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  • Is this the first written mention of Jesus? 2,000-year-old tablets in a remote cave are genuine

    12/05/2016 8:11:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/05/2016 | by Libby Plummer
    Is this the first written mention of Jesus? 2,000-year-old lead tablets found in a remote cave ARE genuine, claim researchers The lead pages, bound like a ring binder, were first discovered in 2008 The tablets suggest that Christ was not starting his own religion, but restoring a thousand-year-old tradition from the time of King David They also suggest the God he worshipped was both male and female New testing said to confirm their age, say authors who have been campaigning since 2009 for the tablets to be recognised and protected An ancient set of lead tablets showing the earliest portrait...
  • Matthew's floodwaters wipe out Special Forces Association records, artifacts

    11/03/2016 10:10:12 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Fay Observer ^ | Nov. 1, 2016 | Drew Brooks
    History has been left out to dry in a secluded compound south of Fayetteville. Filing cabinets sit open with fans trained on the papers inside. Books have been piled up to be sorted and salvaged at a future date. They sit atop display cases, filled with patches, berets and artifacts from wars from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. Cliff Newman walks through it all, occasionally pausing to thumb through a book or peak at debris stored in plastic bags. "We're still kind of in a state of shock," he said. Newman, executive director of the Special Forces Association, said the...
  • Oldest textile dyed indigo blue found [6200 yrs]

    09/14/2016 8:25:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 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...
  • Archaeologists find world's oldest axe in Australia

    05/10/2016 11:24:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | May 10, 2016 | Australian National University
    Archaeologists from The Australian National University (ANU) have unearthed fragments from the edge of the world's oldest-known axe, found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Lead archeologist Professor Sue O'Connor said the axe dates back between 46,000 and 49,000 years, around the time people first arrived on the continent. "This is the earliest evidence of hafted axes in the world. Nowhere else in the world do you get axes at this date," said Professor O'Connor from the ANU School of Culture, History and Language. "In Japan such axes appear about 35,000 years ago. But in most countries in the...
  • ISIS barbarians destroy 2,000-year-old 'Gate of God' close to their Iraqi stronghold

    04/17/2016 6:22:45 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 24 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 4/17/16 | JEREMY ARMSTRONG
    ISIS barbarians have destroyed a 2,000-year-old gate close to their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. The breathtaking structure is known as the Gate of God, and used to guard the ancient Assyrian city Nineveh. The destruction of the ancient structure, also called the Mashki Gate, has been confirmed by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and the Antiquities Department in Baghdad has not denied the demolition. The terrorists demolished the ancient gate using military equipment, according to activists in Mosul. ISIS thugs have destroyed many of Iraqi historic sites and monuments, including the Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Winged...
  • Vintage Vietnam Era Zippo Lighters

    02/25/2016 12:24:52 PM PST · by beaversmom · 81 replies
    IMGUR ^ | February 25, 2016 | (Expurgated)
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  • Tuscany's Excalibur Is The Real Thing, Say Scientists

    09/24/2001 7:46:55 PM PDT · by blam · 53 replies · 2,702+ views
    The Observer ^ | 9-16-2001 | Rory Carroll
    Tuscany's Excalibur is the real thing, say scientists Rory Carroll in Rome Sunday September 16, 2001 The Observer The sword of St Galgano, said to have been plunged into a rock by a medieval Tuscan knight, has been authenticated, bolstering Italy's version of the Excalibur legend. Galgano Guidotti, a noble from Chiusdano, near Siena, allegedly split the stone with his sword in 1180 after renouncing war to become a hermit. For centuries the sword was assumed to be a fake. but research revealed last week has dated its metal to the twelfth century. Only the hilt, wooden grip and ...
  • Billionaire Hobby Lobby owners probed in ‘looting’ of artifacts for Bible museum

