Sur le Web, ces 30 derniers jours

lundi 8 décembre 2014

  • Mitochondrial DNA Suggests Female Vikings Traveled, Too
    OSLO, NORWAY—Analysis of mitochondrial DNA obtained from 80 Viking skeletons in Norway suggests that Norse women participated in the colonization of the Scottish mainland, Shetland, Orkney, and Iceland 1,000 years ago. Mitochondrial DNA is only inherited through the female line. “It seems to (...)

  • Historic Communications Ship Discovered in the Pacific Ocean
    MĀNOA, HAWAII—An intact ship has been discovered sitting upright under 2,000 feet of water off the coast of O’ahu by a team of scientists from the University of Hawaii, Hawai’i Undersea Research Laboratory, and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. First launched in 1923 for the Commercial (...)

  • Royal Viking Feasting Hall Found in Sweden
    STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Archaeologists wielding ground-penetrating radar have located the foundation of a Viking feasting hall in southern Sweden. The hall was discovered by a team made up of scientists from Stockholm University and Umeå University, in the Aska barrow, which had been thought to be a (...)

  • Men Indicted in Israel on Looting Charge
    ARAD, ISRAEL—Young men from the village of Seir have been indicted for plundering the Cave of the Skulls in the Judean Desert. The men were spotted on the side of the cliff where the cave is located by members of the Arad Rescue Unit, who were undergoing routine training. They contacted (...)

  • PROF. DR. LJUBA RISTOVSKI: OBJAŠNJENJE MEGA-KERAMIČKIH BLOKOVA “K-1” I “K-2”
    Beogradski fizičar prof.dr. Ljuba Ristovski analizirao je snimke mega-keramičkih blokova “K-1” i “K-2” u Podzemnom labirintu Ravne. Naime, njih je tehnikom polikontrastne interferentne fotografije (PIP) snimio u septembru 2014. tehničar Sasa Nadjfeji. Ovo predstavlja kontinuitet snimanja Bosanske (...)

  • Largest Stone Block From Antiquity Found
    German archaeologists have discovered the largest stone ever carved by human hands, possibly dating to more than 2,000 years ago. Still partially buried, the monolith measures 19.6 meters (64 feet) in length, 6 meters (19.6 feet) wide, and is at least 5.5 meters (18 feet) high. Its weight is (...)

  • Scott Wolter: Custer's Treasure Didn't Exist, But We Pretended for TV Anyway
    Since it’s a rather slow day in the world of wacky history, I thought it might be fun to follow up on Scott Wolter’s adventure looking for George Armstrong Custer’s lost treasure even though nineteenth century history is a little outside my usual wheelhouse. On his blog, Wolter admitted that the (...)

  • Viking feasting hall discovered in Sweden by archaeologists
    A Viking feasting hall measuring almost 50 metres in length has been identified near Vadstena in Sweden.

  • Danish Bronze Age glass beads traced to Egypt
    An international collaboration between Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, and Institut de Recherche sur les Archéomatériaux (IRAMAT) at Orléans, France, has resulted in a sensational discovery about the trade routes between Denmark and the ancient (...)

  • Prehistoric rock art sites under threat in India
    One of the rarest art form of rock paintings discovered in South India is in a nondescript village, Kilvalai, located at around 55km from Puducherry. One of the rare paintings on the rock at Kilvalai village in Villupuram district [Credit: The Hindu]Expressing concern over such rare arts of (...)

  • Scientists reveal parchment’s hidden stories
    A new technique of analysing DNA found in ancient parchments can unveil specific information on the development of agriculture across the centuries.

dimanche 7 décembre 2014

  • HURL and NOAA team discover intact ‘ghost ship’ off Hawaii
    Researchers from the University of Hawai'i (UH) and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries today announced the discovery of an intact "ghost ship" in 2,000 feet of water nearly 20 miles off the coast of Oahu.

  • Antiquities robbers caught red-handed in Dead Sea Cave
    An indictment was handed up against antiquities robbers who tried to loot Dead Sea scrolls from the Judean Desert. This comes in the wake of a dramatic capture carried out last weekend by inspectors of the Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery of the Israel Antiquities Authority, with (...)

  • Review of America Unearthed S03E05 "Custer's Blood Treasure"
    This week we continue this season’s treasure hunting theme, this time looking for the apocryphal treasure of George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry. Frankly, I find treasure hunts to be rather boring, but never more so than when the treasure in question never existed in the form the (...)

