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Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)

Donuel 18 Nov 22 - 10:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Nov 22 - 10:27 AM

One pillar at Gobekli Tepi is being compared to the Rosetta stone because it shows multiple 'comets' coming from the direction of two
identified constellations.
It was found that the entire site is 5 times larger than previously imagined by using ground penetrating technologies. Megalithic sites far older than previously thought are being found world wide that share the end of ice age dates. The Mythology of Gods arriving by ship and teaching advanced building and civilization techniques sounds like the "Zep Tepi" (a previous advanced civilization.) whose culture had been erased by a 120 meter sea rise catastrophe.
Old text books said 12 meter sea rise.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Nov 22 - 09:36 AM

Mythology is a valuable source of communication. It was used by Velikovsky, all religions, Graham Hancock, Joseph Campbell...all to varying degrees.
I would say it is as valuable as the carvings at Göbekli Tepe.

Be it snakes or dragons they often warn of what we now call comets.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Nov 22 - 07:03 AM

Ancient Origins is a very interesting site, with a mix of archaeology, mythology & some stuff that doesn't interest me.

I've found a lot of good stuff there

sandra


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Stanron
Date: 18 Nov 22 - 04:20 AM

If you go far enough down the page in the above link, you can find an article on The Green Man. Very interesting.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Nov 22 - 03:49 AM

Revolutionary Era Log House Found Hidden in US Building The vast majority of historic structures and monuments are carefully preserved and cherished. But sometimes there are structures that are overlooked and are hiding in plain sight. This is the case with an 18th-century log house that was found in America. This historic building was about to be demolished when its true nature was established, to the astonishment of the local community and experts.

The remarkable find was made in Washingtonville, Philadelphia. This small town was established in 1731. Local officials had commissioned a project to redevelop some of the run-down areas of the town and they were ‘cracking down on blighted properties’ reports WTOC. A bar with some apartments on the corner of Water and Front Streets was selected as among the first to be demolished. This building had been condemned three years ago and it was empty. Demolition contractors were hired to pull the old bar down, which was only several decades old ...


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Nov 22 - 05:02 PM

Hand of Irulegi: ancient Spanish artefact could help trace origins of Basque language The Vascones, an iron age tribe from whose language modern Basque is thought to descend, previously viewed as largely illiterate.
More than 2,000 years after it was probably hung from the door of a mud-brick house in northern Spain to bring luck, a flat, lifesize bronze hand engraved with dozens of strange symbols could help scholars trace the development of one of the world’s most mysterious languages...


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Nov 22 - 08:45 PM

There wasn't a "mudcat" in that URL, but somehow it kept getting added in. I hadn't put the "https:" part in though, so it was doing its own thing, I guess. Anyway, now it's there twice.

It's pretty amazing that anything was there and in such condition if he was exposed several times. They say that because of much newer things found with him, he was exposed, but there is another easy answer: perhaps those things were suspended in the ice above him, and as the ice melted they descended to his level. I spent a lot of time climbing on glaciers in my late teens and 20s - any dark object on the ice surface warms and sinks and you can see pieces of rock, etc., in shallow depressions or deeper holes, depending on how long they've been there.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Nov 22 - 04:51 PM

oops, your link doesn't work - 404 - File or directory not found. - link includes mudcat.org

Rewriting the Story of Ötzi, the Murdered Iceman

and I now have a new bookmark - Smart news - to add to my Archaeology bookmark


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Nov 22 - 11:20 PM

The Iceman, Revisted:

Rewriting the Story of Ötzi, the Murdered Iceman
A new study suggests that nearly everything archaeologists thought they knew about the 5,300-year-old corpse’s preservation was wrong
At the time, researchers assumed that the find was an unusual one-off, the result of a perfect storm of weather and climate conditions that just so happened to coalesce to preserve the body—essentially, they thought it was a happy accident.

But new research suggests otherwise. And, as global temperatures rise because of human-caused climate change and ice melts around the world, more historic bodies and other artifacts are likely to surface, according to a new paper published this week in The Holocene.

When archaeologists first began to ponder the conditions that preserved Ötzi, one prevailing theory went like this: Late in the year, the iceman was running away from someone or something, possibly a conflict, and decided to hide out in the mountains. He ultimately died there and quickly became buried in winter snow. Ötzi fell into a shallow gully, which protected him from the movement of glaciers. Then, not long after, the climate evolved and temperatures dropped for hundreds of years, encasing his body in ice.

He remained that way until 1991, scientists agreed, when the snow and ice began to melt away and revealed part of his body.