    10/27/2015 8:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 27, 2015 | 9:13am | Emily Saul
    The billionaire owners of craft giant Hobby Lobby are under federal investigation for allegedly looting hundreds of ancient artifacts from the Middle East for use in their personal “Museum of the Bible,” according to a report. The Green family has been under investigation since 2011, the Daily Beast reports, when Memphis customs seized nearly 300 clay tablets en route to the Hobby Lobby headquarters in Oklahoma City. …
  • Stars And Bars Fanatic Is Now Behind Bars

    07/18/2015 3:40:13 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 41 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 7/17/2015 | Unknown
    JULY 17--But who will care for all those Confederate flags? The North Carolina man who responded to the South Carolina church massacre by further covering his property in the rebel flag was arrested and jailed this week on a probation violation charge, records show. Edward Lee West, 69, is locked up in the Nash County jail in advance of an August 5 court appearance. Seen in the adjacent mug shot, West was collared Wednesday afternoon. According to court records, a judge issued an arrest warrant for West after he failed to show up last week for a court hearing on...
  • Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed charged with bribery, theft and dozens more criminal charges

    07/16/2015 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies ^ | July 15, 2015 | Rachel Bunn
    Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed was charged Tuesday with a battery of theft, fraud and bribery charges that, if proven, would stamp corruption in indelible ink on the Reed Era. They would also likely put Reed, who has been out of office since January 2010 and has indicated his intent to fight for vindication, in jail. The 65-year-old Reed was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner Tuesday on charges that go right to the heart of his longtime role as benevolent dictator of Pennsylvania's Capital City.
  • 1000-year-old coins found in Northern Territory may rewrite Australian history

    05/20/2013 1:31:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies ^ | 20 May 2013 | BARBARA BARKHAUSEN
    REMEMBER when you were taught that Australia was discovered by James Cook in 1770 who promptly declared it "terra nullius" and claimed it for the British throne? Turns out that could be completely and utterly wrong. Five copper coins and a nearly 70-year-old map with an "X" might lead to a discovery that could rewrite Australia's history. Australian scientist Ian McIntosh, currently Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University in the US, is planning an expedition in July that has stirred up the archaeological community. The scientist wants to revisit the location where five coins were found in the Northern Territory...
  • Reports: Rouhani Home with US 'Gift' of Silver Griffin

    09/28/2013 12:34:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 64 replies ^ | 9/28/13 | afp
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as "a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. "The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you'," Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. "They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation." Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion....
  • What's Been Lost to the Islamists' Sledgehammers (historians shocked)

    03/01/2015 12:28:43 PM PST · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Screen Capture A video showing Islamic State militants with sledgehammers and power drills on a rampage inside the Mosul Museum shows the destruction of both reproductions and priceless originals from at least two important eras in the region’s history, said a British expert on Iraqi culture. Paul Collins, of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in an email to Aleteia, said it was “distressing” to watch scenes of the destruction of colossal winged bulls of the seventh century BC. “These are certainly the real things and it looks from the video that the sculptures are those situated outside...
  • Suspect for FBI Raid on 91-Year-Old Indiana Artifact Collector Identified

    04/05/2014 1:23:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 79 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Who accused 91-Year-Old Donald Miller of what has been unclear.  Speculation involving his numerous technological achievements have run rampant as people simply did not believe that the government would send 50-100 FBI agents to check out the collection of artifacts that this former member of the Manhattan project had gathered over the last 80 years. But the unbelievable has become a bit more plausible  as more information has dribbled out.   Mr. Miller has not been charged with any crime, and maintains his innocence.   He claims that all his materials have been collected legally. Others have speculated that envious collectors...
  • Native American group believes remains among Rush Co. artifacts

    04/04/2014 5:59:28 PM PDT · by digger48 · 25 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 04, 2014 | Rich Van Wyk
    RUSH COUNTY - There are new reports about what investigators are discovering as they search collection of historical artifacts so huge it fills a Rush County home and several outbuildings. An organization representing Native Americans believe human remains are buried among thousands and thousands of artifacts collected by Donald Miller in the U.S. and around the world. The FBI investigation and massive effort to recover thousands of invaluable artifacts is being watched by the American Indian Movement. Until recently, its local chairman lived only a half-hour away from the Rush County site. "We are glad something like this has happened,"...
  • Thousands Of Artifacts Seized At 91-Year-Old Indiana Man's Home

