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History of 1953 CIA Covert Action in Iran to be Published - Secrecy News
"The publication of the 1989 Iran volume was a milestone in the history of U.S. government secrecy that prompted widespread outrage and ridicule, but it also inspired remedial efforts that had some lasting impact."
pol  spook  history 
5 days ago by warrenellis
Gem discovered on Australian sheep farm is oldest piece of the planet | Science | theguardian.com
"Scientists using two different age-determining techniques have found that a tiny zircon crystal discovered on a sheep station in Western Australia is the oldest known piece of our planet, dating to 4.4bn years ago."
history  geo 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Prehistoric forest arises in Cardigan Bay after storms strip away sand | UK news | The Guardian
"A prehistoric forest, an eerie landscape including the trunks of hundreds of oaks that died more than 4,500 years ago, has been revealed by the ferocious storms which stripped thousands of tons of sand from beaches in Cardigan Bay."
history  weird 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands
"There is now firm archaeological evidence for the human colonisation of the Faroes by people some 300-500 years before the large scale Viking colonisation of the 9th century AD, although we don't yet know who these people were or where they came from.
history 
august 2013 by warrenellis
U.S. deserts can reveal past climate change clues
The deserts of Utah and Nevada have not always been dry. Between 14,000 and 20,000 years ago, when large ice caps covered Canada during the last glacial cooling, valleys throughout the desert southwest filled with water to become large lakes, scientists have long surmised. At their maximum size, the desert lakes covered about a quarter of both Nevada and Utah.
eco  history 
august 2013 by warrenellis
Johannes Trithemius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This book is in three volumes, and appears to be about magic—specifically, about using spirits to communicate over long distances. Since the publication of the decryption key to the first two volumes in 1606, they have been known to be actually concerned with cryptography and steganography. Until recently, the third volume was widely still believed to be solely about magic, but the "magical" formulae have now been shown to be covertexts for yet more cryptography content.[5] H
code  magic  spook  history 
august 2013 by warrenellis
The Phantom Time Hypothesis • Damn Interesting
The Phantom Time Hypothesis suggests that the early Middle Ages (614-911 A.D.) never happened, but were added to the calendar long ago either by accident, by misinterpretation of documents, or by deliberate falsification by calendar conspirators.
history  weird  mad 
august 2013 by warrenellis
Archaeologists unearth carved head of Roman god in ancient rubbish dump
"Antenociticus is one of a number of gods known only from the northern frontier, a region which seems to have had a number of its own deities.
history  cult 
july 2013 by warrenellis
Original Australians numbered 1,000-3,000, study finds
"Australia was first settled by between 1,000 and 3,000 humans around 50,000 years ago, but the population crashed during the Ice Age before recovering to a peak of some 1.2 million people around five centuries ago, a study said on Wednesday."
history 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Discovery of a the pyramid of a Ramses II Vizier at Luxor
"A metal-poor star located merely 190 light-years from the Sun is 14.46+-0.80 billion years old, which implies that the star is nearly as old as the Universe"
history 
february 2013 by warrenellis
4,000-year-old shaman's stones discovered near Boquete, Panama
"Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The cache represents the earliest material evidence of shamanistic practice in lower Central America."
history  shamanism 
january 2013 by warrenellis
Nan Madol Ruins | Atlas Obscura
"Nan Madol seems to have housed the ruling elite caste of Saudeleur dynasty. It was a political and ceremonial seat of power. As a means of control of their subjects Saudeleur dynasty had succeeded in uniting the clans of Pohnpei. The rulers forced local chieftains to leave their home villages and move to the city where their activities could be more closely observed."
history  cities  spirit-tracks 
december 2012 by warrenellis
The Flores Hobbit's face revealed
"An Australian anthropologist has used forensic facial reconstruction techniques to show, for the first time, how the mysterious Flores 'hobbit' might have once looked. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-12-flores-hobbit-revealed.html#jCp"
history 
december 2012 by warrenellis
The Ethics of Nostalgia | Notes on Metamodernism
."..as much as we may still love to superficially aestheticise history as a ‘style’ and a consumer ‘product’, we are also witnessing an engagement with nostalgia that is about ethics rather than simply style. Like postmodernism in the 1980s and 1990s, our current engagement with the past is consciously aware of what Fredric Jameson has termed its own “random cannibalization of all the styles of the past”, yet nevertheless seeks to say something beyond style in the process."
theory  philosophy  history 
november 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Europe's oldest prehistoric town unearthed in Bulgaria
Archaeologists believe that the town was home to some 350 people and dates back to between 4700 and 4200 BC.

