Cradle of Civilization

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    The Fertile Crescent is a term for an old fertile area north, east and west of the Arabian Desert in Southwest Asia. The Mesopotamian valley and the Nile valley fall under this term even though the mountain zone around Mesopotamia is the natural zone for the transition in a historical sense.

    As a result of a number of unique geographical factors the Fertile Crescent have an impressive history of early human agricultural activity and culture. Besides the numerous archaeological sites with remains of skeletons and cultural relics the area is known primarily for its excavation sites linked to agricultural origins and development of the Neolithic era.

    It was here, in the forested mountain slopes of the periphery of this area, that agriculture originated in an ecologically restricted environment. The western zone and areas around the upper Euphrates gave growth to the first known Neolithic farming communities with small, round houses , also referred to as Pre Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) cultures, which dates to just after 10,000 BC and include areas such as Jericho, the world’s oldest city.

    During the subsequent PPNB from 9000 BC these communities developed into larger villages with farming and animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood, with settlement in the two-story, rectangular house. Man now entered in symbiosis with grain and livestock species, with no opportunity to return to hunter – gatherer societies.

    The area west and north of the plains of the Euphrates and Tigris also saw the emergence of early complex societies in the much later Bronze Age (about 4000 BC). There is evidence of written culture and early state formation in this northern steppe area, although the written formation of the states relatively quickly shifted its center of gravity into the Mesopotamian valley and developed there. The area is therefore in very many writers been named “The Cradle of Civilization.”

    The area has experienced a series of upheavals and new formation of states. When Turkey was formed in the aftermath of the genocide against the Pontic Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians perpetrated by the Young Turks during the First World War it is estimated that two-thirds to three-quarters of all Armenians and Assyrians in the region died, and the Pontic Greeks was pushed to Greece.

    Israel was created out of the Ottoman Empire and the conquering of the Palestinian terretories. The existence of large Arab nation states from the Maghreb to the Levant has since represented a potential threat to Israel which should be neutralised when opportunities arise.

    This line of thinking was at the heart of David Ben Gurion’s policies in the 1950s which sought to exacerbate tensions between Christians and Muslims in the Lebanon for the fruits of acquiring regional influence by the dismembering the country and the possible acquisition of additional territory.

    The Christians are now being systematically targeted for genocide in Syria according to Vatican and other sources with contacts on the ground among the besieged Christian community.

    According to reports by the Vatican’s Fides News Agency collected by the Centre for the Study of Interventionism, the US-backed Free Syrian Army rebels and ever more radical spin-off factions are sacking Christian churches, shooting Christians dead in the street, broadcasting ultimatums that all Christians must be cleansed from the rebel-held villages, and even shooting priests.

    It is now time that the genocide against the Pontic Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians is being recognized, that the Israeli occupation, settlements and violence against the Palestinians stop, and that the various minorities in the area start to live their lifes in peace – without violence and threats from majority populations, or from the West, and then specificially from the US.

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    Den fruktbare halvmåne er en betegnelse på et gammelt fruktbart område nord, øst og vest for den arabiske ørken i Sørvest-Asia. Mesopotamia-dalen og Nil-dalen kommer inn under dette begrepet selv om det i fjellsonen rundt Mesopotamia en naturlig avgrensning i jordbrukshistorisk forstand.

    Som resultat av en rekke unike geografiske faktorer har Den fruktbare halvmåne en imponerende historie av tidlig menneskelig jordbruksaktivitet og kulturdanning. Foruten mange arkeologiske funnsteder med rester av skjeletter og kulturelle levninger så er området først og fremst kjent for dets funnsteder knyttet til jordbrukets opprinnelse og utvikling i den neolittiske tidsalder.

    Det var her, i de skogkledde fjellskråningene i randsonen av dette området, at jordbruket oppsto i et økologisk avgrenset miljø. Den vestlige sonen og områdene rundt øvre Eufrat ga vekst til de første kjente neolittiske jordbruks-samfunnene med små, runde hus, også referert til som førkeramisk neolittisk A, som dateres til like etter 10.000 f.vt. og omfatter steder som Jeriko, som er verdens eldste by.

