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Canal, pit houses from up to 4,000 years ago found under planned Marana outlet mall site

Canal, pit houses from up to 4,000 years ago found under planned Marana outlet mall site | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it

A major ancient human settlement — including pit houses, the likely remnants of an irrigation canal and human burials possibly dating back 4,000 years — has been discovered under the site of a planned outlet center along Interstate 10 in Marana.

 

Experts agree discovery is significant archaeologically — the settlement is likely from the Early Agricultural Period, which predates even the Hohokam culture that was in Southern and Central Arizona from 500 to about 1450 A.D. The find will add additional knowledge about agricultural practices that may be the oldest known in the United States, archaeologists say.

 

But it’s unclear if it will affect the outlet center’s progress. Its Indianapolis-based developer is already in competition with a Florida developer to build outlet centers on the northwest side.

 

So far, about 145 archaeological features, including six burials, have been found on the site, said a letter written last week by the State Historic Preservation Office. More investigation of the site, including some level of excavation, is almost certain.

 

How long that investigation will take is far from certain. While archaeological ruins don’t stop projects, they must be studied in detail.

A percentage of remains are typically excavated so they can be preserved for future study. Human burial remains typically are repatriated to the Tohono O’odham and other tribes, which has been done with those from this site.

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Saxon Burial Ground Uncovered - Archaeology Magazine

Saxon Burial Ground Uncovered - Archaeology Magazine | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it

HADDENHAM, ENGLAND—Archaeologists excavating the parking lot of a village pub have discovered nine burials that are believed to date to the early Saxon era, around the sixth century A.D. Though early Saxons were pagan, the burials are oriented east to west, which was a Christian practice. Among the grave goods unearthed were a spear, knife, and a shield found with a male burial. “Projects such as these prove how even the smallest developments can yield a wealth of archaeological information and details not only of how people lived but also of their treatment toward the dead more than 1,400 years ago," archaeologist Jonathan House told the Cambs Times.

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elizama ramirez's curator insight, February 25, 2:56 PM

NIne burials were discovered that may have belonged in the early Saxon era. A knife and other goods were found in a males burail. Is it surprising how even then they had luxuries for the ones who could afford it or belong in a important position just like today. This is demostrated through their burials.

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Ireland: Archaeological find shines light on ancient religious rituals

Ireland: Archaeological find shines light on ancient religious rituals | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it

 

A medieval pilgrimage “round”, or circuit, has been identified on the Mayo island of Caher, which archaeologists believe shines fresh light on religious practices in the west of Ireland up to 1,000 years ago.

Caher, a rocky outcrop lying between the southern tip of Clew Bay and Inishturk, marks the sea end of Bóthair na Naomh, the so-called saint’s road, up to the summit of Croagh Patrick and down towards the Atlantic.

A maritime pilgrimage comprising a circuit of the island takes place annually a fortnight after Reek Sunday, but recent fieldwork has identified an outer arc of altars or “leachts”, making up a second and larger pilgrimage circuit on the south and west sides of the island.

 

Some of these are now only faintly visible and their existence appeared to have been lost in local folk memory, after the island was abandoned in 1838, according to archaeologist Michael Gibbons.

 

Material collected in the 1940s by Brian McLoughlin of Cleggan, Connemara, which is in the archives of the Irish Folklore Commission, describes the use of at least some of these pilgrimage stations as a living memory at that time, he says, and he matched this up with his own field work and aerial photography.

 

The circuit may be the first of its type to have been discovered in recent years. Portions of it would have been in use “almost into living memory”, Mr Gibbons suggests, and the entire round “represents a now rare example of a form of religious devotion stretching back at least a millennium on Ireland’s Atlantic coast”.

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elizama ramirez's curator insight, January 31, 10:41 PM

About 1,000 years ago a circuit pilgrimage was used for rituals, such as religion purposes, or even sacrifices. These rituals were more likely to happen on night time or dark time. The use and exisctance of this was forgotten or lost in the folk memory.

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Ancient Magic Curse Tablet Found in Jerusalem : DNews

Ancient Magic Curse Tablet Found in Jerusalem : DNews | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it

 

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists excavate a 1,700-year-old tablet with an etched curse, in the City of David in Jerusalem.

 

A lead curse tablet, dating back around 1,700 years and likely written by a magician, has been discovered in a collapsed Roman mansion in Jerusalem, archaeologists report.

 

The mansion, which is being excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Givati Parking Lot, is located in what is known as the "City of David," an area that holds at least 6,000 years of human occupation. The mansion itself covers at least 2,000 square meters (about half an acre) and contains two large open courtyards adjacent to each other. It was in use between the late third century and A.D. 363, when it was destroyed in a series of earthquakes on May 18 or 19.

