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  • Cerne Abbas Giant: Snails show chalk hill figure 'not prehistoric'

    07/13/2020 8:22:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | July 8, 2020 | eds
    ...The earliest recorded mention of the Cerne Abbas Giant, which was gifted to the National Trust in 1920 by the Pitt-Rivers family, was in 1694. Local folklore has long held the 180ft (55m) chalk man to be a fertility aid. Early antiquarians linked the giant with the Anglo-Saxon deity Helis, others have said he is the classical hero Hercules, while some believe he was carved during the English Civil War as a parody of Oliver Cromwell. A further layer of mystery was revealed in the 1980s when a survey showed anomalies that suggested he originally wore a cloak and stood...
  • Forced Resettlement and Immigration at Tel Hadid

    07/13/2020 7:26:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review 46:3 ^ | Summer 2020 | Ido Koch, Dan Warner, Eli Yannai, Lin Lawson Pruitt, Dennis Cole, James Parker
    Among the individuals mentioned in those texts, 12 had Mesopotamian names, five had probably Aramaic names, one bore an Egyptian name, and one had a name with the Yahwistic component Yhw -- Netanyahu. The appearance of the foreign names in the documents, coupled with the scarcity of Yahwistic elements in them, points to the policy of forced resettlement for which the Neo-Assyrian state was notorious. The refugees' displacement in times of war -- a phenomenon, unfortunately, so familiar to us today -- was coupled with forced movements of conquered populations. The kings of the Neo-Assyrian Empire formulated and used this...
  • Strata: Sphinxes on the Move?

    07/13/2020 6:06:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review 46:3 ^ | Summer 2020 | editors
    Controversy has recently arisen about moving four sphinxes from their find spot in Luxor (ancient Thebes) to Cairo's Tahrir Square. Archaeologists and heritage experts argue that using the statues to decorate a traffic circle in the congested heart of the Egyptian capital is unlawful and may inadvertently damage the monuments. Not only is Tahrir Square one of the busiest places in the country -- it was the epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and is the location of the Egyptian Museum -- but Cairo also suffers from extreme air pollution and high humidity. The sandstone statues...
  • How Coffee Fueled the Civil War

    07/12/2014 6:45:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 39 replies ^ | July 9, 2014 | JON GRINSPAN
    It was the greatest coffee run in American history. The Ohio boys had been fighting since morning, trapped in the raging battle of Antietam, in September 1862. Suddenly, a 19-year-old William McKinley appeared, under heavy fire, hauling vats of hot coffee. The men held out tin cups, gulped the brew and started firing again. “It was like putting a new regiment in the fight,” their officer recalled. Three decades later, McKinley ran for president in part on this singular act of caffeinated heroism. At the time, no one found McKinley’s act all that strange. For Union soldiers, and the lucky...
  • Inside one man's quest to photograph the elusive 'Iliamna Lake monster'

    07/13/2020 10:38:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | Updated: May 8, 2019 | Alex DeMarban
    Tim La Porte, owner of Iliamna Air Taxi, vividly remembers seeing it in July 1977 as he and passengers banked near the lake's surface. The group spotted something very fish-like for a few seconds, maybe 15 feet long based on the size of a nearby skiff. "It arched its back and hit the water, which was glassy calm, and this wake radiated out from the great big splash," he said. "We saw a great, big tail going sideways, back and forth, going down." "I don't believe it's a whale, and it didn't act like the seals we've seen for years,...
  • Care for cats? So did people along the Silk Road more than 1,000 years ago

    07/11/2020 4:18:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 9, 2020 | Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg
    The tomcat... did not have an easy life. "The cat suffered several broken bones during its lifetime," says Haruda. And yet, based on a very conservative estimate, the animal had most likely made it past its first year of life. For Haruda and her colleagues, this is a clear indication that people had taken care of this cat. During a research stay in Kazakhstan, the scientist examined the findings of an excavation in Dzhankent, an early medieval settlement in the south of the country which had been mainly populated by the Oghuz, a pastoralist Turkic tribe. There she discovered a...
  • New method solves old mystery: Hafnium isotopes clinch origin of high-quality Roman glass

