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The (Archeological) Discoveries Topic

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Forostar, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    I'm afraid I lack enough understanding of the English language, so I wonder what you mean with "recorder" in this context? What does it record?
    Also please elaborate on the instrument, this sounds interesting. :)
     
  2. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    A wooden flute type thing....
    http://bleazey.co.uk/DORDT.gif

    Edit: that might actually be mine in the picture, it was the first one Phil Bleazey made
     
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  3. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Ah! I know that instrument, just forgot about it now. For some reason I didn't think about music, right here in this topic. :/
     
  4. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

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    Frankish coin of Theodebert

    A big treasure find in Drenthe province (in the Netherlands) indicates that in the sixth century, Drenthe was far more important than previously thought. It is a treasure of 47 gold coins, the largest find of this period ever in the Netherlands.
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    The treasure was found by two men with a metal detector. The province will not say where it was, fearing that more investigators would come. The finding was presented this afternoon by provincial executive member Rein Munniksma.

    The coins have been made in several places throughout Europe, including Rome, Ravenna and Constantinople, now Istanbul. Together they weigh about 200 grams.

    Important political factor
    That there was such a huge amount of money in circulation, according to an archaeologist involved means that Drenthe was an important political factor. Most of the coins are Byzantine. The treasure also includes a very rare one, of Merovingian king Theodebert.

    The money may have been a diplomatic payment, probably a pay-off to keep the Drenthe people away from the boundaries of the Merovingian kingdom. That kingdom then was from the South of France to the major rivers in the [central] Netherlands.

    Unique discovery
    About the sixth century in the Netherlands little is known. There are few archaeological finds from this period, especially in Drenthe. As of June 20 the find will be on display for the public in the Drents Museum.
     
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  5. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    The world's oldest "Yo mama" joke is 3,500 years old

    Around 1,500 BCE, a student in ancient Babylon inscribed six riddles on a tablet. 3,500 years later, these proto-jokes lose a lot in the translation, but one thing's for sure: the Babylonians are saying something about your mother.

    Just try to ignore the fact that the article is illustrated with a Sasanian investiture relief from Fars, which is about as appropriate as using a picture of the Mona Lisa for an item on ancient Greece. :p
     
  6. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

  7. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Erps. It's not in Fars. That's the investiture relief of Ardashir II., which is at Taq-e Bostan in the Kurdish speaking Kermanshah province. Now this is awkward. :oops:
     
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  8. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

    Failed nerd!
     
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  9. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Sasanian rock reliefs have always been out of my scope, and I really need to polish up on that, apparently.
     
  10. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

  11. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Lots of cultural variation around the world, and not all of it well recorded. Weren't Marx and Engels mainly looking at the history of Western society, too?
     
  12. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

  13. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

  14. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

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  15. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    :bigsmile:

    By the way, I found the English in this article a bit... errr:
    Come again?

    And I missed an explanation of what Perun means. ;)
     
  16. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Yeah, somebody seems to have used Google Translate there. :p

    Perun is the highest god in the Slavic pantheon.
     
  17. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Cheers. My wife knew him by his Polish name: Pjorun (and until just now didn't make the connection with Perun!)

    Another major God she remembers:

    Svetovid

    And these supernatural beings: Rusałka, Strzyga, Topielec, Wila.

    And Darzamat from Latvian mythology.
     
  18. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

  19. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    [​IMG] When did you get the new avatar, @Forostar?
     
  20. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

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