    04/04/2014 11:05:00 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 53 replies ^ | April 03, 201410:20 AM ET | by Mark Memmott
    Thousands Of Artifacts Seized At 91-Year-Old Indiana Man's Home Federal agents, art experts and museum curators descended on the home of a 91-year-old man in central Indiana on Wednesday to take control of a huge collection of artifacts from Native American, Russian, Chinese and other cultures. FBI Special Agent Robert Jones told reporters that the collection's cultural value "is immeasurable," reports RTV6 The Indy Channel.
  • FBI Raids 91-Year-Old Man's Artifact Collection

    04/04/2014 8:15:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies ^ | 3 April, 2014 | NA
    100 agents make a man prove that he obtained his collection properly.WALDRON, IN — Around 100 FBI agents swarmed an elderly man’s house in rural Indiana.  The Federal government has set up a command post with trucks and military-style tents.  The feds showed up to sort through his lifetime collection of world artifacts that he had gathered over the course of his 91 years.   The agents claim they want to make sure he “acquired the items properly” — effectively making him prove his innocence — even though the man has not been accused of breaking any laws. Don Miller,...
  • Incredible skeletal remains of 'Catholic saints' dug up, still dripping in gems and jewellery

    09/06/2013 7:15:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 505 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 September 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe. Art historian Paul Koudounaris hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world's most secretive religious establishments. Incredibly, some of the skeletons, said to be the remains of early Christian martyrs, were even found hidden away in lock-ups and containers. They are now the subject of a new book, which sheds light on the forgotten ornamented relics for the first time. Thousands of skeletons were dug up from Roman catacombs in the 16th...
  • Africa is Archaeologically Rich

    08/24/2013 10:41:32 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 6 replies ^ | August 24, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    The oldest human artifacts have been found in Africa. Two regions in particular have yielded archaeological riches: Sudan and southern Africa. Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt, in places like Nuri and Bijrawiyah, though they are smaller and not as old. In the town of Sedeinga in northern Sudan, 35 small pyramids have been excavated in the past few years. Twin pyramids and a sphinx have also been found in Niger, suggesting a pyramid building culture that extending from the Nile to the Niger River Basin at a time when the Saharan was wetter. Other important artifacts of Sudan include...
  • African Coins Found In Australia: 1,000-Year-Old Discovery May Rewrite Country's History

    05/22/2013 8:07:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5-20-2013 | Zoe Mintz
    Australians may need to rewrite their history textbooks. A new archaeological expedition may prove that the continent may have been discovered earlier than previously thought. Ian McIntosh, professor of anthropology at Indiana University, says he plans on visiting the location where five African coins were found in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1944 that have proven to be 1,000 years old, AAP reports. “Multiple theses have been put forward by noted scholars, and the major goal is to piece together more of the puzzle. Is a shipwreck involved? Are there more coins? All options are on the table, but only the...
  • Stunning Byzantine Mosaic Uncovered in Israel

    05/13/2013 9:01:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    LiveScience ^ | May 13, 2013 | Jeanna Bryner
    Archaeologists have uncovered an "extraordinary" mosaic that would've been used as the floor of a public building during the Byzantine Period in what is today Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.
  • Famed Roman Shipwreck Could Be Two

    02/09/2013 4:57:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 5, 2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A dive to the undersea cliff where a famous Roman shipwreck rests has turned up either evidence that the wreck is enormous -- or a suggestion that, not one, but two sunken ships are resting off the Greek island of Antikythera... The Antikythera wreck is famed for the massive number of artifacts pulled from the site over the past century. First discovered in the early 1900s by local sponge divers, the wreck is most famous for the Antikythera mechanism, a complex bronze gear device used to calculate astronomical positions (and perhaps the timing of the Olympic games). Numerous bronze and...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • Museums on high alert for ancient Egyptian loot

