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    Posted: 16-May-2012 at 23:03

Photos: "Body Jars," Cliff Coffins Are Clues to Unknown Tribe


"...Perched in some cases on precarious cliff ledges, centuries-old log coffinssuch as this one, pictured alongside researcher Nancy Beavanand "body jars" are the only known traces of an unknown Cambodian tribe. Now new dating studies are beginning to assure the unnamed culture a place in history.

Ten such burial spots have been found in the Cardamom Mountains (map) since 2003, and at least one is at least 160 feet high (50 meters)—the intention apparently being that "anyone trying to disturb the burials would break their neck," said Beavan, who led the new study.

Beavan's team has radiocarbon-dated wood, teeth, and bones from four of the sites to between A.D. 1395 and 1650, placing them smack-dab in the decline of the Khmer Empire, based in Angkor. However it's unclear what, if any, influence the empire had on these mountain people, said Beavan, of the University of Otago's Department of Anatomy in New Zealand.

Until now, experts had no idea when the sites had been established or how long they'd been in use, she added...."



Log coffin picture: mountain burial in Cambodia

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200-year-old shipwreck found full of bottles, guns and plates
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Bronze Age 'Facebook' discovered by Cambridge experts

Leanne Ehren Mark Sapwell believes he has discovered an ‘archaic version’ of social networking site Facebook.
"...Ancient rock art has been likened to a prehistoric form of Facebook by a Cambridge archaeologist.Mark Sapwell, who is a PhD archaeology student at St John’s College, believes he has discovered an “archaic version” of the social networking site, where users share thoughts and emotions and give stamps of approval to other contributions – similar to the Facebook “like”.

Images of animals and events were drawn on the rock faces in Russian and Northern Sweden to communicate with distant tribes and descendants during the Bronze Age.They form a timeline preserved in stone encompassing thousands of years.

Mr Sapwell said: “Like a Facebook status invites comment, the rock art appears very social and invites addition – the way the variations of image both mirror and reinterpret act as a kind of call and response between different packs of hunters across hundreds – even thousands – of years.”The two sites he is investigating, Zalavruga in Russia and Nämforsen in Northern Sweden, contain around 2,500 images each of animals, people, boats, hunting scenes and even early centaurs and mermaids.

He is using the latest technology to analyse the different types, traits and tropes in the thousands of images imprinted on the two granite outcrops, where the landscapes of early Bronze Age art stretch across areas of rock the size of football pitches...."http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Bronze-Age-Facebook-18052012.htm

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"...Astronomers discovered ancient Egyptian observations of a variable star
The study of the "Demon star", Algol, made by a research group of the University of Helsinki, Finland, has received both scientific and public attention. The period of the brightness variation of this eclipsing binary star has been connected to good prognoses three millennia ago. This result has raised a lot of discussion and the news has spread widely in the Internet.

The Egyptian papyrus Cairo 86637 calendar is probably the oldest preserved historical document of bare eye observations of a variable star. Each day of one Egyptian year was divided into three parts in this calendar. A good or a bad prognosis was assigned for these parts of a day.

-The texts regarding the prognoses are connected to mythological and astronomical events, says Master of Science Sebastian Porceddu.

A modern period analysis revealed that two statistically significant periods of 29.6 and 2.850 days have been recorded into the good prognoses. The former is clearly the period of the Moon. The second period differs slightly from the period Algol. In this eclipsing binary, the dimmer star partially covers the brighter star with a period of 2.867 days.

-These eclipses last about ten hours and they can be easily observed with bare eyes. Their period was discovered by Goodricke in the year 1783, says docent Lauri Jetsu...." http://phys.org/news/2012-05-astronomers-ancient-egyptian-variable-star.html

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Archaeologists Explore Ancient Judahite Fortress

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"...Now, preliminary surveys conducted by a joint Israel-Germany excavation team in the area of the site have recovered a number of new tell-tale signs, including pottery shards and, interestingly, a silver Athenian Tetra Drachma coin which was used as universal currency in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE (very much like the dollar or the euro today). Heavy for its size, one side of the coin depicts a profile of Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. The other side depicts an owl, the goddess’ symbol. Closer examination revealed that the core of the coin is actually made of bronze. The coin was only silver-plated, creating the illusion of pure silver.  It could be an early example of a counterfeit coin...."

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The Athenian Tetra Drachma coin, showing both faces. Photo Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority

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Rare Canna stone’s a blessing and a curse


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"...AN ANCIENT “cursing stone” used by Christian pilgrims more than a thousand years ago to bring harm to their enemies has been discovered on Canna.The round stone with an early Christian cross engraved on it, also known as a “bullaun” stone, is believed to be the first of its type to be found in Scotland, and was discovered by chance in an old graveyard on the island.

