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  • Roman shipwreck filled with ancient treasures discovered off Greek island of Kassos

    01/21/2021 7:24:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Tornos News ^ | Thursday, January 21, 2021 | TornosNews.gr
    The most significant find is the Roman-era shipwreck, which carried amphorae (Dressel 20) containing oil constructed in Spain in the area of Guadalquivir (1st to 3rd century AD), as well as Africana I amphorae made at the ceramic workshops of Africa Proconsularis and specifically in the region of present-day Tunisia, dating between the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.The underwater discovery also found another three shipwrecks:one carrying amphorae made in the North Aegean in the Hellenistic era (1st century B.C.)another carrying amphorae made in ancient Mendi during the Classical era (5th century B.C.)a third that dates to more modern times
  • Egyptian archaeological mission discovers Roman fort remains in Aswan

    01/21/2021 7:14:24 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | January 20, 2021 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    An archaeological mission from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities has discovered the remains of a Roman fort at the Shiha archaeological site in Aswan.A press release from the council stated that the remains include a church from the early Coptic era, and the remains of a temple from the Ptolemaic period.Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the council, explained that the mission discovered inside the fort a group of architectural elements from the temple of Ptolemy, and an incomplete sandstone panel, on which was depicted a model of the entrance to the temple and a man who appears to be a Roman...
  • Oldest city in the Americas under threat from squatters

    01/21/2021 7:00:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | January 19, 2021 | AFP
    ...archeologist Ruth Shady, who discovered the Caral site in Peru, has been threatened with death if she doesn't abandon investigating its treasures..."There are people who come and invade this site, which is state property, and they use it to plant," archeologist Daniel Mayta told AFP."It's hugely harmful because they're destroying 5,000-year-old cultural evidence." ...Developed between 3,000 and 1,800 BC in an arid desert, Caral is the cradle of civilization in the Americas.Its people were contemporaries of Pharaonic Egypt and the great Mesopotamian civilizations.It pre-dates the far better known Inca empire by 45 centuries.None of that mattered to the squatters, though,...
  • 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...
  • Faces of ‘Siberian Tutankhamun’ and his ‘Queen’ buried 2,600 years ago reconstructed by science

    01/19/2021 10:21:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    the Siberian Times ^ | 08 January 2021 | By Olga Gertcyk, Svetlana Skarbo
    The Arzhan-2 burial of the Scythian ‘King’ and the ‘Queen’, found in 1997 and studied between 2001-2003 by Russian-German expedition is one the most extraordinary discoveries ever made by archeologists. Now for the first time the features of the powerful couple buried in their gold-encrusted, awe-inspiring clothing can be seen in life-like sculptures thanks to work of Moscow Miklukho-Maklai Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, and Novosibirsk Institute of Archeology and Ethnography. Two teams of anthropologists spent months meticulously building 3d models of the skulls, using laser scanning and photogrammetry to then re-create the faces of the people that ruled vast...
  • 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
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | 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...
  • Red-Heads Welcomed At Ginger Festival

    08/11/2007 1:20:33 PM PDT · by blam · 91 replies · 16,092+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-10-2007 | Bonnie Malkin
    Red-heads welcomed at ginger festival By Bonnie Malkin and agencies Last Updated: 2:15am BST 10/08/2007 They are a frequent target for comedians and playground bullies, but red-heads have finally been offered some consolation. Model Lily Cole would get free entry to the event The National Botanic Garden of Wales has offered red-heads free entry to a festival celebrating the ginger plant. Organisers claims the event on August 26 will be the country's first ever "Ginger Family Festival". The day will celebrate the opening of the new Tropical House at the tourist attraction in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, which features many exotic...
  • Caligula’s Garden of Delights, Unearthed and Restored

    01/16/2021 4:05:22 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 1/12/2021 | Franz Lidz
    The fourth of the 12 Caesars, Caligula — officially, Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus — was a capricious, combustible first-century populist remembered, perhaps unfairly, as the empire’s most tyrannical ruler. As reported by Suetonius, the Michael Wolff of ancient Rome, he never forgot a slight, slept only a few hours a night and married several times, lastly to a woman named Milonia. During the four years that Caligula occupied the Roman throne, his favorite hideaway was an imperial pleasure garden called Horti Lamiani, the [fake news edited out] of its day. The vast residential compound spread out on the Esquiline Hill,...
  • Dire Wolves Weren’t Actually Wolves, DNA Analysis Reveals

    01/15/2021 5:09:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    smithsonianmag.com ^ | January 15, 2021 8:00AM | Alex Fox
    When researchers sequenced the extinct predator’s genome, they found it wasn’t a wolf at all but instead a distinct lineage that split off from the rest of the canines some 5.7 million years ago, reports James Gorman for the New York Times. To reveal the dire wolf’s true evolutionary identity, researchers extracted DNA from five fossils between 13,000 and 50,000 years old and sequenced their genomes. The team ultimately recovered around a quarter of the nuclear genome and a full complement of mitochondrial DNA from the samples... Though the bones of the dire wolf are so similar to today’s gray...
  • Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient artifacts

