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  • Why archaeologists are arguing about sweet potatoes

    04/13/2018 9:30:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | 04/13/2018 | Staff
    A Japanese variety of sweet potato Pixabay _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ At some point, sweet potatoes crossed the Pacific. This much we know. As for the rest—How? When? Why?—we’re just not sure. Or, to be more clear, some people are sure they’re sure, and others disagree. Sweet potatoes have been at the center of a massive archaeological debate for many decades now, and a new paper in Current Biology has only stoked the flames. It uses genetic data from sweet potatoes and their relatives to establish a phylogenetic tree of their evolution, thereby demonstrating that the tubers existed in Polynesia before humans lived...
  • Video: Banned from the Bible?

    04/09/2018 2:54:53 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 9, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Banned from the Bible? (Run time: about 1 hour 25 minutes).This is the final class in a 12-part series on the archaeological evidence supporting the Bible.This class is about the common idea that the New Testament is "incomplete," and that there are certain books telling us a different story about Jesus that were banned by the church.I discuss in length many historical misconceptions from Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" as well as other books that have misrepresented the birth of the Christian church.I also go into the controversial idea that Christian story of Jesus is somehow "borrowed" from other...
  • Amazon Jungle Once Home to Millions More Than Previously Thought

    03/28/2018 6:20:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | By Erin Blakemore | By Erin Blakemore
    Forget small nomadic tribes and pristine jungle: the southern Amazon was likely covered in a network of large villages and ceremonial centers before Columbus. Geoglyphs in the southern Amazon are evidence of a once-thriving population. Photograph courtesy of University of Exeter ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Before Spanish invaders conquered South America, sparse groups of nomadic people clustered around the Amazon River, leaving the surrounding rain forest pristine and untouched. Or did they? New research suggests a very different story—an Amazonian region peppered with rain forest villages, ceremonial earthworks, and a much larger population than previously thought. The research, funded in part by the...
  • How Many Isaiahs Wrote Isaiah?

    03/25/2018 12:53:17 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 123 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | March 24, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux Skeptics who don’t believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God have a few problems, not the least of which is that it successfully prophesies major world events before they took place. And I’m not just talking about end-times prophecies that haven’t occurred yet. Isaiah and Daniel are the two starkest examples. I’ve already written about Daniel in my previous blog, “The Daniel Lynchpin,” which you can read here. This week I want to talk about Isaiah, why it’s come under fire by Bible critics, and resolve the “multiple authors” controversy. Isaiah’s prophetic ministry started in...
  • Was a Tiny Mummy in the Atacama an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange

    03/22/2018 4:22:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 20 replies
    NYT ^ | 22 March 2018 | Carl Zimmer
    Nearly two decades ago, the rumors began: In the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, someone had discovered a tiny mummified alien. An amateur collector exploring a ghost town was said to have come across a white cloth in a leather pouch. Unwrapping it, he found a six-inch-long skeleton. Despite its size, the skeleton was remarkably complete. It even had hardened teeth. And yet there were striking anomalies: it had ten ribs instead of the usual 12, giant eye sockets and a long skull that ended in a point. {snip} On Thursday, a team of scientists presented a very different explanation...
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls (Video)

    03/11/2018 6:09:14 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 10, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Dead Sea Scrolls - (Bible Archaeology, Part 9)(Clocks in at about an hour).Wasn't sure if this should go in General or Religion. Since it focuses more on the archaeological find than the religious implications, I decided to post it here.
  • 'Unprecedented' Native American Burial Site Discovered In Gulf Of Mexico Off Florida

    02/28/2018 2:08:10 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-28-2018
    A Native American burial site hidden for 7,000 years beneath the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida has been unearthed in what archaeologists are calling an "unprecedented" discovery. Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, said in a news release on Wednesday the unmarked site near Venice, which measures roughly 0.75 acres, was first discovered by a diver in June 2016, who then reported possible human remains on the continental shelf to the Bureau of Archaeological Research. One of the stakes excavated at Manasota Key Offshore revealed a notch in its length. It is not yet known what the...
  • Unprecedented 7,000-Year-Old Native American Burial Site Found Near Venice

    02/28/2018 11:39:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 28, 2018
    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced that archeological investigations found a 7,000-year-old Native American ancestral burial site in the Gulf of Mexico near Venice. “The Florida Department of State takes our responsibility for the preservation, respectful treatment and security of this rare and unique site very seriously,” said Secretary Detzner. “Our dedicated team of underwater archaeologists has done an incredible job of documenting and researching the Manasota Key Offshore archaeological site, and I am extremely proud of the work. Our hope is that this discovery leads to more knowledge and a greater understanding of Florida’s early peoples. We are...
  • Israeli Archaeologist Announces Discovery of What May Have Been the Seal of the Prophet Isaiah

    Israeli Archaeologist Eilat Mazar announced this past Wednesday that she believed a seal impression of the Biblical prophet Isaiah was recently found near the southern wall of the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Mazar and a team of archaeologists from the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAR) had been conducting excavations at the Ophel site at the site of the Holy Temple (adjacent to the Western Wall). In her announcement, Mazar explained why there was a strong possibility that the seal she and her team discovered was actually the seal of the Biblical Prophet Isaiah. The following was part of the article...
  • Clay print from seal may be first ever extra-biblical reference to the prophet Isaiah

