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

Location: #culture
Members: 17
Latest Activity: Nov 30

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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 July 27, 2017 at 1:19pm

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation tests will be used to uncover what happened regarding 1,500 skeletons dating back to between the eighth and fifth century BC

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation tests will be used to uncover what happened regarding 1,500 skeletons dating back to between the eighth and fifth century BC

Archaeologists in Athens uncover 2,500-year-old Greek mystery by CSI tests

Archaeologists in Athens believe they may have discovered some of the remains of an army raised by nobleman Cylon — the first recorded Olympic champion — who tried to take over the city of Athens and install himself as its sole ruler 2,500 years ago.

Athenian and Greek historians Thucydides and Herodotus, wrote about the coup and described how Cylon enticed an army of followers to enter the city and lay siege to the Athens Acropolis.

They were ultimately defeated, but Cylon managed to escape.

Now archaeologists in Athens believe they may have unearthed some of the remains of Cylon’s army in a mass grave in Faliron, about four miles south of central Athens.

Site project director Stella Chrysoulaki told reporters that the discovery of the 80 skeletons of men is “unprecedented” since the men, young and well-fed, were located lying in the unmarked grave in three rows, some on their backs while others were tossed facedown on their stomachs.

All of the men had their hands tied in iron chains and at least 52 of them had their hands tied above their heads. They died from blows to the head, victims of a “political execution” that dates back to between 675 and 650 BC according to pieces of pottery unearthed in the grave, Chrysoulaki revealed.

“We are going to use, roughly speaking, the methods made famous by television series on forensics crime science,” noted Panagiotis Karkanas, laboratory director and geoarchaeologist at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Read more=  read:http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26348-archaeologists...

Comment by Stephen on July 17, 2017 at 10:17pm

Were the Ancient Egyptians Black or White? Scientists Now Know

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Egyptologists, writers, scholars, and others, have argued the race of the ancient Egyptians since at least the 1970’s. Some today believe they were Sub-Saharan Africans. We can see this interpretation portrayed in Michael Jackson’s 1991 music video for “Remember the Time,” from his Dangerous album. The video, a 10 minute mini-film, includes performances by Eddie Murphy and Magic Johnson.

Reactionaries meanwhile, say that there’s never been any significant black civilizations, an utter falsehood6. There were several in fact, highly advanced African empires and kingdoms throughout history. Curiously, some extreme Right groups have even used blood group data to proclaim a Nordic origin to King Tut and his brethren. 

The problem, it was thought that mummy DNA couldn’t be sequenced. But a group of international researchers, using unique methods, have overcome the barriers to do just that. They found that the ancient Egyptians were most closely related to1 the peoples of the Near East, particularly from the Levant. This is the Eastern Mediterranean which today includes the countries of Turkey, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The mummies used were from the New Kingdom and a later period, when Egypt was under Roman rule.

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/were-the-ancient-egyptians-black-o...

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Comment by Chris on May 17, 2017 at 3:42pm

Regarding: World's last living Nazi war crimes prosecutor passes on chilling message about conflict and World's last living Nazi war crimes.

Progroms killing Jews occured long before WWII. The Einsatzgruppen consisted of Polls, Ukranians, Norweigeans, and the Vichy French among others.  It's difficult to know how wide spread hatred of Jews were. It wasn't just the Nazi Einsatzgruppen that masacared Jews in WWII.

Comment by Chris on May 17, 2017 at 3:32pm

Female Figure Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf, statuette found in Austria, thought to have been made 28,000 and 25,000 BCE.ancient-origins.net

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Comment by Stephen on May 10, 2017 at 9:13am

doone whenever I see a beautiful piece of art like this horse from pre-history I always wonder what emotions it used to invoke from its first owners. Was it a lucky talisman or a religious idol or did it give its owner pleasure pure and simple.

Comment by Doone on May 10, 2017 at 9:00am

A masterpiece of and the oldest known sculpture of a horse. Carved in mammoth ivory, the Vogelherd Horse is 35,000 years old.

Comment by Stephen on May 9, 2017 at 12:03pm

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World's last living Nazi war crimes prosecutor passes on chilling message about conflict

The last living Nuremberg Trials prosecutor has issued a chilling reminder about the horrors of war.

Ben Ferencz, now aged 97, helped bring to justice 22 Nazi SS officers who were behind the murder of more than one million people.

The officers Mr Ferencz prosecuted were part of Nazi units called Einsatzgruppen (“action groups”) that were tasked with following the German army as it invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 and killing any Jews, gypsies and Communists they encountered.

In total, they are believed to have killed more than one million people in cities, towns and villages across Eastern Europe.

Read more=  read:http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/worlds-last-living-nazi-war-cri...

Comment by Stephen on May 6, 2017 at 5:44pm

Liu Yu Sheng SYMBOLISM Archaeologists believe the hundreds of 13-foot poles at the Small River Cemetery in a desert in Xinjiang Province, China, were mostly phallic symbols.

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SYMBOLISM Archaeologists believe the hundreds of 13-foot poles at the Small River Cemetery in a desert in Xinjiang Province, China, were mostly phallic symbols.

A Host of Mummies, a Forest of Secrets

In the middle of a terrifying desert north of Tibet, Chinese archaeologists have excavated an extraordinary cemetery. Its inhabitants died almost 4,000 years ago, yet their bodies have been well preserved by the dry air.

The cemetery lies in what is now China’s northwest autonomous region of Xinjiang, yet the people have European features, with brown hair and long noses. Their remains, though lying in one of the world’s largest deserts, are buried in upside-down boats. And where tombstones might stand, declaring pious hope for some god’s mercy in the afterlife, their cemetery sports instead a vigorous forest of phallic symbols, signaling an intense interest in the pleasures or utility of procreation.

The long-vanished people have no name, because their origin and identity are still unknown. But many clues are now emerging about their ancestry, their way of life and even the language they spoke.

Their graveyard, known as Small River Cemetery No. 5, lies near a dried-up riverbed in the Tarim Basin, a region encircled by forbidding mountain ranges. Most of the basin is occupied by the Taklimakan Desert, a wilderness so inhospitable that later travelers along the Silk Road would edge along its northern or southern borders.

Read more= read:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/science/16archeo.html?_r=2&pa...;

Comment by Chris on May 6, 2017 at 1:13am

World War Three by Mistake,

For what it's worth President Obama ordered ECM (Electronic Counter Measures) to counter DPRK (North Korean) missles from traveling far.

 

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