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  • Seraphim Mosaic Revealed in Agia Sophia With Removal of Scaffolding

    11/28/2020 5:06:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/26/20
    Another large-scale mosaic of a seraphim has been uncovered on the ceiling of Agia Sophia in Istanbul. The 6-winged angel of God was revealed when scaffolding set up 7 years ago to assist in restoration was finally dismantled, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency. Another of the four mosaics was uncovered in 2009. It had been hidden under plaster and metal for 160 years. The last person to see the mosaic was Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid and Swiss architects Guiseppe and Gaspare Fossati, who directed renovations at Agia Sophia from 1847 to 1849.
  • BASONOVA -- Wandering Arameans in Egypt: New light on the Samarian and Judean diaspora

    11/28/2020 9:50:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | November 22, 2020 | Staff
    The Hebrew Bible views Egypt as the location of both slavery and refuge. The “wandering Aramean” ancestor mentioned in Deuteronomy 26:5 was a slave in Egypt, whereas the prophet Jeremiah and others chose to flee there after the fall of Samaria/Israel and Judah. This presentation offers a look at the evidence for diaspora life in Egypt found in Papyrus Amherst 63, a long and difficult text written in Aramaic but using the Demotic Egyptian script. The many compositions in the papyrus reflect the religious traditions and collective cultural memory of a group of Aramaic speakers in Egypt, including Samarians and...
  • The Plymouth Hero You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

    11/26/2020 7:47:42 AM PST · by Ge0ffrey · 18 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | November 21, 2016 | John Hanc
    Almost everything we know about the first Thanksgiving in 1621 is based on a few lines from a letter. "Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men,...
  • The New York Times Claims Alexander Hamilton Owned Slaves, So You Know The Opposite Is True

    11/19/2020 11:02:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 19, 2020 | Michael E. Newton
    Rather than being an 'enslaver,' Hamilton opposed slavery, advocated for manumission, and supported enslaved and freed blacks to the extent that his limited means allowed.The New York Times has done it again. On the heels of its infamous 1619 Project, a “culture reporter” at the so-called newspaper of record writes that Alexander Hamilton “bought, sold and personally owned slaves” and was an “enslaver.”Historians and biographers have debated the status of Hamilton as a slaveowner for decades, but a new essay titled “As Odious and Immoral a Thing: Alexander Hamilton’s Hidden History as an Enslaver,” written by Jessie Serfilippi, a historical...
  • Pompeii excavation unearths well-preserved bodies of wealthy man and slave

    11/21/2020 1:26:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 21, 2020 / 2:36 PM/ | Sophie Lewis
    Officials at the archeological park in Italy said Saturday that archeologists have unearthed skeletal remains of two men attempting to escape death the eruption. Researchers found parts of the skulls and bones while excavating the ruins of what was once a large villa with views on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the outskirts of Pompeii. The bones were found at at Civita Giuliana, the same area where archaeologists excavating a stable dug up the remains of three harnessed horses in 2017, officials said. The first victim was determined to be a young man, between the ages of 18 and 25,...
  • Aztec Death Whistles Sound like Human Screams and May Have Been Used as Psychological Warfare

    11/18/2020 3:56:49 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 53 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | Updated on 11/17/2020 | Liz Leafloor
    17 November, 2020 - 19:43 lizleafloorAztec Death Whistles Sound like Human Screams and May Have Been Used as Psychological WarfareRead Later PrintWhen odd, skull-shaped grave items were found by archaeologists decades ago at an Aztec temple in Mexico, they were assumed to be mere toys or ornaments, and were catalogued and stored in warehouses. However, years later, experts discovered they were creepy ‘death whistles’ that made piercing noises resembling a human scream, which the ancient Aztecs may have used during ceremonies, sacrifices, or during battles to strike fear into their enemies. The Aztec Death Whistles were Not Common Instruments Two...
  • Terrific Find, "Droll" Hans Holbein Woodcuts, Erasmus "Praise of Folly" (Very Literary)

    11/16/2020 6:59:19 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 9 replies ^ | 1876 | Erasmus (1450-1537)
    Click in the header. (One illustration here, the "thesis defense" of a fool.)
  • Far-Off Supernovas Caused Climate Change on Earth, According to Tree Rings ... How is that even possible?