“The general understanding was that Ötzi marked this beginning of a cooler period, as people were sure that [he] must have been within the ice without interruption since his death,” says Matthias Huss, a glaciologist at ETH Zürich in Switzerland who was not involved in the new paper, to Science’s Andrew Curry.

Now, however, archaeologists believe there wasn’t so much serendipity involved. Some 30 years after the discovery of Ötzi, some researchers decided to take a fresh look at the evidence—and that led them to a new theory. Based on radiocarbon dating and other analyses of the leaves, seeds, moss, grass and dung found near his body, they believe Ötzi actually died in the spring, rather than the fall, which means his corpse was exposed during the summer. And because some of these organic materials were found to be younger than Ötzi, the team posits that the site was open to the air on multiple occasions during the last 5,300 years. This all points to a different story: that Ötzi was regularly exposed to the elements, not cocooned in an iron-clad, frozen time capsule.

follow the link for the rest of it.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Nov 22 - 04:45 PM

Oldest known sentence written in first alphabet discovered – on a head-lice comb


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Nov 22 - 03:56 PM

great minds think like! I was just going to add this article, so I search for 'bronze statues San Casciano dei Bagni' & found up lots of articles & pics! It's a current sensation, articles have been published in many countries in the past 12 hours.

Extraordinary Bronze Statues Discovered at the Sanctuary of San Casciano dei Bagni

Votive statue of a baby from San Casciano, Italy. “SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI – A mountain of votive offerings linked to the healing power of sacred waters, with simulacra of babies in swaddling clothes and even a breast in bronze foil. And then the wonder of the coins, by the thousands, in gold, orichalcum, bronze, still intact, as if they had just been thrown into the water ...

'Exceptional discovery': Over two dozen 2,300-year-old bronze statues found in Italy - SEE PICS

The History Blog - article from Saturday, August 7th, 2021 re first 4 years of the excavation, before recent discovery of statues Excavations this summer in San Casciano dei Bagni, a picturesque Tuscan hilltop town 40 miles southeast of Siena renowned for its hot springs, have discovered archaeological treasure including hundreds of gold, silver, orichalcus and bronze coins, a bronze putto, a marble relief of a head of a bull, five bronze votive figurines, miniature lamps, a bronze foil belt and other religious offerings that mark the baths as a uniquely rich religious sanctuary beyond its importance as a thermal resort.
The perpetually 42°C (107.6°F) hot springs at San Casciano dei Bagni have been in continuous use since the Etruscans occupied the area. The thermal pools are used as an open-air bath adjacent to the ruins of the Roman spa built there under Augustus, but centuries of water and hot mud have taken their toll on the archaeological remains and complicate management of the ancient material as well as the modern spa facilities.
Last year’s excavations, carried out between July and October under COVID health protocols, explored an abandoned wilderness a 20 meters south of the pools ...
Perhaps the most unexpected surprise of the dig season was found on the surface of the sacred basin. It is covered in “footprints” carved into the travertine. Traces of lead and silver were found inside of them, so when they were new, they would have shimmered silver-white in the water. The footprints are of varied sizes — adults, youths, children — and were carved as if they’d been left by sandaled feet ...


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Helen
Date: 08 Nov 22 - 02:10 PM

Italy hails 'exceptional' discovery of ancient bronze statues in Tuscany


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Oct 22 - 06:09 PM

I've been there twice - once in 1975 & again in 2016 for a history tour - see 1st pic for th pine cook saw, & pic 3 for the reason Norfolk Island pines were no use for masts! At the time I posted that pic, I couldn't find any pics on the www showing their insides.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Oct 22 - 01:27 PM

That was a nice Google Earth exploration of Norfolk Island and environs. Very pretty area!


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Oct 22 - 05:08 AM

Norfolk Island find solves part of Pacific’s most enduring mystery For six years, Pitcairn descendant Neil “Snowy” Tavener didn’t tell anyone that he believed he had found evidence of an ancient Polynesian settlement on Norfolk Island that could solve part of the Pacific’s most enduring enigma.

Did the Polynesians ever live there for long periods? And if so, why did they leave?

Archaeologists describe Norfolk as one of the Polynesian mystery islands because it was uninhabited when discovered by Captain James Cook in 1774. Describing the island as a paradise, with distinctive pine trees once thought to be useful for ship masts, Cook declared it for the British Crown.

... the new site provided evidence of extensive occupation by Polynesian ancestors across the island, solving part of the mystery. “It is more than just a fleeting settlement,” she said. ...