More commonly found in Ireland, the stones were used by ancient Christian pilgrims, who would turn them either while praying or when laying a curse, and were often to be found on sacred pilgrim routes. Traditionally, the pilgrim would turn the stone clockwise, wearing a depression or hole in a bigger “socket” stone underneath.The Canna stone is approximately 25cm in diameter and is marked with a clearly engraved early Christian cross.

Derek Alexander, the head of archaeology for the National Trust for Scotland, who examined the stone, said: “This is an amazing find. Often it is usually the socket stones or the dished depressions that are found.“They are usually associated with holes or worn patches in the ground, as it’s believed that the convention was for these stones to be turned multiple times by worshippers when either praying for or possibly cursing someone.”

The stone was found by NTS farm manager Geraldine MacKinnon in Canna’s ancient graveyard. It was then discovered that the stone fitted into a larger stone located near the island’s large sculptured Canna Cross.Canna was known as an early Christian site and is believed to have been owned by the monastery of Iona as early as the seventh century...."

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Black Magic Revealed in Two Ancient Curses


"...Both curses feature a depiction of a deity, possibly the Greek goddess Hekate, with serpents coming out of her hair, possibly meant to strike at the victims. Both curses contain Greek invocations similar to examples known to call upon Hekate.

The two curses, mainly written in Latin and inscribed on thin lead tablets, would have been created by two different people late in the life of the Roman Empire. Both tablets were rediscovered in 2009 at the Museo Archeologico Civico di Bologna, in Italy, and were originally acquired by the museum during the late 19th century. Although scholars aren't sure where the tablets originated, after examining and deciphering the curses, they know who victims of the curses were...." http://www.livescience.com/20483-black-magic-ancient-curses.html

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Exploring Pella’s Bronze Age Temple Complex

"...At the beginning of the sequence we have exposed fragments of two small Middle Bronze Age mudbrick temples. The earliest (the Green Mudbrick temple) was built around 1900 BC. A second temple (the Brown Mudbrick Temple) was constructed around 1750 BC, slightly larger but on broadly the same alignment. The two small mudbrick temples were in use for perhaps 200 years.  These small but carefully-constructed mudbrick structures probably ranged between seven and 10 metres in overall dimensions, going on contemporary finds at Tell el Hayyat, Tell Kittan and Nahariyeh, the first two sites close by Pella in the Jordan Valley, with the third located on the coast.

Materials connected with these small temples are very fragmentary but include many tiny flecks of gold foil, faience and wooden inlays, fragments of tiny ivory statuettes, and an enigmatic half-sphere of bitumen with impressions on the flat side suggesting use as a structural fitting. All these very small fragments may have been offering debris but equally could be structural residues, as each small temple appears to have been ‘cut down’, ritually decommissioned and filled in with its own fabric debris before new structures were built on top of earlier constructions...." http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2012/exploring-pella-bronze-age-temple-complex

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Seal Proves Bethlehem Existed Centuries Before Jesus


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"...Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a 2,700-year-old clay seal with the name of Bethlehem, showing that the town existed centuries before it was revered as Jesus' birthplace.Discovered during the sifting‭ ‬of‭ debris ‬removed‭ ‬from archaeological excavations near the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, the coin-sized clay seal, or bulla, was imprinted with three lines in ancient Hebrew script: "in the seventh," "Bethlehem" and "to the king."

"It seems that in the seventh year of the reign of a king ‭(‬it is unclear if the king referred to is Hezekiah,‭ ‬Manasseh or Josiah‭)‬,‭ ‬a shipment was‭ ‬dispatched from Bethlehem to the king in Jerusalem," Eli Shukron, director of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement Wednesday.Belonging to the group of‭ "fiscal‭" ‬bullae‭, ‬ the clay seal was likely placed on a tax shipment of silver or agricultural produce, such as wine or wheat, which was sent from Bethlehem to the King of Judah in Jerusalem in the eighth or seventh century B.C.

ANALYSIS: 'Netanyahu' Seal From Eighth Century B.C. Found

"This is the first time the name Bethlehem appears outside the Bible,‭ ‬in an inscription from the First Temple period (1006-586 B.C.)‭, ‬which proves that Bethlehem was indeed a city in the Kingdom of Judah,‭ ‬and possibly also‭ ‬in earlier periods," Shukron said.Located just south of Jerusalem, Bethlehem is first mentioned in the Bible in the verse‭ "‬in Ephrath,‭ ‬which is Bethlehem.‭" It was there that‬ Rachel, the matriarch of the Jewish people, died and was buried.Bethlehem is also the setting for the Book of Ruth, and the hometown of King David, the most celebrated king in Jewish history. In the New Testament, Bethlehem is mentioned as the birthplace of Jesus...." http://news.discovery.com/history/seal-bethlehem-jesus-120523.html

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"...Ancient anchor offers clues to Indo-Arab trade

2,000-year-old artefact found off Kutch coast

Panaji:  Scientists of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) have found an Indo-Arabic stone anchor off the Kutch coast in Gujarat that offers significant clues to the Indo-Arabic and Indo-Persian trade of the first and second century BC. It was found at a depth of more than 50 metres.

The find has been published in the May issue of the scientific journal Current Science.

"Ancient stone anchors serve to understand maritime contacts of India with other parts of the world…Arabs and Persians sailed the Indian Ocean and used the type of anchors under study since the 9th century. Indo-Arabian type stone anchors have been reported from the western Indian Ocean countries, namely east Africa, India, Arabian Gulf countries and Sri Lanka, suggesting close maritime contacts and trade relations among these countries.

"The ports in the Gulf of Kutch have contributed significantly to maritime trade since ancient times, and such trade was extensive between Gujarat and the Arab world even during the medieval period," the study reported...."http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/ancient-anchor-offers-clues-to-indo-arab-trade-1.1026534

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"...Oldest Art Even Older: New Dates from Geißenklösterle Cave Show Early Arrival of Modern Humans, Art and Music

Jewelry. Geißenklösterle Cave is one of several caves in the Swabian Jura that have produced important examples of personal ornaments, figurative art, mythical imagery and musical instruments. (Credit: Image courtesy of Universitaet Tübingen)
ScienceDaily (May 24, 2012) — New dates from Geißenklösterle Cave in Southwest Germany document the early arrival of modern humans and early appearance of art and music.The new dates use improved methods to remove contamination and produced ages between began between 42,000 – 43,000 years ago for start of the Aurignacian, the first culture to produce a wide range of figurative art, music and other key innovations as postulated in the Kulturpumpe Hypothesis. The full spectrum of these innovations were established in the region no later than 40 000 years ago.

These are the earliest radiocarbon dates of Aurignacian deposits, and they predate Aurignacian dates from Italy, France, England and other regions. These results are consistent with the Danube Corridor hypothesis postulating that modern humans migrated to Europe and rapidly moved up the Danube drainage. Geißenklösterle Cave is one of several caves in the Swabian Jura that have produced important examples of personal ornaments, figurative art, mythical imagery and musical instruments. The new dates from Geißenklösterle together with existing dates using thermoluminescence confirm the great antiquity of the Swabian Aurignacian...." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120524092226.htm

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"..Archaeologists are to exhume and analyse human bones found under a prehistoric monument only recently identified as a burial site cap.The Trefael Stone in Pembrokeshire was thought to be just one of many linked to nearby Bronze Age locations.But it has now been reclassified after a survey established it as the capstone of a Stone Age ritual burial chamber.The survey revealed the location, near Nevern, has been used for ritual burials for at least 5,500 years.

An archaeological team from the University of Bristol has been given permission to examine the human bones found there along with beads and shards of pottery.The importance of the stone has been overlooked since it first appeared on maps in 1889.The first suggestion it may be more significant than one of Wales' many prehistoric standing stones was in 1972 when archaeologist Frances Lynch suggested it could be a dolmen, or burial chamber...."

The Trefael Stone The Trefael Stone, seen here with a metre-long measuring stick, is probably the capstone of a Stone Age burial chamber
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"...Earliest Musical Instruments Date Back 42000 Years

Oxford and Tübingen scientists have identified what they believe are the world’s oldest known musical instruments.

Mammoth-, left, and bird-bone flutes from the site of Geißenklösterle in Germany

Mammoth-, left, and bird-bone flutes from the site of Geißenklösterle in Germany (Tom Higham et al / Oxford University / Tübingen University)

In their paper in the Journal of Human Evolution, the scientists report new results of radiocarbon dating for animal bones, excavated in the same archaeological layers as the musical instruments and early art, at Geißenklösterle Cave in the Swabian Jura of southern Germany.

The musical instruments take the form of flutes made from the bird bones and mammoth ivory. The animal bones bear cuts and marks from human hunting and eating. They were excavated at a key site, which is widely believed to have been occupied by some of first modern humans to arrive in Europe.

The researchers suggest that the Aurignacian, a culture linked with early modern humans and dating to the Upper Paleolithic period, began at the site between 42,000 and 43,000 years ago...."

