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Posted on Saturday, February 23 - 2008

Submitted by Da Verminator: When last we saw the lost Ark of the Covenant in action, it had been dug up by Indiana Jones in Egypt and ark-napped by Nazis, whom the Ark proceeded to incinerate amidst a tempest of terrifying apparitions. But according to Tudor Parfitt, a real life scholar-adventurer, Raiders of the Lost Ark had it wrong, and the Ark is actually nowhere near Egypt. In fact, Parfitt claims he has traced it (or a replacement container for the original Ark), to a dusty bottom shelf in a museum in Harare, Zimbabwe. As Indiana Jones"s creators understood, the Ark is one of the Bible"s holiest objects, and also one of itsmost maddening McGuffins.

A wooden box, roughly 4 ft. x 2 ft. x 2.5 ft., perhaps gold-plated and carried on poles inserted into rings, it appears in the Good Book variously as the container for the Ten Commandments (Exodus 25:16: "and thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee"); the very locus of God"s earthly presence; and as a divine flamethrower that burns obstacles and also crisps some careless Israelites. It is too holy to be placed on the ground or touched by any but the elect. It circles Jericho behind the trumpets to bring the walls tumbling down. The Bible last places the Ark in Solomon"s temple, which Babylonians destroyed in 586 BC. Scholars debate its current locale (if any): under the Sphinx? BeneathJerusalem"s Temple Mount (or, to Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary)? In France? Near London"s Temple tube station? Parfitt, 63, is a professor at the University of London"s prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies. His new book, The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark (HarperOne) along with a History Channel special scheduled for March 2 would appear to risk a fine academic reputation on what might be called a shaggy Ark story.

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Posted on Thursday, August 29 - 2013

A photo of the strange footprint engravings.
Image Credit: Nitish Priyadarshi


Geologist Nitish Priyadarshi has identified some unusual rock carvings near a small Indian village. According to local lore, the mysterious footprints represent the location at which the "sky gods" landedthousands of years ago.

Engraved in to pure granite, the prints have the appearance of the type of sandals worn in the region in ancient times and measure between 10 and 11 inches in length.Perhaps the most interesting point of all however is the presence of an engraved image of what Priyadarshi believes to be a "flying object"."The footprints and the flying object are on the same piece of rock on each other"s side," he told the Epoch Times. "Maybe they were engraved to show that the two king gods arrived at the place ona flying object."The exact age of the engravings is unclear however Priyadarshi believes that the weathering indicates that they are likely to date back thousands of years in accordance with the legend."We live in a highly advanced, technical world, but there are nevertheless a great many mysteries all around us," he said.

Source: EpochTimes

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Posted on Wednesday, August 28 - 2013

The ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu.
Image Credit: Allard Schmidt


Archaeologists in Peru are using unmanned military drones to aid in their efforts to map ancient ruins. Home to the world famous Machu Picchu, Peru"s treasure trove of several thousand archaeologicalsites has made it a top tourist destination for visitors from all over the world.

In recent years however some of these sites have come under threat from opportunistic miners, prompting authorities to come up with new ways to monitor and protect the country"s ancient heritage.Typically used for military strikes and surveillance, drones have turned out to be an ideal solution to help establish boundaries and to protect these sites from squatters and miners.Their three-dimensional mapping capabilities havealso been able to provide archaeologists with new information about both existing locations and sites that have yet to be excavated."With this technology, I was able to do in a few days what had taken me years to do," said archaeologist Luis Jaime Castillo. "We have always wanted to have a bird"s-eye view of where we are working."

Source: Reuters

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Posted on Sunday, August 25 - 2013

The Lincoln Observatory Tower at Lincoln Castle.
Image Credit: CC 2.0 Dave Hitchborne


Archaeologists have uncovered a stone sarcophagus thought to contain someone "terribly important". The sarcophagus was unearthed while the castle was being refurbished so that a new center to housethe Magna Carta could be built.

Among the discoveries were the remains of a church dating back 1,000 years and a number of skeletons.Archaeologists working at the site believe that the stone sarcophagus is likely to be the resting place of a figure of great importance, possibly a Saxon bishop or king. If this turns out to be the case then it would be one of the most important finds in the region for some years."Logistically it"s quite a difficult job because the trench is deep and the sarcophagus obviously weighs alot," said excavation team member Cecily Spall. "It"s very unusual for archaeologists to encounter a church which hasn"t been detected in historical documents."Lincoln Castle itself was built in the late 11th century by William the Conqueror at the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress and remains a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world.

Source: BBCNews

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