    Under den påfølgende PPNB fra 9 000 f.vt. utviklet disse samfunnene seg til større landsbyer med dyrking og husdyrhold som viktigste levevei, med tett bebyggelse i to-etasjers, rektangulære hus. Mennesket inngikk nå i symbiose med korn- og husdyrartene, uten mulighet til å vende tilbake til jeger- og sankersamfunnet.

    Området vest og nord for slettelandet ved Eufrat og Tigris så også framveksten av tidlige komplekse samfunn i den langt senere bronsealderen (fra ca 4 000 f.vt.). Det er også tidlige bevis for skriftkultur og tidlige statsdannelser fra samme tid i dette nordlige steppeområdet, selv om de skriftlige statsdannelsene relativt raskt flyttet sitt tyngdepunkt ned i Mesopotamia-dalen og utviklet seg der. Området har derfor hos svært mange forfattere fått betegnelsen «sivilisasjonens vugge».

    Området har opplevd en rekke omveltninger, og nye stasdannelser. Nå sist da staten Tyrkia ble dannet i etterkant av ungtyrkernes folkemord på blant annet de pontiske grekere, armenere og assyrere under den første verdenskrig. Det antas at to tredeler til tre firedeler av alle armenere i regionen døde.

    Det er nå på tide at folkemordet mot de pontiske grekere, assyrere og armenere anerkjennes, at Israels okkupasjon, bosetting og vold palestinerne opphører, samt at de ulike minoritetene i området får leve sine livi fred - uten vold og trusler fra majoritetsbefolkninger eller fra Vesten, og da spesifikt USA.

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Art Encyclopedia

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 19, 2014

Cave Painting, c. 15,000-10,000 BC, Lascaux, France

Archeologists have identified 4 basic types of Stone Age art, as follows: petroglyphs (cupules, rock carvings and engravings); pictographs (pictorial imagery, ideomorphs, ideograms or symbols), a category that includes cave painting and drawing; and prehistoric sculpture (including small totemic statuettes known as Venus Figurines, various forms of zoomorphic and therianthropic ivory carving, and relief sculptures); and megalithic art (petroforms or any other works associated with arrangements of stones). Works that are applied to an immoveable rock surface are classified as parietal art; works that are portable are classified as mobiliary art.

Not content with simply making tools, Homo sapiens and later modern man created a huge range of Stone Age art, beginning with primitive Acheulean culture petroglyphs – such as cupules and rock carvings – and ending in stunning works of prehistoric sculpture (like the venus figurines), and the beautiful Magdalenian era cave paintings of Altamira.

Stone Age artists used every sort of material they could find, ranging from rock-hard quartzite to softer stones like steatite, serpentine, sandstone and limestone, as well as mammoth ivory, reindeer antler, and animal bones. For colour, they used a range of red, yellow and brown ochres, manganese dioxide and charcoal.

Art of the later Neolithic period is exemplified by exquisite ceramics, magnificent early bronze and gold castings, and the monumental architecture of the pyramids, ziggurats and megalithic structures of Newgrange and Stonehenge. Brought to life thanks to the efforts of archeologists and paleoanthropologists, the art of prehistory remains an integral chapter in the evolution of man.

Prehistoric art is dominated by parietal rock art, such as cave painting and petroglyphs. Sculpture, being a portable form of art and thus more prone to destruction or loss, is less common, though no less significant in revealing the intellectual and artistic progress of the culture or artist involved. After all, plastic art is invariably more challenging and complex than two-dimensional arts such as drawing or painting.

Not surprisingly, therefore, as Stone Age tools improved in quality – from primitive all-purpose implements to highly specialized instruments with differing shapes, blades and weights – so did Stone Age art. Not surprisingly, therefore, the arrival of anatomically modern man, who replaced Neanderthal Man during the period (c.50-20,000 BCE), had a major impact on both tool culture and sculpture in the Upper Paleolithic era, notably during the Aurignacian, Gravettian and Magdalenian periods.

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The earliest forms of prehistoric art are extremely primitive. The cupule, for instance – a mysterious type of Paleolithic cultural marking – amounts to no more than a hemispherical or cup-like scouring of the rock surface. The early sculptures known as the Venuses of Tan-Tan and Berekhat Ram, are such crude representations of humanoid shapes that some experts doubt whether they are works of art at all.

