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  • Giant ape lived along-side humans

    11/14/2005 5:54:54 AM PST · by Brilliant · 34 replies · 1,509+ views
    McMaster University ^ | Nov. 7, 2005 | McMaster University
    Hamilton, ON - A gigantic ape, measuring about 10 feet tall and weighing up to 1,200 pounds, co-existed alongside humans, a geochronologist at McMaster University has discovered. Using a high-precision absolute-dating method (techniques involving electron spin resonance and uranium series), Jack Rink, associate professor of geography and earth sciences at McMaster, has determined that Gigantopithecus blackii, the largest primate that ever lived, roamed southeast Asia for nearly a million years before the species died out 100,000 years ago. This was known as the Pleistocene period, by which time humans had already existed for a million years. “A missing piece of...
  • Ancient ‘Christ, born of Mary’ inscription unearthed in northern Israel

    01/21/2021 11:19:47 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 5 replies
    jpost ^ | 1/20/21 | Rossella Tercatin
    A 1,500-year-old Greek inscription bearing the name “Christ, born of Mary” was unearthed in northern Israel, the Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday. The archaeologists discovered the inscription engraved at the entrance of an impressive building from the Byzantine or early Islamic period, featuring mosaic pavements decorated with a geometric design. The finding was unveiled in a salvage excavation directed by Tzachi Lang and Kojan Haku ahead of the construction of a road inside the village of Taiba in the Jezreel Valley. “We did not know what to expect ahead of the work, but we knew that this was an area...
  • Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient artifacts

    01/16/2021 7:44:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | 16 January 2021 | By Mindy Weisberger
    For example, a 17th-century Persian textile contains fibers of silk thread that were individually wrapped with thin strips of metal. And the microstructure of a needle from Cyprus retains the touch of the person who shaped it, in traces of dark corrosion that emerged as the needle was rotated and hammered. In another striking image, a bit of basalt glitters in a ceramic roof tile from Gordion, a site in Turkey that was inhabited from at least 2300 B.C., during the early Bronze Age (the tile dates to the first half of the sixth century B.C.). Basalt, a volcanic rock,...
  • Scientists Identify Contents of Ancient Maya Drug Containers

    01/15/2021 8:59:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | By WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY | JANUARY 15, 2021
    Frontal and lateral view of a Muna-type (AD 750-900) paneled flask with distinctive serrated-edge decoration. Credit: WSU ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time. The Washington State University researchers detected Mexican marigold (Tagetes lucida) in residues taken from 14 miniature Maya ceramic vessels. Originally buried more than 1,000 years ago on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, the vessels also contain chemical traces present in two types of dried and cured tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum and N. rustica. The research team, led by anthropology postdoc Mario Zimmermann, thinks the Mexican marigold was...
  • 200,000-year-old tools from Stone Age unearthed in Saudi Arabia

    01/02/2021 1:22:26 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Gulf News ^ | January 01, 2021
    These are unique and rare stone axes from the Stone AgeA Saudi scientific team from the Heritage Authority discovered stone tools used by the inhabitants of Assyrian civilization in the Paleolithic period that date back to 2,00,000 years. The Heritage Authority said in a press statement that the discovered stone tools from the Shuaib Al-Adgham area, located east of the Al-Qassim region, are stone axes from the Middle Paleolithic period. These are unique and rare stone axes that were characterised by the high precision in manufacturing that these human groups used in their daily life. The abundance of stone tools...
  • Archaeologists recreate tiles of temple where Jesus walked

    12/21/2020 9:06:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | DECEMBER 21, 2020 | Rinat Harash 2 MIN READ
    When Jesus strode through the ancient Jewish temple in Jerusalem, his feet met hewn-stone, earth-tone tiles that were geometric in design and cool, dappled and scuffed to the touch. Such is the understanding of Israeli archaeologists and masons who, drawing on relics and historical texts, have recreated the sacred flooring so it can be experienced today. “We even made the scratches and all kind of marks that created the same appearance as it used to look like at the time,” archaeologist Assaf Avraham told Reuters near the one- metre square, ankle-high replica on the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem’s Old...
  • Melting glacier sheds light upon hidden Viking era artifacts in Norway dated back to 300 AD

