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  • The river that hides a thousand secrets

    10/24/2021 10:59:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EEA Grants ^ | 11.04.2017 | unattributed
    A river winds its way through Ljubljana and the surrounding villages. A river that hides Slovenia’s most threatened cultural heritage. Now thousand-year-old jewelry, swords, pitchers and boats are being laboriously hauled out of the river mud, restored and exhibited.An earring from the first century, a five-thousand-year-old wheel, a sword from Roman times. For thousands of years, different artifacts have mysteriously ended up in the Ljubljanica River...The green Ljubljanica River is a wonder of the world. But it is an endangered wonder; the riverbank is collapsing and cultural treasures are in danger of disappearing forever...The fragile wooden structure is barely visible...
  • Have Sumatran fishing crews found the fabled Island of Gold?

    10/23/2021 1:48:07 AM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    The Guardian uK ^ | 22 October 2021 | Dalya Alberge
    It was a fabled kingdom known in ancient times as the Island of Gold, a civilisation with untold wealth that explorers tried in vain to find long after its unexplained disappearance from history around the 14th century. The site of Srivijaya may finally have been found – by local fishing crews carrying out night-time dives on the Musi River near Palembang on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Their extraordinary catches are treasures ranging from a lifesize eighth-century Buddhist statue studded with precious gems – worth millions of pounds – to jewels worthy of kings....
  • Vikings Were in the Americas Exactly 1,000 Years Ago

    10/20/2021 12:59:46 PM PDT · by Theoria · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Oct 2021 | Katherine Kornei
    By studying tree rings and using a dash of astrophysics, researchers have pinned down a precise year that settlers from Europe were on land that would come to be known as Newfoundland. Six decades ago, a husband-and-wife team of archaeologists discovered the remains of a settlement on the windswept northern tip of Newfoundland. The site’s eight timber-framed structures resemble Viking buildings in Greenland, and archaeological artifacts found there — including a bronze cloak pin — are decidedly Norse in style.Scientists now believe that this site, known as L’Anse aux Meadows, was inhabited by Vikings who came from Greenland. To this...
  • Archaeological report: Razed ruins not Phoenician port

    07/03/2012 6:26:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | June 29, 2012 | Justin Salhani
    Beirut's Minet al-Hosn construction site does not contain the remains of a Phoenician port as maintained by the Directorate General of Antiquities and the former Culture Minister, according to an archaeological report obtained by The Daily Star. The Archaeological Assessment Report on the Venus Towers Site states: "While the site ... is intriguing, it does not fit the known parameters for a port, shipyard, or shipshed facility." The report, written by Dr. Ralph Pederson of Marburg University following an extensive investigation, maintains that there is nothing to connect the site to ships or shipbuilding. "The trenches could not have functioned...
  • Archeological Findings Reveal Central African History [...humans settled Cameroon 5000 years ago]

    07/08/2011 4:03:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | Ntaryike Divine Jr
    Artifacts from hundreds of archeological sites from southern Chad to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Cameroon... research was conducted between 1999 and 2004 as construction was underway on the underground petroleum pipeline... which is more than 1000 kilometers long.... 472 archeological sites along the area in both Cameroon and Chad were found .some dating back to as long ago as 100,000 years. He says, "we found sites where people had lived, where people had stored food, where people had made tools of iron. Before people in this area used iron, they made a whole variety of different...
  • Archaeologists take up research on Essaouira Island [Morocco]

    03/12/2006 10:49:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Morocco Times ^ | 3/10/2006
    Thanks to archaeological research undertaken in the 1950s, a great deal is already known about the ancient occupation of the island. Phoenician merchants established a trading counter there in the 7th or 6th century BC, followed later by more temporary stays on the island during the reign of the Mauretanian King Juba II. According to a statement made to the press by Abdeslem Mikdad, co-director of the current research programme, the Romans were also present on the island towards the end of the 3rd century AD. The programme also envisages prospections in the Essaouira region, in order to discover the...
  • Team hopes to unlock mysteries of Cameroon’s granite strongholds!