    01/16/2021 7:44:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    livescience.com ^ | 16 January 2021 | By Mindy Weisberger
    For example, a 17th-century Persian textile contains fibers of silk thread that were individually wrapped with thin strips of metal. And the microstructure of a needle from Cyprus retains the touch of the person who shaped it, in traces of dark corrosion that emerged as the needle was rotated and hammered. In another striking image, a bit of basalt glitters in a ceramic roof tile from Gordion, a site in Turkey that was inhabited from at least 2300 B.C., during the early Bronze Age (the tile dates to the first half of the sixth century B.C.). Basalt, a volcanic rock,...
  • The Mythical Snow Monster that Roams the Mountains: The Yeti

    01/16/2021 11:01:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Gazette ^ | Mon, January 11, 2021
    In Asia, a huge, hairy ape-man stomps through the snowy Himalayan mountain range, hunting for prey and terrorizing local people. Or so the legend goes. For generations, stories of the yeti, aka the abominable snowman, have been told. Does he live in an icy cave? Is he related to Bigfoot, the ape-man said to roam the forests of the northwestern United States? Is the monster real? According to the BBC, the mythical monster is rooted in the folklore of the Sherpa, the communities that live in the mountains of eastern Nepal. The yeti or a group of yetis always are...
  • Scientists Identify Contents of Ancient Maya Drug Containers

    01/15/2021 8:59:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    https://scitechdaily.com ^ | 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...
  • World's oldest known cave painting found in Indonesia

    01/13/2021 7:47:43 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    france24.com ^ | January 13, 2021 | AFP
    Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest known cave painting: a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was made at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia.
  • Latin Phrases Patriots Should Know: Patriotic Latin Phrases and Their Translations

    01/11/2021 11:54:48 AM PST · by ammodotcom · 66 replies
    Ammo.com ^ | 1/11/2021 | Brian Miller
    “Sic semper tyrannis” – Thus always to tyrants, U.S. Navy 149th Fighter Squadron “De oppresso liber” – To liberate the oppressed, U.S. Army Green Berets “Legibus armisque devoti” – Devoted to law and arms, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency “Haec protegimus” – This we guard, U.S. Army Military District of Washington “Hiemes oppugnamus et montes superamus” – We battle cold and conquer mountains, U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center “Nous resterons la” – We shall remain there, U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division “Semper primus” – Always first, U.S. Army 1st Infantry Regiment “Noli me tangere” – Don't tread on me,...
  • Birds Have a Mysterious 'Quantum Sense'. For The First Time, Scientists Saw It in Action

    01/11/2021 11:56:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | MIKE MCRAE | 8 JANUARY 2021
    Seeing our world through the eyes of a migratory bird would be a rather spooky experience. Something about their visual system allows them to 'see' our planet's magnetic field, a clever trick of quantum physics, and biochemistry that helps them navigate vast distances. Now, for the first time ever, scientists from the University of Tokyo have directly observed a key reaction hypothesised to be behind birds', and many other creatures', talents for sensing the direction of the planet's poles. Importantly, this is evidence of quantum physics directly affecting a biochemical reaction in a cell – something we've long hypothesised but...
  • 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....
  • Ancient Jewish gambler’s chariot race curse found in decoded 5th Century scroll

    05/18/2018 5:06:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 16 May 2018 | AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN
    A nailed-shut amulet uncovered in Turkey in the 1930s, written in Jewish Aramaic and newly translated, pleads for help from Balaam's ass at the track A 5th century ‘curse’ tablet written in Jewish Aramaic from Antioch, Turkey, which was recently deciphered by Tel Aviv University doctoral student Rivka Elitzur-Leiman. (Princeton University) When a typical nailed-shut 5th century curse scroll was uncovered by the University of Princeton in a 1930s excavation under the hippodrome in the city of Antioch (now in Turkey), the team of archaeologists didn’t realize what a unique find they had in hand. It would take almost another...
  • 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
    https://phys.org ^ | 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...
  • The Confederacy Almost Developed a Helicopter in 1862

    12/17/2019 12:40:01 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 103 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 21, 2014. | Michael Peck
    But the technology wasn’t quite ready for Robert E. Lee’s air cavalry It’s the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 and Union forces on Cemetery Ridge await the final Confederate assault. But instead of witnessing serried ranks of rebels marching across a mile of open ground into the maws of Yankee cannons, the bluecoat regiments are shocked to hear the thud of rotor blades. It is the the sound of Confederate general George Pickett’s 13,000-strong division landing behind Union lines. Is this a neo-Confederate dream? The Red Badge of Courage meets Apocalypse Now? No, it turns...
  • Literary survival in an age of tyranny: The F word vs. the law, and legitimacy.

    01/07/2021 1:42:47 PM PST · by Sense · 6 replies
    January 7, 2021 | Sense
    Literary survival in an age of tyranny: The F word vs. the law, and legitimacy An often repeated quote, almost always mis-attributed to Voltaire, makes an interesting study of itself, in usually being presented as: "Voltaire once wrote: “To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Who in American politics are people not allowed to criticize?" https://www.quora.com/Voltaire-once-wrote-%E2%80%9CTo-find-out-who-rules-over-you-simply-find-out-who-you-are-not-allowed-to-criticize-%E2%80%9D-Who-in-American-politics-are-people-not-allowed-to-criticize Legitimizing the quote has required its re-attribution to avoid mentioning, much less wallowing into what it was that drove the real author to think as he did. In current context, that history only amplifies...