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Rare Find: Woman picked up 2,000 year old Roman artifact for $35 at thrift store

roman bust
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A 2,000 year old Roman artifact that a Texas woman purchased at a thrift store for only $35 will be sent back to Germany after an investigation into its origins.

Back in 2018, Laura Young went to an Austin, Texas, Goodwill store and picked up a bust of a Roman that cost $34.99. Little did she know it was an ancient artifact that historians believe Allied soldiers took in Germany during World War II.

"I got it outside in the light," Young said, reflecting on when she first purchased the statue. "He had chips to the base. He had clear repairs. He looks old. I've been to museums. I've seen Roman portrait heads before."

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So, was Hitler's grandfather Jewish?


Adolf Hitler, Count Galeazzo Ciano, and Joachim von Ribbentrop attend a Nazi Party rally.
After Russia's Foreign Minister said that Hitler had Jewish blood, Israeli leaders have condemned him angrily, with the Prime Minister saying he was justifying "the oppressors of Israel." Wait, when did this become about Israel?

There's a major brouhaha going on, with harsh condemnations from the Israeli top political leaders, about what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday:
"I believe Hitler also had Jewish blood."

Comment: Trying to sort through a pathological perspective to explain why the points made are of no consequence is the definition of tedium. Nothing Lavrov said was even remotely out-of-turn, as is obvious to anyone with two firing neurons. Equally obvious is how little consequence it would be to discover Hitler's grandfather was Jewish.

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Blue Planet

How the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods

black rat
© Carlos Aranguiz
The black rat (Rattus rattus), also known as ship rat, roof rat, or house rat. (
New ancient DNA analysis has shed light on how the black rat, blamed for spreading Black Death, dispersed across Europe - revealing that the rodent colonised the continent on two occasions in the Roman and Medieval periods.

The study - led by the University of York along with the University of Oxford and the Max Planck Institute - is the first ancient genetic study of the species (Rattus rattus), often known as the ship rat.

By analysing DNA from ancient black rat remains found at archaeological sites spanning the 1st to the 17th centuries in Europe and North Africa, the researchers have pieced together a new understanding of how rat populations dispersed following the ebbs and flows of human trade, urbanism, and empires.

Comment: As Wikipedia acknowledges, the black rat was probably not responsible for the outbreaks of plague:
A study published in 2015 indicates that other Asiatic rodents served as plague reservoirs, from which infections spread as far west as Europe via trade routes, both overland and maritime. Although the black rat was certainly a plague vector in European ports, the spread of the plague beyond areas colonized by rats suggests that the plague was also circulated by humans after reaching Europe.[11]


It has been hypothesized that the displacement of black rats by brown rats led to the decline of the Black Death.[24][25] This theory has, however, been deprecated, as the dates of these displacements do not match the increases and decreases in plague outbreaks.[26][27][28]
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Ballcourt carvings may reveal ancient bloodletting ritual in southern Mexico

© Alex Badillo
Archaeologists found 30 of these carvings in southern Mexico. The image at top shows one of the ballcourt carvings, its edges have been highlighted in the photo to make it easier to see. The image below shows a ballcourt at the site of Monte Alban, it is of a similar design to the carved ballcourt.
Archaeologists in southern Mexico have discovered 30 carvings depicting capital I-shaped ballcourts cut into rocks. These carvings may have been used in ceremonies involving water and "ritual bloodletting," new research finds.

The carvings, in the ancient settlement of Quiechapa, are badly weathered, but small features in a few cases can be made out, such as one carving that appears to show a bench in the ballcourt.

"Ballgames were of great significance to people throughout ancient Mesoamerica," study researcher Alex Elvis Badillo, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at Indiana State University, wrote in an article published Jan. 11 in the journal Ancient Mesoamerica.

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Bizarro Earth

The Americans who funded Hitler, Nazis, German economic miracle, and World War II

Nazi Parade

photo taken by Hugo Jager
Seventy years ago the greatest massacre in history began - with the financing from the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve System of the United States.

A recent resolution by the parliamentary assembly of the OSCE declared that the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held equal roles in unleashing WWII. Furthermore, the resolution has the purely pragmatic goal of pumping Russian money into a few bankrupt economies while seeking to demonize Russia as the successor to the Soviet Union and prepare the legal groundwork for depriving Moscow from opposing this revisionist view the war. But if we are to debate the culpability for the war's outbreak, then we need to begin by answering this key question: who accommodated the Nazis' rise to power, who directed them towards global catastrophe? Germany's entire prewar history shows that the "necessary" policies were all provided for by guided financial turmoil - the same situation, by the way, that the world finds itself in today.

The key structures of the West's post-war strategy were the central financial institutions of the United States and Great Britain - the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve System - coupled with financial-industrial organizations, who set out to establish absolute control over the financial system in Germany to manage the politics of Central Europe. The implementation of this strategy included the following steps:

1st: 1919-1924 - Preparing the grounds for massive American financial investments in the German economy.
2nd: 1924-1929 - Establishing control over the financial system and funding the National-Socialist movement.
3rd: 1929-1933 - Inciting and unleashing a deep economic crisis ensuring the Nazis would rise to power.
4th: 1933-1939 - Financial cooperation with the Nazi government and support for its expansionist foreign policy, aimed at preparing and unleashing the new world war.


