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  • Mysterious Roman God Baffles Experts

    11/26/2014 10:07:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    livescience.com ^ | | November 25, 2014 10:05am ET | Tia Ghose, Staff Writer
    sculpture of a mysterious, never-before-seen Roman deity has been unearthed in an ancient temple in Turkey. The 1st century B.C. relief, of an enigmatic bearded god rising up out of a flower or plant, was discovered at the site of a Roman temple near the Syrian border. The ancient relief was discovered in a supporting wall of a medieval Christian monastery. "It's clearly a god, but at the moment it's difficult to say who exactly it is," said Michael Blömer, an archaeologist at the University of Muenster in Germany, who is excavating the site. "There are some elements reminiscent of...
  • Will the Real Black Americans Please stand up

    11/26/2014 9:53:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 25, 2014 | Charles R. Patrick Furguson
    Five minute video at link. What do you think?
  • Climate Change Not a Cause of Bronze Age Collapse

    11/25/2014 5:49:56 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, November 17, 2014 | University of Bradford press release
    "Our evidence shows definitively that the population decline in this period cannot have been caused by climate change," says Ian Armit, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Bradford, and lead author of the study. Graeme Swindles, Associate Professor of Earth System Dynamics at the University of Leeds, added, "We found clear evidence for a rapid change in climate to much wetter conditions, which we were able to precisely pinpoint to 750BC using statistical methods." According to Professor Armit, social and economic stress is more likely to be the cause of the sudden and widespread fall in numbers. Communities producing...
  • Turkish & Italian Archaeologists Dig at Karkemish

    11/24/2014 4:02:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Monday, November 17, 2014 | unattributed
    Nicolo Marchetti of the University of Bologna is project director of the excavation at Karkemish, a 5,000-year-old city located along the Turkey-Syria border. About one-third of the site lies inside Syria and is off-limits. The site is also very close to Jarablous, a Syrian city that is now ISIS-controlled territory. “Still, we have had no problem at all.…We work in a military area. It is very well protected,” Marchetti told the Associated Press. This year his team has recovered sculptures from the palace of King Katuwa that date to 900 B.C., and a 700 B.C. mosaic floor in the palace...
  • Details of the so-called Arthur Stone Discovery at Tintagel

    11/24/2014 3:56:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Britannia.com ^ | 1990s | David Nash Ford
    A small piece of slate was discovered during excavations on Tintagel Island inscribed with the name "Artognov". Is this the first real proof of King Arthur's existence? Was he really born at Tintagel as legend insists? On 6th August 1998, English Heritage revealed that during the last week of digging on the Eastern terraces of Tintagel Island, a broken piece of Cornish slate (8" by 14") was discovered bearing the name "Artognov". It was excavated on July 4th, by Kevin Brady, an archaeologist working with a team from Glasgow University. "As the stone came out, when I saw the letters...
  • Could rare sword have belonged to Ivan the Terrible?

    11/24/2014 3:37:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 21 November 2014 | Anna Liesowska and Derek Lambie
    Intrigue over how German-made 12th century blade, adorned in Sweden, reached Siberia... An exciting new theory has now emerged that it could have belonged to Tsar Ivan the Terrible, and came from the royal armoury as a gift at the time of the conquest of Siberia. The hypothesis, twinning an infamous Russian ruler and a revered battle hero, could turn it into one of the most interesting archaeological finds in Siberian history, though for now much remains uncertain. What Siberian experts are sure about is that the beautifully engraved weapon was originally made in central Europe, and most likely in...
  • The T-34 Was a War-Winning Tank

    11/24/2014 6:30:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    On June 22, 1941, Nazi German launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive attack on the Soviet Union that was the largest invasion in history. More than three million German soldiers, 150 divisions and 3,000 tanks comprised three mammoth army groups that created a front more than 1,800 miles long. The Germans expected to face an inferior enemy—the Slavs whom Adolph Hitler called untermenschen. Giddy from victories in Poland and France, Hitler and many in his military high command believed it was the destiny of Germany to invade Russia. “The end of the Jewish domination in Russia will also be the end...
  • Hitler & Fate

