April 30, 2007

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Non-archaeological post
Yes, we return once again to those thrilling days of yesteryear and look at. . . .Music from the ’70s. I just downloaded America: The Complete Greatest Hits from iTunes and am right now burning it to CD. I only recently got more or less tuned in to America, although I distinctly remember them from my youth. Back then about the only time I heard them was either from TV or on the car radio, the latter notably on AM stations while we were driving from Wisconsin to Alabama to visit my dad’s kin down there for part of the summer. (Interestingly, the taste of Dr. Pepper brings back those Alabama vacations, too, since at the time Dr.P. wasn’t available up north)

Anyway, I always kind of like ‘Horse With No Name’, largely because the lyrics are kinda weird. I bring this up because Comcast has a 0-minute On Demand piece of America’s 1979 concert in Central Park. If you have On Demand I heartily recommend viewing it. Nearly every band is way more fun to hear in person and this is no exception. It’s too short, but I don’t know if the original film was short or if the Comcast version is just al hacked up. But still, it’s a good viewing. There are a lot of songs I didn’t really assocate with America, or just forgot they did. Good stuff though.

Trivia note: As Chris Carter was wont to do, on the Millennium show, he used Horse With No Name as the song in the background of a scene. Basically it had some guy driving, he stops to change a tire, another guy stops, kills him, and starts the whole car and body on fire. He did that quite a few times, playing some pleasant song in the background while something gruesome is going on.

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Jesus was ‘robot from the future’, claim archaeologists

Archaeologists from the University of Alabama have found amazing new evidence about the life of Jesus – or the JESUS 9000 as it is now known.

Dr Percy Pecker said: “We have found a tomb containing unusual electronics and metal parts. JESUS is actually an acronym, it stands for Jesus Electronic Stalinist Utilization System. A future communist state will build this robot and send it back in time to kill the real Jesus and replace him.

“This explains a number of the supposed miracles of Jesus, such as rising from the dead, walking on water, and making toast.”

Funny, but they stole my “artist’s conception” schtick:

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But then there are better relations Tribe’s pledge jump-starts Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology’s fundraiser

Bill Marshall, executive director of the Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology, interrupted his speech to museum supporters Friday to take a staged phone call from Soboba Tribal Chairman Robert Salgado.

“That was Bobby Salgado of the Soboba tribe and they’re pledging $500,000 for the Western Center,” Marshall announced, to audience applause.

Although the phone call during Marshall’s speech was not real, the tribe did indeed commit the money to the center a few hours earlier, effectively kicking off a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign for the center.

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Spokane rejects EWU archaeology contract

Fiercely criticized by the Spokane Indian tribe, Eastern Washington University will no longer do archaeological work that is required on local construction projects, the City Council has decided.

Rather than approve a $250,000 contract with the school as recommended by city staff, the council instead voted 6-1 this week to hire Historical Research Associates Inc. of Missoula, Mont., the staff’s No. 2 choice out of four groups that bid for the work.

Posted here originally. They’re saying it’s an 8,000 year old site, so the tribe’s claims of ancestry seem a bit stretched.

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Alamo dig racking up a hefty bill

Sifting through four cubic meters of dirt and artifacts dating to the Battle of the Alamo will add at least $150,000 to the city’s tab to renovate Main Plaza.

Preliminary work is scheduled to begin today at what archaeologists believe is a trench dug by Mexican troops in 1835 before Texian rebels seized San Antonio and the Alamo.

The surrender of Mexican Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cós to the Texians set the stage for Cós’ brother-in-law, Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna, to lay siege to the Alamo on Feb. 23, 1836.

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Darien Venture was a good idea at the time, insists TV archaeologist

THE Darien Venture is often seen as one of Scotland’s great follies: a flawed attempt to establish its own overseas empire that was doomed from the start, crippled the country financially, and led to the 1707 Act of Union.

But a new archaeological expedition into a previously unexplored area of the Darien Isthmus has shown that plans to establish a colony and set up a trade route across Panama were not foolhardy or ridiculous but entirely feasible.

The story of the Darien Venture is well-known: financial adventurer William Paterson led the ambitious expedition, funded by public subscription, to set up The Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies. His aim was to turn the country into the major broker of trade across the Pacific Ocean.

Maybe I never paid attention in school, but I’d never heard of this.

Colonist, donchaknow.

April 28, 2007

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Experts bone up on ancient riddle

A RIDDLE of ancient Egyptian bones has been solved by two experts at Bolton Museum.

But they intend to keep people guessing – for the moment.

Two unique linen-wrapped bundles containing remains which could be up to 2m years old were unearthed in the early 1920s by celebrated archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie, who excavated many of the most important sites in Egypt.

Well. What a weird article. If one takes them at their word (“2m” = 2 million?), they’re talking about fossils. They also say this:

The bundles were originally discovered at the site of Qau el-Kebir in Middle Egypt, months after several tons of fossilised bones

Suggesting the fossilized bones of extinct critters. So let’s see, 2 million years would be the late Pliocene maybe early Pleistocene. . . . .

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Knights Templar secrets sought in Olympic dig

A massive archaeological dig has started today on the site of the 2012 Olympics.

And experts hope they may uncover two water mills believed to have been built on the site by the Knights Templar in the 12th century.

‘This is an opportunity to chart and record the unique history of an area back to the first Londoners,’ said David Higgins, the Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

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Curator to return to Resolute to unearth Thule homes

With the help of International Polar Year funding, Robert McGhee, an curator of Arctic archeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and McGill University archeology doctoral student Sarah Hazell plan to excavate two Thule-era houses about four kilometres west of the community, starting in late June.

McGhee, whose books include The Last Imaginary Place: A Human History of the Arctic, has been excavating and restoring three of the area’s 800- to 1,000-year-old winter houses that belonged to the Thule Inuit, the ancestors of present-day Canadian Inuit.

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Civilization depends on a stable climate

If you were to able to travel back in time 50,000 years, abduct a paleolithic hunter from a river valley in southern France and haul him back to 21st century America, would he stand out in a crowd?

Depends on the crowd. He probably wouldn’t blend in very well at the New York Stock Exchange. But dress him in shorts and flip-flops, hand him a backpack and he could probably stroll across any college campus in the country without attracting attention.

Human beings who lived 500 centuries ago were fully modern, virtually indistinguishable from us in fundamental ways. Their brains and bodies were physically the same as ours. They created sophisticated art – murals, paintings, sculptures – and buried their dead in a fashion that suggests they possessed ceremonial or religious traditions. They had developed the technology and navigational skills required to travel across broad expanses of ocean.

Eh. Kind of a dumb article trying desperately to come up with a global warming angle. How one can call the Younger Dryas a “minor fluctuation” is beyond me.

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