Archeology Today

My Sunday begins the taste of wine is amazing after having to lay off the grape for 4 months…..it is the simple things in life, right?

I am a member of “Global Explorer” it is a program where us mere mortals help archeologist find historic sites by review satellite photos….so needless to say I enjoy archeology….and that brings me to the meat of today’s post……

First let’s go to the sands of Egypt…….

Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo.

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery on Saturday and said the tomb likely belonged to a high-ranking official known as Hetpet during the 5th Dynasty of ancient Egypt.

The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the archaeological mission, says the scenes depict a monkey – at the time commonly kept as domestic animals – reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra.

He believes Hetpet, a woman thought to be close to ancient Egyptian royals, had another tomb in Giza’s western necropolis, which is home to the tombs of top officials of Egypt’s Old Kingdom.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2018/2/3/egypt-says-4-400-year-old-tomb-discovered-outside-cairo

Most America is familiar with the Maya if for no other reason than the prediction of the end of the world from a couple of years ago…..thanx to satellites and a science known as LiDAR…….

Only a handful of ancient Mayan temples rise above a dense jungle of trees in Guatemala. But what’s obscured by the thick foliage, revealed for the first time, is evidence of a sprawling civilization to rival ancient Greece or China. Using LiDAR technology (Light Detection And Ranging), which measures wavelengths from laser pulses aimed at the ground, scientists digitally removed the jungle to reveal more than 60,000 previously unknown Mayan structures like palaces, fortifications, farms, irrigation systems, and raised highways connecting nearly all ancient cities across 800 square miles in northern Guatemala, report Live Science and National Geographic. “We’ll need 100 years to go through all [the data] and really understand what we’re seeing,” says researcher Francisco Estrada-Belli. But already it’s apparent that the civilization has been “grossly underestimated,” says archaeologist Thomas Garrison.

The new data show a civilization twice the size of medieval England at its peak 1,200 years ago. And though population estimates previously hovered around 5 million, expansive irrigation and terracing systems and wide highways indicate there might’ve been “10 to 15 million people there—including many living in low-lying, swampy areas that many of us had thought uninhabitable,” Estrada-Belli says. Walls, fortresses, and ramparts also suggest war was “large-scale and systematic” and “endured over many years” not just “toward the end of the civilization,” says Garrison. One of the coolest discoveries, however, was a 100-foot pyramid in the heart of the city of Tikal, which was previously assumed to be a small mountain, reports Reuters. More discoveries are likely to be made as scientists plan to map 5,000 square miles of Guatemala’s lowlands during the ongoing project. (The Maya parried one collapse before the fatal blow.)

Some really cool stuff……I will be getting on the site to search the Middle East for undiscovered sites…..Southern Algeria will be my first stop.

Enjoy the rest of your day and I will return Monday with lots more stuff……chuq

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15 thoughts on “Archeology Today

  1. Egypt: Oddly enough, I was just talking with somebody about how new finds by Egyptian archaeologists over the last decade, or two, have totally altered the perceptions of Ancient Egypt we’ve had for decades/centuries. (Ie slaves built the pyramids) She was to do a Pyramids/tombs tour Jan25-Feb10 and may have been there for the announcement. Planned the trip a year ago. Pretty good timing.

    Maya: A Mayan civilization that may have been superior to Europe? How can that be??? They died out & we now rule the entire planet, so we MUST be superior!

    One thing is for certain, our human ego loves to put our modern selves (or our particular tribe) at the pinnacle of the history of civilization….merited or not. Everything else is automatically inferior by merely not being the Western World in 2018. The Mayans could have had a crime-free, socialist, Utopia & landed on Mars. But to us, as one well known politician would say, “They’re just losers to be forgotten by history.”

    How often in our “pinnacle” of civilization do we say/think diminishing, half-baked, things things like:
    “Those people over there on that shithole continent, they’re all total barbarians”
    “Those people from X100 years ago, how did they ever feed themselves without our methods?”
    “Those people who use last year’s cellphones, they’re almost as hopeless the primitives from 30yrs ago who didn’t even have cellphones. How did they buy stuff, enjoy music, get laid, or even just survive without them? I can’t go to the bathroom without mine.”

    Probably just a few decades from now, archaeologists will be using LiDar to spot the ruins of our pathetic, self-felating, self-consuming, society of fucktards. And I’m 100% sure those archaeologists will think, “How could they possibly be so stupid?” ….And they’ll be right!!!

      1. They’ll probably wonder why most of the corpses are curled up in the fetal position with little hunks of plastic bobbles in their hands. They’ll probably write it off as some desperate, last minute, prayers to our almighty gods.

        “Siri..my nayburz who i not ever spoke 2 iz stab me with nifes! Wat iz dis red stuff?”
        “Alexa…all fuud gone!!! Wat I’z ate now???”
        “Google…search bondage porn…owww!”

        Can’t happen fast enough for me.

      2. don’t forget the little rubber things in our ears……budz….they will think that it is some sort of death ritual to move beyond our own fragile body. chuq

      3. In a way, they’d be right. We’re slowly rendering our bodies irrelevant and submitting ourselves to a “greater power”, the future lord almighty…AI…Praise be upon Its name.

        Most people now spend most of their lives completely disconnected from their immediate surroundings and -like the ear buds- the inputs of their very own senses. (And certainly, anything resembling sense itself.) Almost every time I venture outside of the house now, I see a close call between a car and a jaywalking thumb-fiddler completely oblivious to the fact he’s crossing on a red…and/or a texting driver doing likewise. Last fall, I witnessed my city’s mayor texting while driving. (Illegal in these here parts) He made a disorientated left turn across 2 lanes of traffic…and lived…unfortunately.

        It’s NO accident the (gasp!) President of the United States spends more time in The Twit Zone than running the country. Only a society like ours can produce a “leader” like him. Between the trash TV connection, the awful eating habits, the self-obsession, tech-addiction and burgeoning illiteracy…He’s THE perfect representative for his country. (I just barfed up my breakfast.)

        Future archaeologists, it’s time to book the LIDAR machine!

      4. I sadly agree with you and that is why I try to keep my granddaughter connected with the here and now…..I refuse to completely cut her off from electronics….but she still has a grip on reality. My small part for the future….chuq

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