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  • Man Filmed Himself Destroying Stone Age Relic: ‘Archaeological Information Has Been Lost Forever’

    09/02/2023 11:16:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    ARTnews ^ | August 31, 2023
    A spate of cultural vandalism continued earlier this year when part of a buried Stone Age monument in Wales was crudely excavated and left to the elements. Julian Baker, a 52-year-old man from Abertridwr, Caerphilly, filmed himself unearthing the 4,500-year-old relic on Eglwysilan mountain and posted the video to Facebook, according to local heritage officials. In a first prosecution of its sort in Wales, Baker has been ordered to pay £4,400 (roughly $5,600) for its restoration. Additionally, he was given a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, at the Magistrates Court in Wales, according to the BBC. Ancient Roman...
  • Football Started in Greece, Ancient Artifact Reveals

    08/17/2023 4:29:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | August 17, 2023 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    A relief exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece shows an ancient Greek youth practicing by balancing a football on his thigh in front of a small boy. This means that football, albeit in a primitive form, is at least 2,400 years old and very likely has its origins in ancient Greece. Looking at this lovely ancient artifact today, one can say that the man seems to be showing his son how to control the ball like an ancient Greek Lionel Messi. According to archaeologists, the depiction of the figure playing with the ball dates back to the...
  • An Archaeologist’s Take on What Indiana Jones Gets Right—and Wrong—About the Field

    07/10/2023 1:51:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | July 3, 2023 | Petar Parvanov
    The movie franchise speaks to ethical issues at the very heart of anthropological thinkingPop culture’s most famous archaeologist, Indiana “Indy” Jones, returns to the big screen this summer. In this fifth installment, The Dial of Destiny, Harrison Ford once again stars as the titular character who defined public perceptions of archaeology. Producers have confirmed this will be the final chapter in Indy’s story. It’s also the first and only film in the series not directed by Steven Spielberg, though he remains an executive producer. Now directed by James Mangold, the flick premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with lackluster initial...
  • SODOM DISCOVERED: Meet the archaeologist who discovered the notorious biblical city, the most dramatic find of the 21st century

    06/29/2023 3:50:47 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 48 replies
    All Israel ^ | 6/28/23 | Joel C. Rosenberg and Tal Heinrich
    Many people are familiar with the account in the biblical Book of Genesis about the two sin-filled cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their cataclysmic destruction. Yet many in this modern, scientific age struggle — or outright refuse — to accept that the cities ever really existed, much less that God wiped them out with fire from heaven. After all, to believe Genesis would be to accept that God is real, the Bible is true, and that God really does bring judgment against individuals, cities, and even whole nations if they stubbornly reject God and flagrantly disobey His commands. In...
  • Lost Maya City Discovered in the Jungle

    06/21/2023 4:09:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Abdul Moeed June 21, 2023 | Abdul Moeed June 21, 2023
    A team of archaeologists has made a discovery in Mexico, where they have uncovered the remains of a long-lost Maya city hidden within the dense jungle of the Yucatán Peninsula. Upon further investigation, these experts have come across multiple structures that resemble pyramids, towering over 15 meters (50 feet) in height. The archaeologists have given the site a name: Ocomtún, which means “stone column” in the Mayan language. The Maya civilization is one of the most remarkable societies in the Western Hemisphere. They gained renown for their majestic pyramid temples and grand stone structures, which once adorned the regions we...
  • Groundbreaking AI project translates 5,000-year-old cuneiform at push of a button

    06/17/2023 9:57:44 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 25 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 6/16/2023 | Melanie Lidman
    Cuneiform is the oldest known form of writing, but it is so difficult to read that only a few hundred experts around the world can decode the clay tablets filled with wedge-shaped symbols. Now, a team of archaeologists and computer scientists from Israel has created an AI-powered translation program for ancient Akkadian cuneiform, allowing tens of thousands of already digitized tablets to be translated into English instantaneously. Globally, libraries, museums, and universities have more than half a million clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform. But the sheer number of texts, and the tiny number of Akkadian readers — a language no...
  • Archeologists Uncover Target Store Ruins From Sodom And Gomorrah

