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Archaeology, Camels and Cars: From The Dead Sea to Petra

We ride with archaeologist Sarah Parcak and Infiniti to the ancient city in Jordan It’s early morning in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and we’re loading our gear into the fleet of Infiniti QX80s, backed by only the sounds coming from doors opening and closing shut, and feet shuffling silently in the red sand. Despite the bright LED lights of our fleet SUVs, an observatory’s worth of …
Tags: Travel, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Interviews, Cars, History, Egypt, Road Trips, Satellites, Archaeology, Driving, Jordan, Archeology, Drives


First-Ever Diamond Within a Diamond Found in Russia

Fittingly dubbed the “Russian Nesting Doll Diamond,” this tabular-shaped diamond within a diamond was found in the Nyurba mine in Yakutia, Russia. Perhaps the world’s first-ever instance of such a gem, an outer diamond (.62 carats) holds a smaller one (.02) carats within, but the two differ enough so that the smaller rock rattles around inside. Because this is such a rare occurrence, researchers have yet …
Tags: Science, Design, Russia, Culture, Diamonds, Archaeology, Rare, Linkaboutit, Yakutia Russia, Jewels, Gems, Gemology, Nyurba


Links: Petroglyphs, Language, Urban Groundwater, Dams

Some interesting articles I came across past few days.1) Pleistocene Rock Art in India- New York Times covers the discovery of ancient rock art (40k-10K yr old?) carved on laterite plateaus of Ratnagiri District, S. Maharashtra. Good to see credit given to the stellar work of two amateur archaeologists Sudhir Risbud and Dhananjay Marathe.Link: Ancient Rock Art In The Plains Of India.2) Language Evolution- Linguistic analysis suggests that the Sino-Tibetan language family originated about 720...
Tags: Art, China, India, Environment, Seo, Language, Archaeology, Himalayas, Groundwater, Uttarakhand, Ratnagiri district, Suvrat Kher, Geohazards, Sudhir Risbud, Petroglyphs, Pleistocene Rock Art in India New York Times


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's "weirdest" languages, spy planes spot archaeological sites, making museums more accessible and more from around the web Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those …
Tags: Art, Apps, Science, Design, Privacy, Planes, Tech, History, Accessibility, Museums, Artists, Linguistics, Archaeology, English, Websites, Linkaboutit


Spy Planes Spot Ancient Archaeological Sites

Using images taken by American U-2 spy planes between 1959 and 1972, researchers and archaeologists have been able to uncover archaeological sites in the Middle East that have since been developed over. Though only the final five years worth of photographs are of a high enough resolution to decipher, pre-urban sprawl imagery presented scenes of 5,000 to 8,000 stone structures with clarity. Read more about the …
Tags: Photography, Design, Planes, Tech, History, Middle East, Archaeology, Linkaboutit, Space Archaeology, Spy Planes


Newly Discovered Species of Ancient Human

Recently discovered in a cave in the Philippines, a previously unknown species of ancient human contradicts popular evolution theory. It seems that homo sapiens weren’t the only surviving species of humans a few thousand years ago—these tinier, tree-climbing species (aka homo luzonensis) dates back 50-67,000 years ago. A lot is still a mystery about these people though: how did they end up on Luzon, an …
Tags: Science, Design, History, Culture, Philippines, Archaeology, Human, Linkaboutit, Cave, Ancient Human


Four-Legged Whale With Hooves Fossil Discovered

A 140-foot whale fossil has been discovered off the coast of Peru, only it’s unlike any other. This particular gigantic mammal would have been able to transition between land and sea with ease, thanks to its tail and four legs. Its webbed feet would have helped move underwater, but the bend in the limbs suggests that the creature could move just as well on land. …
Tags: Science, Design, Animals, History, Culture, Peru, Archaeology, Evolution, Whales, Fossil, Linkaboutit


Newly Discovered Evidence Confirms the Sudden Demise of Dinosaurs

In the excavated terrain of the Hell Creek geological formation, an archaeologist named Robert DePalma made a discovery. The theory that dinosaurs met their demise at the impact of a planet-rattling meteor is generally uncontested, but some researchers felt they were doomed well before the day it hit. Dinosaur fossils are never found less than nine feet below the layer of soot—known as the “KT …
Tags: Science, Design, History, Culture, Archaeology, Dinosaurs, Linkaboutit, Meteorite, Hell Creek, Robert DePalma


