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  • Santorini volcano explosion dates changed: Piece of olive tree found on Thirasia changes everything

    10/22/2018 10:51:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Thema Newsroom ^ | October 22, 2018 | Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi/greekreporter
    The dating of a piece of olive tree found on Thirasia will move the dating of the eruption of Santorini's volcano a few decades later than current estimates, the Ministry of Culture and Sports said on Friday. The wood was found in the area "Kimissi Thirassias", the prehistoric settlement which lies on a hillside of the island once connected to Thira, or Santorini, at least up to the Middle Bronze Age, before the volcano exploded. The settlement is on top of a hill on the southern side of Thirasia, and on the edge of the caldera that existed before the...
  • Extensive trade in fish between Egypt and Canaan already 3,500 years ago

    10/22/2018 9:50:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Popular Archeology ^ | Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | editors
    Some 3,500 years ago, there was already a brisk trade in fish on the shores of the southeastern Mediterranean Sea. This conclusion follows from the analysis of 100 fish teeth that were found at various archeological sites in what is now Israel. The saltwater fish from which these teeth originated is the gilthead sea bream, which is also known as the dorade. It was caught in the Bardawil lagoon on the northern Sinai coast and then transported from Egypt to sites in the southern Levant. This fish transport persisted for about 2,000 years, beginning in the Late Bronze Age and...
  • April 1928 - Strolling Down The Atlantic City Boardwalk, NJ (real sound)

    10/21/2018 11:48:17 AM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-20-2018 | Guy Jones
    Old sound film of the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey, USA, taken April 1928. Since the Movietone process started in late 1927, this is some of the earliest sound footage ever made. It has a very unique perspective of the cameraman 'walking' through the boardwalk (maybe mounted to the front of a rickshaw?) The sound is rough and muffled but this is great time travel.
  • Field Marshal Douglas Haig would have let Germany win, biography says

    11/10/2008 11:14:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 374+ views
    The Times ^ | 11/11/2008 | Ben Hoyle
    He is the most pilloried military leader in British history, caricatured as a butcher and a bungler who sent hundreds of thousands of men over the top to their deaths. Now a new biography pins a further damning indictment on Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. Late in the final year of the First World War, it argues, he was pushing for a peace that would have left Germany as the real winner of the war. According to Dr J. P. Harris, senior lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Haig was not quite the uncaring monster of...
  • Ancient history: deciphering the Roman red dust

    10/22/2018 4:35:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Cosmos ^ | October 2018 | Andrew Masterson
    Greek and Roman writers record the use of a substance called miltos as a decoration, a medicine - and a handy way to repair a boat. Now scientists have worked out why. Andrew Masterson reports. From ancient Greek and Roman source texts it is possible to conclude that in the classical world a mineral, a powder known as miltos, was something of a wonder substance. Miltos - referred to in the works of writers such as Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Pliny - was red, fine-grained, and made up mostly of iron-oxide. By the time Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and proto-botanist, wrote...
  • Elusive sea cucumber dubbed the 'headless chicken monster' is caught on film [tr]

    10/22/2018 6:28:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2018 | Bianca Bogato
    A rare deep-sea creature dubbed the 'headless chicken monster' has been filmed for the first time by Australian researchers. The elusive Enypniastes eximia sea cucumber, which is usually only found in the Gulf of Mexico, was spotted in the Southern Ocean in the East Antarctic using camera technology developed by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). 'Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world,' AAD Program leader Dr Dirk Welsford said.
  • Trafalgar Day: history, videos of reenactments and background explanations

    10/21/2018 8:41:08 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 13 replies
    Vaviper.blogspot.com ^ | 10/18/2018 | HarpyGoddess
    October 21 is Trafalgar Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of England's greatest naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, on 21 October 1805. Fought off the southwest coast of Spain, Trafalgar was the greatest naval victory of the Napoleonic wars and essentially destroyed the sea power of France in a single engagement. Nelson and the British fleet had been blockading the French and Spanish fleet under Villeneuve in Cadiz after pursuing it to the Caribbean and back. When Villeneuve finally emerged to give battle, Nelson, depending on the superior seamanship and fighting skill of his "band...
  • The Landlady's Tale — a true ghostly story, a FreeRepublic Halloween Tradition

