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Mysterious circular monument discovered in France

The mysterious monument site appears to have been occupied across multiple historical periods.
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© Jérôme Berthet, INRAP)An aerial view of the unusual circular monument.
Archaeologists have discovered an unusual horseshoe-shaped monument and a collection of weapons and ornaments spanning multiple historical periods at a site in France.

Located in Marliens, a commune in eastern France, the site has a large bowtie-shaped structure, whose middle sports a circular construction measuring 36 feet (11 meters) in diameter. This center circlet is interconnected by a 26-foot-long (8 m) horseshoe-shaped structure on one side and a jug-handle-shaped feature on the other, according to a translated statement from the French National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP), which carried out the excavations.

Researchers described the finding as "unprecedented," as there are no other known sites with similar shaped constructions.

Based on the plethora of artifacts found there — including a bundle containing seven flint arrowheads, two protective armbands worn by archers, a flint lighter and a copper-alloy dagger — archaeologists determined that the site was occupied during different time periods.


'Unusual' burned remains of Maya royalty marked the rise of a new, 'foreign' military leader, study reveals

© C. Halperin/Courtesy AntiquityBurned grave goods found in a Maya pyramid with the royal bones included a carved pendant plaque of a human head.
In an ancient Maya temple-pyramid in Guatemala, archaeologists recently discovered the scorched bones of at least four adults who were likely members of a royal lineage. The burning signaled a deliberate and potentially public desecration of their remains, according to new research.

The bones offer a rare glimpse of intentional corpse destruction in Maya culture to commemorate dramatic political change.

All of the remains belonged to adults, and scientists identified three of the individuals as male. Two were between 21 and 35 years old, and one was between 40 and 60 years old, researchers reported Thursday in the journal Antiquity. Among the bones were thousands of burned objects — whole and in pieces — including body adornments made of greenstone (green minerals, including jade), pendants made from mammal teeth, shell beads, mosaics and weapons. Their richness and abundance hinted at the royal status of the people in the tomb.

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Flashback Best of the Web: The dark origins of the Davos Great Reset

Dr. Ernst Klett, Dr. Aurelio Peccei, Prof. Dr. Eduard Pestel club of rome great reset
© Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F041173-0013From left to right: Dr. Ernst Klett, Dr. Aurelio Peccei, Prof. Dr. Eduard Pestel (both members of the Executive Committee of the "Club of Rome", 1973
Important to understand is that there is not one single new or original idea in Klaus Schwab's so-called Great Reset agenda for the world. Nor is his Fourth Industrial Revolution agenda his or his claim to having invented the notion of Stakeholder Capitalism a product of Schwab. Klaus Schwab is little more than a slick PR agent for a global technocratic agenda, a corporatist unity of corporate power with government, including the UN, an agenda whose origins go back to the beginning of the 1970s, and even earlier. The Davos Great reset is merely an updated blueprint for a global dystopian dictatorship under UN control that has been decades in development. The key actors were David Rockefeller and his protégé, Maurice Strong.

In the beginning of the 1970s, there was arguably no one person more influential in world politics than the late David Rockefeller, then largely known as chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank.

Bizarro Earth

'Incaprettamento': Neolithic Europe's 2,000 year 'tradition' of sacrificing women by tying them up and burying them alive

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© Ludes et al., Sci. Adv. 10, eadl3374The tomb at Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux near Avignon contains the skeletons of three women who were buried there in about 5400 B.C.
New research has identified over a dozen murders where women were traditionally sacrificed in Neolithic Europe across a period of 2,000 years.

The murder of sacrificial victims by "incaprettamento" — tying their neck to their legs bent behind their back, so that they effectively strangled themselves — seems to have been a tradition across much of Neolithic Europe.

The study follows a reevaluation of an old tomb found in southern France's Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, close to Avignon, more than 20 years ago. Two women who were buried there approximately 5,500 years ago are buried in a tomb that resembles a silo, or pit used to store grain.

Comment: A recent analysis of Vittrup Man, who was sacrificed around the same period and at Denmark's transition to the agricultural 'revolution', found:
Vittrup Man was born along the Scandinavian coast before moving to Denmark, where he was later sacrificed, according to a study published in PLOS ONE by Anders Fischer of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and colleagues.

Vittrup Man is the nickname of a Stone Age skeleton recovered from a peat bog in Northwest Denmark, dating to between 3300-3100 BC. The fragmented nature of the remains, including a smashed skull, indicates that he was killed in a ritualistic sacrifice, a common practice in this region at this time.

After a DNA study found Vittrup Man's genetic signature to be distinct from contemporary, local skeletons.

Additional isotope and protein analysis of the teeth and bones indicate a shift in diet from coastal food (marine mammals and fish) in early life to farm food (including sheep or goat) in later life, a transition that happened in the later teen years.
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Pompeii: Breathtaking new paintings found at ancient city

© BBC/Tony JolliffeThe frescos depict Greek mythology: Paris kidnaps Helen which triggers the Trojan War
Stunning artworks have been uncovered in a new excavation at Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried in an eruption from Mount Vesuvius in AD79.

Archaeologists say the frescos are among the finest to be found in the ruins of the ancient site.

Mythical Greek figures such as Helen of Troy are depicted on the high black walls of a large banqueting hall.

The room's near-complete mosaic floor incorporates more than a million individual white tiles.

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The Milky Way illuminated ancient Egypt's goddess of the sky

Astronomical simulations and ancient Egyptian texts show the Milky Way was linked to the ancient Egyptian sky goddess Nut. This fits within multicultural myths about our home galaxy.