 The text is written in Greek and, in it a woman named Kyrilla invokes the names of six gods to cast a curse on a man named Iennys, apparently over a legal case.
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elizama ramirez's curator insight, February 3, 3:39 PM

In Israel archeoligists excavated a 1,700 year old curse tablet. A woman is cursing a man over a legal case. She was invocating six gods and combined elements from 4 religions.

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Archaeologists' discovery puts Buddha's birth 300 years earlier

Archaeologists' discovery puts Buddha's birth 300 years earlier | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Day: A British archaeologist's expedition to Nepal has made a discovery that could rewrite the history of one of the world's great religions
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Archaeologists discover: God's wife? - Archaeology

Archaeologists discover: God's wife? - Archaeology | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Israel is touted as the birthplace of monotheism, but mounting evidence suggests that the Israelites, and later the Judahites - like their neighbors - worshiped a pantheon.
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Revealed: a lost city and a holy temple

Revealed: a lost city and a holy temple | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
A mist-covered mountain in Cambodia gives up its treasure, writes Lindsay Murdoch.

 

Scratched and exhausted, Damian Evans pushed through dense jungle into a clearing where mountain villagers long ago attempted to grow rice, stepping on to a weed-covered mound.

''Bingo,'' the Australian archaeologist said as he picked up and examined an ancient sandstone block.

 


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Amanda Duvall's curator insight, November 25, 2013 4:20 PM

A lost city and temples revealed. A small group of Archaeologists go threw the jungle finding unrecorded temples, ancient canals, dykes, and roads. The city is known as Mahendraparvata and people exist their. The seaches have identified another 2 dozen hidden temple sites. The lidar data popped up on a computer screen and all of the immediate picture of the entire city that no one knew existed.

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10 Ancient Religions : Discovery Channel

10 Ancient Religions : Discovery Channel | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Our 10 Ancient Religions list will expand your knowledge of ancient religions. Check out our 10 Ancient Religions list and see!
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elizama ramirez's curator insight, January 22, 11:35 AM

Religion has had an impact on society in the past and currently. 10 religions known come from different places and aspects. Religion is in between life and society because the choices important people make can be due to religious views and affects the people as a whole.

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Secrets of ancient Bon religion uncovered

Secrets of ancient Bon religion uncovered | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
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ancient Cinnabon religion?
elizama ramirez's curator insight, January 17, 9:40 PM

Bon was the main religion to be known way before Buddhism was introduced to the Tibet. Around the 7th century CE. This religion was to worship mountains and lakes. A recent discovery of tombs found near a Bon monastery in Gar country add more pieces to the puzzle. Now it is thought that this religion was associated with Shangshung Kingdom.

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Tutankhamun's death and the birth of monotheism

Tutankhamun's death and the birth of monotheism | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
TUTANKHAMUN’S mysterious death as a teenager may finally have been explained. And the condition that cut short his life may also have triggered the earliest monotheistic religion, suggests a new...
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Shinto Shrines - Sacred Destinations

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Greek Temples - Greek Temples of the World

Greek Temples - Greek Temples of the World | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Greek Temples: Illustrated index of greek temples profiled on Sacred Destinations.
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Australia Sacred Sites and Religious Places - Religious and Historical Attractions in Australia

Australia Sacred Sites and Religious Places - Religious and Historical Attractions in Australia | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Australia Sacred Sites: Index to sacred places, sacred art and religious architecture in Australia.
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Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts

Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Website funding from Polonsky Foundation includes Bodleian's 1455 Gutenberg Bible and aims to put 1.5m pages online

 

Some of the rarest and most fragile religious texts in the Vatican and Bodleian libraries, including ancient bibles and some of the oldest Hebrew manuscript and printed books, are being placed online in a joint project by the two great libraries, which will eventually create an online archive of 1.5m pages.

 

The website launched on Tuesday with funding from the Polonsky Foundation includes the first results of the four-year project, including the Bodleian's 1455 Gutenberg Bible, one of only 50 surviving copies of the first major book printed in the west with metal type.

 

The site will also host a growing collection of scholarly essays, and interviews with the Oxford and Vatican librarians, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who said the digitisation was of huge international significance.

 

"Where you can see these ancient texts there is just a lifting of the spirits … I think those who did the printing in the past would think the scanning was a very considerable improvement, it must have been very hard work. Essentially the scanners of today and the printers of the past are engaged in very similar work."

