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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 Abandoned-places.com, weburbanist.com, and AtlasObscura.com, 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 AtlasObscura.com 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 · 50 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! http://www.coloradonewmexicosteamtrain.org/yard-cams.htm
  • 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 · 9 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...
  • Archaeologists discover second Lycian synagogue

    10/06/2012 7:07:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 13 2011 | unattributed
    Archaeological teams digging in the ancient city of Limyra in the Mediterranean province of Antalya have announced the discovery of a second synagogue from the Lycian civilization. Researchers initially thought the house of worship was a glass furnace, according to the head of the excavations, Dr. Martin Seyer of the Austrian Archaeology Institute. "We first found a bath and a menorah. After some [further] investigation, we found out that it was a synagogue," he said. Second synagogue in the Lycian city The synagogue in Limyra, which is located in Turunçova in Antalya's Finike district, is the second to be found...
  • Ancient Stinging Nettles Reveal Bronze Age Trade Connections

    10/06/2012 7:00:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Science News ^ | September 28, 2012 | U of Copenhagen
    A piece of nettle cloth retrieved from Denmark's richest known Bronze Age burial mound Lusehøj may actually derive from Austria, new findings suggest. The cloth thus tells a surprising story about long-distance Bronze Age trade connections around 800 BC. 2,800 years ago, one of Denmark's richest and most powerful men died. His body was burned. And the bereaved wrapped his bones in a cloth made from stinging nettle and put them in a stately bronze container, which also functioned as urn... Karin Margarita Frei's work and the grave's archaeological remains suggest that the cloth may have been produced as far...
  • La Bastida unearths 4,200-year-old fortification, unique in continental Europe

    10/06/2012 6:42:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | September 27, 2012 | Maria Jesus Delgado
    ...The discovery, together with all other discoveries made in recent years, reaffirm that the city was the most advanced settlement in Europe in political and military terms during the Bronze Age (ca. 4,200 years ago -2,200 BCE-), and is comparable only to the Minoan civilisation of Crete... The fortification consisted of a wall measuring two to three metres thick, built with large stones and lime mortar and supported by thick pyramid-based towers located at short distances of some four metres. The original height of the defensive wall was approximately 6 or 7 metres. Until now six towers have been discovered...
  • Oldest ivory workshop in the world discovered in Saxony-Anhalt

    10/06/2012 5:58:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | September 2012 | from MARCMEHB
    In an international co-operation project, archaeologists from the Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for the Evolution of Hominin Behaviour, part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, (RGZM) and the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and Archäologie in Saxony-Anhalt are excavating the 35,000 year old site of Breitenbach, close to Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt... During this year's campaign, site directors Dr. Olaf Jöris and Tim Matthies and their team found the oldest evidence for clearly distinct working areas which are interpreted as standardized workshops for working mammoth ivory. It was possible to identify a zone where pieces of ivory were split into lamella, as well...
  • Ford's Wrist Twist Steering System from 1965 - (video-2 min)

    "Robert J. Rumpf knew nothing about cars. He was a missile engineer, not an automotive designer. Ford hired him for that reason. Hopefully he'd bring an outside perspective to their design team. Rumpf's work led to this, the "wrist twist" steering system. Instead of one large steering wheel, this car has two small handheld wheels that are twisted like dials."
  • 'Car, Van and Campervan living!'

    10/05/2012 8:45:23 PM PDT · by djone · 41 replies
    carliving.info ^ | Romana S
    I hope you never have to do this but on a trip or cheap vacation here's how.."If you do find yourself suddenly living in your car, it is not the end of the world. Living in a car is a heck of a lot better than living on the streets. Your car provides you with security, transport, warmth, electricity and more. You can store your belongings in your car. You can sleep in your car. Your car protects you from weather to a degree. People have lived and even thrived when living in cars."
  • A Neanderthal trove in Madrid

    10/05/2012 5:25:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    el Pais ^ | September 23, 2012 | Alicia Rivera Pinilla del Valle
    The Lozoya River Valley, in the Madrid mountain range of Guadarrama, could easily be called "Neanderthal Valley," says the paleontologist Juan Luis Arsuaga. "It is protected by two strings of mountains, it is rich in fauna, it is a privileged spot from an environmental viewpoint, and it is ideal for the Neanderthal, given that it provided the[m] with good hunting grounds." ... "There are around 15 sites in Spain: in the Cantabrian mountain range, along the eastern Mediterranean coast and in Andalusia, but none on the plateau, where there are no limestone formations and no adequate caves to preserve human...
  • Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found