    07/11/2020 3:58:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 9, 2020 | Aarhus University
    An international team of researchers have found a way to determine the origin of colourless glass from the Roman period. Using isotopes of the rare element hafnium, they confirm that the prestigious 'Alexandrian' glass was indeed made in Egypt... The Roman glass industry was prolific, producing wares for drinking and dining, window panes and coloured glass 'stones' for wall mosaics. One of its outstanding achievements was the production of large quantities of a colourless and clear glass, which was particularly favoured for high-quality cut drinking vessels. The fourth-century Price Edict of the emperor Diocletian refers to colourless glass as 'Alexandrian',...
  • New evidence helps form digital reconstruction of most important medieval shrine [Thomas a Becket]

    07/11/2020 3:51:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 6, 2020 | Taylor & Francis Group
    "Unfortunately," Dr John Jenkins, historical researcher on the reconstruction team, says, "there are no contemporary comparators for it; the closest are the shrine bases of St Edward the Confessor at Westminster and St Etheldreda at Ely, both of mid- to late-13th-century date. "So, therefore, our CGI reconstruction uses all currently available evidence including eye-witness accounts; theories from past historians for potential usage of the shrine; date of construction; materials used; specific features; accessibility and location with the church; similar examples elsewhere; as well as those who created it; to reconstruct how the shrine could have looked." Crucially, the team's design...
  • Giant 16-foot long dolphin that lived 25million years ago was an apex predator that feasted on 'large-bodied prey' just like a killer whale

    07/10/2020 2:59:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 9, 2020 | Jonathan Chadwick
    A giant 16-foot long dolphin has been discovered that lived 25 million years ago and was an apex predator. The prehistoric beast feasted on large-bodied prey, like the killer whale does today. Scientists have given a detailed description of the first nearly complete skeleton of the extinct dolphin, discovered in what is now South Carolina in the US.
  • Trove of photos taken from US aircraft during WWII bombing of SW Japan city released

    07/11/2020 1:48:56 AM PDT · by sushiman · 51 replies
    Mainichi Japan ^ | 7/10/20
    KUMAMOTO -- Eighteen photos of a deadly World War II air raid that took place in the final days of the conflict on the southwestern Japan city of Kumamoto, the capital of the prefecture of the same name, have been newly discovered.
  • 7th-8th Century Chapel Discovered on Uninhabited Little Skellig Island in Ireland

    07/09/2020 6:04:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/6/20
    While the Irish island of Little Skellig was long thought to have been inhabited by nothing but a variety of seabirds, a new archaeological discovery demonstrates that monastics once labored in asceticism on the inaccessible crag. The archaeologist Michael Gibbons and a group of climbers recently located the remains of an early Christian church located on a narrow precipice overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, reports Afloat. Gibbons estimates that the church dates to the late 7th-early 8th century, when there was already a functioning monastery on nearby Skellig Michael. He described the location, 8 miles west of the Iveragh Peninsula...
  • Never Do an Enemy a Small Injury, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

    02/06/2020 7:41:57 AM PST · by Damifino · 54 replies
    The Big Apple ^ | 1469-1527 | Niccolò Machiavelli
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) wrote in The Prince (1505 in Italian, 1513 in English) what has been translated as “Never do an enemy a small injury.” If one is striking out at an opponent, one should make sure that the fatal blow is struck, successfully ending the confrontation. Machiavelli wrote that “the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.”
  • Polynesians, Native Americans made contact before European arrival, genetic study finds

    07/08/2020 9:31:46 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 49 replies ^ | July 8, 2020 | Stanford University Medical Center
    Through deep genetic analyses, Stanford Medicine scientists and their collaborators have found conclusive scientific evidence of contact between ancient Polynesians and Native Americans from the region that is now Colombia—something that's been hotly contested in the historic and archaeological world for decades. (snip) Before the study brought scientific evidence to the debate, the idea that Native Americans and Polynesians had crossed paths originated from a complex—both in its structure and origins—carbohydrate: the sweet potato. It turns out the sweet potato, which was originally domesticated in South and Central America, has also been known to grow in one other place prior...
  • Gangsters vs. Nazis<br> How the Jewish mob fought American admirers of the Third Reich

