November 28, 2005

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No posting for several days

We have an impending death in the family and must travel to be with loved one at this time. We’ll resume posting in a week or so. Thank you for reading and we’ll get back to it as time permits.

November 24, 2005

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Archaeologists find 4,500-year-old fortune-telling instruments

A Chinese archaeologist said Wednesday that a 4,500-year-old jade tortoise and an oblong jade article discovered in east China’s Anhui Province were China’s earliest fortune-telling instruments found so far.

The two jade objects were discovered in an ancient tomb in Lingjiatan Village, Hanshan County, Anhui Province.

Gu Fang, an expert with the jadeware research committee under the China Society of Cultural Relics, told Xinhua that the jade tortoise is made up of a back shell and a belly shell. Several holes can be found on the jade tortoise.

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TV Corner Egyptologist brings lost civilisation to life for television series

A researcher at the University of Liverpool has written a book about the lives of the world’s most famous Egyptologists to accompany BBC One’s major new documentary series, Egypt.
Egypt: How a Lost Civilisation was Rediscovered by Dr Joyce Tyldesley, covers the history of Egyptology, from the end of the Dynastic age to the present, beginning with little known Egyptians who investigated the country’s ancient monuments to famous archaeologists such as Howard Carter, who uncovered the resting place of the boy king, Tutankhamen.

Dr Tyldesley, from the University’s School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, said: “Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798 sparked a huge interest in the country’s ancient civilisations. Stories of lost treasure and mummies gripped the public’s imagination and the world became obsessed with everything Egyptian. Explorers and collectors who went in search of Egyptian artefacts produced some of the first Egyptologists and a new area of scientific study. Amongst these ‘explorers’ are some of the most fascinating characters in modern history.”

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Fort Clatsop update Closest look yet at Fort Clatsop leaves mystery

A 200-year-old mystery remains unsolved.

A three-week archaeological excavation at Fort Clatsop near Astoria ends today with no physical evidence that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark spent 106 dreary days there in 1805-06. Despite decades of searching, the precise fort site is uncertain.

“The search continues,” said Doug Wilson, an archaeologist with the National Park Service who led the most complete excavation of the site where a 50-year-old fort replica stood until a fire Oct. 3.

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Flints give Cyprus oldest seafaring link in Med

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the earliest evidence yet of long distance seafaring in the eastern Mediterranean, undermining beliefs that ancient mariners never ventured into open seas.

Fragments of stone implements believed to be up to 12,000 years old have been found at two sites of Cyprus, suggesting roving mariners used the areas as temporary camp sites after forays from what is today Syria and Turkey.

The flints are unlike anything found in the geological make-up of Cyprus, and more than 1,000 years older than the timing of the first permanent settlers to the island.

Now that’s interesting. Seems like a very early date though, but they must have had to get there somehow.

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Heh. Oops. Greek Vase, 2,500 Years Old, Is Shattered in Smuggling Probe

On June 19, 1990, Sotheby’s Holdings Inc. held the century’s first known auction of works by the Leonardo da Vinci of Greek pots, Euphronios. A 2,500-year-old kylix wine cup painted with a Trojan War scene, sold in New York for $742,000 to a then-anonymous “European buyer.”

Then it vanished. The kylix is the only Euphronios vase listed as having an “unknown” location by Oxford University’s Beazley Archive, the standard reference for Greek vessels.

“We just don’t know where it is,” said Thomas Mannack, 46, who runs the archive’s pottery database.

It’s a mystery no more. The missing kylix is in a cardboard box in a storeroom of Rome’s Villa Giulia museum.

The bad news: It’s smashed into dozens of pieces

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America prediscovered

THE VEXED question of American independence has arisen once again: not, in this case, in 1776, but before Columbus came to the New World.

It is generally accepted that the Amerindian population originated in Asia, probably more than 15,000 years ago, but whether there were subsequent transoceanic contacts and influences remains a matter of hot debate. Vikings from Maine to Minnesota, Romans crossing from Africa to Brazil, and Chinese and Japanese voyagers hitting the Pacific coastline have all been proposed. Now a new candidate for transpacific contact has reached a major academic journal.

Not much there, but also a blurb on some marble Michaeolangelo used.

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Scientists show we’ve been losing face for 10,000 years

THE human face is shrinking. Research into people’s appearance over the past 10,000 years has found that our ancestors’ heads and faces were up to 30% larger than now.

Changes in diet are thought to be the main cause. The switch to softer, farmed foods means that jawbones, teeth, skulls and muscles do not need to be as strong as in the past.

The shrinkage has been blamed for a surge in dental problems caused by crooked or overlapping teeth.

“Over the past 10,000 years there has been a trend toward rounder skulls with smaller faces and jaws,” said Clark Spencer Larsen, professor of anthropology at Ohio State University.

Yes, we do in fact prefer


ALso see this: Homo erectus ate crunchy food. Along those same lines.

November 21, 2005

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Save the whales baby seals spotted owls toilets! Why only plumbing can prevent the fall of Rome

An urgent rescue operation is being launched to save some of Rome’s most important ancient ruins, including the palace where Julius Ceasar once lived, from the ravages of increasingly violent rainstorms that are undermining their foundations.

Archaeologists fear that buildings on the Palatine Hill, most more than 2,000 years old, are becoming dangerously unstable and pose an increasing risk to the 3.5 million tourists who visit the area each year.

Repairs could take up to 10 years, engineers have said, and are expected to cost between €100 and €200 million (£68 and £136 million) – a small price to pay, they say, to preserve some of Rome’s historical treasures.

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1,700-year-old ‘Roman Glass’ Discovered in East China

Glass remains over 1,700 years old, possibly imported from ancient Rome, have been discovered in an ancient tomb located in east China’s Anhui Province, local cultural relic department said on Sunday.

The tomb was found during the latest road project in Zhulong Village of Dangtu County in Anhui. Archaeologists believed the tomb was built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 – 420).

Covered with white mantlerock, the glass remains seem to have ancient Roman shapes and craftwork.

According to the local cultural relic department, the owner of the tomb was possibly from an eminent family of the Eastern Jin Dynasty.

Besides the “Roman glass,” other rare articles including a gold bracelet, a silver ring, a bronze bowl and porcelain were also discovered in the tomb.

Currently, pieces of the “Roman glass” have been sent to the Anhui-based University of Science and Technology of China for further study and analysis, said the local cultural relic department.

That’s the whole thing.

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