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Librarian discovers 540-year-old page from medieval priests' handbook

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This 540-year-old page, ripped from a medieval priests' handbook, was found in a library at the University of Reading.
A librarian in England has stumbled upon a rare page from the early days of book printing.

The 540-year-old leaf comes from a medieval priests' handbook that had been printed by William Caxton, who introduced the printing press to England, according to a statement from the University of Reading.

"I suspected it was special as soon as I saw it," said Erika Delbecque, a special collections librarian at the University of Reading, who found the paper hidden in an archive. "It is incredibly rare to find an unknown Caxton leaf, and astonishing that it has been under our noses for so long."

Archaeology

Burial chamber of Egyptian princess possibly unearthed in Dashur

© Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
This wooden box was discovered inside the burial chamber of a 3,800-year-old pyramid and is inscribed with hieroglyphs that may mention the name of the daughter of pharaoh Ameny Qemau.
Inside a 3,800-year-old pyramid at the site of Dahshur in Egypt, archaeologists have discovered a burial chamber that may have held the mummy of a princess named Hatshepset. A wooden box inscribed with hieroglyphs was also found within the chamber. The discoveries provide clues that may help archaeologists determine why a pharaoh named Ameny Qemau has two pyramids at Dahshur.

The wooden box is inscribed with "Hatshepset," which likely does not refer to the pharaoh Hatshepsut but rather someone else with a similar name, the researchers said. Last month, another inscription, written on an alabaster block, was also found in the pyramid. That inscription bears the name of pharaoh Ameny Qemau (also spelled Qemaw), who ruled Egypt for a brief period around 1790 B.C.

It's the second pyramid that has an inscription bearing the name Ameny Qemau that is known from Dahshur. The other Ameny Qemau pyramid was discovered in 1957 and is located nearly 2,000 feet (about 600 meters) away from the recently discovered pyramid.

Book

The Siege of Leningrad: Last entry in the WWII diary of dying 12-year old Russian girl

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The diary of Tanya Savicheva at the museum in the Piskaryovo Memorial Cemetery where about 500,000 victims of the siege of Leningrad and soldiers of the Leningrad Front are buried
On May 13, 1942 Tanya Savicheva made the final entry in her diary - a short collection of notes that eventually became one of the most heart-wrenching accounts of the Siege of Leningrad.

At first glance the diary of Tatyana Nikolayevna Savicheva, often referred to as Tanya Savicheva, looks like an ordinary small notebook. It is also a fairly short read, containing only several notes.

Its contents however are anything but ordinary: it is a chronicle of the demise of a Russian family trapped in the city of Leningrad by the besieging Nazi German and Finnish troops, written by the family's youngest member, a 12-year old girl.

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Part of the 'Flower of Life' memorial complex dedicated to children of the Leningrad Siege, showing stone tablets representing pages from Tanya Savicheva's diary. Near St. Petersburg
Zhenya died on December 28th at 12 noon, 1941

Yevgeniya Savicheva was the first to perish. The eldest child of the Savichev family, born in 1909, she was working at a factory and, in spite of the severe workload, even insisted on donating blood for army hospitals. She failed to report to work only once - on the day of her death.

Che Guevara

The CIA and the assassination of Bob Marley (VIDEO)


Bob Marley
The story is that Bob Marley died of cancer.

Before that, he was shot.

In between, he received a visit from Neil Bush, impersonating as a Rolling Stone reporter.

Who was active in Jamaica at this time and is connected to numerous savagely violent actsthere?

The CIA.

Bob Marley: February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981


Comment: Yes, that Neil Bush; son of former President and CIA head honcho George H.W. Bush and brother to idiot President George W. Bush.
Those Bush's really get around don't they. Here's a bit more about Neil Bush who seems to have a habit of being close to key people just before some very nasty politically-motivated things occur:
And it was this same George Bush that the elite teamed up with a Hollywood B actor when Ronald Reagan was relegated to his final acting role as White House front man. Just two months into his presidency, Reagan was struck down by a deranged lone gunman (direct from the false flag playbook) John Hinckley, whose family just happened to be very close oil friends with the Bushes. Needless to say, everyone played dumb and true to Mockingbird collusion, the rabbit hole "coincidences" between the Bush-Hinckley family connections all rapidly vanished. Never mind the fact that HW's son Neil was scheduled to have dinner with the would-be assassin's brother the day after the shooting. Never mind that among John Hinckley's longer psychiatric stays during the 1970's was at St. Elizabeth's mental hospital, famous for CIA MK Ultra experimentation using drugs to program guinea pig assassins. Never mind that the Reagan-Bush Energy Department notified the Hinckley's Vanderbilt oil company on the very same day of the shooting that the family business owed the feds $2 million in penalties. But once the unspeakable deed was done, that stiff penalty suddenly vanished into thin air as well, just like all of Hinckley's psychiatric records and 22 FBI pages of the "lone" gunman's "associates and organizations." Bush ensured the truth behind the Reagan shooting was sealed CIA tight... a dry run rehearsal for George junior's poor imitation 20 years later with his own sloppily botched 9/11 coup cover-up.
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Pyramid

Egyptian archaeologists discover 17 mostly intact mummies in catacombs

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A mummy inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017.
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered catacombs in the country's Minya province, which they say contain at least 17 mostly intact mummies.

