have no form of currency, including credit cards, debit cards, cash or...
  • Tutankhamun's death and the birth of monotheism

    09/10/2012 6:16:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 5 September 2012 | Jessica Hamzelou
    ...says Hutan Ashrafian, a surgeon with an interest in medical history at Imperial College London. Tutankhamun died young with a feminised physique, and so did his immediate predecessors. Paintings and sculptures show that Smenkhkare, an enigmatic pharaoh who may have been Tutankhamun's uncle or older brother, and Akhenaten, thought to have been the boy king's father, both had feminised figures, with unusually large breasts and wide hips. Two pharaohs that came before Akhenaten -- Amenhotep III and Tuthmosis IV -- seem to have had similar physiques. All of these kings died young and mysteriously, says Ashrafian. "There are so many...
  • Early Cannibalism Tied to Territorial Defense?

    09/10/2012 6:08:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Smithsonian 'blogs ^ | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Erin Wayman
    The earliest known instance of cannibalism among hominids occurred roughly 800,000 years ago. The victims, mainly children, may have been eaten as part of a strategy to defend territories against neighbors, researchers report online in the Journal of Human Evolution. The new study shows how anthropologists use the behavior of modern humans and primates to make inferences about what hominids did in the past -- and demonstrates the limitations of such comparisons. The cannibalism in question was discovered in the Gran Dolina cave site of Spain's Atapuerca Mountains. Eudald Carbonell of the University of Rovira and Virgili in Spain and...
  • Buried but found: First images of a lost Roman town

    09/10/2012 6:02:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | U of Cambridge
    Originally founded as a Roman colony in the 4th century BCE, the site of Interamna Lirenas lies in the Liri Valley in Southern Lazio, about 50 miles south of Rome itself. After it was abandoned around the year 500 CE, it was scavenged for building materials and, over time, its remains were completely lost from view. Today, the site is an uninterrupted stretch of farmland, with no recognisable archaeological features. Now, researchers have successfully produced the first images of the ancient site, using geophysical methods that allowed them to look beneath the surface of the earth and map the layout...
  • Runaway Jack Russell found 50 miles from home after train ride to London [w/video]

    09/09/2012 9:42:42 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 9 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 29th August, 2012 | Mark Molloy
    A runaway dog was lucky to escape a penalty fare fine after embarking on a 50 mile train journey to London without a ticket. Roving Jack Russell Frankie staged an early morning breakout from his Kent home last week before travelling over two miles to catch a 6:56am service to King's Cross from Gravesend Station. The tenacious terrier was captured on CCTV waiting on the platform for the rush hour train before calmly hopping onto a carriage. Bemused commuters watched the crafty mutt scurrying up the aisle of the train before finally settling for a seat by a window. The...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Exodus"

    09/09/2012 1:28:45 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 40 replies
    You Tube ^ | Leon Uris
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySvaWWYGbq0&feature=BFa&list=PLDEE4D91A6D15D8DA
  • Vanity - Feedback on north Dallas area

    09/09/2012 1:27:37 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 65 replies
    N.A. | 09/09/2012 | self
    A year ago my MIL passed away in Los Angeles, and my wife and I have been here in LA dealing with the estate issues. Our home in WA is leased out, and we're about to put my MIL's Los Angeles house on the market. We want to get out of L.A., and since my wife never adjusted to the rain of the Pacific Northwest, we're looking for a new place to live that doesn't have 9 months a year of dreary rain. Texas seems to fit the bill for weather (we plan to have a pool), and is more...
  • Ugly American Cars (My Vanity Rant)

    09/09/2012 9:23:53 AM PDT · by count-your-change · 183 replies
    count-your-change | 9/9/2012 | count-your-change
    It's that time of year. The auto dealers face a wave of 2013 vehicles and must clear out the 2012 models to make room and avoid the inventory tax where it exists. Pretty much the same as last year and if you're in the market for a car you might be able to strike a good deal for brand new one year old car. But one thing you might have trouble finding is an American auto that is NOT just plain ugly. Ugly and uninspired, ugly and bland, ugly and really ugly seems to be the rule. I offer in...
  • Shipwreck in 'exceptional' condition discovered by archaeologists in France

    09/08/2012 9:36:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Le Monde via Guardian Weekly ^ | Tuesday 4 September 2012 | Stéphane Foucart
    It looks like the rib cage of a large marine mammal, whose bones turned black as it was fossilised. The wreck was discovered in May during a dig in Antibes, on the French Riviera, prior to construction of a car park on the site of the Roman port of Antipolis. Archaeologists have gradually uncovered a 15-metre length of hull and structural timbers, in "exceptional" condition, according to Giulia Boetto, a specialist in ship design at Aix-Marseille University who is involved in the dig. Saw and adze marks are still visible on the wood. Luckily the ground in which it was...
  • Land near Petra was a green oasis in the past

    09/08/2012 9:30:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | September 2012 | unattributed
    About 15 km to the east of the ancient city of Petra, archaeologists from the University of Leiden have discovered an impressive network of ancient water conservation measures and irrigated field systems... In Antiquity, an ingenious system of underground canals, hacked out of the limestone bedrock, in addition to specially built aqueducts and reservoirs with capacities of millions of litres of water, transformed this marginal region into a complex man-made landscape. This is a fantastic example of ancient water-management technology, constructed to irrigate the surrounding terraced field systems... It is possible that parts of this agricultural system -- which was...
  • 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...
  • Texas toll road getting 85 mph speed limit

    09/07/2012 4:30:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 95 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 7, 2012
    MUSTANG RIDGE, Texas, - Before long, a stretch of Texas toll road will have the nation's highest speed limit -- 85 mph. Motorists desiring to zip along at that speed legally will only be able to do it about 29 minutes at a time, however. That's how long it will take to traverse the 41-mile section of Texas 130 between Mustang Ridge near Austin to Seguin going 85 mph. The speed limit approved by the Texas Transportation Commission goes into effect when the toll road is completed, which is expected to be Nov. 11, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. The...
  • Putin leads young Siberian cranes in flight

    09/07/2012 10:43:42 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    YahooNews ^ | Sep 6, 2012 | staff reporter
    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Vladimir Putin flew on a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia's action-man, animal-loving president that was tarnished by reports that endangered chicks had died while scientists were setting up the trip. Dressed in a white costume meant to imitate an adult crane, Putin was taking part in a project to teach the endangered birds who were raised in captivity to follow the aircraft on their southern migration to Central Asia. Putin has charmed many Russians while disgusting others with his feats, starting from...
  • Cops Corral Cows Off Route 2; One Animal Wounded

    09/06/2012 7:27:53 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 11 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | September 5, 2012 | CHRISTINE DEMPSEY and SAMAIA HERNANDEZ,
    COLCHESTER — State troopers herded two stray cows away from Route 2 on Wednesday, and one of the animals may have suffered a gunshot wound. The troopers had guns drawn, and as they tried to keep the cows off the highway, a Fox CT crew heard a gunshot. A wounded steer was taken to Nine Brothers Farm in Preston, where manager Adam Collins said he planned to keep an eye on it overnight Wednesday. "It's never a good thing to have a hole in your head," Collins said. "Either way, it's going to need a vet if it doesn't get...
  • Train passenger sues for 'moral suffering'

    09/05/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 5 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 4, 2012
    KRASNOYARSK, Russia, - A Russian court awarded $230 in compensation to a man who complained of "moral suffering" from having to listen to fellow train passengers use profanity. The plaintiff, whose name was not released, successfully sued commuter rail operator Krasprigorod in a Krasnoyarsk court, claiming "physical and moral suffering" as a result of being stuck for two hours in a train station Oct. 31, 2010, when he was unable to make his way through the crowded station to board his train, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday. The man said his "suffering" included trouble breathing, having his feet stepped on, being...
  • Neighbor calls police after boy's science project lands in his driveway

    09/04/2012 1:11:02 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    Yahoo via 105.5 fm ^ | September 4, 2012 | Ron Recinto
    A middle schooler's science project was so alarming to a Manchester, N.H., man that he called police after the contraption landed on his driveway. Eighth-grader Jack Miron of nearby Walton, N.H., had a grand idea for a science project. The Pine Hill Waldorf student rigged a box that included a video camera, weather recording equipment, flags and a beeping device onto a weather balloon, WMUR reports. He and his mother launched it from Bedford, N.H., to see what it could record.
  • Cross country train trip

