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A final blow to myth of how people arrived in the Americas

A final blow to myth of how people arrived in the Americas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Is there any way the first Americans migrated south along the Pacific coast through an ice-free corridor? No, say scientists.
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Some fascinating archeology. Of course, the assumption is that the only original route of original human migration to the Americas was via the Bering Straight. From what I know of the Pacific Islanders and if we assume that there was a capacity to sail along the coast south, why not an assumption that some of the original humans here in the Americas came via the wider Pacific? One thing is clear, the early humans weren't afraid of travel. 
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Dung clue to Hannibal's Alpine crossing - BBC News

Dung clue to Hannibal's Alpine crossing - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists may be closer to revealing the route taken by Hannibal as he crossed to Alps to attack ancient Rome.
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Shit, microbes, and archeology: what a fun read for lovers history. 
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New Species of Human Relative Discovered in South African Cave – National Geographic Society Press Room

New Species of Human Relative Discovered in South African Cave – National Geographic Society Press Room | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG—The discovery of a new species of human relative was announced today (Sept. 10) by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), the National Geographic Society and the South ...
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I love the mystery of human evolution and the archaeological and paleontological studies that elucidate it. So welcome, H. Naledi to my  to my  genus.

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One of earliest known copies of Ten Commandments sees the light of day

One of earliest known copies of Ten Commandments sees the light of day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The fragile, 2,000-year-old fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls will make a brief appearance in Jerusalem.
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It is interesting to me that the only quoted commandment given in the article is actually not the same as our modern Biblical version. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you." is how we receive it but it says "so you will have a long and healthy life", a small but significant difference. One establishes the primacy of Israel as a political entity and the other the primacy of life as God's gift. One can only wonder at when and why this divergence took place. Was this a political statement by the people making this particular copy, or did other scribes change the text as response to the diaspora?

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9 More of the Oldest Objects Ever Found - ODDEE

9 More of the Oldest Objects Ever Found - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the 2700-year-old cannabis stash found in a grave in the Gobi Desert to the 3.3-million-year-old stone tools discovered in Africa, check out 9 more ancient objects.
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Hard to believe some mornings, but I'm not on this list. And, yes, that is a dildo, 28, 000 years old.

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How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Forty thousand years ago in Europe our ancestors formed a crucial and lasting alliance that enabled us to finish off our evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals
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Just a theory, but a fascinating one at that. It may explain why my Airedale Jennifer always wanted to help bring in the bags of dog food but expected bacon and roast beef at dinner.

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Mummy mask could hold oldest known Gospel

Mummy mask could hold oldest known Gospel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A fragment of the Gospel According to Mark dating from 90 AD was reused as a burial mask for a mummy, say scientists.
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If you love archeology and Biblical history, and I do, this is a great piece. What the actual text may say is not yet public, but my guess is it won't be a blockbuster. Still what a fascinating find. Of course, the question of whether to keep the mask intact or get to the written materials is in itself fascinating.

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The Mysterious Stone Spheres Of Costa Rica | Amusing Planet

The Mysterious Stone Spheres Of Costa Rica | Amusing Planet | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

In the 1930s while clearing the Costa Rican jungle for banana plantations, employees of the United Fruit Company began uncovering large stone spheres buried in the forest floor. Almost immediately, the mysterious spheres became prized lawn ornaments, ending up on the front yards of government buildings, homes of wealthy buyers and fruit company executives throughout Costa Rica. Many spheres were broken in transit, and others were purposely dynamited by treasure hunters in search of hidden gold. By the time authorities intervened, dozens of stones were destroyed. Over the next several decades around 300 stones were unearthed mostly in the Diquis Delta region. The spheres range in size from a few centimeters to over 2 meters in diameter, and weigh up to 15 tons. Some remain pristine in the original places of discovery, but many others have been relocated or damaged due to erosion, fires and vandalism.

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I love archeological stuff like this and the science fiction ideas it immediately conjures in my mind. "You majesty, those idiots in the last space ship left their ballast for us to clean up." "Not to worry, my vassal, we'll just leave it and know-it-alls in the future will use those giant alien turds for lawn ornaments."

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What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?

What Lies Beneath Stonehenge? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking survey of the site has turned up tantalizing new clues to what really went on there
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If you are interested in archeology or just occult topics, this is a great piece. Be sure to check out the slides.

