The Beer Archaeologist.
"Biomolecular archaeologist" Dr. Patrick McGovern
has unearthed millennia-old
alcohol recipes and ancient medicinals
, "by analyzing residues in ancient pottery. Now he's working with brewer Sam Calagione, (of Discovery Channel's Brew Masters, (autoplaying video)
) whose pub Dogfish Head
serves up beers
based on recipes that are thousands of years old." (Via) [more inside]
Archaeologists find a pottery fragment
with the oldest known example of written Hebrew at the Elah Fortress(YT)
in Israel - or maybe not [more inside]
The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has a nice collection of online exhibits
, including ones on Roman glassmaking
, the ancient history of wine
, and a history of body modification. (Other exhibits have appeared on Mefi previously.)
Chocolate and the Beer of the Ancients
. New archaeological evidence suggests that primitive beer brewers
were the first to discover
the goodness of chocolate.
is in the news.
The modern city
is small, but built on the colossal ruins
of the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate
. Google Earth
reveals amazing details
of the ancient city, one of the largest archaeological sites
in the world.
Protecting the Cradle
Kirkuk Air Base -- US Army Colonel works with Iraqi archaeological officials to protect nearby ancient sites.
Meanwhile at more secluded mounds, looters continue to plunder the sites and to erase the tangible record of the world's earliest civilizations. "When you come here at night, it looks like a city, there are so many lights," [Archaeological official Abdul-Amir] Hamdani said, looking out over the arid scrubland where thieves swarm after dark.
are denouncing plans for a tunnel under Stonehenge.
It's not the idea of the tunnel itself that is drawing fire, so much as the execution. The govt seems to be doing it on the cheap, in a way that won't solve the problem of the modern world intruding on the prehistoric megalith.
Roman Cosmetics Found at Temple Dig:
Stunningly well preservered, the cream still bears the fingerprints of whoever used it last, almost 2,000 years ago.
- 'These composite beings ... are a common theme from the beginning of painting.' (link via Weblogging Considered Harmful
New Ancient Civilization found
compareable to the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia civilizations. By Crom!