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Researchers offer new theory on Venus figurines

Venus Figurines
© Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, via Wikimedia Commons
Four views of the Venus of Willendorf figurine in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna.
The enigmatic Venus figurines, one of world's earliest known examples of art, are the subject of much conjecture.

Were they fertility symbols, religious objects, simple dolls or portraits, guides to beauty or even early pornography?

Now two US doctors and an anthropologist have thrown their thoughts into the mix, suggesting the pragmatic theory that the figurines are something of an advertisement for the best look to have in tough times.

Carved 30,000 years ago in Ice Age Europe, they depict women who are obese by modern standards (the new paper, in fact, is published in the journal Obesity) at a time and place "where you would not expect to see obesity at all", says lead author Richard Johnson from the University of Colorado.

"We show that these figurines correlate to times of extreme nutritional stress," he says. As such, they "emerged as an ideological tool to help improve fertility and survival of the mother and newborns".

"The aesthetics of art thus had a significant function in emphasising health and survival to accommodate increasingly austere climatic conditions."

Better Earth

Ancient Doggerland archipelago survived Storegga tsunami 8,000-years-ago

Doggerland
© Anton Balazh/Shutterstock
Doggerland once covered a vast swath of land between what is now the east coast of England and the European mainland.
The landscape was a diverse mix of gentle hills, marshes, wooded valleys, and swamps, inhabited by Mesolithic people who took advantage of the rich migrating wildlife and seasonal hunting grounds.

Fishing trawlers operating in the area have recovered a rich fauna of mammoths, lions, and other animals, and several prehistoric tools and weapons. Doggerland was named in the 1990s, after the Dogger Bank, which in turn was named after the 17th-century Dutch fishing boats called "doggers".

Around 8,000 years ago, the North Sea coast of Britain and Doggerland was struck by a massive tsunami caused by the Storegga Slides, a series of underwater landslips (the largest known from the Holocene) at the edge of Norway's continental shelf in the Norwegian Sea.

Comment: For more on what may have initiated the tsunami, check out Pierre Lescaudron's article The Seven Destructive Earth Passes of Comet Venus.

See also: Erosion of North Sea reveals remnants of 7,000 year old ancient forest believed to be part of Doggerland


Arrow Up

Eight mile wall of 'breathtaking' prehistoric rock art discovered in Amazon rainforest

Amazon Rock Art
© AFP via Getty Images
An eight-mile wall of prehistoric rock art featuring animals and humans has been discovered in the Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia, in the Amazon rainforest.

Dubbed the "Sistine Chapel of the ancients", the 12,500-years-old artwork was uncovered by a British-Colombian team of archaeologists under the leadership of José Iriarte, professor of archaeology at Exeter University, and was funded by the European Research Council.

Experts have dated the rock art based on the portrayal of animals that are now extinct, such as a mastodon — a prehistoric relative of the elephant, known to have inhabited North and Central America about 12,000 years ago. Among other animals portrayed in the rock art are fish, turtles, lizards and birds and people dancing and holding hands, reported The Observer.

Although the discovery was made about a year ago, the drawings were first unveiled for an upcoming documentary series by Channel 4: Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon. The series is scheduled to hit the screens on 5 December.

Ella Al-Shamahi, an explorer and paleoanthropologist who presents the series, called the images "breathtaking" and said the discovery at Serranía de la Lindosa is "so new" that "they haven't even given it a name yet".

Comment: See also: America Before by Graham Hancock - Book review

And check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: America Before: Comets, Catastrophes, Mounds and Mythology


Sherlock

Mouthless 'alien mask' found at late Chalcolithic mound in Bulgaria

alien mask
© BNR
The mouthless prehistoric clay mask or figurine from the 5th millenium BC found in the Salt Pit prehistoric settlement near Provadiya in Northeast Bulgaria has been compared to
"an alien in a space suit" in local media reports
This year's archaeological season at the oldest salt mining center in Europe, which dates back to the 5 - 4th millennium BC and became the first prehistoric town on the continent, is now over. The site is located near the present town of Provadia (northeastern Bulgaria) and has been studied for years. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, archaeologists' work began later this summer, but the season was extremely successful.

The latest find by Prof. Vasil Nikolov and his team is a mass grave. Days ago, while exploring the bottom of an evaporation pool, archaeologists came across 6 skulls, including children's. It is not known whether the people buried there were killed in some of the attacks against the fortress city, or whether it was an internal conflict over salt, which was used as currency at the time.

Comment: See also:


Magnify

New Karahantepe settlement 'may be older than Göbeklitepe'

Karahantepe
© DHA
Archaeologists work at the historical site of Karahantepe, Şanlıurfa, southeastern Turkey, Nov. 27, 2020.
Excavation work at settlements in the archaeological site of Karahantepe, located in Turkey's southeastern Şanlıurfa province, continues diligently. According to the latest data from the archaeological teams at the site, a new settlement that may be older than the prehistoric site of Göbeklitepe - which is crowned the world's first temple and "zero point" of history - will be unearthed soon.

The surface survey works at Karahantepe, which is an alternative site nearby for tourists visiting Göbeklitepe, started in 1997. As part of the search, some T-shaped obelisks were detected that resembled the ones bearing wild animal figures in Göbeklitepe. Following the discovery, the first excavations in the region started with permission obtained from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism's General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums. The excavations have uncovered 250 obelisks featuring animal figures to date.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's:


Chess

The art of political lying

Queen Anne
© historic-UK.com
Queen Anne
With idle tales this fills our empty ears;
The next reports what from the first he hears;
The rolling fictions grow in strength and size,
Each author adding to the former lies.
Here vain credulity, with new desires,
Leads us astray, and groundless joy inspires;
The dubious whispers, tumults fresh designed,
And chilling fears astound the anxious mind.

-Ovid's Metamorphosis
While the foundations of the USA tremble under the force of unprecedented vote fraud, color revolutionary operations, and the danger of a renewed fascist takeover of the Wall Street-Big Tech-NSA/FBI/CIA combine, certain facts must be separated from fiction.
  • Despite the mainstream media announcements of Biden's victory, the fact is that things are far from certain as President Trump has made the point that he will fight all cases of blatant vote fraud which have appeared across 8 states.
  • Despite mainstream media assertions to the contrary, there are indeed growing mountains of evidence that vote fraud has occurred among democrat-controlled swing states which have either given tens of thousands of Trump votes to Biden via "glitches", blocked republican observers, used rosters replete with dead voters, modified dates on ballots or hundreds of thousands of mystery ballots appearing out of thin air in the middle of the night tipping the scales for Biden.
  • Every opposing narrative to this political lie is being surgically shut down, such as the immense censoring of the President's Twitter account and cancelling of the "Stop the Steal" Facebook group that garnered over 350 000 members in only 24 hours. Meanwhile MSNBC, CBS, NPR and NBC have decided to take the unprecedented action of censoring the President's press conference of Nov. 5 which raised serious questions about the legitimacy of the fraudulent votes.
While more cases of fraud can be listed here, and here, and here, and here, and here, the political situation is so tumultuous that I think it is important to take another approach to the historic moment we are currently living through by reviewing a parallel moment of great potential which was squandered three centuries ago.

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Ancient blanket made from turkey feathers

Fiber Cord and Turkey Feathers
© WSU Department of Anthropology
A segment of fiber cord that has been wrapped with turkey feathers, along with a single downy feather.
Pullman, Washington — The ancient inhabitants of the American Southwest used around 11,500 feathers to make a turkey feather blanket, according to a new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The people who made such blankets were ancestors of present-day Pueblo Indians such as the Hopi, Zuni and Rio Grande Pueblos.

A team led by Washington State University archaeologists analyzed an approximately 800-year-old, 99 x 108 cm (about 39 x 42.5 inches) turkey feather blanket from southeastern Utah to get a better idea of how it was made. Their work revealed thousands of downy body feathers were wrapped around 180 meters (nearly 200 yards) of yucca fiber cord to make the blanket, which is currently on display at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah.