    11/23/2014 5:02:56 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 75 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 11-23-14 | Martin Armstrong
    Hitler as a Youth "The other side of Adolf Hitler has been suddenly exposed by a letter the post office had lost all these years and suddenly delivered it to the address where he lived as a boy. The problem, they were decades too late. "Hitler wanted to be an artist. He was a painter. He applied to attend art school and waited patiently for a letter of acceptance. That letter never came and Hitler’s dream career was never to be. Was this simply fate?
  • Stanford archaeologist leads the first detailed study of human remains at... Deir el-Medina

    11/23/2014 3:17:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Stanford Report ^ | November 17, 2014 | Barbara Wilcox
    In many bodies Austin saw evidence of stress from the hard climb – today it's a thousand stone steps – from Deir el-Medina to the Valley of the Kings and back again. As Austin found, incidence of arthritis in the knees and ankles of the men at Deir el-Medina was significantly higher than for working populations from other Egyptian cemeteries. The bones also revealed clues that corroborate other scholars' findings that severely disabled Egyptians were well cared for. "I found the remains of a man who died at the age of 19 or 20 and was born without a useful...
  • Thousands of ancient artifacts uncovered at awesome Mexican temple

    11/23/2014 2:24:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 5, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    Mexican archaeologists exploring one of the country's most spectacular ancient temples have uncovered a stash of thousands of artifacts that are estimated to date back as far as 200 A.D. The Temple of the Feathered Serpent sits on the outskirts of Mexico City. The new Lazgo Hal Tladocan project to explore tunnels beneath it is one of the most important archaeological investigations Mexico has ever seen. Sculptures carved in stone, ornamented with pre-Columbian jewelry and elaborate jade and greenstone were found. Unique objects made of amber and thousands of wooden artifacts were also uncovered, hidden along with remains of animals,...
  • The Gettysburg Address

    11/23/2014 1:51:47 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 47 replies
    Archives ^ | November 19,1863 | Abraham Lincoln
    The Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether...
  • A teenager’s escape from hell in Honduras (another illegal alien)

    11/23/2014 12:33:29 PM PST · by dennisw · 33 replies
    nypost ^ | November 23, 2014 | By Isabel Vincent
    When 17-year-old Katherine Silva Lopez tried to flee gang members who robbed her daily on her way to school in Honduras, they stabbed her in the arm and threatened to kill her. In San Pedro Sula, one of the world’s most violent cities, it was no idle threat. Were 1,200 ­homicides last year in the city of 437,000, where gangs prey on teens. “They force you to kill, to steal, to sell drugs, to do prostitution,” ­Lopez told The Post in Spanish outside federal court in lower Manhattan. “I was really scared.” Lopez’s parents decided she’d be safer with relatives...
  • Photos of the Ukrainian Maidan (one year anniversary of the start of the rebellion)

    11/23/2014 9:37:09 AM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 6 replies
    Ukrainian Pravda ^ | Nov 20 2014
    Part of history now
  • 22 November 1963

    11/22/2014 6:13:15 PM PST · by GOJPN · 140 replies
    22 November 2014 | GOJPN
    22 November 1963. 51 years ago. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing that day? I was in phys ed class and had just finished running the cross country course. As I walked up the locker room door, Coach Waite was sitting on the steps with his face in his hands. He was crying. I asked what was wrong and he told me that President Kennedy had been shot and killed. That was a bad day for me.
  • Really interesting pictures of WW2 at Iwo Jima

    11/22/2014 10:31:10 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 94 replies
    Really interesting pictures of WW2 at Iwo Jima.
  • Left Unity's John Tummon and Leftist Support for Jihad

    11/22/2014 7:37:55 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 22 November 2014 | Paul Austin Murphy
    Like Marxism, Islam offers “totalist” (to use a word from post-structuralism) solutions to.... well, all problems. And Leftists, like most Muslims, like that. Many Leftists also deem Islam to be intrinsically anti-capitalist; as well as being (conveniently for them) anti-Western. So it's not a surprise either that John Tummon (of Left Unity) has also gone way beyond defending Muslims to now embracing all sorts of Islamic ideas and causes; including the Caliphate, the Islamic State (IS), the Ottoman Empire, the Ummah, sharia law, Islamic legal traditions and so on, although he stops short of actually quoting from the Koran or...
  • The demonic genius of the *resident (If I'm reading this right)

    11/21/2014 7:07:21 PM PST · by Riflema · 34 replies
    Self ^ | 11/21/14 | Self
    Okay, if I'm reading this right, we have all been suckered in a big way and with an outcome far worse we thought. Ask yourself, where is the Executive Order?So far, there is no EO. What he issued were two memoranda (see the link above). Both very vague, no concrete proposals or edicts. One speaks of assembling a "Task Force on New Americans" to figure out how to make our society and it's institutions more welcoming to the shadow people. The second invites proposals and ideas on "improving" the process for getting into the US.Now, if this is it, if...
  • Microsoft Windows Turns 29: Happy Birthday to the World's Number 1 OS! [Love it or hate it]

    11/21/2014 1:41:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/21/2014
      Windows 1.0 was launched 29 years ago24 photosVIEW ALL  Windows was, is, and will continue to be the world's number one operating system for the desktop for many years from now, as neither Mac OS X nor Linux have what they need to overtake Microsoft's key player in the PC war. But have you ever wondered how everything actually started? Today is the best moment to ask such a question, because this is the day when Microsoft's Windows celebrates its 29th anniversary. While we're not going to get through the whole Windows history, because both Microsoft's official website...
  • Turkey to Teach Muslim Discovery of America in Schools

    11/21/2014 8:56:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The USSR claimed to have invented absolutely everything. Soviet children were taught that everything from the locomotive to the airplane had been invented in Russia. Muslims can’t seem to stop jumping headlong into the same xenophobic delusional propaganda. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking “self-confidence”.In an aggressive rebuttal of the criticism heaped in some quarters on his comments, Erdogan also suggested that the purported “discovery” of the Americas by Muslims should be taught in schools.“A big...
  • Archaeologists Unearth Three Ancient Greek Mosaics in the Ongoing Excavation in Zeugma, Turkey

    11/20/2014 11:15:08 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 18 replies
    Laughing Squid ^ | November 18, 2014 | Rebecca Escamilla
    The Zeugma excavation project conducted by Oxford Archaeology and supported by Packhard Humanities Institute and the Ministry of Culture of Turkey has recently unearthed three ancient Greek mosaics in the Turkish city of Zeugma. Zeugma had received some press and support in 2000 after flooding caused by construction began to bury and damage artifacts in the region. The mosaics, created in the 2nd century BC, are constructed of boldly colored glass and are being covered for protection until excavation is complete. The head of the project, Professor Kutalmis Görkay, recently gave the Hurriyet Daily News more details about the plan...
  • How BIG is The Executive? Cabinet Growth as a small example. [Vanity]

    11/20/2014 3:27:27 PM PST · by SES1066 · 11 replies
    Self
    With President Obama expanding on his power, an amateur historian like myself looks to past growth of the Executive Branch and in this post looking at the number of Cabinet (Departmental) positions and their growth. How many can give the number of these positions currently and how that has changed? It is an interesting progression and given my preference for minimalist governance, frightening!
  • Remembering Arthur Balfour, Friend of Science and Friendly Opponent to Atheist Bertrand Russell

    11/20/2014 12:31:46 PM PST · by Heartlander · 1 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | November 20, 2014 | Mike Keas
    Remembering Arthur Balfour, Friend of Science and Friendly Opponent to Atheist Bertrand Russell Mike Keas November 20, 2014 11:28 AM | Permalink This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I -- and this past week provided a terrible reminder that conflicts stirred by the war remain with us. In Israel, a pair of Palestinian Muslims turned a Jerusalem synagogue at morning prayers into a bloodbath, a reminder to Israelis (as if one were needed) of their vulnerability to terrorists fanatically opposed to the existence of the state. Observers with a long memory may have recalled...
  • What’s education for? Let’s have a national debate on this issue

