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About ritaroberts

I am a retired archaeologist. I have worked on Minoan pottery in Crete. I have also worked on Roman and Medieval pottery in England. I enjoy Archaeology and History, also Geology and collecting fossils .I am now studying the Minoan/Mycenaean scripts writings.

The secret reason why actor Pernell Roberts was a civil rights activist

The secret reason why actor Pernell Roberts was a civil rights activist

A beautiful Song by Pernell Roberts.

The Americas Revealed

This event is left out of official biographies. He could have become a Native American version of the Rev. Martin Luther King!

by Richard Thornton, Architect and City Planner

Pernell Roberts returned to live in Waycross, GA one last time during the late 1940s. What happened during that short, traumatic period of residence is either only described in vague terms to conceal the chronology or completely left out in most references, such as Wikipedia. These events occurred after flunking out of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture and when his enlistment in the US Marine Corps was completed in 1948. His two year residence in Washington, DC as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps band had changed his world view.

There is one other strange parallel between Pernell’s youth and early manhood with my own. After graduating from Georgia Tech, I immediately traveled to Landskrona, Sweden to a job arranged…

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Posted by on September 29, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Something that every Native American should know about King Charles III

Something that every Native American should know about King Charles III

An exceptional story the British public should read.

The Americas Revealed

He is our Friend! We thought that the original manuscript of the Creek Migration Legend was lost somewhere in England in 1735. It described the journey of the Upper Creeks from the slopes of the Orizaba Volcano in southern Veracruz State, Mexico to the mountains of Georgia. Many scholars looked for it through the years and couldn’t find it. I would never have discovered it in 2015 without the direct assistance of HRH Prince Charles and his Asst. Private Secretary, Dr. Grahame Davies.

by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner

Excerpt of the first paragraph of Chikili’s speech in Savannah

Although North Americans normally only saw the former HRH Prince Charles in ceremonial settings, actually he has devoted much of his life, at a professional level, to historic preservation, urban design, agriculture and archaeology.

Did you know that . . . ?

  • He has been the developer and prepared…

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Posted by on September 11, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Minos Kalokairinos: The Original Excavator of Knossos

Minos Kalokairinos: The Original Excavator of Knossos

Minoan Magissa

Sir Arthur Evans tends to be the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of Knossos and its initial discovery and excavation. However, the original excavator is less widely known. His name? Minos Kalokairinos (yes, Minos!), a so-called novice archeologist, businessman, lifelong student, and antiquarian. That being said, the first excavation of this ancient Cretan site took place in 1878, not 1900 (by a Cretan person no less).

Photo taken by Wikimedia Commons User Danbu14

Minos Kalokairinos, The Palace of Minos: Mere Coincidence or Fate?

Not to get too poetic about it, but I do find it interesting that Minos shares the name of the legendary king Minos, which the Minoan civilization was named after (by Evans). Also, he was the first person to pin down the location of the Minoan ruler’s palace (also known as the Knossian Labyrinth)…

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Posted by on August 6, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

The Minoans: The Ancestors of Modern Cretans 🧬

The Minoans: The Ancestors of Modern Cretans 🧬

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Through the use of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis of dental remains, Greek and American researchers have made strides in pinpointing the connection between modern Cretans and the “Cretans” of long ago. While this was discovered in 2013, I only just came across this information recently. Two years prior to that fated day, when I was in Crete walking around Knossos, I half-jokingly asked my aunt if we can be related to the Minoans. “Όχι βέβαια” (Of course not), she replied with a chuckle. But as far as I knew, my maternal side was Cretan: my mom, my grandma, my great-grandma, my great-great grandma… you get the point. So, the idea was not too far-fetched, especially now with a scientific backing.

Photo from Minoan Theater

Mitochondria and Maternal Ancestry

Mitochondria are the energetic powerhouses of cells, which are comprised of their own genetic code (DNA). mtDNA

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Posted by on August 2, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Ancient Cretan Women’s Fashion: Dressing Like a Minoan 👗

Ancient Cretan Women’s Fashion: Dressing Like a Minoan 👗

A well researched article for anyone interested in the Ancient Minoans.

Minoan Magissa

The Fashion-Savvy People of Keftiu

Between the beautiful frescoes that adorned palace walls and unique statuettes, we can get a solid idea of Minoan women’s fashion sense. As with most fabrics, they’ve long disintegrated; however, some linen (potentially imported from Egypt) was found in a tomb from the Pre-Palatial Period at the site of Mochlos. Speaking of Egypt, considerable evidence of Minoan attire stemmed from their detailed depictions. For instance, at Thebes (Egypt’s capital during the 18th Dynasty), there were numerous frescoes found of “Aegean foreigners” from Keftiu (what Egyptians called Crete).

