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A 3-foot-long mammoth tusk hidden on the ocean floor could offer clues about the ancient creatures

Members of the science team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute observe the mammoth tusk.Darrin Schultz © 2021 MBARI Scientists discovered a 3-foot-long mammoth tusk roughly 10,000 feet below the ocean's surface. The deep sea is ideal for preserving remains, though mammoth fossils rarely wind up there. The tusk belongs to a young female mammoth. Scientists are using it for clues about how she lived. To the untrained eye, it may have looked like a giant wood log. In reality, sc...
Tags: Science, News, California, Trends, Ocean, Jurassic Park, The New York Times, Archeology, North America, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Indiana Jones, Marine Biology, Tusk, Deep Sea, University Of Michigan, Paleontology

'Beautiful' 900-year-old Crusader sword discovered by diver off the coast of Israel

Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority holds a sword that experts say dates back to the Crusaders. Ariel Schalit/AP/ An iron sword dating back to 1100 has been found off the coast of Israel. An unsuspecting diver was on a scuba dive when he came across the treasure. The sword will be placed on display to the public when it has been fully analyzed. A 900-year-old sword has been found by a scuba diver off the coast of Israel. The nearly ...
Tags: Science, Israel, Trends, Ap, Archeology, Sword, Reuters, Haifa, Ronen Zvulun, Israel Antiquities Authority, Antiquities Authority, The Times of Israel, Crusades, Ariel Schalit, Nir Distelfeld, CAESAREA Israel

Amateur divers find an 'incredible' treasure trove of gold coins from the Roman Empire while cleaning up trash on the seabed

Amateur freedivers found a large collection of gold Roman coins off the coast of Spain. The University of Alicante Amateur freedivers in Spain have discovered one of the largest collections of gold Roman coins found in Europe. The collection of 53 coins date back to the 4th and 5th centuries and are nearly perfectly preserved. Researchers suggested the coins could have been hidden from barbarian looters. See more stories on Insider's business page. Freedivers off the coast of Spain hav...
Tags: Europe, Science, Trends, Spain, UK News, The Times, Archeology, Swiss Army, Molina, Mediterranean Sea, Roman Empire, El Pais, University of Alicante, Arcadi, UK Weekend, Alia Shoaib

The meaning of happiness, according to a baker in ancient Pompeii

In a testament to its resiliency, happiness, according to this year's World Happiness Report, remained remarkably stable around the world, despite a pandemic that upended the lives of billions of people. , I find such discussions of happiness in the midst of personal or societal crisis to be nothing new. "Hic habitat felicitas" – "Here dwells happiness" – confidently proclaims an inscription found in a Pompeiian bakery nearly 2,000 years after its owner lived and possibly died in the erup...
Tags: Happiness, History, Rome, Harvard, Harvard University, Innovation, Archeology, Pompeii, Personal Growth, FELIX, Brooks, Valerian, Arthur Brooks, Fortuna, Perpetua, Ancient World

Ancient Greek military ship found in legendary, submerged Egyptian city

Egypt's Thônis-Heracleion was the thriving center of Egyptian trade before Alexandria — and before earthquakes drove it under the sea. A rich trade and religious center, the city was at its height from the six to the fourth century BCE.As the city's giant temple collapsed into the Mediterranean, it pinned the newly discovered military vessel underwater.Before Alexander the Great established Alexandria around 331 BCE, one of Egypt's primary ports on the Mediterranean Sea between the sixth and fo...
Tags: Greece, Egypt, Oceans, Paris, Geology, Innovation, Archeology, Nile, Heracles, Mediterranean, Alexandria, Helen, Reuters, Herodotus, Mediterranean Sea, Ministry of Tourism

A legendary 3,000-year-old 'lost golden city' of the Pharaohs has just been discovered in Egypt

The city was found after seven months of excavating. STR/picture alliance via Getty Images The archaeology team began excavating in September 2020, and have now found entire neighborhoods. So far, they have found residential districts, complete rooms and walls, and even a bakery. Dated to the reign of Amenhotep III, the team expects to uncover further parts of the ancient city. See more stories on Insider's business page. Archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be the larges...
Tags: Science, Trends, Egypt, Archeology, Luxor, Cairo, Tutankhamun, Valley, Pharoah, Johns Hopkins University, Hawass, Zahi Hawass, Ancient Egypt, Aten, UK Weekend, Jacob Sarkisian

