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  • Researchers propose a 'day zero' for the oldest computer ever discovered

    04/15/2022 1:47:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    PC Gamer ^ | By Katie Wickens
    Built some time between 200 BC and 60 BC, the Antikythera mechanism is the oldest known computer mechanism in existence. This ancient, geared device for tracking the heavens is in pretty bad shape after all that time. But, despite the rust, researchers may have finally revealed a possible date it was first set ticking—also known as "Day Zero." For a clock like this the calibrations would require a start date to ensure the device’s accuracy. Recent advancements have pointed to the calibration date having been around the time the moon was in its apogee position, its furthest position in orbit...
  • Earliest evidence of Maya divination calendar discovered in ancient temple

    04/15/2022 2:01:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | April 14, 2022 | By Laura Geggel
    Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the oldest evidence of the Maya calendar on record: two mural fragments that, when pieced together, reveal a notation known as "7 deer," a new study finds. The two "7 deer" fragments date to between 300 B.C. and 200 B.C., according to radiocarbon dating done by the research team. This early date indicates that this Maya divination calendar, which was also used by other pre-Columbian cultures in Mesoamerica, such as the Aztecs, has been in continuous use for at least 2,300 years, as it is still followed today by modern Maya, the researchers said. (Notably,...
  • Disturbing Ancient Rituals | April 14, 2022 | Sideprojects

    04/15/2022 10:49:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 14, 2022 | Sideprojects
    Disturbing Ancient Rituals | April 14, 2022 | Sideprojects
  • Ancient sacred pool lined with temples and altars discovered on Sicilian island [Phoenicians in Sicily]

    04/06/2022 8:12:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 2022 | Laura Geggel
    Motya, a small island that covers an area of just under 100 acres (40 hectares), sits off the western coast of Sicily. Bronze and Iron Age populations thrived there due to the abundant supply of fish, salt, fresh water and its protected location within a lagoon, Nigro wrote in the study. In the eighth century B.C., Phoenicians began settling there and integrating with locals, bringing their distinctive West Phoenician culture to the island.Just 100 years later, the settlement had grown into a bustling port city with a trade network stretching across the central and western Mediterranean. This brought Motya into...
  • Built by an Unknown Culture, This Is The Oldest Sun Observatory in The Americas

    03/29/2022 6:37:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies ^ | 29 MARCH 2022 | CARLY CASSELLA
    Long before the Incas rose to power in Peru and began to celebrate their sun god, a little known civilization was building the earliest known astronomical observatory in the Americas. While not quite as old as sites like Stonehenge, these ancient ruins, known as Chankillo, are considered a "masterpiece of human creative genius", holding unique features not seen anywhere else in the world. Based in the coastal desert of Peru, the archaeological site famously contains a row of 13 stone towers, which together trace the horizon of a hill, north to south, like a toothy bottom grin. 1920px ThirteenTowersOfChanquilloFromFortress The...
  • Stonehenge Damaged with Chewing Gum and Graffiti During Winter Solstice

    Stonehenge was damaged during the Winter Solstice, with chewing gum stuck to the ancient monument, it has been disclosed. A report The Heritage Journal also revealed graffiti was sprayed on the stones, people tried to light fires on them and someone dripped a line of oil on several of them in December. Conservationists are calling for a ban to be put in place preventing people from walking among the stones on both the longest and shortest days of the year. It comes as it emerged volunteers and staff at the site were "left in tears" following the last summer solstice...
  • 9,000-year-old ritual complex found in Jordan desert

    02/23/2022 5:33:33 AM PST · by stockpirate · 26 replies
    France 24 News ^ | 2/23/2022 | Amman (AFP)
    "Archaeologists deep in the Jordanian desert have discovered a 9,000-year-old ritualistic complex near what is thought to be the earliest known large human-built structure worldwide." "The Stone Age shrine site, excavated last year, was used by gazelle hunters and features carved stone figures, an altar and a miniature model of a large-scale hunting trap. The giant game traps the model represents -- so-called "desert kites" -- were made of long walls that converge to corral running gazelles into enclosures or holes for slaughter. Similar structures of two or more stone walls, some several kilometres (miles) long, have been found in...
  • New geoglyphs of the Jordanian Harrat