It is not until the Upper Paleolithic (from roughly 40,000 BCE onwards) that anatomically modern man produces recognizable carvings and pictures. Aurignacian culture, in particular, witnesses an explosion of rock art, including the cave murals at Chauvet, the Venus of Hohle Fels, the animal carvings of the Swabian Jura, the Venus of Kostenky, Aboriginal Rock Art from Australia, the Lion Man of Hohlenstein-Stadel and much more.

The later Gravettian and Magdalenian cultures gave birth to even more sophisticated versions of prehistoric art, notably the polychrome Dappled Horses of Pech-Merle and the sensational cave paintings at Lascaux and Altamira.

Dating of Prehistoric Art

A number of highly sophisticated techniques – such as radiometric testing and thermoluminescence – are now available to help establish the date of ancient artifacts from the Paleolithic era and later. However, dating of ancient art is not an exact science, and results are often dependent on tests performed on the ‘layer’ of earth and debris in which the artifact was lying, or – in the case of rock engraving – an analysis of the content and style of the markings. (Animal drawings using regular side-profiles, for instance, are typically older than those using three-quarter profiles.)

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The cycle of life

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 16, 2014

Maybe the Irish isn’t as close to the Armenians genetically as what’s written here, but the Tocharians, which consists of the haplogroups J2, R1b and G, are.

The Tocharians, which went to the east (Siberia etc), are very closely connected culturally with the Celts. Both the Celts and the Tocharians, which doesn’t any longer exists, share together with all other Indo-europeans the same roots from Caucasus for about 6.000 years ago.

While the Anatolians was the first Indo-european group who left from the Indo-european urheimat in the Caucasus, the Tocharians was the next. Armenian, it self an Paleo-balcanic language closely related to Phrygian, and to a lesser extent to Greek and Sanskrit, is maybe the first Indo-european language.

But Armenian language consists of two different languages. On one side it is Indo-european, and on the other side it is North-east Caucasian, which connect Armenian language to both Chechenian and Ingushetian. North-east Caucasian is the first agriculture language. It have it’s roots in the Gobekli tepe culture in the Armenian highland, which arose for around 12.000 years ago.

The marvelous Gobekli tepe culture dispersed for around 9.000 years ago, and spread the agriculture into Europe, as the old european cultures, to the south and into Egypt, as the Semittes (which appears for around 8.000 years ago), to the south-east, as Tell halaf culture and the Sumerians, to the east, where they constructed the Indus civilization, and to the north, where they constructed the trans-cucasian Shulaveri Shumo and Kura Araxes cultures.

The Northeast Caucasian languages constitute a language family spoken in the Russian republics of Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, northern Azerbaijan, and in northeastern Georgia, as well as in diaspora populations in Russia, Turkey, and the Middle East. They are also called Nakho-Dagestanian / Nakh-Dagestanian or just Dagestanian (Daghestanian), or sometimes Caspian, as opposed to Pontic for the Northwest Caucasian languages.

The Vainakh (also spelled Veinakh) languages consist of the dialect continuum between the Chechen and Ingush languages, mainly spoken in the Russian republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia, as well as in the Chechen diaspora. Together with Bats it forms the Nakh branch of the Northeast Caucasian languages family.

The name «Nakhichavan» in Armenian literally means «the place of descent», a Biblical reference to the descent of Noah’s Ark on the adjacent Mount Ararat. This is little else than the garden of Eden – where we learned the skills of civilization and became concious about our selves.

Hayk was the legendary founder of the Armenian nation. Hayasa-Azzi was a Late Bronze Age confederation formed between two kingdoms of Anatolia, Hayasa located South of Trabzon and Azzi, located North of the Euphrates and to the South of Hayasa. The armenians call them selves today for Hay, while the chechenians call them selves for nakh. Hayr means father in armenian, and heir means a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter’s death.

In other words we are talking about Noah (Noak), and heir of Noah. we are talking about the birth of our civilization. You can also say we are talking about the birth of the aryans (the sun-people), which includes both caucasian, semittic and indoeuropean peoples. This is also mentioned in our oldest epic story, the story about Gilgamesh.

The Swastika is our oldest symbols, also known from the Samarra culture in Iraq. The word means balance and harmony, or well being, and many symbols, like the taoist Ying and Yang, can be said to be related. The swas – ti – ka is much used in Armenia, the first Christian state, even today, just like the goodess of love, Anahit, is. Anahata is the chak – ra of love in Hinduism.

Taking in consideration the world situation there seems to be something bad happening. The armenians experenced a genocide in the beginning of the last century, just as the the other christian people of Anatolia ans Soth west Asia also did. The war against Iraq in 2003 was little else than a shame for humanity.

Today the US, Israel and the Saudis together with Turkey and Azerbaijan are teeming up against countries like Syria, Iran, Armenia etc. This war will develop into WW3, and must not happen.

Groups all over the world must now seek real knowledge, understanding, peace, solidarity and justice. Groups like the M15, Indignados, Occupy, Anonymous and Wikileaks try to this. We need to take the power from the elites, and again continue our way in the cycle of life. We need to stop the people working for Mammon and together with people everywhere make a better world for all of us!

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Sumerian – Sub – ar – tu (early sumerian state) (Subartu)
Hebrew – Heb (the sumerian queen) – ar – tu (the proignators of the isralittes) (Hebartu)
Armenians – Ar – men (armenians)
Ararat – Ur – ar – tu (the armenian kingdom) (Urartu)
Irak – Ur – uk (the old Iraqi city) (Uruk)
etc.

There is some grammatic rules – any vocals can be replaced, and the place of the vocals and the consonants can shift.

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The Neanderthals

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 15, 2014

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Neanderthal family in a cave (reconstruction)

Infographic (BBC)

Neanderthals’ demise caused by modern human invasion

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The Neanderthals

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The Neanderthals or Neandertals are an extinct species or subspecies of the genus Homo which is closely related to modern humans. They are known from fossils, dating from the Pleistocene period, which have been found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia. The species is named after Neandertal (“Neander’s Valley”), the location in Germany where it was first discovered.

Neanderthals are classified either as a subspecies of Homo sapiens (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) or as a separate species of the same genus (Homo neanderthalensis).The first humans with proto-Neanderthal traits are believed to have existed in Europe as early as 600,000–350,000 years ago.

When the Neanderthals went extinct is disputed. Fossils found in the Vindija Cave in Croatia have been dated to between 33,000 and 32,000 years old, and Neanderthal artefacts from Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar are believed to be less than 30,000 years ago, but a recent study has re-dated fossils at two Spanish sites as 45,000 years old, 10,000 years older than previously thought, and may cast doubt on recent dates at other sites.

Cro-Magnon (early-modern-human) skeletal remains showing certain “Neanderthal traits” have been found in Lagar Velho (Portugal) and dated to 24,500 years ago, suggesting that there may have been an extensive admixture of the Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal populations in that region.

A review of supposed archaeological hearths in Europe have suggested humans expanded into cold northern climates without the warmth of fire.

The second major finding of the study was that Neanderthal predecessors pushed into Europe”s colder northern latitudes more than 800,000 years ago without the habitual control of fire, said Wil Roebroeks of Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Archaeologists have long believed the control of fire was necessary for migrating early humans as a way to reduce their energy loss during winters when temperatures plunged below freezing and resources became more scarce.

“This confirms a suspicion we had that went against the opinions of most scientists, who believed it was impossible for humans to penetrate into cold, temperate regions without fire,” said Paola Villa, a curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

Recent evidence from an 800,000-year-old site in England known as Happisburgh indicates hominids – likely Homo heidelbergenis, the forerunner of Neanderthals – adapted to chilly environments in the region without fire, Roebroeks said.

The simplest explanation is that there was no habitual use of fire by early humans prior to roughly 400,000 years ago, indicating that fire was not an essential component of the behavior of the first occupants of Europe”s northern latitudes, said Roebroeks.

