A two-metre high ancient encroachment wall has been discovered below a visitors' pathway in the northern part of the West Aswan cemetery at Qubbet el-Hawa.
Egypt Exploration Society (EES) Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project Group (QHRP), directed by Dr Martin Bommas of the University of Birmingham.
The newly discovered wall is thought to indicate the architectural support for the known tombs of the first upper terrace, including those of Harkhuf and Heqaib, who were governors of Elephantine Island during the Old Kingdom.
Owing to the landscape of Qubbet el-Hawa, the support wall helped to secure the hillside, and thus lower lying tombs, which were accessible by a causeway leading to a second terrace.
Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:14 UTC
New Orleans experienced a rare white Christmas in 1916, but few residents were rejoicing. That's because the city was peppered with damaging chunks of hail, as well as torrential rain that flooded sidewalks and streets. As far as the local newspapers could tell, it was the first time hail had fallen in the city on Christmas.
Severe weather hadn't been in the forecast, according to The Times-Picayune. The paper's reporter seemed downright miffed by that fact, judging by a Dec. 26, 1916, story that was probably a lot for readers to process if they had celebrated hard on the holiday.
"'Partly cloudy' was the Weather Bureau forecast for Christmas Day," the paper wrote. "It was partly cloudy, but the bureau failed to say which part would be cloudy. It was cloudy, not only partly cloudy, but cloudy was the biggest part of the day. But it was more than cloudy. Hail, rain, fog, dampness, thunder and lightning and almost every kind of weather. Even snow, but the snow was on the whiskers of Old Santa Claus on the Christmas trees, on the Christmas calendars, and in the specially decorated holiday show windows."
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:00 UTC
For the Dutch, the Grote Mandrake is nothing to do with Linux software, but means "The Great Drowning" and is named for the epic and massive flooding that occurred, more and more frequently in the Low Countries of Europe's North Sea region as Europe's Little Ice Age intensified.
Grote Mandrake flood killed at least 100,000
Normal or predictable spring and autumn flooding was increasingly replaced by large-area and intense flooding, sometimes outside spring and autumn from about 1300, in recurring crises which lasted into the 18th century. In the Low Countries and across Europe, but also elsewhere, the cooling trend starting in the late 13th century became more intense. It brought long cold winters, heavy storms and floods, loss of coastal farmlands, and huge summer sandstorms in coastal areas further damaging agriculture. Climate historians estimate that major flooding on an unpredictable but increasingly frequent basis started as early as 1250. Extreme events like the Grote Mandrake flood of 1362 which killed at least 100,000 people became darkly repetitive.
Comment: Shifting seasons and extreme weather has been on the increase for many years and mainstream science is beginning to take note since all indicators point to something chilling on the horizon:
- Extreme cold breaking records in northern Siberia; 10 degrees or lower below normal
- Earth 'sizzles' with record low temperatures!
- Anomalous snow storm blankets desert in Saudi Arabia
- First snow in over 2 decades engulfs Antalya, Turkey
- Algerian villagers stunned as snow falls in Sahara for first time in over 30 years
A short history: The neocon 'Clean Break' grand design and the 'regime change' disasters it has fostered
David Stockman's Contra Corner
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:01 UTC
Rewind to the era before the War on Terror. In 1995, Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's "dovish" Prime Minister, was assassinated by a right-wing zealot. This precipitated an early election in which Rabin's Labor Party was defeated by the ultra-hawkish Likud, lifting hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu to his first Premiership in 1996.
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:28 UTC
The scene, painted in reddish-brown ochre, was found on the ceiling of a small cavity in the Egyptian Sahara desert, during an expedition to sites between the Nile valley and the Gilf Kebir Plateau.
"It's a very evocative scene which indeed resembles the Christmas nativity. But it predates it by some 3,000 years," geologist Marco Morelli, director of the Museum of Planetary Sciences in Prato, near Florence, Italy, told Seeker.
Morelli found the cave drawing in 2005, but only now his team has decided to reveal the amazing find.
"The discovery has several implications as it raises new questions on the iconography of one of the more powerful Christian symbols," Morelli said.
University of Copenhagen
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:09 UTC
Among them structures that join the Inner and Outer Harbours, and a unique wooden bulwark that made up part of a mole flanking the entrance to the Inner Harbour.
