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Trip to Cascadia Cave brings archaeology to life for Eugene festivalgoers

Dylan Darling @DylanJDarling SWEET HOME — Only some of the petroglyphs catch the eye right away. So Tony Farqué held up a flashlight and clicked the button to trigger a strobe. Light flickered on the rock wall towering above him, revealing a hidden tapestry of carvings. Farqué said the strobe light mimics the glow of pitch torches used by Native Americans who carved the mysterious etchings in the rock thousands of years ago. "This is the largest and most complete rock art site in Western Oregon by far," said Farqué, archaeologist for the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. "There is a lot here." During the past 25 years, Farqué has led the hike to Cascadia Cave more than 450 times, introducing about 8,500 people to the special place. The site is about 60 miles northeast of Eugene off Highway 20. Most of the 10 people who joined Farqué on Friday were part of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival in Eugene. The festival is in its 15th year, and..

Brutal ancient mass sacrifice REVEALED: Sick priests ripped out hearts of children

Evidence of the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice by members of the sprawling ancient Chimú Empire where up to 140 children and 200 young llamas were killed. The children were between five to 14 years, according to reports. While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in scientific excavations, this discovery in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is “unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world”. EPA MASS KILLING: The remains of three adults were also found in close proximity EPA BRUTAL: More than 140 children of the Chimu Empire may have had there hearts ripped out “I, for one, never expected it” John VeranoThe skeletal remains of both children and animals show evidence of cuts to ribs, suggesting the that the victims’ chests were cut open and pulled apart, “perhaps to facilitate the removal of the heart”, noted the publication. The remains of three adults—a man and two women—were found in close proximi..

All Aboard with Science Channel’s New Series IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS Premiering 5/1

Since their spectacular RISE in the 19th century, railroads have been at the cutting edge of engineering and technology and that remains true, even today. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS, premiering Thursday, May 17 at 10pm ET/PT, shines a light on the world's most extraordinary rail systems, including New York's Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge, Japan's Bullet Train and California's Central Pacific Railroad. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS highlights the historic and modern breakthroughs of railroad production by telling the stories of bold PIONEERS and the Science behind their incredible engineering feats. High-tech graphic animation will detail each transportation marvel and will look at the engineering challenges that each railway faces. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS explores: · Incredible mountain railways that conquer vertiginous heights and offer breathtaking views, including Britain's Snowdon Mountain Railway and Californ..

Discovery of Ancient Israelite City Supports Biblical Account of King David

Discovery of Ancient Israelite City Supports Biblical Account of King David A new archaeological discovery is helping to confirm the biblical record that presents King David as an historical figure in ancient Israel. Some archaeologists and experts have doubted the biblical account because they have not been able to find any evidence of civilization dating back to the time when David is supposed to have ruled, according to the Bible: “no fortifications, public works or signs of statehood.” “Until 25 years ago no one doubted that King David was a historical figure,” adds Professor Avraham Faust, director of the archaeological dig. “In the last 25 years or so, however, David’s historicity, and especially the size of his kingdom, are hotly debated“. That is no longer true, however, after this recent discovery. “The new discovery at Tel ‘Eton, located in the Judean Shephelah to the east of the Hebron hills, seems to suggest that the highland kingdom controlled larger areas than so..

Weekend Picks: ‘Bloodletting,’ ‘Shen Yun’ and more

Arts events this weekend include the drama-with-music “Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe” and the return of Shen Yun. Also, Center Theatre Group’s annual Block Party kicks off with a remount of “Bloodletting,” the wonders of the ancient world are on display in two exhibitions and Rubicon Theatre wraps its run of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” ‘Bloodletting’ at the Kirk DouglasThere will be “Bloodletting.” Two Filipino American siblings go to the Philippines to scatter their father’s ashes in a remount of Playwrights’ Arena staging of Boni B. Alvarez’s drama. The play kicks off Center Theatre Group’s second annual Block Party showcase, a collaboration with smaller theater companies to spotlight notable homegrown productions. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 8 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday; ends April 8. $25-$70; series passes available. www.centertheatregroup.org ‘Shen Yun’ returns to SoCalThink of it as a journey to the Middle Kingdom without leaving Southern..

