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  • Discovery sheds light on why Pacific islands were colonized

    05/23/2022 9:22:49 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | April 22, 2022 | Australian National University
    The discovery of pottery from the ancient Lapita culture by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) has shed new light on how Papua New Guinea (PNG) served as a launching pad for the colonization of the Pacific—one of the greatest migrations in human history.The new study makes clear the initial expansion of the Lapita people throughout PNG was far greater than previously thought.The study... is based on the discovery of a distinctive Lapita pottery sherd, a broken piece of pottery with sharp edges, on Brooker Island (200km east of mainland PNG) in 2017 that lead researcher Dr. Ben Shaw...
  • The Scientific Establishment Is Finally Starting To Take Intelligent Design Seriously

    05/17/2022 7:53:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 173 replies
    The Federalist.com ^ | May 17, 2022 | Granville Sewell
    A growing number of scientists seem finally ready to at least include intelligent design within the ‘range of views’ allowed to be heard.At first glance, the Potential and Limitations of Evolutionary Processes conference in Israel last week, which I attended, looked like any other scientific meeting on evolution, with talks by highly-credentialed scientists from institutions such as the Technical University of Munich, Cambridge, and the Weizmann Institute. But a closer look at the list of speakers shows that this one was different; it gave a platform to numerous notable proponents of intelligent design. The conference included chemistry Nobel prize winners...
  • Skulls Thought to Belong to Modern Murder Victims Actually Date to the Pre-Hispanic Period

    05/03/2022 12:56:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | May 3, 2022 | Elizabeth Djinis
    Found in a cave in Mexico in 2012, the 10th- through 13th-century bones may have been displayed in a ritual tower of craniumsA decade ago, a large, jumbled mass of human remains was found in a cave in Frontera Comalapa, a town in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico, near the Guatemalan border. Given the state’s struggles with drug cartels, violent infighting, and reported human trafficking and forced prostitution, authorities opened up an investigation into the apparent gruesome crime. The results are finally in—and it turns out the cave wasn’t actually a crime scene. Instead, the 150 skulls found there...
  • Excavations Reveal Huge Underground City in Turkey’s Mardin (2nd/3rd Century Christian Hiding Place)

    04/25/2022 12:15:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | APR 19, 2022
    Alarge number of artifacts belonging to the second and third centuries A.D. were unearthed in an underground city featuring places of worship, silos, water wells and passages with corridors in southeastern Mardin province’s Midyat district. Midyat, which is almost an open-air museum with its history and culture, offers a magical atmosphere to its visitors with stone houses, inns, mosques, churches and monasteries that are thousands of years old. In the district, a cave was found within the scope of a project started two years ago for cleaning and conservation of the historical streets and houses. After it was determined that...
  • Scientists Find Evidence of Largest Earthquake in Human History 3,800 Years Ago

    04/19/2022 4:12:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    UPI ^ | APRIL 19, 2022 | Sommer Brokaw
    Scientists have found evidence that an earthquake 3,800 years ago in Northern Chile is the largest in human history, according to a new study. The quake had a magnitude of around 9.5, prompting tsunamis that struck countries as far away as New Zealand and boulders the size of cars to be carried inland by the waves, according to researchers at the University of Southampton. Since earthquakes occur when two tectonic plates rub together and rupture, a longer rupture indicates a bigger earthquake, they said. "It had been thought there could not be an event of that size in the north...
  • The Absurd 2nd Century Space Opera You'll Never Read [Lucian of Samosata's "A True History"]

    03/11/2022 10:02:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 25, 2022 | AustinMcConnell
    The Absurd 2nd Century Space Opera You'll Never Read | February 25, 2022 | AustinMcConnell
  • Archaeology: Jesus Crucifixion Story Backed by Key Evidence in Ancient Tomb

    04/17/2022 11:35:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Sat, Apr 16, 2022 | Chris Byfield
    EVIDENCE for Jesus Christ's crucifixion story was provided by a stunning archaeological discovery of a Jewish tomb from the biblical era. We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The Easter story is at the heart of the ChristIan religion. On Good Friday Jesus was executed by crucifixion for treason after claiming he was “King of the Jews”, and his body was subsequently taken down from the cross,...
  • Archaeologists Created a VR Rendering of an Ancient Pompeian Home That You Can Walk Through

    Archaeologists recreated a Pompeiian villa destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E. using virtual reality technology to better understand how visitors would have seen the ancient home, according to the recently published paper in the archaeology journal Antiquity. The researchers carefully created a digital model of the ancient home known as the House of the Epigrams, a villa excavated in the 1870s and so named because it contains mythical paintings accompanied by Greek epigrams. While the owner of the house is impossible to know for sure, researchers have suggested it may have belonged to a Lucius Valerius...
  • 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
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | 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...
  • Salvaged Cape Cod Shipwreck Wood is the 1626 Sparrow-Hawk, Says Study

    03/28/2022 8:51:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    .ancient-origins.net ^ | 27 MARCH, 2022 - 23:00 | NATHAN FALDE
    An extensive new analysis published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports has produced new and impressive evidence supporting the idea that the shipwreck found in 1863 was the Sparrow-Hawk, something shipwreck historians have long believed but were never able to prove. Through the application of techniques that can accurately date wood and trace it to its place of origin, the scientists involved in this study have linked the pieces of timber found on a Cape Cod beach in 1863 to the shipbuilding industry of late 16th and early 17th century England. The 40-foot small pinnace ship that was scuttled...
  • The Roman Gadget Archaeologists Can't Figure Out

