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  • What Social Distancing Looked Like in 1666

    03/30/2020 7:41:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    dnyuz.com ^ | March 29, 2020 | Annalee Newitz
    A lot of English people believed 1666 would be the year of the apocalypse. You can’t really blame them. In late spring 1665, bubonic plague began to eat away at London’s population. By fall, roughly 7,000 people were dying every week in the city. The plague lasted through most of 1666, ultimately killing about 100,000 people in London alone — and possibly as many as three-quarters of a million in England as a whole. Perhaps the greatest chronicler of the Great Plague was Samuel Pepys, a well-connected English administrator and politician who kept a detailed personal diary during London’s darkest...
  • Has the location of Alexander the Great's Tomb been found

    03/12/2020 7:14:01 PM PDT · by wildbill · 35 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | March 2020 | Ashlet Cowie
    The mysterious location of the tomb of Alexander the Great might finally have been confirmed. Alexander the Great was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon from 336–323 BC and after conquering the Greek city-states he rolled over Persia founding an empire with 70 cities across three continents covering an estimated two million square miles. Now, a piece of masonry from an ancient tomb discovered in the foundations of St Mark ’s in Venice matching the dimensions of a sarcophagus in the British Museum might confirm the location of the tomb of Alexander the Great, and what’s more,...
  • A Stunning Neanderthal Skeleton Was Just Unearthed at a Famous Burial Site

    02/18/2020 1:09:22 PM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 18 FEB 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    One of the most important archaeological sites for our understanding of Neanderthals is still disgorging its secrets. A new skeleton has been found in Shanidar Cave in Iraqi Kurdistan, and it's helping reveal how the Neanderthals dealt with their dead. Shanidar Cave is famous for what is known as the Flower Burial. Among 10 fragmentary Neanderthal skeletons unearthed there in the 1950s and 1960s, one was found with clumps of pollen mixed in with the surrounding dirt. This was interpreted as evidence that the bones - belonging to a man aged between 30 and 45 years - had been buried...
  • Ancient Rome stunner: Sarcophagus dedicated to Romulus discovered

    02/18/2020 11:52:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2020 | Chris Ciaccia
    A shrine dedicated to the legendary founder of Rome, Romulus, has been discovered after archaeologists excavated the Roman Forum and stumbled upon the discovery. The shrine includes an underground chamber containing a 55-inch sarcophagus, and what experts believe may be an altar. The sarcophagus dates to the 6th century B.C., according to experts. "This is an extraordinary discovery," Alfonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, told The Times of London. "The forum never ceases to yield amazing fresh treasures."
  • Four ancient skulls unearthed in Mexico suggest that North America was a melting pot ….

    01/29/2020 5:29:32 PM PST · by blueplum · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 29 Jan 2020 | Jonathan Chadwick
    Full title: Four ancient skulls unearthed in Mexico suggest that North America was a melting pot of different peoples and cultures 10,000 years ago The first humans to settle in North America were more diverse than previously believed, according to a new study of skeletal fragments. US scientists analysed four skulls recovered from caves in Mexico that belonged to humans that lived sometime between 9,000 to 13,000 years ago. The researchers were surprised to find a high level of diversity, with the skulls ranging in similarity to that of Europeans, Asian and ...
  • This newly restored 15th-century lamb is worrying art lovers

    01/22/2020 8:19:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | 22nd January 2020 | Rob Picheta
    "There are no words to express the result" was the beaming reaction of Belgium's Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, after a 15th-century masterpiece -- painted over shortly after completion -- was restored to its former glory. And they were right -- commentators have been left speechless by one particular aspect of the newly revealed painting. The latest panel of the "Ghent Altarpiece," a large work by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, was unveiled in December as part of an ongoing project to restore the painting to its original design. The painting -- also known as "The Adoration of the Mystic...
  • Primordial 'Asgard' Lifeform Has Been Successfully Grown in The Lab

    01/17/2020 10:53:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 17 JAN 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    When scientists ran DNA analysis on a sediment core taken from the floor of the Arctic ocean back in 2010, they found something surprising. A previously unknown organism belonging to the strange domain of microbes called Archaea appeared to have genomic characteristics associated with a totally different domain - Eukaryota. They named their discovery Lokiarchaeota, after the Loki's Castle hydrothermal vent near Greenland where it was found; but doubt shadowed the finding. Could the sample have been contaminated by something else in the core? Now, thanks to the work of Japanese scientists, those doubts can be put to rest. For...
  • The Oldest Known Material on Earth Is Officially Older Than The Solar System

