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  • Israeli Archaeologists Find ‘Christ, Born of Mary’ Inscribed in Ancient Valley

    01/21/2021 6:21:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    CBN ^ | 01-20-2021 | Emily Jones
    The inscription, “Christ born of Mary.” Photo: Tzachi Lang, Israel Antiquities Authority ======================================================= JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli authorities excavating in the Jezreel Valley have unearthed a 1,500-year-old inscription dedicated to Jesus. Excavators found the Greek inscription while digging in the village of et-Taiyiba. The inscription was engraved in stone in what is believed by researchers to be the remains of a Byzantine-era church. The inscription reads: “Christ, born of Mary. This work of the most God-fearing and pious bishop [Theodo]sius and the miserable Th[omas] was built from the foundation...Whoever enters should pray for them.” According to Dr. Leah Di-Segni, a...
  • Giant 'Book of The Dead' Scroll Discovered in Ancient Egyptian Burial Shaft

    01/20/2021 6:11:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | 19 JANUARY 2021 | OWEN JARUS
    (Egyptian Antiquities Ministry) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A funerary temple belonging to Queen Nearit has been discovered in the ancient Egyptian burial ground Saqqara next to the pyramid of her husband, pharaoh Teti, who ruled Egypt from around 2323 BCE to 2291 BCE, the Egyptian antiquities ministry said in a statement. Made of stone, the temple has three mud-brick warehouses on its southeastern side that held offerings made to the queen and her husband. Near the pyramid, the team of Egyptian archaeologists also found a series of burial shafts containing the remains of people who lived during the 18th and 19th dynasties of...
  • 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...
  • 450-Year-Old Painting Contains Over 100 Proverbs We Still Use Today

    01/08/2021 12:05:13 PM PST · by Bob434 · 32 replies
    MyModernMet ^ | January 14, 2017 | Jessica Stewart
    Birds of a feather flock together. When the cat's away, the mice will play. We all know and love these common, American proverbs. Sometimes ironic, often silly and amusing, these sayings test our brains—and our wit. And it's not just in English. Playing with language in literature, conversation, and art has been a hallmark of different cultures for centuries. With this in mind, over 450 years ago, Dutch master Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted his incredible Netherlandish Proverbs. Also known as The Dutch Proverbs, this oil on wood painting is a detailed masterpiece that visually represents over 100 Dutch proverbs....
  • Tasmanian tiger pups found to be extraordinary similar to wolf pups [ thylacine ]

    01/08/2021 7:45:08 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | January 8, 2021 | by University Of Melbourne, University of Melbourne
    A Principal component analysis of ontogenetic cranial shape for each species included in the study. PC1 represents age-related shape change (left to right), whereas PC2 separates herbivorous and carnivorous taxa. The thylacine and wolf display parallel similarities throughout ontogeny, compared with other marsupials. B–D Subsampling of cranial shape into bone groups with shared embryonic tissue origins. The thylacine and wolf show shape overlap between bones of B FNP and D MES origin, but not in bones of C PA origin. Animal images were used under CC BY 4.0 open licence. ================================================================== Micro-CT scanning and digital reconstructions have been used to...
  • What's On The Menu In Ancient Pompeii? Duck, Goat, Snail, Researchers Say

    12/29/2020 9:09:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    NPR ^ | December 27, 20207:37 PM ET | Reese Oxner Twitter
    A fast-food eatery — or thermopolium — discovered at Pompeii has been completely excavated, helping to reveal some top dishes of the ancient Roman city. The site is about 18 miles southeast of Naples, Italy. Luigi Spina/Archaeological Park of Pompeii ================================================================== Ever wonder what a 2,000-year-old fast-food restaurant might look like? Well, new photos from researchers might give you an idea. Archaeologists said on Saturday they excavated a complete thermopolium — a Roman food counter — in the ancient city of Pompeii. Researchers are analyzing the findings to create a more complete picture of the daily life — and diet...
  • Drought Reveals “Spanish Stonehenge” Older Than the Pyramids