    05/29/2023 8:44:13 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    Archeologists have uncovered what they believe are the final remains of Sodom and Gomorrah's beloved Target store. "You could still make out the display for tuck-friendly tunics," said Dr. Sally Mcneil. "It's clear these perverted rapists were massive Target fans." According to the Israeli excavators, researchers began searching for a possible Target store after unearthing hundreds of pairs of yoga pants. "We knew we had to be close," said Dr. McNeil. "As soon as we found the sign saying 'Satan Respects Pronouns', we knew we'd found it. Our survey indicates the Sodomites had installed curbside pick-up to the south, and...
  • When Did Plague Reach Britain? Archaeologists Find Earliest Victims

    05/30/2023 3:47:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 30, 2023 | Ruth Schuster
    New paper detects plague bacteria in three of 34 bodies they tested in Britain, all dating to about 4,000 years ago. Research has also found good news for rat loversThough it is rare today, we remain gripped by fear of plague. There is no vaccine against it, though it is treatable with antibiotics as it’s caused by bacteria. It wasn’t treatable at all before the era of modern medicine, and periodically sowed terror and death throughout Eurasia and the Middle East. But the burning questions of the day are: When did it emerge, and when did it first reach Britain?...
  • Ancient Rome: Sunken City Devastated by a Tsunami 1,600 Years Ago Discovered off Tunisian Coast

    05/29/2023 12:46:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 1, 2017 | Callum Paton
    The discovery has revealed the Roman city of Neapolis, with its networks of submerged streets and monuments, was a crucial trading hub in ancient north Africa.The fourth century tsunami that partly destroyed Neapolis was well recorded at the time. It struck in Alexandria, one of the great seats of learning in the ancient world as well as the Greek Island of Crete...The further recovery of Roman food products, including roughly 100 tanks of fermented fish that was used as a condiment known as garum in the Roman empire, has told the archaeological team more about Neapolis's history...The Tunisian and Italian...
  • ARCHAEOLOGY A massive tsunami destroyed the Spanish city of Seville in the 3rd century, new study finds

    05/29/2023 12:30:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    El Pais ^ | July 21, 2022 | Vicente G. Olaya
    In the 1970s, two Roman inscriptions — dated from 245 to 253 AD — were discovered in Écija (known in ancient Roman times as Astigi), a city in Spain's southern province of Seville. The writings on the tablets suggest that the emperor at the time had exempted the Roman province of Baetica (roughly the equivalent of modern-day Andalusia, a region of southern Spain) from taxes...A gigantic tsunami that began in the Bay of Cadiz crashed into land, causing numerous coastal settlements to be abandoned and engulfing everything its path, including the city of Seville, located 45 miles inland from the...
  • Archaeologists conducting excavations at the Roman Fort of Apsaros in Georgia, found evidence of the Legion X Fretensis

    05/27/2023 3:13:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Arkeonews ^ | May 27, 2023 | Leman Altuntas
    Polish scientists discovered that Legion X Fretensis, known for its brutal suppression of Jewish uprisings, was stationed in the early 2nd century AD in the Roman fort of Apsaros in Colchis on the Black Sea coast.Until now, researchers were unaware of their presence in such a distant region.This legion of the Imperial Roman army known as the Legio X Fretensis, or "Tenth Legion of the Strait," was formed around 41/40 BC. The legion played a key role in the Great Jewish Revolt (AD 66-73), the first of three major Jewish rebellions against the Roman Empire.This finding was made possible through...
  • Archaeologists reveal origins of famous Stone Age monument

    08/10/2021 10:42:34 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies ^ | 8/10/2021 | by University of Manchester
    Archaeologists from the Universities of Manchester and Cardiff have discovered the origins of Arthur's Stone, one of the UK's most famous Stone Age monuments. Manchester's Professor Julian Thomas, who led the excavation, says the imposing Herefordshire tomb is linked to nearby 'halls of the dead', which were discovered in 2013. It is the first time the construction—which inspired the 'stone table' in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—has been properly excavated. Dating to the Neolithic period in 3700BC, Arthur's Stone is located on a lonely hilltop outside of the village of Dorstone, facing the Black Mountains in...
  • Archaeologists Say These 9,000-Year-Old Engravings, Found in Middle Eastern Deserts, Are the Earliest Known Architectural Drawings

    05/30/2023 10:59:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Archaeologists in Jordan and Saudi Arabia have found what they believe to be by far the world’s oldest to-scale architectural renditions. The stone engravings, which were made between 7,000 and 9,000 years ago, represent “desert kites,” landscape-scale traps built by early humans to hunt herd animals. The engravings show the Neolithic structures, which the authors say were probably crucially important to the societies that built them, with the kind of precision that would normally only be possible from the air. Both objects were found in 2015 and a study of them was published this month in the journal PLoS ONE....