    02/25/2018 9:53:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    phys.org ^ | February 23, 2018 | by Bob Yirka, Phys.org
    Credit: Biblical Archaeology Review 44:2, March/April May/June 2018 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Author and archaeologist Eilat Mazar has published an article in Biblical Archaeology Review suggesting that a small piece of clay with a seal imprint on it (called a bulla) might be the first-ever extra-biblical reference to the prophet Isaiah. In her article, she gives a historical overview of both King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, followed by an overview of the locations in which both people were believed to have lived and worked—specifically temples in Jerusalem that have been under excavation for many years. Researchers found a bulla believed to...
  • Major biblical discovery: Archaeologists may have found the Prophet Isaiah's 'signature'

    02/22/2018 3:44:23 PM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-21-18 | James Rogers
    Archaeologists in Israel say that they have found a clay seal mark that may bear the signature of the Biblical Prophet Isaiah. The 2,700-year-old stamped clay artifact was found during an excavation at the foot of the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. In ancient times a seal stamp, or bulla, was used to authenticate documents or items. “We found the eighth-century B.C.E. seal mark that may have been made by the prophet Isaiah himself only 10 feet away from where we earlier discovered the highly-publicized bulla of King Hezekiah of Judah," said Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University...
  • Did Archaeologists Just Prove the Existence of Prophet Isaiah?

    02/22/2018 5:54:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 22, 2018 | Candida Moss
    If you asked people whom their favorite biblical prophet is, there’s a strong chance they would answer Isaiah. Sure, Moses gets all the accolades, received the tablets, and is the most important; but Isaiah is the prophetic book most quoted by authors of the New Testament. For Christians, Isaiah predicts the coming of the Messiah, the death of Jesus and the Virgin Birth. So, it is particularly auspicious that in a stunning article published today in Biblical Archaeology Review archaeologists announced that they have stumbled upon the first physical evidence for the existence of the prophet Isaiah.
  • Archaeologists Race Melting Glaciers 2 Rescue Iron & Bronze Age Artifacts Exposed by Climate Change

    01/24/2018 7:27:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 24, 2018 | By Kastalia Medrano
    Glacial archaeologists are racing melting ice in Norway to rescue thousands of ancient artifacts exposed by climate change—revealing something surprising about a mysterious and little-known ice age. A team of scientists from Norway and the United Kingdom working in the mountains of Oppland, Norway, have discovered more than 2,000 artifacts, including Iron Age and Bronze Age weapons, remains of pack horses and even prehistoric skis. According to lead author Lars Pilř, co-director of the Glacier Archaeology Program at Oppland County Council, the skis differ from the modern-day version considerably. They're broader, and might have at one point been partly covered...
  • 1st-Temple-period seal exposed in Kotel Plaza excavations

    12/31/2017 11:45:44 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/18
    The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday that a unique stamped piece of clay from the First Temple period, inscribed in ancient Hebrew script, was unearthed in the authority excavations in the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem's Old City. The artifact originally belonged to the “governor of the city” of Jerusalem – the most prominent local position to be held in Jerusalem of 2700 years ago. According to the excavator, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, "the Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding thus reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2700 years...
  • Ancient tomb door with stunning menorah carving revealed in Israel

    12/21/2017 5:18:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-21-17 | James Rogers
    As the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah comes to a close, the discovery of an ancient tomb door with a stunning menorah carving is providing a fascinating glimpse into Israel’s rich history. The basalt tomb door, which is undergoing preservation work, was recently put on display by the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem. The door was discovered in Tiberias in Israel’s Galilee region in 2010 by archaeologists from the University, but was only revealed to the public a few weeks ago, said Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, senior lecturer at Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology and Department of Islamic and...
  • Archaeologists discover two ancient tombs in Egypt

    12/09/2017 1:11:18 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 21 replies
    https://nypost.com ^ | 12/09/2017 | AP
    <p>Egypt — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country’s efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector.</p> <p>The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.</p>
  • Sphinx From 90-Year-Old Movie Set Unearthed in California

    12/02/2017 2:10:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, December 2, 2017
    Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments." The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
  • Kingdom of David and Solomon Supported by Growing Archaeological Evidence

    11/27/2017 11:38:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CREV ^ | 11/25/2017 | David F. Coppedge
    Kingdom of David and Solomon Supported by Growing Evidence The evidence is coming together to support the Biblical record of David and Solomon. An Israeli publication updates the latest finds.In Haaretz, an Israeli news site, you can watch Bible stories rise from the dust. For decades, liberals critics have said that Biblical kings David and Solomon were mythical heroes invented by later Bible writers. It’s hard to say that any more. Philippe Bohstrom has done a service to those who prefer to trust the Bible over man’s changing opinions, pulling together in one place the latest findings that support...
  • A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

    11/22/2017 7:55:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 21 NOV 2017 | MICHELLE STARR
    Sometimes legends are true. Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but now archaeologists have found the real thing hiding deep within Lake Van in Turkey. After a decade of searching the Middle East's second largest lake, the home of a lost kingdom has been found hundreds of metres beneath the surface. Archaeologists from the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University announced the incredible discovery - a vast 3,000-year-old castle preserved deep within the lake in amazing condition. The researchers worked closely with an independent team of divers to find their prize. Lost underwater cities and castles are a popular motif...
  • Human skeleton found on famed Antikythera shipwreck

    09/19/2016 5:44:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    nature ^ | 19 September 2016 | Jo Marchant
    Foley and the archaeologists, meanwhile, are elated by the chance to learn more about the people on board the first-century bc ship, which carried luxury items from the eastern Mediterranean, probably intended for wealthy buyers in Rome. The skeleton discovery is a rare find, agrees Mark Dunkley, an underwater archaeologist from the London-based heritage organization Historic England. Unless covered by sediment or otherwise protected, the bodies of shipwreck victims are usually swept away and decay, or are eaten by fish. Complete skeletons have been recovered from younger ships, such as the sixteenth-century English warship the Mary Rose and the seventeenth-century...