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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?

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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.


#archeology #archeozoologie #psychedelics #hallucinogen #shamanism @ethnobiology #solanaceae

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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 #Alt4You

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The team discovered tiny #microplastic 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.
#Environmental #Archeology #sflorg

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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.

#pappocetus #whale #eocene #prehistory #prehistoric #morocco #nigeria #africa #palaeontology #fossil #sciart #watercolour #scientificillustration

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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.

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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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