    10/04/2012 5:39:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday 2 October 2012 | Jo Marchant
    In 1900, Greek sponge divers stumbled across "a pile of dead, naked women" on the seabed near the tiny island of Antikythera. It turned out the figures were not corpses but bronze and marble statues, part of a cargo of stolen Greek treasure that was lost when the Roman ship carrying them sank two thousand years ago on the island's treacherous rocks. It was the first marine wreck to be studied by archaeologists, and yielded the greatest haul of ancient treasure that had ever been found. Yet the salvage project – carried out in treacherous conditions with desperately crude equipment...
  • The Unsolved Mystery of the Tunnels at Baiae

    10/04/2012 5:34:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Past Imperfect 'blog ^ | October 1, 2012 | Mike Dash
    According to legend, the sibyl traveled to Tarquin's palace bearing nine books of prophecy that set out the whole of the future of Rome. She offered the set to the king for a price so enormous that he summarily declined -- at which the prophetess went away, burned the first three of the books, and returned, offering the remaining six to Tarquin at the same price. Once again, the king refused, though less arrogantly this time, and the sibyl burned three more of the precious volumes. The third time she approached the king, he thought it wise to accede to...
  • The Sea Peoples, from Cuneiform Tablets to Carbon Dating

    10/04/2012 3:01:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    PLOS ONE ^ | David Kaniewski et al (see below)
    Whereas the Sea People event constitutes a major turning point in ancient world history, attested by both written and archaeological (e.g. Ugarit, Enkomi, Kition, Byblos) evidence, our knowledge of when these waves of destructions occurred rests on translation of cuneiform tablets preceding the invasions (terminus ante quem) and on Ramses III's reign (terminus post quem). Here, we report the first absolute chronology of the invasion from a rare, well-preserved Sea People destruction layer (Fig. 2) from a Levantine harbour town of the Ugarit kingdom. The destruction layer contains remains of conflicts (bronze arrowheads scattered around the town, fallen walls, burnt...
  • Civil Unrest in Brazil: Lessons from a Tourist

    10/04/2012 11:06:06 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    Preparedness Blogs ^ | 8/3/12 | omegam4n
    Please don’t think that Brazil is an overly dangerous place. I went twice for a month each time and nothing dangerous ever happened. But I was aware of my surroundings and I had expert guides in the form of local residents. Without them I am sure I would not have been as safe or seen as much as I did. I am writing about the danger I experienced in Brazil because it exposed what happens when a whole society is left to it’s own devices and the chaos/order that develops. In other words it provided a glimpse into the end...
  • Cat that cost £6k to rescue from Arab Spring runs away from new UK owners

    10/03/2012 4:10:52 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 33 replies
    the Sun ^ | October 4, 2011 | ELLIE ROSS
    A COUPLE who spent £6,000 rescuing a cat from Arab Spring violence have been left devastated – after the moggy ran away. Railton and Dawn Elliott fell in love with “Omar” while on holiday in Egypt and decided to save him from the trouble sweeping the country by bringing him home to the UK. They shelled out a fortune in quarantine and vets’ bills and the lucky cat settled into his new life at their home in rural Oxfordshire. But Omar vanished two weeks ago – almost a year to the day after he left quarantine. Dawn, 46, who runs...
  • ‘Sharia Medicine’: Egyptian Clinic Treats People with Camel Urine

    10/01/2012 10:25:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Oct. 1, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    A recent Egyptian TV program showed how Islamic Sharia law’s many prescriptions do not merely clash with modern-day concepts like free speech and religious freedom, but even with medicine and science. On September 16, popular TV persona Wael El-Ibrashi hosted Dr. Zaghlul al-Naggar, a prominent Islamic thinker and Chairman of Egypt’s Committee of Scientific Notions in the Quran, on the topic of medical science and Islam. Inevitably the idea of drinking camel urine as a form of therapy—first proposed in the 7th century by Muslim prophet Muhammad—came up. Not only did Dr. Naggar promote this practice, but he made the...
  • What more can I tell my 25 year old son to keep him from traveling to Mexico ?

    10/02/2012 6:15:23 AM PDT · by George from New England · 88 replies
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    My 25 year son was making a nice living playing online poker from the home in Florida that he owns. Then on April 15, 2011, Eric Holder shut the online poker activity within the U.S. Many in my sons's field are traveling to Rosario, Mexico (20 minutes south of Tijuana), opening bank accounts in Mexico and paying inexpensive rate to live there and play online for weeks at a time. All to get past the Holder U.S. blockage. The rates are so low there right now because the tourism is virtually dried up from high crime and bad press. I...
  • Palo Alto's Arastradero Road stays as a three-lane road, council decides

    10/02/2012 3:05:35 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/02/2012 | Jason Green
    Despite lingering controversy, a busy stretch of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto will remain three lanes of traffic indefinitely, the city council decided Monday night.
  • Altercation between two flight attendants sends United jet back to RDU

