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  • Underwater study reveals possible quay at Bru na Boinne

    03/16/2020 9:15:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Sunday, March 1, 2020 | Paul Murphy
    An underwater archaeological reconnaissance of the bed of the River Boyne near the Brú na Bóinne complex in Co Meath has revealed features that may represent log boats or man-made quays, a research conference was told on Saturday. The sonar study, carried out by Annalisa Christie of University College Dublin and Dr Kieran Westley of University of Ulster, surveyed 10km of the river from Oldbridge to a weir 1.8km east of Slane Bridge... Christie said 100 "anomalous features" were revealed in the study and these were assessed and classified according to how likely they were to have been created as...
  • Stone Age Seafood-Based Diet Was Full Of Toxic Metals

    03/09/2020 1:43:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | Leap Day, February 29, 2020 | David Bressan
    In 2015, researchers reported that cod caught off the North American coast around 6,500 years ago by Stone Age hunter-gatherers contained more than 20 times the levels of mercury recommended for humans today... They analyzed the chemical composition of bones of animals, like Atlantic cod and harp seals, disposed of in ancient garbage pits, and so preserved to this day. Both species were among the main ingredients in the diet of the local people, even if the early hunter-gatherers, based on cut marks found on the bones, also successfully hunted for haddock, whale, dolphin, reindeer and beaver. The analyzed bones...
  • Pacific settlement nearly 500 years older than thought - research [To'aga, Ofu Island, American Samoa]

    03/01/2020 10:59:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    RNZ ^ | February 24, 2020 | Dateline Pacific
    A University of Waikato archaeological scientist is helping rewrite the history of ancient human movement across the Pacific. Dr Fiona Petchey, working with archaeologists, has been using radiocarbon dating - technology that is now much more precise than when dating was first done 40 odd years ago. She has most recently worked with a researcher from Berkeley to date the ancient site of To'aga, on Ofu Island in American Samoa. The research showed the site had been settled nearly 500 years earlier, 2800 years ago, than had previously been thought. Dr Petchey told Don Wiseman there has been a lot...
  • Origins Of The Black Death Traced Back To China, Gene Sequencing Has Revealed; A Plague That Killed Over a Third of Europe's Population

    02/27/2020 9:06:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Gene sequencing, from which scientists can gather hereditary data of organisms, has revealed that the Black Death, often referred to as The Plague, which reduced the world’s total population by about 100 million, originated from China over 2000 years ago, scientists from several countries wrote in the medical journal Nature Genetics. Genome sequencing has allowed the researchers to reconstruct plague pandemics from the Black Death to the late 1800s.Black Death and The Plague – the plague is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. The Black Death is one huge plague event (pandemic) in history. The Black...
  • Executive Order on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services

    02/12/2020 11:06:07 AM PST · by ransomnote · 13 replies ^ | February 12, 2020 | President Trump
        By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Purpose.  The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable and efficient functioning of critical infrastructure.  Since the United States made the Global Positioning System available worldwide, positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services provided by space-based systems have become a largely invisible utility for technology and infrastructure, including the electrical power grid, communications infrastructure and mobile devices, all modes of transportation, precision agriculture, weather forecasting, and emergency response.  Because of the widespread...
  • Phoenician ship completes Atlantic voyage [crew is pretty old now]

    02/08/2020 10:08:12 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 71 replies
    Lyme Regis ^ | February 7th, 2020 | Francesca Evans
    The replica of a wooden Phoenician ship, which visited Lyme Regis last year, has completed its 6,000 mile voyage across the Atlantic. The Phoenicia visited Lyme Regis last July before setting out on its voyage from the old port of Carthage, Tunisia, in September. It called in at Cadiz (Spain), Essaouira (Morocco), Tenerife (Canary Islands) and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) before arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on Thursday, February 4... The ship's trans-Atlantic voyage was part of the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition, designed, with the help of the US-based Phoenician International Research Center, to...
  • How to feed an invading army thousands of miles from home

