Archaeologists say they have found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a plate in the Yucatan peninsula, the first time they have found ancient chocolate residue on a plate rather than a cup, suggesting it may have been used as a condiment or sauce with solid food.
Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage, made either by crushing the beans and mixing them with liquids or fermenting the pulp that surrounds the beans in the pod. Such a drink was believed to have been reserved for the elite.
But the discovery announced this week by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History expands the envelope of how chocolate may have been used in ancient Mexico. . . . Read Complete Report
The Magic of Cocoa, from harvesting to eating’ Abracadabra, Brasil
JERUSALEM (RNS) Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of artifacts dating back to the time of the biblical King David that they say closely correspond to the description of Solomon’s Temple found in the Book of Kings.
Hebrew University archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel said the find “is extraordinary” first because it marks the first time that shrines from the time of the early Israelite kings were found. In addition, two small, well-preserved models discovered in the excavations closely resemble elements described in the Bible. . . . Read Complete Report
“The diagram [to the left] is from [Charles Piazzi] Smyth’s Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid (1877) shows some of his measurements and chronological determinations made from them.” . . .from Wikipedia
‘Micro-snake’ robot to explore 8in shafts hidden in 4,500-year-old pyramid
‘I am very confident we can resume our work in 2012’ – expedition leader
Will solve archaeological puzzle that has remained unsolved since 1872
The secret gates at the heart of the Great Pyramid may be opened for the first time in 2012, a British robot company believes – solving a mystery that has puzzled archaeologists since 1872.Scoutek UK had already begun exploring behind the gates earlier this year – and produced the first-ever images from behind the gates using a ‘micro snake’ robot. But the exploration was halted by the recent unrest in Egypt.Expedition leader Shaun Whitehead said, ‘I’m very confident we can resume work in 2012.’ . . . Read complete report
Here is the Great Pyramid diagram as envisioned by the secretive Max Fyfield. Max is the “unofficial” Hollow Earth/Subterranean Worlds Artist who drew the artwork featured in many issues of every Hollow Earth underground publication that was published in age of fanzines from the “70s until the Hollow Earth Insider quit our paper fanzine in 1997. Note the passageways outlined in red. Fyfield believes these to be undiscovered yet. Note in particular the ones that lead to the Subterranean Worlds. Will further investigation prove him right? Would they tell us if he is? . .EDITOR