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This is a debunking article and a bit old...from Dec 2015.

 

It turned out to be quite funny I thought, and decided to share this here though it's a debunking article. 

 

'Ancient Jewish relic' found in Jerusalem cemetery is actually a New Age German energy beamer sold online

The Israeli Antiquities Authority turned to its Facebook followers to help identify the seemingly mysterious gilded object

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-jewish-relic-found-in-jerusalem-cemetery-turns-out-to-be-new-age-german-energy-beamer-sold-a6783916.html

 

(You can see the pic of the "relic" on the source page.)

 

"A gilded object thought to be an ancient Jewish relic has been revealed as a New Age energy beamer sold online by a company in Germany."

 

ROFL :rofl:

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wow, check this out

 

Sealed since the Pleistocene, Bruniquel Cave is located in southwest France, in a region littered with decorated caves and other Paleolithic sites. In 1990, spelunkers excavated its entrance and squeezed through, finding signs of long-vanished cave bears and other extinct megafauna just inside.

 

But the cave’s real treasure lay in a damp chamber more than 1,000 feet (330 meters) from the entrance. There, several large, layered ring-like structures protruded from the cave floor, the seemingly unmistakable craftwork of builders with a purpose.

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/neanderthals-caves-rings-building-france-archaeology/

 

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Greek Archaeologist Says He Has Found Aristotle’s Tomb

 NIKI KITSANTONIS

 

May 26, 2016

 

 

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A Bust of Aristotle

 

"ATHENS — A Greek archaeologist who has been leading a 20-year excavation in northern Greece said on Thursday that he believed he had unearthed the tomb of Aristotle.

 
In an address at a conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, commemorating the 2,400th anniversary of Aristotle’s birth, the archaeologist, Konstantinos Sismanidis, said he had “no proof but strong indications, as certain as one can be,” to support his claim.
 
The tomb was in a structure unearthed in the ancient village of Stagira, where Aristotle was born, about 40 miles east of Thessaloniki. According to Mr. Sismanidis, the structure was a monument erected in Aristotle’s honor after his death in 322 B.C.
 
“We had found the tomb,” he said. “We’ve now also found the altar referred to in ancient texts, as well as the road leading to the tomb, which was very close to the city’s ancient marketplace within the city settlement.”
 
Although the evidence of whose tomb it was is circumstantial, several characteristics — its location and panoramic view; its positioning at the center of a square marble floor; and the time of its construction, estimated to be at the very beginning of the Hellenistic period, which started after the death of Aristotle’s most famous student, Alexander the Great, in 323 B.C. — “all lead to the conclusion that the remains of the arched structure are part of what was once the tomb-shrine of Aristotle,” Mr. Sismanidis said."
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Ancient Underground Megalith at Kabardino-Balkaria of the Size and Design of the Great Giza Pyramid

 

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They remind me of the ruts found in Gozo, one of the Malta islands, which they say date back before the pyramids in Egypt.  They were fascinating to see up close and personal and out in the middle of nowhere.  And like the article says, they go straight, right off the mountain top. 

 

http://www.cartrutsmalta.com/

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Decades-old Doctor Who Dalek discovered at bottom of UK pond

 

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Of all things to find at the bottom of a pond, a Doctor Who Dalek probably is the last thing one would expect.

While volunteers were cleaning up a pond in England, 42-year-old Marc Oakland made a most unusual find when he fished out one of those beloved space pepperpots as he was poking around the bottom of the shallow pond with a rake.

“I’d just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface. I got the shock of my life when a Dalek head bobbed up right in front of me.”
Oakland then proceeded to examine the surprising and potentially alarming find, because, you know, there's that whole chilling “exterminate” thing.

“One of the dome lights was smashed. But the eye-stalk was intact and the head and neck stayed in one piece as I carefully lifted it out.”
Under the supervision of “pond warden” Tony Brown, the volunteers explored the rest of the pond just in case more alien threats could be looming, but, alas, nothing more alarming was to be found. “There were definitely no alien remnants lurking,” Brown told The Telegraph.

 

http://www.blastr.com/2013-5-24/decades-old-doctor-who-dalek-discovered-bottom-uk-pond

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A Spanish cave guards the earliest fire of Stone Age Europe

from June 1, 2016

 

 

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Heat-shattered sherd from sediment with combustion. Image: Michael Walker

Firm evidence of fire 800,000 years ago, published in Antiquity June 2016 (1), comes from the southeastern Spanish Palaeolithic site with a late Early Pleistocene fauna which is the Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar (“Black Cave of the R. Quípar Gorge”).
 
Systematic excavation of this large rock-shelter began in 1990 and ongoing excavations are conducted under the auspices of MUPANTQUAT, the Murcian Association for the Study of Palaeoanthropology and the Quaternary and its annual Field School, www.mupantquat.com.
 
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Indications of ancient fire were uncovered first in 2011 in a closed sedimentary deposit sealed below a depth of 4.5 metres of overlying archaeological layers (2).
 
All the layers are shown by magnetostratigraphy as being earlier than the boundary at 780,000 years ago  between the Matuyama and Brunhes magnetochrons (3), and contain remains of both large and small mammals that existed in Spain between one million and 700,000 years ago (4). Pollen analysis and bird remains including water-fowl (5, 6, 7), together with sedimentary analysis (8), indicate mild moist conditions with an erstwhile swampy lake beside the cave, suggesting the interglacial time 860,000-810,000 years ago of marine isotope stage 21. Guided by a precautionary principle concerning assessment of very fragmentary mammalian fossils, publications before 2009 had assigned the sedimentary accumulation to the Middle Pleistocene. Later excavations have increased numbers of fossils and their detailed palaeontological examination shows that the faunal composition is typical of the end of the Early Pleistocene in Spain and the dawn of the Middle Pleistocen."
 
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Charred and calcined bone fragments from sediment with combustion. Image: Michael Walker
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Why the Nag Hammadi Library Was Buried (it’s not what you think)

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Date: Tuesday, 21-Jun-2016 16:05:32

 
 
 
 
You can listen to Miguel Conner over on Youtube (Aeon Byte radio). Very interesting radio guests!
 
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The account of the burying of the Nag Hammadi library has become close to legendary. It’s even a sort of rallying cry for minority faiths navigating the icebergs of mainstream religions. However, the latest scholarship paints a difference picture. This picture is perhaps more intriguing than the accepted view of the storage of these so-called Gnostic Gospels. And far more occult. 
 
The Traditional Version of Why the Nag Hammadi Library Was Buried
Elaine Pagels explains the accepted account on the Nag Hammadi library, which has its roots in the alluring idea of overcoming censorship:
Their suppression as banned documents, and their burial on the cliff at Nag Hammadi, it turns out, were both part of a struggle critical for the formation of early Christianity.
 
The Nag Hammadi texts, and others like them, which circulated at the beginning of the Christian era, were denounced as heresy by orthodox Christians in the middle of the second century.
 
Matters only got worse for the Gnostics, according to historical data. In 367 AD, Athanasius, the formidable Bishop of Alexandria, issued a decree known as the Festal Letter, banning the use of alternative Christian writings. Also, he outlined an accepted canon of orthodox scripture. In reaction to this censorship, brave monks from the St Pachomius Monastery in Upper Egypt smuggled out codices and buried them in the nearby sands. These 52 texts were discovered in 1945 close to the town of Nag Hammadi.
 
When it comes down to it, this theory on the burial of the Nag Hammadi library is highly speculative. It’s also a rather romantic reconstruction in the spirit of a “repressed minority religion” trope that seems to play well with the Gnostic narrative (the perennial repressed minority religion throughout history). In the end, though, the traditional version has more gaps than the pages of the Nag Hammadi texts themselves.
 
Why the Traditional Version Just Doesn’t Work
In Introduction to “Gnosticism”, Nicola Denzey Lewis provides a less quixotic but fundamentally more mystic reason for the burying of the Nag Hammadi codices (we’ll get to it shortly).
 
As Lewis commented on my show, historians have found no other cases of Christian monks hiding banned works from their religion in any region of the world. In her book, Lewis furthermore indicates that the composition of the Nag Hammadi library “probably came from a typical Egyptian town dump rather than from a monastery, suggesting that the covers of the books, if not the whole books themselves, were produced in an urban environment in the middle of the fourth century.”
 
In other words, the texts possibly came from a private collection, temple, or learning center. Lewis furthermore adds these reasons why they never originated in the St Pachomius Monastery, drawing from scholars who specialize in Pachomian monasticism:
 
The 4th century is too early for Pachomian monks to have organized scripture.
The texts themselves bear no traces of having physicially come out of that setting.
If they derived from a Pachomian setting, The monks left no trace on the way that Pachomians thoughts and behaved as Christians.
Therefore, we can reasonably remove rebelling friars from the list of suspects.
Then why were the texts buried? The plot thickens, it seems, and this is where it gets truly mystical.
A More Precise Version of Why The Nag Hammadi Library Was Buried
Lewis points out that the most prevalent theme in the Nag Hammadi library is the topography of the metaphysical realms. Moreover, historians have found many books buried in Egypt whose central theme is death and the otherworlds. These works were placed next to the deceased in tombs. In fact, placing books with the recently deceased was not uncommon in that region even during the early Christian era.
Thus, it remains unclear who exactly buried the Nag Hammadi library, but the why becomes clear.
 
In short: The Nag Hammadi library is a funerary text—in the same genre as the Egyptian Book of the Dead or the Pyramid Texts (though at a more bourgeois level). Due to their heavy content on out-of-body experiences, the map of the astral planes, and password protocols for heavenly gatekeepers, these texts served as guidance for that particular soul leaving the body on its journey to the afterlife.
 
Lewis summarizes this alternative theory in her book:
They were simply deposited in graves as a sort of “grave good”; it was not an unusual instance in late ancient Egypt to bury a book in a tomb, since books were luxury items that might demonstrate the prestige and wealth of their owner. Some even speculate that there was a connection between the writings in NH books and a preoccupation about the nature of the afterlife; this is a major theme in many of the individual tractates in the Nag Hammadi collection.
 
Conclusion
In my view, Lewis’ scholarship makes the Nag Hammadi library more compelling and unified. Scholars have wrestled for decades with the question of why the alleged-monks chose these particular texts for burial. The best answer is that they were in a hurry with the Orthodox shadow of Athanasius looming over Egypt. As funerary texts, on the other hand, a better explanation is provided.
 
Furthermore, as I told Gordon White in my interview on Runesoup, this might be the reason sex magic works are absent from the Nag Hammadi library (even if both church fathers and Pagan philosophers claimed they were part of the Alexandrian Gnostic praxis). Sexual rituals are irrelevant to the soul’s voyage across the heavens and hells.
 
Obviously, I’m speculating myself, but it’s no more far-fetched than the account scholarship has given the world since the discovery of the so-called Gnostic Gospels.
The Nag Hammadi library might be less about the views of ancient heretics and more about the universal preoccupation on the spirit’s voyage into eternity after the monkey-suit reaches its expiration date. This is a notion any monk, bishop, or seeker of higher truths can relate to, now and then.

Source http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=49649
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This is the job I would love to have - digging up history.

 

Thanks to the discovery of an ancient cemetery in Ashkelon in Israel, archaeologists are about to learn a lot more about this group of people – a group that's largely remained a mystery for thousands of years

 

http://www.sciencealert.com/an-ancient-cemetery-could-change-how-we-view-the-philistines-of-the-bible

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and this....

 

 

An ancient village dubbed "Britain's Pompeii" was just a few months old when it burnt down, it has emerged.

Analysis of wood used to build the settlement suggests it was only lived in for a short time before it was destroyed.

Despite this, archaeologists said the site gives an "exquisitely detailed" insight into everyday Bronze Age life.

Evidence of fine fabric-making, varied diets and vast trading networks has been found during the 10-month dig.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36778820

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Egypt unveils oldest papyrus, details on pyramid-builders

July 15, 2016

 

 

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"CAIRO — The Egyptian Museum in Cairo on Thursday began putting on display the country's oldest papyruses, which date back 4,500 years, detailing the daily life of the pyramid-builders.

 
The items are from the 4th Dynasty of King Khufu, also known as Cheops, for whom the Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb.
 
Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany told reporters as the exhibition was unveiled that the papyruses were discovered in 2013 by an Egyptian-French mission inside caves in the port of Wadi el-Jarf. The ancient port is located 119 kilometers (74 miles) from the city of Suez.
 
El-Anany said, the items display are "the oldest" papyruses in Egypt. Museum chief Tarek Tawfiq said the papyruses depict the daily routine of the workers, who also transferred building material from the Red Sea port to Giza.
 
On display are a total of six out of the 30 discovered papyruses, according to Hussein Abdel-Bassir, another ministry official. "These show the administrative power and the central nature of the state at the time of Khufu," he said."
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At a Royal Society meeting in London last week on ancient DNA an astounding finding was revealed. The genome of one of our ancient ancestors, the Denisovans, contains a segment of DNA that apparently comes from another species that is currently unknown to science. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/Study_Ancient_Humans_Bred_with_Completely_UNKNOWN_Species/113928

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World's oldest needle found in Siberian cave that stitches together human history

August 23, 2016

 

 

"Sensational' discovery in Denisova Cave is at least 50,000 years old BUT it wasn't made by Homo sapiens.