    11/19/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    FreeRepublic Original content | Nov. 19, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    An interesting theoretical issue in education from the beginning has been, who needs this stuff and how much of it do they need? Let's imagine a farmer sitting behind a mule plowing his field. Does he need an education? Is it wasted on him? Would life be better or worse if he knew some history, could sing some opera, or do puzzles in his head. What if he knows some Shakespeare and, as he’s going around the fields, regales the mule with speeches from Hamlet? Would this make life a little more interesting? Or would having such knowledge be a...
  • I can't believe an old man like John Boehner is in charge of the Republicans at a time like this

    I can't believe an old man like John Boehner is in charge of the Republicans at a time like this. "When I hear John Boehner speak, I can't believe a man like that is in charge of the opposition party at a time like this," Savage said to his listeners. We're fighting for everything that's sacred to us as Americans, and this is the leader we have right now? This weak, sad sack of an old man who has one foot in retirement and the other one someplace else? Meanwhile we have Obama, a vigorous young man, running interference, decimating...
  • Sleep Bomber...B-17 Sounds

    11/18/2014 8:38:07 AM PST · by virgil283 · 45 replies
    americandigest ^ | November 17, 2014
    "Let our virtual B-17 airplane sound lull you to sleep with a low frequency engine drone in stereo. This is an 8 hour long version designed to run all night." .....
  • Off with their heads! French socialists declare new Assassin's Creed video game is right-wing

    11/18/2014 6:21:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | Sara Malm
    A French left-wing MEP has hit out at the creators of video game Assassin's Creed over their portrayal of Maximilien de Robespierre. A slight artistic liberty from the creators sees the character of Robespierre presented as a psychopathic mass-murderer, which has enraged the French left, Jean-Luc Melenchon claims the depiction of Robespierre, considered by many to have been the architect of the French Revolution, in the latest installation of the game is 'propaganda against the people'.
  • The Victorian Beard Craze (O Behold The Politically Incorrect Beard)

    11/16/2014 9:44:58 PM PST · by goldstategop · 46 replies
    Lucinda Hawksley ^ | 11/16/2014 | BBC News
    By the time the last troops returned home, beards were the mark of a hero. Men who had never seen any military action began to grow beards. Within a few years, it was almost impossible to see a beard-free male face in Victorian Britain - except in Buckingham Palace, as Prince Albert refused to conform to the fashion. In America, the return of the beard began at around the same date. This was partly fuelled by fashion plates from British magazines, which were read avidly in America for the latest word in European fashion. Many American men, however, also decided...
  • 'Saudi prince paid for 9/11 pilots to learn to fly'

    11/16/2014 7:35:06 PM PST · by qaz123 · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16Nov14 | ASSOCIATED PRESS and KIERAN CORCORAN FOR MAILONLINE
    A jihadist serving life in prison on terror charges brought in the wake of 9/11 has claimed the Saudi Arabian royal family helped finance the plot. Zacarias Moussaoui, 46, says an unnamed Saudi Prince paid for flying lessons for him and the 19 terrorists who hijacked planes in the September 11 attacks in the run-up to the atrocities. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837261/Saudi-prince-paid-9-11-pilots-learn-fly-Incredible-claims-20th-hijacker-serving-life-prison-terrorism-asks-testify-court.html#ixzz3JIFO3rer
  • When Coonskin Caps Were Cool

    11/16/2014 11:24:04 AM PST · by virgil283 · 68 replies
    “I still have the memory of my father buying me a Davy Crockett outfit, complete with a coonskin cap,” evokes columnist Lewis Grizzard. Another Crockett fan, Russ Kane, says it was a staple of his childhood:“I was four years old [when the series came out]; I still remember wearing my coonskin cap with its furry tail, as my friends and I pretended to hunt bears and shoot unruly bad guys.” .....
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Land of the Pharaohs"(1955) in two parts

    11/16/2014 11:15:53 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    Daily Motion ^ | 1955 | Howard Hawks
    Part 1 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2210qr_land-of-the-pharaohs-1955-1-2_lifestyle Part 2 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x221665_land-of-the-pharaohs-1955-2-2_lifestyle
  • Hallucinogenic Plants May Be Key to Decoding Ancient Southwestern Paintings, Expert Says

