Once again I look forward to the weekend…..always nice to recover some mental clarity……
Most know I am a history buff….I enjoy learning new historical stuff and last week there were two stories that were very interesting…..
First, this discovery will get all those ancient alien geeks jerking off all over their out dated keyboards…….
A project to scan Egypt’s pyramids for 4,500-year-old secrets is turning up “anomalies” that may lead to hidden passages and more, Discovery reports. Two weeks of thermal scanning have revealed signs of internal cavities and structures in several pyramids and a standout anomaly at the so-called Great Pyramid, also known as Cheops. “This anomaly is really quite impressive and it’s just in front of us, at the ground level,” says researcher Mehdi Tayoubi. He called the anomaly “impressive and obvious” but inconclusive. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty was more specific: “There is something like a small passage in the ground that you can see, leading up to the pyramids ground, reaching an area with a different temperature,” he said, per the AP. “What will be behind it?”
In this first phase of the Scan Pyramids project, a team from Cairo University and the Heritage, Innovation and Preservation organization explored the pyramids with technologies including a thermal camera. The idea was to see how pyramid stones heated up in the morning and cooled down in the evening, and big temperature differences between adjacent stones could indicate structural differences inside the pyramid. Led by Tayoubi, researchers spotted a 6-degree difference in a block of stones on the ground level at Cheops. “We need now to build models and thermal simulations to test different hypotheses in order to understand what we have found,” says Tayoubi. The project is slated to continue next year with an infrared scan of the pyramids. (Also giving up potential secrets? King Tut’s tomb.)
Will this help Carson’s claim that they were grain storage? Or is it some secret library that the ancient aliens have been talking about for a couple of seasons on that “reality” show? What will be the final determination?
Second, another fave of the ancient alien nerds….Stonehenge…..
The New York Times has an interesting roundup of recent discoveries made at and around Stonehenge that could shed new light on the famous monument and the people who built it nearly 5,000 years ago. Last month, archaeologists dug up an ancient house at an area called Blick Mead about a mile from Stonehenge. Built around 4300 BC, they believe the house is one of the oldest in England. In September, a team of archaeologists using radar imaging found what they believe are 90 standing stones buried at another nearby site called Durrington Walls. Teams also think they’ve found where Stonehenge’s builders lived around 2600 BC. Fatty acids still inside ancient pots show the people of the time had a “very meat-heavy diet” of grilled and boiled pork and beef with some apples, berries, and hazelnuts.
But despite the recent discoveries, the major question remains: Why was Stonehenge built? Some archaeologists believe it was a “land of the dead” used to honor the builders’ ancestors, the Times reports. Others believe it was the opposite: an area renowned for its life-giving healing properties. A team used an isotope contained in ancient cattle teeth to deduce people came to the area around Stonehenge from far and wide. Archaeologists are also left wondering if Stonehenge was built atop a site that was already revered by ancient peoples. For example, charcoal and bones found in nearby pits left by large posts—possibly totem poles—date back to nearly 8000 BC. “The stone monument is iconic,” one archaeologist says. “But it’s only a little part of the whole thing.” Read the full story here.
That is my short round-up of archaeology finds…….what say you?