That is about 1,500 years before the start of ancient Greek civilisation.
history 
october 2012 by warrenellis
Obsolete Airbases « fringejoyride
"Ultimately, these hard-shelled aircraft shelters holds the two most commonly wanted superpowers: Flight vs. Invisibility. In John Hodgeman’s ‘informal’ survey, the desire for flight was really an ‘inflated mythical, heroic” image that people only aspired superficially. Ultimately, nobody wanted to use the powers to fulfil our traditional sense of ‘good’. As it turned out, being a Superhero was no fun."
architecture  war  history  ruinporn 
october 2012 by warrenellis
A Sound Awareness: Kindred Of The Kibbo Kift
"The Kibbo Kift were an early 'open air' social movement founded by John Hargrave in 1920. Hargrave’s aim was to encourage “outdoor education, the learning of handicrafts, physical training, the reintroduction of ritual into modern life, the regeneration of urban man and the establishment of a new world civilisation.”"
history  book  music  covers 
october 2012 by warrenellis
Stone Age people may have battled against a zombie apocalypse | MNN - Mother Nature Network
Archaeologists working in Europe and the Middle East have recently unearthed evidence of a mysterious Stone Age "skull-smashing" culture, according to New Scientist. Human skulls buried underneath an ancient settlement in Syria were found detached from their bodies with their faces smashed in. Eerily, it appears that the skulls were exhumed and detached from their bodies several years after originally being buried. It was then that they were smashed in and reburied separate from their bodies.
history  crime  vahana 
august 2012 by warrenellis
Ancient 'New York City' of Canada Discovered - Yahoo! News
Today New York City is the Big Apple of the Northeast but new research reveals that 500 years ago, at a time when Europeans were just beginning to visit the New World, a settlement on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in Canada, was the biggest, most complex, cosmopolitan place in the region.
history 
july 2012 by warrenellis
Red Crucifix sighting in 774 may have been supernova
A supernova may have actually been the mysterious "Red Crucifix" in the sky that is cited in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle for the year 774. New correspondence between a university student and Nature carries interesting observations that astronomers could be looking at a previously unrecognized supernova.
space  history 
july 2012 by warrenellis
La Draga Neolithic site in Banyoles yields the oldest Neolithic bow discovered in Europe
Archaeological research carried out at the Neolithic site of La Draga, near the lake of Banyoles, has yielded the discovery of an item which is unique in the western Mediterranean and Europe. The item is a bow which appeared in a context dating from the period between 5400-5200 BCE, corresponding to the earliest period of settlement.
history 
june 2012 by warrenellis
How stone age man invented the art of raving | Science | The Observer
@MelissaSterry: [The Really] Old School Ravers: New scientific techniques reveal how large tribal gatherings swept neolithic Britain http://t.co/dkEZkibO http://twitter.com/MelissaSterry/status/201609554155409408
ifttt  twitter  history  social  culture 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Cairo Calendar shows Egyptians discovered binary Algol first
"Algol, aka the Demon Star, is actually a binary star in the Perseus constellation, and has been the subject of speculation for hundreds of years. Now a group of Finnish researchers propose that the peculiar behavior of Algol was first noted by the Egyptians some 3200 years ago."
space  history 
may 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Ancient virus DNA thrives in us
"Traces of ancient viruses which infected our ancestors millions of years ago are more widespread in us than previously thought. A study shows how extensively viruses from as far back as the dinosaur era still thrive in our genetic material."
med  bio  history 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Three-toed horses reveal the secret of the Tibetan Plateau uplift
"Fossils of the three-toed horse genus Hipparion that have been found on the Tibetan Plateau have provided concrete evidence for studying the uplift of the plateau, including a skull with associated mandible of Hipparion zandaense from Zanda."
history 
april 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Europe: A crisis of the centre
"There were two "moments" in the defeat of liberal centrist politics in Germany, Austria, Spain etc. in the 1930s: the first, where polite society realised the working classes were swinging to the right and left, but patronisingly reassured themselves that the world of Jazz, surrealist poetry and foreign holidays could never end. That is, they said to themselves: the workers are clinging to the past, but we, avatars of a more liberal and progressive future, have economic history with us, which points only in the direction of liberalism and economic co-operation."
money  pol  history 
april 2012 by warrenellis
'Red Deer Cave people' may be new species of human | Science | The Guardian
"Named the Red Deer Cave people, after their apparent penchant for home-cooked venison, they are the most recent human remains found anywhere in the world that do not closely resemble modern humans."
history 
march 2012 by warrenellis
Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil
"The genome represents the first high-coverage, complete genome sequence of an archaic human group - a leap in the study of extinct forms of humans. “We hope that biologists will be able to use this genome to discover genetic changes that were important for the development of modern human culture and technology, and enabled modern humans to leave Africa and rapidly spread around the world, starting around 100,000 years ago” says Pääbo."
history  sci 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Fogou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"A fogou or fougou (pronounced "foo-goo") is an underground, dry-stone structure found on Iron Age or Romano-British defended settlement sites in Cornwall." (Also ref. Cope's "The Modern Antiquarian" tv docu, available on YouTube) (I'm always forgetting this word.)
history  architecture 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Man Myth & Magic: Volume 1, Issue 1 - a set on Flickr
via John Coulthart: someone is posting the entire run of Man, Myth & Magic--1970 occult encyclopaedia in 112 weekly parts--on Flickr
magazine  magic  history  research 
december 2011 by warrenellis
When banks were frank
" I unearthed this rather charming and naive, cheque book size, direct mail piece produced for the Midland Bank in 1975, although its design styling is pure 60s…"
design  money  history 
december 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - The only living master of a dying martial art
A former factory worker from the British Midlands may be the last living master of the centuries-old Sikh battlefield art of shastar vidya. The father of four is now engaged in a full-time search for a successor.
