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It Started as a Small Sinkhole but What Archaeologists Ended Up Finding Is a Fascinating Bit of History

Featured Image: Cedar Rapids skyline CREDIT :Iowahwyman SOURCE: Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0


Earlier this summer, an inspector was conducting a routine bridge check when a small sinkhole was spotted nearby. This hole would lead to a larger investigation that ultimately revealed more than a dozen 150-year-old caves that were used to make what is a favored drink in America today — beer.

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According the Cedar Rapids Gazette, up to 14 beer caves dating back to the mid-1800s were identified after the initial look into the sinkhole revealed there was more to it. The caves were used to age beer made by breweries at the time and keep the beverage cold, the newspaper reported. . . . Read Complete Report

Image: Beer Cave. Get this sign and more at Inkey Beer “How To Decorate Your Homebrew Cave: Part 1 (The Walls)

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Dig a little DEEPER ~ THEI Archive “Sinkholes”  “Caves”

Archaeologists Suspect Vampire Burial; An Undead Primer

Featured Image: Cover of Weird Tales, date unknown. (Vampire clip art5). SOURCE: fantasyartworkshop.com (Public Domain).

From National Geographic Daily News  By Heather Pringle Published July 15, 2013

When archaeologists opened an ancient grave at a highway construction site near Gliwice, Poland, they came across a scene from a horror movie: a suspected vampire burial.

Interred in the ground were skeletal remains of humans whose severed heads rested upon their legs—an ancient Slavic burial practice for disposing of suspected vampires, in hopes that decapitated individuals wouldn’t be able to rise from their tombs. . . . Read Complete Report


Archaeologists to Mount New Expedition to Troy (+) Full Feature Presentation: “In Search of the Real Helen of Troy”

from Science Daily

ScienceDaily (Oct. 15, 2012) — The ruins of ancient Troy will be examined by a cross-disciplinary team of scientists in an expedition led by UW-Madison classics professor William Aylward.

Troy, the palatial city of prehistory, sacked by the Greeks through trickery and a fabled wooden horse, will be excavated anew beginning in 2013 by a cross-disciplinary team of archaeologists and other scientists, it was announced today (Monday, Oct. 15). . . . Read Complete Report


THEI Full Feature Video Presentation
In Search of the Real Helen of Troy

Uploaded on Dec 10, 2011

Posted by gt68100

Helen of Troy: She is ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’; the woman blamed for the Trojan War — a conflict that caused countless deaths — but who was the real Helen of Troy?

More enjoyable if viewed in FULL SCREEN MODE

Philippine archaeologists uncover 1,000-year-old village with unique tombs (W/Video)

from The Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, September 20, 8:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines — Archaeologists have unearthed remnants of what they believe is a 1,000-year-old village on a jungle-covered mountaintop in the Philippines with limestone coffins of a type never before found in this Southeast Asian nation, officials said Thursday.

National Museum official Eusebio Dizon said the village on Mount Kamhantik, near Mulanay town in Quezon province, could be at least 1,000 years old based on U.S. carbon dating tests done on a human tooth found in one of 15 limestone graves he and other archaeologists have dug out since last year. . . . Read Complete Report

Selected Short Subject:
Quezon Road trip (Video)

from youtube

The open road to Infanta, Quezon Province,in Philippines

Published on Apr 17, 2012 by 

If you don’t ride then you don’t know
Where I’ve been and where I’m going
Its all about the freedom of the open road. . . . Text posted with video on youtube

Archaeologists claim objects are earliest ‘matches’

from BBC News

8 August 2012 Last updated at 02:54 ET

By Nick Crumpton BBC News

Researchers from Israel say that mysterious clay and stone artefacts from Neolithic times could be the earliest known “matches”.

Although the cylindrical objects have been known about for some time, they had previously been interpreted as “cultic” phallic symbols.

The researchers’ new interpretation means these could be the earliest evidence of how fires were ignited.

The research was published in the open access journal Plos One.

The journal reports that the artefacts are almost 8,000 years old. . . . Read Complete Report


The Journey to El Norte: How archaeologists are documenting the silent migration that is transforming America

Every event in history should be documented so I commend the archaeologists for jumping on this historic migration as early as this. That being said I ask these same experts, “Gentlemen when are you going to continue the research started in the 1800s by Lewis Spence? (The Civilization of Ancient Mexico (1912))  He believed that there was a Northern Migration north from South America and Mexico into the United States in ancient times. Before any ‘land bridge’ between Siberia and Alaska.  And his documentation and observations pointed in that direction. Bet we don’t get that research started up anytime soon. . . . EDITOR

from Archaeology Magazine

by Heather Pringle

On a sweltering June morning, Jason De Leon shrugs off his pack in a rugged gorge in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest. He hunches down over a scattering of water bottles, checking for dates, and asks a student to take the site’s GPS coordinates. Above his head, along the rock face, travelers have transformed a small, secluded hollow into a shrine lined with offerings: rosaries, crucifixes, candles, scapulars, and small pictures of saints, each bearing a printed prayer in Spanish. “Take care of me in dangerous places,” reads one card. “Protect me from thieves and in evil times,” entreats another. Nearby, a small engraved plastic pendant offers a more direct prayer: “The other side, Tucson, Arizona, 2010.”

