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  • Bipartisan Congress duo unveil bill providing expedited citizenship for immigrants who enroll in military

    02/19/2024 4:21:54 PM PST · by packagingguy · 68 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 9, 2024 | Rachel Schilke
    Two members of Congress who were U.S. Military Academy classmates and later reconnected on Capitol Hill are looking to provide avenues for immigrants to gain citizenship while also building up recruitment for the military... “The legislation addresses two challenges facing the United States: an influx of migrants looking to work, build a better life for their families, and contribute to our country, as well as a recruitment crisis within the ranks of our Armed Forces,” according to a release first shared with the Washington Examiner. Ryan said in a statement on the Courage to Serve Act that he and James...
  • Scientists Make Breakthrough Discovery While Experimenting With Urine: ‘WE CAN REUSE A VERY SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE COBALT’

    02/19/2024 8:14:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | February 18, 2024 | By Jeremiah Budin
    “The combination of readily available and relatively harmless substances and high energy efficacy gives our method potential to work for large scale extraction.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Scientists have experimented with many types of materials in hopes of making EV batteries, their storage, and their recycling more efficient. One of the latest breakthroughs, developed by a team from Linnaeus University in Sweden and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in India, is derived from perhaps the most unexpected substance yet: urine. The new method, which the scientists described in a study published in the scientific journal ACS Omega, summarized by Anthropocene, can be...
  • PAS reports on wealth of archaeological treasures found in UK

    02/19/2024 12:12:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | January 31, 2024 | Mark Milligan
    ...The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a project managed by the British Museum to address the lack of provision for metal detectorists (and the general public) to be able to notify relevant authorities of archaeological discoveries and document objects in a curated database...In the latest annual report that covers 2022, the PAS has documented 53,490 new submissions, 94% of which have been submitted by metal detectorists, and of which 1,384 have been reported as treasure under the Treasure Act 1996.Bronze Age: 1,210 objects were recorded, which include a stone wrist-guard, a gold hoard containing a decorated bracelet and two gold strips...
  • Divers Recover Lost 'Temple of Zeus' Sculpture From Sea Bed

    02/18/2024 11:04:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Published Feb 12, 2024, Updated Feb 16, 2024 | Aristos Georgiou
    ...The stone relief, which depicts a prancing horse, was located near the mouth of the Akragas River off the coast of San Leone—a town on the southern coast of Sicily.... One of Italy's 20 regions, the island is located just off the "toe" of the country's "boot."Sicily was first settled by ancient Greek colonists in the 8th century B.C., although the island was eventually conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century B.C...While more research needs to be conducted to uncover the true nature of the find, experts believe it may have been designed as decoration for the Temple of...
  • From Ancient Greece To Modern Mexico: The Inauguration Of The Monumental Antikythera Mechanism In Hermosillo

    02/17/2024 10:57:26 PM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | February 18, 2024 | By Dimosthenis Vasiloudis
    > Ancient Wisdom, Modern Marvel: The Greek-Mexican Collaboration Behind the Hermosillo Antikythera Mechanism On the evening of February 8th, the garden of the Physics Research Department at the University of Sonora in Hermosillo became the focal point of a remarkable cultural and scientific event. The Inauguration and Commissioning Ceremony of the Monumental Antikythera Mechanism for Hermosillo (MAMH) unfolded, marking a significant milestone in the collaboration between Greek and Mexican scientists and craftsmen. This event not only celebrated the culmination of years of meticulous research and craftsmanship but also the enduring spirit of international cooperation and the shared human quest for...
  • Archaeologists Find Evidence of Hallucinogenic Drug in Ancient Rome

    02/13/2024 7:16:31 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | February 11, 2024 | Elaine Velie
    Physiological reactions to a plant called black henbane were well documented throughout the Ancient Mediterranean world. A bust of Emperor Trajan surrounded by black henbane seends and flowers and a femur discovered by archaeologists (edit Valentina Di Liscia/Hyperallergic) Two new archaeological finds suggest Roman subjects at the northern edge of the ancient empire used a hallucinogenic and poisonous plant called black henbane, the effects of which were described by Greek philosopher Plutarch as “not so properly called drunkenness” but rather “alienation of mind or madness.” Dutch zooarchaeologists Maaike Groot and Martijn van Haasteren and archaeobotanist Laura I. Kooistra published their...
  • Wooden furniture of Herculaneum preserved from Vesuvius [9:21]

