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  • Lost since 1362: Researchers discover the church of a sunken medieval trading place

    05/28/2023 4:55:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | May 24, 2023 | Universitaet Mainz
    The medieval trading center of Rungholt, which is today located in the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Site and currently the focus of interdisciplinary research, drowned in a storm surge in 1362...Well known for its mythically exaggerated destruction and an archaeological find situation unique in Europe, Rungholt is a prominent example of the effects of massive human intervention in the northern German coastal region that continue to this day.The key to the success of the work lies in a close interdisciplinary collaboration...And Dr. Hanna Hadler from the Institute of Geography at Mainz University, added, "Based on this prospection, we selectively...
  • Fingerprints’ confirm the seafaring stories of adventurous Polynesian navigators

    04/24/2023 12:29:34 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 21 Apr 2023 | Laura Baisis
    These expert navigators sailed thousands of nautical miles long before other societies.The 2016 animated family film Moana brought the long-told story of Polynesian seafarers (along with some incredibly catchy tunes) to a much wider worldwide audience. Now, geochemical analysis is confirming the oral history of ancient Polynesia’s incredible sailors in a new study published April 21 in the journal Science Advances. Long before Europeans arrived, Polynesian wayfinders sailed to islands across the central Pacific in canoes, and the stories of their adventures have survived largely through oral history. There has been limited material evidence supporting these accounts of Polynesian societies...
  • Japan Coast Guard Vessel Taking on Water After Grounding

    01/20/2023 5:26:38 AM PST · by golux · 12 replies
    The Maritime Executive ^ | Jan 20 2023 | Maritime Executive
    A Japan Coast Guard vessel is reportedly taking on water and leaking oil after grounding in rough weather while on a routine patrol on January 18. The vessel is stranded and awaiting a salvage crew but in no danger of sinking. The 3,100 gross ton Echigo, built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding and commissioned in 1990, was operating in central Japan on Wednesday morning. Strong winds of 25 mph were blowing with heavy surf when the vessel approached a lighthouse near Kashiwazaki along the Sea of Japan. (...)
  • North Carolina man dead after following GPS to destroyed bridge that dropped into water.

    10/08/2022 3:37:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 8, 2022 | Audrey Conklin
    The Hickory bridge had been inoperative for about nine years, and any barricades had been washed away ... A North Carolina man is dead after his GPS led him to a defunct bridge that dropped off into a creek on Sept. 30. Phillip Paxson, a 47-year-old father of two girls, had been driving his Jeep at night from his oldest daughter's birthday party in Hickory when his GPS led him to a bridge that has been inoperative since heavy flooding in July 2013 destroyed it. "It was a dark and rainy night and he was following his GPS which led...
  • Idaho couple takes on EPA at the Supreme Court over land rights [Protected Waters action]

    10/04/2022 1:11:03 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 20 replies
    KY3 Broadcasting (Missouri) ^ | 10/03/2022 | Molly Martinez
    US Supreme Court 1st hearing on 3 October 2022. The case revolves around Michael and Chantell Sackett who bought a soggy plot of land near Priest Lake, Idaho in 2004. With the intention of building a home on the property, they began back-filling the low lying wet area. The EPA stepped in, claiming they were interfering with protected wetlands.
  • Shrimp fishers catch pristine 17th century wooden head

    08/08/2022 7:26:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies ^ | August 3, 2022 | unattributed
    A crew of shrimp fishermen made an unusual catch earlier this week when they pulled up a 17th century wooden head which may have formed part of the adornments of a large ship. The fisherman caught the head, which is in pristine condition, in their nets when fishing off the coast of the Wadden island of Texel on Monday morning. Crew member Victor Ayal put the find on Twitter, sparking a lively discussion about its possible origin, from the work of Vikings to that of Northern European shipbuilders. However, according to archaeologist Michiel Bartels, the head most likely dates from...
  • Discovery sheds light on why Pacific islands were colonized

    05/23/2022 9:22:49 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | April 22, 2022 | Australian National University
    The discovery of pottery from the ancient Lapita culture by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) has shed new light on how Papua New Guinea (PNG) served as a launching pad for the colonization of the Pacific—one of the greatest migrations in human history.The new study makes clear the initial expansion of the Lapita people throughout PNG was far greater than previously thought.The study... is based on the discovery of a distinctive Lapita pottery sherd, a broken piece of pottery with sharp edges, on Brooker Island (200km east of mainland PNG) in 2017 that lead researcher Dr. Ben Shaw...
  • How did the Romans Capture Animals for the Colosseum?