Death at the Chesapeake: Who Whacked CIA Spy Chief William Colby?

William Colby Found Dead

[Source: isgp-studies.com]
Police investigation should be reopened due to evidence of foul play.Colby made many enemies inside the Agency by revealing the "Family Jewels." His "spooky" death 26 years ago today bore similarities to that of CIA veteran John Arthur Paisley, who disappeared on a boat off the Chesapeake Bay 18 years earlier.

[This article is part of CAM's series on political assassinations. — Editors]

Comment: As it was with John Arthur Paisley, who just happened to have been sailing and was found with a lead weighted diving belt around his waist, so it was in 2006 with Philip Merril, who also had been sailing in the Chesapeake, when he was found with an anchor somehow attached to his feet. Unlike Colby, of course both Paisley and Merril were deemed suicides.

The Not So Strange Case of Philip Merrill


'Unprecedented' Phoenician necropolis discovered in southern Spain

© Andalucía regional government in Madrid
Subterranean limestone vaults have been discovered in Osuna, where the Phoenicians who lived on the Iberian peninsula 2,500 years ago laid their dead.
Workers upgrading water supplies in southern Spain have come across an "unprecedented" and well-preserved necropolis of subterranean limestone vaults where the Phoenicians who lived on the Iberian peninsula 2,500 years ago laid their dead.

Archaeologists exploring the site - which was discovered amid the Roman ruins in the town of Osuna, 55 miles (90km) east of Seville - say the Phoenician-Carthaginian cemetery dates back to the fourth or fifth century BC and is highly unusual as such sites are normally found in coastal areas rather than so far inland.

Although the local ruins of the Roman city of Urso are well known, the discovery of the Phoenician necropolis has stunned archaeologists and locals. The only similar finds have been made around the coast of Cádiz, which was founded by the Phoenicians in 1100BC and which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe.

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Who were the Picts?

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The Picts created two politically and militarily powerful kingdoms. The Aberlemno III Pictish cross slab. Carved around the eighth century by the Scottish Picts. At the top of this face are two Pictish symbols: a "crescent and V-rod" and a "double-disc and Z-rod". Below is a scene showing Pictish horsemen hunting deer with dogs. The meaning of the symbols is unknown.
The Picts were an Iron Age people who lived in the northern and eastern parts of what is now Scotland, flourishing from approximately the fourth century A.D. to the ninth century. Originally, the Picts were tribal peoples organized into loose confederations, but they later created two politically and militarily powerful kingdoms and dominated a large part of Scotland.

"Picti is a Latin term that literally means 'painted people,"' said Alex Woolf, a medieval historian at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The term is likely a reference to the prevalent Pictish custom of body painting or tattooing. "At first Picti is a pejorative term used by Romans," Woolf told Live Science. "But when you get to the 'Dark Ages,' perhaps around 600 or 700, it's clear that something has happened, and those tribes have now come to self-identify as Picti."

Comment: See also: Sophisticated, artistic, trading internationally: What the Culduthel dig tells us about Scotland's pre-historic Highlanders


Have researchers finally answered what Bronze Age daggers were used for?

bronze age dagger

(A) Site location (the map was generated by I.C. through QGIS v.3.16, https://qgis.org); (B) Aerial view of the site highlighting excavation areas A, B and C (source: Google Earth); (C) Copper-alloy daggers analyzed as part of the research. Specimen (1) no 1617; (2) no 2037; (3) no 175; (4) no 1707; (5) no 2041; (6) no 1798; (7) no 2035; (8) no 1683; (9) no 1321; (10) no 264. Credit: Newcastle University
Analysis of Bronze Age daggers has shown that they were used for processing animal carcasses and not as non-functional symbols of identity and status, as previously thought.

First appearing in the early 4th millennium BCE, copper-alloy daggers were widespread in Bronze Age Europe including Britain and Ireland. Yet archaeologists have long debated what these objects were used for.

As daggers are often found in weapon-rich male burials, or "warrior graves," many researchers speculated that they were primarily ceremonial objects used in prehistoric funerals to mark out the identity and status of the deceased. Others suggested that they may have been used as weapons or tools for crafts.

Comment: If their primary purpose was for meat processing, would it have been necessary and most practical to sharpen both sides of the blade? Perhaps they served multiple purposes?

See also: And check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: Zoroastrianism: The Ancient System of Values That Sought to Change The World, And Did


150 mostly female skulls ritually decapitated over 1,000 years ago in Mexico

Templo Mayor
© Alexandre Meneghini / AP
A skull discovered at the archaeological site Templo Mayor sits on display in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
When Mexican police found a pile of about 150 skulls in a cave near the Guatemalan border, they thought they were looking at a crime scene, and took the bones to the state capital.

It turns out it was a very cold case.

It took a decade of tests and analysis to determine the skulls were from sacrificial victims killed between A.D. 900 and 1200, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said Wednesday.

"Believing they were looking at a crime scene, investigators collected the bones and started examining them in Tuxtla Gutierrez," the state capital, the institute, known as INAH, said in a statement.

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