Nerdly Things

new&nerdlyFirst, we have an interesting article on the cultural and social benefits of stories told around ancient (and modern) fires.

Firelight talk of the Kalahari Bushmen: Did tales told over fires aid our social and cultural evolution? – Science Daily
September 22, 2014

This next one is truly fascinating. The artwork on many ancient Greek vases is accompanied by decorative “gibberish”. It turns out that the gibberish means something.

Amazon Warriors’ Names Revealed Amid “Gibberish” on Ancient Greek Vases – National Geographic News
September 23, 2014

Some early signs of habitation have been found in Canada. Underwater, of course. I doubt it’s really the “earliest”, though. I hate when they use unnecessary superlatives. Especially when they’re, probably, untrue and definitely misleading. If you’re going to be that dramatic (and, being the media, of course they will) at least tack on the phrase “yet found”.

Earliest sign of human habitation in Canada may have been found – CBC News
September 23, 2014

A couple of articles on the search of Pre-Clovis people that can be proven to actually have lived, not just hunted and butchered, in what is now Ohio.

They’re using a 3D scanning system to help decipher a Hittite tablet on which most of text has been worn away. If this works, the possibilties are endless! Think of all the inscriptions this could be used on.

Hittite tablet to be deciphered with 3D – Hurriyet Dailey News
September 29, 2014

An interesting article on tracking the earliest inhabitants of South America. Where did people go when they arrived on the continent? What did they do? And when? Now that North American scientists have gotten with the Clovis wasn’t First program and realized that South America has been inhabited for a long time. Monte Verde isn’t a fluke.

The first South Americans: Extreme living – Nature
October 1, 2014

Some impressive finds from the El Argar Civilization in Bronze Age Spain.

They’ve discovered some cave paintings in Indonesia that just might be as old as those in Europe. Indonesia has pledged to protect them.

New C-14 dates have scientists rethinking the end of the Bronze Age in Greece. And that means, because they’re all connected, probable reanalysis of Bronze Age chronology in other parts of the ancient Mediterranean. A reanalysis that is long overdue.


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