war  history 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists Use Google Earth to Understand Mysterious Giant Wheels
"Thousands of geoglyph "wheels," almost completely unknown to the public, are now part of public knowledge thanks to advances in technology, both photographic and social. These wheels are scattered across the deserts of Jordan and adjacent countries."
geo  history  cult 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Volcanic artifacts imply ice-age mariners in prehistoric Greece
Mariners may have been traveling the Aegean Sea even before the end of the last ice age, according to new evidence from researchers, in order to extract coveted volcanic rocks for pre-Bronze Age tools and weapons.
history 
august 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Iron Age road link to Iceni tribe
A suspected Iron Age road, made of timber and preserved in peat for 2,000 years, has been uncovered by archaeologists in East Anglia.
history 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Transcript of Nixon phone call reveals depth of collapse of the US/UK special relationship in 1973
The programme examines a fascinating transcript of a conversation between President Nixon and Henry Kissinger which reveals the depth of the US antagonism towards Edward Heath's pro-European stance.
pol  history 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Mathematics of ancient carvings reveals lost language - life - 01 April 2010 - New Scientist
"The team compared symbols created by the Picts – a Scottish Iron Age society that flourished from the fourth to the ninth centuries AD – with over 400 known ancient and modern language texts."
history 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists map religious forests and sacred sites
Oxford scientists are aiming to produce a global map of the land owned or revered by the world’s religions. Many of these ‘religious forests’ and sacred sites contain some of the richest biodiversity in the world, including some of the highest numbers of threatened species.
history  cult  maps 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Tooth filing was a worldwide craze among Viking men | Science | guardian.co.uk
"Vikings worldwide seem to have taken up a fashion for painful but impressive modification of teeth around the 10th century AD"
history  bodymod 
july 2011 by warrenellis
Trotting ahead of Malthus
"I have previously discussed Great Britain's unprecedented escape from the Malthusian trap. Such escapes require virtuous cycles, i.e. positive feedback loops that allow productive capital to accumulate faster than it is destroyed. There are a number of these in Britain in the era of escape from the Black Plague to the 19th century, but two of the biggest involved transportation. "
history 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Tomorrow's World
"Themes and moods for documentary, scientific and industrial subjects."
music  history 
june 2011 by warrenellis
The Life and Madness of Edward H. Rulloff | Victorian Gothic
"Rulloff was a murderer and a thief whose savant-like intelligence and erudition have invited comparison to Doyle’s Professor Moriarty. He committed robberies throughout his life in order to fund his grandiose research into the science of philology; an obsession that may have had unrecognized origins in a deep-seated sense of remorse."
crime  history 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Neolithic Britain revealed
"Previously it had been thought that causewayed enclosures spread slowly across the country over five centuries, between 3700-3000BC. However the research team was able to show that these enclosures actually spread within around 75 years."
history 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Tunnel found under temple in Mexico
"Researchers found a tunnel under the Temple of the Snake in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, about 28 miles northeast of Mexico City."
history 
may 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Gazelles caught in ancient Syrian 'killing zones'
"It has long been suspected that the enigmatic stone structures that dot the Syrian landscape were involved in harvesting gazelles."
history 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Atomic Deserts: A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"Everyone knows about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and, now, Fukushima. But what about Semipalatinsk, Palomares and Kyshtym? The world is full of nuclear disaster zones.."
history  eco  zones 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Unlocking the past with the West Runton Elephant
"Researchers from the University of York and Manchester have successfully extracted protein from the bones of a 600,000 year old mammoth, paving the way for the identification of ancient fossils."
history 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists trace violent death of Iron Age man
"Scientists say that fractures and marks on the bones suggest the man, who was aged between 26 and 45, died most probably from hanging, after which he was carefully decapitated and his head was then buried on its own."
history 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Humans arrived in North America 2,500 years earlier than thought | Science | The Guardian
"Humans first arrived in North America more than 2,500 years earlier than previously thought, according to an analysis of ancient stone tools found in Texas. And the people who left them appear to have developed a portable toolkit for killing and preparing meat."
history 
march 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - North Wales hillfort test of Iron Age communication
"An experiment has shed light on how Iron Age people communicated from their hilltop homes 2,500 years ago."
history  comms 
march 2011 by warrenellis
God's Wife Edited Out of the Bible -- Almost : Discovery News
"God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar."
history  cult 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Atlantis, Lost City Swamped By Tsunami, May Be Found
"A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain."
history  bullshit? 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Money as Big Data: Mapping the History of Filthy Lucre
"...allowing for the custom visualization of numismatic data might lead to intuitive leaps in the understanding of history by economists, art historians, classicists and others that both the coins themselves and the data itself would not."
dataviz  history 
march 2011 by warrenellis
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