  • Parthenon sculpture leaves Britain for the first time
    The decision of the British Museum to lend one of the Parthenon sculptures to an exhibition at the Hermitage Museum in Russia, has created a storm of reactions. This is how The Telegraph tells the story: The statue of Ilissos at the British Museum [Credit: Telegraph]"The British Museum has (...)

samedi 6 décembre 2014

  • Imperial Household Agency loosens up on access to Osaka burial mound
    As part of measured steps toward greater openness, a department of the Imperial Household Agency on Friday guided academics and reporters around a hitherto off-limits megalithic burial mound near Osaka Bay. The ancient Tannowa Nisanzai Kofun burial mound is seen in the town of Misaki, Osaka (...)

  • Archaeologists explore ancient ship of Song Dynasty
    Archaeologists have started exploring the interiors of the Song Dynasty "Nanhai Number One" shipwreck . Archaeologists excavate the interior parts of the wrecked ship belonging to the Song Dynasty "Nanhai Number One" on Dec 2, 2014 [Credit: Xinhua]The vessel, 30.4-meter-long and 9.8-meter-wide, (...)

  • Review of Ancient Aliens S07E11 "Alien Resurrections"
    Back in season three, Ancient Aliens devoted an hour to “Aliens and the Undead” (S03E14), which covered zombies, vampires, and so on. Just last week, they gave a good portion of “Secrets of the Mummies” (S07E10) to the idea that the ancient people believed in the resurrection of the flesh. The (...)

vendredi 5 décembre 2014

  • Khoisan Genome Reveals Populous Past
    UNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA—The genomes of five Khoisan study participants living in different tribes in Namibia were compared with the genomes of 1,462 people from 48 ethnic groups from around the world. The analysis suggests that the Khoisan population may have comprised the majority of (...)

  • Soldiers’ Remains Unearthed in Poland
    PRZEMYSL, POLAND—Archaeologists are recovering the remains of more than 3,000 Italian and Soviet prisoners who had been interned by the Nazis during World War II. The crew sorts the bones and bags the skulls. “It’s the only way to count the exact number of victims,” archaeologist Przemyslaw (...)

  • Maori Remains Repatriated
    WELLLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND—The remains of more than 100 people, including the skeletal remains of 24 Moriori, 46 Maori, 35 preserved tattooed heads, and two tattooed thigh skins, have been returned to Te Papa. The heads and thigh skins had been collected by a British soldier in the nineteenth (...)

  • Redefining the Conflict over the Parthenon Marbles
    Almost everyone in Greece and the United Kingdom has heard about the conflict over the Parthenon marbles. This diplomatic dispute between these countries is a textbook case of how restitution claims should not be handled. Up until now the discussion has focused on finding the ‘truth’. Cavalry (...)

  • Some Notes on Giants and Scott Wolter's Newest Rant
    I often receive complaints that I shouldn’t bother wasting my time reviewing fringe history TV shows because they are just entertainment and no one could believe them. The World News Daily Report hoax article about giants that went viral yesterday should put to rest that fallacious complaint. I (...)

  • Anatolia’s bone collection sheds light on history
    With a collection of around 10,000 human skeletons from the earliest sands of time to the Middle Ages, the Hacettepe University Anthropology Laboratory is continuing to draw researchers from around the world thanks to the insights the remains offer about the ancient world. A bone collection at (...)

  • Solid gold torc hidden in Celtic coin hoard
    A Celtic coin hoard discovered on Jersey has been astounding archaeologists with a series of gold treasure finds. The Golden torc is bigger than any other ever found on Jersey [Credit: © Jersey Heritage]For the past two weeks, Jersey Heritage's conservation team have been excavating an area (...)

  • PROMOCIJA PIRAMIDA, VISOKOG I BIH
    U prvih jedanaest mjeseci 2014. godine, u periodu januar-novembar, pronanalazač bosanskih piramida dr. Semir Osmanagić održao je 61 višesatno predavanje u 39 svjetskih gradova i 15 zemalja. To je kontinuitet dinamike iz prehodnih godina. Primjera radi, tokom 2013. dr. Osmanagić je održao 62 (...)

  • Nature makes all articles free to view
    Nature makes all articles free to viewNature makes all articles free to view (Publisher permits subscribers and media to share read-only versions of its papers by Richard Van NoordenNature.com, 02 December 2014 http://www.nature.com/news/nature-makes-all-articles-free-to-view-1.16460A New Way (...)

jeudi 4 décembre 2014

  • Climate Change in the Ancient Southwest
    PULLMAN, WASHINGTON—Archaeologist Tim Kohler and researcher Kyle Bocinsky of Washington State University have used tree-ring data, the temperature and water requirements of growing maize, and computer programs to produce a map of the ideal growing regions of the American Southwest for the past (...)