    10/20/2018 6:38:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Vanity | Sometime ago. . . in 2000 | Swordmaker
    The Landlady's Tale By SWORDMAKER copyright 2000 Preface The following story was told to me by the woman who rented my parents their first home in California when they moved to Sacramento in 1939. A devout Catholic (so much so that although she had been divorced by her husband, she did not consider the divorce valid and did not remarry until her husband died many years later) the landlady swore on her Bible, in front of my sister and me after she told us the story, that it was absolutely true. She was quite serious about it. In the 1970s,...
  • The President Behind the U.S. Supreme Court’s Worst Decision

    10/20/2018 7:40:49 PM PDT · by iowamark · 127 replies
    Ozy.com ^ | 10/16/2018 | Sean Braswell
    As a work of presidential prose, James Buchanan’s inaugural address on March 4, 1857, is widely considered one of the most forgettable ever given by an American leader. As The New York Times put it dryly at the time: “Little if any impression has been made by the inaugural.” Still, it would not take long for Buchanan’s unimpressive inauguration to become one of the most significant in history. For one thing, it was the first to be photographed. It was also the first inaugural given after the creation of the Republican Party, the last before secession and ultimately the last...
  • Tourists Face 10 Years In Jail & $30K Fine For Graffitiing Ancient Gate in Thailand

    10/19/2018 8:13:30 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 85 replies
    A couple of tourists are in big trouble in Thailand for spraying graffiti on an ancient wall in Chiang Mai. The duo, a British man and Canadian woman were caught on video marking up the Tha Phae Gate. The Brit, 23 year- old Lee Furlong has admitted to committing the crime, spraying the words “Scouser Lee” on the gate. BBC.com says that he “would be charged with vandalizing an archaeological site”. The other artist involved in the crime, Brittney Schneider was arrested and charged with vandalism for spraying the first letter of her name on the gate. BBC reports...
  • The real problem with Elizabeth Warren's DNA test: Geneticists

    10/18/2018 9:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 18, 2018 | Chris Francescani
    Does Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren really have Native American blood running through her veins? It's scientifically impossible to know for sure, according to a collection of leading geneticists, industry experts, research scientists with expertise in indigenous genetics and Native American leaders who spoke with ABC News. The process of tracing one's ancestry is still evolving, geneticists told ABC News, and efforts to establish genetic affiliation with an indigenous group like Native Americans are at best thorny and uncertain, and, in the extreme, offensive. Some experts were critical of Warren's press conference this week and her latest declarations. Numerous experts also...
  • Five Shipwrecks Found Near Greece's Fourni Islands

    10/20/2018 12:46:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | editors
    The Greek Culture Ministry announced that five additional vessels have been discovered in the ship graveyard off the coast of the Fourni Islands, bringing the total number of ships found there to 58, according to an Associated Press report. The area in the Aegean Sea, at the junction of two main shipping routes, is known for its treacherous waters, and contains wrecks dating from the fourth century B.C. through the nineteenth century A.D. The newly discovered ships rest in shallow waters and show signs of damage from fishing nets and plunderers, but the archaeological team, assisted by local fishermen, found...
  • Who Is the Queen of Sheba in the Bible? Investigating the Queen of Sheba and her kingdom

    10/19/2018 11:33:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | Saturday, October 13, 2018 | Megan Sauter
    Who is the Queen of Sheba? In the Bible we are introduced to an unnamed queen from the land of Sheba who travels to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon (see 1 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 9). Accompanied by many attendants and camels, the Queen of Sheba brings a large quantity of spices, gold and precious stones with her. She is drawn to Jerusalem because of Solomon's fame, and she tests the king with hard questions. Solomon is able to answer them all. Impressed by Solomon's wisdom -- and by the riches of his kingdom -- she proclaims, "Your wisdom and...
  • Scientists found common genes in different peoples of the Ural language family

