Archaeology 2016: The Year of Strange Finds Continues

 

Archaeology 2016: The Year of Strange Finds Continues

by Amy Lignor

 

There have been years and then there have been years, but when it comes to finding amazing, odd, and even unexplainable discoveries, 2016 is right up there with the 1947 Roswell incident – something so great that still remains a subject of conversation, conviction, and contention almost 70 years later.

 

Take just last week, for instance. Spanish archaeologists actually discovered a millennia-old mummy when working in the Egyptian town of Luxor. You’ve certainly heard of the area before. After all, we’re talking about the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, referred to as the “world’s greatest open-air museum,” seeing as that the ruins of famous and infamous temples are available for one and all to view. This latest mummy discovered was in just about the best condition it could possibly have been.

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Sarcophagus containing the mummy that has been found near Luxor. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In a tomb dating from between 1075-664 BC, on the west bank of the Nile, this particular find was in a bright colored sarcophagus made of wood, buried very near to a temple that was part of the era when the Warrior King Tut III reigned. Bound with linen and stuck together with plaster, the mummy was most likely a servant to the royal household. Decorated with colorful religious symbols, like the goddess Isis, this latest mummy is a true sight that has archaeologists buzzing.

 

But that’s not the only area where the “dead” seem to be rising from their graves in 2016. In Russia, two citizens of Kokorya (not archaeologists) stumbled across a wooden coffin, complete with pockets for holding different kinds of arrows, as well as other weaponry. The artifacts were found in a hole in a cliff, including two decorative bone plaques, silk ribbons, a leather strap, and birch bark linings for a saddle. Judging by the shape of the arrow heads, it seems that the owner was a true warrior. A surprise find, a team of archaeologists is planning to investigate the burial site.

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‘This quiver is a great find, it is very well preserved. It will be important to examine it more thoroughly to understand its construction.’ Picture: Almadakov E.A.

Not to be left out, Italy had their own discovery of a man, yet not exactly buried in warrior or noble fashion. In Milan, the remains of a still-shackled man were discovered in a 2,500-year-old Etruscan necropolis. The place has yielded other normal burials, yet this man was between twenty and thirty years of age when he died and, because of the finds, most likely was a slave who worked in maritime activities, or in the local iron mines. Bound with irons on his legs, it was evident he wore a heavy iron collar around his neck. Being called “The Tomb of the Silver Hands,” investigations will continue.

 

There was also “odd” in 2016 that had nothing to do with the dead. London may have had the most interesting, seeing as that they were recently excavating the Curtain Theater (Shakespeare’s realm), when they uncovered a rectangular stage approximately 45 feet long, built over a passageway with doors set at either end. Not only is this an archaeological find, but also a mystical one with questions attached to it. Everyone believed that the early Elizabethan theater was a polygonal structure, but the more they excavate, the more they reveal that Shakespeare and other playwrights of the time may have been writing plays to act out on this kind of stage, which means a complete change in the history of entertainment, as well as architecture. Not only that, but they have uncovered green-glazed money boxes that held entrance fees; glass beads and pins that may have come from the actors’ costumes; along with drinking vessels and clay pipes that can also be dated back to a time when actors spoke words that would, in our day, turn to legend.

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The newly excavated Curtain Theatre may be one of the earliest purpose-built theaters built in London.
Credit: Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)

In 2017, these slightly “odd” discoveries will reveal even more to the world. And one of the strangest will be solving the puzzle of what is “pinging” from the depths of the water in Canada. With no identifiable source, this sound has been heard throughout the past few months in the Fury and Hecla Strait, a channel of water in the Nunavut region of Canada. And although no solution or reason has been found, it will be interesting to see exactly what awaits our prying eyes “down below.”

 

2016 has yielded such utterly unique entertainment that 2017 should include a whole lot of exploration. Oh to be Indiana Jones right now!

 

Source:  Baret News

Scientists Butt Heads Over Fire & Ice

 

Scientists Butt Heads Over Fire & Ice

~ Samantha Lewis

 

Although many believe that “Ice Age” was just a cute movie series, it now seems that yet another scare has to be put into the American people regarding the Ice Ages we have had, and the fact that the sun will, supposedly, head to bed (sleep) in 2020. What would life be without a new ‘dire announcement’ every few months or so, right? Although this one happens to be butting heads with one that was already issued ages ago that is still quite prevalent in all scientific communities. In other words, confusion has set in.

