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  • IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING: AFRICA IS SPLITTING INTO TWO CONTINENTS

    05/29/2023 1:55:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 64 replies
    Brace yourselves for an awe-inspiring geological phenomenon that is reshaping the face of Africa as we know it! Join us on an extraordinary journey as we witness the unprecedented event of Africa splitting into two distinct continents. In this captivating video, we delve deep into the geological forces at work that are gradually tearing Africa apart. Explore the vast expanse of the East African Rift System, a sprawling tectonic boundary that stretches over thousands of kilometers, signaling the emergence of a new continent. Our expert geologists provide a comprehensive overview of the fascinating processes behind this monumental event. Uncover the...
  • A dangerous African lake with explosive power is about to erupt in the seismic active East African Rift Valley

    10/18/2020 5:50:17 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 13 replies
    SS ^ | 10/18/20 | SS
    In central Africa is a deep lake that has a dangerous propensity to explode – but tapping it as a source of energy could help avert disaster. Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s strangest bodies of water. An unusual set of properties make it an intriguing subject for scientists, as well as a potential source of both peril and prosperity for the millions of people living nearby. Kivu doesn’t behave like most deep lakes. Typically, when water at the surface of a lake is cooled – by winter air temperatures or rivers carrying spring snowmelt, for example – that cold,...
  • Evidence of Plate Tectonics - East African Rift Spreading

    07/19/2006 12:39:07 PM PDT · by 2nsdammit · 73 replies · 1,537+ views
    www.livescience.com ^ | 19 July 2006 | Sara Goudarzi
    The Red Sea is parting again, but this time Moses doesn’t have a hand in it. Satellite images show that the Arabian tectonic plate and the African plate are moving away from each other, stretching the Earth's crust and widening the southern end of the Red Sea, scientists reported in this week's issue of journal Nature. Last September, a series of earthquakes started splitting the planet's surface along a 37-mile section of the East African Rift in Afar, Ethiopia. Using the images gathered by the European Space Agency's Envisat radar satellite, researchers looked at satellite data before and after these...
  • Scientists Probe Africa's Rift Valley Break-Up

    01/12/2003 11:31:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 318+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/12/03 | Reuters - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Science - Reuters Scientists Probe Africa's Rift Valley Break-Up Sun Jan 12, 7:05 AM ET Add Science - Reuters to My Yahoo! ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Scientists studying Africa's slow-motion split along the Rift Valley have launched an experiment in Ethiopia to find out exactly why it is happening and whether a new ocean will form where the valley is now. Seventy-two U.S., European and Ethiopian scientists fanned out across the Horn of Africa country this weekend to conduct what they called Africa's largest ever seismic survey. The "volcanic Rift Valley...could eventually break off to form an ocean like...
  • The scientific meltdown over a controversial discovery of 'biblical Sodom'

    05/02/2022 11:59:07 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 04/21/2022 | Jerry Pattengale
    (RNS) — What everyone agrees on is that something unusual happened at Tall el-Hammam, an ancient settlement near the Dead Sea.In a layer of ancient earth, archaeologists claim to have found evidence of an apocalyptic event: Melted rooftops. Disintegrated pottery. Unusual patterns in the rock formations that can be associated with intense heat. For another three to six centuries after 1650 B.C., the settlement's 100 acres lay fallow.But when Steven Collins, the principal archaeologist at Tall el-Hammam, considered the scientists' evidence in an article that ran last year in the respected scientific journal Nature, he claimed that the incineration matched...
  • 3rd Millennium BC Artificial Eyeball Discovered in Burnt City

    12/11/2006 1:57:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies · 707+ views
    Cultural Heritage News Agency ^ | December 10, 2006 | Maryam Tabeshian
    Archeologists in Burnt City announced unprecedented discovery of an artificial eyeball, dated to 4800 years ago, in this historic site... [D}irector of Burnt City archeology excavation team, Mansour Sajadi, said that this eyeball belongs to a sturdy woman who was between 25 to 30 years of age at the time of death. Skeletal remains of the woman were found in grave number 6705 of Burnt City's cemetery. Regarding the material used to make this artificial eyeball, Sajadi said: "The material this artificial eyeball is made of has not yet been determined and will be assessed through later testing. However, at...
  • 4800-Year-Old Artificial Eyeball (Pics)