    12/23/2020 9:08:37 AM PST · by Paul Mahesh · 31 replies
    most-interestingthings ^ | 23-12-2020 | Gavin
    After 50 years of submerged at the bottom of a reservoir, a 5,000-year-old monument has reappeared in Spain. The megalithic site has 144 granite blocks, which are stand over six feet tall and are known as ‘Spanish Stonehenge.’ Its similarity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Wiltshire is striking, but the Iberian version is made of smaller rocks. In the 1960s, it was thought to be condemned to the history books when a Spanish general ordered the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Peraleda de la Mata, near Cáceres in Extremadura.
  • Take A Virtual Tour Of Chauvet Cave, Home Of The Best Preserved Cave Paintings

    12/22/2020 12:34:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    With many people stuck indoors, visiting many of Earth’s wonders is no longer possible – at least not in person. As a replacement, however, France’s Ministry of Culture is bringing one of the most important archaeological sites in the world to your home with a virtual tour of Chauvet Cave. Filled with some of the best-preserved cave paintings in the world, this free tour guides you through its many chambers, explaining the paintings and their historical relevance throughout. Not only is the tour fascinating, it is also a great way to learn about how our ancestors lived around 25,000-40,000 years...
  • 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....
  • Sprawling 8-mile-long 'canvas' of ice age beasts discovered hidden in Amazon rainforest ... Ice age people painted these animals 12,600 years ago.

    12/02/2020 11:45:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 84 replies ^ | 01 DEC 2020 | By Laura Geggel - Associate Editor
    An 8-mile-long "canvas" filled with ice age drawings of mastodons, giant sloths and other extinct beasts has been discovered in the Amazon rainforest. The gorgeous art, drawn with ochre — a red pigment frequently used as paint in the ancient world — spans nearly 8 miles (13 kilometers) of rock on the hills above three rock shelters in the Colombian Amazon, a new study finds. "These really are incredible images, produced by the earliest people to live in western Amazonia," study co-researcher Mark Robinson, an archaeologist at the University of Exeter, who analyzed the rock art alongside Colombian scientists, said...
  • Ancient Maya Built Sophisticated Water Filter System Light-Years Ahead Of The Rest Of The World

    10/27/2020 10:53:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies ^ | 10/23/2020 | Staff
    The great Maya city of Tikal transported zeolites for water filtration thousands of years before other cultures learned or adopted the idea, archaeologists have found. The filtration was probably much better than anything known to the Europeans who conquered the area 1,500 years later. The Corriental reservoir was one of Tikal’s sources of drinking water. Dr Kenneth Tankersley of the University of Cincinnati found crystalline quartz and zeolite when digging at the reservoir. Neither are local to the area and would have had to be brought a long way by the standards of a people who had no beasts of...
  • Oldest animal sperm discovered in 100-million-year-old amber

    09/18/2020 5:08:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 7:15 AM ET, Thu September 17, 2020 | By Amy Woodyatt, CNN
    Scientists have found the oldest sample of animal sperm, concealed in a 100 million-year-old piece of amber. Paleontologists discovered the sample in the reproductive tract of an ancient female crustacean encased in resin -- one of several samples of ostracods from Myanmar. The previously unknown species of crustacean, now named Myanmarcypris hui, resembles a modern day mussel and is an example of an ostracod. Ostracods are small animals that date back some 500 million years, and can still be found in oceans, freshwater lakes and rivers. Using 3D X-ray reconstructive technology, scientists analyzed several ostracod specimens, studying their limbs and...
  • Surprise Find! Thermal-Drones Spot Ancient Earthwork in Kansas

    09/15/2020 9:44:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 6 September, 2020 - 13:55 | ashley cowie
    A new study by lead author Professor Jesse J. Casana, chair of the department of anthropology at Dartmouth College published in American Antiquity , says the team of archaeologists conducted their survey at a ranch located in the lower Walnut River valley. The author describes the local topography as flat, with no visible archaeological features. However, flying state of the art scanning equipment over this landscape located in present-day Arkansas City, Kansas, near the Arkansas River, revealed “an ancient, circular shaped ditch measuring 50 meters wide and approximately 2 meters thick”. The scientists explain in their paper that as the...
  • Who Invented Beer?

