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Man defies death threats from Satanists to renovate derelict church

Man defies death threats from Satanists to renovate derelict church | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Bob Davey began work on the Norfolk tower after his retirement 22 years ago. The building, dating back to the Norman conquest, had not been used since the 1930s, when it was hit by a German bomb.
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Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria - Daily Beast

Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria - Daily Beast | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
America has a long history of confronting and beating back pandemics, so let’s maybe not lose our heads over Ebola?
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Prehistoric Camps Found in the High Tetons - Archaeology

Prehistoric Camps Found in the High Tetons - Archaeology | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
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Stirn and Sgouros will also work with the U.S. Forest Service to develop a protection and preservation plan for the newly discovered archaeological sites.
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Queen of the Underworld Sheds New Light on Greek Tomb

Queen of the Underworld Sheds New Light on Greek Tomb | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Newly revealed mosaic may hold key to unlocking mystery: Who was buried in the massive mound?
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Canaanite Cult Complex Discovered at Tel Burna

Canaanite Cult Complex Discovered at Tel Burna | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A 3,300-year-old cult complex where Baal may have been worshipped has been excavated at Tel Burna in Israel.
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ISIS Destroying Biblical Archaeology in Middle East - Charisma News

ISIS Destroying Biblical Archaeology in Middle East - Charisma News | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
"Islamic fundamentalist groups are on an ongoing crusade to destroy antiquities because they consider it against their religion."
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The Neolithic Toolkit - Archaeology Magazine

The Neolithic Toolkit - Archaeology Magazine | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
How experimental archaeology is showing that Europe's first farmers were also its first carpenters
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Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

 

That's exactly what unfolded on Saturday at "Anba Dlo," an annual New Orleans festival where prominent scientists joined with practitioners of the voodoo religion to look for answers to the challenges of dealing with water.

 

In "The Big Easy," a low-lying Louisiana city devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and threatened by the BP oil spill of 2010, water is a subject nearly impossible to ignore.

 

Four representatives of Rand Corp, the global consultancy that helped develop the state’s master plan for coastal restoration, joined a dozen environmentalists, architects and policy specialists who took part in Anba Dlo, which translates from a Haitian dialect as "beneath the waters."

 

The event was held at a community center in the New Orleans neighborhood known as Bywater, one of those pounded by Katrina.

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'Oldest Parisian': Neanderthal Fossil Suggests Hunting Injury

'Oldest Parisian': Neanderthal Fossil Suggests Hunting Injury | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Three arm bones from a prehistoric individual, likely a Neanderthal, were uncovered in the Seine Valley of northern France, suggesting that Neanderthals had a temporary camp along the river 200,000 years ago.

 

The long left arm bones, dated at 200,000 years old, are the oldest human ancestor remains ever to be discovered in Tourville-la-Rivière, about 72 miles (116 kilometers) northwest of Paris. Fossils from this time period are rare, and may help fill in gaps about the evolution of humansand their close relatives, the researchers said.

 

"These are the oldest fossils found near Paris. It's the oldest Parisian, if you like," study researcher Bruno Maureille, at the Université de Bordeaux in Talence, France, told the BBC.

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The NSA's Moonlighting Problem

The NSA's Moonlighting Problem | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Patrick Dowd, the NSA's chief technological officer, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week for Alexander's firm, IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc., according to Reuters, which broke the story on the deal. Although the arrangement was apparently approved by NSA managers and does not appear to break any laws on its face, it does raise questions about ethics and the dividing line between business and one of the most secretive agencies in government.  

 

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told Reuters, "This matter is under internal review. While NSA does not comment on specific employees, NSA takes seriously ethics laws and regulations at all levels of the organization."

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Iran bans human rights lawyer from practicing law

Iran bans human rights lawyer from practicing law | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing her profession for three years, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported Sunday.

 

Nasrin Sotoudeh told ISNA that the Bar Association had been under pressure to cancel her license since she was released from jail last year. She said she had requested that the association delay any decision until the pressure diminished, without elaborating.

 

She said she would not challenge the decision. "The Bar Association is my home and I will never appeal against my home," she said.

Sotoudeh, a mother of two, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2011 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security. She was granted an early release in September 2013, three months after the election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

The rights lawyer, who has defended opposition activists and juveniles facing the death penalty, was awarded the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2012 along with another Iranian activist.

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Swedish navy widens search for mystery submarine

Swedish navy widens search for mystery submarine | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Stockholm (AFP) - Sweden's navy widened the search on Monday for a suspected foreign submarine as speculation mounted over the origin of the mystery vessel.

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The search was being extended southwards to the open sea about 70 kilometres (44 miles) southeast of Stockholm, as Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said that more military exercises were being carried out in the Baltic Sea.

