January 31, 2007

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Wilcox a thorn in the side

he big metal gates that kept the world out of Waldo Wilcox’s Range Creek Canyon cattle ranch for 50 years are now locked against him.

“If they don’t want me there, it’s their right,” the 76-year-old Wilcox says of state officials and archaeologists. “They bought it. When I owned it, I changed the locks to keep people out too.”

Wilcox is the celebrity curmudgeon of eastern Utah – a man who sold his remote 4,200-acre spread to the state in 2001 for $2.5 million and revealed to the world a treasure trove of hundreds of largely undisturbed ancient Indian sites.

Actually, a pretty good article.

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Uncovering the past

Julia Lawson’s gloved hand moves with short, precise strokes, each pass of her scalpel kicking up a small cloud of ancient dust and rock particles.

Little by little, she reveals a piece of history underneath the rocky crust: a 4,500-year-old bronze knife blade from the cradle of civilization.

Spread on a table before her in a lab at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology are dozens of similar items — fragile bowls, arrowheads and tools from the Mesopotamian city of Ur.

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Sacred Cave of Rome’s Founders Discovered, Archaeologists Say

Archaeologists say they have unearthed Lupercale—the sacred cave where, according to legend, a she-wolf nursed the twin founders of Rome and where the city itself was born.

The long-lost underground chamber was found beneath the remains of Emperor Augustus’ palace on the Palatine, a 230-foot-tall (70-meter-tall) hill in the center of the city.

Archaeologists from the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Rome Municipality came across the 50-foot-deep (15-meter-deep) cavity while working to restore the decaying palace.

Bit more detail than earlier stories.

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EEK! Archaeologist digs for proof of Sasquatch

BY DAY SHE’S the Stanislaus National Forest’s archaeologist. With a master’s degree in anthropology, she makes sure prehistoric Native American sites in the woods are protected. She’s also the forest’s liaison with the Me-Wuk tribe.

But it’s what Kathy Strain does in her spare time that separates her from Forest Service colleagues.

She’s a Bigfooter. A student of Sasquatch. A yearner for Yeti. A true believer.

“A strong case can be made that Bigfoot exists,” said Strain, whose Jamestown-area home includes a room full of books, videos, cast footprints, notes and reports on the creature. “I’ve seen things I have no other explanation for.”

Yeah, if you’ve lost 95% of you critical faculty. . . . . .

January 30, 2007

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4.5-ton slab falls from cliff, damages ancient dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park

Something looked different at the popular Square Tower House at Mesa Verde National Park when research archaeologist Julie Bell took visitors by the most photographed site at the park recently.

There was rubble where rubble should not be.

A 4.5-ton slab fell on the picturesque ruin sometime last month, smashing a storage room, rupturing the wall of a kiva and coming to rest inside a two-story room at the far end of the site.

“It pierced the kiva like a knife,” Bell said. “Fortunately, it didn’t get the tower.”

A shame, but not unexpected. For some reason, I was under the impression that Threatening Rock at Pueblo Bonito had only recently fallen, but it appears to have followed up on its threat in 1941.

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Discovering the pharmacy of the pharaohs

Scientists at The University of Manchester have teamed up with colleagues in Egypt in a bid to discover what medicines were used by the ancient Egyptians.

The KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology in the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Egyptian Medicinal Plant Conservation Project in St Katherine’s, Sinai, have formed a partnership to research Egyptian pharmacy in the times of the pharaohs.

The ‘Pharmacy in Ancient Egypt’ collaboration, which is funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, will compare modern plant species common to the Sinai region with the remains of ancient plants found in tombs.

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Ancient mystery solved? Taft man says ‘Murphy Mover’ explains pyramids

James Murphy said his Apex Delivery and Lifting System – or Murphy Mover – is more than just an explanation. It’s a nearly energy free way of lifting and moving large objects.

It doesn’t take much power and doesn’t need any major outside energy – just gravity.

. . .

Murphy came across his idea reminiscing about riding his swing set as a young boy. As he swung higher and higher, the swing set started moving — frightening to a young boy, but a revelation to an inventor.

“I would swing so high that the back legs would come off the ground, then the front legs would come off the ground.”

Hmmmm. Picture of the model device:

I’m having trouble imagining how it works. Wish they had a little movie of it.

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Workmen uncover leper grave

HUMAN bones, thought to be from medieval lepers, have been found during renovation work at a Coventry pub.

The grisly discovery was made by builders during excavations at the Four Provinces in Allesley Old Road, Chapelfields.

Work has now been halted while archaeologists probe the site.

Publican Kieran Connolly said: “The builders were digging up the foundations of the gents toilets and kitchen when they found the bones.

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Research team discovers village

A team of researchers, led by Oregon State University anthropologist Deanna Kingston, has discovered a prehistoric village on a tiny island in the Bering Sea. The archaeological site, shown by carbon dating to be 800 to 900 years old, indicates that King Island, Alaska, was inhabited by Inupiat walrus hunters for at least a millennium.

The effort is part of a four-year study of the plants, birds, place names, dialect and culture of King Island, supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation, one for $540,000 and another for $23,000. Kingston — whose team includes an archaeologist, an ornithologist, a botanist, a linguist and 30 elder King Island volunteers — is working to preserve the traditional ecological knowledge of King Islanders, who today use their homeland only as a seasonal hunting camp.

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Slavery archaeology update Sea Island Strata: At a former Georgia plantation, archaeologists delve into both the workaday and spiritual lives of slaves.

On the northern end of Ossabaw Island, three former slave cabins sit in a perfect row—remains of a plantation that predates the Revolutionary War. Dan Elliott stands next to the cabins one morning, near palm trees silhouetted against the gray sky. For five weeks he has been digging inside the cabins. Now he has set his shovel aside.

Wearing a blue-striped train conductor’s cap and dirt-stained jeans, he holds the handle of a ground-penetrating radar device that looks like a lawn mower. At its base is a small black box that emits radar, and attached to the handle is a laptop computer. Elliott is an archaeologist and the president of a nonprofit archaeology firm called the Lamar Institute, based in Savannah. On his computer screen is a map of Ossabaw from the year 1860. It shows six additional slave cabins in the same row as the three still standing today. He hopes the radar will detect the buried foundations of the vanished buildings.

Apparently, the houses/cabins remained relatively untouched since they were abandoned, as the island was used as a private hunting ground and not developed.

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