Ancient Phallic Graffiti Wasn’t For Laughs

A very familiar symbol has been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall (aka Hadrian’s Wall) in Cumbria, England—only this one dates back to 207 AD. The penis-shaped drawing isn’t just juvenile scribbling, however. According to archeologists from Newcastle University, these images are common and used to adorn doorways, walls and jewelry during the Roman Era (753 BC to 476 AD) and symbolized good fortune—and power. “Phallus graffiti, …
Tags: England, Design, History, Culture, Archaeology, Graffiti, Newcastle University, Roman, Cumbria England, Hadrian, Phallic, Roman Era


Forgotten statue kept in a margarine tub is 2,000-year-old treasure

Silver-eyed Minerva found by a farmer 10 years ago dates back to first or second centuryA 2,000-year-old Roman statuette of a silver-eyed goddess Minerva that for more than a decade was kept in a plastic margarine tub is among a record number of treasure discoveries made by the nation’s army of metal detectorists.The British Museum on Tuesday revealed the details of 1,267 finds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, more than there has ever been since the Treasure Act was passed in 1996. Co...
Tags: Art, UK News, Heritage, Oxford, Northern Ireland, Archaeology, Hobbies, British Museum, Minerva, England Wales


This 2.4-Million-Year-Old Discovery Alters Human History

The discovery of 2.4-million-year-old stone tools in north Africa have—yet again—altered the human origin story. “The evidence from Algeria has changed [our] earlier view regarding East Africa [as] being the cradle of humankind. Actually, the entire Africa was the cradle of humankind,” Mohamed Sahnouni, an archaeologist at Spain’s National Research Center for Human Evolution, says. Humanity’s distant cousin, the hominin, moved north through (and evolved and develop …
Tags: Science, Design, Africa, Spain, History, Culture, Archaeology, Algeria, Archeology, Linkaboutit, North Africa, East Africa, Mohamed Sahnouni, National Research Center for Human Evolution


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An alien probe, ancient bathroom humor, the mistaken history of chocolate and more Ancient Bathroom Humor Discovered Uncovered this week in Turkey, inside what was once a Roman latrine, are a bunch of dirty jokes that date back to the second century. Two mosaics depict well-known Greek and Roman characters, Narcissus and Ganymede—only the scenes are a little different than the myths we know. In one, Narcissus …
Tags: Design, China, Turkey, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Archaeology, Aliens, Chocolate, Ai, Bathroom, Art Classes, Food History, Link About It, Ancient Rome, Ganymede, Transgender Community


Ancient Bathroom Humor Discovered

Uncovered this week in Turkey, inside what was once a Roman latrine, are a bunch of dirty jokes that date back to the second century. The two mosaics depict well-known Greek and Roman characters, Narcissus and Ganymede—only the scenes are a little different than the myths. In one, Narcissus is staring, obsessed with his penis; in the other, Ganymede (who was kidnapped by the eagle of Zeus) is …
Tags: Science, Design, Turkey, History, Culture, Nsfw, Archaeology, Linkaboutit, Ancient Rome, Ganymede, Narcissus


Researchers May Have Found the Earliest Drawing

In South Africa’s Blombos Cave, researchers have discovered what is believed to be the world’s earliest drawing. The drawing—a crosshatch made on one rock using another—predates other uncovered art by a whopping 30,000 years. Researchers claim, though, that this by no means makes the Blombos Cave people artists, rather it identifies their interest in “graphical designs,” says Chantal Tribolo from Bordeaux Montaigne University. The team admits …
Tags: Design, Ancestors, Research, Culture, South Africa, Drawing, Archaeology, Art History, Linkaboutit, Blombos Cave, Bordeaux Montaigne University, Chantal Tribolo


This is the world's oldest known drawing

Around 73,000 years ago, humans used a chunk of pigment to draw a pattern on a rock in a South African cave. The recently discovered fragment of the rock is now considered to be the oldest known drawing in history. From Science News: The faded pattern consists of six upward-oriented lines crossed at an angle by three slightly curved lines, the researchers report online September 12 in Nature. Microscopic and chemical analyses showed that the lines were composed of a reddish, earthy pigment kn...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Drawing, Archaeology, Henshilwood


Watch the throne: why artist Thierry Oussou faked an archaeological dig

When archaeology students unearthed a royal throne in Benin they were astonished. But it was actually a replica, planted to make a statement about the colonial looting of African artCongolese art collector Sindika Dokolo didn’t hold back when requesting the return of African artefacts by European collectors and galleries. Calling it a “long-neglected historical wrong”, he compared the plunder of African heritage to the Nazi looting of artworks in the 1930s and 40s. “Austria returned around 50,00...
Tags: Art, Africa, World news, Culture, Austria, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Installation, Archaeology, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Benin, Sindika Dokolo, Thierry Oussou