    09/04/2012 3:13:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    vanity ^ | 9-4-12 | self
    As some of you may know, I've been dealing with the needs of my 99 year old mom this summer. She fell in May and broke her leg. Her recovery has been remarkable, but it is not possible for her to remain at her home alone any longer, and we have moved her into "assisted living". We found a very nice facility where we moved her during the past 2 weeks. The problem is that she is in California, where she wants to remain, and we are in Wisconsin, where we need to remain to run our business. We are...
  • Late Roman Shipwreck on Spanish Chapel

    09/03/2012 7:54:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology ^ | by 2009 | Tony Marciniec
    Just off the west coast of the Bodrum peninsula, southwest of an island called Yassiada, there is a submerged reef appropriately referred to by some as The Ship Trap. About A.D. 626, in the reign of Emperor Heraclius, when the Persians and the Avars were laying siege to Constantinople, the capital of the East Roman Empire, the reef claimed another victim, a small ship bearing in its hold a cargo of nearly a thousand wine amphorae. For more than thirteen centuries the shipwreck lay on the seabed until it was discovered by Kemal Aras, a Turkish diver, who then showed...
  • Berlin marks 100 years of discovering Nefertiti

    09/03/2012 7:30:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | August 30, 2012 | Agence France-Presse
    Berlin's Egyptian Museum has said that it will celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the 3,400-year-old fabled bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti amid an ongoing feud with Cairo over its ownership. The museum said it would open an exhibition on Dec. 6 honoring the famous sculpture and other jewels of the Amarna period in its collection on the German capital's Museum Island. On the same day in 1912, the bust was unearthed by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt. "The exhibition focuses on never-before-seen discoveries from the collections of the Berlin museum, supplemented by loans from other museums abroad," it said,...
  • Headless statues unearthed in Aphrodisias excavations

    09/03/2012 7:00:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Anatolia News Agency
    The two big headless statues have been found at the ancient city of Aphrodisias. The ongoing excavation works at one of Turkey's most important archaeological sites, the Karacasu Aphrodisias Ancient City, have revealed two headless statues. According to information provided by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, one of the statues is in 1.76 meters in height and the other is 1.68 meters. One of the statues holds a roll in its left hand and its right hand is on its chest. There is a pack of documents behind its left foot, but the fingers and head are broken. The second...
  • Two Iron Age Sites Discovered in Finland

    09/03/2012 6:21:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, September 6, 2012 | unattributed
    In the autumn of 2010, local amateur archaeologists discovered a large harbor, dating from around 1000-1200 AD, in Ahvenkoski village, at the mouth of western branch of the Kymijoki River in Finland. The findings included a smithy, a iron smelting furnace, forceps, as well as hundreds of iron objects such as boat rivets, similar to those found at Viking settlements in different parts of the Baltic, Scandinavia, Scotland and Iceland. More recently, in August of 2012 and in the same area, a 2 x 3 meter wide late Viking Age or Crusade period cremation grave was uncovered. Artifacts included a...
  • Archaeologists unearth ruins of 1,500-year-old Jewish town in southern Israel

    09/03/2012 6:06:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Sunday, September 2, 2012 | Matti Friedman
    The remains of two Jewish ritual baths and two public buildings were uncovered in a salvage dig ahead of the paving of a new section of Israel’s Highway 6, a north-south toll road eventually slated to run much of the length of the country. Both of the public buildings feature raised platforms along the walls facing Jerusalem, archaeologists say -- a trademark feature of Jewish houses of prayer... The existence of the town was known to scholars from archaeological surveys, but the findings show it was more substantial than had been previously thought, Nir Shimshon-Paran, the dig director, told The...
  • A Resting Place For Hunting Hounds In Alabama

    09/03/2012 12:46:04 PM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | 03 Sept 2012 | Debbie Elliot
    Seventy-five years ago, Key Underwood and his raccoon-hunting dog Troop had a connection. Years of training and a deep relationship make human and canine a seamless hunting unit. The two can share a special bond. So when old Troop died, Underwood buried him on the crest of a hill hidden away in the lush countryside near Cherokee, Ala. It was Underwood's favorite hunting spot. He marked the grave with an old chimney stone he chiseled with a hammer and screwdriver. That was the start of Coon Dog Cemetery, according to Franky Hatton, who hunts in this area with his Bluetick...
  • Airline gadfly has Delta in his sights