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It is the truth that we have been through many scares as far as the end of the world is concerned; the biggest being 1999 changing over to 2000 when people such as Bill Gates said, what are you worried about? The computers simply change over. Was he right? Yup. And, yes, here we are in 2015 and still going.

 

But in 2020, we get to look forward to another Ice Age (?) that will be added to our current historical resume of five major ice ages that have occurred in the Earth’s history. They are the Huronian, Cryogenian, Andean-Saharan, Karoo Ice Age and the Quaternary glaciation. Yes, apparently all five have been a part of the world we live in and, other than these time periods, the Earth has been completely ice-free, even in highest of latitudes.

 

Science is getting a bit ‘muddy,’ especially considering that we are constantly being spoken to about global warming and ice melting so badly that even polar bears are dying out because there is not enough ice for their own survival. It was back in the 1970s when the theory that a new Ice Age would start in the year 2020 was first stated. Considering the world of global warming, however, that theory was set aside. But because of this news, it seems that global warming is supposed to take a back seat while fear of a new miniature Ice Age is placed upon us. Can anyone say: “Make up your mind?”

 

This phenomenon was last seen on this planet between 1646 and 1715, causing the River Thames to freeze over. Recently, at the National Astronomy Meeting, information was given out that focused on the “new solar cycle models” and how scientists are producing accurate predictions of irregularities in two layers of the sun. These two layers will fall out of sync, supposedly around 2020, and cause solar activity to reduce.

 

It was 1978 when “The Coming Ice Age” movie had Leonard Nimoy offering up a warning back then that matches these predictions now. Goodness knows there are many areas of the East Coast that have seen some truly brutal winters over the past few years. And the record-breaking winters experienced have been mounting up, showing one and all that the planet is actually getting colder. Snow is starting to fall far earlier than people expect and storms are occurring long after winter is supposedly over.

 

But…which is it? Between a mini-Ice Age and a global warming problem that, according to scientists, continues to worsen every day, it is becoming more confusing to people as to what science knows and does not know. For right now, they seem to be backing up only one—Robert Frost of all people, who stated long ago that: Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice

 

In other words, no matter what the news of the day is, all we still know for sure is that the cause of the Earth’s eventual demise remains a 50/50 shot. Stay tuned: When James Patterson’s book “Zoo” comes to the small screen, stories of animals taking us out will also return.

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

A Hauntingly Odd Time for the Shark?

 

 

 

A Hauntingly Odd Time for the Shark?

~ Samantha Lewis

 

“Shark Week 2015” began yesterday on the Discovery Channel. This is the 28th year for this most talked about and most watched television event on TV. (Super Bowl not included). The week includes JAW-SOME events that watchers all across the world wait for in anticipation all year long. It is a popular time, spotlighting one of the world’s most popular creatures.

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This is also the 40th anniversary of the epic movie event, JAWS, which is being played over and over again on television screens everywhere.

 

Odd, these anniversary events, seeing as that the news headlines have been inundated with stories of shark attacks. Seven swimmers have been attacked by the awesome beasts in North Carolina in less than a month. The most recent attack being last Wednesday, had the victim of the attack swimming in front of a lifeguard stand when a gray shark, approximately seven feet long in size, pulled him under the water and bit him on the rib cage, lower leg, hip, and hands.

 

From a seventeen-year-old near Waves, N.C. to an eight-year-old swimming in only knee-deep water in Surf City, the ‘Shark’ has appeared and created bloodshed. There are those who want to close beaches. There are those who want to ‘hunt’ and kill the sharks in order to restore peace (AKA: make sure not to lose summer dollars). And there are those who will not blame the sharks considering the ocean is their territory and we’re basically setting ourselves up to be bitten if we decide to enter an area that has seen shark attacks come one right after the other.

 

This summer has earned the title: “Summer of the Shark” and the great face with evil black eyes seems to be everywhere. If one were extremely paranoid, one would think that this all comes about at the exact same time because ‘someone’ wants to remind us all that sharks are not simply something to be celebrated on TV and in the movies. They are quite real, not just pictures on t-shirts which seems to be what they’ve become. Heck, even in the blockbuster “Jurassic World” a shark scene was implanted as an ode to “Bruce” – Spielberg’s shark that barely ever worked during filming.

 

Swimmers need to know that it is at this very time of year when sharks migrate north from Florida following warm water – therefore, it is not odd for them to appear in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Like most animal or mammal, sharks head to the place where the food is, and North Carolina (where the attacks have occurred) have shown large populations of herring, and sea turtles.