    05/15/2013 2:36:27 PM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 5-15-2013 | Stephan F.J. Kempe, Ahmad Al-Malbeh
    Fig. 1. Map of the Harrat in Syria, Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia. Stephan F.J. Kempe1, Ahmad Al-Malbeh21: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany; 2: Hashemite University Zarka, Jordan The eastern “panhandle” of the kingdom of Jordan is partly covered by a vast and rugged lava desert, the Harrat, covering about ca. 11.400 km2 (Fig. 1). Scoured by wind in winter and scorched dry by the sun in summer, the surface is covered by black basalt stones, making this area seem as uninviting, hostile and inaccessible as is imaginable.Nevertheless this modern day desolate desert proves to be as rich in archaeological heritage...
  • Why is the The Mesopotamian Civilization considered the oldest civilization?

    02/19/2022 8:36:01 AM PST · by MNDude · 115 replies
    As long as I have been alive, the The Mesopotamian Civilization has been considered the oldest civilization. I'm curious what is the criteria to be considered a civilization? Is it really the oldest, or is something that archeologists do not wish to update their books after spending a lifetime devoted to this teaching. The Mesopotamian civilization dated back to 6500 BC, but the Jiahu in China dated back to 7000 BC. Gobekli Tepe, in Turkey, was a temple was built along a grand geometric plan in 9000 BC. I'm curious to hear an opinion from any archeology\ anthropology experts here.
  • Ancient mass migration transformed Britons' DNA

    12/23/2021 2:55:07 PM PST · by Cronos · 37 replies
    Bbc ^ | 22 December 2021 | Paul Rincon
    Scientists have uncovered evidence for a large-scale, prehistoric migration into Britain that may be linked to the spread of Celtic languages. The mass-movement of people originated in continental Europe and occurred between 1,400 BC and 870 BC. The discovery helps to explain the genetic make-up of many present-day people in Britain. Around half the ancestry of later populations in England and Wales comes from these migrants. ...When the newcomers arrived, the existing British population traced most of its ancestry to people who arrived at the end of the Neolithic, around the time Stonehenge was being built. They were part of...
  • Winter solstice sunrise to livestream from inside Newgrange

    12/18/2021 6:02:33 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 8 replies
    The winter solstice sunrise will stream live this year from inside the passage tomb of Newgrange. The winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, occurring on December 21st or 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere. At sunrise on the shortest day of the year, for 17 minutes, direct sunlight can enter the Newgrange monument to illuminate the chamber of the Stone Age tomb through a small opening above its entrance known as the ‘roof box’. With the chamber currently closed to the public in light of Covid-19, the event can be...
  • New tests show neolithic pits near Stonehenge were human-made

    12/12/2021 11:55:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Guardian (of Jihadists) UK ^ | Tue 23 Nov 2021 | Dalya Alberge
    ...a series of deep pits were discovered near the world heritage site of Stonehenge last year... Now scientific tests have proved that those gaping pits, each aligned to form a circle spanning 1.2 miles (2km) in diameter, were definitely human-made, dug into the sacred landscape almost 4,500 years ago. The structure appears to have been a boundary guiding people to a sacred area, because Durrington Walls, one of Britain’s largest henge monuments, is located precisely at its centre. The site is 1.9 miles north-east of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, near Amesbury in Wiltshire... While part of the circle has not...
  • Seahenge Saga Comes Full Circle

    08/23/2007 12:02:08 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 978+ views
    EDP24 ^ | 8-23-2007
    Seahenge saga comes full circle 23 August 2007 The story of Seahenge has turned full circle, as the ancient timbers are returned to Norfolk. But as experts prepare them to go on display at King's Lynn Museum, CHRIS BISHOP finds an enigma that remains unsolved. Nearly 10 years after its controversial excavation, the mystery remains. While the upturned oak tree and its ring of timbers have taught us a few things we didn't know about our ancestors, we still don't know why they built it. Late in 1998, a long-forgotten landscape began re-emerging from beneath the sands of Holme Beach,...
  • Bisexual Viking Linked To Seahenge (Odin)

    08/28/2004 3:06:57 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 13,836+ views
    Discovery ^ | 8-27-2004
    Bisexual Viking Linked to Seahenge By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery NewsStatue Of Odin Aug. 27, 2004 — An ancient wooden carving of the bisexual Viking god Odin suggests the prehistoric timber circle monument Seahenge and another, even older, structure might have included totem pole-like carvings, according to archaeologists who have excavated the over 4,000-year-old British wood monuments. Because Odin was a mythological figure in prehistoric religion, the possible link between the carving and the monuments could mean that the mysterious circles held religious, funerary, or magical significance for the late Neolithic people who constructed them on Holme beach in Norfolk, England....
  • Druids Despair As Seahenge Set For Dry Berth