    04/03/2022 6:52:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 136 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 29, 2022 | Sideprojects
    The Roman Gadget Archaeologists Can't Figure Out | March 29, 2022 | Sideprojects
  • "This is an earthquake in biblical study": 3,200-year-old "curse" from "Cursed Mountain Ebal" [Deut.27] was exposed ['..death blow to all Biblical deniers']

    03/24/2022 10:47:31 AM PDT · by Conservat1 · 111 replies
    YNet ^ | Mar 24, 2022 | Yitzhak Tessler , Elisha Ben Kimon
    A rare archeological find from Mount Ebal: A small, folded 3,200-year-old lead plate sheds new light on biblical study - and was unveiled today (Thursday). Inside it - an ancient curse in ancient Hebrew script ("Proto-Canaanite"), with the God's explicit name [of the Divine]. Prof. Gershon Galil, from the University of Haifa, calls the discovery an "earthquake in biblical studies." He said, "The new find unearthed today is the earliest Hebrew inscription found so far." An inscription was found in Hebrew from the 13th century BC Prof. Galil: "The new finding is a death blow to all biblical deniers" An...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Strange Jaguar Surrounded By Starfish at Aztec Site [Offerings to War God]

    03/25/2022 10:46:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    ARTnews ^ | March 21, 2022 | SHANTI ESCALANTE-DE MATTEI
    Archaeologists associated with Mexico’s National Institute of Archaeology and History (INAH) made a strange discovery earlier this month at the Templo Mayor, the temple complex at the center of Mexico City, formerly ancient capital of Tenochtitlan. The INAH archaeologists uncovered a ritual offering of starfish, about 160 in total, enveloping the skeleton of a jaguar, according to a recent video released by the institute. Like the majority of the offerings found at the Templo Mayor, the starfish were dedicated to the two-sided god Huehueteotl-Xiuhtecuhtli, who represents both water and fire, agriculture and war. The starfish were first discovered in 2019...
  • Five 4,000 Year Old Painted Tombs Discovered in Egypt

    03/23/2022 1:04:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    ARTnews ^ | March 21, 2022 | SHANTI ESCALANTE-DE MATTEI
    Five painted tombs were recently unearthed in Saqqara, an ancient Egyptian necropolis just outside of Cairo, according to a report by Reuters. The The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that a recent excavation of burial shafts resulted in the finding of the tombs, along with more than 20 sarcophagi, toys, wooden boats, masks, and more. The tombs are at least 4,000 years old, dating back to the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate period, a so called dark period in ancient Egyptian history as the regime of the Old Kingdom collapsed and political instability led to the destruction of...
  • Hundreds of looted ancient relics found in Jerusalem apartment

    03/07/2022 5:12:40 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/3/22
    Rare and decorated bone and ivory items from the biblical period and ancient bowls dating back some 1,500 years, bearing spells and incantations in Hebrew, were uncovered in the home of a resident of the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem, suspected of illegal trade in antiquities. ..... The incantation bowls, known as the “swearing bowls” were used as a kind of amulet in ancient times, and date back to the 8th-4th centuries CE. It was common practice to bury them under the house floor for protection. Inside the bowls, magical inscriptions were written in the Babylonian-Aramaic language. The inscription in...
  • ‘A new culture’: discovery in China reveals ochre processing in east Asia up to 41,000 years ago

    03/03/2022 7:59:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Donna Lu
    A 40,000-year-old archaeological site in northern China has unearthed the earliest evidence of ochre processing in east Asia, researchers say. The site was discovered at Xiamabei in the Nihewan Basin, in the northern Chinese province of Hebei. Ochre pieces and tools found in the area suggest that the clay earth pigment was processed there, via grinding and pounding, to produce powders of different colours and grain sizes. Near lumps of ochre, archaeologists unearthed a hammer stone as well as a flat limestone slab that showed signs of battering. In a study published in the journal Nature, the team has dated...
  • 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...
  • Huge Discovery of 18,000 'Notepads' Documents Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

    02/07/2022 12:05:04 PM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | Feb. 07, 2022 | CARLY CASSELLA
    Archaeologists have uncovered the largest collection of ancient Egyptian 'notepads' found since the beginning of the 20th century. In the long-lost city of Athribis, in central Egypt, researchers have cataloged more than 18,000 inscribed pieces of pottery, some of which seem to have been written by students. The shards of inked pottery are known as 'ostraca'. Much cheaper and more accessible than papyrus, remnants of broken jars and other vessels were used in ancient Egypt on a daily basis to detail shopping lists, record trades, copy literature and teach students how to write and draw. In fact, a large...
  • Dino-Sore Throat — First Evidence Of Dinosaur Respiratory Infection Found In A 150 Million Year Old Fossil Called ‘Dolly’ (Extinct from COVID-BC?)

    02/11/2022 4:41:18 AM PST · by C210N · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/10/22 | Robert Hart
    A long-necked dinosaur that roamed present-day Montana 150 million years ago likely suffered from a respiratory infection, according to a study published in Scientific Reports on Thursday, the first evidence of a respiratory infection in dinosaurs which experts believe could have caused flu-like symptoms including coughing and fever
  • The Fascinating Ancient Artefacts That Show Wales' LGBT+ History Dates Back Thousands of Years

    02/12/2022 2:21:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 11 FEB 2022 | Joseph Ali
    From gender changing priests to coin hoards owned by LGBT+ emperors - archaeological finds suggest that Wales' ancient history could be filled with LGBT+ lifeWhen you think of ancient Wales, your mind probably doesn't jump to LGBT+ history. However, a series of archaeological finds point to a very different look at our history. With evidence of gender-variant priests and emperors, our Welsh history could be filled with more LGBT+ figures than we initially thought. These discoveries formed part of a series of talks exploring LGBT+ history and the evidence that can be found in Wales by independent researcher, Dr Alessandro...