    11/16/2014 9:42:34 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies
    Western Digs ^ | October 17, 2014 | Blake de Pastino
    Dozens of rock art sites in southern New Mexico, recently documented for the first time, are revealing unexpected botanical clues that archaeologists say may help unlock the meaning of the ancient abstract paintings. Over a swath of the Chihuahuan Desert stretching from Carlsbad to Las Cruces, at least 24 rock art panels have been found bearing the same distinctive pictographs: repeated series of triangles painted in combinations of red, yellow, and black. And at each of these sites, archaeologists have noticed similarities not just on the rock, but in the ground. Hallucinogenic plants were found growing beneath the triangle designs,...
  • US scientists may have resolved 'Darwin's dilemma'

    11/16/2014 8:04:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 269 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/2014 | By Matt Cantor
    Charles Darwin worried about a possible hole in his theory of evolution, but some American scientists may just have plugged it. For about a billion years after the dawn of life on Earth, organisms didn't evolve all that much. Then about 600 million years ago came the "Cambrian explosion." Everything changed relatively quickly, with all kinds of plants and animals emerging—which doesn't quite seem to fit with Darwin's theory of slow change, hence "Darwin's dilemma." Now, within a few days of each other, two new studies have appeared that could explain the shift, ABC News reports. One, by scientists at...
  • Harper vs Putin

    The G20 thread got me thinking of this from earlier i the year... Prime Minister of Canada spoke in favour of building a monument in Canada to remember the victims of communism. "100 million died because of it"...read here
  • Archaeologists unearth 5,000-year-old footprints [Denmark]

    11/15/2014 5:07:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Copenhagen Post ^ | November 10, 2014 | Magnus Strøyer Rasmussen
    Archaeologists working on the excavations for the Femern Bælt Tunnel have discovered several well-preserved footprints dating back to the Stone Age. The prints were left by fishermen looking to safeguard their weirs (river barriers used for fishing) in a storm 5,000 years ago, announced Lolland-Falster Museum. "It is quite surreal to have found human footprints," said archaeologist Terje Stafseth in a press release. "We normally find historical clues in the form of human waste, but here we have found an entirely different clue and a first in Danish archaeology: a physical print left behind by a human." Prints belonged to...
  • Mycenean artifacts found in Bodrum [Halicarnassus]

    11/15/2014 4:54:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Hürriyet Daily ^ | Saturday, November 15 2014 | Mugla -- Anadolu Agency
    New artifacts have been found during excavations in Bodrum’s Ortakent and Gümüşlük neighborhoods. The artifacts will shed light on the history of Bodrum Peninsula, according to officials. The Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum Director Emel Özkan said that they had discovered 49 artifacts from the Mycenean era. “The number of Mycenean artifacts increased to 248 with these ones. This made our museum the richest one in terms of Mycenean artifacts among the Turkish museums,” she said. Özkan said that the artifacts, which date back to 3,500 years ago, were very important for Anatolian history, adding, “The amphora and gifts found in...
  • Archaeologists Investigate Underground Pyramidal Structure Beneath Orvieto, Italy

    11/15/2014 4:41:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tue, Nov 11, 2014 | editors
    Calling it the "cavitá" ('hole' or 'hollow' in Italian), or hypogeum, the archaeologists have thus far excavated about 15 meters down. They marked their third year at the site in 2014. By then they had uncovered significant amounts of what they classify as Gray and Black bucchero, commonware, and Red and Black Figure pottery remains. They have dated deposits to the middle to the end of the 6th century BCE. "We know that the site was sealed toward the end of the 5th century BCE," George, et al. continue. "It appears to have been a single event. Of great significance...
  • Who built this Siberian summer palace… and why?