The researchers also counted body feathers from the pelts of wild turkeys purchased from ethically and legally compliant dealers in Idaho to get an estimate of how many turkeys would have been needed to provide feathers for the blanket. Their efforts show it would have taken feathers from between four to 10 turkeys to make the blanket, depending on the length of feathers selected.

"Blankets or robes made with turkey feathers as the insulating medium were widely used by Ancestral Pueblo people in what is now the Upland Southwest, but little is known about how they were made because so few such textiles have survived due to their perishable nature," said Bill Lipe, emeritus professor of anthropology at WSU and lead author of the paper. "The goal of this study was to shed new light on the production of turkey feather blankets and explore the economic and cultural aspects of raising turkeys to supply the feathers."

Colosseum

Barbegal water mills: Unique hydraulics of 'world's earliest known industrial plant' revealed

Barbegal

View of the ruins of the Barbegal mill complex in 2018. Credit: Robert Fabre, Saint Etienne du Grès, France
The Barbegal watermills in southern France are a unique complex dating back to the second century AD. The construction and its 16 waterwheels represent the first attempt in Europe to build a machine complex on an industrial scale. The complex was created when the Roman Empire was at the height of its power. However, little is known about technological advances, particularly in the field of hydraulics and the spread of knowledge at the time. A team of scientists led by Professor Cees Passchier from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has now gained new knowledge about the construction and principle of the water supply to the mills in Barbegal. The research results were published in Scientific Reports.

Comment: There have been numerous discoveries that reveal how cultures of the past had much more advanced knowledge and technology than is commonly assumed - some that would rival even that of our own time: Also check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: The Holy Grail, Comets, Earth Changes and Randall Carlson


Nebula

Californian cave artists may have used hallucinogens

rock art
© Devlin Gandy
The rock art that researchers believe may represent the pinwheel-shaped Datura flower
With recurring zigzags, spirals, and other simple geometric patterns, ancient rock art is sometimes surprisingly similar across the globe. One hypothesis is that the artists were all using psychoactive compounds, which nudged the brain toward certain patterns. Now, a new find from a roughly 500-year-old cave used by Native Americans suggests such compounds may indeed have been an important component of their rock art. But the art itself may not have depicted the experience of tripping.

"They have broken away from the ludicrous school of thought ... which saw all rock art as trance imagery produced by shamans," says Paul Bahn, an archaeologist at Archaeological Institute of America who was not involved in the research.

Comment: The findings in this cave are not necessarily reflective of practices throughout the world and history, because it is known that shamans, as individuals, were revered for their ability to reach ecstatic states without hallucinogens, and it's likely that the reliance on them only became a necessity later when the knowledge and ability to do so otherwise was lost: Also check out SOTT radio's:


USA

John F. Kennedy and America's lost patriotic heritage

JFKennedy
© The Kennedy Center
President John F. Kennedy
"Man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe...."
President Kennedy, 1961 Inaugural Address
Where China and Russia are currently leading a new paradigm of cooperation and development around a multipolar alliance, it is too easily forgotten that America itself had once embodied this anti-colonial spirit under the foreign policy vision of John F. Kennedy. Even though the young leader died in office before the full effect of his grand vision could take hold, it is worth revisiting his fight and stated intention for a post-colonial world governed by win-win cooperation. This exercise is especially important now that we are coming to the anniversary of the murder of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

FDR's Death and the Emergence of the New Rome

America didn't become an imperial "dumb giant" after WWII without a major fight.

With FDR's death, the USA began acting more and more like an empire abroad and a racist police state under McCarthyism within its own borders. During this time, those allies of FDR who were committed to Roosevelt's anti colonial post war vision, rallied around former Vice President Henry Wallace's 1948 Presidential bid with the Progressive Party of America. When this effort failed, an outright police state took over and those same fascists who had sponsored WWII took control of the reins of power.