Why Papuan Men Made Daggers From Human Thigh Bones

Up until the 20th century, the use of bone daggers among the Papuan males of New Guinea was commonplace. Many of these daggers were forged from the femurs of large birds, but some were made from the bones of humans. New research shows which of the two materials provided for a superior dagger, demonstrating that, for…Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Weapons, Daggers, Bones, New Guinea, Bone Daggers, Symbolic Weapons


Discovery of ancient middle finger bone completely upends what we know about human migration

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient middle finger bone in Saudia Arabia, and it could completely change what we know about human migration. An 85,000-year-old bone belonging to Homo sapiens marks the first evidence of humans that scientists have found in the Nefud Desert. This is also the first time Homo sapiens bones of that age have been discovered anywhere outside Africa. The current theory of human migration posits that Homo sapiens migrated en masse in a movement known as “Out of Af...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Africa, Archaeology, Journal Nature, Flickr, Fossil, Human Migration, Homo, Saudia Arabia, Human Fossils, Huw Groucutt, Homo sapiens fossils, Homo sapiens migration, Out of Africa migration


So Neanderthals made abstract art? This astounding discovery humbles every human

Scientists say cave paintings in Spain, thought to have been by our ancestors, were actually by Neanderthals. So did they teach us everything we know?If you go to the painted caves of Spain and France, crawl through narrow passages and keep your balance on slippery rock floors, you reach the hidden places where ice age hunters made their marks tens of thousands of years ago. Nothing seems more startling than the way they placed hands against the cold rock and blew red ochre out of their mouths t...
Tags: Art, Europe, Science, Biology, France, Spain, World news, Bbc, Culture, Art and design, Anthropology, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Simon Schama, Jacob Bronowski


Neanderthals – not modern humans – were first artists on Earth, experts claim

Neanderthals painted on cave walls in Spain 65,000 years ago – tens of thousands of years before modern humans arrived, say researchersMore than 65,000 years ago, a Neanderthal reached out and made strokes in red ochre on the wall of a cave, and in doing so, became the first known artist on Earth, scientists claim.The discovery overturns the widely-held belief that modern humans are the only species to have expressed themselves through works of art. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Science, Spain, Anthropology, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals


Truck driver wipes out Peru's ancient Nazca Lines

The historic Nazca Lines of Peru have been damaged by the actions of an inconsiderate truck driver. The driver, who has since been arrested and will likely face charges related to an attack against cultural heritage, deliberately drove off the Pan-American highway and into the 2,000 year old UNESCO Heritage Site. Ignoring signs identifying the protected area, the driver left “deep scars” through the Nazca geoglyphs across an area of 100 by 300 feet. Fortunately, the damage seems to be fixable, ...
Tags: Design, News, Unesco, United States, New York Times, Argentina, Peru, Archaeology, Greenpeace, Nazca Lines, Heritage Site, Culture Ministry, Andina, Nazca, DepositPhotos, Unesco Heritage Site


Inconsiderate truck driver scars Peru's ancient Nazca Lines

The historic Nazca Lines of Peru have been damaged by the actions of an inconsiderate truck driver. The driver, who has since been arrested and will likely face charges related to an attack against cultural heritage, deliberately drove off the Pan-American highway and into the 2,000 year old UNESCO Heritage Site. Ignoring signs identifying the protected area, the driver left “deep scars” through the Nazca geoglyphs across an area of 100 by 300 feet. Fortunately, the damage seems to be fixable, ...
Tags: Design, News, Unesco, United States, New York Times, Argentina, Peru, Archaeology, Greenpeace, Nazca Lines, Heritage Site, Culture Ministry, Andina, Nazca, DepositPhotos, Unesco Heritage Site


Link About It: 10,000-Year-Old Crayon Found in North Yorkshire

When on a dig along England’s eastern coastline (near Scarborough, North Yorkshire), a group of archaeologists came across a crayon that's been aged 10,000 years. This Stone Age "sharpened stick of red ochre" is likely to have been for making markings...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Art, England, Design, History, Culture, Archaeology, Crayons, North Yorkshire, Linkaboutit, Caveart, Scarborough North Yorkshire


Researchers decipher one of last unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls

Since the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a Qumran cave in 1947, most have been restored and published. But the University of Haifa said two researchers from their Department of Bible Studies deciphered one of the last remaining unpublished scrolls – and they uncovered some surprises. Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov reassembled around 60 fragments – some smaller than 0.155 square inches – that an earlier researcher said had come from different scrolls in a period of over one year. The...
Tags: Design, News, Israel, Bbc, Bible, Judaism, Archaeology, Jesus Christ, Qumran, University of Haifa, Dead Sea Scrolls, Judean Desert, Eshbal Ratson, Jonathan Ben Dov, Scroll, Scrolls


