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  • Mexican archaeologists discover the tomb of a pre-hispanic governor in Copalita

    10/12/2012 7:40:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Art Daily ^ | Saturday, October 13, 2012 | translator Cristina Perez Ayala
    The sepulcher of an individual that (possibly) governed a place known today as Bocana del Río Copalita in Huatulco, Oaxaca, 1300 years ago, was discovered by investigators of the ceremonial area of this archaeological site. Here another 38 burials were found, some of which were individuals whom they believe part of the elite. ...archaeologists found a sepulcher made with masonry's stone blocks of about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) high and 1 meter (3.28 feet) wide. The sepulcher contained the skeleton of an individual, presumably of the male sex who was between 20 and 23 years old at death... estimated to...
  • Mysterious Elk-Shaped Structure Discovered in Russia

    10/12/2012 7:13:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Owen Jarus
    A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru's famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years. The animal-shaped stone structure, located near Lake Zjuratkul in the Ural Mountains, north of Kazakhstan, has an elongated muzzle, four legs and two antlers. A historical Google Earth satellite image from 2007 shows what may be a tail, but this is less clear in more recent imagery. Excluding the possible tail, the animal stretches for about 900 feet (275 meters) at its farthest points (northwest to southeast), the researchers estimate, equivalent to two American football fields....
  • World's most mysterious buildings

    10/11/2012 5:03:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Yahoo! Travel ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Adam H. Graham
    Mysteries come in many forms: ancient, modern, unsolved, and unexplained. But the world's most mysterious buildings are a physical force to be reckoned with. They've become popularized on websites full of user-generated and editor-curated like,, and, an exhaustive database of the unusual. "In an age where it sometimes seems like there's nothing left to discover, our site is for people who still believe in exploration," says cofounder Joshua Foer. Our definition of mysterious is broad and varied. Some buildings on our list are being eaten alive by the earth, such as a lava-buried church in the...
  • Complex Brains Existed 520 Million Years Ago in Cockroach Relative

    10/11/2012 4:22:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Scientific American 'blogs ^ | October 10, 2012 | Katherine Harmon
    Cockroaches and other insects belong to a group called the arthropods, which arose some 540 million years ago. A new Chinese fossil is yielding new insights into how the arthropod brain evolved and shows that within the first 20 million years of the group's emergence, the arthropod brain had already become surprisingly advanced. The new findings are based on a three-inch-long fossil arthropod known as Fuxianhuia protensa, found in what is now China's Yunnan Province and were described online October 10 in Nature (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group)... Fuxianhuia's body is understandably primitive, which is par for...
  • CSIC researchers find the exact spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed

    10/10/2012 8:46:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | CSIC Comunicación
    A concrete structure of three meters wide and over two meters high, placed by order of Augustus (adoptive son and successor of Julius Caesar) to condemn the assassination of his father, has given the key to the scientists. This finding confirms that the General was stabbed right at the bottom of the Curia of Pompey while he was presiding, sitting on a chair, over a meeting of the Senate. Currently, the remains of this building are located in the archaeological area of Torre Argentina, right in the historic centre of the Roman capital... Classical sources refer to the closure (years...
  • DNA has a 521-year half-life

    10/10/2012 8:32:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 181 replies
    Nature ^ | Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | Matt Kaplan
    By comparing the specimens' ages and degrees of DNA degradation, the researchers calculated that DNA has a half-life of 521 years. That means that after 521 years, half of the bonds between nucleotides in the backbone of a sample would have broken; after another 521 years half of the remaining bonds would have gone; and so on. The team predicts that even in a bone at an ideal preservation temperature of -5 °C, effectively every bond would be destroyed after a maximum of 6.8 million years. The DNA would cease to be readable much earlier -- perhaps after roughly 1.5...
  • A History of Celtic Britain (1of4) -- Age of Iron

    10/10/2012 8:25:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    BBC via YouTube ^ | July 22, 2011 | Uploaded by PIETRASZE
    A History of Celtic Britain (1of4) -- Age of Iron
  • Pig Blood, Bear Meat and Whisky ‘Honey’ in Rättvik