    12/21/2006 3:23:49 PM PST · by blam · 76 replies · 2,679+ views
    Med Gadget ^ | 12-20-2006
    December 20, 2006 4800-Year-Old Artificial Eyeball From the announcement by the Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies, an educational and research group out of UK: Archaeologists in Burnt City announced unprecedented discovery of an artificial eyeball, dated to 4800 years ago, in this historic site. Announcing this news, director of Burnt City archaeology excavation team, Mansur Sajadi, said that this eyeball belongs to a sturdy woman who was between 25 to 30 years of age at the time of death. Skeletal remains of the woman were found in grave number 6705 of Burnt City's cemetery. Regarding the material used to make...
  • Burnt City woman's face reconstructed

    11/22/2010 9:34:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Press TV ^ | Sunday, November 21, 2010 | TE/AKM/MMN
    The reconstructed version of the 5,000-year-old skeleton was unveiled during a ceremony attended by head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Hamid Baqaei and Iran's ambassador to Italy Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Hosseini. The woman, whose face has been reconstructed by a group of Iranian and Italian researchers, is famous for carrying the first prosthesis to have been used by man, ISNA reported. This is a great scientific achievement which shows that Persians used innovative medical equipment 5,000 years ago, Baqaei said during the opening ceremony of the exhibition. The unique discovery was the result of excavations in the Burnt...
  • Burnt City women outlived their men

    06/24/2009 6:38:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies · 618+ views
    PressTV Iran ^ | Saturday, June 20, 2009 | unattributed
    Archeological studies have found that the female inhabitants of Iran's ancient site of Burnt City outlived the male members of their community. According to head of the Burnt City archeology team Farzad Forouzanfar, men died between the ages of 35 to 45, while women lived well into their 80s. Forouzanfar said that the area witnessed considerable population drops and that "the number of the female inhabitants of the area was more than the males." "The team also found that the remains of nearly 30,000 burials exist in Burnt City," he added. Demographical studies also showed that over 6,000 people lived...
  • Have Scholars Finally Deciphered a Mysterious Ancient Script?

    08/02/2022 10:12:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    smithsonianmag ^ | Andrew Lawler
    The paper uses newly examined inscriptions from a set of ancient silver beakers to propose a method for reading the symbols that make up Linear Elamite... 5,000 years ago, in the thriving city of Susa, on the fringe of the great Mesopotamian plain and the edge of the vast Iranian plateau that rises to the east...was at the heart of an urban society spanning much of what is today southwestern Iran. The city’s western neighbors, the Sumerians, dubbed its residents the Elamites. French archaeologists digging in Susa at the turn of the 20th century uncovered evidence of a writing system...
  • Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

    10/22/2012 8:03:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday, October 22, 2012 | Sean Coughlan
    The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level... Dr Dahl's secret weapon is being able to see this writing more clearly than ever before... a big black dome is clicking away and flashing out light... It's being used to help decode a writing system called proto-Elamite, used between around 3200BC and 2900BC in a...
  • Archaeologists Have Discovered The World's Oldest Inscription In Jiroft

    11/05/2007 1:31:53 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 1,267+ views
    CAIS ^ | 11-5-2007
    Archaeologists have Discovered the World's Oldest Inscription in Jiroft 05 November 2007 LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists have discovered the world's most ancient inscription in the Iranian city of Jiroft, near the Halil Roud historical site. "The inscription, discovered in a palace, was carved on a baked mud-brick whose lower left corner has only remained,” explained Professor Yousof Majid-Zadeh, head of the Jiroft excavation team. “The only ancient inscriptions known to experts before the Jiroft discovery were cuneiform and hieroglyph,” said Majid Zadeh, adding that,”the new-found inscription is formed by geometric shapes and no linguist around the world has been able...
  • Iran loses fight over "Lost Paradise" relics

    03/31/2007 8:07:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 218+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2007 | Peter Griffiths
    In a ruling that could affect other countries' attempts to secure the return of antiquities, Britain's High Court rejected Iran's claim that it owned the artifacts... Lawyers acting for Iran said the treasures were among thousands of pieces stolen by looters after floods washed away the topsoil and exposed the ancient city of Jiroft in 2001. Senior judge Charles Gray said Iran had failed to prove its legal ownership of the jars, cups and other items but gave permission for his ruling to be challenged at the appeal court... The gallery's London lawyers, Lane & Partners, said the antiquities were...
  • Jiroft Is Lost Link Of Chain Of Civilization: Majidzadeh

    01/13/2007 3:15:01 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 1,003+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 1-12-2007
    Jiroft is lost link of chain of civilization: Majidzadeh TEHRAN, Jan. 12 (MNA) -- Iranian archaeologist Yusef Majidzadeh believes that Jiroft is the lost link of the chain of civilization and says it has such a significant civilization that he would be proud to be named an honorary citizen of the ancient site. In a seminar entitled “Jiroft, the Cradle of Oriental Civilization” held in Kerman on Thursday, he said, “The history of civilization in Jiroft dates back to 2700 BC and the third millennium civilization is the lost link of the chain of civilization which archaeologists have long sought....
  • Shrouded 5000-Year-Old Child Unearthed In Southeastern Iran

    12/19/2006 2:38:42 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 1,088+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 12-19-2006
    Shrouded 5000-year-old child unearthed in southeastern Iran TEHRAN, Dec. 19 (MNA) -- The skeleton of a 5000-year-old child wrapped in a winding sheet was discovered at the foot of a wall in the Taleb Khan Mound, which is located near the Burnt City in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. “The skeleton was discovered in a room of a house, while remnants of a white cloth were found around it. The cloth shows that the child had been shrouded before burial,” Mehdi Miri, the director of the archaeological team working at the site, said on Tuesday. “It was common for children to be buried...
  • Ancient rock tombs discovered at Jiroft

    11/14/2006 12:15:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 287+ views
    Mehr News Agency ^ | November 12, 2006 | unattributed
    Two tombs carved out of rock were recently discovered at the Qal'eh Kuchak mound by the team of archaeologists working at the Jiroft ancient site. The team began the fifth phase of excavations of Jiroft, which is located in the Halil-Rud River cultural area, in late October. Due to their magnificent structure, the archaeologists believe they may be the tombs of kings who ruled the region. "The ancient inhabitants of the region constructed a place like an orthogonal room measuring 2.5x2.5 meters. The place has some stairs leading to two cave-like tombs," team director Yusef Majidzadeh told the Persian service...
  • Ancient Metal Relics Discovered In Jiroft

    07/20/2006 3:04:59 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 548+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | 7-19-2006
    Ancient Metal Relics Discovered in Jiroft Jul 19, 2006 The police department of Jiroft succeeded in confiscating 41 metal relics belonging to the pre-historic and historic periods. The most ancient one is a Riton belonging to the third millennium BC. Riton is a kind of goblet with the head of an animal, usually in the shape of a lion, horse, ibex, or winged lion. "The police department of Jiroft found 41 bronze, copper, and silver relics. The most ancient one is a Riton with the head of a humped cow belonging to some 5000 years ago," said Nader Soleimani, archeologist...
  • (Iranian) MP: Village with cavemen discovered at Jiroft heights

    05/26/2006 1:39:03 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 34 replies · 1,096+ views
    IRNA ^ | May 24 | Staff
    Iran-Cave MP from Jiroft, Ali Zadsar here Wednesday said that a village whose residents are cavemen has been discovered at the heights of the city of Jiroft near Anbarabad in the southeastern province of Kerman. Speaking on the sidelines of Majlis open session, he said that a village was discovered 120 kms from the town of Anbarabad in the winter of 2005. He added that the residents of the newly-discovered village put on no clothes and feed on leaves. Zadsar said, "The village, called Pid-Nekoupieh, is situated in the mountain and the 200 people who live there have never left...
  • New Discoveries in Jiroft May Change History of Civilization

    01/26/2006 11:19:36 AM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies · 1,709+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | Jan 26, 2006
    New Discoveries in Jiroft May Change History of Civilization Jan 26, 2006 Latest archeological excavations in Jiroft, known as the hidden paradise of world archeologists, resulted in the discovery of a bronze statue depicting the head of goat which dates back to the third millennium BC. This statue was found in the historical cemetery of Jirof where recent excavations in the lower layers of this cemetery revealed that the history of the Halil Rud region dates back to the fourth millennium BC, a time that goes well beyond the age of civilization in Mesopotamia "One of the reasons the archeologists...
  • First Elamite Inscription Discovered Near Bandar Abbas

    03/01/2006 11:46:59 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 414+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 3-1-2006
    First Elamite inscription discovered near Bandar Abbas Tehran Times Culture Desk TEHRAN -- The archaeologists working at an ancient site near Bandar Abbas recently discovered a fragment of an inscription which seems to be written in Elamite cuneiform, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday. The director of the team said that the discovery was made in a cemetery from the Qajar era near Sarkhun village, adding that the archaeologists estimate that it dates back to about 1500 BC, which was the middle Elamite era. The inscription is one of the most important and rare artifacts discovered in Hormozgan...