    01/14/2020 10:18:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 82 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 13 JAN 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    The oldest solid material on Earth has just been identified, and it predates the Solar System itself by at least a few hundred million years. The teensy tiny microscopic grains of dust were forged in a distant star somewhere between 5 and 7 billion years ago, according to new research. By comparison, our Sun is just 4.6 billion years old. Eventually, these grains were carried to Earth in a meteorite. "This is one of the most exciting studies I've worked on," said cosmochemist Philipp Heck of the Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago. "These are the...
  • Controversial Cuneiform Tablets Tell Tales of Security Dogs and a Lost City

    01/08/2020 12:29:11 PM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.ancient-origins.net ^ | 8 January, 2020 - 16:58 | Ashley Cowie
    An archaeologist has admitted that around 1,400 cuneiform tablets might have been stolen from Irisagrig, a 4,000-year-old lost Sumerian city in modern day Iraq. While the robbers obviously know the location of the ancient city, the authorities don’t! In a Live Science article we learn that ‘only looters have the location’ of this ancient city and perplexed archaeologists said this haul of newly examined tablets describes not only the palace of Irisagrig and the animals kept on the grounds, including lions and dogs; but that they also detail a festival held in a temple dedicated to a god of mischief....
  • Dog walker discovers a 65 million-year-old 'ichthyosaur' skeleton on a beach in Somerset after his pets sniffed it out when it was left exposed by recent storms

    12/17/2019 8:09:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 07:00 EST, 16 December 2019 | Updated: 08:55 EST, 16 December 2019 | By Jonathan Chadwick
    Dog walker Jon Gopsill, 54, was stunned when his pups led him to five-foot-long remains The fossil was left exposed by recent storms on the coast of Stolford, Somerset The amateur archaeologist believes the skeleton is that of a Jurassic reptile known as an ichthyosaur =============================================================== A dog walker claims to have stumbled across a 65 million-year-old skeleton on a Somerset beach – thanks to the sharp noses of his dogs. Jon Gopsill, 54, was walking his two pets on the coast of Stolford, Somerset on Saturday when they sniffed out a bone that turned out to be part of...
  • Fossils Suggest Tree-Dwelling Apes Walked Upright Long Before Hominids Did (Germany, 11M YA)

    12/09/2019 10:05:11 AM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    Science News ^ | 12-9-2019 | Bruce Bower
    Tree-dwelling apes in Europe strode upright around 5 million years before members of the human evolutionary family hit the ground walking in Africa. That’s the implication of fossils from a previously unknown ape that lived in what’s now Germany about 11.6 million years ago, say paleontologist Madelaine Böhme of the University of Tübingen in Germany and her colleagues. But the relation, if any, of these finds to the evolution of a two-legged stride in hominids by perhaps 6 million years ago is hazy (SN: 9/11/04). Excavations in a section of a Bavarian clay pit produced 37 fossils from the ancient...
  • The Evidence is Cut in Stone: A Compelling Argument for Lost High Technology in Ancient Egypt

    12/03/2019 12:54:33 PM PST · by wildbill · 151 replies
    Ancient Origens ^ | August 2017 | Brien Forrester
    Most people know of the great construction achievements of the dynastic Egyptians such as the pyramids and temples of the Giza Plateau area as well as the Sphinx. Many books and videos show depictions of vast work forces hewing blocks of stone in the hot desert sun and carefully setting them into place. However, some of these amazing works could simply not have been made by these people during the time frame that we call dynastic Egypt. Up until the 7th century BC there was very little iron present in Egypt, as this material only became commonly used once the...
  • Ancient Viking ship discovered buried next to church using breakthrough georadar technology

    11/27/2019 12:27:31 PM PST · by robowombat · 23 replies
    Keep the Faith ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Harry Cockburn
    Ancient Viking ship discovered buried next to church using breakthrough georadar technology A Viking ship believed to be over 1,000 years old has been discovered buried next to a church in Norway. Archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) announced they had found the ship, believed to have been used in a traditional ship burial, using “breakthrough” large-scale high-resolution georadar technology. The remains of the 17m vessel are buried just below the top-soil, at Edøy church on Edøya island in western Norway. Archaeologists have suggested parts of the structure may have been damaged by ploughing. The team...
  • Teens discover 1500-year-old church that redefines Israeli history

