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Older than Giza pyramids? Millenia-old signs of life found by archeologists in Turkey

© AA Photo
Archeologists work at Iremir Van, eastern Turkey, October 9, 2020.
Archaeologists in eastern Turkey's Van have discovered traces of life dating back at least 5,000 years, around the time of the dawn of ancient Egypt.

The Culture and Tourism Ministry authorized excavations at the İremir Höyük (Mound) in Van's Gürpinar district found a series of artifacts that likely date back to the early Bronze Age, according to experts.

A 15-member team of anthropologists, archaeologists and art historians have been unearthing the early Bronze Age habitats and artifacts.

The pottery and ceramics excavated from the area, believed to be used as storage for a residence, show the traces of life from the early Bronze and Iron Ages.

Erol Uslu, the curator of the Van Museum and head of the team, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they began earlier this year an archaeological excavation in the mound, which is located in a first-degree protected area.
stone cleaning archeologist
Examining Bronze Age remains found during the excavations at İremir Mound, Van, eastern Turkey, Oct. 9, 2020.

Comment: Excavation team finds signs of life, perhaps another chapter in the history of civilization:
The "archaic living area" reportedly uncovered during excavation is said to feature a storage section where "ancient ceramics, pots and jugs" were found.

The excavation team which includes anthropologists, archaeologists and art historians among its numbers has found an Early Bronze Age "archaic living space" during surface research at Iremir Mound. According to Erol Uslu:
"Revealing ancient ruins dating back to the Urartians are very important for mound excavations. This shows that there was life here before the Urartians".
The Iremir Mound's significance also stems from the fact that it "displays the ancient civilisations as a whole".


Legendary ancient Torlonia Marbles to go on display after decades in the dark

Torlonia Marbles
© FondazioneTorlonia. Ph. Lorenzo De Masi.
The Torlonia Collection finally sees the light of day in one of Italy's most eagerly-awaited exhibitions in living memory.
The legendary Torlonia Collection, considered among the world's most important private collections of Greek-Roman classical art, will at last come to light after being largely hidden away for more than 70 years.

Palazzo Caffarelli, a newly-restored exhibition space in Rome's Capitoline Museums, will display 92 pieces from the priceless collection of 620 ancient sculptures in a blockbuster show entitled The Torlonia Marbles: Collecting Masterpieces.

The much-anticipated exhibition was originally due to launch in April but the opening was postponed, more than once, due to the covid-19 crisis, with the new dates now from 14 October until 29 June 2021.


Roman fashion fad: Gold earring from Egypt's Fayum mummy portraits discovered in Roman city Deultum in southeast Bulgaria

bulgaria roman earring portrait
© Deultum – Debelt Archaeological Preserve
The newly discovered Roman gold earring from Deultum (left) is similar or the same as women’s earrings depicted in the Fayum mummy portraits from Roman Egypt
An actual ancient gold earring which can be seen depicted in some of the so called Fayum Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt has been discovered in Southeast Bulgaria by archaeologists excavating the Ancient Roman colony Deultum near the town of Debelt, Burgas District, close to the Black Sea coast.

Deultum was a Roman colony, which according to Roman law signified a status equal to that of the city of Rome itself. In today's Bulgaria, there are only three Roman cities which enjoyed this status - Deultum (Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium) near Burgas, Ratiaria (Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria) near Archar, Ulpia Oescus near Gigen.

Fayum mummy portraits are portraits on wooden boards which were attached to the mummies of upper class residents buried in Egypt during the Roman Era, in the 1st century BC - 3rd AD.


Largest non-nuclear explosive blast: Ripple Rock

Ripple Rock

The Ripple Rock explosion, April 5, 1958. Photo credit: Museum at Campbell River
Half a century ago, sailing the Inside Passage from Seattle to Alaska wasn't as safe as it is today. A pair of dangerous underwater peaks jointly called Ripple Rock created severe whirlpools in the waters near Vancouver Island, sinking numerous ships and claiming more than 100 lives. It took the largest non-nuclear explosion in history to finally end the threat.

Seymour Narrows, the location of Ripple Rock, was a hazard to navigation from the time the first sailing ships began charting the area.

Comment: Maclean's archives carried a 1955 article by McKenzie Porter 'How they'll BLOW UP Ripple Rock,' which has some interesting backstories:
BLOW UP Ripple Rock
A story in Campbell River is that Ripple Rock's first victim among white men's ships was a Russian man-of-war in the days when Russia owned Alaska. But records of wrecks do not begin until 1875, thirty years after the narrows had been renamed for Sir William Seymour, a Royal Navy commander at Esquimalt, the naval base on Vancouver Island. In that year two U. S. warships, Saranac and Wachusetts, both manning a hundred guns, smacked into Ripple Rock one after the other and sank in the seventy-foot-deep saddle between the two summits. In 1884, the third and last warship to hit Ripple Rock came along. She was the Royal Navy vessel Satellite. The captain managed to beach her and save the crew.


