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Unique conical prehistoric carved rocks discovered in southern Iran

prehistoric rock carving
The rocks lying on top of one another were found in "Tall Chegah-e Sofla" village near Behbahan town in Khuzestan province.

The village was discovered by an archaeology team led by Hans Nielsen from the University of Chicago. Later on, Reinhard Dittmann expounded habitation patterns at local deserts in the area. Dittmann refers to Tall Chegah-e Sofla as one of the key hubs of habitation in the late 5th millennium BCE.

In 2009, Tall Chegah-e Sofla was registered on Iran's List of National Heritage Sites. In 2015, operations conducted to demarcate the archaeological site of Tall Chegah-e Sofla, one of Kuzestan's largest prehistoric sites, led to the discovery of tombs dating back 7,000 years. That triggered a 5-year project of archaeological excavations at the site, which have now resulted in the discovery of these conical rocks.

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Siberian and Mongolian petroglyphs separated by 7,000 years show stylistic similarities

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© Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS
Mammoth image discovered at Baga-Oygur III in early 2000s.
Scientists have closely examined and compared intriguing rock drawings on the Ukok plateau in Russia's Altai Republic and Baga-Oygur, and Tsagaan-Salaa in northwestern Mongolia.

The petroglyphs are now in different countries but in fact are only about 20 kilometres part.

The drawings were mostly found in the 1990s and early 2000s but many questions at the time remained unanswered.

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Black Magic

In coronavirus we trust: Secret history of the US government's human 'medical' experiments

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Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (4/14/19).

As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth is, or claiming they have the answer, is likely leading you astray, for one reason or another. Stay Vigilant.

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Practice of human heart sacrifice in Mesoamerica revealed in new study

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Human heart sacrifices in Mesoamerica.
Sacrificial rituals featuring human heart extraction were a prevalent religious practice throughout ancient Mesoamerican societies. Intended as a means of appeasing and honoring certain deities, sacrifices served as acts of power and intimidation as well as demonstrations of devotion and gratitude. Human sacrifices were highly structured, complex rituals performed by elite members of society, and the ceremonies included a myriad of procedures imbued with symbolic significance.

The specific techniques performed, the instrumentation utilized, and the underlying mythology motivating sacrifices varied across civilizations. Given the diversity of sacrificial rituals throughout Mesoamerica, Vera Tiesler and Guilhem Olivier assert an interdisciplinary approach incorporating scientific and humanistic evidence is needed in order to gain more nuanced insights into the procedural elements and the religious implications of human sacrifice during the Classic and Postclassic periods.

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Ireland's high crosses: Medieval religion, art and engineering

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Humour and anecdote adorn our ancient sculptures as details of craftsman creativity
The high crosses of Ireland, especially those adorned with figure sculpture, are such familiar features of our historic landscape that it is easy to take them for granted. While the meaning of the scenes depicted on the crosses have prompted intense debate, the carvings themselves have rarely been considered as works of art.

Little thought has been given to the craftsmen who made them or to the people who commissioned them. This is especially so with a group of monuments carved by the hand of a single sculptor, whose work includes the great cross at Monasterboice, erected, as an inscription explains, on the instructions of abbot Muiredach in the years before 924 AD. As so often in the middle ages, the sculptor's name remains unknown, but it seems appropriate to describe him as the "Muiredach master". His approach was remarkably naturalistic, the figures roundly modelled and the scenes full of attractive details - swords, drinking horns and ornate brooches. The sculptor's style is instantly recognisable and can be identified in five or six other crosses, notably at Kells, Clonmacnoise and Durrow (Offaly). This is an impressive oeuvre. It is not often in medieval art that we can follow the work of an individual sculptor in this way.

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Secrets of ancient British chieftan and shaman revealed by unearthed burial

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© Historic England
The once monumental final resting place of a probable prehistoric chieftain and, potentially, his shaman has been discovered in southwest England.

It's one of the most fascinating archaeological discoveries in southern Britain in recent years. Significantly, the duo formed part of a remarkable social and political process which changed human history - and still shapes our world today.

The probable chieftain or prestigious leader - a man in his thirties or forties - had been interred underneath the centre of a large funerary mound which had been constructed specifically for him inside his own personal 20m diameter ditched enclosure.

The key evidence for his high status is the unusually fine material buried with him for his journey to the next life.

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New shipwrecks found near Cyprus point to unknown medieval trade route

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© Enigma Recoveries
Chinese porcelains goods dating to the Ming Dynasty
A string of ancient shipwrecks have been found nestled in the muddy waters between Cyprus and Lebanon, in what experts described as the archaeological "equivalent of finding a new planet."

Some of the artefacts which have been recovered are temporarily being looked after in Cyprus, from where the archaeologists based their operations.

It was initially thought that the site may lie within Cypriot waters but this has since been disproven.

Onboard the submerged ships were a trove of treasures.


'First ever' evidence of death by meteorite recorded in Iraq in 1888, archive digitization reveals

© NASA/Robert P. Moreno Jr
An exploding meteor.
Researchers have finally found credible records of someone being killed by a falling meteorite.

On 22 August 1888, according to multiple documents found in the General Directorate of State Archives of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, a falling meteorite hit and killed one man and paralysed another in what is now Sulaymaniyah in Iraq.

This constitutes, according to researchers, the first-ever known proof of death by meteorite strike. And it hints there could be more such records out there, hiding in archives, waiting to be discovered.

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Diet of Baltic hunter-gatherers 6500 years ago revealed through pottery analysis

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Figure 1. Map showing locations of hunter–gatherer (filled circles) and early agricultural sites (open circles) discussed in the text. Also shown is the extent of different hunter–gatherer cultural groups (red, Ertebølle; blue, Dąbki; yellow, Southeastern Baltic and Neman; green, Narva). Individual site names are listed in electronic supplementary material, table S1 and figure S1.
Hunter-gatherer groups living in the Baltic between seven and a half and six thousand years ago had culturally distinct cuisines, analysis of ancient pottery fragments has revealed.

An international team of researchers analysed over 500 hunter-gatherer vessels from 61 archaeological sites throughout the Baltic region.
They found striking contrasts in food preferences and culinary practices between different groups - even in areas where there was a similar availability of resources. Pots were used for storing and preparing foods ranging from marine fish, seal and beaver to wild boar, bear, deer, freshwater fish, hazelnuts and plants.

The findings suggest that the culinary tastes of ancient people were not solely dictated by the foods available in a particular area, but also influenced by the traditions and habits of cultural groups, the authors of the study say.

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In remembrance: Israel's Qana massacres in Lebanon

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© Hassan Siklawi/UN Photo
United Nations peacekeepers sanitize the site where more than 100 Lebanese civilians were killed by Israeli artillery while seeking refuge at the headquarters of the Fijian battalion of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Qana, South Lebanon on April 18, 1996.
As the Lebanese are commemorating the 1996 massacre of Qana in southern Lebanon, Israeli drones and jets continue to circle over Lebanese skies. Israel's brutal wars and illegal military occupation caused death and destruction. But Israel never left Lebanon. Today's threats and provocations follow the same narratives that were used to justify the Qana massacre.

The Qana Massacre

On April 18, 1996, Israeli forces fired artillery shells at a UN compound in Qana, a village in southern Lebanon. Around 800 had taken shelter at the compound which was clearly marked on Israeli maps. In the strikes 106 were killed, of whom half of them children, and 120 were injured including four UN workers.

Although Israel claimed it did not know that civilians had taken shelter in the UN compound, video evidence refuted this narrative. The UN believed that Israel acted deliberately. However, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and the State Department instead accused Hezbollah of using civilians as human shields.

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