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Remains of high-status woman with twin fetuses found in 4000-year-old urn

Bronze Age
© Cavazzuti et al., 2021, PLOS One; CC BY 4.0
Researchers found the remains of a high-ranking woman (left) and her two twin fetuses (right) in a Bronze Age urn in central Hungary.
More than 20 years ago, researchers conducting excavations ahead of construction of a supermarket near Budapest, Hungary, discovered a Bronze Age cemetery filled with cremation urns. Though cremation typically preserves fewer details than standard burials, a new type of chemical analysis has enabled archaeologists to pinpoint an odd urn out: grave number 241. The urn contains the remains of not one, but three individuals: a pair of twin fetuses and their high-born mother, as reported this week in the journal PLOS One.

In use between roughly 2200 and 1450 B.C.E., the Szigetszentmiklós-Ürgehegy cemetery is linked to the enigmatic Vatya culture, which thrived on agriculture, farming and trade. (Bronze, gold and amber grave goods found at the site can be traced to trading partners across Europe.) So far, researchers have excavated 525 burials. But as Laura Geggel reports for Live Science, several thousand have yet to be investigated, making the graveyard one of the largest Bronze Age cemeteries known in Hungary.

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USA

History tells us the United States' supposed 'concern for democracy' in Nicaragua is nothing of the sort

President Ortega
© Nicaraguan Presidency/AFP.jpg
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, Carlos Fonseca Teran (R)
A century and a half has shown us that American meddling in Nicaragua is never about improving the lot of the people of that nation, and only ever about furthering Washington's imperialist agenda.

The US government is back at it. It is again expressing concern about the state of democracy in Nicaragua, and conjuring up a new round of punitive sanctions against that tiny country to allegedly prevent dictatorship from taking hold there.

The newest sanctions bill against the country is titled "Reinforcing Nicaragua's Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER) Act." As the Senate version explains,
"This bill requires the Executive branch to align US diplomacy and existing targeted sanctions to advance democratic elections in Nicaragua, and includes new initiatives to address corruption, human rights abuses, and the curtailment of press freedom."
Sadly, many US non-governmental organizations and 'intellectuals' who should know better have sided with the government in its attack on Nicaragua.

NPC

'Follow the Science': Doctors joined the Nazis in droves

Mengele
© Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Dr. Josef Mengele (center) at Auschwitz by Bernhard Walther or Ernst Hofmann or Karl-Friedrich Höcker.
I'm still reeling at the stupidity of whoever at Scientific American decided to give a green light to publishing an article, "Denial of Evolution Is a Form of White Supremacy," by Allison Hopper. The absurdity of tarring critics of Darwinism with racism boggles the mind — given how Darwin's own legacy, down to today's Alt-Right, is so tied up with racial pseudo-science, viciously denigrating Africans, African-Americans, and others. See, "On Evolution and Racism, Scientific American Goes to War Against the Truth."

As a reminder of that historical reality, Evolution News has been republishing some of our past ample coverage on the theme. However, this had escaped me when it was first published: an essay at Tablet by Ohio State bioethicist Ashley K. Fernandes asking, "Why Did So Many Doctors Become Nazis?" Perhaps more so today than ever, there is a tendency to sanctify the medical profession, with the white coat serving as an icon of wisdom, compassion, and morality. But history offers a warning.

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Pyramid

Slavery has occurred all over the world and at almost all times - Not just in America

few slaves to US
How many times have you heard that slavery was "America's original sin"? I'm not quite sure what that means, but I think the idea is that slavery was a uniquely horrible thing that defines the United States and will stain whites forever. It's one of the few things Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama agree on. There are books about it. Here's a college course at UC Davis called "Slavery: America's Original Sin: Part 1."

The fact is, there has been slavery in every period of history, and just about everywhere. The Greeks and Romans had it, the ancient Egyptians had it, it's all over the Bible, the Chinese and the pre-Columbian Indians had it, the Maoris in New Zealand had it, and the Muslims had it in spades. But I have never, ever heard of slavery being anyone else's "original sin."

America's original sin
About the only societies that never had slaves were primitive hunter-gatherers. As soon as people have some kind of formal social organization, they start taking slaves.

You've heard about slavery and mass human sacrifices of Central and South American Indians, but North American Indians were enslaving each other long before the white man showed up.

Tlingit and Haida Indians, who lived in the Pacific Northwest, went raiding for slaves as far South as California. About one quarter of the population were slaves, and the children of slaves were slaves. During potlatches, or huge ceremonial feasts, the Tlingit would sometimes burn property and kill slaves, just to show how rich they were. What's a couple of slaves to a guy who lives in a house like this?

one quarter of the population were slaves

Easter Egg

Canterbury Cathedral stained glass is among world's oldest

Canterbury Cathedral
© The Chapter, Canterbury Cathedral/BBC
The prophet Nathan appeared stylistically different to many of the others in the Ancestors series
New research indicates that some stained glass windows from Canterbury Cathedral may be among the oldest in the world.

The panels, depicting the Ancestors of Christ, have been re-dated using a new, non-destructive technique.

The analysis indicates that some of them may date back to the mid-1100s.

The windows would therefore have been in place when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was killed at the cathedral in 1170.

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Pumpkin

Advent of agriculture changed oral microbiome in Southern Europe, analysis of ancient plaque reveals

teeth tooth
© C-Dental X-ray, Inc.
Wisdom teeth cannot emerge properly when the jaw is too short, as occurs when children are raised on foods that are easier to chew than the ones we evolved to eat.
Subtle differences in the oral microbiomes from ancient plaque samples in southern Europe point to potentially gradual agricultural transitions during the Neolithic age, new research suggests, but more significant microbial shifts happened later on.

