Archive for April 26th, 2006

Have You Ever Confused a Human Footprint With a Tool Mark? You Must be An Anthropologist

Amusing?, Church of Darwin, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 26 2006

Evolutionist slap fight! A month or two ago, scientists reported human footprints which they estimated to be 40,000 years old (SIC) in Southern Mexico.

The problem is, that would be surprisingly ancient for “Modern Humans” in the Americas. It’s all inter-related.テつModern humans were supposed to only have evolved at such and such a time (the details are unimportant) which means that they could not have been here under the “land bridge theory until such and such a time….

Look, the point is, they were stepping on some toes with this date and by that we mean the toes of the ruling scientific paradigm. Since 40,000 years might be possible in evolutionary terms–but still unacceptable; paradigm scientists fought back by saying the marks are 1.3 million years old. Just like that, poof!

The possibility that they were human prints went away.The scientific faithful “know” that it would be “impossible” for them to be human at that age. (Most Christians and ourselves included do not accept any of these dates which were derived using circular logic and fair windage–and dice, we’re pretty sure)

Paradigm scientists also now claim that the footprints, which appear in left and right sequences–are actually just tool marks! So, at least one group of these evolutionists are a bit nutty.

On CSI they can tell so much with just a scintilla of evidence-but these guys don’t know tool marks from human foot prints! Hey, maybe you should give Gary Sinese –a call although we understand that the New York CSI is the worst one…..s8int.com

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Cloud of scholarly dust rises over ancient footprints Claim

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 BRADLEY T. LEPPERテつAre the footprints of surprisingly ancient Americans preserved in 40,000-year-old volcanic ash in southern Mexico? In December, an article in the journal Science cast a cloud of doubt over that claim.テつ

The authors, Michael Waters and Paul Renne, argue that the ash dated to 1.3 million years ago, much too old for humans on this continent, and that the so-called footprints were nothing more than marks made by the tools of modern workers quarrying the stone with crowbars.

Now, Silvia Gonzalez, an archaeologist from Liverpool John Moores University, and several members of her research team have published their data and interpretations in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews. Based on their results, the case is far from closed.

According to the researchers, the early dates for the ash are wrong. They note that the overlying deposits range in age from 9,000 to 40,000 years, with no evidence of significant breaks in the sequence.

Moreover, an article in the March issue of the Mammoth Trumpet states that Gonzalez and her team have dated lake sediments below the ash layer to about 100,000 years ago, which would mean the ash had to be considerably younger than the date reported in Science.

Gonzalez and her co-authors also claim the “footprints” are distinct from recent tool markings, which are sharply defined and unweathered.Also, many of the footprints appear to preserve details of foot anatomy that would not be duplicated by quarry tool divots.

Finally, and most importantly, the team has identified more “potential footprints” in nearby locations “where no quarrying operations have occurred.”

Gonzalez told the Mammoth Trumpet that the only way to fully answer the critics would be “to excavate an area where there has been no quarry activity and uncover more footprints. We will do this as soon as we can.”

The most famous ancient footprints are the 3.6 million-year-old tracks of early human ancestors excavated by Mary Leakey at Laetoli in Tanzania, Africa.

In the current issue of the Journal of Human Evolution, Australian scientists announced the discovery of 23,000-year-old trackways of human footprints in western New South Wales.

Bradley T. Lepper is curator of archaeology at the Ohio Historical Society.

Evidence of Sophisticated, Ancient, Unknown Cultures in Italy Near Caria-And The New Ica?

Dinosaurs in Literature, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 26 2006

by DomenicoテつCanino

1971 . Girifalco, a small village in the hills of Calabriaテつ halfway between Jonio and Tirreno,… an incredible uninterrupted rainstorm of more than 20 hours duration caused large landslides in the population center.

After the deluge, lawyer Mario Tolone Azzariti, on behalf of some land owners, was placed in charge of the inspections for estimating the extent of the flood damage.

In the course of these visits, inテつan area near Caria, where great landslides had taken place, and wide fractures in the land had been created, Tolone Azzariti recovered a anthropomorphic terracotta head which was engraved with indecipherable characters.

Tolone Azzariti, had developed a wide knowledge of classical cultures from years of study in the historical libraries and in the National archaeological Museum of Naples, but it had never seen objects of this character, not from the age of the Greeks, nor Phonecians or Roman….テつ

Extremely curious about the origins of the mysterious object, he increased theテつscope of his search to all the areas of the neighborhood; reading through other reports of the area, for if indeed this object was from an unknown civilization, there must be many other signs of its presence.

