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Re: History yays
« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2018, 06:38:20 PM »
So this is really cool:





https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46580264

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Archaeologists in Egypt have made an exciting tomb discovery - the final resting place of a high priest, untouched for 4,400 years.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, described the find as "one of a kind in the last decades".

The tomb, found in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, is filled with colourful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. Decorative scenes show the owner, a royal priest named Wahtye, with his mother, wife and other relatives.

Archaeologists will start excavating the tomb on 16 December, and expect more discoveries to follow - including the owner's sarcophagus.
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Re: History yays
« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2018, 06:45:20 PM »
Indeed.

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Re: History yays
« Reply #32 on: January 03, 2019, 09:14:01 PM »
Another fun one:

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Archaeologists in Mexico say they have made an important discovery, uncovering a temple to Xipe Tótec - the pre-Hispanic "Flayed lord".

Historically, throughout the region, priests paid tribute to the deity by wearing the skin of human sacrifices.

Items relating to the deity were discovered at a site in Puebla state, and believed to date from 900-1150 AD.

Mexican archaeologists say the find may be the earliest dedication to Xipe Tótec discovered in Mexico.

Worship of the God, who represents fertility and regeneration, is known to have later spread throughout Mesoamerica during Aztec times.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-46746842
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Re: History yays
« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2019, 09:58:48 PM »
It puts the lotion on its skin!

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Re: History yays
« Reply #34 on: March 17, 2019, 11:20:30 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/17/nile-shipwreck-herodotus-archaeologists-thonis-heraclion

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In the fifth century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt and wrote of unusual river boats on the Nile. Twenty-three lines of his Historia, the ancient world’s first great narrative history, are devoted to the intricate description of the construction of a “baris”.

For centuries, scholars have argued over his account because there was no archaeological evidence that such ships ever existed. Now there is. A “fabulously preserved” wreck in the waters around the sunken port city of Thonis-Heracleion has revealed just how accurate the historian was.

“It wasn’t until we discovered this wreck that we realised Herodotus was right,” said Dr Damian Robinson, director of Oxford University’s centre for maritime archaeology, which is publishing the excavation’s findings. “What Herodotus described was what we were looking at.”

This seemed pretty cool :)

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Re: History yays
« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2019, 12:36:43 AM »
portugal yeah Herodotus coming through in a clinch.

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Re: History yays
« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2019, 12:08:02 PM »
Nice report on a Saxon tomb:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-48203883

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The remains of the timber structure, which would have measured about 13ft (4m) square and 5ft (1.5m) deep, housed some 40 rare and precious artefacts.

Among them was a lyre - an ancient harp - and a 1,400-year-old box thought to be the only surviving example of painted Anglo-Saxon woodwork in Britain.

Gold coins, the gilded silver neck of a wooden drinking vessel, decorative glass beakers and a flagon believed to have come from Syria were also found.
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Re: History yays
« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2019, 12:16:50 PM »
Sneat.

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Re: History yays
« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2019, 04:45:33 PM »
Big bling. Guess that Essex stereotype is pretty old.

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« Reply #39 on: June 07, 2019, 01:13:47 AM »
75th anniversary of D-Day

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Re: History yays
« Reply #41 on: June 08, 2019, 11:46:51 PM »
Lots of really interesting interviews with the veterans as well. So few of them left now...
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Re: History yays
« Reply #42 on: June 17, 2020, 09:39:42 PM »
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DNA study reveals Ireland's age of 'god-kings'



DNA has been used to confirm the existence of an elite social class in the Stone Age inhabitants of Ireland.

It's one of the earliest examples of such a hierarchy among human societies.

A key piece of evidence comes from an adult male buried at the 5,000-year-old Newgrange monument; his DNA revealed that his parents were first-degree relatives, possibly brother and sister.

He was one member of an extended "clan" that was buried at impressive stone monuments across Ireland.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53059527



It amuses me that the title takes the "AGE OF GOD KINGS" line and then is like "yeah so basically what we meant was that they had some SUPER inbred aristocrats".  :)
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Re: History yays
« Reply #43 on: July 09, 2020, 01:54:51 PM »
This one's fascinating:

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Ancient Americans made epic Pacific voyages



New evidence has been found for epic prehistoric voyages between the Americas and eastern Polynesia.

DNA analysis suggests there was mixing between Native Americans and Polynesians around AD 1200. The extent of potential contacts between the regions has been a hotly contested area for decades. In 1947, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl made a journey by raft from South America to Polynesia to demonstrate the voyage was possible.

Until now, proponents of Native American and Polynesian interaction reasoned that some common cultural elements, such as a similar word used for a common crop, hinted that the two populations had mingled before Europeans settled in South America. Opponents pointed to studies with differing conclusions and the fact that the two groups were separated by thousands of kilometres of open ocean.

Alexander Ioannidis from Stanford University in California and his international colleagues analysed genetic data from more than 800 living indigenous inhabitants of coastal South America and French Polynesia. They were looking for snippets of DNA that are characteristic of each population and for segments that are "identical by descent" - meaning they are inherited from the same ancestor many generations ago.

"We found identical-by-descent segments of Native American ancestry across several Polynesian islands," said Mr Ioannidis. "It was conclusive evidence that there was a single shared contact event."

Rest of article: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53338203
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Re: History yays
« Reply #44 on: July 09, 2020, 10:53:29 PM »
I wish the Medieval Indonesia guy had not deleted his real blog, created a Medium account then gotten too busy to keep writing and deleted it too.  https://medium.com/@siwaratrikalpa

I also think that for an up-and-coming premodern historian, archaeogenetics would be a great skill set to focus on, because interpreting studies is hard and there are a lot of overhyped papers and historians need people they can trust to tell them which ones to look closely at.