    11/15/2014 4:35:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 12 November 2014 | Derek Lambie
    Outer walls standing 10 metres tall and 12 metres wide formed a rectangular shape... Walls on the inside were smaller, at about one metre-tall, forming the outline of buildings, with a large building in the centre of the site. Some of the walls and panels were covered with lime plaster painted with horizontal red striped... 'The building was most likely of the post-and-beam construction characteristic of Chinese architecture from the T’ang Dynasty,' wrote head archaeologist Irina Arzhantseva in a report published in The European Archaeologist in 2011. 'Finds of burnt timber fragments point to the use of the typical Chinese...
  • Scientists: Glass dish unearthed in Nara came from Roman Empire

    11/15/2014 4:26:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | November 13, 2014 | Kazuto Tsukamoto
    -A glass dish unearthed from a burial mound here is the first of its kind confirmed to have come to Japan from the Roman Empire, a research team said... The dish and bowl were retrieved together from the No. 126 tumulus of the Niizawa Senzuka cluster of ancient graves, a national historic site. The No. 126 tumulus dates back to the late fifth century... According to the team’s analysis, the chemical composition of the clear dark blue dish is almost identical to glasswork unearthed in the area of the Roman Empire (27 B.C.-A.D. 395). Measuring 14.1 to 14.5 centimeters in...
  • CONSERVATIVES AND GOP ESTABLISHMENT; A GETTYSBURG MOMENT (HOSTAGE)

    11/15/2014 3:20:41 PM PST · by Hostage · 47 replies
    Commentary and Opinion ^ | November 16, 2014 | Hostage
    TODAY'S CHALLENGE In the second week following the tsunami of mid-term elections in favor of Republicans, the possibility of the GOP Establishment setting the agenda of the next Congress against a backdrop of catfights between republican moderates and the Conservative base ... has obsured the source of this very significant victory which stems from the hard, bitter and agonizing choices taken by Conservatives in years past. The awful Hobbesian choices (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobson's_choice) presented to Conservatives in the past 8 years have been painful and demoralizing to them but theyhave risen to the occasion to choose wisely and they were right. GOP...
  • Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

    11/15/2014 12:13:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Heather Pringle
    Since then, archaeologists have puzzled over how ancient artisans produced the estimated 7,000 lifelike clay soldiers, right down to their stylish goatees and plaits of braided hair. Some have suggested that the statues were modeled after real, individual soldiers; others think they were assembled from standard clay ears, noses, and mouths, similar to the Mr. Potato Head toy. Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic Creative Recently, in a project known as Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army, a team of archaeologists from University College London (UCL) in Britain and from Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Museum...
  • Trey Gowdy: We're Making Progress.....

    11/15/2014 10:40:33 AM PST · by qaz123 · 8 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 14Nov14 | Tom Hinchney
    Trey Gowdy was wrapping up an interview with Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File when she asked the Representative from South Carolina what is happening with the investigation into the Benghazi attacks. Gowdy told her that he is planning to interview some new witnesses to the terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. We have a very robust investigative plan that will kick off in December, and Megyn I can tell you my goal was to have an investigation where witnesses who have never been talked to before felt comfortable coming forward because of the seriousness of...
  • Comet lander: Future of Philae probe 'uncertain'

    11/14/2014 9:43:11 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 November 2014 Last updated at 08:39 ET | By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News
    The Philae lander has attempted to drill into the surface of Comet 67P, amid fears that its battery may die within hours. The European Space Agency (Esa) says the instrument is being deployed to its maximum extent, despite the risk of toppling the lander. Scientists hope the tool will be able to capture some samples for analysis in the robot's onboard laboratories. If the battery dies, the results may not make it back to Earth. It is not known precisely where on the comet Philae is located, but the pictures it has returned indicate it is in the shadow of...
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of America’s Last Battle Rifle (M-14)

    11/14/2014 6:18:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 13, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    Critics said the M-14 was what happened when the U.S. government took many years and spent millions of dollars designing a rifle that was really just a glorified M-1 Garand from World War II. The M-14 was the U.S. military’s last battle rifle. It appeared in 1959—the contemporary of the Pentagon’s first jet fighters and ICBMs. With its heavy steel parts and walnut stock, the M-14 looked positively archaic. It was hardly a Space Age weapon. And it only endured as America’s battle rifle until 1970, when the M-16 completely superseded it—the shortest service record of any U.S. military rifle...
  • Brookline Parents Outraged By Controversial History Textbook

