ANNOUNCING the IndijiRadio Kickstarter campaign!
The world is full of music. It always has been, as long as modern humans have inhabited the earth. People always have sung. People made musical instruments tens of thousands of years ago. Indigenous music is at the roots of all human music. It exists in hundreds of different traditions all over the world. However, native musical traditions have to compete against the modern, produced, pop music that is sweeping over the world. That need is why we are planning to launch IndijiRadio. For the next 30 days, Kickstarter will accept pledges for IndijiRadio with a goal of $38,000.
Your pledges will pay not only to launch IndijiRadio, but also allow us to recruit sponsors to cover our continuing costs for next year and the years to come. A worldwide audience base will give sponsor prospects a good reason to get on board. Indigenous organizations around the world will step up to partner with us and help us grow both in program content and financial support. But it all begins here, with you and this Kickstarter campaign. Together we will create a new kind of radio station with roots everywhere and connecting us all through the language of music.
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The Oseberg Viking Ship Burial
In 1904 a remarkable archaeological site was uncovered at Oseberg, Norway. It consisted of an astonishingly well-preserved Viking ship that contained the remains of two women along with a wide array of accompanying grave goods. This vessel, which is widely celebrated as one of the finest finds of the Viking Age, had been buried within a large mound or haugr.
The burial mound measured approximately 40m long by 6.5m high and it completely covered the boat. The conditions within the mound were particularly damp and this meant that the ship and its contents survived nearly intact. Constructed primarily out of oak planks, the vessel measured 21.40m long by 5.10m wide. Its bow and stern were covered in elaborate carvings, while it contained 15 pairs of oar holes which meant up to 30 men could row the ship as required.
Centrally placed on the ship were the skeletons of two women whose remains had been placed in a specially built wooden tent. One of the woman was in her eighties and this was reflected in the condition of her bones which showed that she had suffered badly from arthritis during her final years. The second woman was younger and had died in her early fifties.The connection between the two women is unclear; it is possible that they were related or more sinisterly represent the remains of a noble woman interred with her sacrificed slave. Indeed, some have speculated that one of the women may be Queen Åsa, the grandmother of Norway’s first king, although this remains unproven.
Radiocarbon analysis of the women’s bones indicated that they died c. 1220±40 and 1230±40 before present and this ties in with the dendrochronology dates from the burial tent timbers, which indicate it was constructed in 834 AD. Other skeletal remains found on the ship included 13 horses, 4 dogs and 2 oxen. It is likely that these represent animals that were sacrificed to accompany the female burials into the afterlife.
The grave was disturbed in antiquity and any precious metals that may have been present were stolen. However, a remarkable collection of wooden and textile artifacts were left behind by the grave robbers. These included four elaborately decorated sleighs, a richly carved four-wheel wooden cart, three beds as well as a number of wooden chests. More mundane items such as agricultural and household tools were also found.
The Oseberg ship and its treasure trove of artifacts are currently on display at the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway.
Tomba dell’Aryballos sospeso (Tomb of the hanging Aryballos)
The University of Turin has discorevered an intact tomb of an Etruscan aristocrat in the Necropolis of Doganaccia, Tarquinia.
Blocked by a perfectly sealed stone slab, the rock-cut tomb in Tarquinia appeared promising even before opening it.
Indeed, several objects, including jars, vases and even a grater, were found in the soil in front of the stone door, indicating that a funeral rite of an important person took place there.
As the heavy stone slab was removed, Mandolesi and his team were left breathless. In the small vaulted chamber, the complete skeleton of an individual was resting on a stone bed on the left. A spear lay along the body, while fibulae, or brooches, on the chest indicated that the individual, a man, was probably once dressed with a mantle.
At his feet stood a large bronze basin and a dish with food remains, while the stone table on the right might have contained the incinerated remains of another individual.
Decorated with a red strip, the upper part of the wall featured, along with several nails, a small hanging vase, which might have contained some ointment. A number of grave goods, which included large Greek Corinthian vases and precious ornaments, lay on the floor.
The vases and ornaments on the floor may have once been hanging on the wall like the little aryballos — a vessel for oils and unguents — which was so amazingly still hanging from its nail when the archaeologists opened the tomb. The heavier pieces are thought to have fallen due to structural failings of the tomb and/or seismic activity. Among the vases were seals which might help identify the deceased and fragments of what may have been armour.
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World’s oldest bog body hints at violent past
“Cashel Man has had the weight of the world on his shoulders, quite literally, for 4,000 years.
Compressed by the peat that has preserved his remains, he looks like a squashed, dark leather holdall.
Apart, that is, from one forlorn arm that stretches out and upward and tells us something of the deliberate and extremely violent death that he suffered 500 years before Tutankhamen was born.
Cashel Man is now being studied at the National Museum of Ireland’s research base in Collins Barracks, Dublin. He was discovered in 2011 by a bog worker in Cashel bog in County Laois. When the remains are brought out of the freezer, it is hard to tell that this was ever a human being.
Scientists say that there were significant clues to the social status of three bog bodies found in Ireland since the start of this century
- Clonycavan Man (L) was said to be wearing a type of expensive, imported hair gel
- Old Croghan Man (C) had finely manicured nails
- Cashel Man (R) was found very close to the inauguration site for the kings of Laois
"It does look like mangled peat at first," says researcher Carol Smith. "But then you can see the pores on the skin and it takes on a very human aspect quite quickly." Carol starts to spray the body with non-ionised water. This prevents it deteriorating when exposed to room temperatures. As we peer at the glistening bog-tanned body, we can see small, dark hairs on the skin, and a trail of vertebrae along his back” (read more).
***Posting cos it’s Laois.
Cyprus Mail News and More
EXCAVATIONS at Ayia Varvara-Asprokremnos have uncovered the earliest complete human figurine currently known on Cyprus, the Antiquities Department said yesterday.
The age of the statue could range from 10,500 to 11,000 years old based on the fact it was discovered at a site that has been radio-carbon dated to between 8800-8600 BC.
The period marks the beginning of the Neolithic period in Cyprus at a time when the transition from hunting to farming economies was beginning throughout the Middle East.
“Taking the Neolithic Revolution into the Mediterranean zone, the occupants of Ayia Varvara-Asprokremnos carried cultural traditions and intensive resource procurement and manufacturing activity to the island some 11,000 years before the present,” said a statement from the department.
In other news, archaeologist have discovered more “third-gender” “cavemen” in Europe. Biologically male remains dating back thousands of years buried as cultural females; leaving scientists to question the root of sexuality as cultural in construct.
A 2,000-year-old skeleton with a mask on its face has been found in the Aizanoi ancient city in Kütahya.
(Source: Hurriyet Daily News)
A 2,000-year-old skeleton with a mask on its face has been found in the Aizanoi ancient city in Kütahya, during excavations in the area which have been continuing for two years now with new findings emerging.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, excavation group president Pamukkale University Archeology academic Elif Özer said the excavations had been ongoing since 2011, and many findings had been excavated from the area. The skeleton was excavated from the northern part of the necropolis eras.
(The mask of the skeleton was found along with the face and the body.)
Artifacts from the Ust-Polui site in Siberia, 2000 years old. From the left, a ring thought to adorn a ritual bear claw, duck head made of antler, bronze bird pendant, bronze pendant of animal biting a bird.