    11/16/2020 7:22:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 61 replies ^ | November 16, 2020 | By Tim Childers
    NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU) ===================================================================== Supernovas may have affected the Earth’s climate in the last 40,000 years. Tree-ring data suggests supernovas caused spikes in radiocarbon. Could the next nearby supernova cause a collapse of civilization? ====================================================================== Dendrochronology is a fancy word for tree-ring dating, where the age of a tree can be determined by the number of growth rings across its trunk. But there’s a lot more to learn from looking at a tree’s rings than simply its age. Like fingerprints, tree rings give scientists clues to what the world was like when a tree was alive....
  • Paleontologists Surprising Discovery: Fossil Shark Turns Into Mystery Pterosaur

    11/16/2020 11:54:21 AM PST · by Red Badger · 3 replies ^ | November 15, 2020 | By University of Portsmouth UK
    Pterosaurs with these types of beaks are better known at the time period from North Africa, so it would be reasonable to assume a likeness to the North African Alanqa. Credit: Attributed to Davide Bonadonna ======================================================================= Paleontologists have made a surprising discovery while searching through 100-year-old fossil collections from the UK – a new mystery species of pterosaur, unlike anything seen before. Lead author of the project, University of Portsmouth PhD student Roy Smith, discovered the mystery creature amongst fossil collections housed in the Sedgwick Museum of Cambridge and the Booth Museum at Brighton that were assembled when phosphate mining...
  • 31,000-year-old burial holds world's oldest known identical twins

    11/16/2020 11:10:37 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12 November 2020 | Laura Geggel, Associate Editor
    To determine at what age the babies died, the researchers looked at each baby's top second incisor. The team paid special attention to the so-called "newborn line," a dark line in the tooth enamel that separates the enamel formed prenatally from that formed after birth, Teschler-Nicola said.Those newborn lines, as well the infants' skeletal development, suggested the twins were either full, or nearly full-term, babies. It appears that the infants' hunter-gatherer group buried the first twin, then reopened the grave when they buried his brother.This finding confirms the cultural-historical practice of reopening a grave for the purpose of reburial, which...
  • Decoding Cuneiform, One of the Earliest Forms of Writing

    11/11/2020 5:55:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Discover ^ | November 5, 2020 8:15 PM | Avery Hurt|
    It’s not a language. It’s not an alphabet, either, exactly. The ancient system of writing is one of, if not the, oldest. It was invented around 3,500–3,000 B.C. by the Sumerians and used in the region for more than 3,000 years. [The symbols were initially pictograms, they soon became quite stylized and are indeed made up of varying arrangements of lines and triangles or wedges. Rather than using, for example, a picture of a cow to represent a cow, cuneiform used a symbol that was sort of a stripped-down image of a cow. This made it much more efficient. As...
  • King David-era fort found in Golan, may be 1st evidence of Bible’s ‘Geshurites’

    11/12/2020 7:48:35 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11 November 2020 | AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN
    Stunning stone etching of two horned individuals at prayer found at mouth of rare circa-11th century citadel in Israel’s north; could predate famous Geshur site, Tel Bethsaida Dating to around the time of King David 3,000 years ago, what may be the earliest fortified settlement in the Golan Heights was recently discovered during salvage excavations ahead of the construction of a new neighborhood. Incredible rock etchings of two figures holding their arms aloft — possibly at prayer with what could be a moon — were uncovered inside the unique fort, which was dated to circa 11th-9th century BCE. The striking...
  • Geshurite Fortress From King David's Era Discovered In Golan Heights

    11/11/2020 8:46:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Israel365 ^ | Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | unattributed
    The archaeologists consider that the fort was built by the kingdom of Geshur, the ally of King David, in order to control the region. The excavation was undertaken prior to the construction of a new neighborhood in Hispin, and funded by the Ministry of Housing and Construction and the Golan Regional Council, with the participation of many residents of Hispin and Nov, and youth from the pre-military academies at Natur, Kfar Hanasi, Elrom, Metzar and Qaztrin. According to Barak Tzin and Enno Bron, excavation directors on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "The complex we exposed was built at a...
  • Hikers find message dropped by carrier pigeon in 1910