Hear the sound of an 18,000 year old musical instrument

OK, it might not sound all that eargasmic, but here is the sound of an 18,000 year old conch shell that researchers have now determined was intentionally carved to be a wind instrument. A team of researchers at the Natural History Museum of Toulouse in France, home to the Pyrenees Mountain foothills where the cave was discovered, decided to reexamine the conch fossil — originally believed to be a ritual or loving cup — and found it to be an 18,000-year-old wind instrument. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, France, Archeology, Paleolithic, Pyrenees Mountain, Natural History Museum of Toulouse, Ancient music

Scientists propose radical new model of the Antikythera Mechanism

Scientists at University College London's Antikythera Research Team have presented "a radical new model [for the ancient Greek astronomical calculator, the Antikythera Mechanism] that matches all of the data and culminates in an elegant display of the ancient Greek Cosmos," according to a study published on Friday in Nature.  — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Archeology, Ancient World, Antikythera Mechanism, Analog Computing, Greek Cosmos

Researchers unearth the “Lamborghini” of ancient chariots in Pompeii

Archeologists recently discovered a first-of-its-kind chariot in Pompeii.The ceremonial chariot is decorated with bronze and tin medallions, while the sides sport bronzesheets and red-and-black paintings. Given looting activity in the area, it's lucky the 2,000-year-old treasure wasn't lost to the world heritage site. In 79 CE, near the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius erupted. Geologically, this was business as usual for the volatile volcano, but for the nearby cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, it...
Tags: Art, Europe, Greece, Education, History, Rome, Museums, Italy, Innovation, Natural Disaster, Npr, Archeology, Cornell University, Mediterranean, Pompeii, Vesuvius

An amazingly well-preserved four-wheeled processional chariot unearthed in Pompeii

The Archaeological Park of Pompeii and the Public Prosecutor's Office of Torre Annunziata recently announced the discovery of an extraordinary find, an intact four-wheeled processional, found during excavations of the suburban villa of Civita Giuliana, outside the walls of ancient Pompeii. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Archeology, Pompeii, Chariot, Ancient World, Civita Giuliana, Public Prosecutor s Office of Torre Annunziata

Ornamental dinosaur frills seem to have evolved thanks to sexual selection

New research seeks to explain why dinosaurs featured an elaborate diversity of ornamentation in their frills and crests.A team at the Natural History Museum in London investigated a sheep-size Gobi Desert dweller known as Protoceratops.While sex alone does not explain the design, "socio-sexual selection" seems to have played an essential role. Fewer than 1 percent of all animals that ever lived have been fossilized. Yet fossils are essential for understanding the nature, notes Paige Williams i...
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The food stalls of ancient Pompeii

Archeologists have recently uncovered a street food stall in the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Known as a termopolium, Latin for hot drinks counter, the shop was discovered in the archaeological park's Regio V site, which is not yet open the public, and unveiled on Saturday. — Read the rest
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The uncovered food stalls of Pompeii

Archeologists have recently uncovered a street food stall in the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Known as a termopolium, Latin for hot drinks counter, the shop was discovered in the archaeological park's Regio V site, which is not yet open the public, and unveiled on Saturday. — Read the rest
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The evolution of comfort food

The winter holiday season will feel different this year for many: Extended families may not be able to gather, leaving holiday meals shared with smaller groups, or digitally, across different time zones. With COVID-19 fracturing our daily lives and holiday customs, the food on those lonely plates may become a source of solace. D uring this pandemic, I have been receiving emails each morning from The New York Times with suggestions on what to cook. It might be the turning of the seasons, or the s...
Tags: Food, Facebook, Hong Kong, Family, Greece, China, History, Sociology, New York Times, Innovation, Archeology, Humanity, Baltic Sea, ND, Andes, Sapiens

How young is the oldest building in your state?

How old is the oldest building in your state? This map will tell you.While the East Coast has some pretty ancient stuff, the oldest buildings elsewhere are many centuries older.The Pueblo dwellings in the Four Corners states go back to 750 CE. Oldest drinking establishment What's the difference between a European and an American? Well, there are many, but here's a good one: for a European, 100 miles is far; for an American, 100 years is old. It's a cliché with some truth to it. In Europe's po...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, Maps, England, New York, Texas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, California, Montana, Washington, Mexico, Kentucky, Oregon

How building a working Antikythera Mechanism might have uncovered an unknown lunar calendar

Over the past four years, I've been a devoted viewer of Clickspring, the YouTube channel of an Australian clockmaker named Chris. The main project Chris has been working on over that time is reconstructing a working Antikythera Mechanism using as much of the tools and techniques as was likely used in its original construction. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Youtube, Archeology, Horology, Chris, Amateur Science, Clockmaking, Antikythera Mechanism