“It is difficult to imagine these people occupying very cold climates without fire, yet this seems to be the case,” added Roebroeks. The findings have been published in journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (ANI)

A Neanderthal burial site in Italy reveals hundreds of bird bones mixed in with those of our hominid cousins. The bones had the feathers scraped off, as though the Neanderthals had removed them on purpose – and the only plausible reason they would do that is to wear the feathers. It’s more evidence that Neanderthals were just as cultured as own ancient ancestors.

Obviously, there are some pretty big jumps from “hundreds of bird bones” to “sophisticated ancient culture”, so let’s examine this a bit more closely. Marco Peresani of Italy’s University of Ferrara discovered 660 bird bones among the Neanderthal bones in northern Italy’s Fumane Cave. A significant number of the wing bones had been cut and scraped where the feathers would have once been, which indicates they were intentionally removed.

So what were the Neanderthals using them for? There are three reasonable options: food, weaponry, or culture. Yes, the feathers could have been removed as preparations for eating the rest of the bird, but Peresani says that most of the birds found were poor food sources, and it’s unlikely the Neanderthals would have subsisted on them. Such feathers could also have been removed to be part of arrows, but that technology is not thought to have been invented yet.

That leaves a cultural or ceremonial purpose. The feathers could have formed a part of local Neanderthal fashion, perhaps worn as some form of ornamental dress. The feathers would have been impractical for everyone to be constantly wearing such clothing, which in turn suggests they wore them for special reasons and perhaps only on particular occasions.

This lends credence to the belief that Neanderthals were not the savage, intellectual inferiors of our own Homo sapiens ancestors, but rather a species with their own sophisticated culture. It can hardly be considered definitive – and some critics have quite openly said that Peresani has pushed his data beyond the breaking point – but it’s still some of the best evidence yet for the surprising sophistication of our Neanderthal cousins.

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‘Neanderthal tools’ found at dig

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Neanderthals ‘distinct from us’

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Neanderthal DNA secrets unlocked

The downside of sex with Neanderthals

Neanderthals live on in DNA of humans

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A Species Odyssey

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 15, 2014

У истоков человечества / A species odyssey, Homo Sapiens, The rise of man

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“A Species Odyssey” is a French documentary film directed by Jacques Malaterre, first broadcast on January 7, 2003 on France 3. It portrays the origins of Mankind from the moment the first primate stood up on their hind legs and set off to conquer the African Savanna, to modern Man, setting off to conquer space. 7 million years of triumph fraught with difficulties and extraordinary events that make Man what he is today.

A Species Odyssey

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Richard Leakey’s amazing discovery in Kenya completely changed what was previously known about human origins – there wasn’t a single line leading to humans, but many branches and many different species. So, where did we come from? Five million years ago changes in habitat created differences among primates that eventually led to homo Ergaster two million years ago, and then Homo Ergaster evolved even greater changes to become Homo Sapiens. Aired on Discovery Channel in 1999.

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APE TO MAN examines the major discoveries that have led us to the understanding of our evolution we have today, including theories that never gained full acceptance in their time, an elaborate hoax that confused the scientific community for years, and the ultimate understanding of the key elements that separate man from apes.

Neanderthal Man

It has long been considered the most compelling question in our history: Where do human beings come from? Although life has existed for millions of years, only in the past century-and-a-half have we begun to use science to explore the ancestral roots of our own species.

The search for the ultimate answer has taken a number of twists and turns, with careers made and broken along the way. Ape to Man is the story of the quest to find the origins of the human race – a quest that spanned more than 150 years of obsessive searching. The search for the origins of humanity is a story of bones and the tales they tell.

It was in 1856 that the first bones of an extinct human ancestor were encountered, unearthed by a crew of unskilled laborers digging for limestone in Western Europe. The find, which would be known as Neanderthal Man, was seeing the light of day for the first time in more than 40,000 years.

At the time, the concept of a previous human species was virtually unthinkable. Yet just a few years later, Charles Darwin’s work The Origin of Species first broached the subject of evolution, and by the end of the nineteenth century, it had become the hottest topic of the age. Adventurers embarked on the search for the Missing Link, the single creature that represented the evolutionary leap from apes to humans.

