July 1, 2015

Damn Canuckistanis. . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:06 pm

Sasquatch Archaeology Militia: Students study island trash

Thousands of pieces of trash were inside four large bags awaiting sorting, identification and analysis. In the field of archaeology, taxonomy is what we call this rubbish, “divisive and judgmental” is the way we categorize the story of humans.

So, what exactly was washing up on the west side of San Juan Island? In volume, the grand total was 12 cubic feet; 16.8 pounds, 2,737 pieces with 51 percent being plastic, 39 percent foam, with the remainder being mixed metal, paper, nylon and glass. The plastic types included: water bottles, straws, hygiene, sheet plastic, hard plastic shards, plastic apparel, cigarette butts, bottle caps, 157 shotgun wads, 175 food wrappers, and nylon rope.

The students used divisive methodology to separate the waste by material, then by types and then further by attributes. Their research tracked the food wrappers to China, to the cargo vessels in Haro Strait, 35 percent came from Canada, being dropped by boaters, crabbers and fisherman in the San Juan waters and from the bad habits of people visiting the beach.

Kinda of a neat story. I’ve been there many times myself.

Crushing the neck of a subject, no doubt.

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 6:59 pm

I Stood Here for Rome

The archaeological sites of the ancient Roman Empire constitute without rival the most prolific array of ancient architecture and artifacts that can be attributed to any single civilization or culture. Its remains pockmark the Old World landscape from North Africa and Egypt to Hadrian’s Wall in Britain. The artifacts populate museums the world over.

But comparatively rarely does one find the preserved footprint of an ancient Roman citizen.

I wonder if anyone’s ever done a study of “Footprint Archaeology”? Apart from Laetoli I think I’ve come across a couple stories on footprints, but not many.

June 29, 2015

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 22, 2015

Koitas interruptus, I guess.

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:24 pm

Archaeologists discover body of Iron Age warrior with arrowhead lodged in his spine

Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have made quite an unusual discovery: They’ve uncovered the remains of a Scythian warrior from the Iron Age, and his spine still contains a bronze arrowhead from an attack.

The team found the warrior’s body in a burial mound at a site known as Koitas.

There really isn’t much there (couple of links though) but I couldn’t resist the pun.

I have no idea if this is news

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:16 pm

But it’s neat to see them uncovered all the way: Amazing pictures show moment archaeologists discovered Easter Island statues were covered in TATTOOS

The world was shocked to discover the famous Easter Island heads actually had bodies attached.

Now new pictures have emerged showing their previously hidden torsos are covered with intricate tattoos.

These include crescents carved on the backs of the towering monoliths, which academics say represent the canoes of the Polynesians who made them.

June 20, 2015

Wait, I thought our ancestors were paragons of good health?

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:32 pm

400,000-year-old dental tartar provides earliest evidence of human made pollution

Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, the U.K. and Australia, have uncovered evidence of food and potential respiratory irritants entrapped in the dental calculus of 400,000-year-old teeth at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major discoveries from the late Lower Paleolithic period. The research, published in Quaternary International, led by Prof. Karen Hardy of ICREA at the Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona, Spain, together with Prof. Ran Barkai and Prof. Avi Gopher of TAU’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, in collaboration with Dr. Rachel Sarig of TAU’s School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Stephen Buckley of the University of York, Anita Radini of the University of York and the University of Leicester, U.K., and Prof. Les Copeland of the University of Sydney, Australia, provides direct evidence of what early Palaeolithic people ate and the quality of the air they breathed inside Qesem Cave.

Possible respiratory irritants, including traces of charcoal — humanmade environmental pollution — found in the dental calculus, may have resulted from smoke inhalation from indoor fires used for roasting meat on a daily basis. This earliest direct evidence for inhaled environmental pollution may well have had a deleterious effect on the health of these early humans.

Kind of a lot of suppositions based on a few traces, but that they’re finding them is still interesting.

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