  • Cancer Identified in 4,500-Year-Old Skeleton
    SASKATOON, CANADA—Holes in the well-preserved bones of a man who died in Siberia 4,500 years ago show that he suffered from lung or prostate cancer that had spread throughout his body from his hip to his head. “This is one of [the oldest]—if not the oldest—absolute cases of cancer that we can be (...)

  • Soil Analysis Reveals Traces of Frankincense in Roman Burials
    BRADFORD, ENGLAND—Analysis of residues collected from 49 burials from Roman Britain has identified traces of frankincense, which was imported from southern Arabia or eastern Africa, in four of them. Traces of resins imported from the Mediterranean region and northern Europe were found in ten (...)

  • Celtic Coin Hoard Contains Six Torques
    ST. HELIER, JERSEY—A large, solid gold torque, or neck ornament, has been partially excavated from a hoard of coins and other jewelry discovered on the island of Jersey. The torque has a massive decoration where it probably locked around the wearer’s neck. The conservation team from Jersey (...)

  • Review of "The Great Zoo of China" by Matthew Reilly
    Sometime during the summer of 1992, when I was eleven years old, I bought a paperback copy of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, which had been released at the end of 1990. I loved the book and must have read it three or four times before Steven Spielberg’s movie adaptation was released the (...)

  • Oldest case of human cancer discovered in Siberia
    More than 4,500 years ago, a Siberian man succumbed to a scourge all too familiar to modern humans, a disease that left telltale signs on his bones for Angela Lieverse and her colleagues to read and diagnose. In situ photograph of Gorodishche II, Burial 3 [Credit: Angela Lieverse/ University of (...)

  • Indigenous stories accurately tell of sea level rises, land mass reductions over 10,000 years
    Indigenous stories offer highly accurate accounts of events that occurred over 10,000 years ago, including known changes in sea levels and the disappearance of land mass, research shows. Monero Aboriginal dancers watch joggers in the Botanical Gardens in Sydney [Credit: AFP/Torsten (...)

  • Localized climate change contributed to ancient southwest depopulation
    Washington State University researchers have detailed the role of localized climate change in one of the great mysteries of North American archaeology: the depopulation of southwest Colorado by ancestral Pueblo people in the late 1200s. The dramatic changes in the Southwest took place near the (...)

  • Dirt provides new insight into Roman burials
    A team of archaeologists led by the University of Bradford has unveiled the first scientific evidence of frankincense being used in Roman burial rites in Britain. The findings – published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science – prove that, even while the Roman Empire was declining, these (...)

  • Feasting and politics in Viking Iceland
    Vikings are known for raiding and trading, but those who settled in Iceland centuries ago spent more time producing and consuming booze and beef -- in part to gain political clout in a place very different from their Scandinavian homeland, says a Baylor University archaeologist. These human (...)

  • Uncovering one of mankind’s most ancient lineages
    Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Penn State University in the United States have successfully discovered one of modern humans' ancient lineages through the sequencing of genes. A group of Khoisan hunter gatherers [Credit: Nanyang Technological University]A (...)

  • Warrior skeletons unearthed in Jutland
    Archaeologists in Aalborg have found the remains of about 15 killed warriors who they believe were part of a battle that took place during Grevens Fejde (the Count's War), a Danish civil war from 1534-1536. The 10-15 skeletons are believed to be connected to General Johan Rantzau storming (...)

  • First comprehensive characterisation of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Researchers from the African Genome Variation Project (AGVP) have published the first attempt to comprehensively characterise genetic diversity across Sub-Saharan Africa. The study of the world’s most genetically diverse region will provide an invaluable resource for medical researchers and (...)

  • Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell
    Not only Homo sapiens made engravings.

  • Massive Water Basin Unearthed in Rome
    ROME, ITALY—What is being called the largest Roman water basin ever found has been unearthed during the excavation of Rome’s new metro line. “It’s so big that it goes beyond the perimeter of the [metro] work site and it has not been possible to uncover it completely. It was lined with hydraulic (...)

mercredi 3 décembre 2014

  • Survey Reveals Medieval City in England
    WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND—A team from the University of Southampton has employed high-tech tools to map the remains of medieval buildings at Old Sarum. The city, founded in the Iron Age, eventually declined after the construction of a new cathedral and the rise of New Sarum, now known as Salisbury, in (...)

  • Roman and Pictish Silver Hoard Discovered in Scotland
    ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND—More than 100 pieces of silver, including coins and jewelry, have been unearthed in northeastern Scotland. “It is a hugely important discovery being Europe’s most northerly Late Roman hacksilver hoard, and also containing otherwise unique Pictish silver,” Martin Goldberg of (...)

  • Shells Engraved by Homo erectus Found in Museum Collection
    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—While photographing and cataloging hundreds of fossilized mollusk shells collected in the nineteenth century by Eugène Dubois in Java, Indonesia, where he discovered the first Homo erectus, Stephen Munro of Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia (...)

  • Rare Anglo Saxon carving found by gardener
    Looking for some natural stone for a rockery in his garden, John Wyatt thought he had found a bargain when he saw a job lot advertised for £50. The Anglo Saxon carving found by gardener John Wyatt [Credit: Dukes/BNPS]He was more right than he knew. For when he took the ton and a half of rock (...)

  • Dirt provides new insight into Roman burials
    The first scientific evidence of frankincense being used in Roman burial rites in Britain has been uncovered by a team of archaeological scientists led by the University of Bradford. The findings - published in the Journal of Archaeological Science - prove that, even while the Roman Empire was (...)

  • Shackled skeletons found in Gallo-Roman cemetery
    A rescue excavation by a team of archaeologists from Inrap revealed hundreds of Gallo-Roman graves on a proposed building site in southwestern France. Detail view of burial 2073 with iron bondage collar [Credit: © Frédéric Méténier, Inrap 2014]The site is located approximately 250m west of the (...)

  • Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell
    Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a 'canvas' for an engraving. An international team of researchers, led by Leiden archaeologist José Joordens, published this discovery on 3 December in Nature. The discovery provides new (...)

  • Metro dig uncovers largest reservoir of Imperial Rome
    Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient commercial farm in the heart of modern Rome, taking advantage of subway construction to explore deeply in urban settings. View of the metro C dig at San Giovanni, Rome [Credit: La Repubblica]They worked some 20 meters down (some six stories deep) near (...)

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samedi 12 juillet

De Dominique Jongbloed, à propos des analyses pour lesquelles il réclame 10 000 euros à ses fans :

La présidente de NORDSUD INSTITUTE propose de soumettre également les frais de laboratoires au gouvernement de Bosnie-Herzégovine ... Comme un fan avisé l’a dit quelque part dans les pages :" après tout c’est surtout eux qui bénéficieront des retombées économiques"...

Oui, bien sûr... Coût estimé des inondations et glissements de terrain en Bosnie : 2 milliards d’euros (http://balkans.courriers.info/article25149.html). Ils n’auront sûrement rien de plus pressé que de payer des analyses de cailloux dont tous les géologues locaux ont déjà confirmé qu’il s’agissait de grès ou de conglomérat...

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mercredi 11 décembre 2013

De Dominique Jongbloed, "l’Aventurier", sur sa page Facebook, à propos des "fréquences" décelées autour des "pyramides" de Bosnie :

"On ne sait pas si la fréquence électromagnétique est [...] une sorte d’amplification de la partie électromagnétique de l’onde ultrasonore !!"

Bêtisier 12 : la preuve par l’absence

mardi 26 mars 2013

De Jacques Grimault, auteur du film "La Révélation des Pyramides", parlant de "l’écriture des chiffres" léguée selon lui aux hommes par les mystérieux "bâtisseurs" des pyramides :

C’est parce que ces prêtres écrivaient uniquement dans le sable, l’argile ou sur des tablettes de cire lorsqu’ils s’entretenaient de choses sacrées et secrètes, qu’elle n’a pas pu être observée d’un point de vue documentaire dans les fouilles éthno-archéologiques

C’est vrai après tout, on n’a jamais retrouvé qu’à peine plus de 500 000 tablettes d’argile ou de cire antiques...

Bêtisier 11

lundi 2 mai 2011

De Mensur Omerbashich, roi de Bosnie et autres terres :

"Il est ici démontré que la gravité est une vibration mécanique répulsive de l’éther, ce qui signifie que les expériences de détection de l’éther ne sont pas encore assez sensibles."

"Pour tester ma théorie je propose qu’une mission spatiale aille collecter sur place des mesures des periodes propres du Soleil, de ses planètes et de leurs satellites."