    11/11/2020 5:17:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/10/2020 | Ben Hooper
    Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A couple hiking in northeastern France came across an unusual historical artifact -- a carrier pigeon message dating from 110 years earlier. Jade Halaoui said he was hiking with his partner in the Ingersheim area when they spotted a tiny aluminum cylinder on the ground. "I dug it up and I cut it to see what was inside," Halaoui recalled to the Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace newspaper. Inside was a small piece of paper bearing a message the couple could not make out. They took it to the Linge Memorial museum, where curator Dominique Jardy enlisted...
  • Bison Are Roaming Free in Indiana for the First Time in 200 Years

    11/09/2020 9:46:55 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 63 replies
    Return to Now ^ | February 10, 2019 | Return to Now
    Once upon a time, prairie was the primary ecosystem in Indiana, but in the last 200 years, almost all of it has been plowed under for agriculture. Today, less than 1 percent of original, native prairie remains. The Nature Conservancy has been working to convert 7000 acres of row-crop farmland back into diverse prairie for the last 20 years. There are now over 750 species of plants and 250 species of butterflies on the newly restored chunk of prairie, called the Kankakee Sands Nature Preserve. Most of the native plants and insects were able to find their way back “home”...
  • Ancient 'Kfar Nafah' Boundary Stone Uncovered on the Golan [facts on the ground]

    11/08/2020 1:06:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | Monday, November 2, 2020 | David Israel
    The Nafah IDF base recently made headlines in an Israeli TV series on the 1973 Yom Kippur War which was bought by HBO, Valley of Tears. Now an archaeological excavation conducted on the Golan Heights reveals for the first time that the name Nafah was given to the site as early as 1700 years ago. A boundary stone inscribed in Greek was discovered during an archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority ahead of the Mekorot Water Company project to install a water pipeline in Nafah. At some point, the boundary stone was re-purposed as a tombstone... According to...
  • Who Was The The Mysterious Lady Of Bietikow And What Had She In Common With Ötzi Iceman?

    11/07/2020 5:29:26 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Ancient Pages ^ | 11/6/2020 | Jan Bartek
    Lady of Bietikow lived during the Neolithic period. All that is left of the woman who died more than 5,000 years ago are bones and some clothing fragments, but researchers have still managed to piece together some details about her life. By learning more about the life of Lady of Bietikow, as she has been named, we gain information about what life was like in those days. Her remains were found near a village of the same name in northeastern Germany's Uckermark region during excavation works for wind turbines. Who Was The The Mysterious Lady Of Bietikow And What Had...
  • Chinese Noodles Not the Inspiration for Pasta, Historians Say

    11/07/2020 9:56:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | NOVEMBER 06, 2020 | SILVIA MARCHETTI
    Pasta is Italy’s staple food, but it’s not only Italians who indulge in platefuls of the doughy concoction every day. People all over the world adore it. It comes in more than 300 shapes: long, as in spaghetti; flat, as in fettuccine; hollow (bucatini); short, as in penne; the butterfly-shaped farfalle and ear-shaped orecchiette; tubular (rigatoni); and stuffed, in varieties such as tortellini and ravioli. It can be bought dry or freshly made from egg-based dough. World Pasta Day, held each October , celebrates the universal love of this staple of the Mediterranean diet. But who invented pasta? Legend has...
  • World first: Dutch brewery burns iron as a clean, recyclable fuel

    Many industries use heat-intensive processes that generally require the burning of fossil fuels, but a surprising green fuel alternative is emerging in the form of metal powders. Ground very fine, cheap iron powder burns readily at high temperatures, releasing energy as it oxidizes in a process that emits no carbon and produces easily collectable rust, or iron oxide, as its only emission.
  • Albanian Neolithic Remains Evidence Oldest Known Case of Osteopetrosis

    11/06/2020 10:24:40 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Explaining Albania ^ | October 24, 2020 | Alice Taylor
    German researchers have discovered the oldest known case of osteopetrosis or "stone bone" disease in the remains of a man from the Neolithic lacustrine settlement of Maliq in southeast Albania. Osteopetrosis is a rare disorder which manifests through the hardening and solidifying of bones, making them more susceptible to fracture. The study was conducted by palaeopathologist Julia Gresky of the German Archaeological Institute and colleagues. The researchers describe the area as having an important role in the Neolithisation of the Balkan region as it was home to some of the first agricultural economies in the area. The bones they found...