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The Oopa Loopa Cafe
OLC 17 Dec 2012
Show Run down
1) No rights to privacy
3) Mystery Animal + Track ID Tips from Kim Cabrera
4) Top Ten Archaeology Stories of 2012
5) A Simulated Universe
6) Temerity Daily Double
7) Fluid Thought
8) Piltdown Still a Mystery
Photo: Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons.
by Kathleen McGuire
An archaeologist’s daughter surveys the rich cultural heritage of northern Mexico—and the impact of violence on researchers working there.
As the young daughter of an archaeologist in the late 1990s, I was raised to understand that Indiana Jones is no more real than Luke Skywalker. I had been on digs and spent hours in my father’s lab where I concluded that, no matter what my classmates thought, my father was just another boring scientist, even if he did wear cowboy boots and skipped the lab coat. Adolescent that I was, I was similarly unimpressed with his work south of the U.S. border in northern Mexico. I knew nothing of the lawless Mexico that people saw on television because my own visits were graced with warm tortillas, birthday piñatas, kind faces, and Coca-Cola in tiny glass bottles. It was at the Thanksgiving table, then, when I was 14, that I first discovered my father’s job might actually be dangerous. . . . Read Complete Report
An experimental drone system designed for archaeology could be deployed to your neighborhood for other purposes within a year. And it is pre-programmable and thus semi-autonomous; Light enough to be held in one hand and capable of recording and collating high resolution images of a surface area equivalent to 25 football fields in a matter of minutes, despite unpredictable winds, variations in topography, or soil cover. Using a computer, the images are subjected to an interpolation routine that yields a high accuracy and high resolution topographical virtual map. The little drone itself is also cheap enough that a catastrophic loss of the air frame can be corrected with a few dollars worth of molded foam parts, the cameras, recording medium, and motors salvaged and reused, all without the need for advanced technical skills.
For an archaeologist, this thing is ideal. That’s the “Good” part. For a freedoms or privacy advocate, this is a nightmare. That’s the “Bad” part. Obviously, sometimes we must “Take the Good with the Bad” — Rick Osmon
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Photo: Cambyses II was the son of Cyrus the Great (r. 559-530 BC), founder of the Persian Empire and its first dynasty. SOURCE “Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum” Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
from Discovery News
Added: Nov 9, 2009
Archaeology: Ancient Lost Army Found?
“Has the lost army of Cambyses II been found? The Persian army of 50,000 soldiers supposedly perished in a sandstorm in ancient Egypt 2500 years ago. Researchers have located a valley of bones they think may belong to the fabled army.’ . . Text posted with video
July 6th, 2012
I finished reading a great novel last night, Thief on the Cross. I’ve had the book since it came out, but life has kept me away from it until now. Now, having finished the first read, I regret not finding the time sooner.
This is indeed controversial fiction. Author David Brody follows up his first novel in this series, Cabal of the Westford Knight, with returning themes and characters, nonstop action and adventure, political intrigue, para-governmental conspiracies, hidden history, secret codes, and one amazingly constructed, “divine” new character who has the potential to carry David to a long and wonderful series.
But that is just where the real story starts. David uses real artifacts from Burrows Cave (among others), real documents (possibly direct from Knights Templar families), and real places to tell this tale. And he does it so gracefully it could and should be downright embarrassing to both scholars and clergy. I have been following the tale of the artifacts since the story broke in 1982 and in that time only a couple of “doctrinal” historians or archaeologists have given any attention to them. Actually, I think there is lot more to the story then even David has described, but almost no testing has been undertaken to determine authenticity.
So there we get to the real crux (pardon that pun) of the issue in this post: So much history is hidden from us, even though many of the clues to it are in plain sight. There certainly appears to be a discernible pattern of official and omnipresent obfuscation regarding certain types of artifacts and information. Yes, I’m saying there are real world conspiracies afoot to hide our history from us.
The Burrows Cave artifacts, certain documents seemingly direct from the Knights Templar, art, architecture, and even nursery rhymes have a lot to tell us about history that is very different than it is taught in our schools. While David’s books are wonderful, page-turner stories that include these aspects, they barely scratch the surface.