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The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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A Circle of Skulls

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The Aztecs did creative things with severed heads. Archaeologists at Mexico City’s Aztec temple complex have found 35 human skulls mortared together with a mix of sand, limestone, and volcanic rock. Dating from about A.D. 1500, during a late Aztec building boom
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Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box

Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box | Cultural History | Scoop.it
The discovery of remains at historic Jamestown may provide new details about the nation’s earliest settlers.
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Historian casts doubt on Christopher Columbus account of Santa Maria shipwreck - Telegraph

Historian casts doubt on Christopher Columbus account of Santa Maria shipwreck - Telegraph | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Expert claims remains of ship recently found off Haiti cannot be Spanish explorer's vessel because it never really sank

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Secrets of the 1,300-year old tattooed mummy - Telegraph

Secrets of the 1,300-year old tattooed mummy - Telegraph | Cultural History | Scoop.it

A forthcoming exhibition at the British Museum features the mummified remains of a Sudanese woman who CAT scans revealed had a tattoo on her right leg to symbolise the Archangel Michael


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Amado Samanello's curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:06 AM

wow tattoo before 1000 years  

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Gender, Identity and Memory in The Mortuary Practices of Elite Women in Eighth-Sixth Century BCE Egypt

Gender, Identity and Memory in The Mortuary Practices of Elite Women in Eighth-Sixth Century BCE Egypt | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Ancient literary and artistic sources characterize ancient Egyptian women as wives, mothers, and daughters who derived their status and identities from associations with their male relatives. For most of Egyptian history women shared their husbands tombs’ as the subordinate companion. Three and two dimensional images depict women as devoted companions who kneel at the feet of their husbands or with a supportive arm draped around her husband, who strides forward with purpose. This normative value has resulted in a tendency to discuss women as one-dimensional subjects whose identities were defined by men.


In the last two decades, Egyptology has seen a number of studies published to add depth and dimension to discussions of women, and my research belongs to and builds upon this trend. My approach is archaeological and anthropological and examines, through material culture, the ways in which ancient Egyptian women actively participated in and transformed societal practices.


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Aladin Fazel's curator insight, March 21, 2014 2:42 PM

once they were all the same..

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Ancient "Ritual Wand" Etched with Human Faces Discovered in Syria

Ancient "Ritual Wand" Etched with Human Faces Discovered in Syria | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Discovered near a graveyard, the wand was likely used in funereal rituals
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Ancient Hominid Fossil Dated to 3 Million Years

Ancient Hominid Fossil Dated to 3 Million Years | Cultural History | Scoop.it
After more than a decade of excavation work, the nearly complete skeleton of the Australopithecus fossil called Little Foot, so named for the diminutive size of the bones, has been convincingly dated

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Bones of Father of Europe Found : DNews

Bones of Father of Europe Found : DNews | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Bones in a golden casket in Germany belong to the casket's rightful occupant: Charlemagne, one of Europe's earliest and most successful monarchs, according to new research. Continue reading →

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Drug References Found on Walls of Ancient Egyptian School

Drug References Found on Walls of Ancient Egyptian School | Cultural History | Scoop.it
The Greek writing on the walls includes text about ancient drug use that references Homer's epic poem 'The Odyssey,' archaeologists said, adding that this is the first-known structure confirmed to be a school in ancient Egypt.

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Archaeologists Find Major Bible Discrepancy

Archaeologists Find Major Bible Discrepancy | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Researchers Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef from Tel Aviv University have discovered what may be a discrepancy in the history laid out in the Bible.

Using carbon-dating to determine the age of the oldest-known camel bones, the researchers deter...

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Who owns the bones? Should bodies in museum exhibits be returned home?

