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  • Technology reveals the secrets of ancient Egyptian tattoos [a bit of a repeat]

    12/03/2022 9:49:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Interesting Engineering ^ | December 02, 2022 | Paul Ratner
    Scientists found evidence of tattoos while studying female mummies from the Egyptian town of Deir el-Medina...One of the mummies came from a looted tomb and had already been unwrapped. Examining the mummified skin, the researchers came across the first tattoo on the lower back, which appeared to show a bowl, a purification ritual, and the Egyptian god Bes. This god was known for protecting women and children, with a particular focus on childbirth.Because the second mummy was still wrapped, researchers analyzed it via infrared photography... The mummy turned out to be of a middle-aged woman and featured a different tattoo...
  • Oldest Known Dog Bone Hints Our Best Friends Were With Us Earlier Than Thought

    12/01/2022 12:11:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | 30 November 2022 By | MICHELLE STARR
    A canine humerus recovered from Erralla cave in the Basque Country, Spain in 1985 has now been dated to between 17,410 and 17,096 years ago. And multiple lines of analysis confirm it's not from a wolf, but a dog: Canis familiaris. This means that old, cracked humerus represents the oldest dog bone to date. That's an incredible datapoint for contextualizing dog domestication, and opens up new discussions about the timeline and the nature of remains of "dog-like wolves" thought to be an intermediate stage between wolves and dogs. When and how dogs diverged from their wolf (Canis lupus) ancestors, and...
  • Skulls are emerging on a Florida beach after Hurricane Nicole. Officials think it could be a Native American burial ground

    11/15/2022 12:03:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 12, 2022 | Mauricio LaPlante
    HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. — The bones stuck out of the sand. Dakota Brady, 30, said he was with some friends at Chastain Beach in southeast Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Nicole when they discovered human remains. “It was just surreal. Just to think that this is something that we walk on on a daily basis and nobody knows. Everybody’s oblivious to it," Brady said. Authorities learned of the remains soon after. Investigators are examining what they said are likely human remains of the indigenous Ais tribe on Hutchinson Island, a barrier island along the Atlantic about 50 miles north...
  • New research on 5300-year-old Ötzi suggests there could be more ice mummies out there

    11/12/2022 6:54:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies ^ | Monday, November 7, 2022 | Ida Irene Bergstrom
    Ötzi the ice mummy is unique, but the conditions that preserved his body are not, according to a new study. This means chances are fairly high that more mummies melt out of the ice in the future.The story starts in September 1991, when a German couple discovered the body of a man protruding from the ice in the Ötztal Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy.The man turned out to be 5300 years old. His body was exceptionally well preserved.Blood on his shoulderAn arrow and traces of blood were found on the man's left shoulder, as well as a...
  • Ancient “Trophy Head” Child Was High On Psychedelic Cactus Before Ritual Sacrifice

    11/05/2022 5:51:40 AM PDT · by bani · 18 replies
    Ancient Archeology ^ | November 5, 2022 | chris
    Thousands of years ago, a child in Peru was sacrificed as part of an ancient ritual, their head severed at the neck and made into a type of trophy. A new analysis of a single hair plucked from the mummy’s skull reveals that the child consumed a psychoactive cactus prior to execution, as part of the ceremony. The child’s preserved head was one of 22 human remains associated with the ancient Nazca society examined in a new study; all of these individuals lived during the pre-Hispanic era (3500 B.C. to A.D. 476) and were buried near the southern coast of...
  • Genes Link Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Once Thought Unrelated

    11/01/2022 5:00:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    AP News ^ | October 22, 2022 | Laura Ungar
    When Chastity Murry had her first psychotic break, she went into her bathroom and downed a whole bottle of pills, hoping to die. Her teenage daughter had to perform CPR to save her life. Around that same time more than a decade ago, the man who would become her husband, Dante Murry, also lost touch with reality and considered suicide. Different illnesses led them down similar paths – bipolar disorder in her case and schizoaffective disorder in his – conditions long considered by many to be distinct and unrelated. But a growing body of research shows that bipolar disorder, schizophrenia...
  • Why the Romans had Better Teeth than Modern Europeans

