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  • 1531: Rhys ap Gruffydd

    12/04/2023 3:09:37 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 3 replies ^ | December 4th, 2017 | Headsman
    On this date in 1531, a Welsh nobleman whose grandfather had been instrumental in raising the Tudor dynasty up caught the downswing of the Tudor dynasty’s axe. Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Thomas (“son of Rhys, son of Thomas”) was the Welsh patriarch of an illustrious house who had taken the Lancastrian side during the English Wars of the Roses. When the Lancastrians lost, he took the necessary oaths to the likes of Richard III but his reputed promise to defend Wales for his king with such ferocity that an invader must needs “make his entrance and irruption over my belly”...
  • KRAMPUSNACHT - December 5

    12/05/2023 10:44:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | December 5, 2023 | Staff
    KRAMPUSNACHT On December 5th, adults celebrating Krampusnacht seek to punish misbehaving children. This not-so-jolly holiday is also referred to as Krampus Night. Most people associate the holiday season with lots of cheer, merriment, and joy. However, there is one traditional holiday during this time of the year that doesn’t sound so fun. In fact, it seems a little scary. It’s actually more Halloween-like than Christmassy. Krampusnacht dates back to pagan mythology. Some believe Krampus, also known as the “Horned God,” came from a pagan supernatural being who was assimilated to the devil. Horned devils came about during the 11th century....
  • Ancient Iraqis may have worshipped Alexander the Great: Archaeologists discover a temple where the Greek king was proclaimed 'divine' 2,300 years ago

    12/05/2023 10:44:58 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 20, 2023 | Wiliam Hunter
    The mystery surrounding a 4,000-year-old Iraqi temple has finally been solved as archaeologists uncover signs that Alexander the Great was worshipped as a divine figure.Scientists had been puzzled by the discovery of more recent Greek inscriptions at the ancient Sumerian temple of Girsu, in the modern-day town of Tello.Now, British Museum archaeologists believe a Greek temple to Alexander the Great was founded on the site, possibly by Alexander himself.The discovery of a silver coin minted around 330 BCE by Alexander's troops suggests that the conqueror may have visited the temple after defeating the Persians.This would make founding the temple one...
  • UNCOVERED: Hidden Secrets of Pompeii (Full Episode) [44:24]

    12/04/2023 9:38:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 30, 2023 | National Geographic
    UNCOVERED: Hidden Secrets of Pompeii (Full Episode)Lost Treasures of Rome | 44:24National Geographic | 22.3M subscribers | 94,604 views | November 30, 2023
  • Archaeologists unearthed a pot of copper coins in first major discovery at Mohenjo Daro in Pakistan, in 93 years

    12/04/2023 5:48:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Arkeonews ^ | November 18, 2023 | Oguz Kayra
    Sheikh Javed Sindhi, who was engaged in research at the site, said that previously, 4,348 copper coins were excavated by R.D. Banerji, Sir John Marshall, and Mackay from 1922 to 1931. These coins belonged to the Kushan Period dating back to the 2 to 5 Century AD, he said...Rustam Bhutto, in-charge of the soil and water testing laboratory, said the treatment process for separating the amalgamated coins would take at least a month to make the figures and language on coins visible.Ali Haidar Gadhi, senior conservationist at said that Mr Banerji discovered nearly 2,000 coins, 338 of which were of...
  • Blind Mole Rediscovered After Nearly 100 Years

    12/03/2023 12:08:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Abdul Moeed December 3, 2023 | Abdul Moeed December 3, 2023
    A blind golden mole that can swim through sand has been discovered in South Africa after being thought to be extinct for 87 years. A group of experts from the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the University of Pretoria used DNA and a sniffer dog in a two-year search. They rediscovered the De Winton’s golden mole in the sand dunes of northwest South Africa. The rare De Winton’s golden mole hadn’t been seen since 1936. Before that, it was only found in a small area in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape. These creatures, about the size of a mouse...
  • 'Bone biographies' reveal lives of medieval England's common people -- and illuminate early benefits system