    08/17/2002 9:23:34 AM PDT · by vannrox · 22 replies · 478+ views
    University of Calgary ^ | August 15, 2002 | Greg Harris, Media Relations
    UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS |PH: (403) 220-3500 | FAX: (403) 282-8413 Greg Harris, Media Relations (403) 220-3506 (403) 540-7306 (cell)August 15, 2002Centuries-old African structures have never been excavated U of C-led team hopes to unlock mysteries of Cameroon’s granite strongholdsA University of Calgary archaeologist is leading the first expedition to excavate the so-called Strongholds of Cameroon, which are some of the most remarkable stone-built structures anywhere in Africa.Located in the Mandara Mountains of northern Cameroon, the strongholds range in size from small standalone structures, to complex, castle-sized fortresses with  platforms, terraces and covered passageways. The curving walls on some of the...
  • Did China discover AMERICA? Ancient Chinese script carved into rocks may prove Asians lived in New W

    07/09/2015 4:50:03 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 109 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 9, 2015 | RICHARD GRAY
    The discovery of the Americas has for centuries been credited to the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, but ancient markings carved into rocks around the US could require history to be rewritten. Researchers have discovered ancient scripts that suggest Chinese explorers may have discovered America long before Europeans arrived there. They have found pictograms etched into the rocks around the country that appear to belong of an ancient Chinese script. John Ruskamp, a retired chemist and amateur epigraph researcher from Illinois, discovered the unusual markings while walking in the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, He claims they indicate ancient people from...
  • Chinese find 5,000-year-old writing

    07/10/2013 9:19:40 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 25 replies
    San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | 07/10/2013 | Didi Tang
    BEIJING — Archaeologists say they have discovered some of the world’s oldest known primitive writing, dating back about 5,000 years, in eastern China, and some of the markings etched on broken axes resemble a modern Chinese character. The inscriptions on artifacts found at a relic site south of Shanghai are about 1,400 years older than the oldest written Chinese language. Chinese scholars are divided over whether the markings are words or something simpler, but they say the finding will shed light on the origins of Chinese language and culture. The oldest writing in the world is believed to be from...
  • Unknown Writing System Uncovered On Ancient Olmec Tablet

    07/30/2008 6:58:45 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 50 replies · 855+ views
    scienceagogo ^ | 15 September 2006 | by Kate Melville
    Science magazine this week details the discovery of a stone block in Veracruz, Mexico, that contains a previously unknown system of writing; believed by archeologists to be the earliest in the Americas. The slab - named the Cascajal block - dates to the early first millennium BCE and has features that indicate it comes from the Olmec civilization of Mesoamerica. One of the archaeologists behind the discovery, Brown University's Stephen D. Houston, said that the block and its ancient script "link the Olmec civilization to literacy, document an unsuspected writing system, and reveal a new complexity to this civilization." "It's...
  • Chinese writing '8,000 years old'

    05/18/2007 11:54:50 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 52 replies · 2,351+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 18, 2007
    Chinese archaeologists studying ancient rock carvings say they have evidence that modern Chinese script is thousands of years older than previously thought.State media say researchers identified more than 2,000 pictorial symbols dating back 8,000 years, on cliff faces in the north-west of the country. They say many of these symbols bear a strong resemblance to later forms of ancient Chinese characters. Scholars had thought Chinese symbols came into use about 4,500 years ago. The Damaidi carvings, first discovered in the 1980s, cover 15 sq km (5.8 square miles) and feature more than 8,000 individual figures including the sun, moon,...
  • 'Earliest Chinese Characters' Unearthed

    10/20/2006 10:51:02 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 903+ views
    Xinhua News ^ | 10-19-2006
    'Earliest Chinese Characters' Unearthed Archaeologists have discovered pottery bearing inscriptions dating back 4,500 years, which could prove to be China's earliest example of written language. These pottery fragments, found in the ruins of an ancient city in Huaiyang County of Henan Province, are believed to be parts of a spinning wheel, according to a report released by the county government. A photo, posted on the local government's website, showed a piece of black pottery bearing white strokes. The fragment formed half of a round spinning wheel, with a diameter of 4.7 centimeters and a thickness of 1.1 centimeters. The inscriptions...
  • Script Delivery: New World writing takes disputed turn [ from 2002 ]

    09/17/2006 12:51:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 250+ views
    Science News; Vol. 162, No. 23 , p. 355 ^ | Dec. 7, 2002 | Bruce Bower
    Inscriptions on the seal and plaque display important elements of later scripts employed by civilizations in Mexico and Central America, the researchers say. These include a mix of language-related symbols and drawings, as well as references to a sacred calendar and specific kings. According to the scientists, the seal carries two sets of symbols emanating from the beak of a bird to show that the signs represent spoken words. Pohl and her coworkers interpret these hieroglyphics as representing the name "King 3 Ajaw." ...The researchers couldn't translate the two complete hieroglyphic signs and two possible partial ones on the plaque...
  • 'Oldest' New World writing found