    02/02/2011 2:51:34 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 2011 | Mohammed Abbas Mohammed Abbas
    LONDON (Reuters) – International museums are on high alert for looted Egyptian artifacts and some archaeologists have even offered to fly to the country to help safeguard its ancient treasures, museums said on Wednesday. Egypt has been rocked by an unprecedented nine days of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule, and fears are high for the country's priceless heritage after looters broke into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo last week...
  • Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt's Chaos (Zahi Hawass interview)

    01/30/2011 10:42:21 PM PST · by pillut48 · 45 replies
    NatGeo ^ | January 30, 2011 | David Braun
    Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, reports that several of the country's museums have been attacked by looters taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country. In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, looters stole jewelry from the museum shop and smashed a statue of Tutankhamun and other artifacts. In a Sinai store containing antiquities from the Port Said Museum, "a large group, armed with guns and a truck, entered the store, opened the boxes in the magazine and took the precious objects. Other groups attempted to enter the Coptic Museum, Royal Jewellery Museum, National...
  • Egypt Threatens Removal of Ancient Central Park Obelisk

    01/08/2011 3:58:28 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 44 replies
    livescience ^ | 06 January 2011 | Andrea Leontiou
    Since 1881, the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle has stood in New York's Central Park, but a letter from the secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities indicates that this may change if the monument is not taken better care of. Recently, Zahi Hawass, the aforementioned secretary general and archaeologist, wrote to the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to inform them that if steps are not taken to protect the obelisk, it would be removed. "I am glad that this monument has become such an integral part of New York City, but I am...
  • Senator: Artifacts held by Yale belong to Peru

    06/09/2010 9:35:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 56+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 9 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) -- Sen. Christopher Dodd says Inca artifacts removed from Machu Picchu nearly a century ago and held by Yale University belong to the people of Peru.....
  • Evangelists claim Noahs Ark Found

    04/27/2010 9:29:08 AM PDT · by marstegreg · 84 replies · 3,758+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 27, 2010 | Joe Kovacs
    This story contains much more information and additional photos than The Sun.
  • Noah's Ark found in Turkey

    04/27/2010 8:28:30 AM PDT · by evets · 267 replies · 7,497+ views
    The remains of Noah's Ark have been discovered 13,000ft up a Turkish mountain, it has been claimed. A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say they have found wooden remains on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. They claim carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old — around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team, said: "It's not 100 per cent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it." He said the structure contained several compartments,...
  • King David Era Pottery Shard Supports Biblical Narrative

    01/08/2010 10:11:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,143+ views
    INN ^ | 1/8/10 | Avi Yellin
    ( A breakthrough in the research of the Hebrew Scriptures has shed new light on the period in which the Bible books of the Prophets were written. Professor Gershon Galil of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa has deciphered an inscription dating from the 10th century BCE (the period of King David’s reign) and has proven the inscription to be ancient Hebrew, thus making it the earliest known example of Hebrew writing. The significance of this breakthrough relates to the fact that at least some of the Biblical scriptures are now proven to have been composed...
  • From Ur's Royal Tombs

    12/30/2009 9:01:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 659+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | December 28, 2009 | Julia M. Klein
    Crammed into a single large gallery, the Penn Museum show -- filled with delicate cylinder seals and alabaster pots, and glittering strings of gold, carnelian and lapis lazuli beads -- is at once frustratingly old-fashioned and deliberately retro in its design. Musical selections from the expedition's record collection play in the background. The texts are well-written but long and somewhat dense. They are supplemented by archival and contemporary images of the site and computer terminals displaying the exhibition's Web site and other Web resources and offering visitors a chance to "live blog" about the show.
  • Near Army construction site in Germany, a trove of ancient Roman artifacts

