An archaeologist and skeleton expert examines a huge number of bones that were recently uncovered at the sight of a Moche stronghold and discovers evidence of torture, sacrifice and battle. Fascinating clip from the BBC documentary "Lost Civilisation of Peru".
Friday, April 30, 2010
Famous egyptologist Zahi Hawass talks about archeology.
World-renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass currently serves as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and directs ongoing excavations at Giza, Saqqara, and in the Valley of the Kings.
Check out more from Zahi Hawass on his new website .
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Otzi the Iceman is well naturally preserved mummy of a man. The man who was been captured in Ice was believed to be over 53 centuries old (3300 BC).
How the mummy was found:
The mummy was found by Helmut and Erika Simon a German couple who were hiking the Oetzal Alps on 19th Sep'91. At first the couple thought that it was some mountain climber's mummified remains, but they finally decided to take a photo and report the incident to a nearby lodge caretaker, Markus Pirpamer. He in turn informed the respective authorities.
Discovery of true age:
The body was harshly removed from the ice by some ignorant local authorities, which caused some damages to the mummy. It was taken to a morgue in Innsbruck. Since then it has been in display in South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
Tattoos, Clothes, Equipments:
Otzi was considered to have 57 carbon tattoos in his lower spine, behind his knee and right ankle. All the tattoos were of simple dots and lines. The tattoos were located near acupuncture points. Some scientists believe that these are ancient type of acupuncture and were used to treat otzi for some of the diseases he was suffering from. His clothes were highly sophisticated. He was wearing .
- A Poncho
- A bear fur cap tied with two leather straps
- Cloak made of woven grass
- Pair of leggings
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
A closer look into the making of mummy's.
They did not remove the heart, the heart stayed in the body, they removed the liver stomach intestines and lungs and put them in canopic jars that were to be buried with the mummy, but the heart stayed were it was. they believed that the heart was going to get weighed and this determined if they got into the afterlife or not. so they left the heart.
Find out why dinosaur mummies are the most rare and valuable of fossil finds.
Why is people so obsessed by religion ...
I am Catholic , but i don't take litteraly every single word in the bible .
Bible can give you some teachments , Christ can give you some teachments , and some help , but it' s still a book written more than 2000 years ago , that meets the needs of jewish people of 2000 years ago ...
You can 't expect science to yeld to religion .
Finally , evolution doesn't deny god
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Promoting archaeological open air museums in just 7 minutes - is that possible? LiveARCH thought it was and the Italian museum, Museo Civico Archeologico Etnologico (Modena) actually did it! From archaeological finds, which are our most important source about life of the past, through archaeological research, reconstruction and demonstration with attention for experimental archaeology and living history, liveARCH intends to show the importance of these museums and its critical success factors. Examples are taken from all 8 countries of liveARCH.
liveARCH is a network of museums with a focus on living history, aiming to disseminate historic knowledge and to promote a greater interest in our common European cultural heritage among the general public.
With the support of the Culture 2000 Programme of the European Union.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Naval History and Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Lab possesses more than 9,000 precious artifacts. Currently more than 7,000 of them are on loan to other museums around the world. The lab takes great strides to restore once lost, but never forgotten pieces from history.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Once used by Woodland Indians or Native Americans for preparation of corn, nuts or herbs, or for perhaps other sacred or ceremonial reasons, this stone lies along what was the Pocumtuck Trail, later called the Mohawk Trail, in Massachusetts.
I perhaps should say 'rediscovered' in the title of this because I was brought to this site over 35 years ago by a very wise man who showed and taught many forgotten things of the past. I was unable to relocate the stone until recently, after searching for over two years. In the process, many other pieces of a ceremonial sacred landscape were uncovered as part of an ongoing journey and research project.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Archaeology is the study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains. It is a subfield of anthropology, the study of all human culture. From million-year-old fossilized remains of our earliest human ancestors in Africa, to 20th century buildings in present-day New York City, archaeology analyzes the physical remains of the past in pursuit of a broad and comprehensive understanding of human culture.
Archaeology is the only field of study that covers all times periods and all geographic regions inhabited by humans. It has helped us to understand big topics like ancient Egyptian religion, the origins of agriculture in the Near East, colonial life in Jamestown Virginia, the lives of enslaved Africans in North America, and early Mediterranean trade routes.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
archaeologically speaking, can you place those artifacts in context? If not, you have nothing! Unless you're just a pot-hunter looking for pretty baubles. Jumping into the Nile and pulling up a piece of granite or pottery is not archaeology!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Since the Nile river, with its annual floods played a critical role in this cosmic order. It should come as no surprise to find water the fundamental element in the Egyptians ideas of creation. For the Egyptians to watch the inundation of their land would have been like watching a earthly model of their ideas of a watery creation. Allow me to explain.
. . . . .In the beginning there was only water, a chaos of churning, bubbling water, this the Egyptians called Nu or Nun. It was out of Nu that everything began. As with the Nile, each year the inundation no doubt caused chaos to all creatures living on the land, so this represents Nu. eventually the floods would recede and out of the chaos of water would emerge a hill of dry land, one at first, then more. On this first dry hilltop, on the first day came the first sunrise. So that is how the Egyptians explain the beginning of all things.
. . . . .Not surprisingly, the sun was also among the most important elements in the Egyptians lives and therefore had an important role as a creator god. His names and attributes varied greatly. As the rising sun his name was Khepri, the great scarab beetle, or Ra-Harakhte who was seen as a winged solar-disk or as the youthful sun of the eastern horizon. As the sun climbed toward mid-day it was called Ra, great and strong. When the sun set in the west it was known as Atum the old man, or Horus on the horizon. As a solar-disk he was known as Aten. The sun was also said to be an egg laid daily by Geb, the 'Great Cackler' when he took the form of a goose.
. . . . .To the Egyptians the moon was any one of a number of gods. As an attribute of the god Horus the moon represented his left eye while his right was the sun. Seth was a lunar god, in his struggles with the solar god Horus, Seth is seen as a god of darkness doing constant battle with the god of light. We often find the ibis-headed god Thoth wearing a lunar creseant on his head.
. . . . .To the Egyptians the sky was a goddess called Nut. She was often shown as a cow standing over the earth her eyes being the sun and the moon. She is kept from falling to earth by Shu, who was the god of air and wind, or by a circle of high mountains. As this heavenly cow, she gave birth to the sun daily. The sun would ride in the 'Solar Barque' across Nut's star covered belly, which was a great cosmic ocean. Then as evening fell, Nut would swallow the sun creating darkness. She is also pictured as a giant sow, suckling many piglets. These piglets represented the stars, which she swallowed each morning before dawn.Nut was also represented as an elongated woman bending over the earth and touching the horizons with her toes and finger tips. Beneath her stretched the ocean, in the center of which lay her husband Geb, the earth-god.He is often seen leaning on one elbow, with a knee bent toward the sky, this is representive of the mountains and valleys of the earth. Green vegetation would sprout from Geb's brown or red body.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
A more important issue is, we have a large section of our population that has incredibly bad researching methods
- Not verifying sources
- Combining unrelated issues with little or no evidence
- Using science in a soup of superstition...
It actually frightens me, this large group that grows in our society, that doesnt use the simple techniques of science to cross reference data.
Its the year 2009 PEOPLE! You'd think with the progress society has made, we wouldn't have so many cult victims