ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2012) — After emerging sometime before 1000 BC, the Maya rose to become the most advanced Pre-Columbian society in the Americas, thriving in jungle cities of tens of thousands of people, such as the one in Guatemala’s Tikal National Park. But after reaching its peak between 250 and 900 AD, the Maya civilization began to wane and exactly why has been an enduring mystery to scientists.
Writing in the Nov.-Dec. issue of theSoil Science of America Journal(SSSA-J), an interdisciplinary team led by Richard Terry, a Brigham Young University soil scientist, now describes its analysis of maize agriculture in the soils of Tikal . . . . Read Complete Report
Over the past 200 years numerous ancient inscriptions have been found in the USA that seem to point to Europeans discovering and travelling to America hundreds if not thousands of years before Columbus. Below are some of the most controversial and bizarre discoveries made.
Kensington Rune Stone
Discovered in 1898 by Olof Ohman near Kensington, Minnesota underneath a large tree that was being uprooted. The large stone is a 200 pound piece of greywacke that is covered with ancient Scandinavian runes on its face and side. . . . Read Complete Report
Hoax or history? On November 8, 1898, a Swedish immigrant farmer, Olof Ohman, and his ten-year-old son say they found a Scandinavian runestone, dated 1362, wedged in the roots of a tree in rural Minnesota.
What are some of the most bizarre ancient unexplained mysteries in the United States? Surprising to most people but there are a good number of ancient structures and carvings that have baffled scientists and researchers for decades now that are found throughout the country. Many of these ancient discoveries seem to point to explorers discovering America hundreds and even thousands of years before Columbus did. Listed below are some of these ancient discoveries. Please feel free to comment on what your opinion is on these strange sites. . . . Read Complete Report
Stonehenge located in Salem New Hampshire? There’s a lot of theories about America’s Stonehenge which was once known as Mystery Hill. Who built the stone chambers in the woods of New Hampshire? Was it Irish Monks? Is this place proof of Bronze Age settlers? I took a visit to the site in what is considered to be one of New Englands great mysteries. . . . Text posted with video on youtube
ScienceDaily (Aug. 29, 2012) — University of Alberta researchers found evidence that a feathered, but flightless dinosaur was able to snag and consume small flying dinosaurs.
The U of A paleontology team found the fossilized remains of three flying dinosaurs in the belly of a raptor-like predator called Sinocalliopteryx.Sinocalliopteryx was about two meters in length and roughly the size of a modern-day wolf. . . . Read Complete Report
Knowledge Worth Sharing – American Museum of Natural History – amnh.org
New Research Points to Dinosaurs’ Colorful Past.
There’s new evidence that dinosaurs, once thought to resemble scaly lizards, were in fact fluffy, colorful animals. Curator Mark Norell, who is chair of the Museum’s Division of Paleontology and studies important feathered dinosaurs from Liaoning, China, shares his thoughts on the significance of two new studies about fossilized feathers reported in the current issue of Science magazine. . . . Text posted with video at youtube
Evidences for Giant Reptiles in the age of Man – Did remnants of the Dinosaur exist when our ancient ancestors did? If so, how can this be reconciled with history? There are archaeological artifacts that clearly show animals that we now view as being dinosaurs – clearly nothing that should have existed sometime within the last 12 thousand years.
In 2003 when I bought the Kolbrin from a book store in New Zealand (and I can almost guarantee I was one of the few to own it, at first) I read through every page and studied it. Both the philosophical aspects, planet x and I searched for paralells between other texts in various forms. One of the things that struck me, was this passage:
“In olden times, there were spawned great monsters and beasts in fearful form, with frightful gnashing teeth and long ripping claws; an elephant was but a rat in comparison with them. Then, because of heavenly rebellion and turmoil, and the terror overwhelming the hearts of men, The Great One hardened the face of the land, which had become unstable, and the beasts were changed to stone. This was beforetimes, when the Destroyer still slumbered in the upper vaults of Heaven.” . . . Read Complete Report w/ photo spread
Nazca turn-ons include pottery, weaving, inventing different kinds of paint, irrigation and drawing humongous pictures of monkeys, lizards, llamas, people and dogs in the desert sands. Turn-offs include littering, drought, conquerors and extinction.
