#TheHistoryHeretic Reports: Astonishing Geomagnetic Spike Hit Ancient Judah – #JovanHuttonPulitzer 

Earth’s geomagnetic field wraps the planet in a protective layer of energy, shielding us from solar winds and high-energy particles from space. But it’s also poorly understood, subject to weird reversals, polar wandering, and rapidly changing intensities.

Now a chance discovery from an archaeological dig near Jerusalem has given scientists a glimpse of how intense the magnetic field can get—and the news isn’t good for a world that depends on electrical grids and high-tech devices.In a recent paper for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an interdisciplinary group of archaeologists and geoscientists reported their discovery.

They wanted to analyze how the planet’s geomagnetic field changes during relatively short periods, and they turned to archaeology for a simple reason. Ancient peoples worked a lot with ceramics, which means heating clay to the point where the iron oxide particles in the dirt can float freely, aligning themselves with the Earth’s current magnetic field.

Source: Astonishing geomagnetic spike hit the ancient kingdom of Judah | Ars Technica

#TheHistoryHeretic Reports: Gold, Amber and Bronze Treasures Found in Iron Age Grave – #JovanHuttonPulitzer 

Nearly 2,600 years ago, the Celts buried a woman in a grave that was brimming with treasures.

It held jewelry made of gold, amber and bronze; bracelets carved from black stone; horse armor fashioned out of bronze and boar tusks; and furs and textiles piled high, indicating that the woman held an elite social status, archaeologists said.

In addition, the presence of a petrified sea urchin and an ammonite in the grave suggest that the woman may have worked as a priestess, the archaeologists said. The Iron Age burial dates to 583 B.C.

Source: Photos: Gold, Amber and Bronze Treasures Found in Iron Age Grave

#TheHistoryHeretic Reports: Oldest Evidence of Silk Found in 8,500-Year-Old Tombs – #JovanHuttonPulitzer 

The oldest evidence of silk made by silkworms has been found buried in 8,500-year-old tombs in China, revealing that people may have used the luxurious material thousands of years earlier than previously thought, a new study finds.Silk was a rare luxury good in the ancient world. Its fame helped give a name to the Silk Road, the legendary network of trade routes that once connected the East and West from China to Rome.

The secret of how to make silk was first discovered in China. According to Chinese legend, after a silkworm cocoon dropped into the teacup of the wife of the Yellow Emperor, she found that the cocoon could unravel to yield about 3,300 feet (1 kilometer) of thread.

Source: Oldest Evidence of Silk Found in 8,500-Year-Old Tombs

#TheHistoryHeretic Reports: Wreck of 16th-Century Spanish Ship Found Off Florida Coast – #JovanHuttonPulitzer 

Planks from the hull of a 1559 shipwreck sit on the sandy bottom of Pensacola Bay. Researchers are the University of Western Florida discovered this shipwreck in summer 2016 after a magnetic survey of the ocean bottom.

The ship was one of six that went down in the bay during a hurricane in September 1559. It was part of a fleet led by Spanish conquistador Don Tristan de Luna, who was attempting to settle a permanent colony where Penascola, Florida, now sits.

Source: Wreck of 16th-Century Spanish Ship Found Off Florida Coast

#TheHistoryHeretic Reports: Albania promotes Underwater Archaeology, for Tourism – #JovanHuttonPulitzer 

TIRANA, Albania — Albania is promoting the archaeological finds in the waters off its southwest coast to raise public interest and to attract attention of decision-makers who can help preserve the discoveries.

The Albanian National Coastline Agency opened an exhibit Monday of 30 photographs showing underwater finds of potential archaeological significance from the last decade.The nonprofit RPM Nautical Foundation has mapped about one-third of Albania’s coast so far, from Saranda, near Greece’s Corfu island, to Vlora.

National coastline agency head Auron Tare says the scan found 38 shipwrecks in the Ionian Sea, six of them more than 2,000 year old.Today’s WorldViewWhat’s most important from where the world meets WashingtonSign upTare said the ships and other objects “show ancient Illyria (Albania’s predecessor) was a commercial pass rather than a pirates’ place,” Tare said.

He says the archaeological wealth of Albania’s 220-mile coastline needs more legal protections and better care to make it a popular tourist destination. The country does not have a scuba diving industry, but that could change if the findings are promoted properly, Tare said.“We have a lot of such archaeological underwater heritage but, so far, we have not known how to keep, preserve and use them,” he said.The exhibition includes photos of amphorae — two-handled storage pots and jars used for wine or oil in ancient Greece — and other items encrusted with tiny shells.

Source: Albania promotes its underwater archaeology, for tourism – The Washington Post

#TheHistoryHeretic Reports: 3,000-Year-Old Royal Egyptian Tomb Discovered – #JovanHuttonPulitzer 

In the almost 200-year history of Egyptology, so many ancient tombs have been located and identified that it was thought further finds would be rare. But a team of archaeologists just discovered another of especially high significance.A team of Japanese archaeologists just came across a previously unknown tomb in the Theban necropolis in Egypt. Their research has determined it was built for a man named Khonsu with the title of Royal Scribe.

And it’s not only 3,000 years old, but also beautifully decorated.What’s more, the discovery gives hope that there are even more to discover.“No one knows that unknown tombs that still have beautiful decorations or inscriptions still remain undiscovered…I think that there might be more tombs hidden in this area,” Waseda University Professor Jiro Kondo, who led the team behind the discovery, told the Observer.

This is not his first big find. Konodo discovered the tomb of Khonsuemheb in the same area in December 2013, and he came across this new discovery while cleaning the forecourt of another, the tomb of Userhat.

Source: 3,000-Year-Old Royal Egyptian Tomb Discovered By Waseda Archaeologists | Observer

#TheHistoryHeretic Reports: 1,700-Year-Old Untouched Tomb Yields Awesome Artifacts #JovanHuttonPulitzer 

A 1,700-year-old untouched tomb bearing the bones of a dozen male adults, as well as pre-Columbian figurines and statues, has been unearthed in Mexico.Archaeologists discovered the ancient tomb, which dates to the Comala Period (between 0 and A.D. 500), during work to remodel a Seventh-day Adventist church in Colima, Mexico.

The archaeologists uncovered a hole that was sealed up with stones, artifacts for grinding, and human bones.Inside, 12 skulls and other bones were piled atop one another in a haphazard manner. Some of the skulls showed signs of damage, as well as tooth fractures and wear, said Rosa María Flores Ramírez, a physical anthropologist at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico.

When the archaeologists explored further, they discovered three burial levels. In the second burial level, the team found two figurines — a male and female — placed facedown next to two skulls.

Source: 1,700-Year-Old Untouched Tomb Yields Elaborate Headdress Figurine