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Ancient Coins Found Buried in British Cave

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Digging through a cave in central Britain, archaeologists uncovered 26 ancient gold and silver coins belonging to the Corieltauvi tribe, a group of people that lived in Britain before the Roman conquest. The discovery of the coins was a surprise, because they were found at a site called Reynard's Kitchen Cave, which is located outside the Corieltauvi's usual turf. "It might be that we have a member of the tribe living beyond the boundary that is more usually associated with the territory," Rachael Hall, an archaeologist at the National Trust who led the excavation, told Live Science in an email. This more recent find at Reynard's Kitchen Cave might be additional evidence that members of the tribe once hoarded coins.
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Nice to know there's still buried treasure to be found in the world. Got to love this kind of chance archeological find.

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How a hunch led to stunning claim on Buddha birth date

How a hunch led to stunning claim on Buddha birth date | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The two archaeologists had a hunch that the Buddha's birthplace in southern Nepal held secrets that could transform how the world understood the emergence and spread of Buddhism.
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Does it matter if a child is considered age one at birth or a year after birth? Is the birth still not wonderful?

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X-rays reveal 1,300-year-old writings inside later bookbindings

X-rays reveal 1,300-year-old writings inside later bookbindings | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The words of the 8th-century Saint Bede are among those that have been found by detecting iron, copper and zinc – constituents of medieval ink
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I love this. Being able to read ancient texts and better yet not having to tear apart the wonderful old books in which they have been hidden. Which raises this great question about the distant future: How many people then will have access to the deathless prose of this great author? Well, you can make sure that your descendants do by laying in a supply of his work.   http://www.kennethweene.com 
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Israeli hiker finds 'second of kind' Roman coin - BBC News

An Israeli hiker has found an almost 2,000-year-old Roman coin that is only the second of its kind, authorities say.
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This is the kind of great archeological find I love to mention. I must say it is also refreshing that this woman didn't want fame or money in exchange for the coin. Anyway, it is an august event. (Yes, that's a pun) 
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Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.
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Fascinating, especially since I can't use a hammer or screwdriver without hurting myself. Got to love physical anthropology and archeology.

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11 Colorful Phrases From Ancient Roman Graffiti

11 Colorful Phrases From Ancient Roman Graffiti | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"Admiror, O paries, te non cecidisse, qui tot scriptorium taedia sustineas.”

“I wonder, O wall, that you have not yet collapsed, so many writers’ clichés do you bear.”

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I guess graffiti goes back to the beginnings of writing. Wait a minute, some of those cave paintings the archeologists are so interested in, were they graffito too?

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How a massive environmental crisis led to the invention of cheese

How a massive environmental crisis led to the invention of cheese | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
And how it changed Western Civilization forever.
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I love cheese, especially cheeses from cow and goat milk. Smelly, Blue, or simple Cheddar, any cheese is better than no cheese. Can everyone say "Fromage?"

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Skull Fossil Offers New Clues on Human Journey From Africa

Skull Fossil Offers New Clues on Human Journey From Africa | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a 55,000-year-old skull fossil that they say is a missing connection between African and European populations.
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I love physical anthropology and archeology. I can't help wondering outside the box on this. Given that there is one skull and from a specimen that may have died young, could it be that this is an unsuccessful breeding of Neanderthal and more modern human? This doesn't preclude such interbreeding but rather asks the question of the process of compatibility, were the two populations always able to breed making them one species or was the process more involved.

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The Dogs Arrived Later

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Study shows dogs arrived in the Americas only 10,000 years ago.
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This shows how intelligent dogs are. They waited for us humans to settle in, get control over the predators, make sure there was a good supply of food, and of course buy decent doggie beds.

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Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known

Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The paintings of hands and animals in seven limestone caves on Sulawesi had previously been dismissed as no more than 10,000 years old.
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Fascinating archeology. I love the idea of early humans communicating through art. I wonder if I can write a story about it. What is the message behind these drawings? Don't you want to know?

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Ancient Priest's Tomb Painting Discovered Near Great Pyramid at Giza

Ancient Priest's Tomb Painting Discovered Near Great Pyramid at Giza | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A wall painting, dating back over 4,300 years, has been discovered in a tomb located just east of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The painting shows vivid scenes of life, including boats sailing south on the Nile River, a bird hunting trip in a marsh and a man named Perseneb who's shown with his wife and dog. While Giza is famous for its pyramids, the site also contains fields of tombs that sprawl to the east and west of the Great Pyramid. The new painting was discovered in 2012 by a team from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which has been excavating these tombs since 1996.
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Amazing, after all these years more wonders from ancient Egypt. Love archeology.

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Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago

Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E..
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If you love archeology, ancient history, or music, this is for you. Be sure to listen to both songs--simple, but elegant.

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