California cave art linked to early use of hallucinogens

Mysterious pinwheel paintings in a California cave are probably representations of the hallucinogen Datura wrightii.The paintings were made by the Chumash people 400 years ago.This is the first definitive connection between cave painting and hallucinogens. Mysterious paintings on cave walls and ceilings from long ago no doubt offer insights into the lives of the people who made them. However, exactly what they tell us is less clear. While hunting scenes and images of communities seem straightfor...
Tags: Art, California, Drugs, Religion, Painting, Creativity, Chemistry, Innovation, Archeology, University Of Southampton, Robinson, PNAS, David Robinson, University of Strathclyde, Datura, Matthew Baker

"The victims were probably looking for shelter in the cryptoporticus, in this underground space, where they thought they were better protected."

From "Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii" (AP).  Judging by cranial bones and teeth, one of the men was young, likely aged 18 to 25, with a spinal column with compressed discs. That finding led archaeologists to hypothesize that he was a young man who did manual labor, like that of a slave. The other man had a robust bone structure, especially in his chest area, and died with his hands on his chest and his legs bent and spread apart. He was estimated to have been 30- to...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, History, Architecture, Archeology, Pompeii, Ann Althouse

The eerie remains of a master and slave frozen in time unearthed in the Roman city of Pompeii

Remains of two men who were killed in 79 AD in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Luigi Spina/Reuters The well-preserved remains of two men have been discovered in the Roman city of Pompeii, near Naples. The two bodies were killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD which covered the ancient city in volcanic ash and froze it in time. The bodies are thought to be of a wealthy man and a slave and were found in a villa on the outskirts of Pompeii. Massimo Osanna, director of Pompeii Arche...
Tags: News, International, Trends, History, Italy, Archeology, Naples, Pompeii, Reuters, Roman, Dario Franceschini, Mount Vesuvius, Rachel Hosie, Massimo Osanna, Osanna, Civita Giuliana

Is Christianity rooted in psychedelic rituals?

In his new book, Brian Muraresku speculates that the Christian Eucharist could be rooted in the Eleusinian Mysteries. The wine and wafer of the modern ritual might have started off with a far more potent beverage. In this interview with Big Think, Muraresku discusses "dying before dying" and the demonization of women by the Church. Brian Muraresku wants to be very clear: the immortality key is not psychedelics. He's referring to the concept of "dying before dying," a mystical, near-death state...
Tags: Facebook, Greece, Church, Religion, Jerusalem, History, Rome, Pope Francis, Christianity, Innovation, Vatican, Philosophy, Catholic Church, Archeology, Francis, Archives

Researchers use CT scans to digitally peek at ancient Egyptian mummies

Three long dead Egyptians recently had their CT images taken. The scans revealed what was, and was not, done during their mummification. The finds shed more light on how the Egyptians were inspired by the Greeks and Romans. Beyond being great villains in horror films, mummies are excellent tools to learn about the past with. With these well-preserved corpses, you can learn about what people were like in life by reviewing what they left behind. If you get enough of them, you can start to make gen...
Tags: Art, Death, Religion, Egypt, Innovation, Archeology, Mummies, Giza, Alexander the Great, Saqqara

War in the time of Neanderthals: How our species battled for supremacy for over 100,000 years

Around 600,000 years ago, humanity split in two. One group stayed in Africa, evolving into us. The other struck out overland, into Asia, then Europe, becoming Homo neanderthalensis – the Neanderthals. They weren't our ancestors, but a sister species, evolving in parallel.Neanderthals fascinate us because of what they tell us about ourselves – who we were, and who we might have become. It's tempting to see them in idyllic terms, living peacefully with nature and each other, like Adam and Eve in t...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Greece, Iraq, Africa, Israel, History, War, Middle East, Innovation, Violence, Archeology, Humanity, Neanderthals, Adam, Sapiens

A mammoth find near Mexico City

A team of scientists has discovered the largest collection to date of mammoth skeletons in one place, just outside Mexico City. The researchers have counted more than 200 individual mammoths to date—and believe there are still more to discover.In 2018, the government announced the development of a new Mexico City airport at the Santa Lucía Air Force Base, north of the city. People have found mammoth remains in the northern part of the city and the wider region since the 1970s. So, Pedro Francisc...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Animals, History, Nature, Canada, United States, Mexico City, Innovation, Evolution, Siberia, Archeology, ND, Valley, Sánchez, Sapiens

Think everyone died young in ancient societies? Think again

You might have seen the cartoon: two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: 'Something's just not right – our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30.'This cartoon reflects a very common view of ancient lifespans, but it is based on a myth. People in the past were not all dead by 30. Ancient documents confirm this. In the 24th century BCE, the Egyptian Vizier...
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Did our early ancestors boil their food in hot springs?