    12/03/2023 6:33:22 AM PST · by FarCenter · 10 replies
    ... The website coincides with a study from the team published in the journal Antiquity, which investigates the inhabitants of the hospital of St. John the Evangelist. Founded around 1195, this institution helped the "poor and infirm," housing a dozen or so inmates at any one time. It lasted for some 300 years before being replaced by St. John's College in 1511. The site was excavated in 2010. "Like all medieval towns, Cambridge was a sea of need," said Robb. "A few of the luckier poor people got bed and board in the hospital for life. Selection criteria would have...
  • PHOTOS: Argentina’s Javier Milei Visits the Ohel, Gravesite of Lubavitcher Rebbe, Before Meeting U.S. Officials

    12/03/2023 7:09:36 AM PST · by Twotone · 13 replies ^ | November 27, 2023 | Emma-Jo Morris
    Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei on Monday visited the burial site of the the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, as the first stop of his visit to the United States, ahead of his meetings with U.S. officials. Milei arrived at the cemetery, located in Queens, New York, just after 9 A.M. with his entourage, where he met Rabbi Simon Jacobson, who has become somewhat of an informal advisor and mentor. Milei was visibly emotional when he met Rabbi Jacobson at the entrance of the site, and they went together to pray at the grave. The Libertarian Populist Milei is an...
  • Thaddeus Stevens, the father of the 14th Amendment, returns to Gettysburg (new Statue)

    12/03/2023 9:30:54 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    Hanover Evening Sun ^ | 2002 | Harrison Jones
    Ross Hetrick, president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, assists sculptor Alex Paul Loza, as they unveil the new Thaddeus Stevens statue in front of the Adams County Courthouse, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Gettysburg.
  • Why Ethiopia is Preparing to Invade Eritrea Next [49:54]

    12/03/2023 9:00:59 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 28, 2023 | RealLifeLore
    Why Ethiopia is Preparing to Invade Eritrea Next | 49:54 | RealLifeLore | 7.22M subscribers | 1,321,742 views | November 28, 2023
  • Indigenous Mexicans migrated to California 5,200 years ago, likely bringing their languages with them, ancient DNA reveals

    12/03/2023 5:46:10 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Live Science ^ | November 22, 2023 | Tom Metcalfe
    Hunter-gatherers from Mexico migrated into California more than 5,000 years ago, potentially spreading distinctive languages from the south into the region nearly 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, a new genetic study details.The finding challenges the idea that what are known as the Uto-Aztecan languages — which include the Aztec and Toltec language Nahuatl, as well as Hopi and Shoshoni — were spread northward by prehistoric migrants from Mexico along with maize farming technologies...Nakatsuka and his colleagues studied ancient DNA extracted from the teeth and bones of 79 ancient people found at archaeological sites in central and southern California. These...
  • Hominins Hunted Beavers At Least 400,000 Years Ago, Ancient Bones Reveal

    12/03/2023 5:37:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Science News ^ | November 29, 2023 | Enrico de Lazaro
    Archaeologists from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the Leibniz Zentrum für Archäologie and Leiden University say they have found cut marks on the bones of two beaver species from the 400,000-year-old hominin open air site of Bilzingsleben in central Germany. Their results demonstrate a greater diversity of prey choice by Middle Pleistocene hominins than commonly acknowledged, and a much deeper history of broad-spectrum subsistence than commonly assumed, already visible in prey choices 400,000 years ago...They used magnifying glasses and digital microscopes to analyze 2,496 remains (1,963 teeth and 533 cranial and postcranial bones and bone fragments) of two beaver species:...
  • Chiseled obsidian recovered from Neolithic shipwreck near Capri's 'Blue Grotto'

    12/02/2023 4:09:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Live Science ^ | November 22, 2023 | Tom Metcalfe
    Divers off the coast of Naples, Italy have recovered a large chunk of chiseled obsidian that likely went down in a Stone Age shipwreck more than 5,000 years ago.Divers from Naples, Italy have recovered a block of obsidian from the remains of what is likely a Neolithic, or New Stone Age shipwreck near the island of Capri.The natural-glass block is about the size of a very large book and weighs almost 17.6 pounds (8 kilograms). There are visible signs of chiseling on its surface, and archaeologists think it was an obsidian "core" that would have been used to make sharp-edged...
  • Archaeologists discover traces of ancient Jalula, the city that witnessed the famous battle of the same name 1386 years ago

    12/02/2023 4:00:35 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    The Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) has announced the discovery of the boundaries and various structures of the ancient city of Jalula.Professor Ali Obeid Shalgham, Director-General of the Directorate of the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH), stated that the exploration process lasted several months and was overseen by researcher Ahmed Abdul Jabbar Khamas from the Antiquities and Heritage Inspection of Diyala.Determining the limits of the ancient city of Jalula, which is situated north of the Diyala province and was the site of the well-known battle between Muslims and Sasanian Persians, was the primary objective...
  • Et Tu, Brute?