"[T]he Neolithic is a gradual and slow process, and in particular in the Danube Gorges region we know that the transition was long and determined a mixing of two cultures and peoples (farmers and foragers)," senior author Emanuela Cristiani and first author Claudio Ottoni, researchers at Sapienza University of Rome's diet and ancient technology laboratory, explained in an email.

Their team from Italy, the US, and Austria conducted metagenomic sequencing on dental calculus samples from 44 representatives of ancient farming or foraging populations found in the Balkans or the Italian Peninsula between the Paleolithic period and the Middle Ages. The analysis, scheduled to appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, revealed microbial representatives that became more common with the introduction of agriculture despite relatively stable overall oral microbial communities.

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Comet 2

6th century coin hoard found in destruction layer in ancient Phanagoria

coin hoard
© Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Phanagoria was founded by Teian colonists around 543 BC, and developed into a Greek centre of trade between the coast of the Maeotian, and the countries on the southern side of the Caucasus.

The coin hoard was discovered during the third season of excavations, where archaeologists unearthed an amphora containing 80 copper staters (coins), whilst researching evidence of a destruction layer caused by fire from the 6th century AD.


Comment: A period archaeologists have called the 'worst time to be alive': 536 AD: Plague, famine, drought, cold, and a mysterious fog that lasted 18 months


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Red Flag

'Terror on the Tube: Behind the veil of 7/7'

To some it may seem that the author has taken slight leave of his senses; that in obsessive pursuance of now obscure events of mere historical relevance he evidences a strange and incurable critical distemper. Certainly, judging by the mass amnesia - even amongst so-called 'progressives' - for these events, such a diagnosis appears well-nigh unassailable. But for those who (to quote 'V') 'see what I see' then the entire slew of major terrorist attacks starting with 9/11 and continuing on through with those in Bali in 2002, Istanbul in 2003, Madrid in 2004,
Book terror on the tube
© Nick Kollerstrom
London in 2005 and Mumbai in 2006...and beyond, can be, indeed must be, viewed in the light of 'false flag' terrorism. By which we mean, of course, state terrorism in the service of supporting both US / NATO imperialism abroad, and oligarchic social control and para-fascism at home.

The thesis, then, (and to make it explicit) animating these extended forays into the obscure bowels of mere history, is that false-flag terrorism, far from being some fevered figment of the paranoid political imagination (as so tendentiously characterized by the establishment), or even just an isolated, irrelevant tactical ploy that simply distracts from more 'substantive', more strategic, political happenings (as portrayed by many leading progressive pundits), is, in truth, systemic in nature. As such, it is a highly effective pillar of elite policy that is deployed with depressing regularity and with depressingly predictable consequences. It is a time honoured, well-honed tool solidly situated in the political kitbag of every imperial and fascist state. What's more, as Kevin Barrett forthrightly opines in his introduction to Terror On The Tube:
'In the end, the reader of this book will understand that the post-Cold War West is being terrorized not by Muslims, but by the Western state apparatus itself. This is hardly surprising, since we know that it was NATO (under command by the Pentagon) that was carrying out the worst "terrorist attacks" against Europeans during the Cold War, which we now remember as 'Gladio'.'

Books

Clash of the Two Americas vol. 1 (The Unfinished Symphony)

(The Unfinished Symphony)

Clash of the Two Americas vol. 1: The Unfinished Symphony by Matthew Ehret
The Canadian Patriot Review is proud to announce that the first volume of "Clash of the Two Americas" is now available for purchase as a Paperback, Kindle and PDF under the theme "The Unfinished Symphony".

In order to whet your appetite, I include here the introduction of the new book which also features a summary of each of the 15 chapters.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEWS FOR VOLUME ONE
An Introduction to The Unfinished Symphony (Clash of the Two Americas vol. 1)

The United States today sits upon a precipice and the dream of the Founding Fathers of a new age of reason for all humankind may soon be washed away by the sands of time as just another failed effort to bring humanity into alignment with the force of Natural Law.

Time and again, humanity has been brought closer to this dream of an age of moral reason and cooperation that would define the terms of international law, political-economy, the arts and even science policy. The topic was treated at length in Plato's Republic, Laws, and Gorgias, just as it was treated by the great Platonist of the Roman Republic, Cicero in his Commonwealth and Laws. It was treated thoroughly by the Platonic Christian St. Augustine of Hippo in his City of God and Free Choice of the Will and it was treated by Augustine's followers Alcuin (advisor to Charlemagne), Dante Alighieri, Nicholas of Cusa and countless great Renaissance scholars and statesmen.

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Fish

Last meal of man mummified in a bog reconstructed after 2400 years

Tollund
© A. Mikkelsen
The well-preserved head of Tollund Man
An ancient man ate a simple meal of cooked cereals and fish before being hanged and dumped in a bog 2400 years ago.

Tollund Man was roughly 40 years old when he died in what is now Denmark. He was probably offered as a human sacrifice, and the peat bog he was buried in mummified his body in extraordinary detail. Dozens of other Iron Age Europeans were sacrificed in the same way, and they are collectively referred to as "bog bodies".

Danish scientists first analysed Tollund Man's intestinal contents shortly after his body was discovered in 1950. They found 20 plant species and one species of parasite.

Comment: Tollund man's last meal is notable because evidence spanning many thousands of years show that a diet high in animal fat and protein was the preferred fuel by peoples across the planet; one wonders how his diet and last meal were influenced by location, status, the era, as well as the fact he was apparently offered as a human sacrifice: