He Was a Big Fellow…

Battling nomads earned you buckets of trouble around 2,500 B.C., reports an international archeology team. Scars too. But at least you earned yourself a fancy burial.

Two Bronze Age burials in a tomb from the ancient trade town of Terqa, a Mesopatamian archeological site in modern-day Syria.

“The tomb from Terqa consisted of two chambers with stone domes. The smaller chamber contained many luxury grave goods, including jars, plates and pieces of ancient jewellery. The artifacts were placed in an orderly manner, one upon another. Small animal bones and crushed ostrich eggshells indicate that this part was visited by people who left there some offerings. The other chamber was bigger and contained human skeletons,” says the study.

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Published in: on 2011/08/01 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Crumpet Anyone?

Bog Butter found in a timber vessel in a bog at Shancloon near Caherlistrane, north Galway, could be 2,000 to 2,500 years old, according to a specialist from the National Museum of Ireland. The butter, weighing almost two stone, was found in a timber keg which may have been hewn from a tree trunk and shaped into a barrel using early Iron Age implements.

The rest of this posting may be found here ————-> yes, here.

And, in case you wonder what a couple of thousand years may do to the shelf life of said staple…

Published in: on 2011/07/29 at 1:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Think, Therefore I Evolve

Evolution of the Evolutionarily Minded

ScienceDaily — In the century and a half since Charles Darwin’s publication of The Origin of Species, evolutionary theory has become the bedrock of modern biology, yet its application to the understanding of the human mind remains controversial. For the past 30 years, evolutionary interpretation of human cognition has been dominated by the field of evolutionary psychology. One view of this field is that human minds are composed of a list of dedicated programmes, each fashioned by natural selection to solve specific problems faced by our Stone Age ancestors, with all humans possessing the same universal architecture irrespective of geography or upbringing. However, this characterization of the human mind has been subject to criticism, in particular that some interpretations were so speculative they amounted to ‘evolutionary stories.’ Please comport yourself here for more.

Published in: on 2011/07/29 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment