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Blog Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Puzzling artifacts found at Europe’s oldest battlefield

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 16th, 02020

Bronze-Age crime scene forensics: newly discovered artifacts only deepen the mystery of a 3,300-year-old battle. What archaeologists previously thought to be a local skirmish looks more and more like a regional conflict that drew combatants in from hundreds of kilometers away…but why? Much like the total weirdness of the . . .   Read More

Discovery in Mexican Cave May Drastically Change the Known Timeline of Humans’ Arrival to the Americas

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 27th, 02020

Human history in the Americas may be twice long as long as previously believed — at least 26,500 years — according to authors of a new study at Mexico’s Chiquihuite cave and other sites throughout Central Mexico. According to the study’s lead author Ciprian Ardelean: “This site alone can’t be considered . . .   Read More

The Thames at Low Tide Reveals a Treasure Trove of Historical Tokens

by Alice Riddell on March 11th, 02020

As recently reported by Megan Specia for The New York Times, The Thames in London is hiding historical secrets on its shore, and certain explorers are eager to uncover them. At low tide, the river peels back to expose a beachy foreshore, and with it, long forgotten antiques and partially buried objects, dating as . . .   Read More

AI Unearths New Nazca Line in the Shape of a Humanoid Figure

by Alice Riddell on December 20th, 02019

The Nazca lines in Peru have baffled archaeologists for a century. Photo Credit: Jon Arnold Images Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo In Southern Peru, deep in the Nazca Desert, ancient etchings spread across the landscape. To an observer at ground level, they appear as lines cut into the desert surface. Most are straight, while . . .   Read More

A Trips Festival for the Digital Age

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on November 21st, 02019

Sónar seeks to bridge the worlds of art and technology, the popular and the avant garde, and club culture and cyberculture . . .   Read More

The History of (Western) Philosophy

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on October 22nd, 02019

The History of Philosophy is an interactive tool enabling users to dig into a visual timeline of 2,500 years of philosophical thought and discover lines of agreement and divergence. The project is the brainchild of Deniz Cem Önduygu, who is continually updating it as he learns more. Since sharing this link on social . . .   Read More

Ancient Native Legend About a Great Flood is True, Study Finds

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 9th, 02019

Geologists have verified that the legend of a great flood passed down orally by the Pacific Northwest’s Klallam people for 2,700 years is not a myth, but a warning. A new study has found that as many as five tsunamis hit an ancient Klallam village in present-day Washington state.

The evidence comes. . .   Read More

‘Extraordinary’ 500-Year-Old Library Catalog Reveals Books Lost to Time

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on April 14th, 02019

Researchers in Copenhagen have discovered a catalog containing thousands of summaries of books from 500 years ago, many of which no longer exist.

Proximity to Resources Helps Explain Locations of Easter Island Monuments, a New Paper Argues

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 14th, 02019

A new paper by archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo addresses one of the longstanding mysteries of the monuments of Easter Island: their location.

Four hundred of the statues, known as muai, are located miles away from where they were originally quarried, and sit on megalithic platforms, or ahu. An analysis of the locations of. . .   Read More

Deep Time

by Martin Rees on December 29th, 02018

Photo by Darv Robinson on Unsplash

This is the week when we recall what we’ve done last year, and resolve to use time better in the year to come. Indeed, in our everyday lives, time is a precious commodity. We can gain or lose it. We can save, spend or waste it. If our. . .   Read More

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