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Unfortunately, there's no link to the actual study, but at least I can post the article.

Dogs have been man's best friend 'for 40,000 years'

Dogs have been man's best friend for up to 40,000 years, suggests new research.

The study shows dogs' special relationship with humans might date back 27,000 to 40,000 years.

The findings, published in the journal Current Biology, come from genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone.
mediaevalist: (Gryff)
Still searching for the link to the academc study, but I thought I'd post this if for no other reason than as a reminder to look into it:


A team of lanscaping workers, proceeding to an excavation near the banks of the Hudson river, has discovered the archeological remains of a Norse village dating from the 9th or 10th Century AD.

The workers were digging with a mechanical shovel near the shores of Minisceongo creek, when they stumbled upon the ruins of an ancient building. A team of archaeologists linked to Columbia University, was called to the site to inspect the findings, and they rapidly identified the site as a possible Viking settlement. They proceeded to extend the excavation, and have finally discovered the remains of six buildings.

Certainly seems legit, as Viking settlers were already documented to have settled in the general area around that period.

Sad news

22 May 2014 04:45 pm
mediaevalist: (WTS)
I prefer to post news of new discoveries being found and artefacts preserved, but tragically, that doesn't always happen.

Radical Islamists take hammer to Syrian artifacts

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a radical militia that controls a large swath of eastern Syria, confiscated and destroyed illegally excavated antiquities from an ancient Mesopotamian site.

In an act of cultural genocide strikingly similar to the Taliban’s demolition of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001, the ISIL fighters appear – in pictures recently uploaded by a group working to protect Syria’s rich historical heritage — to smash a 3,000-year-old Neo-Assyrian statue illegally removed from a nearby archaeological site. Another image shows a man placing his foot — an act of disrespect in Arab culture — on the face of the Assyrian statue before its destruction.

However, there is hope that the statues might have been copies.

It was not immediately clear from the photographs whether the statue that was smashed was genuine. A Tel Aviv Assyriologist who preferred anonymity said that, based on the photos, the statue appeared to be authentic, “although it could be a copy placed outside the museum [in Hasakeh],” he added with due caution.
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I'm a little wiped out already, so I'll just drop this here. Archaeology and horticulture...what's not to like?

Ancient Biblical Gardens 'Bloom' Again

An ancient royal garden has come back into bloom in a way, as scientists have reconstructed what it would've looked like some 2,500 years ago in the kingdom of the biblical Judah.

Their reconstruction, which relied on analyses of excavated pollen, reveals a paradise of exotic plants.
mediaevalist: (crossdressing)
10,000-year-old house uncovered outside Jerusalem

A remarkable archaeological find in the Judean lowlands southwest of Jerusalem includes a six-millennia-old cultic temple and a 10,000-year-old house.


26 Jun 2013 11:07 am
mediaevalist: (Whatte the swyve?)
A bit of a headscratcher: Ancient Egyptian statue caught on camera rotating on its own

AN Egyptian relic has mysteriously started MOVING in a museum — prompting fears an ancient angry spirit could be fighting to get out.

The 4,000-year-old statue slowly spins round in a perfect circle, despite being safely locked in a glass case.
mediaevalist: (crossdressing)
Technically, these are back from different days of last month, but it's been a good day to learn about them.

Smuggled Out: Most Timbuktu Manuscripts Saved from Attacks

Far more of Timbuktu's priceless ancient manuscripts were saved from Islamist attacks than previosly thought, according to information from the German Foreign Ministry.

More than 200,000 of the documents, or about 80 percent of them, were smuggled to safety, says the ministry, which aided in the operation.
The ministry said many of the manuscripts, some of which date back to the 13th century, were driven out of Timbuktu in private vehicles and taken to the Malian capital, Bamako. Some of them were hidden under lettuce and fruit in an operation led by the head of the Mamma Haidara Memorial Library, Abdel Kader Haidara.

And back over in Scotland...

Selkirk water works unearth medieval village remains

The remains of a medieval village in the Borders have been uncovered during the laying of a new water main.

Scottish Water was carrying out the works at Philiphaugh on the outskirts of Selkirk.

It was laying new pipes between Howden and Yarrowford water treatment works when the discovery was made.

Initial studies suggested it was an Anglo-Saxon settlement, but closer inspection indicated it may have been the site of a medieval village.

Archaeologists found evidence of a number of stone buildings with stone floors across the entire area, with cobbled sections in between.

And finally...

Richard III tomb design proposed by society

A design for Richard III's tomb has been unveiled by an enthusiasts' group.

The Richard III Society said the 7ft (2.1m) long limestone monument would blend modern and medieval style decorations to reflect the king's life.

The group was closely involved in the project to find the lost king's remains, which was confirmed last week.

