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World's first skyscraper? A monument to intimidation, or something else?

Discovered by archaeologists in 1952, a 28-foot-high stone tower discovered on the edge of the town of Jericho has puzzled scientists ever since. Now, 11,000 years after it was built, Tel Aviv University archaeologists at the ancient site Tel Jericho are revealing new facts about the world's first "skyscraper."

Tower Tel Jericho
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This is a view of the interior of the tower at Tel Jericho.

Recent computer-based research by doctoral student Roy Liran and Dr. Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University's Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities sheds light on who built the 28-foot-high tower - and why.

The researchers note that this is the first instance of human beings erecting such a tall structure, even before the transition to agriculture and food production in the region. Liran and Dr. Barkai now believe that the tower, which required about ten years to build, is an indication of power struggles at the beginning of the Neolithic period, and that a particular person or people exploited the primeval fears of Jericho's residents in persuading them to build it. The new revelations about the ancient tower were recently published in the journal Antiquity.

"In the newly published article, we present a new and exciting discovery," Liran and Dr. Barkai said in a joint statement, "which is connected to the exact position of the tower on the edges of the village of Jericho, and the shadow that covers the site when the sun sets on the longest day of the year."

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Altar of the Twelve Gods sees the Light

Archaeologists hope to persuade ISAP to stop renovation work that may compromise ancient monument.

Renovation work on the aged Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) on the stretch between the central Athenian neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Thisseio have brought to light one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries of recent years.

Archaeologists believe that remnants found during construction in the area of the Ancient Agora, on the northwestern slope of the Acropolis, belong to the famed Altar of the Twelve Gods, one of Athens's most ancient monuments and a landmark that marked the very center of ancient city, from which all distances were measured -- like an ancient Syntagma Square, which marks the starting point in terms of street numbers.

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Skull in Underwater Cave May Be Earliest Trace of First Americans

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PET/GUE Divers descend into the abyss at Hoyo Negro.
Explorers have discovered what might be the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas.

Alex Alvarez, Franco Attolini, and Alberto (Beto) Nava are members of PET (Projecto Espeleológico de Tulum), an organization that specializes in the exploration and survey of underwater caves on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Alex, Franco and Beto have surveyed tens of thousands of feet of mazelike cave passages in the state of Quintana Roo. The team's relatively recent explorations of a large pit named Hoyo Negro (Black Hole, in Spanish), deep within a flooded cave, resulted in their breathtaking and once-in-a-lifetime discovery of the remains of an Ice Age mastodon and a human skull at the very bottom of the black abyss.

Beto recalls the amazing day of the discovery of Hoyo Negro.

"We started the exploration while following the main tunnel and progressed relatively fast by using scooters to cover more terrain.

"After about 1,500 feet [450 meters] we began to see the light of another entrance, so we headed towards it and surfaced.

"After taking a moment to chat and laugh about what a great dive we were having, we dropped down to continue the work."

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Egyptian stolen treasures: Hawass implicated

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Flanked by special forces, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass speaks at Cairo's Egyptian Museum last Monday. But did he actually have his loyal thugs steal artifacts then blame it on the protesters?
Translation from Arabic of the YouTube interview with an Egyptian Manager of Antiquity Locations: Nour el din Abdel Samad

First I would like to start by saying he is an employee of the Ministry of Antiquities

[This is my first translation I hope I have done it justice. -- Anonymous Translator]

Note: What follows is a rough translation of the video interview published by the Arabic site: www.alwafd.org.

(Some spelling errors have been corrected however for the most part the translation from Arabic to English has not been professionally proof read).

Click Here to view the original YouTube video interview in Arabic.

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9/11 Truth - Steel Beams Vapourising?

Some of you may have seen this short clip. I believe it was Judy Wood who brought attention to it some years ago. In the context of recent posts discussing 'exotic' forces, I thought I'd throw it out there...


Comment: If you keep an eye on the steel column which is still standing, it appears to simply vaporise.

