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October Pieces Of My Mind #2

The New Dawn rose I’ve been pampering has almost outgrown its trellis. Movie: Kubo and the Two Strings. Oddly titled Japanese fantasy story with beautiful imagery and sappy moral. Grade: Pass. The UK imports roughly the same amount of tea annually as the rest of Europe combined. About the Trump campaign’s response to the “just…

Early evidence of heating stone to enhance flaking qualities

Humans living in South Africa in the Middle Stone Age after 65,000 years ago deliberately heated silcrete, a hard, fine-grained, local rock used in stone tool manufacture, so that they could more easily obtain blades from the core material.

Creepy & Funny Skeletons - An illustrated poem by my 7-year-old

Frequently at bedtime, my 7-year-old, Cecilia, asks me to read her something I've written for Forbes. At first, I think she was just trying to extend bedtime by a few minutes, but now she asks a thoughtful question or two about the topic. Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a fall Friday with family in town. So, my quick hits and varia are going to be a bit quicker and maybe less varia than usual.  If you feel like you need more links to follow, then listen to first Caraheard Podcast of season 3. Time and Cosmos at ISAW. Faculty (and friends) on… Read More ?

Exceptionally preserved fossil fish from Silurian of China illuminates jaw evolution

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) In a study published Oct. 20 in Science, paleontologists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology and Uppsala University in Sweden reported a second Silurian maxillate placoderm, Qilinyu rostrate, which bridges the gnathal and maxillate conditions. Show More Summary

Pacific islanders invented new kind of society at Nan Madol

New dating on the stone buildings of Nan Madol suggests the ancient coral reef capital in the Pacific Ocean was the earliest among the islands to be ruled by a single chief.

Finds from Chisenbury

Our excavation at East Chisenbury with Operation Nightingale and Breaking Ground Heritage revealed a great selection of finds. Take a look at some of the particularly interesting artefacts: Ines Lopez Doriga found a small copper alloy figure. Show More Summary

Vomit Inducing Smarm from US dealer

As my readers will know, I consider many of the antiquities dealers I come across in my perusal of the international market, slimy toads at the best of times. So this from one of them, does not really surprise: As to where this US dealer's thoughts really are is revealed at the bottom: Sometimes the veiled nastiness of the antiquities trade just makes you want to vomit.


This newly discovered over 1,000-year-old golden heart jewel with glass enamel is believed to have belonged to a 10th century Bulgarian Tsaritsa (Empress). Photo: Shum A remarkable golden jewel in the shape of a heart decorated with a five-color enamel, which may have belonged to the wife of Tsar Petar I (r. Show More Summary

Stone Age people 'roasted rodents for food' - archaeologists

The vole may have been a food source 5,000 years ago Rodents appear to have been roasted for food by Stone Age people as early as 5,000 years ago, archaeological evidence suggests. Bones from archaeological sites in Orkney show voles were cooked or boiled for food, or possibly for pest control. Show More Summary

5,000 years ago, rodents were apparently considered food in part of Europe

New evidence including this ancient, charred vole mandible suggests that 5,000 years ago, rodents were on the menu in Europe. (Courtesy of Jeremy Herman) Th e European palate may not always have been so sophisticated. This week, researchers report the first evidence of ancient Europeans snacking on rodents at least 5,000 years ago. Show More Summary

Spectacular archaeological find in Denmark

More and more Stone Age maps are turning up on Bornholm (photo: National Museum) A mysterious stone found in a ditch on Bornholm by archaeology students during the summer has proven to be a 5,000 years old map. According to the magazine Skalk, the stone was discovered during archaeological excavation work at the Neolithic shrine Vasagård. Show More Summary

Unusual Medieval Graves Found In Poland

Ten monumental tombs discovered in Sasiny (Podlaskie), initially believed by archaeologists to contain Neolithic burials, were found to be less that 1,000 years old, and made by Christians. The cemetery in Sasiny is located in the northeastern Poland. Show More Summary

Missing Viking-era rune stone turns up in Sweden

A Viking-era rune stone that went missing for almost two centuries has been found after a Swedish archaeologist stumbled on it almost by chance. The find took place during installation work of a lightning conductor at Hagby Church, west of the central Swedish university town of Uppsala. Show More Summary

Viking arrowheads emerge from melting Norwegian glaciers

High up in the mountains, archaeologists are now discovering human traces dating as far back as the Stone age. The oldest ice in this snowdrift glacier may have formed in the Stone Age. Now the ice is melting, and archaeologists have a golden opportunity to find ancient traces of human activity. Show More Summary

Archeologists discover where Titus breached Jerusalem walls

Excavation at a new art campus reveals the site of Roman siege to the city’s third wall, which led to destruction of the Second Temple in 70AD Israeli archaeologists have found evidence of where Titus’s Roman legions may have breached...Show More Summary

Study finds earliest evidence in fossil record for right-handedness

(University of Kansas) By examining striations on teeth of a Homo habilis fossil, a new discovery led by a University of Kansas researcher has found the earliest evidence for right-handedness in the fossil record dating back 1.8 million years.

Gullible Collectors Naively Stake Faith on Forgeries

Many recent biblical archaeological ‘finds’ have been proven to be false: often after enthusiastic collectors have handed over large wads of cash for an artefact that appears to be a direct link to their faith (Jamie Seidel, 'DoubtsShow More Summary

In the name of the popes: How the Church shaped Europe

(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) How did Europe become what it is today and what role did the institution of the Church play? As part of the project 'Regesta Pontificum Romanorum' historians of Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg...Show More Summary

We must highlight these 'trowel blazers' - and inspire tomorrow's women scientists

Science has a diversity problem. Role models matter, so Raising Horizons aims to re-set imaginations by sharing two centuries of pioneering women geoscientists Science in the 21st century is exploding with astonishing advances, yet we’re still waiting for a breakthrough in improving the diversity and representation of those doing the research. Show More Summary

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