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  • Robot sub finds 'holy grail of shipwrecks' with treasure worth billions

    05/23/2018 9:53:09 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 05/23/18
    A more than 300-year-old Spanish shipwreck carrying treasure that might be worth up to $17 billion was discovered with the help of an underwater robot. It's called the Remus 6000 and it can dive nearly four miles and is loaded with sensors and cameras. Bronze cannons confirmed "the holy grail of shipwrecks" had been found at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. They are engraved with dolphins — a telltale sign they belong to the Spanish galleon San Jose, lost more than 300 years ago. "I just sat there for about 10 minutes and smiled," said Jeff Kaeli, a research...
  • Ancient Scroll Shows Jews Tried to Hex Chariot Races in Turkey 1,500 Years Ago

    05/21/2018 10:04:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 16, 2018 | Ruth Schuster and Ofer Aderet
    Chariot racing goes back thousands of years and so do attempts to fix the race... Now it turns out that not only did ancient Greeks and Romans exhort the deities to ruin their rivals' beasts: Jews were hexing the horses too and betting on their favorites. The first-ever evidence of Jewish cursing in sports was found in a rolled-up metal tablet that had been located in ancient Antioch by Princeton University researchers in the 1930s – and had been left rolled up until now. The tablet, about 9x6 centimeters in size, dated to about the 5th or 6th century C.E.,...
  • Author claims to know identity of skyjacker 'DB Cooper'

    05/20/2018 10:46:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Grand Rapids Business Journal ^ | May 17, 2018 | Danielle Nelson
    A 47-year-old mystery finally may be resolved. Grand Rapids-based publisher Principia Media announced yesterday it has released a book that allegedly reveals the real identity of “D.B. Cooper,” the infamous skyjacker who in 1971 demanded a $200,000 ransom on board a flight from Portland, Oregon to Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, before jumping 10,000 feet to his escape. The book, “D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend,” is by Carl Laurin, an alleged friend of the skyjacker, and details an investigation into Cooper’s identity. Laurin claims that Cooper was the late "military paratrooper, daredevil and intelligence operative" Walter R. Reca, Principia Media said. Reca,...
  • Vowel Movement: How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English

    08/24/2012 2:10:57 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 137 replies
    Slate ^ | August 22, 2012 | Rob Mifsud
    On July 4, 1960, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard rang in Independence Day with a dire Associated Press report by one Norma Gauhn headlined “American Dialects Disappearing.” The problem, according to “speech experts,” was the homogenizing effect of “mass communications, compulsory education, [and] the mobility of restless Americans.” These conformist pressures have only intensified in the half-century since the AP warned “that within four generations virtually all regional U.S. speech differences will be gone.” And so as we enter the predicted twilight of regional American English, it’s no surprise that publications as venerable as the Economist now confirm what our collective...
  • Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide story

    10/01/2009 7:17:05 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 51 replies · 2,095+ views
    Bone with bullet hole found by Russians in 1946 came from an unknown woman, not the German leader Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide In countless biographies of Adolf Hitler the story of his final hours is recounted in the traditional version: committing suicide with Eva Braun, he took a cyanide pill and then shot himself on 30 April 1945, as the Russians bombarded Berlin. Some historians expressed doubt that the Führer had shot himself, speculating that accounts of Hitler's death had been embellished to present his suicide in a suitably heroic light. But a fragment...
  • Hitler definitely died in 1945, according to new study of his teeth

    05/20/2018 9:08:09 AM PDT · by golux · 71 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 May 2018 | R. Mulholland
    French researchers claim to have put an end to conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Adolf Hitler, after a study of his teeth proved he definitely died after taking cyanide and shooting himself in the head in Berlin in 1945. The researchers reached their conclusion after they were given rare access to fragments of Hitler’s teeth which have been held in Moscow since the end of World War II. "The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt. Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945," said professor Philippe Charlier. "We can stop all the conspiracy theories about Hitler. He...
  • Large Sunken Island [Sank in] Middle Ages [tr]

