December 3, 2006

Archaeology is rad

Someday I plan to be one of those leathery old tanned ladies who wears head-to-toe khakis and traverses the desert looking for archaeological marvels, perhaps sometimes with my good friend Amanda. We’ve said as much since we were 14. This week had several extremely cool archaeological discoveries reported in the news; I was thrilled by them as I read the paper with my morning coffee. I get ridiculously excited about all the secrets that lay hidden inside the earth, tales from past civilizations. So check it out:

Ancient Greek Antikythera device’s computing code finally cracked

Roman tomb discovered under Trafalgar Square in central London

Leonardo DaVinci’s fingerprint reconstructed, analyzed

And oh, I just can’t help it: The week also uncovered some special no-no places that should have remained buried. Indefinitely.

8 Comments »

  • I’ve been mesmerized this week by all things Antikythera! Over 2000 years old? That shit shames Milo Rambaldi.

    Michael — December 3, 2006 @ 5:18 pm

  • i have been following this development closely, but thought you may like THIS too (WAAAY rad!)

    http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/hipparchus_catalogue_050124.html

    John Vondracek — December 3, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

  • hmmm… didn’t like the long link
    I’ll split it up into lines
    just copy/paste them together

    http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/
    hipparchus_catalogue_
    050124.html

    hopefully that works
    :) jv

    John Vondracek — December 3, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

  • We just finished watching the first season of Digging For The Truth on DVD. It’s a History Channel show. A real treat for anyone who likes archaeology. And Josh Bernstein is an awesome host.

    Phil — December 3, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  • The thing that kind of gets you with the Antikythera Mechanism is that it was on a ship from its creator to person or persons unknown. The ship sank. Who knows what may have come of it. There is some evidence that there was more than one of these devices in use, but still. How would you like to craft that thing and have it up and sink on you!?

    Ryan of the RSL blog — December 4, 2006 @ 4:23 am

  • I heard about a man to whom I may be related… he’s leatherman…

    Anonymous — December 4, 2006 @ 8:29 am

  • Thanks for the BS link. I don’t feel like eating my tea now!

    Matt — December 4, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

  • Michael, thank you for namechecking the great Milo Rambaldi, and highlighting the gaping hole in my Thursday night schedule that The Office can only partially fill.

    And John, that is WAAAY cool, I agree. I hadn’t heard of that one but I love it. Thanks for the link.

    And Phil, thanks also for the recommendation. I will see if maybe I can find that and record it – haven’t seen it before but the History Channel rocks.

    heather — December 5, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

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