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Pagan Temple Discovered beneath Milan's Cathedral

Pagan Temple Discovered beneath Milan's Cathedral | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it

MILAN, ITALY—A temple thought to have been dedicated to the goddess Minerva has been discovered beneath Milan’s cathedral, and a stone floor and a section of an arcade of the ancient Mediolanum Forum have been found under the basement of the seventeenth-century building that houses the historic art gallery, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and the library, Biblioteca Ambrosiana. In A.D. 292 Mediolanum became the capital of the Western Roman Empire, and it remained so until 402.

  
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A temple thought to have been dedicated to the goddess Minerva has been discovered beneath Milan’s cathedral.

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elizama ramirez's curator insight, February 3, 3:33 PM

A temple that was dedicated to the goddess Minerva was discovered under Milan's cathedral. More rooms were discovered under the basement as well.

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4,000 year old skull discovery shows young women were sacrificed in ancient China | The Raw Story

4,000 year old skull discovery shows young women were sacrificed in ancient China | The Raw Story | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it

Archaeologists in China have unearthed the skulls of more than 80 young women who may have been sacrificed more than 4,000 years ago, state media reported Monday.

The skulls were found in what appears to have been a mass grave at the Shimao Ruins, the site of a neolithic stone city in the northern province of Shaanxi.

The women’s bodies were not present, the official news agency Xinhua said, adding that archaeologists concluded that the skulls were “likely to be related to the construction of the city wall” in “ancient religious activities or foundation ceremonies” before construction began.

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Trove of Religious Offerings Unearthed from Ancient Sanctuary in Turkey

Trove of Religious Offerings Unearthed from Ancient Sanctuary in Turkey | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Archaeologists digging in southern Turkey say they've discovered more than 600 stamp seals, cylinder seals and amulets left as religious offerings in an ancient sanctuary.

 

Carved with images of animals, people, deities and geometric figures, the small artifacts date from the seventh to fourth centuries B.C. and were found near the site of the ancient city of Doliche, which has a long history of worship. Researchers think the place was revered as early as the Iron Age (around the beginning of the first millennium B.C.). It later became a famous sacred site of the Roman era, dedicated to Jupiter Dolichenus, the god of storms and weather, and then it was used as a Christian monastery.

 

People used stamp seals and cylinder seals to impress images into wet clay. These objects were sometimes used as a way to authenticate documents (in this case, tablets), but they also seem to have been used as religious offerings. [Images: Ancient Carving of Roman God]

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Archaeology experts solve 200 year old mystery of Roman statue

Archaeology experts solve 200 year old mystery of Roman statue | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have been able to identify a stone head that was found in a flowerbed in Chichester over 200 years ago, and remained a mystery ever since.
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The Validity of Religion and Belief in the Age of Science #17: Tribalism, Spirituality, Conflict and Canyon De Chelly

The Validity of Religion and Belief in the Age of Science #17: Tribalism, Spirituality, Conflict and Canyon De Chelly | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
"Religion ... must go hand-in-hand with science." The Baha'i Writings July 24, 2011.
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Archaeologists uncover ancient tomb complex in far west China

Archaeologists uncover ancient tomb complex in far west China | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Chinese archaeologists say a cluster of ancient tombs in the country's far west are arranged in a manner that implies a sun-worshiping culture.
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Ancient religious texts among the 25,000 new images online : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

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Ancient papyrus could be evidence that Jesus had a wife - Telegraph

Ancient papyrus could be evidence that Jesus had a wife - Telegraph | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
A newly-uncovered ancient papyrus shows that some early Christians believed that Jesus was married, a Harvard professor told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies.
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elizama ramirez's curator insight, January 22, 11:44 AM

Do to some writting found, people and maybe some Christians believed or believes that Jesus Christ had a wife when clearly we can read that he meant his diciples. 

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16th-Century Trial Records Reveal Priest's Magic 'Superpowers'

16th-Century Trial Records Reveal Priest's Magic 'Superpowers' | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
On Jan. 30, 1540, in Mexico City, at a time when Spain was carving out an empire in the New World, an epic trial got under way.
An ordained Catholic priest named Pedro Ruiz Calderón was being...
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Mayan Ruins, Mayan Temples And Mayan Sites

Mayan Ruins, Mayan Temples And Mayan Sites | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mayan Ruins, Mayan Temples and Mayan Sites: Illustrated index of mayan ruins, mayan temples and mayan sites profiled on Sacred Destinations.
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Places in The Da Vinci Code - Da Vinci Code Locations and Sites in Paris, London, and Scotland

Places in The Da Vinci Code - Da Vinci Code Locations and Sites in Paris, London, and Scotland | Ancient Religion & Spirituality | Scoop.it
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