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June 21 2015

Into the light: how lidar is replacing radar as the archaeologist’s map tool of choice


Colorado State University archaeologist Chris Fisher found out about lidar in 2009. He was surveying the ruins of Angamuco in west-central Mexico the traditional way, with a line of grad students and assistants walking carefully while looking at the ground for bits of ceramics, the remains of an old foundation or even a tomb.

He had expected to find a settlement, but instead he happened upon a major city of the Purepecha empire, rivals of the Aztecs in the centuries immediately preceding the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1519.

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June 21 2015

Chongqing farmer finds ancient sword, unwittingly uses it as kitchen knife for several years


Government officers from Chengkou county, Chongqing province recently discovered an ancient sword that had been used as a kitchen knife by an elderly farmer for several years.

The 60-year-old farmer, named Yi Shouxiang, found the sword while digging on his farmland five years ago.

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June 21 2015

Ancient papyrus texts found in Basel uni library


A valuable collection of ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts has been discovered in the University of Basel’s library after being forgotten for more than a century.

The 2,000-year-old texts, written in Greek, Latin, Coptic Egyptian and hieratic, were acquired by the university 115 years ago but were subsequently overlooked.

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June 21 2015

The Timeless Mystery of Hy'Brasil


The above video is a nice and short compendium of the mystery surrounding the legendary Hy'Brasil, a mythical island which has been popularized as 'the other Atlantis.'

The fact that it was portrayed in several ancient maps, and that there's even some first-person accounts of actual mariners who claimed to have visited the island, is nowadays dismissed by modern historians and cartographers as nothing but folklore. The same reason behind why those maps also showed the customary warning "Here Be Monsters" on regions still uncharted.

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June 21 2015

A Map That May Have Led Columbus To America Is Finally Being Deciphered


The primary way we share ideas today is the internet. In the 15th century, it was cartography. And now, researchers at Yale are giving us a glimpse of one of the most influential maps in history—parts of which, up until now, had been too faded and aged to read.

Henricus Martellus isn’t a name you’d recognize unless you’re interested in map history, but he played a role in some of the most important events of the early modern world, thanks to a map he drew in 1491.


Related: Arkansas City Archaeology Shows Evidence Of Ancient Town

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June 21 2015

7,000-year-old skeleton is reconstructed to reveal large lips and raven hair


A mysterious skeleton discovered in Tehran last year proved the city is much more ancient than first thought.

Now experts have reconstructed the face of the 7,000-year-old remains to reveal the Iranian capital's oldest known resident for the first time.

According to their reconstruction, she had a strong rounded chin, large lips and black hair.

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June 21 2015

Good and bad news about the impending destruction of Mes Aynak, ancient Buddhist city in Afghanisan


Mes Aynak, located in Afghanistan’s Tablian-controlled Logar Province, is a massive 5,000 year-old archeological site that also contains Buddhist relics that have the potential to rewrite the history of the religion and the region. The archaeological ruins are massive, comparable in size to sites like Pompeii and Machu Picchu.


Related: Syrian regime 'launches air strike on world famous ancient city of Palmyra'

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June 21 2015

Does France's 2,500-year-old royal tomb belong to a prince or princess?


The remains of an ancient Celtic prince or princess found still wearing a solid gold torque and lavish bracelets in a grave filled with riches has left archaeologists baffled.

The 2,500 year old royal grave, which is thought to date to the fifth century BC, was discovered in Lavau, near Troyes, is thought to have belonged to a member of a Celtic royal family.

Lying at the centre of the tomb, the skeleton had been laid to rest inside an ornate two-wheeled chariot with a 580g (1.2lbs) golden torque decorated with elaborate winged monsters around its neck.

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June 21 2015

Search for King Henry's Tomb Centers on English Playground


If the English King Richard III was the "king in a car park," King Henry I may prove to be the "king in a playground."

In the wake of an archaeological dig that found the bones of Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, British historians and archaeologists are turning to a church and school yard in the town of Reading in search of the remains of Henry I, who ruled England from 1100 to 1135.

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June 21 2015

200 Years Later, Archaeologists Are Rewriting the Battle of Waterloo


Two hundred years after British, Dutch and Prussian allies defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s French army at the Battle of Waterloo, archaeologists from the UK and Belgium are using electromagnetic induction sensors, magnetometers, and GIS to analyze the battle’s very first killing grounds.


Related: Solving a Dark Age mystery: 7th century Christians, Pagans and the search for the Battle of Hatfield

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June 21 2015

Hitler DID escape Germany in 1945: Staggering new claims point to huge Nazi cover-up


ADOLF Hitler did not commit suicide but escaped before his death was faked in a massive cover up by the Nazis, historians have sensationally claimed.

Journalist, author and historian Gerrard Williams claims two innocent lookalikes were murdered with the world falling victim to a “duplicitous deception”.

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June 21 2015

Lying children make better thinkers, research finds


Parents who worry that their children are lying to them should not be too concerned, because it shows they have excellent memories and thinking skills, researchers have found.

Psychologists at the University of Sheffield who tested 135 children found that those who lied did far better on a trivia test than their honest peers.


Related: British children reluctant to cheat, US study shows

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June 21 2015

How heavy metal music soothes and inspires


Extreme music, such as heavy metal, can positively influence people who are feeling angry, new research reveals.

In contrast to previous studies linking loud and chaotic music to aggression and delinquency, the study shows listeners mostly became inspired and calmed.

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June 21 2015

Short-term fasting may improve health


After years of fasting, the Buddha’s “legs were like bamboo sticks, his backbone was like a rope, his chest was like an incomplete roof of a house, his eyes sank right inside, like stones in a deep well,” according to one account. The Buddha didn’t get what he wanted from this extreme fasting—enlightenment—but a new study suggests that a diet that replicates some effects of milder deprivation may not only lower your weight but also confer other benefits. Researchers report that following the diet for just 5 days a month improves several measures of health, including reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


Related: Dietary trans fat linked to worse memory

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June 21 2015

Microdosing: A New, Low-Key Way to Use Psychedelics


"Micro-dosing turns out to be a totally different world," he explained. "As someone said, the rocks don’t glow, even a little bit. But what many people are reporting is, at the end of the day, they say, ‘That was a really good day.’ You know, that kind of day when things kind of work. You’re doing a task you normally couldn’t stand for two hours, but you do it for three or four. You eat properly. Maybe you do one more set of reps. Just a good day. That seems to be what we’re discovering."

Study participants functioned normally in their work and relationships, Fadiman said, but with increased focus, emotional clarity, and creativity.

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June 20 2015

Area 51 and extra-terrestrial life both exist, says head of Nasa


The existence of Area 51, has been a badly kept secret for decades and it has fuelled the imaginations of conspiracy theorists and UFO hunters around the world

In 2013 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) acknowledged its exact location in Nevada, near Groom Lake, in a series of documents released as part of a Freedom of Information request.

"There is an Area 51,” he said. “It’s not what many people think. I’ve been to a place called that but it’s a normal research and development place. I never saw any aliens or alien spacecraft or anything when I was there."


Alt: Aliens are out there and Area 51 is real, head of Nasa says

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June 20 2015

Abducted by aliens? Neurologist finds similarities in alleged victims


Neurologist Dr. Michael B. Russo says that he initially didn’t know what to make of the first few patients who told him they’d been abducted by aliens from outer space.

As part of his regular testing of patients, Russo used his $200,000 dense-array electroencephalography, or DEEG, machine — the only one of its kind in Hawaii — to map the electrical activity in the brains of his patients.


Alt: Neurologist Studies Brain Waves of Alien Abductees

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