    10/09/2012 2:16:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 9 Oct 12
    One of Sweden’s biggest outdoor markets recently took place in Rättvik, central Sweden, and The Local’s Oliver Gee was there to taste the bear meat, sample the local “honey” and get to the bottom of “pig-blood pouches”. Due to a healthy dose of bad timing, I ended up in Rättvik instead of Rome this weekend. But who needs Roman ruins when you can have Rättvik’s markets at your fingertips? Right? Two Swedes had invited me, a wayward Australian, on a day trip into the Swedish heartland to experience something they said would be “typically Swedish”. So, there I was on...
  • Crete, 3500-year-old Minoan building found: From same period as Knossos Palace, over 1,300 square m

    10/08/2012 7:06:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Ansamed ^ | Thursday, October 4 , 2012 | unattributed
    In the past few years, the remains of an impressive and luxurious building from 3,500 years ago has seen the light. The building has two or three floors and some 80 rooms including workshops and storage rooms over a surface of 1,360 square metres and it is in excellent state. Sapouna-Sakellaraki told To Vima weekly that it is the first Minoan mountain settlement built in the same period as the Palace of Knossos. The archaeologist also said this is the largest summer residence found so far from the Minoan era. The structure of the building shows that it was not...
  • Ex-TSA Agent Had Numerous Cameras for Sale on eBay When He Was Arrested

    10/08/2012 6:33:45 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Oct.09, 2012 | PETAPIXEL
    A number of years ago, a TSA agent named Pythias Brown accidentally left a camera out of some luggage he was screening. Not wanting to be reprimanded for his mistake, he decided to avoid any problems by secretly taking the camera home. This event opened his eyes to how easy it was to pocket passengers’ belongings, and he began to steal more and more items in increasingly brazen thefts. After stealing over $800,000 worth of items from passenger bags over a four-year period, he was finally caught when he tried to auction off an easily identifiable camera belonging by a...
  • 'Millionaire' Bachelors Fly in Mom's Kebabs From Pakistan Every Week

    10/08/2012 12:41:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, October 07, 2012 | Anjana Sankar
    ... and curries, chutneys from India on UAE-bound flights for home-sick expatsHeard the one about the millionaire aboard his yacht in the middle of the Atlantic and felt like his favourite cheeseburger? Well, yeah, he gets a chopper to deliver it to him from his favourite burger joint. The UAE boasts its own version of such foodie 'millionaires' - only it is not a whim and a fancy that drives their overseas orders, but the fact that eatiog out daily becomes a pain and a drain on the pocket for many bachelors who live away from their families. Meet Obaid...
  • Oktoberfest party goers glug 6.9 million litres of beer

    10/08/2012 12:17:45 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 30 replies
    Times Live ^ | 10-8-2012 | Sapa-dpa
    Organizers said 6,9 million litres of beer were consumed at the 179th Oktoberfest, as the biggest folk festival in the world came to end in Munich on Sunday. The annual German beer festival that opened on September 22 drew 6,4 million visitors from around the world, down from the record 6,9 million who drank 7,5 million litres of beer in 2011. The local Red Cross reported that more than 800 people drank themselves into state of unconsciousness over the course of the festival. A police spokesman the department responded to 2000 and had been strained to its “limit and beyond”...
  • Archeologists uncover new Assyrian site in northern Iraq

    10/07/2012 10:09:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 02 October 2012 | Al Arabiya
    Archeologists working in northern Iraq have discovered a new Assyrian site in the vicinity of the historic Arbil city center, the head of the antiquities office in the Kurdish Province of Arbil, Haydar Hassan, was quoted as saying in an Iraqi newspaper. The Assyrian civilization flourished in northern Iraq between 1000-700 B.C., archeologists were led to discover the site when they exhumed a burial ground, complete with mud brick grave heads. To further unearth this site the foreign archeological team had to study and remove two more layers of civilization under which the Assyrian structure was buried, according to a...
  • Messene, out from under the shadow of Sparta

    10/06/2012 9:52:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Athens News ^ | August 17, 2012 | John Leonard
    Messene's 9.5km-long circuit of stoutly constructed defensive walls enclosed an extensive array of uniquely designed public and private structures... Mt Ithome and its southwestern slopes are soaked in history, their occupation dating back to at least the Early Bronze Age. The city of Messene, within the larger region of the same name, was only founded in 369BC, at the behest of the Theban leader Epaminondas, two years after Boeotian forces had defeated the Spartans at the Battle of Leuctra and ended their domination over the Peloponnese. Messene and its northeastern neighbour Megalopolis, established in 371BC, were intended as a pair...
  • New WebCams - Cumbres & Toltec RR, Chama NM

    10/06/2012 3:24:34 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    Two live web cams went on line this weekend in Chama, NM showing the train yard of the steam-powered narrow gauge RR. As of the time of this posting, the daily eastbound passenger train from Antonito, CO has just arrived and stopped at the depot. After the passengers depart, the two other live steam engines will separate the cars for servicing and arranging for Sunday's departures. All of this under blue skies and autumn fall colors. Enjoy!
  • Archaeologists find 2,000 year-old beef portion in ancient tomb in northwest China

    10/06/2012 10:08:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | September 29, 2012 | Bernama
    Archaeologists said a black substance found in an ancient tomb in northwest China's Shaanxi province is a 2,000-year-old portion of beef. Scientists arrived at the conclusion after months of analysis confirmed the substance's makeup, according to Hu Songmei, a paleontologist from the provincial archaeological institute. Xinhua news agency reports that according to Hu, the beef -- most of which had been carbonised -- is the earliest beef product discovered in China. The beef was discovered two years ago in a bronze pot placed in a tomb believed to date back to the Warring States Period (475 B.C. -- 221 B.C.),...
  • Ancient Nile Delta City in Egypt Reveals its Secrets

    10/06/2012 9:55:32 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Saturday, September 22, 2012 | unattributed
    A team of archaeologists and students are excavating a site in the Nile Delta region of Egypt where, set within desert desolation, ruins still bespeak an important port city that flourished by the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. Near the present-day city of El-Mansoura, a clearly human-made rise with visible ruins mark the spot of Tel Timai, what remains of the city of Thmuis, an ancient port city and capital of the Ptolemies... "Little excavation has been done in Tell El-Timai," reports Littman, "...At the end of the 19th century Edouard Naville discovered what he labeled as a library in...
  • Archeology: Prehistoric rock art found in caves on Terceira Island -- Azores

    10/06/2012 9:36:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Portuguese American Journal ^ | August 27, 2012 | Carolina Matos
    The president of the Portuguese Association of Archeological Research (APIA), Nuno Ribeiro, revealed Monday having found rock art on the island of Terceira, supporting his believe that human occupation of the Azores predates the arrival of the Portuguese by many thousands of years, Lusa reported. "We have found a rock art site with representations we believe can be dated back to the Bronze Age," Ribeiro told Lusa in Ponta Delgada, at a presentation in University of the Azores on the topic of early human occupation of the Azores. The oldest cave art known in Europe is of prehistoric origin, dating...
  • Coin hoards and pottery bring new insights to an ancient illyrian stronghold

    10/06/2012 9:23:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | September 2012 | U of Warsaw
    Ancient Rhizon was also a political centre for the illyrians and it was here that Teuta, Queen of the Ardiaei tribe, established her capital. After negotiations broke down between Teuta and the Romans (who requested her to put an end to piracy in the Adriatic), the First illyrian War broke out in 229 BC. However, the illyrians could not withstand the might of Rome and the war was a short lived affair. Not much else is known about Rhizon's place in history as hardly any documentary accounts exist which refer to it by name. Most of the archaeological evidence has...
  • Ancient calendar unearthed in Tuyen Quang

    10/06/2012 8:33:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    VNA/VOV ^ | September 26, 2012 | TAG
    Archaeologists have found a stone tool assumed to be an early calendar dating back 4,000 years in a cave in the northern province of Tuyen Quang. According to Prof. Trinh Nang Chung from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute, the stone tool, with 23 parallel carved lines, seemed to be a counting instrument involving the lunar calendar. A similar tool was found in Na Cooc Cave in the northern province of Thai Nguyen's Phu Luong District in 1985, Chung said. Similar items have been found in various areas in the world, including China, Israel and the UK, suggesting that people 5,000 years...