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Girl Power Gladiators
archaeology / curiosities

Girl Power Gladiators

In modern society, female participation in competitive sports has been greatly debated.  While issues of opportunity and funding command current dialogue, the analysis of a small statue at the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbein in Hamburg supports the belief that females historically fought in the gladiatorial games. As evident in the accompanying picture, the artistry of the statue itself is rather unassuming.  A topless female is depicted … Continue reading

Titanic’s Graveyard?
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Titanic’s Graveyard?

With the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking upon us, there seems to be a sudden rejuvenation of interest in the ship’s tragic history.  Surely, James Cameron’s 3D movie of the same name is largely to credit for this influx, but as the film gains momentum so do some of the lesser known discoveries of the Titanic disaster. … Continue reading

US Denies UNESCO Funding
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US Denies UNESCO Funding

In the Huffington Post blog article U.S. Cuts Off Support to UNESCO, the UN’s Education Agency, contributor Christine Horansky highlights both the global implications and absurdity of the US decision to cut UNESCO funding. Although her post greatly focuses on how the absence of 60 million dollars will affect education and humanitarian efforts, the implications … Continue reading

BU team cites clues humans used fire 1 million years ago
archaeology / articles / osteology / physical anthropology

BU team cites clues humans used fire 1 million years ago

The “cooking hypothesis,” Richard Wrangham’s theory on how early man’s development is directly correlated to their exploitation of fire, remains a hot topic here in the Boston area.  Most recently, Boston University researchers Francesco Berna and Paul Goldberg introduced their findings from the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa.  Their findings are highly provocative in that they support Wrangham’s theory but at … Continue reading

Pictures: Bird Mummies “Fed” After Death, Stuffed With Snails
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Pictures: Bird Mummies “Fed” After Death, Stuffed With Snails

Much attention is often given to the use of modern medical in the study of human mummies.  This brief article with rich accompanying images provides a look at the potential work that can be done with animal remains.  In this case, our knowledge of affluent Ancient Egyptian funeral rituals is truly developed in seeing the … Continue reading