    07/07/2020 4:40:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Tablet ^ | 7/2/18 | Robert Rockaway
    Emboldened by Hitler’s rise to power in Germany in 1933, and fueled by the Great Depression, anti-Semitism increased throughout the United States, and over 100 anti-Semitic organizations sprung up across the country. They had names like the Friends of the New Germany (Nazi Bund), the Silver Shirts, Defenders of the Christian Faith, the Christian Front, and the Knights of the White Camellia, among others. Protected by the constitution’s First Amendment, they held public rallies, paraded through the streets in their uniforms carrying Nazi flags, published scurrilous magazines, and openly flaunted their hatred for Jews. American Jews were intimidated and frightened....
  • Iranian cave estimated to date over 63,000 years [Kaldar Cave]

    07/07/2020 10:39:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | June 22, 2020 | AFM/MG
    "After a decade of studying the cultural evidence yielded from the three seasons of archeological excavations at Kaldar Cave, the recent results show that a Paleolithic layer in the middle of this the cave is more than 63,000 years old," CHTN quoted Iranian archaeologist Behrouz Bazgir as saying on Sunday. Kaldar is a key archaeological site that provides evidence of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Iran. The cave is situated in the northern Khorramabad valley of Lorestan province and at an elevation of 1,290 m above sea level. It measures 16 meters long, 17 meters wide, and seven...
  • Changing diets in Pictish Portmahomack

    07/07/2020 10:25:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Current Archaeology ^ | July 1, 2020 | Amy Brunskill
    Interestingly, there is no evidence that this community ate any marine or freshwater fish, despite the fact that it would have been readily available in their coastal location. Archaeological evidence of naval bases, depictions of boats and sea beasts on Pictish stones, and references in literature demonstrate that Pictish communities had a relationship with the sea and would have been able to fish. However, images of salmon in Pictish carvings could indicate that fish had some symbolic importance, and it has been suggested that the consumption of all fish was deliberately avoided, or reserved for a select few. The Picts...
  • Archaeologists Suggest Stonehenge's Huge Blocks Arrived by Land, Debunk Raft Theory

    07/07/2020 9:51:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Sputnik International ^ | July 2, 2020 | maybe Chris J Ratcliffe
    Last year, scientists from Newcastle University in the UK suggested that pig fat could have been used to move the stones to create Stonehenge. Archaeologists may have debunked the theory that stones for the world famous Stonehenge were sent via rafts from Wales to Salisbury Plain, a study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science says. The recent study using chemical analysis showed that the six-tonne sandstone from Stonehenge matches rocks in Abergavenny, just a few miles from the English border. Thus the study shows that the stones could have been carried overland, debunking the theory that they were taken...
  • Women, teenagers worked as potters in ancient Israel, scholars show [Gath]

    07/07/2020 9:28:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 1, 2020 | Rossella Tercatin
    Over 3,500 years ago, a potter finished shaping a new jug in Gath, a settlement in the Judean foothills overlooking the southern coastal plain of Israel. Before firing the vessel in the kiln, maybe the artisan looked at it, even touched it one last time, perhaps feeling proud of the work, without imagining that a couple of millennia later, a group of researchers would not only find the artifact, but also identify the fingerprints on its surface, reconstructing the age and gender of the jug's ancient manufacturer. As explained to The Jerusalem Post by Bar Ilan University archaeologist Aren Maeir,...
  • Decades-old military plane wreckage found in Alaska glacier, may give families closure

    06/28/2012 10:21:07 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    The wreckage of a military plane found this month on an Alaska glacier is that of an Air Force plane that crashed in 1952, killing all 52 people aboard, military officials said Wednesday. Army Capt. Jamie Dobson said evidence found at the crash site correlates with the missing C-124A Globemaster, but the military is not eliminating other possibilities because much investigation still needs to be done. Processing DNA samples from relatives of those on board the plane could take up to six years, Dobson said. "We're still at the very beginning of this investigation," she said. "This is very close...
  • Archaeologists Think They've Found The Oldest Viking Longhouse In Iceland

    07/07/2020 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    LADbible ^ | June 24, 2020 | Tom Wood
    Archaeologists have unearthed what could potentially be the oldest Viking settlement in Iceland. It's an ancient longhouse that is reckoned to have been built in around 800 AD, which is decades earlier than the Vikings were thought to have colonised that part of the world. Oh, and it was found beneath another slightly less old longhouse that was packed with treasure, according to archaeologist Bjarni Einarsson, who was in charge of the excavations at the site. He told Live Science that the longhouse above was probably that of a chieftain, saying: "The younger hall is the richest in Iceland so...