    09/26/2012 9:51:43 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 21 replies
    The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) ^ | Wed, Sep 26, 2012 11:14 PM | Bruce Siceloff
    A United Airlines flight to Chicago returned to Raleigh-Durham International Airport shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning, after an altercation broke out between two flight attendants. “Our law enforcement team was notified by the tower that the captain had requested law enforcement to meet the aircraft,” said Mindy Hamlin, RDU spokeswoman. “The aircraft had gotten about 50 miles out when he reported a possible assault on the aircraft.” United Flight 1214, a Boeing 737-800 with 52 passengers, departed for Chicago at 6 a.m. and returned to RDU at 6:40 a.m. Airport police officers determined that no assault had taken place and...
  • 'Cult Fiction' Traced to Ancient Egypt Priest

    09/25/2012 7:12:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 24 September 2012 | Owen Jarus
    A recently deciphered Egyptian papyrus from around 1,900 years ago tells a fictional story that includes drinking, singing, feasting and ritual sex, all in the name of the goddess Mut. Researchers believe that a priest wrote the blush-worthy tale, as a way to discuss controversial ritual sex acts with other priests... the Egyptians were known to discuss other controversial matters using fictional stories. Containing writing in a form of ancient Egyptian known as Demotic, the papyrus is likely to have originated in the Fayum village of Tebtunis at a time when the Romans controlled Egypt... Researchers know the story is...
  • Stone bowl from Neolithic period found in Galilee

    09/24/2012 7:21:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, September 25, 2012 [9 Tishri, 5773] | staff
    200 colored beads found in a bowl, and ostrich figures carved on a stone plate alongside animal figurines have been discovered on Sunday at the Ein Zippori national park, located in the Lower Galilee. Ahead of the widening of Highway 79, extensive archaeological excavations have been conducted by the Antiquities Authority. During the excavations, a variety of impressive prehistoric artifacts have been uncovered. Prehistoric settlement remains that range in date from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (c. 10,000 years ago) to the Early Bronze Age (c. 5,000 years ago) are at the Ein Zippori site, which extends south of Ein Zippori...
  • Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits

    09/22/2012 11:39:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Athens News ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | John Leonard
    During the summer the sites of six previously undocumented ancient shipwrecks were located by the Southern Euboean Gulf Survey (SEGS)... nautical archaeologist George Koutsouflakis of the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (EUA)... noted that the collaborative SEGS project was launched in 2006... has discovered and recorded 24 ancient shipwrecks... This year's SEGS team... located four ancient wrecks... Makronissos proved to be a particularly rich hunting ground... three of the wreck sites discovered there appear extraordinarily well preserved and may contain the actual remains of the wooden ships... mounded, concreted cargoes of transport amphorae, the distinctive ceramic containers usually used for...
  • Humans were already recycling 13,000 years ago

    09/22/2012 10:41:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | Thursday, September 20, 2012 | FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
    A study at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) reveals that humans from the Upper Palaeolithic Age recycled their stone artefacts to be put to other uses. The study is based on burnt artefacts found in the Molí del Salt site in Tarragona, Spain. The recycling of stone tools during Prehistoric times has hardly been dealt with due to the difficulties in verifying such practices in archaeological records. Nonetheless, it is possible to find some evidence, as demonstrated in a study published in the 'Journal of Archaeological Science'. "In order...
  • Studies slow the human DNA clock

    09/22/2012 10:25:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 130 replies
    Nature ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Geneticists have previously estimated mutation rates by comparing the human genome with the sequences of other primates. On the basis of species-divergence dates gleaned -- ironically -- from fossil evidence, they concluded that in human DNA, each letter mutates once every billion years. "It's a suspiciously round number," says Linda Vigilant, a molecular anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The suspicion turned out to be justified. In the past few years, geneticists have been able to watch the molecular clock in action, by sequencing whole genomes from dozens of families5 and comparing mutations in...
  • Ancient tooth may provide evidence of early human dentistry [ 4,500 BC ]

    09/22/2012 10:12:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Public Library of Science via Eurekalert ^ | Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | Jyoti Madhusoodanan
    Researchers may have uncovered new evidence of ancient dentistry in the form of a 6,500-year-old human jaw bone with a tooth showing traces of beeswax filling, as reported Sep. 19 in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The researchers, led by Federico Bernardini and Claudio Tuniz of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy in cooperation with Sincrotrone Trieste and other institutions, write that the beeswax was applied around the time of the individual's death, but cannot confirm whether it was shortly before or after. If it was before death, however, they write that it was likely...
  • Flightdeck timelapse (HD Video - A week in the life of an airline pilot.)