Greek and Danish archaeologists investigating Lechaion's harbour areas are finding that the town appears to have been much more important than previously thought. In the course of three excavation seasons, they have delineated major offshore structures, a monumental entrance canal and several inland canals connecting at least four harbour basins. In total, the area is greater than 500.000 m2 - bringing it on par with other major harbour towns of the age, such as Athens' harbours in the Piraeus and Roman Portus.
"This season topographical and geophysical surveys have made it possible for us to successfully delineate the canal zone between the inner and outer harbours. In the process we discovered that the entrance canal connecting the Inner and Outer Harbours was up to 30 m wide in the 4th and 3rd century BC, then grew narrower in later centuries.
The precise reason why remains to be discovered," says c o-director of the Lechaion Harbour Project Bjørn Lovén.
The team mapped the full extent of the mole flanking the eastern side of the entrance canal as far as 46 meters offshore in 1 - 3 meters of water. Working carefully and methodically for 35 days, divers defined the eastern side of the canal. At the harbour entrance, and interconnected with this mole, they discovered strong stone foundations, perhaps for a tower that would protect the entrance. Nearby were found two column drums. Their precise purpose remains unknown, but such drums found at other excavated Roman harbours supported porticoes on the harbour front. Future explorations promise more discoveries.
"The extremely rare wooden structures we've found in the early stages at Lechaion give us hope that we'll find other organic materials, such as wooden tools, furniture, wooden parts of buildings and shipwrecks - the potential is immense and it is important to stress that we almost never find organic material on land in the central Mediterranean region", says Bjørn Lovén.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:31 UTC
- Plato and the Creation of the Hebrew Bible
- The Pentateuch's Debt to Greek Laws and Constitutions — A New Look
- David, an Ideal Greek Hero — and other Military Matters in Ancient Israel
- Some preliminaries before resuming Gmirkin's Plato and the Creation of the Hebrew Bible
So very "biblical", yet so very Greek as known about Athens and various Greek colonies from the writings of Plato and Aristotle housed in the Great Library of Alexandria.
Comment: See SOTT's wide-ranging interview with Gmirkin here: The Truth Perspective: Interview with Russell Gmirkin: What Does Plato Have To Do With the Bible? Or check it out on YouTube:
Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:03 UTC
Mohd Fuad Khusari M. Said, who was appointed by the Malacca government to search for new historical sites, said he discovered some bones partially exposed above the ground in Pulau Upeh.
He also found two other unusually large graves some 1.2km outside the cave.
The graves measuring about 5m by 0.5m are located about 15m to 20m away from each other.
"I have reported the findings to the authorities because we have no right to excavate the site without permission," he told The Star yesterday.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:41 UTC
"The most important thing that can come out of these fragments is if we can connect them with other documents that were looted from the Judean Desert, and that have no known provenance," says Dr. Uri Davidovich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, among the scientists investigating the caves.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:31 UTC
The head of the Israel Antiquities Authority has recently (Times of Israel Oct. 20) compared UNESCO unflatteringly 'to Islamic State jihadists', for its October 13 resolution calling into question 'the link between Judaism and the Western Wall' (as Haaretz put it): the view that the Wall is a surviving feature of the pre-70 CE Temple Mount.
However the IAA's own view, formed in reaction to new evidence, itself deserves to be questioned.
Old and new replies: Coins, Herod, Agrippa II and Josephus
It is generally agreed that Herod the Great, King of the Jews, began work on the Temple in or near 20 BCE. According to a statement 'Building the Western Wall' published by the IAA through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 23, 2011, 'every guide and every student grounded in history', when asked 'who built the Temple Mount walls?' will 'immediately reply 'Herod". However, there should now, the IAA continues, be a new reply in the light of archaeology. The New Reply runs, 'the work was completed in the reign of Herod's great grandson Agrippa II' - i.e. in or around 62 CE, when the chain of events that would lead to the destruction of the Temple in 70 was just starting.
The IAA firmly invokes Josephus' authority for its favoured date, using - misusing, I think - a passage from his Antiquities Book 20, never hinting that he says other things by which the Old Reply, Herod built the Western Wall, might have been encouraged. This misuse was once favoured, as I'll note later, by Christians arguing against Jews.