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Virtually visiting the Archaeological Museum of Thebes

It's All Greek To Me

The Archaeological Museum of Thebes reopened a few years ago after a long period of closure for renovations. My only previous visit to Thebes was during that closure, so visiting to see the new galleries has been on my wishlist for a while now. Obviously that’s not possible at the moment, since museums are closed and travelling around Greece isn’t allowed, but happily I just found that the museum has a virtual tour and lots of other online resources – so I’ve been on a virtual visit to its Mycenaean gallery.

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Posted by on January 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Examples of Proto-Creek Art

Examples of Proto-Creek Art

The Americas Revealed

by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner

These images provide an overview of styles of art found in Pre-Columbian towns that were definitely ancestral to the Creek Indians. More accurate ethnic names would be Apalache or Apalachete, which is what the Creeks called themselves until the mid-18th century. The term, “Muskogee” did not appear until Malachi became High King in the early 1750s.

The Florida Apalachee never called themselves by that name until the Spanish began incorrectly telling them that was their name. The Florida Apalachee were actually Southern Arawaks from Peru. A Peruvian Arawak dictionary will translate most of the Florida Apalachee town and village names.

The indigenous cultures of northwestern Alabama were not ancestral to the Creek Indians. The site plan of Moundville seems to be a supersized version of early proto-Choctaw towns in Mississippi. Dr. Román Piña Chán of the Institutio Nacional de Antropologia E Historia…

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Posted by on January 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

The all Important Phaistos Disc

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INTRODUCTION

The Phaistos disc was discovered in l908 by the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier in the Minoan pre-formed hieroglyphic “seals” into a disc of soft clay, in a clockwise sequence spiraling towards the disc’s center.

The Phaistos disc captured the imagination of amateur and professional archaeologists, and many attempts have been made to decipher the code behind the disc’s signs. While it is not clear that it is a script, most attempted decipherments  assume that it is; most additionally assume a syllabary , others an alphabet or logography.

Attempts at decipherment  are generally thought to be unlikely to succeed unless more examples of the signs are discovered, as it is generally agreed that there is not enough context available for a meaningful analysis. However more news has come to light recently with regard to the decipherment of The Phaistos Disc.

The Phaistos Disc 2

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Close-up section of the Phaistos Disc.

HAS THE PHAISTOS DISC DECIPHERMENT BEEN…

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Posted by on January 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Creek Indian Longleaf Pine Needle Baskets

Creek Indian Longleaf Pine Needle Baskets

The Americas Revealed

by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner

The Southern Pine Needle basket above was made by my grandmother Mahala (Ruby) in the early 1920s. She gave it to me as a high school graduation present. All of her other remaining baskets disappeared from her house as we were attending her funeral. The two brooms were made by my Grandfather Obie in the 1950s.

Southern Longleaf Pine needles could grow to over 20 inches long. They were more resistant to damp climates than split wood baskets and easier to weave that split cane baskets. Of course, the supply of Longleaf Pine needles was almost infinite prior to the arrival of many white settlers in the 1800s, so there was a natural incentive to develop the artistry and techniques required to make beautiful, durable baskets from an abundant material. Nevertheless, the art of making pine needle baskets is little known outside…

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Posted by on January 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

 
 
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