1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway

pagan temple norway
© University Museum of Bergen
The god house (shown here in a digital reconstruction) was strongly built of beams and walls of wood; some lasted for hundreds of years. It included a central tower, patterned on Christian churches seen in lands further south.
The remains of a 1,200-year-old pagan temple to the Old Norse gods such as Thor and Odin have been discovered in Norway — a rare relic of the Viking religion built a few centuries before Christianity became dominant there.

Archaeologists say the large wooden building — about 45 feet (14 meters) long, 26 feet (8 m) wide, and up to 40 feet (12 m) high — is thought to date from the end of the eighth century and was used for worship and sacrifices to gods during the midsummer and midwinter solstices.

Old Norse culture was famous and feared by some a century later, after bands of Norse sailors and warriors known as the Vikings started trading, raiding and colonizing throughout Europe and into Iceland, Greenland and Canada.

Comment: Recent research is showing that the real history of the Vikings is quite different to what was previously thought:


John Lennon at 80: One man against the Deep State 'monster'

John Lennon
"You gotta remember, establishment, it's just a name for evil. The monster doesn't care whether it kills all the students or whether there's a revolution. It's not thinking logically, it's out of control." — John Lennon (1969)
John Lennon, born 80 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon.

He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist, and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the Deep State will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority.

Long before Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning were being castigated for blowing the whistle on the government's war crimes and the National Security Agency's abuse of its surveillance powers, it was Lennon who was being singled out for daring to speak truth to power about the government's warmongering, his phone calls monitored and data files illegally collected on his activities and associations.

For a while, at least, Lennon became enemy number one in the eyes of the U.S. government.

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Alarm Clock

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: How quickly we forget our past - Reality check

Tulip craze graph
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Looking back at the beginning of the Maunder Minimum around 1635-1640, the Tulip craze collapsed, food & grain prices spiked in Asia & Europe, land prices declined. Silver vs currency trade also hit a 6X against metals in the same period. What caused the 1650's reset in society? The same event that is here again in 2020, a Grand Solar Minimum.

Comment: Related articles include: David DuByne of Adapt 2030 recently had a two part discussion with Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Pierre Lescaudron, editors at SOTT.net and authors of Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World.

See here for Part 1 and Part 2.

Review of Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection. The book is available to purchase here.


King Canute and his lost burial clothes

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Illustration of St. Canute the Holy
Danish King got enshrined in his own clothes - but appeared with his brothers' Scientific analysis solve puzzle about the age and destiny of precious silk textiles from AD 1100.

The cathedral in Odense, Denmark, has for nine centuries held the relics of the Danish King St. Canute the Holy and his brother Benedikt. They were both murdered here in AD 1086, and just a few years later, in AD 1100, King Canute was sanctified.

The history of the relics has been that of turmoil at times, varying from initial worship of the Catholic believers to being walled up and hidden after the protestant reformation in AD 1536.

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Blue Planet

China's 4,000 year old desert mummies with Caucasian features and boat burials

china mummies mummy desert
Chinese archaeologists have excavated an extraordinary graveyard in the midst of the terrifying desert north of Tibet. Its people died almost 4,000 years ago, and their remains were well preserved by dry air.

The cemetery lies in what is now China's northwest autonomous region of Xinjiang, yet the people have European features, with brown hair and long noses. Their remains, though lying in one of the world's largest deserts, are buried in upside-down boats. And where tombstones might stand, declaring pious hope for some god's mercy in the afterlife, their cemetery sports instead of a vigorous forest of phallic symbols, signaling an intense interest in the pleasures or utility of procreation.

The long-vanished people have no name because their origin and identity are still unknown. But many clues are now emerging about their ancestry, their way of life, and even the language they spoke.

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Microscope 2

A tale of two cesspits: DNA reveals intestinal health in Medieval Europe and Middle East

latrine medieval
© Uldis Kalejs
Wooden latrine from medieval Riga, Latvia.
A new study published this week in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B demonstrates a first attempt at using the methods of ancient bacterial detection, pioneered in studies of past epidemics, to characterise the microbial diversity of ancient gut contents from two medieval latrines. The findings provide insights into the microbiomes of pre-industrial agricultural populations, which may provide much-needed context for interpreting the health of modern microbiomes.

Over the years, scientists have noted that those living in industrialised societies have a notably different microbiome compared to hunter-gatherer communities around the world. From this, a growing body of evidence has linked changes in our microbiome to many of the diseases of the modern industrialised world, such as inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, and obesity. The current study helps to characterize the change in gut microbiomes and highlights the value of ancient latrines as sources of bio-molecular information.

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