    09/24/2009 10:15:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 828+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 24, 2009 | By Mark Patton
    WIESBADEN, Germany — A team of archaeology students and experts believe they have unearthed remnants of a Roman settlement from the second or third century near the construction site of an Army housing project, but the discovery isn’t expected to affect the project. The team, from nearby Mainz University, discovered a Roman coin, pieces of pottery, roof tiles, decorated bricks and 23 pieces of raw lead. The students also believe they have found the wall outlines of a building. "We think it’s from the first to third century after Christ," said Dr. Guntram Schwitalla, a district archaeologist in Hessen. "If...
  • EPA Says It Will Toss Artifacts from Historic 18th Century Fort into a Landfill

    08/18/2009 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,584+ views ^ | 8/18/09 | Adam Brickley
    ( – Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency restarted a controversial dredging project on the Hudson River, dredgers operated by the General Electric Company dislodged wooden beams that are the last remnants of one of the largest British forts in the American colonies. The EPA now says that the beams are contaminated with potential carcinogens known as PCBs and therefore must be buried in a landfill
  • Meth linked to western Colorado artifact raids

    06/19/2009 1:28:21 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 24 replies · 1,579+ views
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | June 18 | Gary Harmon
    Easy money, sleepless nights lure users, cultural expert says Western Colorado is far from immune to the looting such as that alleged by federal agents after the arrests last week of 24 people in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado. There’s a modern twist, however, to the looting that western Colorado and other officials have noted of late: methamphetamine. Law enforcement officials declined to elaborate on incidents in which they have noted the connection between looted sites and meth use, but archaeologists and law enforcement officials said they are aware of the connections. Looting and methamphetamine use have more in common...
  • Chinese pottery may be earliest discovered

    06/08/2009 6:15:20 PM PDT · by mnehring · 11 replies · 447+ views
    WASHINGTON – Bits of pottery discovered in a cave in southern China may be evidence of the earliest development of ceramics by ancient people. The find in Yuchanyan Cave dates to as much as 18,000 years ago, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Oldest known pottery found in China: 18,000 years old

    06/06/2009 2:05:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,683+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Chinese and Israeli archaeologists have discovered the oldest known pottery, remains of an 18,000-year-old cone-shaped vase excavated from a cave in southern China. The shards are about 1,000 years older than the previous record-holder, found in Japan. After flint tools, pottery is one of the oldest human-made materials, and tracing its development provides insight into the evolution of culture. The shards were discovered four years ago in Yuchanyan Cave in the Yangzi River basin by a team led by Elisabetto Boaretto of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. The cave shows signs of human occupation from about 21,000...
  • FBI Returns Medallions Plundered From 18th-Century Shipwreck

    06/05/2009 8:26:15 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 797+ views
    Art Info ^ | 6-3-09 | Mitchell Martin
    The problem with stolen art is that once you start to sell it, word gets out. When the art involved is a hundred or more bronze religious medallions, each worth perhaps $1,000, eventually somebody will notice, call the FBI, and there go the profits. Which is apparently what happened with a haul of bronze medallions that took a 237-year journey from Spain to Anguilla to Vermont and then back to the Caribbean. Shortly after midnight on June 8, 1772, the Spanish vessel El Buen Consejo smashed into Anguilla in the Leeward Islands, stranding passengers and crew on a voyage to...
  • Iraqi Army Commandos Recover Artifacts from Smugglers

    04/24/2009 6:39:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 265+ views
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Ministry of Defense held a ceremony to commemorate the recovery of 235 artifacts by Iraqi Army commandos from smugglers and the subsequent handover of the items to the Iraqi Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on April 16. Iraqi Minister of Defense Abd Al-Qadir said, “The Iraqi Army is putting extraordinary pressure on smuggling gangs, which steal Iraq’s history to finance terrorist operations.” “The recovery of the artifacts was a joyous occasion because they could not be replaced with money and represented 5,000 years of Iraqi history," The Minister added. Citizens in Abu El-Kahsib, Bab El-Tawael and El-Amir...
  • Alamo is new passion for Phil Collins