    12/17/2020 12:51:50 PM PST · by PAUL09 · 49 replies
    ANCIENT ARCHEOLOGY ^ | 15-12-2020 | Joyce Williams
    Melting glacier sheds light upon hidden Viking era artifacts in Norway dated back to 300 AD The tremendous melting of the glaciers resulted in some recent archaeological discoveries revealing several well preserved historical objects, and one of these remarkable finds is the discoveries of artifacts from the Viking era on the hills that were once used for transportation purposes dated back to 300 A.D. as per the study. More glacial melt, although a disturbing factor of a much larger global warming effect, has provided ample shreds of evidence and remains of the age-old objects for today’s generation advantageously. Artifacts from...
  • Ancient 2nd Temple Period Oil Lamp Factory Discovered in Israel: One of Largest Ever Found

    12/16/2020 11:43:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | Dec 14, 2020 | Staff
    Beit Nattif lamps. Photo: Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority. One of the largest ceramic oil-lamp workshops in Israel has been discovered by Israel Antiquities Authority excavations in Beit Shemesh. Hundreds of ceramic oil lamps, two bearing symbols of the menorah and stone lamp molds for their production were found along with terracotta figurines which were made about 1600–1700 years ago. In the past few months, the Israel Antiquities Authority excavations aided by dozens of pre-military program students. The large-scale archaeological excavations are being carried out prior to the establishment of a new neighborhood by the Ministry of Construction and Housing....
  • The 200,000-year-old city found in Southern Africa may rewrite history

    12/13/2020 5:09:31 AM PST · by Rakhi Sarkar · 103 replies
    archaeology-world ^ | MARCH 30, 2020 | ARCHAEOLOGY WORLD TEAM
    In South Africa, about 150 km west of port Maputo, Mozambique, a giant stone city has been discovered. It became possible to determine the age of the site by measuring the erosion rate of the dolerite. The 1500 square kilometre metropolis was believed to have been built between 160,000 and 200,000 years ago!
  • Archaeology Magazine's Top 10 Discoveries of 2020

    12/07/2020 9:41:16 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 13 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | January/February 2021 | The Editors
    ARCHAEOLOGY magazine reveals the year’s most exciting finds:Top 10 Discoveries of 2020ARCHAEOLOGY magazine reveals the year’s most exciting finds:Mummy Cache - Saqqara, EgyptCarbon Dating Pottery - WorldwideLargest Viking DNA Study - Northern Europe and GreenlandThe First Enslaved Africans in Mexico - Mexico City, MexicoLuwian Royal Inscription - Türkmen-Karahöyük, TurkeyA Shrine to Romulus - Rome, ItalyOldest Chinese Artwork - Henan, ChinaEnduring Rites of the Mound Builders - Georgia, USAOldest Maya Temple - Tabasco, MexicoFirst English Playhouse - London, England
  • When the Smithsonian discovered an ancient Egyptian colony in the Grand Canyon.

    12/06/2020 8:38:47 AM PST · by Rakhi Sarkar · 64 replies
    archaeology-world ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 | ARCHAEOLOGY WORLD TEAM
    At 277 miles (445 kilometres) long, up to 18 miles (28 kilometres) wide, and 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) deep, the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places in the United States. The Hopi Indians believe it is the gateway to the afterlife. Its sheer immensity and mystery attracted more than 6 million visitors in 2016.
  • Ruins found in Nazareth could be Jesus’ childhood home

    11/29/2020 4:11:37 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 64 replies ^ | November 28, 2020 | Melanie Gray
    A British ist thinks he has found the childhood home of Jesus in Nazareth. Ken Dark began surveying the site about 14 years ago when he was studying the Israeli town’s history as a Byzantine Christian pilgrimage center, the Jerusalem Post reported.
  • Archaeology news: 'Overwhelming' evidence Ark of the Covenant stood in Jerusalem - claim

    10/27/2020 8:13:49 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies ^ | 10/24/20 | Sebastian Kettley
    ARCHAEOLOGICAL clues predating the birth of Jesus Christ can "pinpoint the exact location" where the Ark of the Covenant once stood, a scripture expert has claimed. The Ark of the Covenant, also known as the Ark of the Testament, is believed to have held the 10 Commandments God gave to Moses in Exodus. The ornate chest with two cherubim atop was treated with the utmost reverence by the Israelites and was interned in Solomon's Temple on Jerusalem's Temple Mount. According to the Biblical account, the Ark with its two stone tablets was held in a special chamber within the temple,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Mars, Pleiades, and Andromeda over Stone Lions

