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Stone Stackers at Ancient UK Sites Could Face Jail Time
14th October 2017 | theguardian.com | Humans

Historic England, the public body responsible for looking after some of England’s most historic places, has issued a stern warning to people who indulge the art of stone stacking in protected spots.  In some circumstances people who balance or stack stones may be breaking vandalism laws and could even face a prison sentence.

The Mysterious Tribe of Blue Eyed Native Americans
13th October 2017 mysteriousuniverse.org | Ancient, Humans

History holds many oddities that we may never fully understand, either through incomplete documentation, disinterest at the time, or simply a big question mark that hangs over all. Among these are mysterious tribes of people that have been encountered and confronted in all corners of the globe, often vanishing before we really understand them and leaving us perplexed at just who they were or where their origins lie. One such tribe was a mysterious group of Native Americans who appeared to explorers as something quite European in nature, although their ways and beginnings have always been cloaked in shadows. Known mostly from historical accounts, their origins remain murky, their lineage uncertain, and they are a historical curiosity we may never fully understand.

DNA Study: South Americans Did Not Populate Easter Island
13th October 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

Researchers from UC Santa Cruz analysed bone fragments from the ancient skeletal remains of five people, which were excavated in the 1980s,to make their discovery.

DNA Study: Newfoundland Populated Multiple Times by Distinct Groups
13th October 2017 popular-archaeology.com | Ancient, Humans

Indigenous people have been on the far northeastern edge of Canada for most of the last 10,000 years, moving in shortly after the ice retreated from the Last Glacial Maximum. Archaeological evidence suggests that people with distinct cultural traditions inhabited the region at least three different times with a possible hiatus for a period between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago.

How the People of Wales Became Welsh
13th October 2017 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient, Humans

Britain in the early Middle Ages was very different to the country it is now. Rather than England, Scotland and Wales, the island consisted of numerous kingdoms, the fate and fortune of which fluctuated, as some kings gained lordship over others, some smaller kingdoms were swallowed by their larger neighbours and others fell to foreign invaders – including Vikings, in the ninth and tenth centuries.

The Pop-Cultural Heritage of Terrorism, Treasure Hunting, and Trafficking
13th October 2017 | heritagedaily.com | Humans, Tech

The looting and destruction of antiquities and archaeological sites has plagued countries facing conflict and instability for decades.  As with any monumental global challenge, the recent crises have become the topics of popular culture stretching from television comedies, to drama, and even videogames.

The Ancient Native American Owl Totem of Hontoon Island, Florida
12th October 2017 | atlasobscura.com | Ancient, Humans

The 10-foot owl, carved from a single piece of southern hard pine was unearthed in 1955. It once guarded the shore of the 1,600-acre island, which is now a state park. Hontoon Island has a long history of indigenous habitation going back thousands of years. Similar effigies of an otter and a pelican were also found there.  Researchers disagree on whether the totem was carved by the Mayaca tribe or the Timucuan indians, both of whom are now extinct.

Earliest Evidence of Domesticated Sorghum Discovered in Sudan
12th October 2017 | sci-news.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Sorghum was domesticated from its wild ancestor more than 5,000 years ago, according to archaeological evidence uncovered by University College London archaeologists in Sudan.

Chic 2,200 year old Mongolian Jewelry Made of Gem-Encrusted Coal
10th October 2017 siberiantimes.com | Ancient, Humans

Eyecatching beltbuckles worn by Xiongnu female invaders is found buried on the banks of the Yenesei River in Mongolia.  Women buried in a unique ancient necropolis went to the afterlife wearing intriguingly decorated beltbuckles made of coal inlaid with jade and carnelian.  They were also adorned with flame-shaped bronze decorations on their shoulders. In addition, they wore magnificent bronze beltbuckles artistically engraved and embossed depicting fantastical animals such as dragons, bulls, leopards, panthers, horses, yaks and snakes.

Psychedelic Renaissance
10th October 2017 | huffingtonpost.com | Humans

As they aged, the first generation of psychonauts wondered at times whether their culture would die out, or at least whether that was the expectation of those supporting the “war on drugs.”  With all this against them, would the underground psychedelic culture gradually die out?  It hasn’t.

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