Minoan Style Replicas: Reconstruction of the Clothes of Women from the Minoan Era in Crete by Dr. Bernice Jones

What Minoan Women (and Some Men) Wore: Clothing

Three words come to mind when it comes to Minoan women’s attire: elaborate, vibrant, and multilayered. Long skirts with girdles encircling the waist and

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Posted by on July 28, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Honoring My Cretan Ancestors with a Minoan-inspired Ritual

Honoring My Cretan Ancestors with a Minoan-inspired Ritual

Minoan Magissa

For my 33rd birthday, I decided to honor my Cretan ancestors by conducting a Minoan-inspired ritual. I place emphasis on the word inspired because we don’t know the full scope of Minoan religion, but we are aware of quite a bit from frescoes, statues, and other archeological findings. Therefore, I integrated a mix of my research, Cretan traditions, and intuition. Speaking of ancestry, I’ll devote an entire post to a DNA study that connects modern day Cretans to the Minoans, especially from the maternal line, so stay on the lookout for that.

Offerings

Based off residue found in various storage vessels throughout Knossos and other palaces, we more or less know what the Minoan’s ate. So, with that in mind, I filled a bowl with kalamata olives from Crete (you’d be surprised how easy it is to…

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Posted by on July 26, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

The Minoan Mother Goddess

The Minoan Mother Goddess

Minoan Magissa

Multifaceted Goddess or Many Deities?

According to numerous scholars, the primary deity in the Minoan religion was a multifaceted mother goddess who was solar in nature. Usually, “she” was depicted alongside animals (both mythical and native to the land), a male consort, and/or priestesses. While there is no true consensus, she is considered one deity with various aspects, including a mountain, dove, poppy, snake, and fertility goddess. This presumed multidimensional goddess would eventually become the Artemis, Athena, Ariadne, Medusa, etc. of the Ancient Greek pantheon. At the same time, there’s a good chance that their religion was polytheistic, and these were all separate gods with their own unique attributes. (I’ll probably create future posts about the “individual” goddesses at some point.)

Snake Goddess from the Palace of Knossos – Wikimedia User Photo by Chris73

The Maternal Snake Goddess (or Priestess)

What typically comes to…

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Posted by on July 21, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of bread

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Lets here it for technology. If not for such advancements, we would never have come this far in our discovery of the foods Paelolithic man really ate. Imagine the discoveries that were just thrown on the  trash heap because archaeologist at the time had no idea plant material could survive this long. Think of the grinding stones that were washed, all their valuable information of the past…gone forever!

Original article:

The guardian.com

Nicola DavisMon 16 Jul 2018 15.00 EDT

Tiny specks of bread found in fireplaces used by hunter-gatherers 14,000 years ago, predating agriculture by thousands of years

Charred crumbs found in a pair of ancient fireplaces have been identified as the earliest examples of bread, suggesting it was being prepared long before the dawn of agriculture.

The remains – tiny lumps a few millimetres in size – were discovered by archaeologists at a site in the Black Desert in…

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Posted by on July 20, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Beans – A Contentious Subject

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Consumption of cooked black beans stimulates a cluster of some clostridia class bacteria, decreasing inflammatory response and improving insulin sensitivity, study suggests.
Black beans have stirred up some interest in early research studies for their high fibre content (per 100g Carbohydrates 16g, Fibre 6.9g figures differ depending on source). In a May 2017 review, researchers noted that black beans contain compounds that may promote weight loss and reduce insulin resistance.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7230233/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5452185/#B79-nutrients-09-00455

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Another study demonstrated that consumption of black beans improved glucose response, an effect mediated in part by modification of the gut microbiota, by increasing a cluster of Clostridia class bacteria with anti-inflammatory potential. The modification of the gut microbiota by black beans is thought to be associated with the presence of resistant starch. Resistant starch contains α-linked glucose molecules that are resistant to hydrolysis in the small intestine, passing directly through the colon where it is fermented…

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Posted by on July 19, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

A Roman Villa in the Cotswolds

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The 4th century A.D. in Britain is viewed by many as a golden age, and the Cotswolds  was the richest and most peaceful area of Roman Britain. Then, as now , wealth was concentrated in the hands of the few, especially public officials, benefiting from corrupt and wildly inefficient’ economy  of the later Roman Empire. Here in the Cotswolds , England is where the remains of the famouse  Chedworth Roman  Villa   stand.

CHEDWORTH ROMAN VILLA

Looking out from the main villa buildings today it is easy to imagine that the view has not changed to much in centuries. Nestling in a combe, at the head of a shallow valley enclosed on all but the eastern side, there is nothing modern or intrusive as far as the eye can see, just woodland,fields, dry-stone walls, hedges and sky. In fact the sense of remoteness and tranquillity  is greater now than it has been in the past. If you…

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Posted by on June 21, 2022 in Uncategorized

 
 
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