    10/13/2020 4:40:18 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 8 replies ^ | 13 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Cem Özkeser
    Explanation: Three very different -- and very famous -- objects were all captured in a single frame last month. On the upper left is the bright blue Pleiades, perhaps the most famous cluster of stars on the night sky. The Pleiades (M45) is about 450 light years away and easily found a few degrees from Orion. On the upper right is the expansive Andromeda Galaxy, perhaps the most famous galaxy -- external to our own -- on the night sky. Andromeda (M31) is one of few objects visible to the unaided eye where you can see light that is millions...
  • The Palestinians' Most Dangerous Enemy Is Archaeology

    10/10/2020 11:11:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 7, 2020 | Stephen M. Flatow
    A 2,000-year-old mikvah (ritual bath) was recently uncovered in the Lower Galilee. Most people probably would never have heard about the discovery if not for the dramatic photos of the entire structure being carried by truck to a nearby kibbutz for preservation. The remarkable sight of a truck-borne mikvah, however, also makes one pause and reflect on the remarkable implications of the archeological find. It means that 2,000 years ago, the residents of the Lower Galilee were practicing the exact same religious rituals that Orthodox Jews throughout the world practice today. Those Galileans, in other words, were Jews. They weren't...
  • 1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway

    10/09/2020 3:43:44 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 39 replies
    Live Science ^ | 8/10/2020 | Tom Metcalfe
    The remains of a 1,200-year-old pagan temple to the Old Norse gods such as Thor and Odin have been discovered in Norway — a rare relic of the Viking religion built a few centuries before Christianity became dominant there. Archaeologists say the large wooden building — about 45 feet (14 meters) long, 26 feet (8 m) wide, and up to 40 feet (12 m) high — is thought to date from the end of the eighth century and was used for worship and sacrifices to gods during the midsummer and midwinter solstices. Old Norse culture was famous and feared by...
  • Copper Ore Brought from what is now Jordan was smelted in a 6,500 Year Old Furnace in Beersheba

    10/04/2020 6:38:59 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 16 replies
    Israel 365 News ^ | 10/4/20 | Judy Siegel-Iztkovich
    One of the world’s oldest workshops for smelting copper – going back some 6,500 years – has been uncovered in Beersheba by archaeologists at Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The remnants go back to the Chalcolithic period – the word “chalcolithic” is made up of the Greek words for “copper” and “stone” – is so named because although metalworking was already in evidence, the tools used were still made of stone. An analysis of the isotopes of ore remnants in the furnace shards show that the raw ore was brought to Neveh Noy neighborhood from Wadi...
  • A Mammoth Find Near Mexico City

    10/03/2020 5:26:30 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 47 replies
    Sapiens ^ | 1 Oct, 2020 | Pablo Hernández Mares
    Scientists have identified the largest ever assemblage of mammoth bones. team of scientists has discovered the largest collection to date of mammoth skeletons in one place, just outside Mexico City. The researchers have counted more than 200 individual mammoths to date—and believe there are still more to discover. In 2018, the government announced the development of a new Mexico City airport at the Santa Lucía Air Force Base, north of the city. People have found mammoth remains in the northern part of the city and the wider region since the 1970s. So, Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava, the national coordinator of...
  • Pseudoarchaeology [Wikipedia INSANITY]

    09/29/2020 11:54:45 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 15 replies
    Wikipedia - Pseudoarchaeology
    According to archaeologist John Hoopes, writing in the magazine of the Society for American Archaeology, "Pseudoarchaeology actively promotes myths that are routinely used in the service of white supremacy, racialized nationalism, colonialism, and the dispossession and oppression of indigenous peoples." [Emphasis added]
  • Ground Penetrating Radar For The Masses - Hackaday

    09/12/2020 2:18:24 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 22 replies
    Hackaday ^ | 02/07/2019 | Bryan Cockfield
    Radar is a useful tool with familiar uses such as detecting aircraft and observing weather. It also has some less known applications, such as a technology known as ground-penetrating radar (GPR). Despite the difficulty of sending and receiving radio waves through solid objects, with the right equipment it’s possible to build a radar that works underground as well. GPR is used often for detecting underground utilities, but also has applications in other fields such as archaeology and geology. For those people in these fields, a less expensive GPR was the priority of a group presenting at a 2017 National Institute...