September 30, 2010

Hollywood hotties and archaeology. Again.

Filed under: Indiana Jones, Media, Pop culture — acagle @ 3:11 pm

AnnaLynne McCord this time:
The things they say

“I was obsessed with Han Solo and then it turned into an obsession of Indiana Jones, which turned into an obsession of archaeology… I thought I wanted to be an archaeologist…

She looks quite. . . .healthy:

Of asynchronous lesbians and concealed ovulation

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 8:21 am

An ode to the many evolved virtues of human semen

“Our interest in the psychological properties of semen arose as a by-product of an initial interest in menstrual synchrony,” explain co-discoverers Gordon Gallup and Rebecca Burch, evolutionary psychologists from the State University of New York system, in a 2006 chapter about human semen. In particular, Gallup and Burch had stumbled onto a set of intriguing data from the mid-1990s showing that, unlike heterosexually active women residing together, sexually involved lesbians failed to exhibit the well-known “McClintock effect,” in which menstrual cycles in cohabitating women (as well those of females from many other species) are synchronized. Since subtle olfactory cues (called pheromones) are known to mediate menstrual synchrony, write the authors, “This struck us as peculiar…”

Synchrony of menstrual cycles among cohabitating females has always fascinated me, although I am unsure if this research really explains the apparent lesbian paradox. The first part of the article goes into that problem, the middle is kinda, eh, but then the end part looking at the hormonal properties of semen and its potential effects on ovulation is interesting from an evolutionary standpoint. The lack of estrus in human females is one of those things that’s been debated forever with no real resolution, as far as I can tell.

The author does do a proper job of putting in the caveats about these being a correlational studies so it’s not too rah-rah, go semen-ish. Errr, fair warning, it’s not an exactly family-friendly discussion.

And no, I shall abjure the obvious jokes.

At least writing them down.

September 29, 2010

Antiquities market update

Filed under: Antiquities Market — acagle @ 7:47 pm

Refuge artifact collectors: harm or hindrance to historic preservation?

nsensitive louts plundering Native American graves and archaeological sites for greed and profit are the picture Wheeler Wildlife Refuge officials paint of arrowhead collectors.

A recent article by Huntsville Times staff writer Lee Roop entitled “Arrowhead hunters ready for world’s biggest illegal Easter egg hunt” draws heavily on the opinions of refuge manager Dwight Cooley and reserve officer Jason Vehrs.

Although there are incidents of site destruction and illegal digging, most arrowhead hunters have a great degree of respect for archaeological sites. In fact, many are astute in the field of archaeology and are actually avocational archaeologists.

‘Avocational archaeologist’, eh?

It’s an opinion piece about, mostly I guess, arrowhead collectors. Not entirely sure I follow the reasoning since I thought collecting anything on state land was illegal. I did not know about the arrowhead provision either. One problematic aspect that the piece brings up is that the laws are generally “site” centered, and most archaeologists, while certainly not averse to using the term “site”, are aware that it’s a very squishy term.

Raiders of the Lost Tomb

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:40 pm

Archaeologists find ‘tomb of tribal king’ hidden on moor

A prehistoric cairn circle which may have been the tomb of a tribal king has been identified on Askwith Moor.

The discovery at Snowden Crags was made by the same group of antiquarians who uncovered evidence of several other cairns, or ancient graveyards, on the moor earlier this year.

Antiquarian Paul Bennett – aided by friends Michala Douglas, Dave Hazell, Robert Hopkins, Paul Hornby and Geoff Watson in finding and examining the spot – is convinced the large circle is an important find.

I actually had to look up ‘moor’ because, while I’ve seen the term thousands of times, I never knew really what it was. Seems to be an area of grassy and rocky land that lies above the surroundings, but it not mountainous. They don’t actually know that anyone is buried there, it’s just a supposition.

The f***ing archaeologist speaks

Filed under: Biblical archaeology — acagle @ 7:35 pm

Archaeologists Mull Displaying St. John Relics in Sofia

The relics of St. John the Baptist, which were found in July near the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol, might be lying in state in Sofia on November 21.

During a discussion on the remains, it was announced that the date was chosen to coincide with the Day of the Christian Family.

Hmmmmm, nothing to indicate any vulgar language there, apart from my confusion about the certainty with which they are presenting the finding of John the Baptist. . . . .

“Why, damn it, why, where is all this envy coming from? This is what I cannot find an explanation with these fucking people, with these fucking colleagues,” the Bulgarian Diaspora Minister and a former Director of the Bulgarian National History Museum, Bozhidar Dimitrov, said.

Oh yeah, there it is. I wonder if that’s a direct translation. . . . .

Mac update. Again.

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 7:26 pm


I am now typing this on my Air with the lid closed connected to my external IBM keyboard and a Samsung monitor. Two trips to the Apple store to get the correct dongle* to connect the VGA monitor to the Mini DVI port and voila, I am in business. What a relief. Not only will this keyboard and monitor get some use instead of sitting around collecting dust, but I can type on a decent keyboard and look at a nice big screen. I am content and will probably start moving most everything over to this thing. I have some issues yet to resolve though, for example, I am still trying to figure out how to view/edit photos in some fashion. Haven’t yet loaded any software of any note on it either. So, we shall see.

* Dongle: Nowadays it seems to be defined as some external security device, but in the old days it was meant as simply anything sort of thing that connected to the computer. The ArchaeoWife thinks it’s the funniest word ever.

In case you missed it. . . .

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 8:04 am

World War I ended this past Sunday.

September 28, 2010

Atlantis found! Sort of.

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:54 pm

‘Atlantis’ hunt for hidden Wales

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are searching for a tribal undersea equivalent of the lost civilisation of Atlantis off the Welsh coast.

Archaeologist Dr Andrew Petersen, who earlier this year unearthed a town – complete with a fort, mosque and homes – which had been lost beneath the coastal sands at Ras al-Sharig, Qatar, for centuries, is now turning his attention to Wales.

Working with a team of Welsh academics, he plans to help map some of the ancient underwater landscapes which have remained hidden just miles out to sea from the coastal towns of Wales for thousands of years.

Yeah, the “Atlantis” part is kind of a gimmick but it’s pretty cool stuff.

Fort Vancouver update

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 7:52 pm

Quest to uncover Fort Vancouver’s past grows

After 42 years of digging up the past, archaeologists at the site of 185-year-old Fort Vancouver extended their reach this summer.

With the help of students and professors from two universities, they excavated the seventh of 15 houses they believe housed fort workers on the Columbia River, just northeast of today’s Interstate Bridge, in the 1840s and 1850s.

The houses made up Kanaka Village, some 300 yards west of today’s reconstructed fort.

Fight? Fight?

Filed under: Conservation/CRM — acagle @ 7:50 pm

Claim of American Indian heritage tough to prove

Could colonial-era natives and black slaves have begun a bloodline that can be traced down to the Grahams?

It’s possible.

. . . .

Their first recorded contact with Europeans came in 1524, when Italian explorer Giovanni de Verrazano entered the lower Cape Fear while scouting the East Coast.

But interactions over the next 140 years were brief and infrequent.

Not really much backstory in the article itself, but there’s a link to an earlier one. Definitely a fight going on, but it’s difficult to assess. I would guess there’s some form of genetic testing that could be done, but that still wouldn’t give anyone specific rights to the land unless there’s some legal foundation for the claim. So, eh.

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