The Nazca Indians lived in Peru during the first millennium of theChristian Era. The Nazca had a reasonable sophisticated society, with fairly advanced craft skills. They were subsumed after a series of conquests by neighboring tribes, all of whom are now virtually extinct.
The Nazca left no great literature. They built no fabulous palaces. They were not hiding weapons of mass destruction. They didn’t memorably slaughter any other culture. In short, there is only one reason that the Nazca have been elevated above the level of historical footnote — the Nazca Lines, gigantic illustrations etched into the ground which can only be viewed from high in the air. . . . Read Complete Report
From UFOTV®, accept no imitations. Researcher David Hatcher Childress and his investigative team head down the Pan American Highway from Lima to Ica and Nazca. In Ica they investigate the huge elongated alien looking skulls discovered in the area, and then they investigate the strange museum of Dr. Cabrera and its stones depicting dinosaurs and humans. Then the team flies over the Nazca figures in order to grasp their amazing complexity. Were they meant to be seen only from the air by the sky people? The team then journeys to Cuzco in central Peru and visit the megalithic sites of Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuaman, including a special examination of megalithic rock quarry near the Inca Trail. Extra features. . . . Text posted with video at youtube
I have long maintained that the Turkey should be the United States official bird as opposed to the Eagle. After, all it was the meat of the turkey that filled the bellies of the first European raiders in the country. The Eagle was picked because it represents power . . . aggressive power, but the turkey was, without argument the first most important American bird to the first settlers. . .EDITOR
ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2012) — A new University of Florida study shows the turkey, one of the most widely consumed birds worldwide, was domesticated more than 1,000 years earlier than previously believed.
Researchers say discovery of the bones from an ancient Mayan archaeological site in Guatemala provides evidence of domestication, usually a significant mark of civilization, and the earliest evidence of the Mexican turkey in the Maya world. The study appears online inPLoS ONE.
The discovery of the turkey bones is significant because the Maya did not use a lot of domesticated animals. . . . Read Complete Report
In this special Thanksgiving episode, Nevin and Brandon tell the story of how the turkey almost became The United States of America’s national bird instead of the bald eagle (if Ben Franklin would have had his way that is). . . Text posted with video
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
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
METROPOLIS, Ill. — Ancient American Indian burial mounds in southern Illinois have been damaged and possibly looted, prompting the state’s historical agency to call for the public’s help in identifying the culprits.
Trail MarkerTrees are ancient signposts from a time before GPS, compasses or maps. Shaped and molded by Native Americans while young saplings with the expectation they’d last for centuries, these living cultural navigational aids still point the way long after their makers have moved on.
Trail Marker Trees generally display several uncommon characteristics which, combined with an unusual number of such similarly “modified” trees and their appearance on known ancient trails and portages, identifies them as original Trail Marker Trees. Most commonly, it appears a young, flexible sapling (usually Oak) was tied down and a branch was allowed to grow upward from the place the tree was bent, thus becoming the main trunk. The original and now horizontal trunk was then cut off, leaving a rounded knob. . . . Read Complete report/w photos
There, in a gloomy underworld, departed heroes such as Achilles gathered mostly to grouse about their boredom, and await the verdict of the judges of the dead.
“I would rather be a paid servant in a poor man’s house and be above ground than king of kings among the dead,” said Achilles, the greatest of Greek heroes, commenting on the scenery, according to the ancient poem, The Odyssey. (Tough break for Achilles, but perhaps he was later cheered to learn that Brad Pitt played him in the 2004 filmTroy. )
But for archaeologists, a Greek cave that has sparked comparisons to Hades looks more like heaven. Overlooking a quiet Greek bay, Alepotrypa Cave contains the remains of a Stone Age village, burials, a lake and an amphitheater-sized final chamber that saw blazing rituals take place more than 5,000 years ago. All of it was sealed from the world until modern times, and scholars are only now reporting what lies within.