Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Theme: Archaeology

  • I learned that Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff had been a Nazi when I was in a Santa Marta supermarket. I had just stepped into the Exito Hypermarket when someone shout “Jerry! Jerry!” and I turned to see the archaeologist, Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo. Read more
  • Ben Kacyra, who invented a groundbreaking 3D scanning system, uses his invention to scan and preserve the world's heritage in archival detail. Read more
  • When a hootenanny struck up 3,000—or 30,000—years ago, no recording engineer was there to capture what went down. Can anyone know, then, what ancient instruments like the aulos and carnyx really sounded like, how they were played, or in what contexts? Read more
  • The ancients were liable to spike their drinks with all sorts of unpredictable stuff—olive oil, bog myrtle, cheese, meadow­sweet, mugwort, carrot, not to mention hallucinogens like hemp and poppy.Read more
  • One of the real challenges facing the interpretation of ancient astronomies—from non-academic '2012' prophecies to the most traditional scholarship on the Dresden Codex Venus Table—is that presented by ‘patterns in randomness.’Read more
  • A debate that has long fascinated us concerns the ways in which political relations emerge from, and are sustained by, daily interactions among individuals of all ranks. Read more
  • On the remote Peruvian island of Taquile, in the middle of the great Lake Titicaca, hundreds of people stand in silence on the plaza as a local Roman Catholic priest recites a prayer.Read more
  • The ship lay buried in mud for two centuries as New York City grew up around it. The last time it sailed along the East Coast and pulled into the harbor on the west side of the island, Manhattan's population was probably less than 20,000. Just five blocks from the ship's final resting place, George Washington had recently been inaugurated at Federal Hall on Wall Street as president of the newly formed United States, of which New York was the first capital. After its last voyage, its owners pulled the ship up onto the shore in order to perform routine maintenance. But it's believed that when they removed the outer sheathing and saw that the lower timbers were too far gone to repair, they saved what was still useable and left the rest behind.Read more
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