June 29, 2015

My latest Lust. . . .

Filed under: Car Lust — acagle @ 7:41 pm

is 25 years old this year: 25 Years of Car Lust

Desert Fox

A couple of media items

Filed under: Biblical archaeology, Media — acagle @ 7:38 pm

I might have mentioned it before, but I finished with Dig the other night (well, last night, to be honest). Not too bad. The archaeological bit was kind of. . . .well, no sillier than anything else you’ve seen. TV archaeologists always seem to be these arrogant smarter-than-thou creeps when in reality most of them are dorkwad arrogant smarter-than-thou dweebs, albeit usually fairly affable ones. Usually.

The other thing I kind of got hooked on was A.D. The Bible Continues. I wasn’t expecting much — the usual Christian stuff, with too-good-to-be-human characters just walking around reciting phrases from the Bible — but it turned out to be very watchable. It’s based on Acts of the Apostles, but it goes much further afield and really gives some “backstories” if you will to the other people around then. They give Pilate a lot of air time, as well as Caiaphas, the point of which is to give context to the basic Biblical story. I think it’s quite effective. They do a good job of showing how brutal and political the Romans were as well as how they interacted with their subject populations. I can’t say much about the historical accuracy of those events; one would assume they’re “based on a true story” in whatever way. Cast is great, most of them from the UK, but they give quite a few parts to Africans, which makes some sense given the milieu of the Middle East at the time.

It MUST be important

Filed under: Stonehenge — acagle @ 7:25 pm

Because they USE CAPITALS: Experts discover HUGE stone circle in Britain TEN TIMES the size of Stonehenge

Historians believe Marden Henge in Wiltshire is the largest prehistoric circular monument in Britain and could be an “archaeological treasure-chest”.

Very little is known about the now-collapsed 45ft high moat-surrounded mound because none of its original stones have survived.

However it is thought that it could have been similar to world-famous heritage site Stonehenge, only much larger.

Now 80 archaeologists from around the world have descended on the site for a three-year, £1million dig in a bid to unlock its prehistoric mysteries.

Plus, many stories about boobs.

Awwwwww. . . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:22 pm

Autopsy carried out in Far East on world’s oldest dog mummified by ice

Scientists in the Russian Far East have carried out a post-mortem examination of the remains of the only mummified dog ever found in the world.

Found sealed inside permafrost during a hunt for traces of woolly mammoths, the perfectly-preserved body is 12,450 years old.

The dog, believed to be a three-month-old female, was unearthed in 2011 on the Syallakh River in the Ust-Yana region of Yakutia, also known as the Sakha Republic.

They say it probably died in a landslide so for all the critter lovers out there, it was undoubtedly a quick death.

I feel fairly certain someone will try to clone it.

I tried this but it hardly ever worked

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:12 pm

But they always seem to just notice my uber-hotness. . . . .

For Couples, Time Can Upend the Laws of Attraction
It seems logical for people with high mate value to insist on comparable partners, and there’s some evidence that they do. By observing singles pursuing one another at online dating sites and in speed-dating experiments, researchers have found that people tend to end up with those of similar mate value.

That pattern also occurs in married couples: Attractive, well-educated, high-earning people tend to marry people like themselves. In fact, economists say that this growing trend of “assortative mating” is a major cause of income inequality, because a household with two high earners makes so much more money than a household with two low earners (or only one earner).

June 25, 2015

“This site also demonstrates one of the great dangers of archaeology; not to life and limb, although that does sometimes take place. . .”

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:16 pm

But finding a place to live! The Skeletons of Olmos, Part IV: Soccer Club—1, Archaeologists—0

ust like that, the students, Raul, and I had nowhere to live as the work in Olmos had reached a critical make-or-break phase. When working in another country far from home, flexibility is crucial. One must be an adaptable problem solver, able to compensate for and overcome circumstances that you can hardly anticipate. As such, a good field archaeologist always has a “Plan B,” “Plan C,” “Plan D,” in their back pocket. But I was not planning on facing homelessness in the field, being unceremoniously kicked out of our hotel by a visiting soccer team. We literally had hours to find a new place to crash.

If something didn’t work out in Olmos, I started to realize that the situation did not present much of a Plan B.

That’s a nice little article. That’s never happened to me, although once we had arranged to stay at a house boat on the Nile in Cairo and when we got there the place was trashed and the gaffir didn’t even know we were coming and was fast asleep. We ended up sleeping there that night (awful) and then bailed for a cruddy hotel the next day. I also got horribly ill with exhaustion for two days after that.

Which was awful but I met a charming Venezuelan stewardess the next day as well. . . . .

I have no other reason for linking to this

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:08 pm

other than the headline: Follow the Chester Unlocked Hoot’s Route and become a ‘guerilla archaeologist’

Cestrians and tourists became ‘guerilla archaeologists’ by following a treasure trail which launched last weekend turning the city centre into a giant open air museum.

Unseen ancient artefacts have been hidden at key locations for people to tick off as they follow an old fashioned-style map in an initiative aimed at promoting the city’s heritage as well as its retail offer.

And all is explained. . . . .

I guess this is news. . . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:05 pm

Archaeologists Decipher Name of ‘Ancient Astronaut’ Maya Tomb

Researchers in Mexico say they have decoded the hieroglyphic name on the Palenque tomb of ancient Maya King Pakal, revealing it to read “The House of the Nine Sharpened Spears,” more than 60 years after the crypt was discovered.

Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier discovered the burial crypt in 1948 — and new research led by Guillermo Bernal from the National Autonomous University of Mexico made a link between an inscription in the tomb and other hieroglyphics of the same form. The key to deciphering the name was a hieroglyph that looked like a jaguar molar and was interpreted to mean “edge,” as in a sharp-edged spear.

I’m actually not quite sure what they’re referring to. Until I went to this link in the article which is a longer article describing what’s going on in more detail. It was a single glyph (T514) that had not been translated before which named the temple associated with the tomb.

June 24, 2015


Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 7:23 pm

I put a copy of the latest Burke Museum Newsletters up.

* For Your Reading

Battlefield archaeology

Filed under: Battlefield archaeology, Forensic archaeology, Historic — acagle @ 7:20 pm

Archaeologists plan to investigate burial site which could re-write 7th century Battle of Hatfield

The battle which killed England’s first Christian king, Edwin, has long been accepted to have taken place at Hatfield Chase near Doncaster. But the Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society believes that the Pagan victory over the Northumbrians, in 632, could actually have been carried out in a Nottinghamshire village.

Suggesting that the connection with Doncaster exists primarily through word of mouth, they say there is a lack of evidence documenting the burials. Instead, they are seeking £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore a site in Cuckney.

It’s unfortunate the old burials were lost. Paleopathology!

Also saw this while I was there. Some kinda interesting reconstructions.

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