 

Neanderthal Museum, Erkrath

Neandertal is a small valley somewhat north of Duesseldorf. In 1856, it became famous for the discovery of prehistoric human remains that were considered the first specimen of Homo Neanderthalensis: the Neanderthal Man. (The “h” was dropped from the official spelling of “Tal” in 1901, but it was kept it the Latin scientific name and accordingly, in the name of the museum in Erkrath).

Neanderthal Museum Erkrath

 

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A Genetic Journey

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 15, 2014

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The Incredible Human Journey

The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey is a book by Spencer Wells, an American geneticist and anthropologist, in which he uses techniques and theories of genetics and evolutionary biology to trace the geographical dispersal of early human migrations out of Africa. The book was made into a TV documentary in 2003.

This informative film, full of surprising news, is based on the work of Spencer Wells, who is both innovative scientist and enthusiastic host. He and crew scour the world for indigenous people with deep roots in one place, asking for samples of DNA to test, in order to piece together our “big family” genetic tree.

It is a fantastic documentary tracing the earliest human migration on this planet, as shown by our genetic roots. In Indiana Jones mode, Wells tacks down common ancestors and comes up with some surprising candidates which he interviews.

The best parts are when he returns with DNA results and we see the diverse ways in which people and tribes react to the news of what science says about their arrival and relations. View this as adventure travel or as a painless way to begin your genetic literacy.

The Incredible Human Journey  is a five-episode science documentary and accompanying book, written and presented by Alice Roberts. It was first broadcast on BBC television in May and June 2009 in the UK. Dr Alice Roberts travels the globe to discover the incredible story of how humans left Africa to colonize the world.

How did we get here? Following a trail of clues from the latest scientific research, Dr Alice Roberts re-traces the greatest ever journey taken by our ancestors.

Thousands of years ago one small group of our species, Homo sapiens, crossed out of Africa and into the unknown. Their descendants faced baking deserts, sweat-soaked jungles and frozen wildernesses and risked everything on the vast empty ocean.

Within 60,000 years they colonized the whole world… How did they do it? Why do we, their descendants all look so different? And what did we have that meant we were the only human species to survive?

Using the evidence from genetics, fossils, archaeology and climatology, Dr Alice Roberts uncovers five epic routes our ancestors took across the globe and the obstacles and brutal challenges they encountered along the way.

It reveals how our family tree grew and spread out across the world, producing all the variety we see in the human species today – but despite all that diversity, Alice reveals how astonishingly closely related we all are.

Interactive map: Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World

The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

The Incredible Human Journey

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Prehistoric Europeans – People Who Invented Art

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 15, 2014

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Venus of Willendorf

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Cave of Altamira, near Santander, Spain

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Around 40.000 years ago, Prehistoric Europeans became the first people in the world to invent Art… Painting, sculpture, music… The development of these entirely new concepts had one of the most profound influence on the further intellectual evolution of our ancestors.

The oldest works of prehistoric art in the world, dating to around 40.000 years back in time, were found in the Schwäbische Alb, Germany. The Venus of Hohle Fels. And the figurine of a mammoth discovered in the Vogelherd cave Germany. Further artworks include cave paintings (France and Spain). And the very first musical instrument ever found – a flute (Germany).

As more and more of prehistoric Europeans had contact with people of other cultures, it has allowed the spread of such concepts to other places.

Prehistory and Prehistoric Art in Europe

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The Real Robin Hood

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 15, 2014

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Robin Hood (spelled Robyn Hode in older manuscripts) is a heroic outlaw in English folklore, and, according to legend, was also a highly skilled archer and swordsman.

Although such behaviour was not part of his original character, since the beginning of the 19th century he has become known for “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor”, assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his “Merry Men”.

Traditionally, Robin Hood and his men are depicted wearing Lincoln green clothes. The origin of the legend is asserted by some to have been actual outlaws, or ballads or tales of outlaws.

Robin Hood became a popular folk figure in the medieval period, continuing through to modern literature, films and television. In the earliest sources, Robin Hood is a yeoman, but he was often later portrayed as an aristocrat wrongfully dispossessed of his lands and made into an outlaw by an unscrupulous sheriff.