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Oct 22 - 03:00 AM

3D Analysis Uncovers Hidden Details in Easter Island Rongorongo Tablet Easter Island is best known for its gigantic stone monumental statues . But it has produced a number of other intriguing artifacts, including wooden rongorongo tablets and other items inscribed with a type of pictorial writing that is wholly unique to the island. Developed by the indigenous Rapa Nui people, this script—known as rongorongo—is comprised of glyphs (small stylized pictures of real-life objects or figures) that are strung together in rows to form sentences ...


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Oct 22 - 07:24 AM

Bodies in the cave was an interesting article.

Speaking of disheartening the election in Brazil this month will determine the life or death of the Amazon rainforest.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Oct 22 - 12:37 PM

Fascinating about that house, Steve. I did some research on the trees related to the "monkey puzzle" tree - they're all originally from the South Pacific. Odd thing is how adaptable they are, we had a couple of them in our neighborhood in Seattle and they didn't seem to suffer from the colder weather that far north.

There were people living in North America at the same time your Iron Age fort was built, but you have to go to certain parts of the New World continents to find the durable structures. From Central America spreading into the northern end of South America and the southern portions of North America you find many fine stone buildings, roads, water-management structures, agricultural sites, etc. Into Arizona, New Mexico, and California you find stone and adobe structures and things like ball courts. Moving north and east dwellings tended to be made of mud, wood, or skins and there are fewer archaeological signs; sites for rich information tend to be middens and burial sites.

There was an interesting interview yesterday on a locally produced public radio talk show about the problem of finding mummified human remains on private land in Texas. In particular in the driest area of West Texas. People can "own" these mummies and their artifacts. It's a disheartening state of affairs. Here's a link to the discussion and the blurb about it:
When Native American artifacts are discovered on private land, who owns them? New Yorker contributing writer Rachel Monroe joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the moral and legal questions of finding objects – even bodies – in Texas and who has a right to display them, profit off them and even own them. Her article is “The Bodies in the Cave.”


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Oct 22 - 11:49 AM

On Secrets of the dead on the Smithsonian channel they blamed the hundred year decline and fall of the Roman Empire on Climate change and Pandemic. Evidence came from tree rings and human teeth that revealed the plague DNA.

Their climate change was a 2 degree drop in temperature and 18 months of darkness from an iceland volcano.

The coup de gras was from the invading nomads and lack of respect for the Goths.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Oct 22 - 05:02 PM

Archaeologists unearth 2,700-year-old rock carvings in Iraq Experts find artefacts from ancient empire during restoration of historic site destroyed by Islamic State


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Oct 22 - 08:26 PM

A few miles from us is Pencarrow, a rather grand Cornish country house dating from the 17th/18th century (these things were never built in one go). The estate belonging to the house has formal and rather pleasant landscaped gardens at the front and a large, mainly wooded area beyond. There's a lake, an ice house and a crystal grotto to see. A walk around the whole estate takes at least an hour, and that's what we spent this morning doing (before the rain set in). At the far end of the estate, after a bit of an uphill slog, you reach a very fine example of an Iron Age hillfort with several rings of well-preserved banks and ditches. The site has never been excavated. It probably dates from around a few hundred years BC. It's possible to book a guided tour of the house. We've done that before so we didn't do it today. The house is beautifully preserved inside and it contains, among other art works, several paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds. In 1882 Sir Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan, composed part of Iolanthe here, and the piano at which he composed it is preserved. In 1999, an original Beethoven manuscript containing a 22-bar fragment of a previously unknown string quartet was found here.

The grounds contain impressive collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and conifers (perhaps not best seen in late October, though the autumn colours were lovely). The story goes that, in the 19th century, a visitor was very impressed by the sight of an Araucaria tree, remarking that the complicated nature of its branching would have puzzled a monkey. To this day, the tree is still known as the monkey puzzle tree. And that, I tell you, is a true story!


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Oct 22 - 07:39 AM

By soaking lavastone (basalt) with wax you can burn the stone. I have seen it done.

Pompei eruption is now determined to have happened in the fall and not Aug. New molds of victims show heavy woolen clothing on the bodies.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Oct 22 - 06:29 AM

I did wonder about stone burning & wondered if "getting sooty" would be a better description - but couldn't visualise it as a headline.

As we're heading towards Santa Claus time (I know it is cos halloween crap is in the stores, which means chrissy crap is stored behind, ready to take it's place in the sun, or in northern hemosphere terms - the snow ...