    11/01/2022 8:43:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 2, 2022 | Garrett Ryan (as toldinstone)
    Chapters:0:00 Introduction1:09 Toothpicks and tooth powders2:49 Dealing with bad breath and toothache3:47 Established Titles5:13 Roman dentistry6:28 Dentures7:05 The evidence from Pompeii8:25 Worn enamel and plaqueWhy the Romans had Better Teeth than Modern Europeanstoldinstone | September 2, 2022
  • “Lady of the Dunes” Identified: FBI’s Use of Investigative Genealogy Led to Major Break in Case

    10/31/2022 9:36:06 AM PDT · by Sparky1776 · 29 replies
    FBI ^ | 10/31/2022 | Kristen Setera
    The Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Office of the Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, the Provincetown Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, are announcing that after nearly a half-century, the oldest, unidentified homicide victim in Massachusetts, dubbed the “Lady of the Dunes,” has been identified as Ruth Marie Terry of Tennessee.
  • How Black Death survivors gave their descendants an edge during pandemics

    10/20/2022 8:46:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    When the bubonic plague arrived in London in 1348, the disease devastated the city. So many people died, so quickly, that the city's cemeteries filled up. "So the king [Edward III], at the time, bought this piece of land and started digging it," says geneticist Luis Barreiro at the University of Chicago. This cemetery, called East Smithfield, became a mass grave, where more than 700 people were buried together. "There's basically layers and layers of bodies one on top of each other," he says. The city shut down the cemetery when the outbreak ended. In the end, this bubonic plague,...
  • Neanderthal family life revealed by ancient DNA from Siberian cave

    10/20/2022 9:01:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 19 October 2022 | Michael Le Page
    ...He and his colleagues managed to extract DNA from 15 out of 17 pieces of bone or teeth recovered from the Chagyrskaya cave in the Altai mountains in Siberia, Russia. The DNA showed that some pieces came from the same individuals, so the findings represent 11 individuals in total, including several teenagers and children.Dating of sediments and bison bones at the site suggests the Neanderthals lived in the cave between 51,000 and 59,000 years ago, while the DNA shows that many of the individuals were related...Peter thinks it is possible that these individuals all died around the same time, but...
  • Tuscan Church Reveals Answer To Mystery Of Medici Deaths

    12/29/2006 11:40:57 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 1,425+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-28-2006 | John Hooper
    Tuscan church reveals answer to mystery of Medici deaths John Hooper in Rome Thursday December 28, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Picking through centuries-old rubbish, masonry and discarded body parts beneath an abandoned Tuscan church, an Italian historian believes she has solved one of history's great crime mysteries. For more than four centuries, researchers have puzzled over the fact that Francesco I Medici, the son of the first Grand Duke, Cosimo, died within hours of his wife in October 1587. Legend had it they were poisoned by his brother and successor, a cardinal. Modern historians have tended to settle for the...
  • Viking queen exhumed to solve mystery

    09/10/2007 10:23:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,399+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/10/07 | Alister Doyle
    SLAGEN, Norway (Reuters) - Archaeologists exhumed the body of a Viking queen on Monday, hoping to solve a riddle about whether a woman buried with her 1,200 years ago was a servant killed to be a companion into the afterlife. As a less gruesome alternative, the two women in the grass-covered Oseberg mound in south Norway might be a royal mother and daughter who died of the same disease and were buried together in 834. "We will do DNA tests to try to find out. I don't know of any Viking skeletons that have been analyzed as we plan to...
  • Cameras Might Shed Light On City Crypt Mysteries (St Stevens Church)

    08/22/2007 3:20:05 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 598+ views
    This Is Exeter ^ | 8-22-2007
    CAMERAS MIGHT SHED LIGHT ON CITY CRYPT MYSTERIES 11:40 - 22 August 2007 Thanks to modern technology some of the mysteries surrounding a crypt under the floor of St Stephen's Church in Exeter could soon by solved. Although the crypt has been there since the church was built in the 11th century it has no door, so architects and archaeologists are planning to use fibre optic cameras to see what is there. The church in Exeter High Street is undergoing a £1m restoration. The roof and tower are being repaired and the medieval sanctuary, which was above St Stephen's Bow,...
  • Viking Acquitted In 100-Year-Old Murder Mystery