Some of the oldest remains of early human ancestors have been unearthed in Olduvai Gorge, a rift valley setting in northern Tanzania where anthropologists have discovered fossils of hominids that existed 1.8 million years ago. The region has preserved many fossils and stone tools, indicating that early humans settled and hunted there.Now a team led by researchers at MIT and the University of Alcalá in Spain has discovered evidence that hot springs may have existed in Olduvai Gorge around that ti...
Tags: Food, Spain, History, Mit, United States, Innovation, Anthropology, Tanzania, University of Bristol, Archeology, Humanity, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, East Africa, National Academy of Sciences, Pennsylvania State University

How kings created Angkor Wat—then lost it

Over a thousand years ago, the ancient Khmer civilization emerged as a powerful cultural and political force in what is now Cambodia and came to dominate much of Southeast Asia. Between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Khmer Empire created some of the most spectacular architecture in history, including one of the largest religious monuments in the world: Angkor Wat. This magnificent stone temple is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, visited by over 2.6 million tourists a ye...
Tags: Food, Asia, Southeast Asia, Global, America, Society, History, United States, Innovation, Agriculture, Cambodia, Archeology, Angkor, Southwest, ND, Sapiens

Scientists solve the origin of Stonehenge’s sarsen stones

Researchers have known Stonehenge's smaller bluestones came from Preseli Hills, Wales, but the source of its sarsens has remained a mystery. Using chemical analysis, scientists found at matching source at West Woods, approximately 25 kilometer north of the World Heritage Site. But mysteries remain, such as why that site was chosen. ​ Many mysteries surround Stonehenge . Who built it and what purpose did it serve? Why that arrangement of megaliths and lentils? How did Neolithic people move and...
Tags: Europe, Wales, History, Bbc, Geology, Innovation, Archeology, Wiltshire, Marlborough, English Heritage, Phillips, Nash, Salisbury Plain, David Nash, Brighton University, Ancient World

Mexican cave contains signs of human visitors from 30,000 years ago

Scientists have found ancient tools as well as plant and animal remains in a high-altitude cave.The site is dated to 30,000 years ago, pushing back estimates of the first humans to arrive in the Americas by 15,000 years.There is no sign these mysterious people remain in the modern gene pool. The stunning discoveries recently made in northern Mexico's Chiquihuite Cave raise more questions than they answer. Even so, they change the conversation: The Clovis people who arrived 15,000 years ago in...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, History, Migration, Alaska, Innovation, Archaeology, Siberia, University of Oxford, Archeology, North America, Beringia, University of New South Wales, Boston Massachusetts, Harvard Medical School, University of Copenhagen

An ancient tomcat skeleton is found along the Silk Road

Until now, it was thought that cats weren't domesticated in Central Asia until much later.The completeness and details of the skeleton suggest it was someone's pet.Isotopic examination reveals a high-protein diet most likely provided by caring humans. Piecing together history through archaeology is inherently sketchy. Clues that tell a complete story could be anywhere — so much depends on the artifacts that just happened to have been found. It's a credit to archaeologists' knowledge and imagina...
Tags: Silk Road, Asia, Cats, China, Animals, History, Innovation, Kazakhstan, Archeology, Mediterranean, Central Asia, Caspian Sea, BCE, Martin Luther University, Halle Wittenberg, Ancient World

A mammoth graveyard: 60 pachyderm skeletons discovered together in Mexico

During digging for a new airport in Mexico, workers came across three sites containing the remains of mammoths, as well as some pre-Spanish human burial sites.It's unclear why the mammoths were all found in this one spot, though it may have to do with an ancient lake.Retrieving this massive sample will likely give experts new insights into a long-lost North American pachyderm. In the Mexico Basin about 45 miles north of Mexico City in the Santa Lucía region, the new Felipe Ángeles Airport is un...
Tags: Mexico, Animals, Los Angeles, Discovery, Mexico City, Innovation, Archeology, North America, Extinct, Santa Lucia, INAH, Ancient World, Tultepec, SEDENA, Mammoths, Mexico Basin