Who owns the bones? Should bodies in museum exhibits be returned home? | Cultural History | Scoop.it
From Egyptian mummies to Ötzi the Iceman, human remains are a common, if macabre, feature of museum exhibits. A researcher now explores the argument that curators have an ethical obligation to return these bodies to their native communities for burial.
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Discovery of a maiden crown in Roskilde Cathedral burial

Discovery of a maiden crown in Roskilde Cathedral burial | Cultural History | Scoop.it
A 17th century Danish noblewoman had been buried with her head resting on a pillow sewn with gold threads and her maiden crown

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Well preserved Iron Age village uncovered in Denmark

Well preserved Iron Age village uncovered in Denmark | Cultural History | Scoop.it
A well-preserved Iron Age village found in Northern Denmark includes a number of houses complete with fireplaces, chalk floors and cobbled paving

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Elizabeth Otis's curator insight, January 17, 2014 6:34 PM

I though it was very interesting how this was newly discovered and I was just learning about houses that used to be bult underground. I gess it was a common tactic to help keep the people warm during winter and cool during summer. 

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The Ghost of Shipwrecks Future

The Ghost of Shipwrecks Future | Cultural History | Scoop.it
IT WAS AN UGLY SHIP, AND STILL IS. The steamer Mohawk was a 387-foot workhorse on the weekly run to Havana, carrying freight and discount passengers in both...
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The author dives to the wreck of the Mohawk, where his uncle died in 1935.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 27, 2013 5:18 PM

The author dives to the wreck of the Mohawk, where his uncle died in 1935.

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The Krampus Fairy

The Krampus Fairy | Cultural History | Scoop.it
There are many reasons to be a good archaeologist. The preservation of heritage sites is a noble endeavour, because it allows everyone (including everyone in the future) to access our shared histor...

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Info on Krampus -- and digs etc.

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Archaeologists find prehistoric Romeo and Juliet locked in eternal embrace - USATODAY.com

Archaeologists find prehistoric Romeo and Juliet locked in eternal embrace - USATODAY.com | Cultural History | Scoop.it
It could be humanity's oldest story of doomed love. Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in a tender embrace and buried outside Mantua, just 25 miles south of Verona, the romantic city where Shakespeare set...

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Jahaiyra Albert's curator insight, October 11, 2013 3:35 PM

This is just the cutest!

Sarah Kerr's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:14 PM

I'm going to categorize this scoop under Women in Ancient History because, it is lovey-dovey. This scoop is about a grave site uncovered outside  Mantua. The two people buried are locked in a hugging embrace and are given the nickname of "Romeo and Juliet" just because the ancient story which takes place in Verona, Italy is just 25 miles from where this site was uncovered. 

Patrick Kwong's curator insight, January 29, 2014 2:16 PM

The article says that they are still wondering how they died. But even though we know how Romeo and Juliet die, this seems like an ancient predecessor for Shakespeare's classic.

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Pyramid-Age Love Revealed in Vivid Color in Egyptian Tomb

Pyramid-Age Love Revealed in Vivid Color in Egyptian Tomb | Cultural History | Scoop.it
She was a priestess named Meretites, and he a singer named Kahai, who performed at the pharaoh's palace. They lived in an age when pyramids were being built in Egypt, and their love is reflected in a highly unusual scene in their tomb.
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Such a display of affection was extraordinary for Egypt during this time -- and the work of art, along with other finding in the tomb, suggest that women in Egypt's Pyramid Age enjoyed a greater level of equality than previously thought.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 18, 2013 4:00 AM

Such a display of affection was extraordinary for Egypt during this time -- and the work of art, along with other finding in the tomb, suggest that women in Egypt's Pyramid Age enjoyed a greater level of equality than previously thought.

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Heroine of archaeology

Heroine of archaeology | Cultural History | Scoop.it

A woman who has inspired several generations of archaeologists apparently is not content to rest on her laurels. At the seemingly advanced age of 93, she’s hard at work on a paper to help settle a controversy surrounding a kiva at Aztec National Monument in New Mexico.

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Newly-Discovered Tomb Confirms That Badass Women Ran Ancient Peru

Newly-Discovered Tomb Confirms That Badass Women Ran Ancient Peru | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Archaeologists in Peru have discovered a tomb belonging to a pre-Hispanic priestess, the eighth in over two decades -- which they say confirms their belief that powerful women ruled the region 1,200 years ago.
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LilibethAndre's curator insight, August 24, 2013 2:26 PM

Are we at the turning point between Yin and Yang once again? How would this affect our world today?

