September 30, 2007

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Stone tool reveals lengthy Polynesian voyage

The discovery of an adze fashioned from Hawaiian basalt on a Tuamotu atoll in French Polynesia provides the first material evidence that ancient voyagers made an 8,000-kilometre round trip from the South Pacific to Hawaii and back again.

More than 2,000 years ago, seafarers from Samoa and Tonga ventured eastward to settle on more remote archipelagos in the Pacific Ocean, including the Cook Islands, Tahiti, and the Marquesas Islands, colonizing most of these places by 900 AD. Eventually, the travellers set foot on Hawaii.

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Life was the pits 4000 years ago

BRONZE Age pits have been unearthed that shed fresh light on life on the banks of the Forth 4000 years ago.

Archaeologists carrying out a routine inspection found pottery and eight small pits in a routine inspection of a site in South Queensferry.

Melanie Johnson, project manager for archaeologists CFA, said the discovery off Echline Avenue came out of the blue.

She said: “It didn’t look too promising when we started out on this site. But we then found pottery which we could tell was around 4000 years old buried in small pits which were around half a metre deep.

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Bones Likely Belong to Czar’s Children, Experts Say (Update1)

Forensics experts in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg said bone fragments unearthed in July probably belong to the missing son and daughter of Russia’s last czar, Nicholas II.

Experts concluded “with a high degree of probability” that the bones belong to Czarevich Alexei, heir to the Russian throne, and Grand Duchess Maria, Vladimir Gromov, deputy head of the Sverdlovsk Regional Bureau for Forensic Medical Analysis, which examined the remains, said by telephone today.

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Archaeologists discover portable altar

Archaeologists have uncovered a one thousand-year-old portable altar at an excavation site in Varnhem in western Sweden.

The stone object was found resting on the skeleton of a heavy set man believed to have been a priest.

Archaeologist Maria Vretemark from Västergötland’s Museum describes the miniature altar as “a fabulous find”.

It’s not what you think it is.

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Metro excavation rewrites history

Schoolchildren have always been taught that Bishop Absalon founded Copenhagen in around 1160 AD, but those history lessons could rest on unstable ground, much like the capital city itself.

Initial samples from the Metro system�s expansion indicate that the area known as Copenhagen was in use as a harbour around 300 years before Absalon moved the capital from Roskilde.

Archaeologists are left with few clues, however, as to why people initially might have settled in the area which was swampy and ill-suited for farming or habitation.

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Blogging update No posting (or much of anything else) for the last couple of days. I had mouth surgery last Wednesday and it kinda knocked me out. Yesterday was full o’ (late) football and recuperation, too.

Went to the UW-USC game last night. They don’t do many night games here, for whatever reason; usually only when television requires it. UW played really well, and USC didn’t, but they (UW) still lost. They could have won, but they’re still not poised enough to not make the small mistakes that the really good teams don’t often make. Locker (QB) had a guy wide open in the end zone and just had to toss him the ball but he way overthrew it. And there was a fumbled punt, and a pretty easy interception in the end zone that was flubbed. That latter one set the crowd off because at regular speed, it looked obvious that it was an interception (we only saw it twice at regular speed on the big screen) but on replay it was also obvious that the ball hit the ground first. So, a few golden opportunities that were missed.

Not a good day to be in the top 10 though. Half were upset yesterday (except Wisconsin, woo hoo!).

Today we start the rainy season in the NW, and it’s raining most of today. This is a La Nina year which usually means we have a cool and wet winter that lasts into June. OTOH, last year was an El Nino winter which usually means we have a nice pleasant, pretty dry winter; except it was cold and rainy and lasted until, well, pretty much July this year. So who knows.

September 28, 2007

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Army of Davids update Amateurs pick up search for ‘Lost Colony’

After trudging for two hours through thick vegetation to a blurry mark found on Google Earth, George Ray started making up a song: “If you’re lost, I’ll find you tomorrow,” he sang in a thick Southern drawl.

Or, perhaps, he’ll find you four centuries later.

Ray is one of the many amateur archaeologists entranced by the Lost Colony — the 117 English settlers who disappeared from North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the late 1500s, having left behind only a single clue to their fate. In all the years since, no one has found much of anything else.

An academic kinda dissed the whole business, but I — just looking over the web site — think it’s a pretty good amateur site.

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National Geographic has more on the temple found within Luxor temple.

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Ancient Fishermen Lured Fish With Fire

Fishermen around areas mentioned in the New Testament worked the night shift, suggests fishing gear found in a 7th century shipwreck off the coast of Dor, Israel, west of Galilee, where Jesus is said to have preached.

The standout item among the found gear is a fire basket, the first evidence for “fire fishing” in the ancient eastern Mediterranean. Early images and writings indicate fires were lit in such baskets, which were suspended in giant lantern devices from the end of fishing boats.

Light emitted from the fire both attracted and illuminated fish, as well as other sea creatures, like octopus, which men then speared or captured in nets.

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80 Ancient “Cloud Warrior” Skeletons Found in Peru Fort

The remains of 80 members of an ancient civilization have been unearthed in the ruins of a fortress high in the Peruvian Andes, an archaeologist has announced.

The skeletons bear evidence of extremely quick deaths, the bodies having been found where they fell, without burial, reported Alfredo Narváez, director of Peru’s Kuélap Archaeological Complex Restoration and Conservation project.

The remains were discovered in the fortress of Kuélap, a mountain stronghold of the Chachapoya, a culture known as the “cloud warriors” that thrived in Amazonian cloud forests from the 9th to the 15th century A.D.

I thought for sure I’d posted about this earlier, but I can’t locate the post. It will be interesting once the forensic work is done.

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