    11/30/2023 10:22:41 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 9 replies
    Literary Devices ^ | ? | Lierary Devices
    Origin of Et Tu, Brute “Et Tu, Brute?” are perhaps the most popular three words ever written, uttered in literature, and then quoted in different contexts. This phrase also comes from the genius of Shakespeare. It occurs in his play, Julius Caesar, (Act-III, Scene-I, Lines, 77). Julius Caesar utters this phrase as his last words, addressing his close friend, Brutus, in the play. However, the history does not seem to support this, as it is a widely debated subject among historians and dramatists alike. Like so many other countless phrases, Shakespeare vouchsafed this phrase an everlasting life after using it...
  • Henry Kissinger was a colossus who bestrode a century

    12/01/2023 9:31:15 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 30th November 2023 | Niall Ferguson
    Henry Kissinger, who died on Wednesday night at the age of 100, was the most enduringly influential secretary of state in the history of the United States. He was also the most controversial. But the influence matters far more than the controversy. His critics have wasted no time in ignoring the old injunction that no ill should be spoken of the recently deceased. The scurrilous magazine Rolling Stone led with the repulsive headline 'Henry Kissinger, War Criminal Beloved by America's Ruling Class, Finally Dies'. At a time when anti-Semitism has again reared its ugly head in the wake of the...
  • Jews Under Mid-19th Century Palestinian Sharia, Versus American Freedom-Why restoring Sharia governance remains an unacceptable “option”

    11/30/2023 6:04:33 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 30, 2023 | Andrew G. Bostom
    The trickle of prisoner releases of those non-combatant Jews captured, but not slaughtered during Hamas’ October 7, 2023 jihad carnage in southern Israel, should remind us of what Hamas, or Palestinian Authority Sharia (Islamic Law)-based rule for surviving Jews would entail. That “vision” was laid out plainly during a July 6, 2001 Gaza sermon at the Ijlin mosque by Sheikh Muhammad Ibrahim al-Mahdi:We welcome, as we did in the past, any Jew who wants to live in this land as a Dhimmi (subjugated, humiliated non-Muslim tributaries per Qur’an 9:29), just as the Jews have lived in our countries, as Dhimmis,...
  • Discovery Of Ancient Waterway May Solve Mystery Of How The Pyramids Were Built

    11/30/2023 5:48:56 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 23 replies
    IFL Science ^ | 11/29/2023 | Ben Taub
    The mystery of how the pyramids were built may have finally been solved thanks to the discovery of an ancient branch of the Nile that once flowed through Giza. Hundreds of meters wide, the enormous waterway has long since dried up, but could have provided transportation for the colossal amounts of material and workers needed to construct the iconic landmarks thousands of years ago.
  • Henry Kissinger's World War II

    11/30/2023 8:17:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Warfare History Network ^ | June 2018 | Tim Miller
    In November 1944, a young American soldier wrote back to his parents in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Six years earlier, he and his family had fled Germany for the United States, only weeks before Kristallnacht, the infamous Night of Broken Glass.Now here he was, having returned to the place where, had they stayed, he and his family may well have already perished. "So I am back where I wanted to be," the young man wrote. "I think of the cruelty and barbarism those people out there in the ruins showed when they were on top. And then I...
  • Woman whose body was found 35 years ago in a suitcase in a Georgia dumpster is identified

    11/28/2023 9:18:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct. 24, 2023, 9:26 AM CDT | Staff
    A Texas company was able to build a DNA profile using genetic material from a blanket found with the body, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MILLEN, Ga. — A body found wrapped in plastic inside a Georgia dumpster 35 years ago has been identified as that of a South Korean woman, officials announced Monday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they used DNA analysis, paid for by donors, to determine that Chong Un Kim, 26, was the person whose body was discovered in rural Millen in February 1988. Kim died from asphyxiation, but it’s unclear whether someone killed...