The oldest references to Robin Hood are not historical records, or even ballads recounting his exploits, but hints and allusions found in various works. From 1228 onward, the names ‘Robinhood’, ‘Robehod’ or ‘Robbehod’ occur in the rolls of several English Justices.

The majority of these references date from the late 13th century. Between 1261 and 1300, there are at least eight references to ‘Rabunhod’ in various regions across England, from Berkshire in the south to York in the north.

Missed in History: Robin Hood

Robin Hood

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A History of Ancient Britain – Orkney’s Stone Age Temple

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 15, 2014

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A History of Ancient Britain – Orkney’s Stone Age Temple

Neil Oliver investigates the discovery of a 5,000-year-old temple in Orkney. Built 500 years before Stonehenge, the temple has triggered new thoughts about the beliefs of Neolithic people, turning the map of ancient Britain upside down.

The vast site lies undisturbed until now, set within one of the most important ancient landscapes in the world. There have been some incredible finds, including the first ever discovery of Neolithic painted wall decorations, and even the pigments and paint pots used by Stone Age artists.

Special effects have been used to bring this archaeological evidence to life, creating a three-dimensional model of the entire temple, allowing Neil to walk inside in a bid to understand just how it might have been used.

Long before the Egyptians began the pyramids, Neolithic European man built a vast temple complex at the top of what is now Scotland.

Neolithic discovery: Why Orkney is the centre of ancient Britain

Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Neolithic Scotland: Heart of Orkney World Heritage Sites

Heart of Neolithic Orkney – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

List of prehistoric Stone monuments structures in Great Britain

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ANCIENT BRITAIN: Life in Britain & Ireland Before the Romans (Part 2)

Achavanich
Beckhampton Avenue
Bennachie
Birkrigg stone circle
Boscawen-Un
Boskednan stone circle
The Bridestones
Callanish
Castlerigg stone circle
Doll Tor
Drizzlecombe
Grey Wethers
The Hurlers (stone circles)
Long Meg and Her Daughters
The Longstones
Mên-an-Tol
The Merry Maidens
Merrivale, Devon
Mitchell’s Fold
Nine Ladies
Rollright Stones
Rudston
Stalldown Barrow
Standing Stones of Stenness
Stanton Drew
Stones of Scotland
Swinside
Temple Wood
Torhouse
Tregeseal East stone circle
Yellowmead Down
Grim’s Ditch
Seahenge
Silbury Hill
The Gop
Stonehenge

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Serj Tankian joins demands to investigate Turkey’s role in Kessab attacks

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 15, 2014

Serj Tankian joins demands to investigate Turkey's role in Kessab attacks

World famous musician Serj Tankian called to ask members of U.S. Congress to investigate Turkey’s role in attacks on Armenian-populated Kessab.

“Please join me in asking our members of congress to demand that the Senate and House intelligence committees investigate Turkey’s role in the Al Qaeda linked attacks on the city of #Kessab in Syria, where more than 2000 Armenians were driven from their homes. These people were all survivors of the #ArmenianGenocide who had settled there after the First World War,” he wrote on Facebook.

In the early morning on March 21, armed militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra Islamic terrorist group infiltrated into northern Syria’s Latakia Governorate, which is predominantly inhabited by Armenians and Alawites, from four directions. Two large groups of terrorists had launched the attack from Turkey. About 600 Kessab-Armenian families are currently sheltered in Latakia city.

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Lost Tribe Of Palau

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 15, 2014

Skull may identify tiny islanders who shrank to survive

Lost Tribe Of Palau

Shown here is one specimen with a brow ridge found in Ucheliungs Cave in Palau in 2006 (center), set between a model of a modern human female skull (left), and a model of the skull of Homo Floresiensis.

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An incredible find on a tiny chain of islands in Micronesia provides what at first appeared to be human bones, but archaeologists quickly realised they were too small and unusual. The problem is the bones are only a few thousand years old… Was it a new species of previously unknown human? Was it a different species entirely?

The biggest problem is the Islands of Palau are so remote there is no explanation as to how these human-like creatures ever arrived there in the first place. One of the most remarkable archaeological finds in history, the lost tribe of Palau contains a secret that changes our entire view of evolution…

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