    02/13/2024 9:29:40 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 8, 2024 | Ancient Rome Live (host: Darius Arya)
    What are we usually missing from the ancient world? Wood! Fortunately, the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 preserved a lot of wooden objects- ranging from a bed and crib, to a table, bench, and shrine, and more! Usually, these items are not on display, but on the occasion of a new exhibit, we are now able to examine the world of carpentry through these objects of everyday life- and many other artifacts- rarely preserved from Antiquity. A truly unique collection of artwork from ancient Herculaneum.0:00 Introduction2:00 Fabri2:43 small boat3:15 Telephos relief wooden coffered ceiling (recently discovered)3:57 bed, table, crib,...
  • An ‘Incredibly Rare’ Roman Find in London

    02/10/2024 6:29:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Artnet ^ | February 9, 2024
    The site was the burial ground for some of Roman London’s first denizens.Archaeologists digging in London’s financial district have discovered what they think to be the first complete Roman funerary bed ever to be uncovered in Britain. The site, which holds remains of 2,000 years of the history of London, has turned up no fewer than five rare Roman oak coffins. The new finds, uncovered near the Holborn Viaduct, a 19th-century road bridge, date from about 43-410 C.E. The earth below London has only ever yielded three well-preserved Roman timber coffins, say the experts at the Museum of London Archaeology...
  • AI Deciphers Text from 2,000-Year-old Roman Scroll Burned During the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius

    02/08/2024 3:17:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    ARTnews ^ | February 7, 2024 | Francesca Aton
    Greek writing inside a 2,000-year-old scroll burned during the 79 CE eruption of Mount Vesuvius has been deciphered by a team of student researchers. This latest development may lead not only to the discovery of a previously illegible text, but also pave the way for new applications of artificial intelligence to the archaeological field. The scroll hails from the luxury Roman villa Herculaneum and is one of more than 1,800 intact papyri turned carbonized ash, known as the Herculaneum scrolls, excavated in the 18th century. The scrolls that have previously been read relate to the Athenian philosophy of Epicurus who...
  • Puzzling prehistoric artifacts served a practical purpose: ropemaking

    02/07/2024 11:07:01 AM PST · by FarCenter · 35 replies
    In 2015, archaeologists working at a cave in southwestern Germany found an enigmatic perforated baton in a cave called Hohle Fels. It was a near-perfect match for an artifact found in 1983 in a cave down the road. Carved from single pieces of mammoth ivory, the Hohle Fels baton—roughly 20 centimeters long, about the length of a large paperback book—had multiple holes with spiraling grooves around the openings. Similar objects have been found elsewhere in Germany and in nearby France, often made from ivory or antler. They date from the last ice age, more than 35,000 years ago, a time...
  • Some whiz kids figured out how to read charred scrolls from Pompeii and we have the text from the first scroll

    02/07/2024 8:24:15 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 5, 2024 | Stacy Liberatore
    The famous Herculaneum scroll, charred papyrus found buried by the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79AD, has been deciphered by artificial intelligence.The feat was achieved by students in the Vesuvius challenge, which used algorithms to scan the artifact that would otherwise had been destroyed if unraveled by human hands.The winning team read more than 2,000 'never-before-seen' texts that discussed sources of pleasure, such as music, the taste of capers and the color purple.The three students, from Egypt, Switzerland and the US, share a $700,000 grand prize for uncovering hundreds of words across more than 15 columns of text, corresponding to around...
  • Towering Colossus of Constantine reconstructed in Rome

    02/06/2024 11:53:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | 06/02/2024 - 17:18 | Staff
    Two giant feet, a knee, a bicep and an enormous head -- archaeologists have reassembled these few marble fragments to reconstruct the Colossus of Constantine, a larger-than-life statue of the first Roman emperor to embrace Christianity. Rome officials unveil a reproduction of a 13-metre high Colossus of Constantine. © Tiziana FABI / AFP A reproduction of the 13-metre seated statue, a bronze cloak draped over Constantine's left shoulder, was publicly unveiled on Tuesday, offering a rare view of the towering statues built in ancient Rome to glorify the gods or emperors. "The impression one has before this sculpture of the...
  • Forging a Roman Gladius Sword

    02/04/2024 8:56:59 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Step-by-step time-lapse video of how to make a Roman sword from what appears to be leaf stock.
  • Unique 5,000-year-old Pots Found at Biblical Gezer in 1934 Are Finally Revealed

