The Daily Tulip – Archeological News From Around The World
Friday 3rd November 2017
Good Morning Gentle Reader…. As this little blue planet of ours turns, we discover amazing things from the past, Pilgrims homes in Massachusetts, Jamestown Virginia revels more of its past, Coptic Christian tombstone found on the Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor, When Zero doesn’t count, Thousands of Taino drawings and paintings have been discovered, it’s amazing what drugs can produce.. and a little bit about the medieval ages in England.. we also discover that this is my favourite day, I love learning about the past… I do appreciate you commenting….
PILGRIMS’ HOMES EXCAVATED IN MASSACHUSETTS…. PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS—The Patriot Ledger reports that archaeologists led by David Landon of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, have uncovered traces of Pilgrim life between the remains of two buildings located within the palisade wall discovered last year. In one pit, they found the bones of a butchered calf that had not been completely processed. Landon thinks hot weather may have been the reason. “We’re filleting it out and it’s laying around for a little while,” he speculated. “Time to get rid of the rest of this into a pit on the side of the house,” he said. The alleyway also yielded samples from a trash pit that will be tested for pollen and parasites, and fish bones in a planting hole, reflecting the Wampanoag practice of fertilizing plants with fish. Other seventeenth-century artifacts uncovered during the excavation include European pottery and stoneware, straight pins, trader’s beads, and a lead seal marked with an image of a thistle, which may have come on a bolt of cloth from England. “It was very emblematic of the time and emblematic of the trade routes,” Landon said.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS INVESTIGATE GRAVES IN JAMES FORT’S CHURCH…. JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA—According to a report in The Washington Post, archaeologists are looking for the remains of notable citizens of James Fort in the layers of burials within the memorial church at the site. “There are so many graves cutting through graves, cutting through graves, cutting through graves,” said Jamestown Rediscovery’s chief archaeologist, William M. Kelso. In particular, they are searching for the remains of Thomas West, Lord De La Warr, named governor and captain general of Virginia in 1610 by the Virginia Company of London. In 1618, he died at sea while returning to the colony, and was the first person buried in the church. His remains are presumed to be at the bottom of the layers of graves. De La Warr was in his 40s at the time of his death, and it is known that he suffered from fevers, dysentery, and scurvy during the year that he lived in Virginia. He is thought to have been buried in an aristocrat’s anthropoid-shaped coffin.
COPTIC CHRISTIAN TOMBSTONE UNEARTHED IN LUXOR…. LUXOR, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that a tombstone carved with a cross and Christian texts written in Coptic was uncovered during restoration of the area known as the Avenue of Sphinxes, built by the 30th Dynasty king Nectanebo I, who ruled from 380 to 362 B.C. According to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, the site has long been a place of religious significance. In antiquity, the approximately 1.5-mile-long, sphinx-lined avenue was the site of a procession of priests, royalty, and devotees from Karnak Temple to Luxor Temple during the annual Festival of Opet, which celebrated the gods Amun, Mut, and their son, Khonsu. Christianity is thought to have arrived in Egypt in the first century A.D.
HISTORIANS CHALLENGE “EARLIEST ZERO” CLAIM…. EDMONTON, CANADA—According to a report in The International Business Times, an international group of historians of Indian mathematics disagrees with a study conducted by Oxford University researchers, which claimed the Bakhshali manuscript dated to 200 B.C., and recorded the earliest-known use of the number zero. The critics argue that the text of the Bakhshali manuscript is a unified treatise on arithmetic that was written all at once, by the same scribe, on birch bark leaves dating to different time periods. They suggest the text therefore dates to the time of the youngest birch bark leaves, in the eighth century A.D., but stress that it does contain important calculations using the concept of zero.
ISLA DE MONA’S TREASURE TROVE OF TAINO ARTWORK…. LEICESTER, ENGLAND—Thousands of Taino drawings and paintings have been discovered on the remote, uninhabited Caribbean island of Mona, according to a report in The St. Kitts & Nevis Observer. Archaeologists from the Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico, the University of Leicester, the University of Cambridge, and the British Museum found the drawings spread over 30 of the island’s caves, and there are more than 100 caves still to be investigated. Initial tests suggest most of the rock art, which depicts combinations of animal and human faces, and geometric and curvilinear patterns, dates to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Some of the images were painted with bat guano that had absorbed naturally occurring yellow, brown, and red mineral pigments from the caves’ floors. Plant resin was sometimes added to the mixture to help it adhere to cave walls. Most of the images were created by dragging bare fingers across the layer of corroded calcite on the cave walls to expose the lighter-colored solid rock beneath it. Scholars think the island may have been the site of ceremonial rituals that were perhaps fueled by hallucinogens, as described by a sixteenth-century Spanish observer.
NEW THOUGHTS ON ENGLAND’S MEDIEVAL LEPROSY EPIDEMIC…. CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND—Sarah Inskip of the University of Cambridge says that red squirrel pelts and meat traded by the Vikings of Denmark and Sweden could have introduced leprosy to southeastern England, according to a BBC News report. A strain of the incurable disease, which has also been found in medieval Scandinavian skeletons, was discovered in a medieval woman’s skull dating to between A.D. 885 and 1015. The victim lived in the East of England, where squirrel products probably came into the country through the ports at Kings Lynn and Yarmouth. Inskip suggests the disease became endemic in the East of England earlier than in other parts of the country, requiring the construction of the island’s first leper hospitals in the eleventh century A.D.
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