Leicester Cathedral, where Richard is expected to be reinterred in 2014, said it would consider ideas but no decision had yet been made.
mediaevalist: (Hatshepsut)
...I bring you this:

Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson

Archaeologists are reveling in the discovery of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel, a "monumental" structure with a mosaic floor depicting the biblical figure of Samson and a Hebrew inscription.
mediaevalist: (crossdressing)
Fanfiction is even older than the examples here.

Around 4000-ish years ago, some Akkadian combined a bunch of Sumerian poems about an ancient king into a RPF slashfic.We know it today as the Epic of Gilgamesh.

That's right folks: our oldest piece of literature is a fanfic. And an RPF slashfic, at that.
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Sword unearthed in Japan bears Chinese sign for year 570

FUKUOKA -- An ancient sword bearing kanji characters that show the year 570 according to the Chinese sexagenary cycle has been unearthed from an ancient burial mound here, the local education board announced on Sept. 21.

The discovery made by the Fukuoka Municipal Board of Education is consistent with the Chronicles of Japan, one of Japan's oldest history books, which says Japan imported the Chinese calendar from Paekche, one of the countries that existed on the Korean Peninsula.
mediaevalist: (WTS)
Figures that I only remember this blog when I have a bad history rant.

I was linked to this article on Women in Reasonable Armour, which makes me squee in delight, since one of the things that annoys me is a lack of accuracy in lieu of fanservice. That goes for anything, really... there's a fine line between the Rule of Cool and outright ridiculousness. I should not be seeing panty-flashes in the middle of a swordfight.

But this article in turn linked to this, which then linked to this. Now, the blog itself is pretty objective, and doesn't attempt to draw conclusions from an inconclusive article that dryly observes numbers and begins forming theories, and saying nothing about the combat status of these women. But the comments are just... no. Way to jump to fluffybunny New Age wish-fulfilment conclusions, girls.

I've ranted on this silliness before, but I suppose it bears repeating yet again. (I especially like the almost word-for-word recitation of the debunked myth here, which has further been proven false here as well. Never let reality spoil your dreams)

Yet another women warrior rant, you have been warned )
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Mexican archaeologists find 1,800-year-old tunnel, possible tombs under Teotihuacan ruins

A long-sealed tunnel has been found under the ruins of Teotihuacan and chambers that seem to branch off it may hold the tombs of some of the ancient city's early rulers, archaeologists said Tuesday.

Experts say a tomb discovery would be significant because the social structure of Teotihuacan remains a mystery after nearly 100 years of archaeological exploration at the site, which is best known for the towering Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun.
mediaevalist: (Now THIS=a good feminist reimagining)
This journal has a fair bit of dust on it, doesn't it?  Time for some linkage:

Roman gladiator cemetery found in England

Scientists have found 80 skeletons in the "unique" cemetery under the city of York, northern England, since 2003.

They announced their discoveries on Sunday, ahead of a documentary about the site due to air in Britain on June 14. This was one of two big archaeological developments, with Israeli scientists announcing the discovery of a huge cache of ancient religious objects.

They first thought the graveyard might contain the remains of criminals or political purges.

But that doesn't explain the teeth mark.
Did the Crusaders have a Muslim ally in the First Crusade?

A new article is examining the relationship between Islamic states and the Crusader army during the First Crusade (1096-99) and suggests that the Fatimid kingdom of Egypt did attempt to ally with the Crusaders.


Abu-Munshar also questions the assumption that the Fatimids were ignorant of the Crusader's ultimate goals. He writes, "How could the Fatimids misunderstand the crusaders’ aim when we know that the latter started their journey from Europe and took months, even years, to arrive in the east, with the clear aim of regaining Islamic Jerusalem from the Muslims? It is possible that most Muslims, Saljuqs and Fatimids alike, were at least partially aware of the crusaders’ intentions."

Ivy offers protection for historical buildings, study says

English Heritage commissioned a team of Oxford University academics to research the likely effects of ivy on historic buildings. In the three-year project, Oxford researchers analysed the effects of ivy growing on buildings in five different parts of England and discovered that the plant plays a protective role. They found that an ivy canopy was like a thermal shield, combating the extremes of temperature which often cause walls to crack.
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Ancient synagogue found in Israel

In what was slated to be the site of a new 122-room hotel, archaeologists say they have discovered one of the world's oldest synagogues in Northern Israel.

A large carved stone found during excavations of the recently uncovered synagogue.

The site, which was unearthed as preparations were being made for construction of the hotel near the Sea of Galilee, is believed to date back some 2000 years from 50 [BC] to 100 [AD].

Yes, I changed the year numbering system. BCE and CE are too similar and I get confused.

