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Stupid archaeologists! [May. 30th, 2008|04:36 am]
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I am so fucking tired of idiot archaeologists thinking that the dolmens and other megalithic sites were tombs when there aren't even any fucking bones in them, and when there is a huge deal more than ample evidence that they were naked-eye observatories! Now the idiots are saying that Stonehenge is a graveyard! ARGH! *Stab stab stab stab stab stab stab stab stab stab stab stab stab*

Damned stupid dogmatic people with their low opinion of the ancients. "Oh, those people died out, which makes us superior and so they were just ignorant savages with the IQ of half a peanut." Just because they used stone! I'm telling you stupid archaeologists, those megalithic people could do shit with stone that modern scientists and engineers can't even do, and they did it all without metal! Those ancients were a lot damned smarter than you wankers will ever be! I mean honestly, the more I read about these observatories the megalithic peoples made, the more in awe I am of them. Damned stupid idiot archaeologists! Why don't you go dig up your dusty artifacts and leave the theorizing to someone who actually has some fucking clue what's really going on, mmkay?

I thought science was supposed to be about objective reasoning? Fucking cunt-tards. I haven't been this pissed in months. This is beyond stupid.
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Newbie post [May. 27th, 2008|08:20 pm]
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I have recently returned from a trip to Cambridgeshire, not far from where I live in London, England.

You may want to enlarge this and read the text. It appears on the front of the bird hide near the place I was staying.

Neolithic Axehead. As we are close to Grimes Grave, a neolithic mineworking where flints were dug out, it isn't surprising that many local people out walking their dogs will come upon things like this. Our Ranger shows us a neolithic hand ax that he found himself. It is amazing to think that the soil levels that these have been found in are sometimes dated to four hundred thousand years before the present.

Just a bit about me - I am new to this community, but an really into stuff like this - I actually held this ax head in my hand, something that is way older than Avebury or Stonehenge. Four hundred thousand years. Cool, huh?
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Neolithic stone skills [May. 20th, 2008|03:09 am]
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I've recently gotten interested in the stone age again. I've been reading lately about Orkney, where there is a neolithic site founded by the Grooved Ware People. This site was made of at least 7 apartments with locks on the doors, a full plumbing system, stone beds, stone chairs, even stone storage containers. These people used stone like we use wood, metal, and plastic. They were excellent at this. The most notable part of Orkney, though, is the nearby henge with standing stones.

I've also been reading about some interesting oddities. A site in the Czech Republic (in the village of Dolni Vestonice), had a factory for making clay figures. This factory was dated at 26,000 years old! Oddest thing is, all the evidence indicates that these people were going out of their way to make these figures explode in the kiln.

Oh, and the stones of Stenness! I have a quote about those:

"The Stones of Stenness are remarkable because of the deep-cut ditch which surrounds them. It has been cut two metres down into a single giant rock. To build it required the careful removal of 18,000 cubic metres of solid rock - apparently all done using tools made of flint, wood, and bone. Whoever cut through that lot really wanted a ditch in that exact spot! Why did they go to so much trouble to build it?"
-from "Uriel's Machine" by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, page 172.

The authors of that book agree with the hypothesis that is gaining more popularity, that these places (like Orkney and Stonehenge) were naked-eye astronomical observatories. Which makes a lot of sense to me: being able to figure out the movements of the heavens is a great way to ensure a good crop, and there is lots of evidence, from Orkney and other sites, that the Grooved Ware People had agriculture and domesticated animals. It also seems that these people lived throughout Europe, even down into Africa.

Can anyone recommend any good books about Orkney, neolithic astronomy, and/or the Grooved Ware People? I am utterly fascinated by all this stuff!

(Also, I highly recommend "Uriel's Machine" by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas. I first found it in the "Conspiracy Theories and quackpot pseudo-science section," picked it up for some laughs, and found that it did not deserve to be in that section at all. I think the only reason it's in that section is because they pose the hypothesis that the world really did experience a massive flood in the past, but the scale isn't *quite* as huge as the Noah story, and their evidence is astonishing. They cite reliable academic sources and, while I don't agree with everything they say, I'd say it's very well written piece of scientific writing.)
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(no subject) [Jun. 4th, 2006|01:51 am]
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Thanks to my SCA-induced obsession with the Thule of Greenland, I'm keen to start several Neolithic-tech projects. My first stone project shall be a slate ulu (see here and here), perhaps followed by attempts at flintknapping chert.

Firestarting and hole-forming proved as useful to the Thule as it did any other culture, and so I'll eventually get around to making a pump drill.

And though they used seal intestine and animal sinews for cordage, I'd like to have a go at twining grass/leaf fibres (ala here) to make string. And heck, if I'm any good at it and sufficiently mad enough on any given day, perhaps rope.
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Wilsons Promontory - Amazing [Jul. 28th, 2005|09:19 am]
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Well I have one day in the windy yet gorgeous Wilsons Promontory in South Gippsland.

Gorgeous beach & wonderful bushland National Park.

We (11 of us) had the privillage of looking for artefacts left from the Gunai/Kurnai Aboriginal people.
We found core samples, loads of shells (middens) and camp fires.

I found a few pieces of quartz but the best was the granite cores. It was fantastic.

The best bit is that you (the general public) are not to walk off track, so everything we found was safely away from the public for the future Aboriginal groups to find.

I'll post photos of some of the stuff we found & of the beautiful landscape.


just in case you want to see where it is

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ancient phallus discovered in cave [Jul. 26th, 2005|02:45 am]
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Putting back to the earth [Jul. 20th, 2005|01:46 pm]
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Just a quick question to all & sundry.

Has anybody been involved with repratriation(?) of human remains to their rightful lands/burial place?

I have found through my paperwork that the Museum Victoria has approx. 20 odd skeletons/parts there of, to be brought back to country to be reburied?

Doollygar (dool-lee-gar)
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Newbie [Jul. 17th, 2005|10:35 pm]
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G'day from Down Under I am a Cultural Heritage Coordinator for the area in Australia within the state of Victoria.

I am responsible for 27,000 sq kms. Sites such as middens, burials, scar trees & local cultural sites (both mens & womens places). In the process we get look for stone artefacts.

I have only been in job for a week but love it. If you guys have any questions please ask.

And no I have no qualifications related to archaeology or pre-history, I am Aboriginal man.

I get to play with GIS & GPS systems to log & record all sites. If you like not that here's much there but here's a link for you


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(no subject) [Dec. 23rd, 2004|02:24 pm]
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[Current Music |rob d-clubbed to death]

just wanted to introduce myself!
i'm an anthropology major(lack of an archaeology major here) at college in upstate ny
i have recently discovered lithics after taking a lithic analysis class
i've fallen in love with it
and hopefully can find a grad school that will let me molest stone tools all day long
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(no subject) [Dec. 17th, 2004|02:00 pm]
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Any comments/feelings on Goodyear's dates from the Topper Site?
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