    05/18/2018 8:38:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Archaeology in Bulgaria ^ | May 14, 2018 | Ivan Dikov (ouch!)
    The island in question was called Cyanida (or Kianida), and is featured on maps from the 15th century based on “Geography" (also known as “Geographia" or the “Cosmographia"), a work written ca. 150 AD by 2nd century AD Greco-Roman geographer Claudius Ptolemy. These include maps published in 1467 in the Reichenbach Monastery (today in Southern Germany) such as Ptolemy’s 9th European Map (Nona Europae Tabula) (featuring Dacia (Datia), Thrace (Thracia), and Upper and Lower Moesia) and Ptolemy’s 1st Asian Map (Tabula Asiae I), depicting Asia Minor / Anatolia. (The maps in question are part of the collection of the National...
  • Megan Fox Thinks Archaeologists Are Too Narrow Minded to Understand History

    05/17/2018 1:17:07 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 76 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 5/17/20185
    Transformers actress Megan Fox is producing and starring in a new show on the Travel Channel called Mysteries and Myths with Megan Fox. The shows goal? To make you question the work of archaeologists, who are really just trying to mask "the truth" of history from us all. And Fox should know, because she isn't an historian or an archaeologist herself. "History only gives us a one-sided view of the truth," Fox told Deadline. "I haven't spent my entire life building a career in academia so I don't have to worry about my reputation or being rebuked by my colleagues,...
  • The outer space octopus theory

    05/16/2018 11:08:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 pm on May 16, 2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Another scientific study has been released offering the controversial claim that there’s a decent chance the octopus (and the rest of the cephalopods) arrived on Earth in the form of frozen eggs 250 million years ago and actually evolved on another world. … This wasn’t the first group to suggest it. In 2015 another research group reached a similar conclusion. The more you read into it, the less crazy it sounds. As we’ve studied the various animals on the planet in ever deeper detail, the octopus really doesn’t seem to fit in with everything else. They’re an invertebrate, but they...
  • Are these Neanderthal etchings a long-lost message?

    05/16/2018 10:21:01 AM PDT · by ETL · 79 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | May 8, 2018 | Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | LiveScience
    A Neanderthal seems to have left a message etched in stone about 35,000 years ago, a new study finds. An analysis of the slanted, zigzag lines — engraved on a piece of flint discovered at a Neanderthal site in Crimea — reveals that they likely weren't made willy-nilly. Rather, the Neanderthal artist would have needed excellent fine motor skills and attention to detail to etch the lines, which may carry symbolic meaning, the researchers said. If this new interpretation is correct, the engraved piece of flint will join a growing list of artifacts showing that Neanderthals were likely complex beings...
  • Extraordinary Pompeii discovery: Racehorse remains found among ancient city's ruins

    05/14/2018 2:29:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 14, 2018 | James Rogers
    Archaeologists have unearthed the final resting place of an ancient racehorse among the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy. The horse was discovered in Pompeii’s northern outskirts, beyond the walls of the Roman city. The stable where the horse belonged to a villa in Pompeii’s suburb of Civita Giuliana. Experts discovered the horse’s remains when they were investigating tunnels used by tomb raiders, according to a Facebook post.
  • Origin of Mysterious 2,700-Year-Old Gold Treasure Revealed

    05/15/2018 12:11:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    National Geographic ^ | April 10, 2018 | unattributed
    ...a magnificent hoard of ancient gold objects discovered by Spanish construction workers near Seville in 1958... 2,700-year-old treasure... sparked speculation and debate about Tartessos, a civilization that thrived in southern Spain between the ninth and sixth centuries B.C... That wealth, and the fact that the Tartessians seemingly 'disappear' from history about 2,500 years ago... Another side of the debate held that the jewelry came with the Phoenicians – a Semitic, seafaring culture from the Near East which first arrived in the western Mediterranean in the eighth century B.C. and established a trading port at what is now modern-day Cadiz... The...
  • Ancient Remains of Horse Discovered at Pompeii

    05/15/2018 9:34:17 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | May 11, 2018 | Jessica Phelan
    For the first time ever, archaeologists have been able to cast the complete figure of a horse that perished in the volcanic eruption at Pompeii. The "extraordinary" discovery was made outside the city walls, in Civita Giuliana to the north of Pompeii proper, the site's directors announced this week. Excavation in the area revealed what archaeologists identified as a stable, complete with the remains of a trough. Using the same technique that has allowed them to recreate the final poses of dozens of Pompeii's victims, whereby liquid plaster is injected into the cavities left behind when bodies encased in volcanic...
  • Austin-area dig gives rare clues to how people lived 16,000 years ago