Milky Way over the pyramids in Egypt.
© MarcelC/Getty ImagesMilky Way over the pyramids in Egypt.
The broad band of opalescent light and dark shadow that crosses the night sky has long fascinated humanity. Today it is known, variously, as the Milky Way, the Silver River, the Birds' Path. We see it as the celestial counterpart of major rivers, a path for departed spirits, the birthplace of angels. But how the ancient Egyptians — who left us some of the earliest records of the heavens — viewed the Milky Way has remained a mystery. Recently, I discovered some tantalizing clues that suggest a possible link between an ancient Egyptian goddess and our home galaxy.

The ancient Egyptians were keen observers of the night sky. They worked their astronomical observations into their religion, mythology and timekeeping (they invented such concepts as 365-day years and 24-hour days). The sun was the most important celestial object and was personified by the most important gods (chief among them Re). Scholars have identified the moon, planets and certain stars and constellations in Egyptian texts and tomb murals, some of which date back all the way to the age of the pyramids more than 4,000 years ago. The Milky Way, however, has not been identified conclusively.


'Intriguing' evidence of female mobility during the 630AD Christian Conversion Period

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A gold and garnet cloisonné cross, found in a 7th-century bed burial at Trumpington, Cambridgeshire.
Recent discoveries of exceptionally well-furnished 7th-century female burials - such as those from Trumpington (CA 343) and from Harpole (CA 395) - have drawn increasing attention to a phenomenon associated with the Conversion Period.

Isotope analysis of three of these elaborate burials has suggested that these women may have come from the Continent as brides, potentially to strengthen links with leading families in Britain and to help promote the conversion to Christianity. Until recently, this idea was based only on a very small number of burials - but to test whether the pattern holds true for the wider early medieval population, a project entitled 'Women of the Conversion Period - a Biomolecular Investigation' was launched, led by researchers from the University of Oxford.

The team initially analysed 86 burials (48 women and 38 men) from six cemeteries, as well as one isolated burial, over half of which were located in Kent, where cross-Channel mobility may have been particularly common. Five individuals were then excluded based on radiocarbon dates which indicated that they probably pre-dated the 7th century. This left a core group of 81 individuals, which were analysed for oxygen and strontium isotopes. By combining these results with previously published isotope data, the researchers were able to compare this core group with a larger dataset of 259 individuals spanning AD 630-800 (131 females and 128 males).

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Roman cavalry parade helmet recreated

The Hallaton Helmet alongside the new replica
© Leicestershire County Council MuseumsThe Hallaton Helmet alongside the new replica.
Working alongside the British Museum conservators who excavated and conserved the assemblage, staff and volunteers at Leicestershire Museums studied the helmet to produce reconstruction drawings with illustrator Debbie Miles. The resulting designs have been realised in 3D to recreate the helmet as it may have looked when it was new with the aim of reaching new audiences.

Rajesh Gogna, a Leicestershire-based silversmith and senior lecturer and practice-based researcher at De Montfort University produced a replica helmet by creating a CAD model which was 3D printed in SLA resin, electroformed, silver-plated and gilded. Rajesh hand finished at various stages including the brass elements like rivets and the pins which attach the cheekpieces to the helmet bowl. The interior of the helmet bowl and cheekpieces have been tarnished to give the impression of the helmet's iron bowl onto which the intricate decoration was applied.

Using this contemporary approach to silversmithing, Rajesh was able to make two identical helmets - one for Harborough Museum, Market Harborough and Hallaton Museum. The Association for Roman Archaeology also made a contribution to Hallaton Museum's replica.

Blue Planet

Newly discovered prehistoric henge reveals centuries-old sacred Christian site in Lincolnshire

© The Anchor Church Field ProjectAn aerial view of the excavation site at Crowland.
Archaeologists from Newcastle University have unearthed evidence for an evolving sacred landscape spanning centuries in Crowland, Lincolnshire. The study is published in the Journal of Field Archaeology.

Crowland today is dominated by the ruins of its medieval abbey. However, local tradition holds that the area was the site of an Anglo-Saxon hermitage belonging to Saint Guthlac, who died in the year 714 and was famed for his life of solitude, having given up a life of riches as the son of a nobleman.

When his uncorrupted body was discovered 12 months after his death, Guthlac was venerated by a small monastic community dedicated to his memory. Guthlac's popularity while he was alive, and the success of this cult and the pilgrimage it inspired, were key factors in the establishment of Crowland Abbey in the 10th century to honor the saint.

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Archaeologists probe claims of giant skeletons in Nevada caves

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© Shutterstock/instacruisingThe entrance to Lovelock Cave in Nevada, where two miners accidentally stumbled upon the remains of dozens of ancient people - some of whom were reportedly abnormally tall.
Discoveries included a 15-inch sandal that had been worn down as well as massive handprints across the walls

Archaeologists have long been baffled about claims that a long-lost group of giant humans who stood up to 10 feet tall once lived in the southwestern US.

Supersized human skulls, 15-inch sandals, and massive handprints have been uncovered in excavations inside a cave in Lovelock, Nevada over the last century, which have continued to spark the curiosity of scientists and the public.

The claims about these 'Giants of Lovelock' originated from Native Americans who told stories about a brutal tribe of pale-skinned, red-haired invaders who waged war on the local groups, before finally being trapped in a cave and exterminated.

Comment: What ever the reality, the vanished tribe of red-headed 'barbarians' made a strong enough impact on the Paiutes to be enshrined in legend. Plus there are those pesky hand prints and other inconvenient artifacts making it difficult to dismiss their oral history.