    02/04/2020 1:21:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | October 5, 2017 | Cardiff University
    Conquering Romans relied on resources from near and far to sustain their forces against the native tribes in Wales, according to new research by Cardiff University archaeologists... Using strontium isotope analysis to analyse the bones of domestic animals from the fortress, the researchers identified a mix of sources. Significantly, the diverse pattern of results does not suggest a centralised supply chain from near or far ń results that challenge existing theories. While the majority of livestock are consistent with origins in the local area, analysis found that at least one quarter of the pigs, cattle and caprines (sheep/goats) originated outside...
  • 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 ...
  • Vikings may have predicted climate change on ancient stone carving

    01/21/2020 5:35:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 21, 2020 | Chris Ciaccia
    A startling message on a 1,200-year-old granite slab created by the Vikings appears to predict climate change, experts say. The research, published in Futharc: International Journal of Runic Studies, looks at the message that was written after Viking warrior Varin’s son died in battle in the 9th century, foreseeing a new “climate crisis,” similar to the weather conditions that happened nearly 300 years prior. “This study proposes instead that the inscription deals with an anxiety triggered by a son’s death and the fear of a new climate crisis similar to the catastrophic one after 536 [AD],” researchers, led by Per...
  • Study puts the 'Carib' in 'Caribbean,' boosting credibility of Columbus' cannibal claims

    01/11/2020 9:02:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | January 10, 2020 | Florida Museum of Natural History
    Christopher Columbus' accounts of the Caribbean include harrowing descriptions of fierce raiders who abducted women and cannibalized men - stories long dismissed as myths. But a new study suggests Columbus may have been telling the truth. Using the equivalent of facial recognition technology, researchers analyzed the skulls of early Caribbean inhabitants, uncovering relationships between people groups and upending longstanding hypotheses about how the islands were first colonized. One surprising finding was that the Caribs, marauders from South America and rumored cannibals, invaded Jamaica, Hispaniola and the Bahamas, overturning half a century of assumptions that they never made it farther north...
  • Dendrochronological evidence for long-distance timber trading in the Roman Empire

    12/26/2019 11:00:59 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    PLOS ^ | December 4, 2019 | Mauro Bernabei, Jarno Bontadi, Rossella Rea, Ulf Büntgen, Willy Tegel
    An important question for our understanding of Roman history is how the Empire's economy was structured, and how long-distance trading within and between its provinces was organised and achieved. Moreover, it is still unclear whether large construction timbers, for use in Italy, came from the widespread temperate forests north of the Alps and were then transported to the sparsely-wooded Mediterranean region in the south. Here, we present dendrochronological results from the archaeological excavation of an expensively decorated portico in the centre of Rome. The oak trees (Quercus sp.), providing twenty-four well-preserved planks in waterlogged ground, had been felled between 40...
  • Marco Polo, Islamic jihad, & the REAL reason Columbus sailed West

    12/12/2019 10:58:25 AM PST · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    American Minute ^ | October 10, 2019 | Bill Federer
    A case of misplaced blame. All those blaming Columbus for sailing west must turn one chapter back in the history books to find that it was actually Islamic jihad disrupting the land routes from Europe to India and China that resulted in Columbus looking for a sea route. Nearly two centuries before Columbus, the 17-years-old Marco Polo left Venice for India and China with his father, Niccolo Polo, and uncle, Matteo Polo, in 1271. Together they traveled 5,600 miles to the east to meet Kublai Khan, the grandson of Ghengis Khan. Kublai Khan was Emperor of China, Korea, North India,...
  • World's oldest cave art: Half-animal, half-human hybrids depicted on oldest discovered cave art

    12/12/2019 3:15:29 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    CNN/ ^ | Ashley Strickland
    Cave art depicting a hunting scene has been found in Indonesia dated to 44,000 years old, making it the oldest rock art created by humans. The painting itself is intriguing because it shows a group of figures that represent half-animal, half-human hybrids called therianthropes. The therianthropes are hunting warty pigs and dwarf buffaloes called anoas using spears and ropes. The abstract figures depict a story, which changes our view of early human cognition, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The art could even show the foundation of human spirituality, given the supernatural scene depicted. "To me,...
  • Columbus' Miscalculation: How Far Around is the Round Earth?

