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New Moai statue that 'deified ancestors' found on Easter Island

A newly discovered Moai statue on Easter Island has been found buried in a dried up lake bed.
moai statue
© Marko Stavric Photography via Getty Images
A moai statue at Tongariki with the Ahu Tongariki moai in the background on Easter Island. The newfound moai (not pictured here) was found buried at a dried up lake bed.
A previously unknown moai statue, one of Easter Island's massive carved monoliths, has been found buried beneath a dried up lake bed, Good Morning America reports.

Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, sits about 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) off the western coast of Chile and is home to nearly 8,000 people and about 1,000 moai statues. Unlike the other statues, which were found across the island, including on the slopes around Lake Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater that supplied much of the volcanic stone used to craft the moai statues, this moai was found in an unexpected place: the bottom of Lake Rano Raraku. The crater held freshwater until climate change and other factors, such as human use, caused it to dry up in recent years; in 2018, the lake water had nearly disappeared, according to a 2021 study published in the journal PLOS One.

"We think we know all the moai, but then a new one turns up, a new discovery," Terry Hunt, a professor of archaeology at the university of Arizona who specializes in the environmental histories of the Pacific Islands, told Good Morning America.

Arrow Up

3000-year-old leather shoe discovered in the UK

Leather Shoe
© Steve Tomlinson
The shoe as it was found on a foreshore in North Kent.
A Bronze Age relic found on a Kent beach is believed to be the oldest shoe ever found in the UK.

The artefact, which has been dated at 3,000-years-old, was discovered on a foreshore in the north of the county by professional archaeologist Steve Tomlinson.

Mr Tomlinson, who lives in Ramsgate, found the child's shoe in September last year, and was "in deep shock" when he heard how old it was.

He recalled: "We had been out for three hours scouring the shoreline, when I came across what looked like a very old shoe like piece of leather washed up on the mud.

"I picked it up and I immediately thought it looks like the sole of an old little shoe."

The leather was sent to the SUERC carbon dating unit in East Kilbride, Scotland, to find out who wore the little shoe, and Mr Tomlinson was told he "may need to sit down for the news".

"The date they had given me was just astonishing," the 51-year-old explained.


Excavation finds that Europe's earliest humans hunted with bows and arrows

replica stone arrow points ancient humans
© Ludovic Slimak
The researchers made replicas of the stone points using local flint, and incorporated them into spears and arrows.
A cave site in France holds hundreds of tiny stone points, alongside remains thought to belong to Homo sapiens.

A 54,000-year-old cave site in southern France holds hundreds of tiny stone points, which researchers say closely resemble other known arrowheads — including replicas that they tested on dead goats.

The discovery, reported on 22 February in Science Advances1, suggests that the first Homo sapiens to reach Europe hunted with bows and arrows. But it also raises the question of why Neanderthals — which occupied the Grotte Mandrin rock shelter in the Rhône Valley before and after Homo sapiens — never adopted these superior weapons.

Blue Planet

Homes of Europe's first megalithic monument makers discovered

prehistoric megalithic
© Antiquity (2023). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2022.169
Archaeologists in France have found one of the first residential sites belonging to the prehistoric builders of some of Europe's first monumental stone structures.

During the Neolithic, people in west-central France built many impressive megalithic monuments such as barrows and dolmens. While these peoples' tombs stood the test of time, archaeologists have been searching for their homes for more than a century.

"It has been known for a long time that the oldest European megaliths appeared on the Atlantic coast, but the habitats of their builders remained unknown," said Dr. Vincent Ard from the French National Center for Scientific Research.

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Blue Planet

Neanderthal hunting strategies unchanged over millennia despite repeated climate change


Neanderthals were a species of archaic humans that lived in Europe and Asia from around 400,000 to 40,000 years ago.
Neanderthals were a species of archaic humans that lived in Europe and Asia from around 400,000 to 40,000 years ago.

The remains of hunted animals at Combe-Grenal, France, showed that they were consistently sourced from open tundra-like habitats.

A study conducted by Emilie Berlioz of CNRS/Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès and colleagues, and published in the journal PLOS ONE, has found that Neanderthals in Combe-Grenal, France, favored hunting in open environments and maintained this strategy despite periods of climatic change. This research was part of the ANR DeerPal project and provides valuable insight into the hunting habits of Neanderthals in this region.

For many millennia during the Middle Palaeolithic, from around 150,000 to 45,000 years ago, the Neanderthals made Combe-Grenal in France their home. These ancient humans hunted the local animals, whose remains have been discovered at the site. The region underwent frequent fluctuations in climate and environmental conditions during the Neanderthals' occupancy, affecting the behavior of the local wildlife.

Comment: It's notable that the history of the Neanderthal's reveal little innovation throughout, and across the board.