Saint Nicholas Discovery! Has the Tomb of the Real Santa Been Found in Turkey? - read on to find out!


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Oct 22 - 09:55 AM

I was reading that story Sandra posted a couple of days ago. "Destroy" is too strong a word; stones may be altered by the appearance of carbon on their surface, but a grassfire isn't going to destroy stone. The "burn scar" is a temporary area where fire took out the brush and grass.

This island once had forests. If forests return and they burn it probably wouldn't destroy rocks, though if there was a prolonged fire in a deep fuel area it could crack them.

I worked in forestry for a number of years and was around a lot of fires at that time. The life of that island is probably improved when fire passes through, releasing more nutrients into the ecosystem. The rocks may look a little different but the char may wash off.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Oct 22 - 03:45 AM

Fire on Easter Island - NASA images ... Preliminary estimates indicate that as many as 80 of the moai were damaged by the fire. There are 265 moai outside of the crater and 121 inside of it, according to Chile’s Undersecretary of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage.

another interesting bookmark - NASA - image of the day


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Oct 22 - 05:03 PM

Of course, there are no 'forests' any more on Easter Island.. brush & dry grass, I guess.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Helen
Date: 19 Oct 22 - 03:56 PM

Not from Google Earth, but an interesting DNA study:

Black Death shaped the evolution of immune system genes and modern autoimmune disorders


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Oct 22 - 03:30 AM

700-Year-Old Moai Statues Irreparably Damaged by Fire on Easter Island A shocking case of possible arson, still officially being called a forest fire, has caused irreparable damage to the ancient moai statues on Easter Island. The iconic towering stone heads and other archaeological elements have been charred by a fire, with “consequences going beyond what the eyes can see” ...


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Sep 22 - 09:50 AM

Tutankhamun’s burial chamber may contain door to Nefertiti’s tomb Hidden hieroglyphics could suggest the king is buried within a much larger structure housing the Egyptian queen.
The discovery of hidden hieroglyphics within Tutankhamun’s tomb lends weight to a theory that the fabled Egyptian queen Nefertiti lies in a hidden chamber adjacent to her stepson’s burial chamber, a world-renowned British Egyptologist has said.

Nicholas Reeves, a former curator in the British Museum’s Department of Egyptian Antiquities, said that while the theory remained unproven after inconclusive radar scans, it has been given fresh impetus following the new clue.

Reeves realised that cartouches depicting Tutankhamun being buried by his pharaonic successor, Ay, had been painted over cartouches of Tutankhamun burying Nefertiti, the legendary beauty, queen of Egypt and wife of King Akhenaten ... (read on)


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Sep 22 - 11:12 PM

2 great articles & an interesting new bookmark, thanks Donuel & Stilly


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Sep 22 - 07:40 PM

The conical shape of the reservoirs naturally creates higher pressure/faster flow at the bottom and minimizes evaporation per volume of water at the surface. pretty schmart


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Sep 22 - 01:37 PM

These Amazing Aqueducts Built By the Nazca Culture in the Peruvian Desert 1,500 Years Ago Are Still in Use Today

They are pretty amazing. "Built by the Nazca people during the pre-Columbian period of Peruvian history, the Cantalloc Aqueducts continue to serve their original purpose, with local farmers still relying on this them to bring water to the arid region."


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Sep 22 - 08:23 AM

1.8 million year old human tooth found near Tiblisi Georgia. Some of the first folks who ventured out of Africa.
More underwatwer finds : https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/22/israeli-archaeologists-find-treasure-trove-among-mediterranean-shipwrecks


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Sep 22 - 05:36 PM

Israeli archaeologists find traces of opium in 3,500-year-old pottery Archaeologists say find supports theory that drug was used in burial rituals, possibly to ‘enter ecstatic state’

Earliest-known surgical limb amputation found in 31,000-year-old skeleton from Borneo cave


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Sep 22 - 05:50 PM

In 2004 we visited the ancient site of Kourion in Cyprus. There's lots of amazing stuff there from the Roman and Byzantine periods, and at that time we were able to wander at will over the whole huge site. We saw several examples of rather fine mosaic floors - mostly completely exposed to the elements and with no-one stopping you from walking all over them. Arrgh!