‘Holy Grail’ of Shipwrecks Comes Ashore 200 Years Later, Inscribed with Ancient Numbers

Hundreds of years after meeting its doom beneath the waves, a shipwreck finally makes its way back to the shore, to the surprise of beachgoers. A sodden shipwreck that is thought to date to between the 1700s to 1800s has been discovered along the sands of Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County, Florida this week. Action News Jax reports that after washing ashore overnight, the waterlogged, partial skeleton of the old ship was discovered in the early morning by Julie Turner and her 8-year-old son, Patrick. The find has attracted locals and archaeologists alike as it appears to be in well-preserved condition and sporting ancient numerals on its beams. As the mother and son approached the 48-foot (14.6-meter) section of the wooden hull Wednesday morning, they knew they had found something special. "We walked and checked it out and immediately knew it was a historical piece of artifact," Turner said. The large piece of debris was found washed ashore on a beach in Florida. (Source: St Jo..

Archaeologists discover 81 ancient settlements in the Amazon

An aerial photo of one of the structures uncovered in a recent study of pre-Columbian archaeological sites in the Amazon. (University of Exeter)The settlement looked like little more than 11 mounds of earth surrounded by a sunken ditch. But if Jonas Gregorio de Souza closed his eyes, he could imagine the Boa Vista site as it would have appeared 800 years ago. Perhaps, the archaeologist said, those mounds were houses circling a central square. Outside the defensive ditch, gardens and fruit trees might have flourished. The mile-long road leading to the enclosure may have had a ritual purpose, its surface hardened by countless ceremonial processions. Or maybe it linked the village to others, forming a chain of communities that crisscrossed the whole southern Amazon basin. There was a time when no archaeologist expected to discover such an elaborate settlement in this relatively resource-poor part of the rain forest. But in a paper published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, de..

Sculptures in Archaeological Museum not properly stored: CAG

The sculptures housed in the State Archaeological Museum were being stored improperly, said the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its report. The audit report on West Bengal's general and social sector for the year 2015-16 said the government had not formulated any guideline or manual on operation of the archaeological museums or archives. Prolonged exposure to un-optimised temperature and humidity coupled with improper storage was affecting the conditions of antiquities, especially the metallic ones, the report said. The State Archaeological Museum maintained a reserve of 36,931 antiquities (apart from those on display) which included proto-historic antiquities, terracottas, sculptures, stone and stucco from the Guptas, Mauryas, Sungas, Kushanas, Palas and medieval times. The CAG audit mentioned that storage of these antiquities were not done in adherence to the guiding principles as prescribed by the Handbook on Conservation in Museums. The CAG observed that this..

A new Egyptian museum will bring treasures of the pyramids back to practically where...

When Queen Hetepheres I’s tomb was discovered in 1925 near the satellite pyramids of the Great Pyramid of Giza, a large collection of her funeral furniture was taken to display at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in central Cairo. The objects from her tomb have been part of one of the most significant collections at the cramped and overflowing museum located near the iconic Tahrir Square — about 12 miles from the Giza plateau where they were found. But nearly 100 years since their discovery, her collection is set to return to where it came from — or at least very close by, to a lavish new mega museum overlooking the pyramids. The Grand Egyptian Museum, which is due to open later this year, is expected to be one of the largest archaeological museums in the world. The star attractionThe museum intends to hold about 100,000 artifacts in total, less than half of which have already been transferred, according to Dr. Tarek Tawfik, director-general of the new museum. The artifacts include ..

Unmasking Florence’s Museum of Archaeology

As of March 1, 2018, art lovers can dig into a side order of archaeology as their Uffizi tickets allow free entry into Florence’s Museum of Archaeology, also known as the MAF, located in piazza Santissima Annunziata. The partnership highlights the enduring bond that the museums have maintained since the Medici era. Indeed, a large part of the varied collections at the MAF comes directly from the Medici’s holdings. The museum is famed for its Egyptian section, which was removed from the grand duchy’s collection in its final years to act as a stand-alone museum. Following Italian unification, additional pieces were added to the collection in the 1870s, including the famous Chimera of Arezzo, The Orator, Minerva, François Vase and the Fibula Corsini. Museum director Mario Iozzo elaborated, “Florence’s National Archaeological Museum is the largest of its kind north of Rome and, together with Villa Giulia in Rome, it is the most important museum in the world for Etruscan art and the civili..

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