    11/13/2014 8:28:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | November 13, 2014
    BROOKLINE (CBS) — Some parents of fifth-graders at Brookline Public Schools are outraged over a page in their children’s US social studies textbook that suggests some slave owners living during the 17th-century America were compassionate toward their slaves.
  • Roman skeletons found in Worcestershire

    11/13/2014 5:00:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Worcester News ^ | Friday 31 October 2014 | James Connell
    The two incomplete adult skeletons, an adult female and a younger adult male, during building works at Overbury Primary School, near Bredon in February this year. Experts from the Worcestershire County Council Archives and Archaeology Service have now confirmed that remains are from Roman times. The adult female, aged over 50, was found with hobnails, which are associated with rural Roman agricultural burials. The other was an adult male, aged 25 to 30 who had signs of degenerative joints and osteoarthritis. Also found were a selection of Roman pots. Archaeologist Tom Vaughan said: "The remains have been thoroughly examined and...
  • The Necessary and Proper Clause: Master or servant?

    11/13/2014 1:32:51 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 13, 2014 | Will Baude
    Last week, as readers of this blog surely know, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, which considers the validity of a law regulating the content of U.S. passports. One constitutional question potentially implicated in the case is the scope of the Necessary and Proper Clause, in particular Congress’s power to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution … all other powers vested by this Constitution … in any department or officer” of the federal government. (The clause is mentioned very briefly by Jack Goldsmith here; it still leaves open the...
  • How Climate Alarmists Continue to Hijack Successful Walrus Conservation

    11/13/2014 9:07:48 AM PST · by CedarDave · 6 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 13, 2014 | Jim Steele
    The walrus is another example of improving environmental stewardship. Valued for its oil and ivory tusks, the Pacific walrus was subjected to intense commercial slaughter in the mid 1800s, and by the early 1900s, many worried they would soon go the way of the dinosaurs. Although population estimates have always been highly uncertain, as hunting was progressively limited, Pacific Walrus populations “increased from 50,000 to 100,000 animals in the late 1950s to more than 250,000 animals by 1985,” and they are believed to have now reached their maximum carrying capacity. As walrus numbers rebounded, they have crowded together at historic...
  • Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War

    11/13/2014 5:52:24 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    National Geographic ^ | November 11, 2014 | David A. Lande
    How many people alive today can say that their father was a Civil War soldier who shook hands with Abraham Lincoln in the White House? Fred Upham can. Despite sounding like a tall tale and a mathematical impossibility, it's documented truth. Fred's father, William, was a private in the Union Army's Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was severely wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run, in 1861, and later personally appointed by President Lincoln to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Fred's in exclusive company—the dwindling group of children of soldiers who fought, North against South, 150...
  • Amphipolis skeleton from Alexander's time found in Greece

    11/12/2014 10:41:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/12/2014 | By Giorgos Christides
    Archaeologists in northern Greece have found a skeleton inside a tomb from the time of Alexander the Great, during a dig that has enthralled the public. The burial site at Amphipolis is the largest ever discovered in Greece. The culture ministry said the almost intact skeleton belonged to a "distinguished public figure", given the tomb's dimensions and lavishness. Chief archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said "the tomb in all probability belongs to a male and a general". The excavation has fascinated Greeks ever since Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited the site in August 2014 and announced it amounted to "an exceptionally important...
  • Winston Churchill Points to National Socialism as a US Problem

    ....................................... ..............Churchill notes that socialism grafts itself onto nationalism and the particular features of the nations it has infected. In Germany, the Weimar regime was destroyed and Hitler was propelled to power through national patriotism, tradition, and pride combined with discontent about inequalities of wealth. In Russia, the program of Communism was buttressed by national sentiment and imperialist aspirations. The next country Churchill mentions, in a shift that must be shocking to those who wish to read the article as simply a pro-New Deal argument, is the United States, which he says has experienced developments similar to those inspired by...