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Sep 22 - 05:28 PM

late last century my colleague living a few miles from Sydney's original English settlement found nails & other small interesting stuff - his c.1861 house had been an inn - as well as a small plastic doll! We examined all his finds.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Sep 22 - 04:45 PM

All I found in my backyard was an early abandoned plow blade.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Sep 22 - 01:12 PM

Yes - that Gaza find is fascinating, but only a half-mile from the trumped-up Israeli border - lets hope this find is treated well and stays with Gaza.
Several discoveries have been made in recent years. Due to a lack of funds and expertise, Gaza has usually invited international groups to help with the process of excavation and preservation.


And one the Egyptian burial cave, I see that
The cave has been resealed and is under guard while archaeologists develop a plan to excavate it, the IAA said.

It said "a few items" had been looted between its discovery and when it was closed.

That cave probably needs a large security detail at this point, and watch for people tunneling in from the side. Someone needs to guard the guards.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Sep 22 - 09:42 AM

thanks for the link, raggytash, it's an amazing find - ... Salman al-Nabahin unearthed the mosaic pavement, thought to date from the fifth to the seventh century AD, six months ago while working in his olive orchard in Bureij refugee camp, about half a mile from the border with Isra ...   Gaza is rich in antiquities, having been an important trading spot for civilisations dating as far back as the ancient Egyptians and the Philistines depicted in the Bible, to the Roman empire and the Crusades from the 11th to the 13th centuries ...

another find from today news, on the other side of the border - 'Extremely rare' Rameses II-era burial cave found in Israel


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Raggytash
Date: 19 Sep 22 - 09:04 AM

In a report in todays Guardian a Palestinian farmer has unearthed a Byzantine mosaic floor thought to date from the 5th-7th century.


https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/19/ornate-byzantine-floor-mosaic-discovered-by-palestinian-farmer


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 06:49 AM

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/klinefelter-syndrome.html


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Aug 22 - 06:28 PM

DNA from medieval skeleton reveals XXY chromosome condition, Klinefelter syndrome Key points:
    Researchers analysed the DNA and bones of a 1,000-year-old skeleton excavated from modern-day Portugal
    They found the individual had a genetic condition which meant they were born with an extra X chromosome
    The diagnosis explains some of the skeleton's features, such as its unusual height and wide pelvis


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Aug 22 - 11:23 AM

Underwater research is incredibly expensive, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the future of archaeology lies at least partly under the waves.
boat migration 15,000 years ago
Underwater LIDAR should help this process.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Aug 22 - 01:20 AM

Portugal man accidentally uncovers a 25-metre-long dinosaur skeleton in his own backyard ... they have unearthed the vertebrae and ribs of a possible brachiosaurid sauropod that would have stood approximately 12 metres tall and 25 metres long ...


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Aug 22 - 05:56 PM

The need to look 300 meters below the sea
when we looked under 2 miles of ice


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Aug 22 - 11:32 AM

Amusing lecture regarding 3,500 year old writing.
cuniform


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Aug 22 - 09:22 AM

‘Missing Detail’ From the Cerne Abbas Giant Story Revealed The Cerne Abbas Giant, a crude, naked, male-giant figure, drawn on an English hillside with chalk, measuring a whopping 180 feet (55 meters) tall has obviously been an eternal source of fascination. Over the years, many tiny details have emerged, helping reveal more and more about this artistic perversion, a seemingly comical figure brandishing a disproportionately large club, along with a 36-foot (11-meter) long phallic erection on full display, near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset.

Last year a key detail in unravelling the enigma of the Cerne Abbas Giant emerged. The figure was scientifically dated through the existence of snail shell remains in the soil. This dating conclusion put the Cerne Abbas Giant’s date of creation in the time frame of the Cerne Abbey at the base of the hill. Now this has led to previously unconsidered speculation about the relationship between the two constructions. So, what might the connection between the naked giant and the ancient abbey be? (read on!!)


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Aug 22 - 10:31 AM

The stones at Carnac have faired better than those in Spain unless Carnac has received extensive restoration. Stonehenge is 2,000 years younger.

All the Mammoth bones found level with the Great Lakes latitudes are not well preserved but is not easy finding elephant graveyards. In Alaska some of the remains still smell of necrotic decomposition.

baby elephant dna is valuable. I wonder if stem cells are a factor.


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Aug 22 - 09:58 AM

Experience: I unearthed a mammoth from the ice age Not me, unfortunately, I live in the wrong hemisphere, but it was in the Yukon where a lucky bloke (guy, blokes live in the Land of Oz in this hemisphere) made this discovery


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Subject: RE: Armchair Archaeologist (via Google Earth)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Aug 22 - 06:29 PM

Seriously though, I've just been reading about it. It's a truly amazing find and it's good to see that there are plans to restore the site.


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