"There's an increase in military exercises from both the Russian and the NATO side," Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said, speaking at a press conference in Helsinki.

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The Vatican Backpedals on Support for Gays and Divorcees

The Vatican Backpedals on Support for Gays and Divorcees | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

As a Vatican assembly on the family came to a close on Saturday, bishops ditched a document believed to signal a major shift in how the Church views gays and remarried Catholics, thus rejecting the vision of Pope Francis to chart a more ecumenical approach to ministering to Catholics around the globe. So sharply divided were the bishops that they could not even approve a watered-down version of the text that would provide ministering to homosexuals.

 

That's a sharp difference from where observers thought the bishops were headed earlier this week. Although the previous version of the document said that "Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community," the final version of "people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and delicacy" could not be approved by a two-thirds majority.

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Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew on Trees - New York Times

Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew on Trees - New York Times | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 birch-bark documents have been uncovered after being preserved for hundreds of years in the magical mud of Veliky Novgorod.
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Were the Ancient Vikings Really a Bunch of Marauding Madmen?

Were the Ancient Vikings Really a Bunch of Marauding Madmen? | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Viking Age was a time of great change on the European continent.
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Huntington archivist finds historic piece of China's largest book

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday that it has portions of a rare and important Chinese manuscript called the Yongle Encyclopedia -- with 11,095 volumes, the largest book ever written in China.
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Hazor Excavations’ Amnon Ben-Tor Reveals Who Conquered Biblical Canaanites

Hazor Excavations’ Amnon Ben-Tor Reveals Who Conquered Biblical Canaanites | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Book of Joshua describes how the Israelites vanquished the Biblical Canaanites at Hazor. But is that what really happened?
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Austin culture reflects Hispanic influence - Washington Times

Austin culture reflects Hispanic influence - Washington Times | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
There was a time during the pre-Civil War hysteria of the mid-1850s when all Mexicans were expelled from Austin.
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'Vampire' Burial Uncovered In Perperikon - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

'Vampire' Burial Uncovered In Perperikon - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Grave of a young man on whom was performed an anti-vampire ritual was uncovered at archaeological excavations at the Perperikon site, reports News.bg.
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Unique 3,000-year-old Sanxingdui artifacts to be revealed in all their glory

Unique 3,000-year-old Sanxingdui artifacts to be revealed in all their glory | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Amid the once-tranquil village of Sanxingdui, in a quiet part of Sichuan province in China, a remarkable discovery took place which immediately attracted international attention and has since rewritte...
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There's no scientific test that can determine your age.

There's no scientific test that can determine your age. | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
But researchers can get fairly close just with a blood sample. Here's how.
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New York City's Rats Are Carrying Viruses No One's Seen Before

New York City's Rats Are Carrying Viruses No One's Seen Before | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Everyone who's ever used a New York City subway knows that they're teeming with rats, and that said rats are, almost by definition, disgusting. But no one had quantified just how disgusting they are ... until now.

A team of scientists at Columbia University trapped 133 Norway rats — Rattus norvegicus — from five sites in midtown and lower Manhattan, and used DNA sequencing to catalogue the pathogens they carry.

They found an alarming number of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and single-celled organisms called protozoa. At least one of the protozoan and eight of the bacterial species have been linked to gastrointestinal disease in humans.

Even more disconcertingly, they discovered nearly 30 viral species, including almost 20 mammalian viruses, and 18 viruses that were previously unknown to science.

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China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S.

China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S. | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

BEIJING (Reuters) - Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of "mistaken U.S. practices", China's top diplomat told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Cyber security is an irritant to bilateral ties. On Wednesday the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said hackers it believed were backed by the Chinese government had launched more attacks on U.S. companies, a charge China rejected as unfounded.

 

In May, the United States charged five Chinese military officers with hacking American firms, prompting China to shut down a bilateral working group on cyber security.

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Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail

Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

London (AFP) - People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile cases of abusive and threatening behaviour on Twitter.

 

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "This is a law to combat cruelty -- and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob."

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The man who said no to free love: Paul VI heads towards sainthood

The man who said no to free love: Paul VI heads towards sainthood | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Paul VI, the man who cracked down on free love during the 1960s and carried out sweeping changes to the Church, will be beatified on Sunday in his first step towards sainthood.

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Giovanni Battista Montini, a softly spoken cardinal from northern Italy, was elected pope in 1963 and held Saint Peter's chair for 15 years in a difficult period for the Roman Catholic Church, which saw many believers and priests up sticks as populist rebellions swept across the West.

 

His papacy was marked by a growing secularisation and liberation of morals, and while the polarisation of Cold War politics did little to ease his rule he was also hampered by a reputation for being weak and overly cautious.

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