    03/03/2009 10:37:48 AM PST · by castle210 · 90 replies · 2,659+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/03/2009 | Scott Huddleston
    Singer Phil Collins said his life now revolves around the Alamo. Collins is in town, set to appear at local events commemorating the anniversary of the siege and battle of the Alamo. Though he's mulling the idea of recording a tribute cover album of 1960s songs, he said he's making the Alamo “my main thing” as a collector, history buff and possible author. “Basically, now I've stopped being Phil Collins the singer. This has become what I do,” he said Monday, standing beside a 13-foot-by-15-foot model of the 1836 Alamo compound that will open to the public this week. Collins,...
  • Frozen In Time... The Watch Which Shows The Moment Newlywed Titanic Passengers Fell Into Sea

    02/20/2009 10:50:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 1,413+ views
    Daily Mirror (U.K.) ^ | February 20, 2009
    Frozen in time... the watch which shows the moment newlywed Titanic passengers fell into sea and died By Richard Smith 21/02/2009 THIS [see PIC in URL] is the pocket watch which shows the moment a couple of newlywed Titanic passengers fell into the sea and died together. John Chapman, 37, was on honeymoon with new bride Lizzie, 29, when the liner struck an iceberg on April 15, 1912 and sank 35 minutes after they were pitched into the freezing Atlantic water. Lizzie died after refusing a place on a lifeboat because her beloved husband was not allowed to go with...
  • Huge Iron Age haul of coins found

    01/18/2009 6:47:45 AM PST · by csvset · 38 replies · 1,697+ views
    BBC ^ | 17 January 2009 | BBC
    One of the UK's largest hauls of Iron Age gold coins has been found in Suffolk. The 824 so-called staters were found in a broken pottery jar buried in a field near Wickham Market using a metal detector. Jude Plouviez, of the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, said the coins dated from 40BC to AD15. They are thought to have been minted by predecessors of the Iceni Queen Boudicca. Ms Plouviez said their value when in circulation had been estimated at a modern equivalent of between Ł500,000 and Ł1m, but they were likely to be worth less than that now....
  • Priceless Smuggled Treasure Found

    12/25/2008 2:06:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 1,137+ views
    BASRA — Iraqi Security Forces recently uncovered hundreds of historical artifacts during two raids in northern Basra. The 228 ancient artifacts included Sumerian and Babylonian sculpture, gold jewelry and other items from ancient Mesopotamia.“This is my favorite item,” said Iraqi Col. Ali Sabah, commander of the Basra Emergency Battalion that led the operation, holding a piece of gold jewelry. “It’s gold from the Babylon ages and about 6,000 years old. It doesn’t have a price.”“I’m very happy because this is my civilization’s heritage,” he said.The Basra Emergency Battalion led raid operated from tips that smugglers intended to remove the...
  • Efforts Underway to Preserve Iraq’s 'Cradle of Civilization'

    12/08/2008 3:29:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 352+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Josh LeCappelain, USA
    Dignitaries stop at the Ctesiphon Arch during a visit in late October. Efforts are underway to preserve it and other historical artifacts in Iraq. Photo by Multi-National Division - Center. CAMP VICTORY — Overshadowed by years of tyranny and armed conflict, the country of Iraq hides many signs of what it once was – the cradle of civilization. Sitting in varying states of decay, or even beneath layers of earth, historical locations and artifacts recall the significance that Iraq and her people have played on the history of all mankind. In the town that housed one of the Seven Ancient...
  • Cyrus cylinder's ancient bill of rights 'is just propaganda'

    07/16/2008 9:48:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 259+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/16/2008 | Harry de Quetteville
    A 2500 year old Persian treasure dubbed the world's 'first bill of human rights' has been branded a piece of shameless 'propaganda' by German historians. The Cyrus cylinder, which is held by the British Museum, is a legacy of Cyrus the Great - the Persian emperor famed for freeing the Jews of ancient Babylon after conquering the city in 539 BC. A copy of the cylinder, which is covered in cuneiform script supposed to detail the ancient charter of rights, also hangs next to the Security Council Chamber in the United Nations headquarters in New York, where it is held...
  • Looted artifacts returned to Iraq