    04/25/2008 4:08:07 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 217+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-25-2008 | Alister Doyle
    Vikings acquitted in 100-year-old murder mystery By Alister Doyle Fri Apr 25, 10:06 AM ETReuters Photo: Archaeological conservationist Brynjar Sandvoll and his co-worker Ragnar Lochen (R) study the bones of a... OSLO (Reuters) - Tests of the bones of two Viking women found in a buried longboat have dispelled 100-year-old suspicions that one was a maid sacrificed to accompany her queen into the afterlife, experts said on Friday. The bones indicated that a broken collarbone on the younger woman had been healing for several weeks -- meaning the break was not part of a ritual execution as suspected since the...
  • Medici Philosopher's Mystery Death Solved

    02/06/2008 8:43:33 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 206+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-7-2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Medici philosopher's mystery death is solved By Malcolm Moore, Rome Correspondent Last Updated: 2:35am GMT 07/02/2008 After 500 years, one of Renaissance Italy's most enduring murder mysteries has been solved by forensic scientists. Ever since Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, a mystical and mercurial philosopher at the court of Lorenzo de' Medici, suddenly became sick and died in 1494, it has been rumoured that foul play was involved. Scientists display the bones of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola Pico's fame has faded, but he was a celebrated figure at the Medici court. He gained notoriety when, at the age of 23, he...
  • Mystery Mummy (National Geographic, 9:00PM EST tonight - Ancient Caucasian Mummies Found In China)

    12/02/2007 5:07:55 PM PST · by blam · 53 replies · 3,103+ views
    Mystery Mummy A National Geographic Special about the mysterious 4,000 year old Caucasian Mummies found in China will air on The National Geographic Channel at 9:00PM EST tonight. Click here to see a short video on the subject.The DirecTV satellite channel number is 276. I have a number of books on this subject and will monitor this thread through-out the movie and discuss it with anyone who desires.
  • After Mozart’s Death, an Endless Coda

    08/25/2010 10:46:04 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 24, 2010 | Daniel Wakin
    Direct medical evidence? None. Autopsy? Not performed. Medical records? Nowhere to be found. Corpse? Disappeared. Yet according to a recent article in an academic journal, researchers have posited at least 118 causes of death for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A modest industry of medical speculation has grown up around the subject, evidence of our fascination with what cut down great creative artists in history. In Mozart’s case published speculation began within a month of his death in 1791, and musicologists, physicians and medical scholars have regularly joined the fray ever since. Dr. William J. Dawson, a retired orthopedic surgeon...bibliographer for the...
  • Scientists Prove Existence of Tiny People - Once Enigmatic Characters From Legend -Who Inhabited Taiwan Long Before Indigenous Population

    10/17/2022 5:21:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Asia One ^ | OCTOBER 16, 2022 | KEVIN MCSPADDEN
    Taiwan famously features an indigenous population of Austronesian people whose history on the island stretches back 5,000 years. But among these people, oral traditions have referred to another civilisation that seemed to be far older. They were often referred to as “pygmies” or tiny people and were described as having dark skin, curly hair and a diminutive stature. For centuries, they only existed in fables , although they popped up with remarkable consistency over an extremely long period of time. In early October, scientists proved they existed in Taiwan. According to a paper published in World Archaeology, a peer-reviewed journal,...
  • Still never had Covid? Thank your genes: Three in 10 people have a gene that blocks infection [?]

    10/16/2022 3:13:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 101 replies
    Washington Now ^ | October 14, 2022 | Caitlin Tilley,
    Some people might never get Covid thanks to their genes, scientists say. Researchers from the University of Oxford have found that people who have a particular mutation produce a larger antibody response after getting vaccinated. Around 30 to 40 per cent of people have the gene, known as HLA-DQB1*06. The boosted protection might be enough to block out infections entirely. It may partly explain why some people never get the virus, even when family members come down with the virus. The US has the highest number of confirmed cases of any country in the world at 179million, the equivalent of...
  • Remains of Hundreds (280) of Human Bodies Found at Former Department Store Site in Wales

    10/11/2022 5:39:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 11 OCT 2022 | Matt Gibson, Max Channon
    The burials could be linked to an attack by Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndwr in 1405Archaeologists have discovered the remains of hundreds of human bodies at a site in Haverfordwest. Dyfed Archaeological Trust uncovered the skeletal remains while exploring a medieval friary on the former site of Ocky White department store in the town’s centre. Earlier this year archaeologists said they had found the remains of 17 bodies - but believed “many more” were waiting to be unearthed. Now they say they have found the remains of more than 240 people - including those of children. Many of the remains...