    05/30/2023 10:56:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Legio X Fretensis “Tenth legion of the Strait”, was a legion of the Imperial Roman army formed around 41/40 BC. The legion was centrally involved in the Great Jewish Revolt (AD 66–73), the first of three major rebellions by the Jews against the Roman Empire. Around AD 70, most of Roman rule was restored in Judea except for several fortresses and Jerusalem. The city was placed under siege by the X Fretensis, in conjunction with the V Macedonica, XII Fulminata, and XV Apollinaris. After several battles, Jerusalem and the Second Temple was destroyed, with contemporary historian, Titus Flavius Josephus,...
  • Archaeologist thinks he has found the graves of Americans massacred in 1857 [Utah]

    09/25/2015 6:05:42 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept.22, 2015 | Brownie Marie
    <p>An archaeologist believes he has found the true resting place of the victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre—more than 150 years after the killings. Everett Bassett revealed his findings to families of the victims on Sept. 12 in Arkansas, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.</p>
  • Puzzling rings may be finger loops from prehistoric weapon systems, research finds

    05/27/2023 2:54:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | May 24, 2023 | Jon Niccum, University of Kansas
    When most researchers looked at a puzzling group of artifacts discovered at French archaeological sites, they presumed these to be ornaments or clothing. But Justin Garnett saw something else."They resembled finger loops like those used by some North and South American spearthrowers," said Garnett, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Kansas.That observation led to his new article, "Exploring the Possible Function of Paleolithic Open Rings as Spearthrower Finger Loops." It examines open-ringed objects discovered in the late 19th century at Le Placard, Petit Cloup Barrat and Cave à Endives. His research hypothesizes that such rings (fabricated from...

    05/13/2023 3:13:35 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 33 replies
    God TV ^ | 5/10/23 | Christa
    Israeli construction workers were fixing a large water pipe near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount when they noticed mysterious ancient steps. They called on some archaeologists for help, namely Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron. The two proceeded to excavate the site and found one of the most significant archaeological affirmations of the Bible. The steps led down to a 225 feet long pool, the Pool of Siloam. What they discovered matched the exact location of the Bible’s description of the pool. It was next to Hezekiah’s tunnel and near the Temple of the Mount. According to The Bible, King Hezekiah first constructed...
  • Florida coastal erosion exposes shipwreck off Daytona Beach: report

    04/25/2023 1:23:57 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 04/25/2023 | Greg Wehner
    Erosion along Daytona Beach, Florida, caused mainly by two hurricanes last fall, exposed a shipwreck last week that archeologists hope to learn more about, according to reports. FOX 35 in Orlando reported that researchers planned to examine the wreckage Monday, though it is not clear whether inclement weather deterred those plans. The wreck was exposed near Daytona Beach Shores because of beach erosion allegedly caused by hurricanes Ian and Nicole in 2022 and high tides. Aerial footage captured by the station’s SkyFox drone depicts wreckage in the shape of a hull, estimated to be 25 to 30 feet long. FOX...
  • Long-lost Ship Found in Lake Huron, Confirming Tragic Story

    03/15/2023 6:10:51 PM PDT · by fidelis · 35 replies
    AP ^ | March 15, 2023 | John Flesher
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  • The woke, spoiled children trying to set fire to Atlanta: Maine millionaire's son, award-winning clarinetist, trans nonbinary activist and the middle-class vegan all arrested for domestic terrorism during Antifa riots

    02/22/2023 4:11:04 PM PST · by simpson96 · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 1/24/2023 | Lewis Pennock
    The son of a millionaire surgeon has been charged with domestic terrorism for the second time in a month over his role in violent Antifa protests in Atlanta on Saturday. Francis 'Frankie' Carroll, 22, from Kennebunkport, Maine, is one of six people charged after riots over the death of a protester who allegedly shot a police officer. Details also emerged on Monday about the privileged backgrounds of several other rioters - most of whom travelled from their peaceful hometowns outside of Georgia to wreak havoc in the state. A police car was torched and buildings were vandalized on Saturday during...