    09/14/2006 9:39:19 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 23 replies · 523+ views
    BBC ^ | September 15, 2006 | Helen Briggs
    Ancient civilisations in Mexico developed a writing system as early as 2,000 years ago, new evidence suggests. The discovery in the state of Veracruz of a block inscribed with symbolic shapes has astounded anthropologists. Researchers tell Science magazine that they consider it to be the oldest example of writing in the New World. The inscriptions are thought to have been made by the Olmecs, an ancient pre-Columbian people known for creating large statues of heads. The finding suggests that New World people developed writing some 400 years before their contemporaries in the Western hemisphere. ...... "I think it could...
  • Oldest writing in the New World discovered

    09/14/2006 1:09:26 PM PDT · by flevit · 101 replies · 1,957+ views ^ | 14 September 2006 | Jeff Hecht
    A slab inscribed with the oldest writing yet discovered in the New World has been discovered in the Veracruz lowlands in Mexico. The writing dates back nearly 3000 years to the height of the Olmec culture that was the first Mesoamerican civilisation, Mexican archaeologists report. Called the Cascajal slab, it had been rescued along with other artefacts from a quarry at Lomas de Tacamichapa, in 1999, where it had been destined for use in road fill. Isolated symbols have been found on a few Olmec artefacts, but the slab is the first solid evidence of a true written language, says...
  • Pottery Offers Clues To Origin Of Chinese Characters

    03/22/2006 4:10:44 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies · 839+ views
    Xinhuanet - China View ^ | 3-22-2006 | China View
    Pottery offers clues to origin of Chinese characters 2006-03-22 21:10:18 HEFEI, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese archaeologists claim that pottery utensils dating back 7,000 years ago which bear inscriptions of various symbols are probably one of the origins of Chinese characters. They made the conclusion on the basis of several years' study into the symbols carved on over 600 pottery ware items unearthed from the New Stone Age site in Shuangdun village, Xiaobengbu town of Bengbu, a city in East China's Anhui Province. The symbols include rivers, animals and plants, and activities such as hunting, fishing and arable farming,...
  • New Analysis Of Pottery Stirs Olmec Trade Controversy

    08/02/2005 8:00:10 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 529+ views
    New analysis of pottery stirs Olmec trade controversy Clearing -- or perhaps roiling -- the murky and often contentious waters of Mesoamerican archeology, a study of 3,000-year-old pottery provides new evidence that the Olmec may not have been the mother culture after all. Writing this week (Aug. 1, 2005) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of scientists led by University of Wisconsin-Madison archeologist James B. Stoltman presents new evidence that shows the Olmec, widely regarded as the creators of the first civilization in Mesoamerica, imported pottery from other nearby cultures. The finding undermines the...
  • 'Earliest Writing' Found In China

    04/18/2003 9:35:03 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 612+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-17-2003 | Paul Rincon
    'Earliest writing' found in China By Paul Rincon BBC Science First attempt at writing .. on a tortoise shell Signs carved into 8,600-year-old tortoise shells found in China may be the earliest written words, say archaeologists. The symbols were written down in the late Stone Age, or Neolithic Age. They predate the earliest recorded writings from Mesopotamia - in what is now Iraq - by more than 2,000 years. The archaeologists say they bear similarities to written characters used thousands of years later during the Shang dynasty, which lasted from 1700-1100 BC. But the discovery has already generated controversy, with...
  • History Of Words Rewritten (Olmec)

    12/05/2002 5:31:34 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 362+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-6-2002 | Roger Highfield
    History of words rewritten By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 06/12/2002) Symbols carved on to a recently discovered seal and plaque represent the earliest evidence of writing in the New World, a find that challenges previous ideas about who invented writing in the Americas. The artefacts, described today in the journal Science, strengthen the idea of the ancient Olmecs being the "mother culture" of the Maya and Aztecs in Central America. The Olmecs of the Gulf Coast region of Mexico were the first to develop urban ritual and political centres and now it seems that they were the first to...
  • Ancient Map Of Africa Poses Questions

    11/12/2002 8:21:38 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 2,132+ views
    cooltech.iafrica ^ | 11-12-2002
    Ancient map of Africa poses questions The unveiling in South Africa's parliament on Monday of a replica of an ancient Chinese map of the then known world which includes a recognisable outline of Africa is raising intriguing questions of which foreigners first explored the continent. "The idea is to take us beyond what we have been ... brainwashed into believing" declared Speaker Frene Ginwala at the opening of the exhibition, which includes other maps and rock art. The "Da Ming Hun Yi Tu", the Amalgamated Map of the Great Ming Empire, dates back to 1389, decades before the first European...