    10/18/2018 10:45:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 15, 2018 | AKSON Russian Science Communication Association
    The Ural family languages are the third after Indo-European and Turkic most common in Northern Eurasia. According to linguists, the Ural family languages were built from a single proto-language 6000-4000 years old, which was divided into two large branches: Finno-Ugric and Samoyed languages. Ural-speaking peoples live on giant territories from Baltics to West Syberia and include Finns and Estonians, Karelians and Hungarians, Mordovian Erzya and Moksha, West Siberian Khanty and Mansi, Nenets and others. Do this different peoples share common roots and biological history? And how did these related languages spread over such a wide territory? This questions are addressed...
  • 50 YEARS WITH BIGFOOT: Tennessee Chronicles of Co-Existence (part 1 of 8)

    10/18/2018 9:13:09 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 28 replies
    You Tube ^ | Sasquatch Central
    I'm not going to voice an opinion on this other than to say it makes a good break from politics and is an interesting story. If it is fake it is at least fairly well told and entertaining in a ghost story around the campfire sort of way. The only thing I'd say is this sort of creeped me out. Use the link above. The subsequent parts do no load automatically so you'll need to do a search for the others.
  • Oldest textile dyed indigo blue found [6200 yrs]

    09/14/2016 8:25:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 09/13/2016 | Staff
    George Washington University researcher has identified a 6,200-year-old indigo-blue fabric from Huaca, Peru, making it one of the oldest-known cotton textiles in the world and the oldest known textile decorated with indigo blue. Credit: Lauren Urana The discovery marks the earliest use of indigo as a dye, a technically challenging color to produce. According to Jeffrey Splitstoser, lead author of a paper on the discovery and assistant research professor of anthropology at the George Washington University, the finding speaks to the sophisticated textile technology ancient Andean people developed 6,200 years ago. "Some of the world's most significant technological achievements were...
  • 6th Century Roman Law Text Discovered ... Inside Parchment Recycled as Medieval Bookbinding [tr]

    10/17/2018 10:10:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | July 25, 2017 | Theodoros Karasavvas
    By combining two imaging techniques (visible hyperspectral imaging and x-ray fluorescence), a diverse team of Northwestern University researchers has developed a new technology that gives access to medieval texts hidden in parchment re-used for ancient book-bindings, as Live Science reported. The new technology is seen by researchers as truly innovative, as it can be used to help decipher the text under the surface of other bookbinding materials. "For generations, scholars have thought this information was inaccessible, so they thought, 'Why bother?'" the study's senior researcher, Marc Walton, a senior scientist at the Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific...
  • A Timeworn Scroll Reveals King Henry VII's Interests in New World Colonization

    10/17/2018 9:49:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | October 6, 2018 | Ashley Cowie
    In AD 1499 England launched its very first English-led expedition to "Terra Nova" (New World) and now researchers studying a 16th century scroll have found King Henry VII awarded William Weston, one the explorers, with... the payment of 30 British pounds sterling... equivalent of a laborers salary for six years... The information was discovered on a huge parchment dating back more than 500 years and ultraviolet light was required to reveal the hidden text said study co-researcher Evan Jones, a senior lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Bristol in a report in Live Science. In 2009,...
  • LA Noir: Color film footage of night time Los Angeles street scenes

    10/07/2018 12:10:11 PM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-15-2014 | devroshart
    Color film footage of night time Los Angeles street scenes (appx 3 mins)
  • Video of Los Angeles 1940s - LA Noire?

    10/14/2018 1:02:31 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 34 replies
    Someone recently posted a link to a YouTube video of film from 1940s Los Angeles - it was a night time drive through the city, in color, featuring music from the composers who did the soundtrack to LA Noire. I've tried my best to find this again - even bookmarked what I thought was the video, but it's not. Does anyone recall this and have a link?