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Blue Planet

Evidence of 3,500 year old brain surgery uncovered at Tel Meggido in Israel

Tel Megiddo
© Kalisher et al., PLoS One, 2023
An individual buried in a Bronze Age grave in Tel Megiddo, Israel.
A Late Bronze Age grave in the archaeological site of Meggido, Israel, has presented researchers with a rare example of delicate cranial surgery that could be the earliest of its kind in the Middle East.

In 2016, archaeologists excavated a pair of tombs in the domestic section of a palace in the famous Biblical city, uncovering the remains of two individuals buried together nearly 3,500 years ago.

Now researchers from institutions in the US and Israel have published the results of an analysis of their skeletons, revealing a tragic tale of two brothers whose affluence wasn't enough to save them from an early death.

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6,000-year-old settlement was home to Europe's first megalithic monument makers

Ancient Buildings
© Antiquity (2023). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2022.169
Archaeologists in France unearthed the remains of a series of wooden buildings within a defensive enclosure that were built at the same time as the first stone monuments were being erected.

People in west-central France built a variety of megalithic monuments during the Neolithic period, including mound-like barrows and "dolmens" — a type of single-chamber tomb supported by two or more upright megaliths. While these stone monuments are visible and have withstood the test of time, traces of their homes have been more difficult to find — until now.

Now, Dr. Vincent Ard from the French National Center for Scientific Research. and a team of researchers working in the Charente department has identified the first known residential site belonging to some of Europe's first megalithic builders.

"It has been known for a long time that the oldest European megaliths appeared on the Atlantic coast, but the habitats of their builders remained unknown," said Dr. Vincent Ard.

Since it was first found during an aerial survey back in 2011, the enclosure at Le Peu, in the commune of Charmé, has been the focus of an intense investigation.

The results of this work, published in the journal Antiquity, revealed a palisade encircling several timber buildings built during the fifth millennium BC.

Red Flag

How China banned George Soros CIA-affiliated color revolution machine in 1989

George Soros
Do you think that both George Soros and China represent threats to your freedom and democratic values?

Do you think that the US government suffered a regime change in 2020, but don't understand how Anglo-American intelligence agencies orchestrated it?

Did you know that China kicked out George Soros in 1989 and purged his minions of CIA-connected fifth columnists over the ensuing decades?

Why do George Soros and Steve Bannon sound so different on so many points, except when it comes to China which both representatives of the "left" and "right" agree must be put through a regime change in order to preserve "democratic liberal values"?

In this Canadian Patriot Press documentary produced by Jason Dahl, written by Matthew Ehret and narrated by Cynthia Chung, you will be introduced to the deeper reasons for Trump's overthrow in 2020 and the broader strategic alliance of a US-Russia-China partnership against globalism which Donald Trump was bringing into reality.

Blue Planet

Earliest use of hallucinogen Ayahuasca detected in Andean mummies dated to 750AD

andean mummy
© Dagmara Socha
Mummified remains
Analysis of hair from 22 mummies found in southern Peru has revealed the earliest known use of San Pedro cactus, a source of mescaline, and the psychoactive plants that make up the drug ayahuasca. The majority of the mummies were unearthed in Cahuachi, a religious center used by the Nazca people starting around 100 B.C. Coca plants and the Banisteriopsis caapi plant, better known as the liana vine, are among the substances detected in the mummies' hair.

The plants are not native to the region and were probably transported across the Andes Mountains. Researchers found that the drugs of choice changed over time. Ayahuasca and mescaline became less favored and coca consumption became more common after the Wari Empire conquered the Nazca around A.D. 750.

Comment: The earliest evidence for the use of some stimulants and hallucinogens is interesting because one wonders whether there was a particular reason for why they suddenly came into use. It's even more curious in the case of ayahuasca, because preparation of the concoction requires 2 otherwise mundane looking plants which must be prepared together, over an extended period of time, in order for their effect to be felt:

Arrow Up

Vampires don't let up

Beheaded People by French
© Stalker Zone
On French television, with true French charm, they discuss the future ethnic cleansing of the Russian population of Crimea, which should be carried out by Ukrainian murderers under the west's wing. At the same time, they easily and easily come up with excuses for such ethnic cleansing - the alleged "deportation" of the Ukrainian population from the Russian Crimea.

It is generally recommended to believe those who promise to kill you.

In the past 30 years alone, France has been directly responsible for a considerable number of acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

In Rwanda in 1994 armed and trained by the French, Hutu forces, including the Rwandan army itself, destroyed most of the Tutsi nation, up to a million people. Parisian "human rights" activists intervened only when the Tutsi rebels were able to defeat the Hutu armed groups. And the French Foreign Legion carried out Operation Turquoise, creating a safe zone for Hutu extremists - organisers and perpetrators of genocide.

In Serbian Krajina in 1994-1995. The French armed forces, including air and ground units, supported the Croatian army's actions against the area historically inhabited by Serbs. This culminated in Operation Oluja (Storm), during which 250,000 Serbs were expelled and thousands of Serbs were killed or missing.