    04/21/2022 8:25:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 16, 2019 | toldinstone
    Polar bears from the Arctic. Tigers from India. Giraffes from the Serengeti. The Romans brought animals thousands of miles for the beast hunts and shows staged in the Colosseum.How did the Romans Capture Animals for the Colosseum? | August 16, 2019 | toldinstone
  • Is Putin trying to knock out West's GPS network? EU aviation authorities claim satellites are under constant 'jamming' or 'spoofing' attacks disrupting navigation from Finland to the Mediterranean

    03/20/2022 5:57:04 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 03/19/2022 | Darren Boyle
    Russia has been accused of interfering with the global GPS navigation system during a major Nordic war game in Finland. European aviation authorities have said signals, heavily used by commercial aircraft, have been affected from Finland, through the Mediterranean and even as far as Iraq. Disruptions to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), which include GPS, are caused by the 'jamming' or 'spoofing' of satellite signals. Since the war erupted on February 24, 'jamming and/or possible spoofing has intensified in geographical areas surrounding the conflict zone and other areas,' the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said in an online bulletin Thursday.
  • EASA Warns That The Ukraine Conflict Could Impact GPS In Europe

    03/18/2022 10:37:24 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 9 replies ^ | 3/16/2022 | BY LUKE PETERS
    The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just published a Safety Information Bulletin warning of the increase in the probability of issues regarding the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) or Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The notice goes out due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine following its invasion by Russian forces. Preserving a safe environment for flight operations The Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) issued by EASA, the body responsible for aviation safety oversight across the European Union, is aimed at the national aviation authorities of member states and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) as well as airlines....
  • Ernest Shackleton's Ship Endurance, Lost in 1915, Is Found in Antarctica

    03/09/2022 1:36:48 AM PST · by zeestephen · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 March 2022 | Henry Fountain
    A team of adventurers, marine archaeologists and technicians located the wreck at the bottom of the Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula, using undersea drones...Mensun Bound, the expedition's exploration director and a marine archaeologist who has discovered many shipwrecks, said Endurance was the finest he had ever seen. It is upright, clear of the seabed and "in a brilliant state of preservation," he said.
  • Endurance: Shackleton's lost ship is found in Antarctic

    03/09/2022 1:01:01 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 57 replies
    Scientists have found and filmed one of the greatest ever undiscovered shipwrecks 107 years after it sank. The Endurance, the lost vessel of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was found at the weekend at the bottom of the Weddell Sea. The ship was crushed by sea-ice and sank in 1915, forcing Shackleton and his men to make an astonishing escape on foot and in small boats. Video of the remains show Endurance to be in remarkable condition. Even though it has been sitting in 3km (10,000ft) of water for over a century, it looks just like it did on the...
  • Shackleton’s Endurance Discovered in the Icy Waters of Antarctica

    03/08/2022 11:36:31 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    Ernest Shackleton’s lost ice ship, Endurance, has been discovered in the waters of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. Endurance was crushed and sunk by pack ice in 1915, during Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross the Antarctic continent, and remained lost to the depths for more than a century. Now, the wreck has been found, filmed and surveyed by members of the Endurance22 expedition, which set out in search of the shipwreck in February 2022. After weeks of surveying the seabed, the shipwreck was located in early March 2022, 100 years after Shackleton died in 1922.
  • An Extraordinary 500-Year-Old Swedish Royal Shipwreck In the frigid Baltic Sea Is Rewriting the History

    03/09/2022 2:17:17 AM PST · by dennisw · 23 replies
    Smithsonian magazine ^ | Nov 2021 | By Jo Marchant
    Shipwrecks from this period are exceedingly rare. Unless a ship is buried quickly by sediment, the wood is eaten away over the centuries by shipworm, actually a type of saltwater clam. But these organisms don’t survive in the fresher waters of the Baltic, and archaeologists believe that much of Hans’ vessel and its contents are preserved. That promises them an unprecedented look at the life of a medieval king who was said to travel with an abundance of royal possessions, not only food and clothing but weapons, tools, textiles, documents and precious treasures. More than that, the relic provides a...
  • Are You Mitigating Maritime Cybersecurity Risks?