    06/25/2008 5:22:56 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 203+ views
    CBC ^ | June 22, 2008 | Staff
    Jordan handed over nearly 2,500 stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in a ceremony in Amman on Sunday. The repatriation is latest step in recovering about 15,000 priceless artifacts that were smuggled out of the country by looters during the chaos following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and have been turning up at art auctions around the world. Many were taken from the national museum in Baghdad, and thousands more were looted from archeolgoical sites. At the ceremony, Maha Khatib, Jordan's minister of tourism, presented the pieces to her Iraqi counterpart, Mohammed Abbas Oreibi. Oreibi told reporters that the...
  • Ancient Stone Tools Found In South Carolina (Topper)

    06/19/2008 10:25:55 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 761+ views
    Atlanta Journal Consitiution ^ | 6-17-2008 | LIZ MITCHELL
    Ancient stone tools discovered in South Carolina Finds at Savannah River site could rewrite America's history By LIZ MITCHELL McClatchy NewspapersPublished on: 06/17/08 HILTON HEAD, S.C. — A local man has unearthed two ancient stone tools in an archaeological dig in Allendale County, S.C., a rare find that could provide more information about how early Americans lived. And if more evidence proves the artifact is a new type of tool and one archaeologists haven't found before, it could be named after Matthew Carey of Hilton Head Island. The 22-year-old University of South Carolina anthropology major volunteered at the Topper Site...
  • Officials fell trees inscribed by US soldiers who fought for France (WWII GI Memorial)

    06/12/2008 3:48:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 279+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | June 13, 2008 | Adam Sage
    Historic ‘name trees’ bore thousands of carvingsThe names “Thomas and Dorothy” were carved in the bark of one trunk. Another said “Bob and Carma”. Other trees were marked with soldiers’ home states - Iowa, Maine or Alabama - and several bore hearts and the names or initials of a wife or girlfriend. The beech trees of Saint Pierre de Varengeville-Duclair forest bore a poignant testimony to the D-Day landings for more than six decades. Thousands of American soldiers stationed there after the liberation of Normandy spent their spare hours with a knife or bayonet creating a lasting reminder of their...
  • Tse-Whit-Zen Artifacts Languish In Storage

    05/01/2008 1:42:41 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 156+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 5-1-2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Tse-whit-zen artifacts languish in storage By Jonathan MartinSeattle Times staff reporter An arrowhead created by a Lower Elwha Klallam tribal member. One of the Pacific Northwest's most astonishing archaeological finds in a generation has languished for more than a year, lingering on metal shelves in a Seattle warehouse, unseen by the public and unexamined by scientists. No one questions the discoveries — artifacts from a 2,700-year-old Native American village excavated from the Port Angeles waterfront amid great public interest — should be exhibited, analyzed and celebrated. But the 900 boxes of artifacts — such things as spindle whorls carved from...
  • Iraqi museum receives 701 artifacts stolen during looting

    04/27/2008 12:30:42 PM PDT · by MoonMullins · 3 replies · 195+ views
    BAGHDAD - The Iraqi National Museum is welcoming home 701 artifacts stolen during the looting after Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003. Syrian authorities turned over items ranging from golden necklaces to clay pots that were seized by traffickers in the neighboring country. The antiquities were displayed in a ceremony Sunday at the Baghdad museum. Iraqi officials say Syria is the first country to hand over a large quantity of stolen antiquities. They hope others will follow its lead as Iraq struggles to restore its rich cultural heritage after five years of war. Museums were pillaged of treasures in the chaos...
  • Gold necklace found is 'oldest in Americas'

    04/01/2008 1:00:00 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 341+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/1/2008 | Roger Highfield
    This elegant gold necklace looks as if it was only made yesterday. In fact the nine inch necklace is four thousand years old and marks the oldest known worked gold artifact ever uncovered in the Americas, also representing the earliest evidence of an elite emerging among the simple people who lived there. Is this gold necklace the first evidence of elite society in the Americas In short, it marks the very early steps towards the appearance of royalty in the region, along with politics and luxury. The nine bead necklace, found near Lake Titicaca in southern Peru, is described by...