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  • Is Genesis just one of the many creation myths?

    02/06/2023 8:44:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/06/2023 | John Stonestreet, Maria Baer
    In the middle of the 19th century, an archaeologist discovered fragments of multiple clay tablets in what is modern-day Iraq. Translated, the cuneiform writing on these and other tablets subsequently found revealed the “Enuma Elish,” the Babylonian account of the creation of the world. The Enuma Elish starts with formless chaos and water. The waters divide into a god and a goddess, who have children who are also gods. War breaks out between mother and father, and between mother and children. Ultimately, the offspring of the first two gods create human beings to be their servants. Other ancient cultures have...
  • Unsolved for 500 Years: Researchers Crack Leonardo da Vinci’s Paradox

    02/03/2023 1:15:14 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    Scitech Daily ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2023 | By UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE, University Of Bristol
    Bubbles Red Arrow Five centuries ago, Leonardo da Vinci observed air bubbles deviating from a straight path in a zigzag or spiral motion. However, the cause of this periodic motion remained unknown until now. Researchers from the universities of Seville and Bristol have solved the mystery surrounding the unsteady path of an air bubble rising in water. Professors Miguel Ángel Herrada of the University of Seville and Jens G. Eggers of the University of Bristol have uncovered a mechanism that explains the erratic movement of bubbles rising in water. The findings, published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National...
  • Detectorist Finds Tudor Jewellery Inscribed With Initials of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

    02/02/2023 8:15:34 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 88 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | January 2023 | Historic England
    The find was discovered in Warwickshire, England, and was subsequently reported to the local Finds Liaison Officer from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who in turn notified Historic England.Experts have dated the jewellery to the early 16th century AD, with a most likely date of 1521 during his marriage to Catherine (married 1509 until their annulment in 1533)...The jewellery is made from gold, with a heart-shaped pendant attached to a 75-link gold chain. The front of the pendant has been decorated with a motif depicting a red and white Tudor rose, entwined with a pomegranate bush (the symbols of Henry VIII...
  • Roman headless remains found in Wintringham by archaeologists

    01/28/2023 9:49:20 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 21, 2023 | unattributed
    A number of decapitated skeletons have been uncovered by archaeologists at a Roman burial site.The discovery, which included evidence of Roman and Iron Age settlements, was made at Wintringham near St Neots, Cambridgeshire.Dating from 2,500 years ago, the site will feature in the latest series of BBC Two's Digging for Britain...The work comes ahead of a development of about 2,800 homes in the village.Archaeologists uncovered an Iron Age settlement composed of 40 roundhouses and a network of trackways and enclosures related to farming activities.The Oxford Archaeology team also discovered Roman coins, brooches, a large lead lid or platter, and numerous...
  • The World's Oldest Rune Stone

    01/21/2023 6:46:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Museum of Cultural History ^ | January 2023 | University of Oslo
    In the autumn of 2021, archaeologists of the Museum of Cultural History investigated a grave field by Tyrifjorden in Ringerike. In one of the graves, they discovered a stone with several runic inscriptions. Burnt bones and charcoal from the grave reveal that the runes were inscribed between the years 1 and 250 AD. This makes it the earliest known rune stone...Sometime between 1,800 and 2,000 years ago, someone stood near Tyrifjorden and carved runes into the 31x32 cm block of reddish-brown Ringerike sandstone. They spoke an early form of the ancient Nordic language that is the ancestor language of modern...
  • Egyptian archaeologists discovered 16 meters long ancient papyrus with spells from the Book of the Dead

    01/20/2023 10:09:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Arkeonews ^ | January 19, 2023 | Leman Altuntas
    Archaeologists working in Egypt's Saqqara region have unearthed a 16-meter-long ancient papyrus for the first time in a century...Scientists initially believed the ancient scroll measured only nine meters, but after it had been fully restored and translated, it became clear that it actually measured 16 meters!...Waziri added that the papyrus was restored in the restoration laboratory of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, and has been dubbed the "Waziri Papyrus".This papyrus is the first one ever to be discovered by an Egyptian and is named after an Egyptian...The discovery of a 16-meter-long papyrus containing Book of the Dead spells could shed...
  • The First Modern Poet...Today, no amount of praise for Dante seems enough.