"We found catacombs containing a number of mummies," Cairo University Professor Salah al-Kholi, who headed the mission in the Minya province, 250 kilometers south of Cairo, said, as cited by AFP.

The ancient burial site in the Touna el-Gabal district of the province was found using radar at a depth of eight meters by the Cairo University students last year.

Book 2

Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Mother's Day proclamation

147 years ago, the disastrous human and economic consequences of the American Civil War were becoming increasingly apparent, especially to certain thoughtful wise women who had seen their testosterone-laden loved ones eagerly march off to that "inglorious" war 5 years earlier. Those men and women, as is still the case today, had no idea of the psychological and spiritual devastation that comes from killing fellow humans until it was too late. But the well-hidden truth hit them when they saw their loved ones come home, changed forever. Some came home dead, some were just physically wounded but all were spiritually deadened.

That "patriotic" war basically ended in mutual exhaustion in 1865. The Northern foot-soldiers (who were numerically stronger) did not feel gleeful over the hollow victory - just relief. Many Civil War-era women, including Howe, had actually willingly participated in the flag-waving fervor that war - mongers and war-profiteers can easily manufacture. Pro-war propaganda has always been directed at poor and working class men who must be duped into doing the soul-damning dirty work of killing and being killed.

Julia Ward Howe, author of the Mother's Day Proclamation of 1870, was a life-long abolitionist and therefore, early on, she was a supporter of the Union Army's anti-slavery rationale for going to war to prevent the pro-slavery politicians and industrialists in the Confederate South from seceding from the union over the slavery issue.

Archaeology

New dinosaur fossil so well-preserved it looks like a statue - paleontologists say it's 'rare as winning the lottery'

© Robert Clark/ National Geographic
A close-up of the nodosaur fossil. The dinosaur’s head is clearly visible.
Before being assembled into something recognizable at a museum, most dinosaur fossils look to the casual observer like nothing more than common rocks. No one, however, would confuse the over 110 million-year-old nodosaur fossil for a stone.

The fossil, being unveiled today in Canada's Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, is so well preserved it looks like a statue.

Even more surprising might be its accidental discovery, as unveiled in the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

On March 21, 2011, Shawn Funk was digging in Alberta's Millennium Mine with a mechanical backhoe, when he hit "something much harder than the surrounding rock." A closer look revealed something that looked like no rock Funk had ever seen, just "row after row of sandy brown disks, each ringed in gunmetal gray stone."

Info

Taprobane - The Indian impact event you never heard of

© Malaga Bay
This is the story of the biggest Indian Impact you've never heard of.

It's also a wet job that exposes the squishy grey matter of the mainstream mindset.

So don your rubber gloves.

And lock the door because this posting contains some very strong images that shouldn't be shared in polite company nor displayed within the confines of a complacent academic ivory tower.

Ready?

Magnify

Messages in cord: Newly discovered artifacts give clues to the writing system of the Inca Empire

© William Hyland
MESSAGE CORD A bundle of animal hairs signals the beginning of a sequence of twisted and knotted cords on an 18th century khipu from a Central Andean village. A bright red tuft of deer hair is followed by a woven cone of hairs from different animals mixed with metallic fibers. New research suggests this and another khipu contain a type of writing.
Animal-hair cords dating to the late 1700s contain a writing system that might generate insights into how the Inca communicated, a new study suggests.

Researchers have long wondered whether some twisted and knotted cords from the Inca Empire, which ran from 1400 to 1532, represent a kind of writing about events and people. Many scholars suspect that these textile artifacts, known as khipus, mainly recorded decimal numbers in an accounting system. Yet Spanish colonial documents say that some Inca khipus contained messages that runners carried to various destinations.

Now a new twist in this knotty mystery comes from two late 18th century khipus stored in a wooden box at San Juan de Collata, a Peruvian village located high in the Andes Mountains. A total of 95 cord combinations of different colors, animal fibers and ply directions, identified among hundreds of hanging cords on these khipus, signify specific syllables, reports Sabine Hyland. Hyland, a social anthropologist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, describes the khipus online April 19 in Current Anthropology.

Her findings support a story told by Collata villagers that the khipus are sacred writings of two local chiefs concerning a late 18th century rebellion against Spanish authorities.

Comment: See also: High in the Andes, Keeping an Incan Mystery Alive


Eye 2

Declassified files show US effort to end mass killings in Argentina stymied by Henry Kissinger

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Henry Kissinger speaks with NBC news on 1 May 1976.
Newly declassified files show the former secretary of state jeopardized efforts to crackdown on bloodshed by Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship

Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger jeopardized US efforts to stop mass killings by Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship by congratulating the country's military leaders for "wiping out" terrorism, according to a large trove of newly declassified state department files.

The documents, which were released on Monday night, show how Kissinger's close relationship to Argentina's military rulers hindered Jimmy Carter's carrot-and-stick attempts to influence the regime during his 1977-81 presidency.

Carter officials were infuriated by Kissinger's attendance at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina as the personal guest of dictator Jorge Videla, the general who oversaw the forced disappearance of up to 30,000 opponents of the military regime.

At the time, Kissinger was no longer in office after Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the 1976 presidential election, but the documents reveal that US diplomats feared his praise for Argentina's crackdown would encourage further bloodshed.

Comment: Kissinger's presence is always cause for worry. Trump had better watch his step.