テつ ……And now we come to one of the most important piece of Toloneテ「竄ャ邃「s collection. One that will receive the closest scrutiny and interrogation by experts–and for which the collector has been quite emphatic of its authenticity,- a terracotta statue ofテつ approximately 18 cm of length representing one strange dinosaur/sauropod with plates on its back.テつ

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Enigmatic Discovery

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 26 2006

The discovery of a red granite head of a king with Nubian features in the precinct of Amenhotep IIIテ「竄ャ邃「s temple on Luxorテ「竄ャ邃「s West Bank has puzzled Egyptologists, writes Nevine El-Arefテつ

テ「竄ャナ典his really is a very surprising discovery,テ「竄ャツ Hourig Sourouzian, director of the German conservation project for the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep IIIテ「竄ャ邃「s temple, told Al-Ahram Weekly. She explained that since excavation of the site began in 1998 the mission had consistently stumbled upon homogenous New Kingdom statuaries until last week, when a well-preserved red granite royal head with Kushite featuresテ「竄ャ窶拉ull cheeks and bulging lipsテ「竄ャ窶掫as unearthed.

The 50-cm-tall head was found among several decaying granite block on a sandstone slab at the north end of the temple. Its top and right side were damaged, the nose was lightly chipped and the chin was broken. テ「竄ャナ的t is a very beautiful head wearing a nemes (regal headdress),テ「竄ャツ says Sourouzian, who asserts that it does not belong to the area where it lay buried.

テ「竄ャナ的f this head belongs to the Kushite period of the 25th dynasty, which is seven dynasties later than the reign of Amenhotep III, why is it deposited here?テ「竄ャツ Sourouzian asks. She says this leads one to suggest that it was deliberately moved from its original location and hidden for later retrieval. テ「竄ャナ的t may possibly have been deposited here at the beginning of the 19th century by the agent of the British Council, [Henry] Salt, who recovered and sent abroad several statues from this temple,テ「竄ャツ she says. テ「竄ャナ徹r maybe it is a much younger deposit, in the first half of the 20th century, when antiquities dealers made illegal diggings and deals in the Theban region before the inspectorate of the Antiquities Service was established on the West Bank.テ「竄ャツ

While digging trenches for a project to remove water from the western part of the temple precinct the team unearthed two 3,400-year-old statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet. One is a black granite legless statue featuring the goddess of war standing and holding a papyrus in her hand. The other is a diorite bust of a colossal statue crowned with a diadem encircled by a uraeus headdress. The face of this statue is well preserved and only the back pillar is damaged. Both statues were brought immediately to the temporary site laboratory for primary cleaning and conservation.

テ「竄ャナ典hese are not the only Sekhmet statues found,テ「竄ャツ says Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of the SCA. Hawass says numerous Sekhmet statues have been found over the centuries at the Amenhotep III temple site, with the German mission unearthing 20 of them, but the latest one is the largest of all.

Next day while digging the southern part of the peristyle court of the temple, workers uncovered a red granite head of a colossal statue of Amenhotep III. It is a very well preserved head featuring the kingテ「竄ャ邃「s entire face but the crown and the beard are yet missing.

テ「竄ャナ鄭lthough a crack traverses its right side, the head is considered the most complete, well preserved and most beautiful portrait of king Amenhotep III,テ「竄ャツ said Sourouzian.

Other colossal heads had been previously discovered in Kom el Hettan by previous excavators, like the one in the Luxor Museum, but they are all partially damaged.

The head belongs to one of a series of colossal statues of the king, which surrounded the peristyle court of the great mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. They have all been destroyed over centuries, the last remains lie under the road which covers half of the southern portico of the court.

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Song Dynasty (China, 960-1279 A.D.)Ceratopsian?

Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 26 2006

Ceratopsians were supposed to have died out millions of years ago, but from the number we have found in ancient art as shown on these pages, they were around much more recently than that.

Does this look like a ceratopsian dinosaur? We think so, but make up your own mind.

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“Charles Lang Freer bought this sculpture in 1913 with complete confidence in the inscribed date of 1091.

A decade later, the Freer Gallery’s first director, John Ellerton Lodge, mused that the piece seemed “crude and not so early.”

In the 1960s the sculpture was reevaluated and the date of 1091 was confirmed by relating the sculpture to similar works in Chinese and foreign collections”. Smithsonian Freer Gallery..

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