 

The Great White, as well as all other breeds, go where the balance of prey outweighs the predator. Even all the way up the eastern coast in Massachusetts, more have been seen because of the seal colonies that have grown monumentally since the passing of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972. The waters are a buffet for the shark right now…

 

…and Shark Week is a ratings bonanza for the Discovery Channel. Fans are thrilled while science is, of course, highly upset. And these latest shark attacks make them even angrier about Shark Week. It took forever to get them to stop talking about the highest-rated program ever on Shark Week which was “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives.” The network said that the documentary about a massive shark that has been extinct for a million-plus years was a ‘fake.’ But it was a cool story that called out to viewers and had nothing to do with throwing a wrench into what science believes.

 

In the end, Shark Week is a television event. Period. Documentaries and stories that the public love to watch and the Discovery Channel loves to enjoy seeing the ratings raise astronomically because of. Yes, there are real attacks in the ocean that is actually the shark’s ‘home’ – not ours – which means everyone needs to be highly aware of the fact that these creatures need to be feared. After all, if you walked into a Grizzly Bear’s cave after she’s given birth, you most likely wouldn’t walk out.

 

And THAT’s the point.

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

The "Ark" Debate: Saving the World’s Creatures or Not

 

The “Ark” Debate: Saving the World’s Creatures or Not

~ Amy Lignor

 

Perhaps it’s because of the ‘thoughts’ behind things like ‘Jurassic World’ or the new TV show called, ‘Humans’ – but the idea that DNA will be collected and ‘stored’ for every being on the planet actually sounds dangerous. Of course…we’re not talking about bringing back ancient beasts or having the ability to clone a person and make a “non-feeling” double. …Right?

 

Are Scientists Crossing the DNA Line?Moscow State University was the ‘name’ that landed the largest-ever scientific grant given by Russia for a project that spans through 2018. This project is to collect DNA from every living and extinct creature that will then be stored in a database – the first in the world. Some call this a modern-day take on “Noah’s Ark.” According to the researchers involved, the database will collect and save every creature known to mankind and will, in the end, cost approximately nineteen million dollars to create.

 

But this is not only going on in Russia. In fact, Britain has their own project when it comes to DNA collection, but they are calling their work, “The Frozen Ark.” They, too, are collecting DNA and cataloging/storing the information in a databank, but only the DNA of endangered species.

 

The statistics say that the Earth is experiencing the greatest loss of species, creatures, plants, etc., since the dinosaurs were “selected” for extinction. Apparently, despite a great many strong and determined efforts, 30% (and rising) of animals, whether they be on land or in water, will actually go extinct and join the dinosaurs in our history books within the next fifty years unless something far more aggressive is done.

 

As the human population grows, the destruction of natural habitats grows, and it certainly doesn’t look like human numbers are going to decrease. So for Britain, the “Frozen Ark” (set up in 1996) works to save samples of frozen cells from endangered animals before they go extinct, which means the animal’s characteristics can be kept for all time…and perhaps allow creatures to be restored to the Earth with new breakthroughs in technology.

 

If looking at Russia’s and Britain’s projects side by side, however, there are some interesting oddities. When it comes to the “Frozen Ark,” zoos, aquariums, museums and more, located in eight countries, have joined the project. And news is constantly given to the public, from the bison to the sea turtle to David Attenborough’s meetings with the President almost every weeks to keep everyone updated on the progress.  ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frozen-Ark/173368602678865 ).

 

With the Russian project, not a great deal of information can be found – only the announcement in 2014 that the grant was landed. People are waiting to hear anything about this huge undertaking that will involve their scientists “cryogenically freezing” cellular matter, which can be reproduced later in the future if it becomes necessary.

 

Does America have their own “Ark” in the works? As far as the scientific community believes, America has not yet come out with their own databank project. But with Russia and Britain at the forefront of this science…the idea that creatures can be brought back seems to be walking the line between ‘excitement that no species will ever be lost to the Earth’ versus ‘DNA and this type of technology being in the wrong hands.’

Paul de Vos, ~Ark van NoahSource:  Baret News Wire

Trail of Highways; What is a Leucistic Screech Owl?

 

Trail of Highways ™; What is a Leucistic Screech Owl?

Presentation is at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, “Raptor Fest 2015”
Meaning of Leucism /?lju?s?z?m/ is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin.

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What is a Leuistic Screech Owl?

 

What is a Leucistic Screech Owl?

Presentation is at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, “Raptor Fest 2015”
Meaning of Leucism /?lju?s?z?m/ is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin. Wikipedia

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