    11/20/2001 9:49:22 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies · 595+ views
    Druids despair as Seahenge set for dry berth November 19 2001 at 04:16PM London - A Bronze Age timber circle dug up on a beach two years ago should not be returned to its original site, where it would be vulnerable to the forces of the North Sea, English Heritage said on Monday. The 4 000-year-old structure, which became known as Seahenge, was found off the coast of Norfolk, north-east England, and removed despite prolonged protests by locals and Druid groups, who said the circle was a religious monument. English Heritage, the preservation group that oversaw and financed the ...
  • The cosmic mystery of Seahenge: For 4,000 years it lay hidden beneath the Norfolk sands. Now, as it goes on show, a battle is raging over the true purpose of the awesome monument

    12/12/2021 11:49:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 8, 2021 | Margarette Driscoll
    Set in a remote, windswept salt marsh next to the sea, 54 wooden posts 10ft high stood lashed into a circle, so tightly bound together it was almost impossible to see through the cracks. At the circle's centre was an upturned tree, its roots reaching toward the heavens like branches... Now the mysterious structure, known as Seahenge, will go on display for the first time as part of the British Museum's blockbuster exhibition, The World of Stonehenge, which opens in February. Like the mythical lost city of Atlantis, Seahenge lay silently waiting to be discovered for thousands of years... Imagine...
  • Ethiopian monuments 1,000 years older than previously thought [Sakaro Sodo]

    12/12/2021 11:15:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | December 9, 2021 | Washington State University
    Rising as high as 20 feet, ancient stone monoliths in southern Ethiopia are 1,000 years older than scientists previously thought, according to a new study in the Journal of African Archaeology. A Washington State University research team used advanced radiocarbon dating to determine the often phallic-shaped monoliths, or stelae, at the Sakaro Sodo archeological site in Ethiopia’s Gedeo zone were likely created sometime during the first century A.D. The only other attempt to determine the age of the more than 10,000 stele monoliths located at various sites in the Gedeo zone was conducted by French scientists in the 1990s. It...
  • The mysterious symbols found carved in Qatar's deserts

    11/29/2021 8:30:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 22nd November 2021 | Dimitris Sideridis, •
    [A]rchaeologists have found a total of some 900 rock carvings, or "petroglyphs," at Al Jassasiya. They are mostly enigmatic cup marks arranged in various patterns, including rows and rosettes, but also eye-catching representations of sailing ships, usually seen from above but also depicted in linear profile, among other symbols and signs. Of all the documented single figures and compositions, more than a third consist of cup marks in various configurations, shapes and sizes. The most prominent pattern involves two parallel rows of seven holes, leading some to believe that these were used to play mancala, a board game popular in...
  • Whose Land Did Native Americans Steal Before Europeans Stole It From Them?

    11/27/2021 11:12:44 AM PST · by rktman · 124 replies ^ | 11/26/2021 1231 hrs et | Rick Moran
    We all know that history is not the left’s favorite subject. Many times, it’s just too inconvenient for their political narratives. Often, history has to be erased or submerged in order to achieve the “greater good” of creating a just and moral society. In truth, it’s not much better on the right, although generally, the conservative take on American history is more nuanced. Christopher Columbus was an ass — a greedy, cruel, ambitious man who didn’t let anyone stand in his way to achieving riches and power, especially native people. But he was courageous enough to cross an unknown ocean...
  • Stonehenge Plaques Hold Secret Cultural Data, Says New Study

    11/05/2021 9:27:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 5 NOVEMBER, 2021 - 00:55 | ASHLEY COWIE
    Four Neolithic “chalk plaques” were discovered near Stonehenge between 1968–2017. A new study has shown that the ancient illustrations on the Stonehenge plaques are much more than just abstract patterns. The Stonehenge plaques were buried in a pit about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from England’s most famous ancient monument. English Heritage scientists have dated the plaques to between 2900 BC and 2580 BC. The new study has called these four ancient art works “some of the most spectacular chalk designs ever discovered in Britain.” According to an article on Silent Earth , the plaque pit in which the artworks were...