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A group about World History so that I do not end up spamming my USA and Non USA News Group

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How the British Divided Up the Arab World

Started by Hope. Last reply by Chris Oct 15, 2016. 7 Replies

How the British Divided Up the Arab WorldThe development of the modern nation states throughout the Arab world is a fascinating and heartbreaking process. 100 years ago, most Arabs were part of the…Continue

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History Snippets

Started by Doone. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Oct 12, 2016. 3 Replies

AN AMERICAN CREATION STORYby Akim ReinhardtThere is scientific evidence indicating that Asiatic peoples migrated…Continue

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Old Time Religion and Buildings

Started by Doone. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu Nov 30, 2012. 1 Reply

Tatev Monastery - Tatev, ArmeniaThe Tatev monastery once played a notable role in the advancement of medieval Armenian culture when it housed the University of Tatev in the 14th and 15th…Continue

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THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAM

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THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAMTom Holland in The Guardian:Whenever modern civilisations…Continue

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Comment by Stephen on December 15, 2017 at 8:05am

Archaeologists unearth record of ancient Assyria’s demise

A team of archaeologists excavating at the site of Ziyaret Tepe in southeastern Turkey have discovered a rare and unique cuneiform tablet — one that tells a story of frustration and desperation expressed by an ancient Assyrian official, providing a glimpse of conditions in the Assyrian Empire just before its collapse in the 7th century, B.C.

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/archaeolog...

Comment by Stephen on November 30, 2017 at 9:31pm

First evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain discovered

First evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain discovered

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER—The first evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain has been discovered by archaeologists from the University of Leicester. The findings will be explored as part of the BBC Four's Digging For Britain on Wednesday 29 November.

Based on new evidence, the team suggests that the first landing of Julius Caesar's fleet in Britain took place in 54BC at Pegwell Bay on the Isle of Thanet, the northeast point of Kent.

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/first-eviden...

Comment by Stephen on November 15, 2017 at 1:09pm

Byzantine military inventors perfected Greek Fire, a combustible liquid like napalm that could be hurled at enemy ships (or lobbed against land armies as hand grenades).Madrid Skylitzes (12th century) / Wikicommons

Byzantine military inventors perfected Greek Fire, a combustible liquid like napalm that could be hurled at enemy ships (or lobbed against land armies as hand grenades).Madrid Skylitzes (12th century) / Wikicommons

The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire

Byzantine civilization, the eastern Roman empire whose capital was at Constantinople, is mostly known today for its spirituality and eccentricities, including the spectacular church of Hagia Sophia (a feat of Roman engineering), glittering mosaics, sombre but colorful icons, ambitious bishops, bizarre holy men, intriguing eunuchs, and the massive amounts of gold that its emperors had at their disposal before western Crusaders and then the Turks destroyed the empire in 1453 A.D. This romantic image has long catered to western audiences and markets alongside the pejorative (and unfair) usage of “Byzantine,” for unnecessarily complicated systems that work through intrigue, evasion of responsibility, obfuscation, and backstabbing.

Philoponos rarely receives credit for this breakthrough, made over one thousand years before Galileo.

Read more-  read:http://nautil.us/blog/the-hidden-science-and-tech-of-the-byzantine-...

Comment by Chris on November 13, 2017 at 9:21pm

LONDON, ENGLAND—The remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the bull-slaying god Mithras,

Does the museum of archaeology have a reproduction of the Brazen Bull torture and execution device?

Comment by Stephen on November 12, 2017 at 7:30am

Roman Mithras Temple Reconstructed in London

SMALL Scene of Mithras slaying bull tauroctony c PAYE Conservation
(Courtesy Museum of London Archaeology)

LONDON, ENGLAND—The remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the bull-slaying god Mithras, which dates to the third century A.D., are set to be reopened to the public in Bloomberg's new European headquarters, according to a report in The Guardian. Mithraism was a cult religion devoted to Mithras practiced across the Roman Empire from about the first to the fourth centuries A.D. and was especially popular among soldiers. While their beliefs and rituals remain largely a mystery, followers of Mithraism had a complex system of initiation and met in underground temples called mithraea, many of which survive. The London Temple of Mithras was first discovered in 1954 and, for a time, was partially (and poorly) reconstructed for visitors on a nearby car park roof. Now in its original location, the mithraeum will be displayed alongside artifacts uncovered at the site. To read more about Roman Britain, go to “The Wall at the End of the Empire.”

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6090-171110-london-mithras-temple

Comment by Chris on November 3, 2017 at 3:46am

That shouldn't be suprising considering Egypts Valley of the Kings.

Catacombes of Paris and ancient Rome are interesting.

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Comment by Stephen on November 2, 2017 at 7:39pm

Archaeologists discover mysterious void deep within Great Pyramid of Giza

Muon-detecting sensors have revealed a huge cavity hidden within the pyramid – the first major structural find since the 19th century

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/02/archaeolgists-disco...A 3D aerial view of the Great Pyramid of Giza, showing the chambers within, as well as the newly-detected cavity.

Comment by Chris on October 29, 2017 at 12:14pm

Interesting maps of North America and Mexico showing tribal nations prior to contact with Europeans.

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before.

Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived.

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans.

As a teenager, Carapella says he could never get his hands on a continental U.S. map like this, depicting more than 600 tribes — many now forgotten and lost to history. Now, the 34-year-old designs and sells maps as large as 3 by 4 feet with the names of tribes hovering over land they once occupied. 

"I think a lot of people get blown away by, 'Wow, there were a lot of tribes, and they covered the whole country!' You know, this is Indian land," says Carapella, who calls himself a "mixed-blood Cherokee" and lives in a ranch house within the jurisdiction of the Cherokee Nation.

For more than a decade, he consulted history books and library archives, called up tribal members and visited reservations as part of research for his map project, which began as pencil-marked poster boards on his bedroom wall. So far, he has designed maps of the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. A map of Alaska is currently in the works.

What makes Carapella's maps distinctive is their display of both the original and commonly known names of Native American tribes, according to Doug Herman, senior geographer at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

 

Comment by Chris on October 29, 2017 at 11:59am

Archaeological mysteries hidden in satellite images.

Archaeology is a puzzle. For Sarah Parcak, trying to find ancient treasures is made exponentially easier by satellite imagery.

Archaeologists have many tools at their disposal: shovels, trowels, satellites. If you are scratching your head at that final entry, check out how TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak uses satellite imagery to locate long-lost ancient sites, and to solve some of archaeology’s most enduring mysteries.

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Space Archaeologist Wants Your Help To Find Ancient Sites

February 17, 20166:54 PM ET

Sarah Parcak is a space archaeologist. She uses satellite imagery to track looted ancient burial sites and find pyramids hidden under Egyptian cities. Now, she has bigger plans: to launch a worldwide campaign to make all of us space archaeologists.

She will be doing it through a digital platform called Global Xplorer, which will utilize crowdsourcing and satellite images to discover and protect unknown archaeological sites around the world. Parcak is the 2016 TED Prize winner — and she plans to launch the platform with the $1 million award that comes with the prize.




Comment by Stephen on October 27, 2017 at 12:43pm

Archaeologists excavate 400 Iron Age houses in Denmark

A spectacular and unique site, say archaeologists.

Archaeologists have discovered more than 20,000 post-holes in the remains of the Iron Age village at Jelling, Denmark. (Photo: Esben Klinker Hansen)
 

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