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35,000 year old Ivory Workshop discovered

Excavations at the mammoth hunting site of Breitenbach near Zeitz uncover 35,000 year old ivory workshop

In an international co-operation project, archaeologists from the Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for the Evolution of Hominin Behaviour, part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, (RGZM) and the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and Archäologie in Saxony-Anhalt are excavating the 35,000 year old site of Breitenbach, close to Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt. Other co-operation partners are the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Leiden (NL), the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (ArchPro) in Vienna, the Institute of Geoinformatics i3mainz of the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz as well as the Institutes of Geosciences at the universities of Mainz, Tübingen and Cologne.

During this year’s campaign, site directors Dr. Olaf Jöris and Tim Matthies and their team found the oldest evidence for clearly distinct working areas which are interpreted as standardized workshops for working mammoth ivory. It was possible to identify a zone where pieces of ivory were split into lamella, as well as a second area where the pieces had been carved and their waste had been discarded. Some ivory beads and rough outs of unfinished products were also found amongst this debris, alongside several other ivory objects, including a decorated rod and fragments of a three-dimensionally modified object, very likely an object of art. The manufacturers were early modern humans similar to ourselves, who obtained mammoth ivory which had probably lain around at this site for some time, either from the carcasses of mammoths which had died here naturally or from the bodies of the victims of expert hunters. In the case of the latter scenario, the mammoths could have been hunted by modern humans or even by Neanderthals, since Neanderthals had only become extinct a few thousand years before the site was occupied by modern humans.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Sep 27, 2012, 08:15 AM (4 replies)

The Plutocracy State: Toon

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Sep 26, 2012, 11:53 AM (2 replies)

Its Gilligan and the Stench

This is the earth. And this is the stench. You can tell the difference quite easily. One is a lump of inert matter hurtling blindly through the void. The other... is the earth.

Vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has apparently “gone rogue” and is now openly mocking his running mate, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) in front of reporters and staff. Ryan has gone so far as to nickname Romney “The Stench,” and top brass at the Romney campaign have taken to referring to Ryan as “Gilligan.”

It was former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa Craig Robinson who said to the New York Times on Sunday, “I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him.”

The remark has been taken up by Paul Ryan as an inside joke on the campaign trail. Politico‘s Roger Simon reported that while Ryan “had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, ‘If Stench calls, take a message’ and ‘Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.’”

Raw Story (http://s.tt/1op63)

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Sep 26, 2012, 11:32 AM (3 replies)

They really are the Munsters..LOL.... nice GIF.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Tue Sep 25, 2012, 01:33 PM (36 replies)

Local Coal Miners Union Could Sue Romney Campaign

A local union could be taking legal action against the Campaign group of a presidential candidate.

Republican Mitt Romney came to a Murray Energy coal mine in Belmont County last August. The Service Employee International Union District 1199 claims miners were required to attend the rally, but were not paid for it.

The union said they may sue the Romney Campaign for using visuals from that campaign stop for political gain.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:59 AM (0 replies)

Rahm uses NFL scab referees as scab teachers ... toon

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:46 AM (0 replies)

Not the Onion or Fark.. FLY 'On board with mitt' .. new Romney promo


This is the promo right after the window statement.... its right after ... WTF?

This is an e-mail they just sent out.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:50 AM (14 replies)

Humans hunted for meat 1.6 million years earlier than previously thought

Evidence from ancient butchery site in Tanzania shows early man was capable of ambushing herds up to 1.6 million years earlier than previously thought

Ancient humans used complex hunting techniques to ambush and kill antelopes, gazelles, wildebeest and other large animals at least two million years ago. The discovery – made by anthropologist Professor Henry Bunn of Wisconsin University – pushes back the definitive date for the beginning of systematic human hunting by hundreds of thousands of years.

Two million years ago, our human ancestors were small-brained apemen and in the past many scientists have assumed the meat they ate had been gathered from animals that had died from natural causes or had been left behind by lions, leopards and other carnivores.

But Bunn argues that our apemen ancestors, although primitive and fairly puny, were capable of ambushing herds of large animals after carefully selecting individuals for slaughter. The appearance of this skill so early in our evolutionary past has key implications for the development of human intellect.

“We know that humans ate meat two million years ago,” said Bunn, who was speaking in Bordeaux at the annual meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (ESHE). “What was not clear was the source of that meat. However, we have compared the type of prey killed by lions and leopards today with the type of prey selected by humans in those days. This has shown that men and women could not have been taking kill from other animals or eating those that had died of natural causes. They were selecting and killing what they wanted.”


I got a bunch of questions on this.

Did the group hunting preclude human speech? I saw some documentary on african bushman hunting a gazelle and there are strategies and communication involved in long hunts.... We could out run them so the hunt took many hours.

Now about the killing weapons and the technologies involved?

If the brain was growing because of the protein increase what exact hominid are they talking about?
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:39 PM (6 replies)

MAD Presents's Mitt Romney's campaign journal

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Sep 22, 2012, 04:01 PM (13 replies)

Mitt Fit: Romney Threw ‘Temper Tantrum’ and Forced Univision to Re-tape Intro

Univision says that during his townhall with them, not only did the Romney campaign packed the hall with non-students because they couldn’t find enough supporters on campus, but when the anchor gave an introduction to Mitt that he didn’t like, he refused to go on until they re-taped it. A Republican present called it a “temper tantrum”.

That wouldn’t be the last demand from the campaign: Romney himself almost pulled the plug on the whole thing minutes before the broadcast, Salinas said.

While introducing Romney at the top of the broadcast, Salinas’s co-anchor, Jorge Ramos, noted that the Republican candidate had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that Obama had agreed to a full hour the next night. Ramos then invited the audience to welcome Romney to the stage — but the candidate didn’t materialize.
“It was a very awkward moment, believe me,” Salinas said.
Apparently, Romney took issue with the anchors beginning the broadcast that way, said Salinas, and he refused to go on stage until they re-taped the introduction. (One Republican present at the taping said Romney “threw a tantrum.”)


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Sep 22, 2012, 01:14 PM (38 replies)
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