In the middle of the 120 square meter main hall of the synagogue archaeologists discovered an unusual stone carved with a seven branched menorah . "We are dealing with an exciting and unique find," said excavation director and Israeli Antiquities Authority archaeologist Dina Avshalom-Gorni.


The synagogue was discovered in area called Migdal, historically an important settlement along the Sea of Galilee, which researchers say was mentioned in ancient Jewish texts as playing a prominent role during what is known as the Great Revolt, when Jews attempted to rebel against Roman rule. Migdal also figures in early Christian writings as the place where Mary Magdalene accompanied Jesus and the Apostles.

The funny thing about that part of the world, though, is that you can't throw a rock without hitting history.
mediaevalist: (LOL)
Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb
Archaeologists in China are baffled after finding a tiny Swiss watch in a 400-year-old tomb.

The watch ring was discovered as archeologists were making a documentary with two journalists from Shangsi town.

And there are the kinds of jokes you'd expect in the comments at Drudge and Daily Mail.
Consider if you will a 400 year old Chinese tomb, apparently untouched.....

Antique Roadshow!!!

This could have been so much less confusing if those damned aliens had been wearing a SWATCH watch instead of a SWISS watch.....

It took a lickin and kept on tickin

"The watch stopped at 10:06am" So how does an analog watch indicate am?
I'd bet more like 10:06 PM. Seriously, who robs graves in the middle of the morning?

Humm.. Looks like one of the Doctor's companions slipped up. Again.

Hiro left it there while he's saving the world.
But, of course, as one of those 'anime freaks', I'm going to have to say Yuuko was involved in this, I'm sure.
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4,300-year-old pyramid discovered in Egypt
Egypt's chief archeologist has announced the discovery of a 4,300-year-old pyramid in Saqqara, the sprawling necropolis and burial site of the rulers of ancient Memphis.

The pyramid is said to belong to Queen Sesheshet, the mother of King Teti who was the founder of the sixth dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom.

Just when you think you've uncovered everything there is to find in Egypt, something else crops up.  Let this be a lesson: never believe that you know everything there is to know about a subject.  And never believe that we've uncovered all the secrets of the universe.  We've just got the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

WW II vet held in Nazi slave camp breaks silence
Anthony Acevedo thumbs through the worn, yellowed pages of his diary emblazoned with the words "A Wartime Log" on its cover. It's a catalog of deaths and atrocities he says were carried out on U.S. soldiers held by Nazis at a slave labor camp during World War II -- a largely forgotten legacy of the war.


He was one of 350 U.S. soldiers held at Berga am Elster, a satellite camp of the Nazis' notorious Buchenwald concentration camp. The soldiers, working 12-hour days, were used by the German army to dig tunnels and hide equipment in the final weeks of the war. Less than half of the soldiers survived their captivity and a subsequent death march, he says.

Since there is not really any need for secrecy at this point in time, I personally thank Acevedo for coming forward and for keeping such a detailed record of his experiences.

We not only owe him greatly for his service to his country, but for maintaining an invaluable record for future generations.
mediaevalist: (Funney!)
A sampling of the world's oldest low humour.

The world's oldest recorded joke has been traced back to 1900 BC and suggests toilet humor was as popular with the ancients as it is today.

It is a saying of the Sumerians, who lived in what is now southern Iraq and goes: "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."

It heads the world's oldest top 10 joke list published by the University of Wolverhampton Thursday.

A 1600 BC gag about a pharaoh, said to be King Snofru, comes second -- "How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish."

Mankind never really changes, does it?
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This is what I get for neglecting to post as often as I should. All the cool stuff happens while I'm procrastinating working.

Export of the Dering Roll (13th Century roll of arms) has been delayed in order to raise enough money to keep it in the UK.

If only I had several million...My kingdom for a tax write-off.

Da Vinci Code film actually good for something: Rosslyn Chapel nets £1.35m surplus from visitors.

I suppose even atrocious 'history' has a silver lining now and then. You won't find the Holy Grail in the 15th Century Scottish church, though (You'll have to go to the Louvre for that).

Archaeologists closer to finding home of of the first King of unified Scotland.

GU makes the archaeological news yet again. Apparently, the site is somewhere in Perthshire, which would make sense. The region is the traditional border between the Lowlands and the Highlands and at the time was the juncture between the Dál Riata Irish to the west, Northumbrians to the south, and the Picts to the north.

Site of a 17th Century Japanese village found in Cambodia.

From what I can tell, this may have been a pilgrimage/tourism site, much like Canterbury in the UK, Santiago de Compostela in Spain, or even Jerusalem in Israel in the Middle Ages. Knowledge of this site would have come in handy for that Pilgrimage & Tourism course I took back at uni.

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