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New and cheaper method to screen ancient bones for DNA

New and cheaper method to screen ancient bones for DNA | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Hege Ingjerd Hollund proposes a combination of three screening methods:


  • microscope examination
  • inspection with ultraviolet light
  • infra-red spectrometry (a form of chemical analysis)


No single way of checking old bones produces an adequate result,” she explains. “I believe combining different approaches will give the best outcome.”


This solution is proposed in the thesis she has had accepted by the Free University of Amsterdam, which makes her one of the few Norwegians with a PhD in conservation of ancient remains.


These methods are not only fast and simple to do, but they also preserve the piece cut or drilled from the bone,” she says. “This can therefore be reused in other analyses.”

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Tomb of a Powerful Moche Priestess-Queen Found in Peru

Tomb of a Powerful Moche Priestess-Queen Found in Peru | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Some 1,200 years ago, a prominent Moche woman was laid to rest with great pomp and ceremony. Now archaeologists have uncovered her tomb along with clues that testify to her privileged status and the power she once wielded.

The discovery—made over the last couple of weeks at the site of San José de Moro in the Jequetepeque River valley of northern Peru—is one of several that have revolutionized ideas about the roles women played in Moche society.

In about A.D. 750 this revered woman was buried in a large chamber some 20 feet (6 meters) beneath the ground. The earthen walls of her tomb were painted red, and large niches held offerings of ceramic vessels. Two adults, presumably sacrificed female attendants, were buried with her along with five children. (See video of a Moche tomb.)

 


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Inca child sacrifices were drunk, stoned for weeks before death - NBC News.com

Inca child sacrifices were drunk, stoned for weeks before death - NBC News.com | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Three Inca children found mummified atop a 20,000-foot volcano in South America consumed increasing amounts of coca leaf and corn beer for up to a year before they were sacrificed, according to a new study.

Sedation by the plant and alcohol combined with the frigid, high-altitude setting may explain how the children were killed. There is no evidence for direct violence, the researchers noted.

The coca leaf and corn beer consumption rises about six months before death and then skyrockets in the final weeks, especially for the eldest, a 13-year-old girl known as the "Ice Maiden."

"She was probably heavily sedated by the point at which she succumbs to death," Andrew Wilson, an archaeologist at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and the study's lead author, told NBC News.


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Siberian cave yields remains of both ancient horse and extinct humans

Siberian cave yields remains of both ancient horse and extinct humans | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Russian scientists say they've decoded the genome of a 50,000-year-old hose whose remains were found alongside those of an extinct subspecies of humans.
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Stone coffin at Richard III site is opened to find.. ANOTHER mystery lead coffin

Stone coffin at Richard III site is opened to find.. ANOTHER mystery lead coffin | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Another mystery coffin has been found in a tomb next to Richard III's final resting place. Archaeologists discovered the 600-year-old casket yesterday morning.

 

We can't really be sure about what's happened to the grave over the past 600 years, but the lid of the coffin doesn't match the rest of it and there's some damage to the mortar so it looks like it might have been opened.'

 

The remains are encased in 5mm-thick lead. But the exposed feet, and some damage to the lead, suggest the corpse was dug up and reburied hundreds of years ago.

A crucifix embellished on the lid suggests religious valuables may have been placed in the coffin but removed some time later, according to lead diggers.

The team discovered the tomb containing the lead coffin last August but recovered it to concentrate on excavating Richard III.

 


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Remains found of Underground Railroad conductor's house

Remains found of Underground Railroad conductor's house | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Exploratory excavations at the home site of Abraham Lincoln's neighbor and Underground Railroad conductor Jameson Jenkins have uncovered a corner pier of Jenkins' house.


...Jameson Jenkins was one of 168 African-Americans recorded as living in Springfield at the time of the 1850 Census.


...On Jan. 17, 1850, he was involved in an incident that was described in newspapers as a "slave stampede." He is believed to have helped a group of runaway slaves from St. Louis escape the hands of slave catchers by taking them north to Bloomington.

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