Researchers decipher one of the last unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls

Since the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a Qumran cave in 1947, most have been restored and published. But two researchers at the University of Haifa just deciphered one of the last remaining unpublished scrolls – and they uncovered some surprises. Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov reassembled around 60 fragments – some smaller than 0.155 square inches – that an earlier researcher said had come from different scrolls in a period of over one year. The University of Haifa researchers fou...
Tags: Design, News, Israel, Bbc, Bible, Judaism, Archaeology, Jesus Christ, Qumran, University of Haifa, Dead Sea Scrolls, Judean Desert, Eshbal Ratson, Jonathan Ben Dov, Scroll, Scrolls


Egyptians discover three sunken ships full of 2,000-year-old treasure

Egyptian officials revealed last week that archaeologists located three sunken ships off the country’s northern coast in Alexandria, Egypt’s Abu Qir Bay. The wrecks, determined to be of Roman origin, were discovered filled with ancient artifacts dating back to up to 2,000 years. Included in the excavated bounty were gold coins issued during the reign of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus Caesar Octavian (Julius Caesar was his great-uncle), as well as pottery, and a “royal head of crystal.” As MSN ...
Tags: Science, Design, News, History, Rome, Culture, Egypt, Archaeology, Msn, Giza, Tahrir Square, Ministry of Antiquities Facebook, Alexandria Egypt, European Institute of Underwater Archaeology, Abu Qir Bay, Augustus Caesar Octavian


Egyptians discover three 1,000-year-old sunken ships full of treasure

Egyptian officials revealed last week that archaeologists located three sunken ships off the country’s northern coast in Alexandria, Egypt’s Abu Qir Bay. The wrecks, determined to be of Roman origin, were discovered filled with ancient artifacts dating back at least 1,000 years. Included in the excavated bounty were gold coins issued during the reign of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus Caesar Octavian (Julius Caesar was his great-uncle), as well as pottery, and a “royal head of crystal.” As MSN ...
Tags: Science, Design, News, History, Rome, Culture, Egypt, Archaeology, Msn, Giza, Tahrir Square, Ministry of Antiquities Facebook, Alexandria Egypt, European Institute of Underwater Archaeology, Abu Qir Bay, Augustus Caesar Octavian


3,000-year-old underwater castle discovered in Turkey's largest lake

Lake Van is largest lake in Turkey – but that isn’t its only claim to fame. Van Yüzüncü Yil University archaeologists and a team of divers recently discovered an underwater fortress there. The ancient nation of Urartu could have built the castle roughly around 3,000 years ago during the Iron Age. The team explored the lake based on local rumors of ancient ruins, despite other archaeologists familiar with the area telling them they probably wouldn’t find much. But it was the rumors that turned ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Design, News, Turkey, Architecture, Archaeology, Castle, Underwater, Fortress, Iron Age, BCE, Lake Van, Sunken Architecture, Tahsin Ceylan, Van Yüzüncü Yıl University


Villagers in Peru stumble across what may be an ancient Incan city

Locals in the southern rainforest of Peru may have stumbled across an Inca city while grazing cattle. The Provincial Municipality of La Convención shared images of the site, close to the National Sanctuary of Megantoni. In a space around two hectares big, residents found houses, walls, passageways, platforms, and streets that could date all the way back to the Inca civilization. Villagers told local authorities of their find – which occurred on September 9 – and returned with officials to take...
Tags: Design, News, Mexico, Architecture, Peru, Archaeology, South America, Cusco, Incas, Andina, Inca, Ancient City, Ancient Civilization, Ancient Civilizations, Inca Architecture, Provincial Municipality of La Convención


Villagers in Peru stumble across what may be an ancient Inca city

Locals in the southern rainforest of Peru may have stumbled across an Inca city while grazing cattle. The Provincial Municipality of La Convención shared images of the site, close to the National Sanctuary of Megantoni. In a space around two hectares big, residents found houses, walls, passageways, platforms, and streets that could date all the way back to the Inca civilization. Villagers told local authorities of their find – which occurred on September 9 – and returned with officials to take...
Tags: Design, News, Mexico, Architecture, Peru, Archaeology, South America, Cusco, Incas, Andina, Inca, Ancient City, Ancient Civilization, Ancient Civilizations, Inca Architecture, Provincial Municipality of La Convención



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