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romkids:

Ancient Egypt In The Hands Of Tiny Tots
Here is Sarah-Rachel, Tiny Tots instructor, with a replica ancient Egyptian scarab to show her class. 
After the lesson in the ancient Egypt gallery, they returned to their classroom to make their own scarab beetle necklaces out of clay. They will glaze and fire them to go home as finished pieces of art in a few weeks!

romkids:

Ancient Egypt In The Hands Of Tiny Tots

Here is Sarah-Rachel, Tiny Tots instructor, with a replica ancient Egyptian scarab to show her class.

After the lesson in the ancient Egypt gallery, they returned to their classroom to make their own scarab beetle necklaces out of clay. They will glaze and fire them to go home as finished pieces of art in a few weeks!

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Having students Create boardgames to tap into Inca history and culture. Now this a very interesting concept!

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"I was kind of thinking of skipping school today. I mean, how much is there to learn about the Aztecs anyway?"

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MARISSA YOU FOOL YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN.

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ancientart:

Ancient post-it notes!

romkids:

How often do you reach for a Post-It note? Maybe you’re making that to do list, or figuring out your groceries. But you know, what if you lived BEFORE Post-It notes or scrap paper? What would you use then?

In Thebes, where these examples are from, and across the Roman Empire, scraps of used and broken pottery would be used to scribble quick notes. These examples are called ostraka. Most of the ostraka that our conservators and curators are studying right now contain notes on taxes and granary receipts from the second century AD.

The notes are written in Greek script. Kay Sunahara, ROM archaeologist studying these pieces, described the Greek langage at the time as, “the lingua franca of the Mediterranean”. Greek was the most frequently used written language, used to help bridge the gap between speakers of different languages, much like English today.

The majority of these pieces we’re found and acquired in the early 1900’s by none other than ROM founder Charles T. Currelly.

So how are these scrap pieces of pottery useful to archaeology today? Are grocery lists really that vaulabe? For archaeologists, ostraka provide them with a great deal of information about the people who left these notes in the first place. Information such as what people were eating, trading for, in trouble for, and the prices of things, give us a unique look into those who lived far before us, in this case well over a thousand years ago.

Interestingly enough, it also shows us just how similar we are to those who lived long before. Everyone needs groceries, and a reminder letter, maybe from their mom, or from their husband, of what to get from the store.

National Archaeology Day takes place on October 20th at the ROM and many other museums around the world!

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sarah-endepity:

Roomie is an archaoentomologist. She mentioned she identified some small beetles in her site… (Hint: the bigger dots are pin heads.) How. #archaeology #bugs #beetles

sarah-endepity:

Roomie is an archaoentomologist. She mentioned she identified some small beetles in her site… (Hint: the bigger dots are pin heads.) How. #archaeology #bugs #beetles

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Chachapoyas burial in Amazonas, Peru. (My photos)

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"I am an Inuit seal meat eater, and my fur is ethical," wrote Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, bundled in a sealskin coat, pants and boots. She also wrote a letter to DeGeneres and posted it online.

Samsung vowed to donate $1 for every retweet of DeGeneres’ celebrity-packed Oscars selfie to a charity of her choice. She raised $1.5 million for the Humane Society of the United States, which campaigns annually against Canada’s seal hunt.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s website calls the seal hunt “one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government.”

The Inuit have long defended the hunt as a sustainable practice, deeply rooted in Inuit culture, which helps feed people in a region plagued by hunger.

"The meat feeds families, which is important to an area where many households have identified that they face issues of food insecurity," said Sandi Vincent, who posted her own sealfie Thursday.

The pelts also come in handy in the cold northern climate and provide a needed source of income, she said. She also countered the idea of the hunt as “inhumane.”

"In Inuit culture, it is believed seals and other animals have souls and offer themselves to you. Humanely and with gratitude we accepted this gift," she said, reminiscing about catching her first seal at age 15.

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Inuit tweet ‘sealfies’ to protest Ellen’s Oscars selfie | Canada | News | Toronto Sun (via oswaldofguadalupe)

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Klipdrift Shelter, southern Cape, South Africa: preliminary report on the Howiesons Poort layers

  • by Christopher S. Henshilwood, Karen L. van Niekerk, Sarah Wurz, Anne Delagnes, Simon J. Armitage, Riaan F. Rifkin, Katja Douze, Petro Keene, Magnus M. Haaland, Jerome Reynard, Emmanuel Discamps and Samantha S. Mienies

Surveys for archaeological sites in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, southern Cape, South Africa resulted in the discovery of a cave complex comprising two locations, Klipdrift Cave and Klipdrift Shelter. Excavations commenced in 2010 with Later Stone Age deposits initially being recovered at the former site and Middle Stone Age deposits at the latter. The lithic component at Klipdrift Shelter is consistent with the Howiesons Poort, a technological complex recorded at a number of archaeological sites in southern Africa. The age for these deposits at Klipdrift Shelter, obtained by single grain optically stimulated luminescence, spans the period 65.5 ± 4.8 ka to 59.4 ± 4.6 ka. Controlled and accurate excavations of the discrete layers have resulted in the recovery of a hominin molar, marine shells, terrestrial fauna, floral remains, organic materials, hearths, lithics, ochre, and ostrich eggshell. More than 95 pieces of the latter, distributed across the layers, are engraved with diverse, abstract patterns. The preliminary results from Klipdrift Shelter presented in this report provide new insights into the Howiesons Poort in this sub-region and contribute further to ongoing knowledge about the complex behaviours of early Homo sapiens in southern Africa. Excavations at the Klipdrift Complex will continue in the future” (read more/open access).

(Open access source: Journal of Archaeological Science 45:284-303, 2014)

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ancientart:

Prehistoric Aboriginal hand stencil rock art. These photos were taken at the Mutawintji National Park, in the NSW Australian outback. The hands shown in the third photo are thought to have been those of a child. 

Courtesy of Beppie K.

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valdanderthal:

ST. PAUL, February 1st, 2013 — Dr. Steven Symes gingerly pinched the lumbar bones of the 33-inch-long model human skeleton with one hand and pointed to its rib cage with the other.

Standing in front of jurors at John Oldson’s first-degree murder trial Friday, he showed where Cathy Beard had sustained crushing injuries to her ribs.

Then he pointed out where a massive blow struck her face.

And where he said he found evidence of two stab wounds to her back on bones around the spinal column.

Jurors got a lesson in forensic anthropology from Symes, an associate professor at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., who got his start in the early 1980s at the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility.

The groundbreaking facility uses donated human bodies to study how they decompose and is better known as the Body Farm.

But, Symes said, “we weren’t allowed to call it that.”

He came to Nebraska to provide expert testimony for prosecutors.

His conclusion: Beard, who disappeared May 31, 1989, from the Someplace Else Tavern in Ord and whose remains were found nearly three years later out in the country some six miles away, did not die of natural causes.

"No, this is what I’d call a violent death. Traumatic death. Let’s call it that," he said.

His testimony came on the fourth day of evidence in the trial. 

Coming up on the 24th anniversary of Beard’s disappearance, the case is one of the oldest cold cases in the state to go to trial.

And, while the state has not theorized yet how it believes Oldson killed Beard, opening statements made the motive clear: Rejection.

Assistant Attorney General Matt Lierman said Oldson, then 22, got upset with Beard and killed her after she turned him down in the alley outside the tavern that night. Several bar patrons had spotted them leaving together.

Oldson has denied it from the beginning.

In an interview with police two days after her disappearance, he admitted she walked out with him but said she left in someone else’s pickup after she turned him down for sex.

In December 2011, Symes examined Beard’s exhumed remains to give Nebraska investigators and prosecutors his opinion on the story her bones told.

"When you’re looking at a body long after death, you’re missing a lot of facts," he said.

Symes said he likes to be conservative in the calls he makes, but he saw enough in what to some may have looked like nicks, scrapes and cracks to strongly indicate foul play.

Symes said Beard’s injuries didn’t appear to be from a car-pedestrian crash, which often leaves broken bones above the ankle when a driver brakes and the bumper lowers. 

What if a driver had sped up to try to hit her, asked defense attorney Jim Mowbray, planting the seed of an alternate theory.

The anthropologist said some of the injuries — like the cracked skull and crushed ribs — could have come that way.

But it wouldn’t explain the stab wounds he found to her back, Symes said.

Trial is set to continue Monday.

Source: Journal Star

Outcome: John Oldson Sentenced Life-to-Life in Prison for 1989 Cathy Beard Murder

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oosik:

terresauvage:

Silas Kayakjuak (Qayaqjuaq)

Family Gathering Eggs, n.d.

I love how the yolk of the broken egg is even red like gull eggs. When you go out into the Aleutians and Diomedes, most of the bird eggs are along cliffs. Young children are lowered down with a rope to acquire eggs. It is said that only a parent is allowed to lower their own child.

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indigenousword:

Mukka (i. v.) wander in canoe in search of blubber (whale fat).
Yámana or Yagán people lived in the islands and channels of Tierra del Fuego, in southern Argentina and Chile.
From: Bridges, Lucas. 1952. El último confín de la tierra. Buenos Aires: Emecé Editores.

indigenousword:

Mukka (i. v.) wander in canoe in search of blubber (whale fat).

Yámana or Yagán people lived in the islands and channels of Tierra del Fuego, in southern Argentina and Chile.

From: Bridges, Lucas. 1952. El último confín de la tierra. Buenos Aires: Emecé Editores.

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redintoothandclaw:

5 major Thule harpoon head types
source: Whitrige PhD 1999 (Arizona State)

redintoothandclaw:

5 major Thule harpoon head types

source: Whitrige PhD 1999 (Arizona State)

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