    02/02/2024 1:11:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | January 21, 2024 | Ruth Schuster and Samuel Wolff
    Identifying an archaeological site with biblical stories is often circumstantial. In this case, archaeologists found the biblical archaeology equivalent of the Holy Grail: inscriptions discovered within a few hundred meters from the site, albeit from the 1st century B.C.E., reading "boundary of Gezer" in Hebrew, among other things. But the city's story begins thousands of years earlier...Later excavations in the 1960s and '70s on behalf of Hebrew Union College discerned 26 strata, often with one built upon the last. They range in date from the Chalcolithic period (4th millennium B.C.E.) to the Early Roman period (late 1st century B.C.E).The most...
  • Smithsonian Links Ancient Roman Plagues to ‘Climate Change’

    02/01/2024 4:26:51 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Feb 2024 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    ROME — Long before the industrial revolution and fossil fuels, “climate change” was wreaking havoc on the health of ancient Romans, Smithsonian magazine contends. Citing a study published in the journal Science Advances, Smithsonian underscores a correlation between cold, dry periods in ancient Rome and “devastating bouts of fatal illness” between 200 BC and 600 AD. Whereas Rome enjoyed stable weather from 200 to 100 BC, it later suffered “three very cold periods,” all of which “line up with documented plagues,” states Smithsonian writer Sarah Kuta. The first cold spell, which struck the Roman Empire between 160 and 180 AD,...
  • Smithsonian Links Ancient Roman Plagues to ‘Climate Change’

    02/01/2024 5:47:46 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/01/2024 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    ROME — Long before the industrial revolution and fossil fuels, “climate change” was wreaking havoc on the health of ancient Romans, Smithsonian magazine contends. Citing a study published in the journal Science Advances, Smithsonian underscores a correlation between cold, dry periods in ancient Rome and “devastating bouts of fatal illness” between 200 BC and 600 AD. Whereas Rome enjoyed stable weather from 200 to 100 BC, it later suffered “three very cold periods,” all of which “line up with documented plagues,” states Smithsonian writer Sarah Kuta.
  • Roman dodecahedron uncovered by amateur archaeologists in the UK

    01/31/2024 7:45:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 19, 2024 | Tom Metcalfe
    More than 100 dodecahedrons have now been found in northwestern Europe, but archaeologists still don't know what they were used for.Amateur archaeologists in England have unearthed a stunning Roman dodecahedron — a mysterious class of objects that has baffled experts for centuries.The dodecahedron — a 12-sided metal shell about the size of a grapefruit — was found this past summer during a dig in a farmer's field near the Lincolnshire village of Norton Disney, located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southeast of Sheffield.A previous geophysical survey, which had detected underground areas where the Earth's magnetic field had been disturbed, had...
  • A 2,000-year-old monumental Roman villa Found Under a Seaside May Be Pliny the Elder’s house

    01/31/2024 7:39:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Arkeonews ^ | January 23, 2024 | Leman Altuntas
    Researchers have discovered the remnants of a massive Roman villa thought to have ties to Pliny the Elder while working on an urban renewal project in Bacoli, close to the northwest end of the Bay of Naples.2,000 years ago, the villa would have sat on a cliffside, commanding 360° views of the Gulf of Naples and the islands of Ischia and Procida in the background.The monumental villa, estimated to have been built in the first century, was discovered by the researchers while Bacoli's urban renewal projects were underway, the Superintendency of Archeology, Fine Arts, and Landscape for the Naples Metropolitan...
  • Roman-era wine shop, possibly destroyed in an earthquake, discovered in Greece

    01/31/2024 7:30:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 24, 2024 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists in Greece have discovered a 1,600-year-old wine shop that was destroyed and abandoned after a "sudden event," possibly an earthquake or building collapse, left broken vessels and 60 coins scattered on the floor, according to new research.The shop operated at a time when the Roman Empire controlled the region. It was found in the ancient city of Sikyon (also spelled Sicyon), which is located on the northern coast of the Peloponnese in southern Greece. Within the wine shop, archaeologists found the scattered coins, as well as the remains of marble tabletops and vessels made of bronze, glass and ceramic.The...
  • Spicy wine: New study reveals ancient Romans may have had peculiar tastes

    01/31/2024 7:25:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | January 24, 2024 | Brendan Rascius, The Charlotte Observer
    It's no secret that the ancient Romans were lovers of wine. So gripped by the grape were they, that they even worshiped a god—Bacchus—devoted to wine and merriment.But, little is known about what their wine actually tasted like. Was it bitter or sweet? Fruity or earthy? According to a pioneering new study, it was rather spicy and smelled like toast...By comparing these vessels, which have long been overlooked, to similar containers used in modern wine-making, researchers were able to demystify the ancient flavors and the processes that created them.The findings "change much of our current understanding of Roman winemaking," researchers,...