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"...On a marble plate, measuring 40 by 60 centimetres, the name "Yehiel" can be read, followed by further letters which have not yet been deciphered. The Jena Archaeologists believe that the new discovery might be a tomb slab. Antlers, which were found very close to the tomb slab in the rubble gave a clue to the age determination. "The organic material of the antlers could be dated by radiocarbon analysis with certainty to about 390 AD," excavation leader Dr. Dennis Graen of the Jena University explains. "Therefore we have a so-called 'terminus ante quem' for the inscription, as it must have been created before it got mixed in with the rubble with the antlers."

The earliest archaeological evidence of Jewish inhabitants in the region of modern-day Portugal has so far also been a tomb slab with a Latin inscription and an image of a menorah - a seven-armed chandelier - from 482 AD. The earliest Hebrew inscriptions known until now date from the 6th or 7th Century AD.

For three years the team of the University Jena has been excavating a Roman villa in Portugal, discovered some years ago by Jorge Correia, archaeologist of the Silves council, during an archaeological survey near the village of São Bartolomeu de Messines (Silves). The project was aiming at finding out how and what the inhabitants of the hinterland of the Roman province of Lusitania lived off. While the Portuguese coast region has been explored very well, there is very little knowledge about those regions. The new discovery poses further conundrums. "We were actually hoping for a Latin inscription when we turned round the excavated tomb slab," Henning Wabersich, a member of the excavation reports. After all, no inscriptions have been found so far and nothing was known about the identity of the inhabitants of the enclosure. Only after long research the Jena Archaeologists found out which language they were exactly dealing with, as the inscription was not cut with particular care. "While we were looking for experts who could help with deciphering the inscription between Jena and Jerusalem, the crucial clue came from Spain" Dennis Graen says. "Jordi Casanovas Miró from the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona – a well-known expert for Hebrew inscriptions on the Iberian Peninsula – is sure that the Jewish name "Yehiel" can be read, - a name that is already mentioned in the Bible."

IMAGE: The place of discovery is a Roman villa near Silves.

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Not only is the early date exceptional in this case, but also the place of the discovery: Never before have Jewish discoveries been made in a Roman villa, the Jena Archaelogist explains. In the Roman Empire at that time Jews usually wrote in Latin, as they feared oppressive measures. Hebrew, as on the re-discovered marble plate, only came back into use after the decline of the Roman supremacy, respectively in the following time of migration of peoples from the 6th or 7th century AD. "We were also most surprised that we found traces of Romans - romanised Lusitanians in this case - and Jews living together in a rural area of all things," Dennis Graen says. "We assumed that something like this would have been much more likely in a city."..."

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Archaeologists find ancient jewelry near site of biblical Armageddon

Published May 25, 2012|FoxNews.com


TEL AVIV, Israel –  Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a stash of rare ancient jewelry near the site of the biblical Armageddon in the north of the country.

Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University, who co-directed the dig, said this week that the find offers a rare glimpse into ancient Canaanite high society. The 3,000-year-old jewelry was found inside a ceramic vessel, suggesting the owner hid them before fleeing, he said.



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Auctioned Tyrannosaur Skeleton Possibly Smuggled

By Wynne Parry|Published May 25, 2012|LiveScience


A fossilized dinosaur that was once at the top of its food chain is now caught in the jaws of a legal battle over whether or not its remains can be sold in the United State.

The anonymous buyer who bid $1.1 million for the towering specimen Sunday (May 20) in New York will not receive it if the courts decide it is the rightful property of Mongolia.


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Bible-era Earthquake Reveals Year of Jesus' Crucifixion

By Jennifer Viegas|Published May 24, 2012|Discovery News


Jesus, as described in the New Testament, was most likely crucified on Friday April 3, 33 A.D.

The latest investigation, reported in the journal International Geology Review, focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from Jerusalem. The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, mentions that an earthquake coincided with the crucifixion.



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Ancient Turtle Was as Big as Small Car

By Jeanna Bryner|Published May 19, 2012|LiveScience


A turtle the size of a small car once roamed what is now South America 60 million years ago, suggests its fossilized remains.

Discovered in a coal mine in Colombia in 2005, the turtle was given the name Carbonemys cofrinii, which means "coal turtle." It wasn't until now that the turtle was examined and described in a scientific journal; the findings are detailed online today (May 17) in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology.

The researchers say C. cofrinii belongs to a group of side-necked turtles known as pelomedusoides. The turtle's skull, roughly the size of an NFL football, was the most complete of the fossil remains.



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