    09/02/2012 10:50:50 AM PDT · by rawhide · 23 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 9-2-12 | Kelly Yamanouchi
    Most travelers who are told they must pay an airline fee for some extra service just sigh, pay up and shrug their shoulders. They might complain to a friend, then forget about it. Not Donald Pevsner. Pevsner, a consumer advocate, retired attorney and former Concorde tour operator, has for decades filed petitions with the federal government challenging rules, fees and anything else that strikes him as unjust. “I like tilting windmills at the people that deserve being tilted at,” he said. “And the airline industry deserves it in spades.” Now in his sights: Delta Air Lines. Most recently, the Atlanta-based...
  • Awesome commercial

    09/01/2012 5:01:37 AM PDT · by stuartcr · 12 replies
    Shangri-La Resorts
    Really good commercial. If you like critters, it will make you feel good.
  • Turkey Lobbies Museums Around World to Return Artifacts

    08/31/2012 7:11:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Friday, August 31, 2012 | Dorian Jones
    Turkey is following an increasingly aggressive policy of getting top museums around the world to return its heritage. Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay says that in the last decade, more than 4,000 artifacts had been brought back to Turkey from world museums and collections... Gunay says when you visit the world's big museums in the US, England, France, Germany, you see that most of the precious artifacts came from Turkey, Italy, Egypt and Greece. Some of these, he says, were looted, and he is fighting to get back historical artifacts that went to the big museums of the...
  • The Greek Crisis: Palaeoanthropology and Archaeology

    08/31/2012 6:42:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Heritage Daily.com ^ | August 29, 2012 | Charles t. g. Clarke
    Greece has been in the grip of a financial crisis for the last few years now and Greek heritage sites are hit the worst. There is however, an unseen, less well known crisis and it involves Greek palaeoanthropology -- the study of hominin evolution. It is not so much a crisis as a metaphorical drought of artefacts and fossil evidence, which remains the best way to understand human evolution in Greece. An understanding of tectonic activity and the ever changing relationship between the Aegean Sea and mainland Greece are crucial to understanding why so little Lower Palaeolithic Hominin material has...
  • While digging a highway, Israeli archeologists find two figurines from the New Stone Age

    08/31/2012 6:33:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Art Daily ^ | Saturday, September 1, 2012 | unattributed
    Two figurines from the New Stone Age (Pre-Pottery Neolithic B) were discovered in excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is currently conducting at the Tel Moza archaeological site, prior to work being carried out on the new Highway 1 from Sha'ar HaGai to Jerusalem by the National Roads Company. According to Anna Eirikh and Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily, directors of the excavation at the site on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "The figurines, which are 9,000-9,500 years old, were found near a large round building whose foundations were built of fieldstones and upper parts of the walls were apparently made of...
  • Roman Gask Project archaeologists look to uncover Stracathro site's secrets

    08/31/2012 6:27:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Courier UK ^ | August 28, 2012 | Graeme Bletcher
    A team of archaeologists has arrived in Angus to survey the world's most northerly Roman fort. Directors of The Roman Gask Project, Dr David Woolliscroft and Dr Birgitta Hoffmann, are at the ancient site near Stracathro, which was part of a line of Scottish watchtowers believed to be the oldest Roman frontier. Despite being discovered from the air almost 50 years ago, little is known about the structure of the fort near Brechin, which makes up part of the Gask Ridge frontier system. Assisted by volunteers from Liverpool University, the experts will use non-invasive survey techniques such as magnetometry and...
  • Bulgarian archaeologist discover necropolis of ancient Apollonia in Sozopol

    08/31/2012 6:22:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    FOCUS News Agency ^ | 29 August 2012 | unattributed
    Bulgarian archaeologists discovered a necropolis of ancient Apollonia in the coastal town of Sozopol, Director of the Museum of History in Sozopol Dimitar Nedev announced for FOCUS News Agency. In Nedev's words, the burial was found in the northern part of the narthex of the three-naved basilica under the levels of the two churches. "The situation is the following: two churches -- one from VI and another from the VII century, with equal period of construction, and another one of the X century, existing until XVII century. In the outlines of the northern part of the narthex, we found the...
  • Pictures: Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple

    08/31/2012 6:18:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    National Geographic ^ | August 2012 | A.R. Williams
    Sixteen feet (five meters) below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of 1,789 bones from children, teenagers, and adults along with the complete skeleton of a young woman. The burial, dating to the 1480s, lies at the foot of the main temple in the sacred ceremonial precinct of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, founded by the Aztecs in 1325. The Aztecs dominated central Mexico until falling to Spanish conquistadores in 1521. Although several burials with multiple remains have been uncovered previously in this precinct, this is the first that includes human bones from such a wide span...
  • Third 5,000-year-old figurine found at Orkney dig

    08/31/2012 6:15:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | August 2012 | unattributed
    A third 5,000-year-old hand-carved figurine has been discovered during excavations on Orkney. Archaeologists had previously unearthed two ancient figurines in 2009 and 2010 at the dig at Links of Noltland in Westray. All three will go on display at the Westray Heritage Centre. Alasdair McVicar, chair of the Westray Heritage Trust, said: "The discovery of these figurines has really put Westray and the heritage centre on the map." Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "There was understandable excitement when the first figurine, believed to be the earliest artistic representation of the human form ever found in the UK, was found in...
  • Lake Elmo motorcyclist sets electric-bike speed record

    08/29/2012 3:52:07 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-26-12 | Mary Divine
    The unofficial results from the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah are in, and it looks like Kevin Clemens has set a new world record for electric motorcycles. Clemens, of Lake Elmo, hit 78.4 mph on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The world record won't be official until it is ratified by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme. Clemens last year set the national land-speed record for electric motorcycles -- 61.538 mph -- at Bonneville
  • Freeper Picnic September 15-16

    08/28/2012 4:41:09 PM PDT · by Utah Binger · 113 replies
    The Thunderbird Foundation ^ | 8/28/2012 | Utah Binger
    Annual Freeper Picnic in southern Utah Photograph by David Michaels NBC Sports, and producer of the Olympics.
  • Emperor Caligula Gold Coin Found Underwater Near Cyprus

    08/27/2012 7:05:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Greek Reporter (Source: onair24) ^ | August 21, 2012 | Marianna Tsatsou
    A significant archaeological finding, a gold coin, has been reported discovered underwater in the area between Limassol and Larnaca by a local amateur fisherman. According to Cypriot authorities, the coin is of great value. Cypriot media reported that it dates back to the first century A.D. and depicts the third Roman emperor called Caligula, well-known for his fierce and brutal policy during his reign. On this coin, Caligula is sacrificing an animal before the Temple of Augustus, which is constituted by six pillars. Many coins of the same age have been found over the course of time, but this one...
  • Neolithic Man: The First Lumberjack?

    08/27/2012 3:38:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Terra Daily ^ | Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | Staff Writers
    The use of functional tools in relation to woodworking over the course of the Neolithic period has not been studied in detail until now. Through their work at the archaeological site of Motza, a neighbourhood in the Judean Hills, Dr. Barkai and his fellow researchers, Prof. Rick Yerkes of Ohio State University and Dr. Hamudi Khalaily of the Israel Antiquity Authority, have unearthed evidence that increasing sophistication in terms of carpentry tools corresponds with increased agriculture and permanent settlements. The early part of the Neolithic age is divided into two distinct eras - Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) and Pre-Pottery Neolithic...
  • Ancient poem deifies wife of brutal Roman emperor Nero

    08/26/2012 8:21:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/23/2012 | Owen Jarus
    A just-deciphered ancient Greek poem discovered in Egypt deifies Poppaea Sabina, the wife of the infamous Roman emperor Nero, showing her ascending to the stars. Based on the lettering styles and other factors, scholars think the poem was written nearly 200 years after Nero died (about 1,800 years ago), leaving them puzzled as to why someone so far away from Rome would bother composing or copying it at such a late date. In the poem, Poppaea ascends to heaven and becomes a goddess. The ancient goddess Aphrodite says to Poppaea, "my child, stop crying and hurry up: with all their...
  • Lao skull earliest example of modern human fossil in Southeast Asia

    08/22/2012 5:41:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Monday, August 20, 2012 | U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    An ancient skull recovered from a cave in the Annamite Mountains in northern Laos is the oldest modern human fossil found in Southeast Asia, researchers report. The discovery pushes back the clock on modern human migration through the region by as much as 20,000 years and indicates that ancient wanderers out of Africa left the coast and inhabited diverse habitats much earlier than previously appreciated. The team described its finding in a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists, who found the skull in 2009, were likely the first to dig for ancient bones in Laos...
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