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  • Iraq drought uncovers ruins of ancient palace
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    A 3,400-year-old palace has emerged from a reservoir in the Kurdistan region of Iraq after water levels dropped due to drought.

    The discovery of the ruins in the Mosul Dam reservoir on the banks of the Tigris river inspired a spontaneous archeological dig that will improve understanding of the Mittani Empire, one of the least-researched empires of the Ancient Near East, the Kurdish-German team of researchers said in a press release.
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    Archeologists first became aware of the site in 2010 when water levels in the reservoir were low, but this is the first time they have been able to excavate.

    Qasim also worked on another project with the University of Tübingen, uncovering a Bronze Age city in northern Iraq in 2016.

    The team unearthed the city, which lies beneath what is now the small village of Bassetki in the autonomous region of Kurdistan, close to territory that was held by ISIS.
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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...L&ocid=msnbcrd

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    • Ancient pyramid found on Aegean island reveals beginnings of ancient Greek civilisation
      A MYSTERIOUS pyramid as old as Stonehenge has been discovered on a tiny Greek island.
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      https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/wei...onze-age-video

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      • Another take on above ^

        Giant marble pyramid-shaped island complex rising from sea uncovered, revealing secrets of ancient Greece’s origins

        Exclusive: Thousands of years of history being unlocked in the Aegean isles which could provide groundbreaking knowledge of ancient civilisations
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        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/s...-a8997666.html

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        • A somewhat less sensationalist item here. https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/keros

          It would seem that excavations first started in the 1960s
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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          • Bedrock found - in Israel

            A new stone age (neolithic) city has been found near Jerusalem. Not only have flint tools been found but also jewellery - some of which came from Anatolia so there must have been trade going on - 9,000 years ago
            https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-49002046
            Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
            Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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            • In 1945, a pilot vanished when he crashed his plane in the Chesapeake. Now, the Navy might have found it.

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              https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/in...z&ocid=msnbcrd

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              • On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain

                Does a millennium-old manuscript hold the key to hidden, awe-inspiring places?

                Atlas Obscura |
                • Sarah Laskow


                https://getpocket.com/explore/item/o...=pocket-newtab

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                • Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                  On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain

                  Does a millennium-old manuscript hold the key to hidden, awe-inspiring places?

                  Atlas Obscura |
                  • Sarah Laskow


                  https://getpocket.com/explore/item/o...=pocket-newtab
                  In a word no

                  The writer can't even get basic facts right - for example Bath is not the only geothermal spring in Britain - it's the largest but there are springs at Hotwells Bristol and in North West England. There are proposals to tap the one in the North to supply hot water to Manchester
                  Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                  Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                  • Do Civilisations Collapse?

                    The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology.

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                    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/d...=pocket-newtab

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                    • Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                      On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain

                      Does a millennium-old manuscript hold the key to hidden, awe-inspiring places?

                      Atlas Obscura |
                      • Sarah Laskow


                      https://getpocket.com/explore/item/o...=pocket-newtab
                      You might want to stop using Getpocket.com as a source of factual information. This quote alone belies huge ignorance of the subject matter:

                      These wonders were concentrated into two areas of Britain—in the north, toward Scotland, and to the west, in what’s now Wales—places where Celtic tribes still held sway after years of Saxon incursions had eroded their territory.
                      Bold is mine. The Anglo-Saxon invasion has now been debunked. Ancient Celts were also found in France, not Britain.
                      How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: http://grist.org/series/skeptics/
                      Global Warming & Climate Change Myths: https://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php

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                      • Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post

                        You might want to stop using Getpocket.com as a source of factual information. This quote alone belies huge ignorance of the subject matter:



                        Bold is mine. The Anglo-Saxon invasion has now been debunked. Ancient Celts were also found in France, not Britain.
                        So the (Anglo-)Saxon "invasion" or "incursions" were just packs of tourists whom got lost and over-stayed their visas?
                        Would like to see your source on the "debunked" thing. Meanwhile there is this (and Wiki was top of page for many other links when searching "Anglo-Saxon Invasion");
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                        However, another view, the most widely accepted among 21st century scholars, is that the migrants were fewer, possibly centred on a warrior elite. This hypothesis suggests that the incomers, having achieved a position of political and social dominance, initiated a process of acculturation by the natives to their language and material culture, and intermarried with them to a significant degree. Archaeologists have found that settlement patterns and land use show no clear break with the Romano-British past, though there were marked changes in material culture. This view predicts that the ancestry of the people of Anglo-Saxon and modern England would be largely derived from the native Romano-British. The uncertain results of genetic studies have tended to support both a predominant amount of native British Celtic ancestry and a significant continental contribution resulting from Germanic immigration.

                        Even so, if these incomers established themselves as a social elite, this could have allowed them enhanced reproductive success (the so-called 'apartheid theory'). In this case, the prevalent genes of later Anglo-Saxon England could have been largely derived from moderate numbers of Germanic migrants.[3][4] This theory, originating in a population genetics study, has proven controversial, and has been critically received by a number of scholars.
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                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-...ent_of_Britain

                        Ancient Celts were found in many parts of Northern Europe, or do you have some source material that they weren't in UK Isles?
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                        The Celts (/kɛlts, sɛlts/, see pronunciation of Celt for different usages) are[1] a collection of ethnic groups of Europe identified by their use of the Indo-European Celtic languages[2] and cultural similarities.[3] The history of pre-Celtic Europe and the exact relationship between ethnic, linguistic and cultural factors in the Celtic world remains uncertain and controversial.[4] The exact geographic spread of the ancient Celts is disputed; in particular, the ways in which the Iron Age inhabitants of Great Britain and Ireland should be regarded as Celts have become a subject of controversy.[3][4][5][6] According to one theory, the common root of the Celtic languages, the Proto-Celtic language, arose in the Late Bronze Age Urnfield culture of Central Europe, which flourished from around 1200 BC
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                        By the mid-1st millennium, with the expansion of the Roman Empire and migrating Germanic tribes, Celtic culture and Insular Celtic languages had become restricted to Ireland, the western and northern parts of Great Britain (Wales, Scotland, and Cornwall), the Isle of Man, and Brittany. Between the 5th and 8th centuries, the Celtic-speaking communities in these Atlantic regions emerged as a reasonably cohesive cultural entity. They had a common linguistic, religious and artistic heritage that distinguished them from the culture of the surrounding polities.[12] By the 6th century, however, the Continental Celtic languages were no longer in wide use.

                        Insular Celtic culture diversified into that of the Gaels (Irish, Scottish and Manx) and the Celtic Britons (Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons) of the medieval and modern periods.[13][14] A modern Celtic identity was constructed as part of the Romanticist Celtic Revival in Great Britain, Ireland, and other European territories, such as Portugal and Spanish Galicia.[15] Today, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton are still spoken in parts of their historical territories, and Cornish and Manx are undergoing a revival.
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                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts

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                        • Meet Erika the Red: Viking women were warriors too, say scientists

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                          https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...ic-documentary

                          Viking Warrior Women airs on National Geographic on 3 December at 8pm

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                          • Construction workers building a new roundabout in Massachusetts uncover remains of an 8,000 to 10,000 year-old village

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                            https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...t-village.html

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