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So, @archeaids has been posting some cool flaked tools and that reminded me about this rad quartz preform I found out by Reserve.

The same flake seen end on.
The same flake seen from the side.

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That's cool! Thank you for the id! I guess that means this stone must have come from a long way off. The mountains in this area are almost exclusively basalt and welded ash flows.

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@ipxfong Eh, SW New Mexico.

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La lettre d'information de la SPF no 79 (Mars-avril 2024) est en ligne !

Cette lettre rassemble les informations reçues et mises à jour depuis le 15 mars 2024.

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@PrehistDom Oh mais c'est un mammouth ! Quelle beauté ce logo.

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A nice petroglyph from today's walk along the San Juan River.

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@elaterite Ah ok, and no need to interpret, it is lovely no matter what it stands for :)

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@ambivalena Yes, love seeing them. And ya, if Natives want to interpret them, that's one thing. But it feels too much like cultural appropriation for me to do it.

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An inscribed Roman altar with game board scratched into the back, posted (nice photos, both front and back, but no alt text ... see my thread below) by @Rome_and_stuff:


It has been published as follows:

EDCS-17200267 = EDR029435 = TM 69126 = CIL 06, 00182 (p 3004, 3755, 4130) = CIL 06, 30708 = CEACelio 00321 = D 03720 = AE 2001, +00219.


Alt text:

First photo shows the rough-cut rear face of a rectangular stone altar into which an apparent game board has been cut. The board consists of three concentric squares, with straight lines connecting the center of each side of the outermost square to the corresponding center of each side of the innermost square.

Second photo shows the front of a rectangular, inscribed altar, bearing a five-line Latin text in early imperial characters with common abbreviations ... 1/2

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2/2 ... the inscribed text reads:

bal(nei) Verul(ani)
C(aius) Hostilius
d(ono) d(edit)

I don't see how this monument can be called "funerary". Rather, I'd say "dedicatory". I'll try a translation:

To the Fortunae(!) of the Valerian Baths, C(aius) Hostilius Agathopus gave (this altar) as a gift.

Per EDR, the inscription was first seen in Rome, but not in situ (i.e., we don't know precisely where it was from). EDR reports it last observed in the Antiquarium Comunale del Celio, NCE 4993, but now ???

Any Roman topographers know anything else about a "bal(neum) Verul(anum)" vel sim?

Any Roman epigraphists know where this inscription is now held?

Any game historians recognize the board?

Teotihuacan ancient culture affected by megathrust earthquakes during the early Epiclassic Period (Mexico) [open access] (doi.org)

Abstract: Teotihuacan was one of the thriving cultures in the Mesoamerica pre-Hispanic times, located in the Central Valley of Mexico. The city-state was a dominant centre point during the Classic period and its influence affected other contemporaneous cultures. Around the year 550 CE, a continuous decrease in urban population...

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Founder effects identify languages of the earliest Americans (open access) (doi.org)

Abstract: The known languages of the Americas comprise nearly half of the world's language families and a wide range of structural types, a level of diversity that required considerable time to develop. This paper proposes a model of settlement and expansion designed to integrate current linguistic analysis with other...

LIDAR Discovers Circular Iron Age Village At Cap d’Erquy, France (www.ancientpages.com)

snippet “ The settlement unearthed at Cap d'Erquy comprises approximately twenty circular dwellings strategically positioned around a central plaza. Based on archaeological assessments, it is estimated that this village was inhabited by a Gallic community between the 8th and 5th centuries B.C....

New evidence for prehistoric ploughing in Europe - Humanities and Social Sciences Communications [Open access] (www.nature.com)

Abstract: For the past four decades, the ‘Secondary Products Revolution’ model, i.e., the exploitation of animal resources that do not involve killing the animal, such as the production of milk and wool and the use of animals for physical labour has been the object of heated discussion between Neolithic scholars. According...

Genomic analyses correspond with deep persistence of peoples of Blackfoot Confederacy from glacial times [Open access] (www.science.org)

Abstract: Mutually beneficial partnerships between genomics researchers and North American Indigenous Nations are rare yet becoming more common. Here, we present one such partnership that provides insight into the peopling of the Americas and furnishes another line of evidence that can be used to further treaty and Indigenous...

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A modern corner-notched point made from Tallahatta silicified sandstone.

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That's fascinating. Biodegradable tools. I bet it makes identifying flakes and points pretty difficult.

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@ipxfong Points usually overall shape. Flakes same. Now, there are quarry sites, one 1.5 miles in length, that have up to 2.5 m of debitage. Trying to sort thick flakes from blocky shatter pieces would not be fun if they were weathered.

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An archeologist cataloging the contents of an ancient trash pit from Utrecht, Holland, discovered a 2000 year-old stash of hallucinogenic henbane seeds, carefully stored in a hollowed-out animal bone.



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Here's a paywall-free link: https://archive.is/vtOpF

Alt-text: A bone container dating to between A.D. 70 and 100 was sealed with a tar plug and held hundreds of black henbane seeds. Seeds are sprinkled on a surface next to the bone fragment

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The team discovered tiny particles in deposits located more than seven meters deep, in samples dating back to the first or early second century and excavated in the late 1980s.


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Here's a Pappocetus lugardi while I'm at it. For reference I looked at some Pappocetus specimens from Gueran in the Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra Region of Morocco and the drawings in the description by Charles William Andrews.

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I hate the US right's cult of Sparta.

‘Sparta and the Commemoration of War’ and ‘The Killing Ground’ review | History Today


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May such a fate befall their latter day admirers!

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@jemmesedi Well, their fate included being invaded and mostly put to the sword, so let's hope they're not as destructive to their nation.

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The Merry Maidens stone circle Cornwall. Thought to be late neolithic - early bronze age (approx. 2500 - 1500 BC), 19 stones in total, first recorded in the 18th century, with 2 stones lyoing down at the time, these were raised in a site restoration in 1879. Photo taken Oct 2018. #StandingStoneSunday #PreHistory #Cornwall

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In an archaeological find in the El Caño Archaeological Park, located in the district of Natá, province of Coclé, in Panama, a tomb has been discovered that sheds light on the sophisticated Coclé society of pre-Hispanic times.


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Ancient history is currently being demolished.

Rafah is an ancient city, founded in the eighth century BC. It was called Robihwa by the Egyptians, Rafihu by the Assyrians, Raphia by the Greeks and Romans and finally Rafah by the Arabs. During the time of the Ottoman Empire, the route through Rafah connected Egypt with Syria and Lebanon.

has many archeological sites where evidence of ancient civilizations can be found.


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Crops, orchards and greenhouses have been uprooted and destroyed and fresh water wells damaged. The Department of Education has received no funding for three years. Hundreds of citizens have been killed and thousands wounded or maimed for life.

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Where's the outrage?

Remember when the Taliban was blowing up cultural sites?

How many libraries has Israel burned? Knowledge destroyed, history lost?

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I have visited this ruin, that sits on the rimrock of a small canyon, several times and there is usually a raven perched on top. I love how the raven's mournful croak rides on a lonely wind that hauntingly echoes down the canyon as if searching for a sign of the long lost tribes who once lived there. (Four Corners area, 4/26/20215.)

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@jqjacobs Nice shadow catch!

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@pascaline Thank you!

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