    02/09/2022 3:52:48 PM PST · by outofsalt · 6 replies
    Industry Week ^ | 2/9/22 | Dennis Scimeca
    "The maritime industry transports 90% of the world’s trade and cyberattacks on shipping increased 900% between 2017 and 2020, to the tune of one incident on a ship every day. How much of your supply chain runs across the ocean?" "“The disruption of ships, ports, communications and shipping lanes is a genuine threat. This is crippling to the larger economy/larger supply chains—especially with things stretched thin today,” says Steve Moore, chief security strategist at Exabeam. “Amazon is even building its fleet with its own technology to control these problems more effectively.”"
  • Aerospace Industry Leaders Warn Against 5G

    12/22/2021 6:46:29 AM PST · by lightman · 50 replies
    epoch times ^ | 22 December A.D. 2021 | Nicholas Dolinger
    The CEOs of the two largest commercial jet manufacturers in the United States warned against the deployment of expanded 5G internet in a letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. On Monday, Dave Calhoun of Boeing and Jeffrey Knittel of Airbus Americas expressed concern about a plan by Verizon and AT&T to roll out the new technology on January 5th of next year, urging the Biden administration to intervene to postpone the adoption of the new 5G network. “5G interference could adversely affect the ability of aircraft to safely operate,” reads the letter. The letter echoed concerns from a report...
  • The Oldest Confirmed 'Message in a Bottle' Contained Some Fascinating Questions

    07/26/2021 11:26:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | JULY 26, 2021 | MICHELLE STARR
    In 2018, a message in a bottle dating back to 1886 - 132 years ago - was found half-buried in the sand of a Western Australian beach. According to its contents, it spent more than a century swimming around, before it was discovered nearly 950 kilometres (590 miles) from where it was thrown off a ship in the Indian Ocean. Beachgoer Tonya Illman found the old gin bottle with a rolled-up message in January 2018, 50 meters (164 feet) from the shoreline at the high water mark on Wedge Island. Even though it was missing a cork, surprisingly both the...
  • Kalvestene Grave Field: Viking Ship Burials Shrouded in Mystery

    06/08/2021 6:52:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Scitech Daily ^ | June 1, 2021 | Flinders University
    New detailed surveys of Viking age ship settings in Hjarnø, Denmark have been completed by archaeologists examining the origins and makeup of the Kalvestene grave field, a renowned site in Scandinavian folklore.The archaeologists from Flinders University conducted detailed surveys to determine whether a 17th century illustration of the site completed by the famous Enlightenment antiquarian, Ole Worm, was accurate, as part of the first survey since the National Museum of Denmark discovered and restored 10 tombs on a small island off the eastern coast almost a century ago.The burial site is made up of monuments that, according to legend, commemorate...
  • Putin vows to 'knock the teeth out' of foreign enemies as US and Russia clash at Arctic summit after the Kremlin revealed its polar military base

    05/20/2021 11:56:43 AM PDT · by algore · 41 replies
    Russian President Putin vowed to 'knock the teeth out' of nations who grab pieces of the state's vast territory Secretary of State Blinken warned Moscow the North Pole must remain 'free of conflict' at Thursday's summit His Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov hit back, saying the Kremlim saw 'no grounds' for conflict in the Arctic, but warned the West about militarising on Russia's doorstep and said the country would defend itself Comes as Russia revealed a massive polar military airbase, Nagurskoye, in the Franz Josef Land archipelago It has been heavily militarised with missiles, a radar system and a runway handling...
  • HMS Unicorn goes under the microscope for preservation project

    04/30/2021 6:06:39 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | Graeme Ogston
    Perched on a pontoon above the chilly water of Dundee's Victoria Dock, surveyors are inspecting every section of one of the world's oldest ships. HMS Unicorn has been a feature of the city since 1873, half a century after she was built at Chatham Dockyard in Kent. The former training ship has weathered many storms, including almost being scrapped in the 1960s.