September 30, 2012

This just in. . . .

Filed under: On blogging — acagle @ 3:10 pm

ArchaeoWife: “Hey, did you know that ArchaeoBlog was ranked in the Top 30 Archaeology Blogs of 2011?”

Me: “How many were there, 31?”

Narrowly edging out Billy Bob’s Archaeology Blog.

Mr. Ego. . . . .

Modern Artifacts

Filed under: Modern artifacts — acagle @ 2:12 pm

Cereal!

Desert Fox

Ha! I’d been seeing these around, but never bought any (I don’t think) since we were kids. I don’t remember this about it though:

In February 1972, Franken Berry cereal included dye that turned some children’s feces pink due to an inability to break down the heavily dyed breakfast food, a symptom sometimes referred to as “Frankenberry Stool.

Eww.

We kids had to claim one for each of us, of course. I had Count Chocula, my sister claimed Boo Berry, and my brother took Frankenberry as our favorites. The commercials had the monsters talking, and Count Chocula had a Bela Lugosi voice, Boo Berry sounded like Peter Lorrie, and Frankenberry was Boris Karloff. According to the Wikilink, they’ve produced them continuously over the years, but I don’t remember seeing them much after the 1970s. They’ve been bringing some of the old ones back occasionally, I’ve seen Quisp a few times (my absolute favorite), but I haven’t ever seen Freakies again (We are the Freakies, We are the Freakies, And this is our Freakies tree, We never miss a meal, Cuz we love our cere-eeel!).

Weird, I know.

September 28, 2012

Errr. . .what?

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 11:17 am

But true(?)! Nazi-taken Buddhist statue hails from space

A thousand-year-old Buddhist statue taken from Tibet in 1938 by an SS team seeking the roots of Hitler’s Aryan doctrine was carved from a meteorite, scientists reported yesterday.

In a paper published in an academic journal, German and Austrian researchers recount an extraordinary tale where archaeology, the Third Reich and cosmic treasure are intertwined like an Indiana Jones movie.

Apparently the meteorite sourcing is secure and they even know which meteorite it came from. the SS connection is pretty cool, too, and apparently they were drawn to it because it has a swastika on it (a common symbol).

I’m interested in Nazi archaeology, but not really enough to pursue it with any real vigor. You get from Indiana Jones and other sources that they were out hunting for artifacts from all over for either occult (which I don’t really buy) or the Aryan connection, but I’m not sure how accurate that is.

Lost civilization Big ol’ fort. . . .found

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 11:12 am

Archaeologists unearth 4,200-year-old fortification, unique in continental Europe

The archaeological excavations carried out this year at the site of La Bastida (Totana, Murcia, in Spain) have shed light on an imposing fortification system, unique for its time. The discovery, together with all other discoveries made in recent years, reaffirm that the city was the most advanced settlement in Europe in political and military terms during the Bronze Age (ca. 4,200 years ago), and is comparable only to the Minoan civilisation of Crete.

Similar characteristics have not been observed in other constructions of the Bronze Age, with three-metre thick walls, square towers originally measuring up to seven metres, a monumental entrance and an ogival arched postern gate; a fully conserved architectural element unique in Europe in that period.

That’s early for continental Europe. They’re arguing that it was directly or indirectly derived from SW Asia or perhaps Minoan, but it’s hard to tell how accurate that might be. You’d probably have to rule out ‘parallel evolution’ if you want to call it that: similar structure because of similar functional constraints. Still. . . .2200 BC!

September 27, 2012

Blogging update

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 8:40 am

Just a forewarning FYI, I leave for Egypt next Sunday (i.e., Oct. 7) and while away I’ve arranged for two co-bloggers to take over, the usual ArchaeoFriend and special guest star Andie, late of Egyptology News and also on Facebook.

September 26, 2012

Battlefield archaeology update

Filed under: Battlefield archaeology, Historic — acagle @ 7:10 pm

Archaeologists find site of biggest battle of 1855 Rogue River Indian Wars

Archaeologists and volunteers have found musket balls and other artifacts confirming the site of the biggest battle of the Rogue River Indian Wars nearly 150 years ago.

Southern Oregon University announced that the site of the 1855 Battle of Hungry Hill is on federal land west of Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon between Glendale and Sunny Valley, The Mail Tribune reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/Qbcain).

Pretty good set of cooperation between several folks in that one. One would think metal detectors would come in handy, looking for balls and such. Mapping those suckers would probably give you a good indication of where everyone was shooting from.

An avocational archaeologist

Filed under: Amateur, Cemeteries, Conservation/CRM — acagle @ 7:04 pm

City manager to help excavate colonial cemetery

City Manager Bill Weeks will dust off his archaeological skills as he takes on the excavation of a Colonial-era cemetery recently discovered on the grounds of the old Glynn Middle School.

The city had contemplated hiring an archaeology firm to handle the work before Weeks, who describes archaeology as his avocation, offered his services.

“I’ve done five cemeteries – African-American, Colonial and Antebellum — already in South Carolina,” he said.

Well, as long as he’s qualified to do a decent job. . . . .

(there’s a funny story behind the title, too)

Coming October 1. . . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:01 pm

a surprise!

So are they functional or stylistic?

Filed under: Modern artifacts — acagle @ 1:57 pm

The high-heeled shoe: Yea or Nay: Prada Spring 2013 Shoes

The one thing you can say about the standard high-heeled shoe, in response to entirely reasonable criticisms that they’re painful, physically damaging and ultimately a little sexist, is that they’re aesthetically pleasing. The lines of the average pump, slingback, or peeptoe are lovely to look at, whether a human foot resides in them or not. We think that has a lot to do with why they’ve become a classic and why women’s footwear hasn’t really changed all that much in the last 50 years, barring the occasional beartrap shoe; that, and the idea that they somehow “improve” the shape of a woman’s leg and that straight men find them sexy.

I think the basic idea that the shape of the high heeled shoe hasn’t changed much in 50 years, though there are certainly some stylistic changes that have occurred — very long, pointy toes for example — which makes me think that there is a core functionality to the design that has, in a sense, ‘fixed’ the trait in the population.

They touch on some of it in the article, some of which I went into a bit earlier, mostly the old anthropological/evolutionary stuff about shaping various parts of the body to mimic sexual receptivity and/or youth. We may also be thinking along the same lines when he notes that the look of the thing is attractive even without a foot in it, although I disagreed somewhat by stating that I thought — in line with the orgasm “hypothesis” — that it shapes the foot itself in an aesthetically pleasing way, whether sexual or not.

Although I find most of those in the link either not technically high heels and generally butt-ugly. . . . .

(via Althouse)

September 25, 2012

Lost civilization civilization. . .err, hey!

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 2:49 pm

Beads, etched ostriches among prehistoric remnants uncovered in northern Israel

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered unique remains from a prehistoric culture in northern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Sunday, including an etching of two birds, possibly ostriches, and a bowl with more than 200 colored beads.

The finds were found in the ruins of a settlement dating to approximately 7,000 years ago and located at Ein Zippori, near the city of Nazareth.

The excavation turned up flint tools like sickle blades, showing that residents were farmers, and axes used to cut wood. Also found were blades made of obsidian — a type of stone not locally available, and which must have been brought from afar over ancient trade routes, according to the archaeologists in charge of the dig. The closest known source of obsidian is in modern-day Turkey.

Maybe not quite a new civilization. . . .but interestingly it’s a salvage job, so CRM to the rescue, I guess.

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