    05/15/2018 9:09:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Friday, May 11, 2018 | Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
    Prehistoric humans began gravitating to the Gault Site about 16,000 years ago, Texas State researchers say. The Gault Site is preserved forever because an archaeologist bought it and gave it to a conservation group... [Few academics have such wherewithal and fewer still would spend it this way, said Tom Dillehay, an anthropology professor at Vanderbilt University.] You can hardly walk 10 steps along Buttermilk Creek about 45 miles north of Austin without finding evidence that people lived here thousands of years ago. The ground is littered with flakes of chert, a plentiful stone from which projectile points, blades, cleavers and...
  • Amendments Offered in Congress by James Madison June 8, 1789

    05/14/2018 9:43:12 PM PDT · by TBP · 9 replies
    Constitution Society ^ | June 8, 1789 | James Madison
    First. That there be prefixed to the Constitution a declaration, that all power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That Government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the right of acquiring and using property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their Government, whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purposes of its institution. Secondly. That in article 1st, section 2,...
  • Tiny Brains of Extinct Human Relative Had Complex Features

    05/14/2018 10:49:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    In 2013 scientists excavating a cave in South Africa found remains of Homo naledi, an extinct hominin now thought to have lived 236,000 to 335,000 years ago. Based on the cranial remains, the researchers concluded it had a small brain only about the size of an orange or your fist. Recently, they took another look at the skull fragments and found imprints left behind by the brain. The impressions suggest that despite its tiny size, Homo naledi’s brain shared a similar shape and structure with that of modern human brains, which are three times as large. “We’ve now seen that...
  • LIBERATING OUR JERUSALEM - Greenfield

    05/13/2018 6:49:35 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 5/13/18 | Daniel Greenfield
    May 13, 2018 Liberating Our Jerusalem Posted by Daniel Greenfield When Jordan's Arab Legion seized half of Jerusalem, ethnically cleansed its Jewish population and annexed the city-- the only entity to recognize the annexation was the United Kingdom which had provided the officers and the training that made the conquest possible. Officers like Colonel Bill Newman, Major Geoffrey Lockett and Major Bob Slade, under Glubb Pasha, better known as General John Bagot Glubb, whose son later converted to Islam, invaded Jerusalem and used the Muslim forces under their command to make the partition and ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem possible. The...
  • Sweet Potatoes Might Have Arrived In Polynesia Long Before Humans

    05/12/2018 1:58:52 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    Science News ^ | 5-12-2018 | Dan Garisto
    Sweet potatoes were domesticated thousands of years ago in the Americas. So 18th century European explorers were surprised to find Polynesians had been growing the crop for centuries. New genetic evidence instead suggests that wild precursors to sweet potatoes reached Polynesia at least 100,000 years ago — long before humans inhabited the South Pacific islands, researchers report April 12 in Current Biology. If true, it could also challenge the idea that Polynesian seafarers reached the Americas around the 12th century. For the new study, the researchers analyzed the DNA of 199 specimens taken from sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) and...
  • The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

    05/11/2018 9:18:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 169 replies
    History.com ^ | 3 May 2018 | BECKY LITTLE
    Roughly 60 years after the abolition of slavery, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston made an incredible connection: She located the last surviving captive of the last slave ship to bring Africans to the United States. ... In fact, they are only now being released to the public in a book called Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” that comes out on May 8, 2018... he was only 19 years old when members of the neighboring Dahomian tribe captured him and took him to the coast. There, he and about 120 others were sold into slavery and crammed onto the...
  • Students work to establish first archaeology fraternity in the country

    05/11/2018 12:42:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The George Washington Hatchet ^ | April 30, 2018 | Lizzie Mintz
    A group of 19 students wants to establish the first archaeology fraternity in the nation. After registering as a student organization in November, Delta Iota Gamma recruited 12 members to its inaugural pledge class earlier this semester. The group plans to become a nationally recognized fraternity by the fall because members want to help students studying archaeology or classics build professional networks – a resource they said is needed on campus. Members said this semester they’ve worked to trademark the group’s letters and write governing documents. As they continue to gain recognition, they are also planning to host social events,...