The shrine, says De Leon, an archaeologist at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, is archaeological evidence of a large and nearly invisible migration. Over the past decade, millions of migrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and other Latin American countries have risked their lives attempting to cross the waterless expanses of the Sonoran Desert to secretly enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 10.8 million illegal migrants were living in the U.S. in 2009. Although this is down from 11.6 million in 2008, these migrants are following a trend that has persisted throughout human history. People move to the place where they can make the best living possible. Last year alone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities apprehended some 540,000 would-be migrants along the Southwest border. Statistics gathered by the U.S. Border Patrol and local coroners’ offices suggest that this migration route is growing more dangerous. . . . Read Complete Report


Archaeologists in Oban discover Bronze Age was height of cool

Photo: View from Dunstaffnage Castle Ramparts, Scotland CREDIT geograph.org.uk SOURCE Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

from Scotsman.com

Published on Sunday 3 June 2012 00:00

THEY had fridges, state-of-the-art heating systems and possibly even access to a sauna. Archaeologists have discovered that Bronze Age people, at a settlement on the west coast of Scotland dating back up to 4,000 years, had a range of mod cons that would be envied by home owners today.

A dig on the site of a new housing development near Oban has uncovered what are believed to be some of Scotland’s earliest cold storage larders in six Bronze Age roundhouses. A team led by Dr Clare Ellis, from Argyll Archaeology, claim the roundhouses at Dunstaffnage are the first in Scotland to have ring ditches inside the structure. These may have been used as cellars to cool food – a precursor to the refrigerator.

They also have vents leading into the central hearths which would have allowed the occupants to regulate their heating, while outside are the remnants of what could be a very simple form of sauna. . . . Read complete Report

Jamaica seeks heritage status for sunken port

By the Associated Press
Posted:   05/30/2012 01:01:05 AM PDT
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Archaeologists said Tuesday that they’ll ask the United Nations’ cultural agency to bestow world heritage status on Port Royal, the mostly submerged remains of a historic Jamaican port known as the “wickedest city on Earth” more than three centuries ago.Receiving the designation from UNESCO would place Port Royal in the company of global marvels such as Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex and India’s Taj Mahal.

The sunken 17th century city was once a bustling place where buccaneers including Henry Morgan docked in search of rum, women and boat repairs. . . . Read Complete Report

Archaeologists Excavate a Lost Kingdom Buried Beneath Volcanic Ash

Photo – Pompeii, the Last Days SOURCE Wikipedia Public Domain

from Popular Archaeology

Sat, May 12, 2012

In 1980, people began to take notice when workers from a commercial logging company began dredging up pottery fragments and bones in an area near the little village of Pancasila on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. Other locals began finding coins, brassware and charred timber in the same region, all buried beneath a thick layer of volcanic deposits. The finds were not far from the foot of the Tambora volcano, a volcano that, in April of 1815, produced the largest eruption in recorded history. In fact, so intense was the eruption, it’s atmospheric effects influenced weather patterns across faraway Europe and North America. And in one evening alone, it destroyed at least one entire village kingdom near its feet.

Acting on the discovery of these finds in 2004, Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurdsson of the University of Rhode Island began investigating the jungle-shrouded area by using Ground Penetrating Radar. He identified a complete house buried under 2-3 metres of pyroclastic flow and surge deposits. . . . Read Complete Report

Stonehenge As You’ve Never Seen It Before (w/video)

from guardian.co.uk

Archaeologists reveal a new way of viewing Stonehenge using Google Earth software

Monday, February 13, 2012 2:15

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Millions of people have used Google Earth’s geo-modelling software to take a tour of the moon, Mars, foreign countries, or – let’s be honest – to compare their homes with those of their neighbours. But now a new project developed by Bournemouth University academics is giving surfers access to a virtual prehistoric landscape: Stonehenge.

The World Heritage site near Salisbury is now more accessible than ever, archaeologists claim, thanks to Google’s Under-the-Earth: Seeing Beneath Stonehenge project. Their last few years of findings, combined with the search giant’s technology, allows surfers to visit the Neolithic village of Durrington Walls, to scout around prehistoric houses, to see reconstructions of Bluestonehenge at the end of the Stonehenge Avenue and to explore the great timber monument called the Southern Circle. The sites look as they would have appeared more than 4,000 years ago – and all from the comfort of your desk. . . . Read Complete Report

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