Ancient Settlement Uncovered in Israel

Aerial shot of the settlement (photo by IAA)

A 2,300 year old village dating to the Seleucid Dynasty (or perhaps earlier) has been uncovered during work on a natural gas pipeline. The settlement reached its peak in the 3rd century BC, and by the time of Herod (1st Century BC) was abandoned. The settlement was found not far from Mitzpe Harel in the [Read More...]

Bombshell Discovery: Million-Year-Old Hominid Footprints in England

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These are the oldest preserved hominid footprints found outside of Africa, and push back the date for a hominid presence in England to almost a million years ago.  I’ll just get out of the way and let the Independent tell you the news: Extraordinary new evidence of Britain’s first human inhabitants has been discovered in [Read More...]

New Theories About a Mysterious Manuscript

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As I wrote here, I believe the Voynich Manuscript is an authentic, encrypted esoteric text. Much of the art–including flora and fauna–is fanciful, but some botanists believe some of the plants may resemble examples of New World vegetation depicted in other old manuscripts. Dr. Arthur Tucker from Delaware University … discovered similarities between specific plants [Read More...]

The Astrolabe [Beautiful Machines]

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When I was asked to come up with a header for this blog, I submitted two ideas to Patheos: a robotic riff on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and an image of an astrolabe. Unable to choose between the two, I suggested that the art department just combine them, and the striking image above was born. I first encountered [Read More...]

The Ghost of St. Edmund Kills a King: The 1000th Anniversary!

St. Edmund kills Sweyn Forkbeard

Edmund, King and Saint, was killed in a conflict with the Danes in 869, and afterward his cult grew, perhaps helped along by a legend (or was it!?) found in Archdeacon Hermann’s Miracles of St. Edmund (1096), and repeated and embellished thereafter. After the death of Edmund, the Danes continued to harass England, with Sweyn [Read More...]

Agricola [App o the Mornin']

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Uwe Rosenberg’s board game Agricola has been perennial favorite since its release in 2007. Winner of the 2008 Spiel des Jahres award for “Best Complex Game,” it’s one of the finest examples of the “worker placement” genre, with rules for both family and advanced play making its complex mechanics more accessible. The iPad version of [Read More...]

Serving with Monty in North Africa in ’42 …

World War II Around The World (5)

… Reggie Bingham-Threepwood’s last reported words were, “I say, chaps, what does this d-” h/t: Vintage Everyday (The bomb wasn’t yet fused.) [Read more...]

Pikmin in Ancient Greece

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Well, not quite, but Okhlos from Coffee Powered Machine certainly suggests what you might get if those yellow and red and blue Pikmin were actually old philosophers and angry soldiers and powerful heroes like Asclepius.  The goal is to rally a mob of these good citizens of ancient Greece and then use them to defeat [Read More...]


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