    11/27/2019 12:22:15 PM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Keep the Faith ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Wesley Hudson
    Teens discover 1500-year-old church that redefines Israeli history The church was discovered near Israel’s Ramat Beit Shemesh neighbourhood. An excavation, largely completed by teens, unearthed the church which dated back to 543 AD during the time of Emperor Justinian. After three years of detailed digging, archaeologists came across mosaics, pillars, still-intact crypts, and frescoes that at one time came together to form a beautiful church. An inscription indicated the building was complete thanks to the financial support of the Emperor. Excavation director Benjamin Storchan, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, told CBN News: “Numerous written sources attest to imperial...
  • "Thou art just, O Lord, and thy judgments are righteous"~The execution of the Roman emperor Maurice

    11/27/2019 6:41:59 AM PST · by Antoninus · 5 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | November 27, 2017 | Florentius
    November 27 marks the anniversary of one of the most cruel and lamentable acts in all of human history -- the execution of the Eastern Roman Emperor Maurice, and five of his six sons, at the hands of the usurper Phocas in AD 602. Having been proclaimed as emperor by the Balkan army who had numerous grievances against Maurice, Phocas entered Constantinople with the assent of the people, and Maurice and the imperial family fled. Their ship was forced ashore by a storm, however, and they sought sanctuary in a church near Chalcedon across the strait from Constantinople. According to...
  • NASA Finds Sugar Molecules Essential to Life in Meteorites That Crashed to Earth

    11/25/2019 11:07:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.theepochtimes.com ^ | November 25, 2019 Updated: November 25, 2019 | By Katabella Roberts
    An international team of scientists at NASA have found sugar molecules on two different meteorites, the agency announced on Nov. 19. The new discovery adds to the growing list of biologically important compounds that have been found in meteorites and supports the theory that chemical reactions in asteroids can play an important role in creating and supporting life, the space agency said in a statement. Researchers said they discovered “ribose and other bio-essential sugars” in the extraterrestrial rock, adding that ribose is a “crucial component of RNA (ribonucleic acid)”—essential for the regulation and expression of genes. “In much of modern...
  • New Research Suggests the Universe May Be a Giant Loop

    11/08/2019 6:41:15 AM PST · by Red Badger · 114 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | By Jennifer Leman Nov 5, 2019
    Picture Credit: ESA and the Planck Collaboration ================================================================== New, contested research suggests our universe may actually be a closed loop instead of a vast, never-ending expanse. The theory has drawn sharp criticism from other cosmologists. Confirmation of this theory could completely unravel everything scientists know and understand about our universe. ================================================================= Imagine jetting out into the universe. You sail past Mars, Neptune, and Pluto, far out past the milky way and into the frothy nothingness of space. What might you find if you travelled far enough? Well, you might actually end up right back where you started. There's a small...
  • Prehistoric Fossil Teeth Spark Heated Debate Over Human Evolution

    11/02/2019 10:13:36 AM PDT · by gnarledmaw · 20 replies
    Seeker ^ | 10/25/2017 | Jen Viegas
    The teeth, found in Germany, provoked one observer to suggest human history may need to be rewritten. Some experts, however, remain very skeptical. In a paper shared at the social networking site ResearchGate, Herbert Lutz and his team say they discovered “a new great ape with startling resemblances to African members of the hominin tribe.” The "plausible age” of the fossils — an upper left canine tooth and an upper right first molar — is 9.7 million years, they say. If confirmed, that would make the teeth around 6 million years older than fossils for the early-human, African ancestor Australopithecus...
  • Archaeology fossil teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history

    11/02/2019 10:01:04 AM PDT · by gnarledmaw · 50 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 19.10.2017 | Alistair Walsh
    A 9.7-million-year-old discovery has left a team of German scientists scratching their heads. The teeth seem to belong to a species only known to have appeared in Africa several million years later. A team of German archaeologists discovered a puzzling set of teeth in the former riverbed of the Rhine, the Museum of Natural History in Mainz announced on Wednesday. The teeth don't appear to belong to any species discovered in Europe or Asia. They most closely resemble those belonging to the early hominin skeletons of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) and Ardi (Ardipithecus ramidus), famously discovered in Ethiopia. But these new...
  • Did an extraterrestrial impact trigger the extinction of ice-age animals?

    10/25/2019 1:17:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 25, 2019 | by Carol J.g. Ward, University of South Carolina
    A controversial theory that suggests an extraterrestrial body crashing to Earth almost 13,000 years ago caused the extinction of many large animals and a probable population decline in early humans is gaining traction from research sites around the world. The Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis, controversial from the time it was presented in 2007, proposes that an asteroid or comet hit the Earth about 12,800 years ago causing a period of extreme cooling that contributed to extinctions of more than 35 species of megafauna including giant sloths, sabre-tooth cats, mastodons and mammoths. It also coincides with a serious decline in early...