Archaeology News Network: Wine-cup used by Pericles found in ancient grave.
“After piecing it together, archaeologists were astounded to find the name “Pericles” scratched under one of its handles, alongside the names of five other men, in apparent order of seniority. Experts are ‘99 per cent’ sure that the cup was used by the Athenian statesman, as one of the other names listed, Ariphron, is that of Pericles’ elder brother.” Apparently Ariphron is a rare name, even rarer in association with the name Pericles. Thin, but not impossible circumstantial evidence.
MeFi: DIY Law School - Learn the Law Without Law School.
Archaeology News Network: Viking warriors, treasures buried beneath Dublin.
Aristocratic Vikings. I’ll have my next Guinness out of a horn, please.
The Airship: Happy Birthday, Penguin, and Thanks for Inventing the Modern Paperback Book.
“July 30 marks the 79th anniversary of a mass-market paperback revolution. On this date in 1934, publisher Allen Lane was supposedly struck by a fantastic epiphany while suffering from boredom at a British train station. The idea? To make good literature accessible to everyone.”
ArtDaily: ‘Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude’ on view at the National Maritime Museum
“Crucially, it was Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne’s observations at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, his work on the Nautical Almanac and the Board of Longitude that demonstrated the complementary nature of astronomical and timekeeper methods, ultimately leading to the successful determination of longitude at sea.”
MessyNessyChic: The Man who Documented the Last American Tribes.
Edward Curtis. Beautiful and evocative photos within.
Vox: The median household is 20% poorer than in 1984.
Unsurprising. What’s surprising is the lack of will to do anything about it.
Popular Archaeology: Did Deforestation Really Lead to Societal Collapse in Chaco Canyon?
“Our point [snip] is that we do not know where most of the wood in Chaco great houses originated, and we cannot eliminate local (canyon drainage) sources. Consequently there is no basis for concluding that the abandonment of Chaco Canyon was brought on by deforestation, improvident use of natural resources, or unstable exchange relationships, and therefore there is no reason to use Chaco’s history as a warning from the past about societal failure.” Indeed. They have so much research on the area, that I understand scientists have only made it up to the early 1900’s documentation.
Later: Sorry for the ugly title. Fixed.
Past Horizons: Findings indicate ritual destruction of Iron Age warriors.
“We are fairly sure that this was a religious act. It seems that this was a holy site for a pagan religion – a sacred grove – where the victorious conclusion of major battles was marked by the ritual presentation and destruction of the bones of the vanquished warriors.” Boy, talk about obliterating your enemies.
LiveScience: Tonga May Have Been a Vast Seafaring Empire.
“They found that stone artifacts in Tonga often matched rock samples from Samoa and Fiji — in fact, 66 percent of stone tools analyzed from Tonga were long-distance imports. One tool apparently was made from rock that came from as far away as Tahiti, about 1,550 miles (2,500 km) east of Tongatapu.” There are many little-known, massive structures down there ... with only oral histories to give them meaning.
Ghost in the Machine: The Monuments Met.
I missed it, but K got it.
Guardian.UK: Mecca’s changing face matches the needs of its Muslim pilgrims.
“While Mecca is a site of great historical religious significance, it cannot be preserved in the familiar sense, as its history has not ended. You might not appreciate what it looks like – but it matches the tastes and requirements of the present, as every place of pilgrimage has done in its heyday. ”
Italian Ways: Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé, power and elegance.
For some reason, I imagine Mafiosi driving these.
Science 2.0: Evidence Of Man At The South Pole Before Roald Amundsen Arrived In 1911.
“Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen arrived in 1911 but evidence of man had already beat him there - in the form of industrial air pollution that arrived long before any human.” Alas, even science sites are moths to the flame of sensational titles.
Cult Western: The Cowboy Boot of the Future?
Tron meets Gene Autry. I’ll pass.
c|net: A tour of the Royal Air Force Museum.
75 photos, all great. Some examples of German WWII aircraft that I didn’t realize still existed in physical form [HE-111, ME-110].
Franck Goddio/Projects: Sunken civilizations - Heracleion.
“Thonis-Heracleion (the Egyptian and Greek names of the city) is a city lost between legend and reality.” Check the photos. Amazing trove. Would love to dive this.
ArtDaily: Ukraine rebels go to the museum ... to steal World War II tanks and two howitzers.
“When an AFP journalist visited the museum Friday there were still markings on the ground from where the separatist fighters had revved up their vintage loot and made off.” Old reliables. Whether they can find ammo in the right gauge, is a question.
Ancient Origins: Archaeologists recreate Elixir of Long Life recipe from unearthed bottle.
“Loorya enlisted researchers in Germany to track down the recipe in an old medical guide, which revealed that the potion contained ingredients such as aloe, which is anti-inflammatory, gentian root, which aids digestion, as well as rhubarb, zedoary, and Spanish saffron – ingredients still used by herbalists today.”
The link’s spelling (should be -ers). Just beautiful engineering. I miss props on commercial airliners; they were like white noise for the mind. I could zone out for an entire flight, watching them.
Planet Princeton: Feds - We Have No Jurisdiction Over NJ Transit Rail Line Moves.
If any of you know Princeton, you’ll have heard of the ‘Dinky’. The shortest rail line in America at present. Now becoming even shorter, it seems. I’ve ridden it many times. I’m happy to see the original building will survive - I just hope they’re updating the utilities, otherwise it’ll end up abandoned. I remember too well what happened to the historic Princessville Inn. A note - for us legitimate Princetonians, the preferred name was “PJ&B”, said exactly that way. “Princeton Junction and Back.”
Popular Archaeology: Ancient naval ram found in Phanagoria reveals history of unrest in 63 BC.
“When the ship was first discovered, scientists suggested the ship was an ancient Byzantine merchant vessel. However, the newly-found ram dismisses the previous version and proves that the ship was a bireme, an ancient oared warship with two decks of oars that Mithradates used to quell unrest. The ship was later burned by the protesters in 63 B.C.”
Guardian.UK: Shipwreck excavation may explain how 17th-century warship blew itself up.
“A surprising number of the human remains recovered so far have proved to be female, suggesting that as well as the 350 crew, plus extra gunners for the newly mounted artillery, the ship was carrying many of their wives and sweethearts.” In between tours, they’d allow wives and sweethearts on board, to prevent the crew from deserting if they got off the ship. Having read various maritime novels about the era, one could imagine the crew being pretty lax, what with the captain not on board, and wenches all over.
BBC: Possible Rodin and Degas works found at Gurlitt home.
“Two sculptures, possibly by Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, have been discovered in the home of the late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.” Good grief, sounds like the man was sitting on his own personal Louvre, and never really bothered to enjoy any of it.
OpenCulture: Colorized Photos Bring Walt Whitman, Charlie Chaplin, Helen Keller & Mark Twain Back.
Hmmm. I disagree; in color, Goebbels loses the sinister. Looks more like he has a case of hemorrhoids and sitting isn’t doing him any favors.