    08/27/2020 10:27:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies ^ | Updated: Sep 7, 2018 Original: Jan 8, 2014 | Evan Andrews
    The first fermented beverages most likely emerged alongside the development of cereal agriculture some 12,000 years ago. ========================================================================= If you’re searching for an original brewmaster to toast the next time you knock back a cold one, you might be out of luck. It’s difficult to attribute the invention of beer to a particular culture or time period, but the world’s first fermented beverages most likely emerged alongside the development of cereal agriculture some 12,000 years ago. As hunter-gatherer tribes settled into agrarian civilizations based around staple crops like wheat, rice, barley and maize, they may have also stumbled upon the...
  • When Turkey’s ‘Hero’ Beheaded 800 Christians for Refusing Islam ... Lessons from the Martyrs of Otranto.

    08/18/2020 7:19:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | Tue Aug 18, 2020 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The ritual decapitation of 800 Christians who refused Islam 539 years ago—and whose commemoration was last Friday, August 14—sheds much light on contemporary questions concerning the ongoing conflict between Islam and the West. Background: When he sacked Constantinople in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Muhammad II was only 21-years-old—meaning he still had many good decades of jihading before him. He continued expanding into the Balkans, and, in his bid to feed his horses on the altar of Saint Peter’s basilica—Muslim prophecies held that “we will conquer Constantinople before we conquer Rome”—he invaded Italy and captured Otranto in 1480. More than half...
  • Metal Detectorist Finds Haul Of 1,000 Coins Worth At Least £100,000

    08/06/2020 5:50:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | Claire Reid Last updated 15:31, Tuesday 04 August 2020 BST
    A metal detectorist found an incredible hoard of silver civil war era coins worth at least £100,000 ($130,000) in a field owned by his local pub. Luke Mahoney, from Lindsey in Suffolk, stayed up for three nights straight after coming across more than 1,000 coins so as not to lose any to rival 'nighthawk' detectorists. Forty-year-old Luke, who runs a metal detector shop called Joan Allen Electrics, has been hunting for treasures for the last 10 years. He found the 'biggest hoard' of his life last month when he and pals Dan Hunt and Matt Brown were detecting in a...
  • Archaeology bombshell: Discovery of 145 human remains that 'solves biggest Bible mystery'

    07/31/2020 3:16:14 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 109 replies
    The Express, UK ^ | July 29, 2020 | CHARLIE BRADLEY
    The researchers found a Philistine cemetery in Israel – home to 145 human remains dating back to between the 11th and the 8th centuries BC. The discovery, made in 2013 and finally revealed in 2016, may yield answers to an enduring mystery surrounding the origins of the Philistines. It came at the end of a 30-year excavation by the Leon Levy Expedition. The Philistines were an ancient people who lived from the 12th century BC until 604 BC. They are known for their biblical conflict with the Israelites.
  • Imaging technology reveals historical layers of Eyckian Lamb of God

    07/29/2020 12:55:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | July 29, 2020 | by University of Antwerp
    1 / 1 Left: Color image after the 1950s treatment. The ears of the Eyckian Lamb were revealed after removal of the 16th century overpaint obscuring the background. (© - Art in Flanders vzw). Right: Color image after the 2019 treatment that removed all of the 16th century overpaint, revealing the face of the Eyckian Lamb. The dotted lines indicate the outline of the head before removal of 16th century overpaint. (© - Art in Flanders vzw). Credit: © - Art in Flanders vzw ========================================================================== Two non-invasive chemical imaging modalities were employed to help understand the changes...
  • “Snowball Earths” May Have Been Triggered by a Plunge in Incoming Sunlight – “Be Wary of Speed”

    07/29/2020 11:08:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | By Jennifer Chu, July 29, 2020
    Findings also suggest exoplanets lying within habitable zones may be susceptible to ice ages. ============================================================================= At least twice in Earth’s history, nearly the entire planet was encased in a sheet of snow and ice. These dramatic “Snowball Earth” events occurred in quick succession, somewhere around 700 million years ago, and evidence suggests that the consecutive global ice ages set the stage for the subsequent explosion of complex, multicellular life on Earth. Scientists have considered multiple scenarios for what may have tipped the planet into each ice age. While no single driving process has been identified, it’s assumed that whatever triggered...