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Topic 17 of 92: Archaeology: The world as a time capsule

Tue, Aug 3, 1999 (12:03) | Marcia (MarciaH)
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 Response 1153 of 1156: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Wed, Sep 22, 2004 (14:56) * 15 lines 
Pompeii find shows secrets of the Samnites

By Bruce Johnston

The discovery in Pompeii of a pre-Roman temple is being hailed as evidence that the city was sophisticated and thriving 300 years before Vesuvius erupted.

The temple is said to be of Mephitis, a female deity worshipped by the Samnites, a mysterious ancient people who preceded the Romans in Pompeii.

The temple complex includes a sanctuary where it is thought girls from good families worked briefly in "sacred prostitution" as a rite of passage to full womanhood.

The Samnites were previously thought of as mountain warriors, whose settlements thrived due to a military pact with Rome, but archaeologists say the finds suggest instead that theirs was an advanced society in its own right.

The discovery is the result of a three-year joint project by the University of London and the University of Basilicata in Italy. It is said to have come as a "complete surprise".

 Topic 17 of 92 [Geo]: Archaeology: The world as a time capsule
 Response 1154 of 1156: Curious Wolfie  (wolf) * Wed, Sep 22, 2004 (20:25) * 1 lines 
interesting find, cheryl!

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 Response 1155 of 1156: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Oct  2, 2004 (22:33) * 23 lines 
Intreresting indeed. Now I have to find the source of my notices because they got eaten by my old computer's breakage.

Ah here it is!

In the rarified air of WAG thinking comes the following:


Atlantis 'found in Spain'

A German scientist thinks he may have discovered Atlantis - in Spain.

Dr Rainer Kuehne says satellite images of southern Spain reveal features on the ground that match Plato's descriptions of the fabled city.

He thinks descriptions of Atlantis as an 'island' simply refer to parts of Spain that were destroyed by a flood between 800 and 500 BC.

The photos of the Marisma de Hinojos salt marsh near Cadiz show two rectangular structures in the mud and parts of concentric rings that may once have surrounded them


 Topic 17 of 92 [Geo]: Archaeology: The world as a time capsule
 Response 1156 of 1156: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Oct  2, 2004 (22:35) * 12 lines 
Excavations show Maya culture 'ahead of its time'

Elaborate ritual objects have been uncovered in the ancient ruins of a city in Guatemala.

The findings at the 2,000-year-old site suggest the Maya civilisation was more advanced than previously thought, reports BBC News Online.

The city, Cival, thrived in what is generally considered the 'pre-classic' period - but it bore the hallmarks of the more advanced 'classic' period.

The excavations, supported by the National Geographic Society, have unearthed two monumental carved masks, 120 pieces of polished jade, a ceremonial centre that spanned 800m (2,600ft) and an inscribed stone slab dating to 300 BC.


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