    01/19/2023 8:48:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    American Conservative ^ | Jan 19, 2023 12:03 AM | S.A. Dance
    Serious Comedy: The Philosophical and Theological Significance of Tragic and Comic Writing in the Western Tradition, Patrick Downey, Davenant Press, 470 pages. ============================================================= Teaching Dante’s Inferno to high schoolers has its share of amusements. The expected outrage over Dante’s condemnation of sodomy, the bafflement over the sodomites’ proximity to the usurers (“What is that?” and then: “Why is that a sin?”), the shock at the gruesomeness, even in our desensitized age. The very concept of sin and punishment is a novelty to many. One student, after grasping what “lustful” meant, lamented “so many people are going to hell!” The most...
  • A 'Hilarious' Compilation of Medieval Jokes and Humour!

    01/16/2023 10:22:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 2, 2022 | MedievalMadness, Narrated by James Wade, Written by Lisa E Rawcliffe, Edited by James Wade & Will Ch
    What did people in the Middle Ages really find funny? It would seem that the same things have been found to be amusing right across the ages. Many of the riddles that the Medievals told have double entendre’s and the jokes are rude with references to sex and bodily functions. No one was exempt from being the target of a Medieval joke; stupid husbands, unfaithful wives, bishops, even royalty.A 'Hilarious' Compilation of Medieval Jokes and Humour!MedievalMadness | 195K subscribers296,201 views | September 2, 2022
  • Saudi Arabia discovers 6th-century rock inscriptions of Babylonian king in Hail

    01/11/2023 3:41:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | July 16, 2021 | Tamara Abueish, Al Arabiya English
    Archeologists in Saudi Arabia have discovered the largest inscriptions in the Kingdom depicting the Babylonian King Nabonidus in the north-western city of Hail.“Archaeologists from the Saudi Heritage Commission have discovered fascinating rock inscriptions in the Hail region (northern Saudi Arabia) that depict the Babylonian King Nabonidus,” the authority announced earlier this week.The inscriptions, dating back to the mid-6th century, depict King Nabonidus of Babylon holding a scepter and surrounded by religious symbols, according to the Commission.The discovery provides “further evidence of the Kingdom’s historical role as a cradle of civilizations in the Arabian Peninsula,” the Commission said.The inscriptions are approximately...
  • The Earliest Evidence of Christianity in Arabia?

    01/11/2023 3:31:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | March 30, 2022 | Marek Dospel
    Before the emergence of Islam in the early seventh century, Arabia was home to a different monotheistic faith. Centuries before Muhammad, some ancient Arabian tribes seem to have adopted Christianity. While the arrival of Christianity in Arabia has been known through literary sources written by outsiders, such as the famous Bible scholar and translator St. Jerome, recent discoveries present evidence of Christianity from pre-Islamic Arabia itself. The vast swaths of desert east of the Jordan River reveal thousands of ancient inscriptions, some of which bear crosses and use Christian terminology.The Harra—the rocky basalt desert found in southern Syria, northeastern Jordan,...
  • Ancient code in Ice Age drawings solved

    01/06/2023 10:01:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | January 5, 2023 | Markus Milligan
    Researchers from Durham University have decoded the meaning of markings found in Ice Age drawings, providing evidence of early writing at least 20,000 years ago.The team were studying cave art, found in at least 400 European caves such as Lascaux, Chauvet and Altamira, which contains a series of lines and dots found alongside drawings of animals...The team has revealed that the lines and dots indicate the mating and birthing seasons of animals. A "Y" sign formed by adding a diverging line to another has also been determined to mean "giving birth".By using the birth cycles of equivalent animals today as...
  • How did the Romans Prove Their Identity?

    01/04/2023 7:09:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 25, 2022 | Garrett Ryan (as toldinstone)
    How did the Romans Prove Their Identity? | toldinstone | 330K subscribers | 169,854 views | November 25, 2022
  • Jay Ambrose: Thank The Ancient Greeks For Civilization As We Know It

    08/09/2006 6:58:13 AM PDT · by steve-b · 37 replies · 1,274+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 8/9/06 | Jay Ambrose
    True or false? Eight hundred years ago, a monk did his best to erase a copy of some of Archimedes' most important work, putting some prayers on the parchment instead, and the words of the great Greek mathematician were then gone forever. False. At Stanford University in California, some scientists are using X-ray technology to make the older ink shine through the later scribbling, thereby recovering a remarkable piece of history and doing something else to boot. They are giving us an illustration among many of how a civilization made great in part by the Greeks of antiquity remains great...
  • Cretan Antiquing

