Notes on a web journey

posted on: 03 August 2009

Antikythera mechanism

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Antikythera mechanism

The puzzling instrument is a clockwork computer from ancient Greece that used a fiendishly complex assembly of meshed cogs to simulate the movement of the planets, predict lunar eclipses and indicate the dates of major sporting events. The Antikythera mechanism was discovered by sponge divers in 1901 who chanced upon the wreck of a Roman vessel off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera. The ship was filled with bronze statues, pottery and glassware - booty that had been plundered from across the ancient Greek world.

Antikythera clockwork computer may be even older than thought

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posted on: 13 February 2009

Aztec resistance fighters

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Archaeologists digging in a ruined pyramid in downtown Mexico City said Tuesday they found a mass grave that may hold the skeletal remains of the Aztec holdouts who fought conquistador Hernan Cortes. The unusual burial holds the carefully arrayed skeletons of at least 49 adult Indians who were buried in the remains of a pyramid razed by the Spaniards during the 1521 conquest of the Aztec capital.

Mexico mass grave may be Aztec resistance fighters

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posted on: 17 August 2008

Villa of the Papyri

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Stored in a sky-lit reading room on the top floor of the Biblioteca Nazionale in Naples are the charred remains of the only library to survive from classical antiquity. The ancient world's other great book collections - at Athens, Alexandria and Rome - all perished in the chaos of the centuries. But the library of the Villa of the Papyri was conserved, paradoxically, by an act of destruction. Lying to the northwest of ancient Herculaneum, this sumptuous seaside mansion was buried beneath 30m of petrified volcanic mud during the catastrophic eruption of Mt Vesuvius on August 24, AD79. Antiquities hunters in the mid-18th century sunk shafts and dug tunnels around Herculaneum and found the villa, surfacing with a magnificent booty of bronzes and marbles. Most of these, including a svelte seated Hermes modelled in the manner of Lyssipus, now grace the National Archeological Museum in Naples.

In search of Western civilisation's lost classics

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posted on: 24 April 2008

Older than Stonehenge

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Compared with Stonehenge, they [the stone circles of Gobekli Tepe] are humble affairs. None of the circles excavated (four out of an estimated 20) are more than 30 metres across. T-shaped pillars like the rest, two five-metre stones tower at least a metre above their peers. What makes them remarkable are their carved reliefs of boars, foxes, lions, birds, snakes and scorpions, and their age. Dated at around 9,500 BC, these stones are 5,500 years older than the first cities of Mesopotamia, and 7,000 years older than Stonehenge.

7,000 years older than Stonehenge

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posted on: 09 April 2008

Stonehenge dig

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Archaeologists carrying out an excavation at Stonehenge say they have broken through to a layer that may finally explain why the site was built. The team has reached sockets that once held bluestones - smaller stones, most now missing or uprooted, which formed the site's original structure. The researchers believe that the bluestones could reveal that Stonehenge was once a place of healing. The dig is the first to take place at Stonehenge for more than 40 years.

Breakthrough at Stonehenge dig

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posted on: 15 February 2007

Chimp tools

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In the West African rainforest, archaeologists have found ancient chimpanzee stone tools thousands of years older than the previous oldest finds in the same area. The discovery suggests that chimps may have passed cultural information down the generations for more than 4,000 years.

Oldest chimp tools

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posted on: 30 September 2006

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

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Tutankhamun broad collar

Visitors to the new exhibition - twice the size of the original 1977 exhibition - will view stunning artifacts that portray the splendors of life and death in the 18th Dynasty, the Era in which King Tutankhamun and his family ruled. Called the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, this period produced some of Egypt's most famous rulers and most exquisite works of art.

Tutankhamun diadem Tutankhamun Horus collar

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

Pictures of amazing Egyptian artifacts on the Field Museum web site for the upcoming exhibition. I have seen them many times but they are still just incredibly beautiful.

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posted on: 15 September 2006

The Fall of Easter Island

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Every year, thousands of tourists from around the world take a long flight across the South Pacific to see the famous stone statues of Easter Island. Since 1722, when the first Europeans arrived, these megalithic figures, or moai, have intrigued visitors. Interest in how these artifacts were built and moved led to another puzzling question: what happened to the people who created them?

MOAI - Easter Island

Rethinking the Fall of Easter Island

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posted on: 15 September 2006

Neanderthals and Olmecs

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Gibraltar may have been the last refuge of the Neanderthals, according to the results of a six-year archaeological dig. The findings, which show that Neanderthals lived alongside modern humans for thousands of years, bring fresh evidence to the debate on what happened to our evolutionary cousins, and whether modern humans drove them to extinction.

Neanderthal's last stand

Archaeologists have unearthed a block of stone from the Veracruz region of Mexico that is inscribed with a mysterious and hitherto unknown script. By comparing their find to other fragments of ceramics, clay and stone found in the same place, Ma. del Carmen Rodriguez Martinez at the Central Institute of Anthropology and History in Veracruz, Mexico, and her colleagues dated the slab to 900 BC. That makes it the earliest example of writing ever to be discovered in the Americas.

Written in stone

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posted on: 13 May 2006

“Brazilian Stonehenge” discovered

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On the BBC: Brazilian Stonehenge discovered

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posted on: 28 February 2006

Pompeii of the East

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On the BBC: Pompeii of the East

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posted on: 11 February 2006

Pharaonic tomb find in Egypt and Greek tomb

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On BBC: Pharaonic tomb find (in pictures).

Update 2003/02/13 : Greek tomb find.

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CSS,Javascript and Php studies

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A menu that uses Javascript and session cookies.
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MiniSite
Experimenting with CSS and Javascript.A simple but, in my opinion, nice navigation “system”. The MiniSite is a one page site.
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Photo display
Protect copyrighted photos: a simple but effective solution.
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Photo gallery
A photo gallery made for a friend
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PHP menu
A PHP menu that can be updated without having to re-publish all the pages is on.
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Pop-up menu
A very simple pop up menu powered by Javascript. It works also if Javascript is disabled.
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RSS feed
How to write and use an RSS feed
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Tag replacer
The Tag replacer explained and a link to it.
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Tags search
A search form build and powered using Javascript and the DOM
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