    12/12/2019 11:11:38 AM PST · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    American Minute ^ | October 12, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Columbus was looking for a SEA route to India and China because 40 years earlier Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453 cutting off the LAND routes. A biography of Columbus was written by Washington Irving in 1828, titled A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus. In it, Irving created an imaginative dialogue of Europeans arguing over whether the Earth was round or flat. His book was so popular, that people actually thought such a debate took place when it had not. Washington Irving was known for mixing entertainment with history and legend. He wrote Rip Van Winkle,...
  • 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...
  • Two UK treasure hunters sentenced for stealing Viking-era coins

    11/24/2019 10:44:51 AM PST · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2019 | Louis Casiano
    Two amateur treasure hunters were sentenced Friday to lengthy prison terms for stealing millions of dollars worth of 1,100-year-old coins. The coins date back to the period when the Anglo-Saxons were battling Vikings for control of England. British metal detectorists George Powell, 38, and Layton Davies, 51, dug up the 300 coins along with gold and silver jewelry in 2015 on farmland in central England but never reported it. That reporting is a legal requirement. Prosecutor Kevin Hegarty said the coins were estimated to be worth $3.9 million to $15.4 million. The archaeological wonders are believed to have been buried by a member of the Viking army that was being pushed across England...
  • Mysterious double Viking boat burial discovered

    11/22/2019 12:30:25 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 22, 2019 | James Rogers
    A mysterious double Viking boat burial has been discovered in Norway, intriguing experts. Last month archaeologists excavating a site at Vinjeroa in central Norway uncovered the boat grave of a woman who died in the second half of the 9th century. Shell-shaped gilded bronze brooches and a crucifix-shaped brooch fashioned from an Irish harness fitting were found in the grave, along with a pearl necklace, two pairs of scissors, part of a spindle and a cow’s skull, according to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
  • Scientists turn migration theory on its head

    02/26/2010 10:41:37 AM PST · by Palter · 24 replies · 711+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 26 Feb 2010 | Randy Boswell
    U.S. anthropologists hypothesize that ancestors of aboriginal people in South and North America followed High Arctic route Two U.S. scientists have published a radical new theory about when, where and how humans migrated to the New World, arguing that the peopling of the Americas may have begun via Canada's High Arctic islands and the Northwest Passage -- much farther north and at least 10,000 years earlier than generally believed. The hypothesis -- described as "speculative" but "plausible" by the researchers themselves -- appears in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology, which features a special series of new studies...
  • The Battle of Brunanburh -- The Great Debate

    05/06/2012 8:18:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Wirral Learning Grid ^ | since 2004 | Prof Stephen Harding
    By 937 A.D. 35 years after the initial settlement, Wirral may have been the site of a huge battle between the Anglo Saxons coming from the South and Midlands and a combined army of Viking raiders coming from Dublin and their Scottish allies coming mainly from Strathclyde. No-one is quite sure where this battle took place, although the majority of experts favour Wirral. The main reason is that the contemporary record of the Battle -- the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle describes the battle having taking place (around Brunanburh) -- which happens to be the old name for Bromborough... The Chronicle also...
  • Sweyn Forkbeard: England's forgotten Viking king

    12/30/2013 6:09:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | David McKenna
    On Christmas Day 1013, Danish ruler Sweyn Forkbeard was declared King of all England and the town of Gainsborough its capital. But why is so little known of the man who would be England's shortest-reigning king and the role he played in shaping the early history of the nation? For 20 years, Sweyn, a "murderous character" who deposed his father Harold Bluetooth, waged war on England. And exactly 1,000 years ago, with his son Canute by his side, a large-scale invasion finally proved decisive. It was a brutal time, which saw women burned alive, children impaled on lances and men...