    12/23/2022 5:56:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | November/December 2022 | Benjamin Leonard
    In the Anavlochos mountain range in eastern Crete, archaeologists have found hundreds of ancient terracotta fragments, mostly from female figurines, that were left as votive offerings in natural rock cavities in the seventh century B.C. Within one of these cavities was a more peculiar collection of well-worn objects, including a terracotta plaque of a woman and a steatite bead that likely both date to the eighth century B.C., as well as a seventh-century B.C. terracotta horse figurine. The cavity also contained a three-sided Minoan sealstone dating to between 1850 and 1700 B.C.—at least 1,000 years earlier than the other items....
  • Historical Bangor - Episode Three: The Roman World Map of Marcus Agrippa

    12/23/2022 3:40:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 9, 2022 | Dr Raoul McLaughlin
    Historical Bangor - Episode Three:The Roman World Map of Marcus AgrippaDr Raoul McLaughlin | 9.56K subscribers | 875 views | Premiered Jun 9, 2022
  • The Forgotten 1202 earthquake

    12/21/2022 9:10:33 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 12, 2022 | The History Guy
    For most of human history, the disasters wrought by nature were utterly unpredictable, their causes wholly unknown. They were merely a random act of God that could lay waste to whole cities without warning. On the morning of May 20, 1202, thousands of people across an enormous swath of the Earth experienced such destruction.The Forgotten 1202 earthquakeThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered1.13M subscribers | 79,737 views | December 12, 2022
  • Persian Poet Omar Khayyam Inspires New American Film

    07/28/2005 4:27:24 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 18 replies · 741+ views
    State Dept ^ | By Steve Holgate
    Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight The Stars before him from the Field of Night, Drives Night along with them from Heav'n, and strikes The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light Portland, Oregon -- So begins The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, one of the best-known poems in the world and perhaps the most famous piece of Persian literature. The several hundred quatrains that make up this enduring 11th century work have been translated into dozens of languages and inspired countless readers and scholars with their beauty. At least nine editions of The Rubaiyat are currently in print...
  • 2,200-year-old Greek sling bullet discovered in Israel

    12/16/2022 9:22:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    i24 News ^ | December 08, 2022 | unattributed
    'The inscriptions were part of psychological warfare... to terrorize the opponent and unite the warriors'A 2,200-year-old lead sling bullet was recently discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the central Israeli city of Yavne, bearing a magic inscription for victory and which possibly belonged to a Greek soldier.On the bullet is the Greek inscription "Victory of Heracles and Hauronas" – a pair of gods that were considered to be the "divine patrons of Yavne during the Hellenistic period," according to Prof. Yulia Ustinova from southern Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev."Actually, the inscription on a sling bullet is...
  • Rare Half-Shekel Coin from the Great Revolt Found in Jerusalem's Ophel Excavations

    12/15/2022 10:06:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem ^ | December 13, 2022 | press release
    "This is the third coin of this type found in excavations in Jerusalem, and one of the few ever found in archeological excavations," said the researchers.During the Great Revolt against Rome, the Jews in Jerusalem minted bronze and silver coins. Most of the silver coins featured a goblet on one side, with ancient Hebrew script above it noting the year of the Revolt. Depending on its denomination, the coins also included an inscription around the border noting either, "Israel Shekel," "Half-Shekel," or "Quarter-Shekel." The other side of these coins showcased a branch with three pomegranates, surrounded by an inscription in...
  • Dilmun Calendar Theory Backed

    07/11/2006 2:21:15 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 1,029+ views
    Gulf Daily ^ | 7-11-2006 | Geoffrey Bew
    Dilmun calendar theory backed By GEOFFREY BEW A SAUDI archaeologist who has been trying for nine years to prove his theory that the Dilmun civilisation celebrated New Year on June 21 - the first day of summer - has finally received some official recognition.Information Ministry Assistant Under-Secretary for Culture and National Heritage Shaikha Mai bint Khalifa Al Khalifa is said to have endorsed his judgement after visiting the 4,000-year-old Saar settlement to observe the phenomenon last month. Archaeologist Nabiel Al Shaikh says an ancient temple at the settlement, which features an oddly positioned triangular room, was used as an astronomical...