I was saddened to hear a few days ago about the fire at the 200 year old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (9/2/2018). Contained in that building were some of the Andean Mummies which were highly value for research IMO. I find these mummies intriguing to say the least and it saddens me that they will no longer be able to be studied. This museum housed over 20 million artifacts so it was a MAJOR museum for research.
Among the artifacts believed destroyed is the skull known as “Luzia” which was dated at 11.5 kyr and is believed to have been from a Paleoindian woman who was one of the earliest known inhabitants of the Americas. Mummies and artifacts from Egypt were also housed in this museum and now presumed destroyed. It’s currently estimated that only 10% of the artifacts in the museum survived IF that much. Smoke detectors reportedly were not working and the fire suppression system in the building was limited, sadly. I do know that funding for the museum was cut by the Brazilian government not long ago and some are blaming that lack of funding for basically a non-working and inadequate fire suppression system.
Among the “survivors” was a 5.86 ton meteor which is the largest meteor every found in Brazil. It was discovered back in 1784. From what I hear bone fragments have been found in the rubble but they are nothing compared to what this museum once housed. So 200 years of work and research has now gone up in flames and that saddens me to say the least. It always saddens me when artifacts are lost and/or destroyed either by accident or intention. They are all clues to our TRUE history as a species and without them our knowledge and research only slows down and develops voids which we can’t fill in with evidence. Oh we can “fill in the blanks” with a lot of speculation but that’s far different from FACTS. The museum was a popular center for research both for new and seasoned researchers.
I don’t know how far they’ve gotten through the rubble but I’m sure that most of what the museum contained is gone and what is left is likely now pretty useless. We need to protect our heritage and our history all over the world because it IS important! It is all clues to how we as a species came to be as we are today, modern humans. I know many people look at artifacts and think, “Oh they’re just a bunch of old bones” but to researchers like me they are far more than “just old bones.” I want to know where we came from and how we came to be modern humans for certain. I want as many facts as we can possibly gather and I want our theories based on those facts instead of speculation. And I want artifacts protected and not lightly thrown aside because they are our clues to who we are and how we came to be. In my mind there is no such things as “just a bunch of old bones” or “just a piece of old pottery.” We as a species NEED to know and NEED to understand where we came from and how we came to be who and what we are today. All the bones, all the pottery, all the mummies, and all the other artifacts around the world are important and they are the road map to discovery the truth about ourselves as human beings. Without that road map we become lost and our “knowledge” becomes based on false and erroneous assumptions.
BTW I’ve blogged here about Luzia a couple of times which you can find at the following links:
The fire at the museum is a great loss and my heart weeps for such a significant and important loss that we can never recover.
Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed what they believe to be the site where Jesus performed his first miracle. That miracle was turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana as told in the Gospel of St John.
For hundreds of years pilgrims have believed that the site was in a town in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee known as Kafr Kanna. However, biblical archaeologists now believe that the real site of the first miracle was about 5 miles north of that site.
Excavation site in Israel believed to now be the true site of Cana
The site now believed to be the place where Jesus performed his first miracle is known as Khirbet Qana which was a Jewish village that existed between 323 BC and 324 AD. At that site excavations have revealed a network of tunnels known to have been used by early Christians for worship. This site is marked by many crosses and inscribed references of the term “Kyrie lesou” which means “Lord Jesus” in Greek. There was also an altar and a shelf with the remains of a stone vessel and room for five more such vessels discovered.
The altar inside the cave system is made of stone and engraved with a cross somewhat similar to that used by the Knight’s Templar. In the biblical account six jars made of stone held the water that Jesus turned into wine during the wedding feast after the crowd ran out of wine. Dr Tom McCullough who heads the excavation says that there are three other possible sites that may be the Cana mentioned in St John’s gospel but that the evidence found thus far at Khirbet Qana is most persuasive than at the other sites. Continue Reading
The following is a conversation that originated on my post “The Dropa Stones, Bi Discs, and the Dropka.” I have been ask to create a new threat pertaining to altered states, the use of hallucinogens, and more so I have done so here. Following are photo copies of the comments made on this subject thus far and here on this thread you can continue to discuss this subject. (click on the pics to enlarge)
Once in a while I need to watch something odd and strange on TV like I did last night. I watched an episode of “Ancient Aliens” which was pretty interesting although likely NOT truthful……at least fully.
The episode centered on the Dropa Stones allegedly found in China in 1938 by a Chinese archaeologist named Chu Pu Tei. The stones were found in a cave along with a series of graves each containing an odd skeleton. The skeletons each measured about 3 ft 10 in length and had large heads with very skinny bodies. The Dropa Stones were buried with these people.
Photo of two of the Dropa Stones date unknown
The stones were eventually passed on to Professor Tsum Um Nui of the Beijing Academy for Ancient Studies. ???? Say what ???? Sorry but as far as I can find there is and never has been such an “academy” in China. To make a long story short, the Dropa Stones (some of them) were sent to Russia for scientific examination and then returned to China. They were displayed in a Chinese museum for a short time and then disappeared never to be seen again. And apparently so did the skeletons! Surprised? I’m not!!
