Ancient Egypt

The Prediction Predilection

You’re thinking about 2013. You can’t help it!

A couple of Druids planned the Stonehenge monument on a bar napkin at a New Years Eve party.

A couple of Druids planned the Stonehenge monument on a bar napkin at a New Years Eve party.

If staying “up-to-date” on next year is driving you crazy, you can stop. The really hard predicting work has already been done. That’s what Stonehenge was built for.

In our times, we don’t need huge monuments to the future. We know that when the old barn-picture calendar is replaced by a new puppy-picture calendar, it’s time to celebrate, declare what we will and won’t do (for the next 46 days or so), and insist to each other what will (definitely, most likely, possibly, maybe) happen next year.

Why the obsession with the near future? Because: a) we can’t stand not knowing; b) we can stand dreaming about it; and c) it’s easier to change tomorrow.

Before there was even the concept of a “2013”, a cave man sat on a hill one day thinking, “I wonder what’ll happen in the days after the sun rises between the peaks of those two mountains over there. In fact, that’ll a great time to quit smoking if I’m going to live my expected 42 years.”

If I wanted to get all Zen on you, I’d suggest that the “tomorrow” we hold in our minds says more about our now than about our future. And if you wanted to get all hedonistic on me, you’d forget I said that so it wouldn’t ruin your New Years Eve partying!

Happy New Year!

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 other reasons we’re obsessed with 2013 predictions:

  1. Our overworked worked modern psyches need to believe next year will be easier
  2. Our undernourished cave dweller psyches need to believe there will be food to eat
  3. Our discerning consumer psyches want to know if we should build an in-ground pool or learn how to build a survivalist log cabin with mud instead of logs
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A Coupl’a Leagues Under the Sea

One empty ancient ship tells the story of an entire age.

A wrecked Roman merchant vessel uncovered in the French Riviera found empty by archaeologists. -The Guardian UK

The Guardian UK reported this week that an ancient Roman merchant ship was uncovered during the construction of a parking ramp on the French Riviera. The timbers of this 2nd – 3rd century CE ship are so well preserved that they still show tool marks from the builders. In one minor discovery, the brush of one of the shipwrights – possibly used for waterproofing the ship’s seams – was found inside the hull.

The vessel’s discovery casts a light on one of the most interesting locations of the ancient Mediterranean world. The modern city of Antibes, France is a popular Riviera destination with ancient roots at least 2,600 years deep. Formerly the Roman port of Antipolis, Antibes was originally colonized around 550BCE as part of Greek Massalia (modern Marseille, France) and much fought over by factions of the ancient world – civilized and barbarian – since that time.

The Antibes discovery harkens to its big sister shipwreck discovered and excavated in the 1970’s in the waters off Madrague de Giens, France. The Antibes wreck is completely empty, indicating that its cargo may have been removed immediately after its sinking – like large portions of the Madrague de Giens cargo – by specialized recovery divers in depths up to 60 feet. Imagine doing such a rare and hazardous occupation in ancient times!

Mosaic depicting a Roman vessel similar to the one wrecked and discovered at Madrague de Giens, France.

The most astounding thing about wrecks like these is the implication of widespread trade all around the Mediterranean and beyond. At Madrague de Giens, for example, many artifacts could not even be traced to locations thought to be known by Greco-Roman cultures. So, the mysteries of the ancients just keep widening.

One thing’s for sure. If the French didn’t need more parking spaces, we might never have found the Antibes wreck. So, chalk one up for car lovers, archaeologists, and construction workers – the unlikely ultimate history detective team.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 other unexpected things found just below the surface of the sea:

  1. The lost recipe for sea cucumber ranch dressing.
  2. A colony of actual Sea Monkeys – not just a disappointing school of tiny brine shrimp.
  3. The keys to my giant yacht. I swear I had them here somewhere … (patting my pockets)

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Evidence of Martian Pyramids on Earth?

Thanks to satellite technology and Google Earth enthusiasts, we no longer have to go to Mars to find new pyramids.

If you guessed Cydonia, Mars you guessed wrong. This image of a pyramid is from a satellite orbiting 400 miles above Egypt, Earth. -DiscoveryNews

Seems like a minor theme of the Brain Burgers Blog is, “They keep finding new old stuff!” Now, they’re finding new WAYS to find new old stuff. Discovery News is reporting the identification of two previously unknown Egyptian pyramid complexes from satellites orbiting 400 miles above the Earth.

The “face” on Mars’s Cydonia Region was first spotted in 1976 in images from the Viking Orbiter. Other surface features in the same region resemble pyramids. -NASA

The sites, 90 miles apart in the desert along the Nile river, were found by Angela Micol, a satellite archaeology researcher using Google Earth. The images are eerily reminiscent of the notorious satellite pictures of the surface of Mars.

And these aren’t the only possible archaeological sites on Earth discovered via satellite. Turns out there are THOUSANDS out there. The high-tech imaging of satellites has been used for years to identify anomalies on the earth’s surface. Often they turn out to be ancient trade routes, human settlements, or dried-up rivers that hosted prehistoric villages on their banks. It is said that across the Middle East, so many mounds indicating ancient human habitation have been located that we’ll never have time to explore and excavate them all.

Satellite images of a pyramid complex in Egypt. Note the alignment of three of the four features at top reflecting the known “Orion” pattern at Giza.

What makes the latest Egypt discoveries so significant among so many minor ones is summed up in a remark by another satellite archaeology researcher Sarah Parcak at the University of Alabama at Birmingham: “To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist,” she said.

And those archaeologists will be happy that they won’t have to suit up for a six-month flight to Mars to find that pyramid.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 other unexpected things found on Earth from satellites:

  1. The Great Sandbox Face of Scooby-Doo (Lakeville Elementary School, Great Neck, NY)
  2. Massive exposed vein of gold near your house
  3. The Great Mall of China

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The Dewey Digital System

5 ancient books you can view and read online – in today’s Burger Bite.

The ancient Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea collection

  1. Discovered in a desert cave in the 1940s, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest surviving biblical and extra-biblical texts. The digitization project, a partnership between Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority started in 2010 and is expected to continue until 2016.
  2. In April 2012, the British Library in London acquired for US$14 million a hand-scribed Gospel of St. John entombed with British cleric St. Cuthbert in the 9th century and immediately imaged the book in digital format for worldwide public study.
  3. The Bhagavad Gita, the 700-verse section of the sacred epic poem the Mahabharata, dates as far back as the 4th century BCE. Considered one of the axial Hindu scriptures, it is a guide to effective spiritual living and was Mahatma Ghandi’s favorite book.
  4. Homer’s epic tale of Odysseus’s journey home to his beloved Penelope from the battle of Troy is believed to have been first composed around the 8th century BCE and considered a foundational work of Western literature. The oldest known manuscript of The Odyssey dates from the 10th-11th century CE.
  5. For over 3,500 years, the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead has magically guided souls to the heavens, intrigued scholars, and fascinated viewers. The earliest known translation dates from 1805, leaving millennia of onlookers in the dark about its contents.

The hieroglyphic Egyptian Book of the Dead depicts the ceremony where the deceased’s heart
is weighed to judge purity.

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