    09/22/2012 5:54:56 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Vimeo.com ^ | 9-15-2012 | Jakub Vlk
    Past seven days of work 8x faster. 9 min. Music- Tycho - "Past is Prologue"
  • Beer flows as Germany kicks off Oktoberfest

    09/22/2012 2:39:28 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 27 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 9/22/2012 | AP
    BERLIN (AP) — The world’s largest beer festival opened Saturday in Germany as Munich’s mayor tapped the first keg to kick off the 16-day Oktoberfest, known for its oompah music and traditional costumes. With only two blows of his hammer and a cry of ‘‘O'zapft is’’ — ‘‘It’s Tapped’’ — Mayor Christian Ude inserted the tap into the first keg, opening the 179th Oktoberfest to the cheering of thousands who were waiting to be served their first beer.
  • 2012 Issyk Kul Expedition: Search for a Sunken Palace

    09/21/2012 6:17:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    National Geographic Jihadist Outreach Program ^ | September 6, 2012 | Kristin Romey
    Early on, Issyk Kul also drew attention from researchers for the remains that lie beneath its stunning cobalt waters. It's an endorheic lake (meaning that it has no outlet) with abundant underwater springs, and the water level has fluctuated dramatically over the centuries, submerging settlements, buildings and even entire cities that had been established on earlier shorelines. Issyk Kul was one of the earliest sites for underwater archaeological research in Central Asia, with divers exploring its depths as long ago as the 1860s. In the Middle Ages, the region around the lake was hotly contested by two divergent lines of...
  • Road Tripping In A Gas Guzzler Is The Only Way To Go

    09/21/2012 6:17:12 AM PDT · by KingOfVagabonds · 6 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 9/20/12 | Travis Okulski
    In the past, the large American V8 was considered a symbol of freedom and the open road. But today, the muscly gas guzzlers are vilified as enemies of the future and a road block in the way of the good ship progress. But that just isn't true. Cars like the Camaro ZL1 combine the past, present, and future of the distinctly American way of traveling. It's a brute. It's brash. It's loud. And it's pleasant once you get to know it. Much like us.
  • Challengers to Clovis-age impact theory missed key protocols, new study finds

    09/20/2012 7:18:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jim Barlow, U of Oregon
    An interdisciplinary team of scientists from seven U.S. institutions says a disregard of three critical protocols, including sorting samples by size, explains why a group challenging the theory of a North American meteor-impact event some 12,900 years ago failed to find iron- and silica-rich magnetic particles in the sites they investigated. Not separating samples of the materials into like-sized groupings made for an avoidable layer of difficulty, said co-author Edward K. Vogel, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. The new independent analysis -- published this week in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National...
  • One Proposal For Amtrak Bullet Train Route: Under Long Island Sound

    09/20/2012 6:53:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 5:01 p.m. EDT, September 3, 2012 | Don Stacom
    As Amtrak studies how to bring bullet trains to its frantically busy Northeast Corridor, one design team is suggesting a radically new route requiring a roughly 18-mile-long tunnel beneath Long Island Sound. Trains speeding from Washington to Boston would run through the heart of Long Island, cross into Connecticut through a tunnel emerging in Milford, head to Hartford and then race east toward Worcester on new tracks running alongside I-84. The segment between Manhattan and Hartford would cost about $20 billion, according to the University of Pennsylvania's high-speed rail design studio, which first put forward the idea in 2010. Overall,...
  • Winnipeg Transit driver’s amazing act of kindness stuns passengers

    09/20/2012 11:14:24 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 12 replies
    Community News Commons. ^ | September 18, 2012 | Denise Campbell
    Today, as I was riding a Winnipeg Transit bus from Unicity to Downtown I did not realize that I would be a witness to something amazing. The ride was, as usual, long and uneventful, until we reached the corner of Portage and Main. That’s when the driver pulled over. This of course surprised all of the passengers on the bus. But, what happened next still brings tears to my eyes. The bus driver jumped off the bus to chat with a man that looked to be down on his luck; by all accounts, a homeless man. I first thought the...
  • Skilled hunters 300,000 years ago

    09/18/2012 3:12:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | September 2012 | University of Tubingen
    Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen in Germany have found eight extremely well-preserved spears -- an astonishing 300,000 years old, making them the oldest known weapons anywhere. The spears and other artefacts as well as animal remains found at the site demonstrate that their users were highly skilled craftsmen and hunters, well adapted to their environment -- with a capacity for abstract thought and complex planning comparable to our own. It is likely that they were members of the species Homo heidelbergensis, although no human remains have yet been found at the site... excavation in an open-cast brown coal mine...