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China: Mysterious giant footprints on "Dragon Head's" cliff spark debate

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Local residents of Shenmu County in China's Shaanxi Province consider a mountain cliff named "Dragon Head" to be a mysterious forbidden place due to some huge footprints of unknown origin. They believe those footprints are the traces of their ancestors or even some gods from Heaven.

Along with the addition of various fictional details, the story of those footprints began spreading to others, and finally caught the attention of reporters, archaeologists and other experts. After careful investigation, they eventually were able to unlock the true story.

Huge footprints on the cliff

Local legends surrounding the footprints started back in 1967, when a man surnamed Qiao went to quarry some stones around his village. When he raised a piece of stone on a cliff, he found a pit in the shape of footprint. Then, he called his neighbors to clean all the stones on the cliff, and they found a line of footprints heading to the edge of the cliff. The scene totally shocked Qiao and his neighbors, and the stories of those special footprints started spreading after that.

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Found: Human Skulls Used As Drinking Goblets 15,000 Years Ago

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"The skull of Wynric Lance, failed claimant to the throne of Eirea, does not make as good a wine goblet as Lord Shryke had imagined, the despot revealed Monday. "This damn thing is practically impossible to drink out of," said Shryke at a banquet celebrating the defeat of the Army Of Light... Shryke concluded that while he might end up drinking from Lance's skull "occasionally, for show," he plans to retain his set of brass flutes for everyday use." - The Onion

Stock fantasy villains might like to drink from the skulls of their enemies, but the practice has its roots in historical reality. For thousands of years, humans have turned each others' skulls into containers and drinking cups. Now, Silvia Bello from London's Natural History Museum has found the oldest skull-cups ever recorded in a cave in Somerset, England.

Gough's Cave is found in the Cheddar Gorge near Bristol. It's a treasure trove of human remains, including Cheddar Man, the country's oldest complete human skeleton. He lived around 9,000 years ago, but the cave's oldest human fragments date back even further.

These include three skull-cups that Bello recovered in excellent condition. Two belonged to adults and one to a 3-year-old child. All of them were made by the Magdelanian culture, a group of prehistoric people who lived in Western Europe. No one knows how they used the grisly cups, but it's clear that they manufactured them with great control. They all bear a large series of dents and cut-marks that were precisely inflicted.

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Western New York's Tropical, Prehistoric Past

Keys to unlock Western New York's prehistoric past are currently on display at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

Among the archaeological finds are two 75-pound Columbian mammoth tusks that were unearthed in the Southern Tier community of Randolph in the 1930s. Workers digging a fish hatchery discovered the fossils, which are an estimated 13,000 years old.


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US: Today in Arizona History - Feb 17th

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Thursday, Feb. 17

On this date in 1865, William Wrightson, who brought the first printing press to Arizona, was killed by Apaches in the Santa Rita mountains. Mount Wrightson is named for him.

On this date in 1908, Mrs. Ellen Lynn was appointed as the first woman mail carrier in Tucson. Lynn covered Rural Route 1, which circled the entire town of Tucson, in a horse and buggy.
On this date in 1909, Geronimo died at Fort Sill, Okla.

On this date 1913, a prehistoric graveyard was unearthed along Sycamore Creek near Prescott containing the skeletons of people who appeared to have been at least 8 feet tall.

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China: 3000-Year-Old Tomb Group Found in Xinjiang

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Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

The Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology reported on Feb. 14 that it discovered an ancient tomb group covering an area of more than 10,000 square meters 100 kilometers south of Hami City in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This is the first time that a tomb group dating back 3,000 years has been found in Hami region.

Chinanews reported that the tombs group has a large scale and a dense distribution. It was also the first time that a tomb with a sacrificial altar was found in the Xinjiang region. Most burial objects were made of pottery and wood, but some objects made from stones, bones, horns, bronze and iron were also found here.

The director of Hami's Cultural Relics Bureau said archaeologists had already excavated more than 150 ancient tombs in the last two months.