The ironic thing I found in this episode was that these so called “Dropa Stones” highly resemble ancient Chinese Bi discs and the skeletal remains resemble those of a people who live in the area known as the “Dropka.” I would suspect that the skeletons were Dropka people who died from famine or some unknown disease and that would explain their skinny bodies and big heads. The Dropka people are a nomadic people who move between Tibet and China. They are a small people with a height of only about 4 feet tall.
Supposedly, when the Dropa Stones were sent to Moscow for examination they were put on a special turntable at which time they began to emit frequencies. These stones like the Bi discs have a whole in the center much like a record you’d play. So what were they and where are they today?
A Bi disc from China
The general consensus is that the Dropa Stones were a HOAX! They may have well be, however, I’d speculate that perhaps they were, in fact, very old Bi discs and not “alien” at all. These stones highly resemble the Bi discs which were made of jade, mostly, and carved with amazing varied designs. I’ve actually seen and examined some of these Bi discs and they are pretty amazing and beautiful but they are certainly not alien at all. Bi discs were very common and some have been found in ancient burials just like those found in the cave where the Dropa Stones were found with the skeletal remains. So although the Ancient Aliens episode was intriguing it was mostly based on fantasy IMO. The Dropa Stones are very old Bi discs and that’s all. Although the Bi discs are said to have been made of cobalt and a few other minerals the Bi discs are mostly made of jade. It is possible that these so called Dropa Stones were early specimens of what were to become Bi discs made before some artisan came up with the idea of using jade instead.
Chinese Bi disc are mostly about 1 foot in diameter just like the Dropa stones measurements!!
They call them burial chambers claiming they were built for the dead pharaohs BUT where are the bodies? I’m referring to the pyramids of Giza and not one dead body has been found in them. We find many dead bodies in the Valley of Kings where many pharaohs are entombed and we find a galore of hieroglyphics adorning the walls but we don’t find such artistic decor in the pyramids. No bodies and no hieroglyphics! In fact, the inside of the pyramids are rather……BORING and DULL, frankly!
In the Great Pyramid a new chamber was discovered last year above the Grand Gallery that is believed to be near the same size as the Grand Gallery. This is the first major discovery in the pyramids since the 19th century and it has astounded many scholars and Egyptologists. The purpose and function of the new chamber is unclear.
Experts believe that the pyramid builders placed cavities inside the pyramids to relieve stress on the giant structures and, thus, avoid collapsing them under the weight of the massive stones used in their construction. Researchers discovered the new chamber using cosmic-ray imaging similar to X-rays but going deeper. Continue Reading
Artistic depiction of Homo erectus
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(Note: You can find the full article at the link at this end of this post)
A scientific consortium has found that human ancestors were scattered across Africa, and largely kept apart by a combination of diverse habitats and shifting environmental boundaries, such as forests and deserts. Millennia of separation gave rise to a staggering diversity of human forms, whose mixing ultimately shaped our species.
“While there is a continental-wide trend towards more sophisticated material culture, this ‘modernization’ clearly doesn’t originate in one region or occur at one time period.”
“When we look at the morphology of human bones over the last 300,000 years, we see a complex mix of archaic and modern features in different places and at different times,” said Prof. Chris Stringer, researcher at the London Natural History Museum. “As with the material culture, we do see a continental-wide trend towards the modern human form, but different modern features appear in different places at different times, and some archaic features are present until remarkably recently.” Continue Reading
Ancient stone tools and bones have been discovered in CHINA that suggest early humans may have left Africa and arrived in Asia much earlier than thought. The artifacts appear to suggest that early humans settled in East Asia over 2 mya. The artifacts were discovered in the southern Chinese Loess Plateau.
The oldest dates to 2.12 myr making them 270,000 years older than the 1.85 million year old skeletal remains and stone tools found at Dmanisi, Georgia. Until this most recent discovery the artifacts found at Dmanisi were believed to be the oldest evidence for humanity outside of Africa. The stone tools show evidence of having been used and most are made from quartzite and quartz. Finding the stone tools and animal bones shows that early human ancestors dwelt in the area of the Chinese Loess Plateau. At that time the climate of this region was very different from what it is today. Continue Reading
Southeast Asia is one of the most genetically diverse areas of the world and for more than 100 years researchers have been debating which theory of origins of the human population there is correct. One theory holds the view that indigenous Hoabinhain hunter-gatherers populated the area 44 kya and developed farming techniques on their own without input from early farmers from East Asia. The opposing theory holds the view that migrating rice farmers from China replaced the indigenous Hoabinhian people. However, new research and evidence now suggests that BOTH theories are WRONG!! At least neither is completely correct let me say more specifically.
The new study spearheaded by the University of Cambridge has found modern SE Asian people derive their ancestry from at least four ancient populations! Researchers used DNA from human skeletal remains found in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Japan dating back to 8 kya. DNA samples also included samples from the indigenous Hoabinhian people and from the Jomon people of Japan. This is all a scientific first, notably, as previously the oldest DNA collected only dated back to around 4 kya.
Twenty-six ancient human genomes were sequenced successfully and compared with modern DNA from people living in SE Asia today. The environment of SE Asia is NOT conducive to DNA preservation so this study is significant for that reason alone. Jungles have few skeletal remains and that’s one big reason we have such a difficult time finding the remains of ancient human ancestors in that area. Continue Reading