 

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The needle is seen as providing proof that the long-gone Denisovans - named after the cave - were more sophisticated than previously believed. Picture: Vesti

 

"The 7 centimetre (2 3/4 inch) needle was made and used by our long extinct Denisovan ancestors, a recently-discovered hominin species or subspecies.

 

Scientists found the sewing implement - complete with a hole for thread - during the annual summer archeological dig at an Altai Mountains cave widely believed to hold the secrets of man's origins. It appears to be still useable after 50,000 years.
 
Professor Mikhail Shunkov, head of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, said: 'It is the most unique find of this season, which can even be called sensational.
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It is a needle made of bone. As of today it is the most ancient needle in the word. It is about 50,000 years old.'
 
The needle is seen as providing proof that the long-gone Denisovans - named after the cave - were more sophisticated than previously believed. It predates by some 10,000 years an intricate modern-looking piece of polished jewellery made of chlorite by the Denisovans.
 
It was made of the bone of a large and so far unidentified bird. "
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many pictures, etc. fun stuff to see/read must be same area as Foop's article above
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I haven't been able to find the scheduled meeting on ancient DNA on The Royal Society's homepage but I did find the research paper that concludes that unknown archaic DNA has flown into Denisovan DNA http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n7481/full/nature12886.html http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014Natur.505...43P

 

The findings are from 2013 but I still think it's news.

 

In just 200 years modern human origins have moved from being crated by som god 6-10.000 years ago to being the result of racial interbreeding 300.000 years ago by races much older than that. Races that have evolved independently of oneanother - exept maybe from some antedeluvian ancestor.

 

I wonder what we'll know tomorrow.

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 found this thru the website breezy put up. not super ancient, but nonetheless very interesting.

 

 

The head of the expedition Dr Andrey Polyakov said  the grave of the 'noblewoman' dated back to the Early Bronze Age, between the 25th and 18th centuries BC.

'For such an ancient epoch, this woman has a lot of items in her grave,' he said. 'We have not encountered anything like this in other burials from this time, and it leads us to suggest that the items in her grave had some ritual meaning. 

 

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0252-found-grave-of-siberian-noblewoman-up-to-4500-years-old-with-links-to-native-americans/

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3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth

Joel Achenbach

August 31, 2016

 

 

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"Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago.

 
It's a stunning announcement in a scientific field that is always contentious. But if confirmed, this would push the established fossil record more than 200 million years deeper into the Earth’s early history, and provide support for the view that life appeared very soon after the Earth formed and may be commonplace throughout the universe.
 
A team of Australian geologists announced their discovery in a paper titled “Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures,” published Wednesday in Nature."
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300 Million-year-old piece of ancient vehicle found in Russia

Sept. 16, 2016

 

 

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Researchers in Russia have com across another artifact that they say dates backs MILLIONS of years. Is this the ultimate evidence of Alien civilizations?

 

"There has been a lot of chatter regarding this discovery as national media have reported that a curious artifact has been discovered in Vladivostok, Russia.

 
We are talking about a 300 million-year-old piece that could have belonged, in the distant past, to a complex aluminum machine. Experts who have had the opportunity to analyze the artifact have concluded that the piece resembles a gear and is not, in any case, the result of natural forces.
 
Where the 300 million-year-old gear gets interesting (If the age itself isn’t incredible) is in its chemical composition.
 
According to tests, the object is composed of extremely pure aluminum ranging from 96 to 98 percent of aluminum and has an addition of 2% to 4% of magnesium.
 
This composition is even more surprising according to scholars, as highly pure aluminum is something very hard to find, most alloys contain manganese, silicon, copper, titanium, or Zirconium Beryllium but in a percentage of about 10%.
 
This actually means that the object we are discussing has a chemical composition that is not common in our time and even less in the past and is something incredibly hard to be found by itself in nature.
 
Scientists state that pure aluminum is increasingly prone to oxidation which adds to the creation of a special layer that actually protects it from corrosion, this makes it possible to endure extremely high pressures and heat and other severe natural conditions making it a unique item."
 
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According to the website voiceofrussia.com “Another question that interests Russian scientists is whether the aluminum alloy is of Earthly origin. It is known from the study of meteorites that there exist extra-terrestrial aluminum-26 which subsequently breaks down to magnesium-26. The presence of 2 percent of magnesium in the alloy might well point to the alien origin of the aluminum detail. Nonetheless, further testing is needed to confirm this hypothesis”."
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