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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.

New sounds will be coming to The Americas Revealed

New sounds will be coming to The Americas Revealed

The Americas Revealed

Those high-faluting French, Mexican and Swedish lassies just could resist a Gringo goatherd, who could serenade them, while they walked along a verdant pasture. I now have over 50 indigenous American musical instruments. The most recent arrival . . . from the Andes Mountains of Bolivia . . . is a five feet tall Toyo-Zampaño. It is hand-made by a Aymara Indian craftsman, from seasoned river canes that grow along the banks of Lake Titicaca.

Please play the song below.

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Posted by on May 11, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Keeping Warm during the 17th-19th Century

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It is on a cold winters night that there is nothing like climbing into a warm cosy bed previously heated by today’s modern centraly heated houses,or electric blanket, or even hot water bottles. But not so for our ancestors. Not only were there. no adequate windows in the medieval residences of England,the strong winds created draughts strong enough to blow out candles while being carried from room to room.The first sign of the approaching winter weather when frosts did not help keep beds from becoming damp and severely cold, was daunting to say the least for our ancestors. However, by the time of Elizabeth l , the problem had been solved and the warming pan was heartily welcomed.

 Early Copper Warming Pans.

The metal pan was hinged and could be filled with glowing embers or coals, the pan when placed between the sheets could be moved around the bed by the handle…

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Posted by on May 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Wax tablets in the ancient world

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This post was written jointly with Cassie Donnelly, who is a PhD student in the Program for Aegean Scripts and Prehistory at the University of Texas at Austin, and who contributed the ancient Near Eastern sections.

Normally this blog is all about writing on clay tablets, but just for a change, today we’re going to look at ancient writing on a different kind of tablet. Tablets made of wood (or sometimes ivory) with a recess filled with wax were a common writing support in the ancient Mediterranean world – a sharp stylus made of wood, metal, or bone would be used to write in the wax, while if a mistake was made or the text was no longer needed, it could be erased using the other, flattened, end of the stylus. Tablets could be joined together in pairs (as in this picture) or larger sets in a kind of ‘book’.

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Posted by on April 26, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

The Marble Sculpture of the Dying Gaul

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The marble sculpture of The Dying Gaul is a Roman copy of an original Greek work of art, now lost but thought to have been first cast in bronze. The sculpture is a moving portrayal of a fallen warrior, bleeding fatally from a sword wound to his chest. He leans heavily on one arm, his face contorted by pain, his shield, sword, and trumpet beside him.The initial work was created to commemorate Pergamon’s victory over the Gauls during the 3rd century BC, and it may once have stood in the Greek city’s sanctuary of Athena.

The sculpture was discovered during the 1621-1623 excavations at the Villa Ludovisi in Rome and became part of the private collection of the Ludovisi family, before being acquired by Pope Xll for the Capitoline Museums in 1737.  At the end of the 18th century, the Roman copy was one of the many art treasures taken…

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Posted by on April 19, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

The Magic Pill – A Documentary

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“What if most of our modern diseases are really just symptoms of the same problem? The Magic Pill follows doctors, patients, scientists, chefs, farmers and journalists from around the globe who are combating illness through a paradigm shift in eating and this simple change (embracing fat as our main fuel) is showing profound promise in improving the health of people, animals and the planet.”

Filmed in both Australia and the US, The Magic Pill follows five individuals who are struggling with their health. Over the course of the documentary, they each change their diet to be high-fat and low-carbohydrate.

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Documentary

Media response to this documentary: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/03/pete-evans-documentary-should-be-cut-from-netflix-doctors-group-says

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Posted by on April 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Ancient European Hunters Carved Human Bones Into Weapons

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Article from smithsonianmag.com

Scientists suggest 10,000-year-old barbed points washed up on Dutch beaches were made for cultural reasons

Human Bone Carved Into a Barbed Point
One of the human bone points analyzed in the study, found by Willy van Wingerden in January of 2017.(Willy van Wingerden)

ByBridget Alexsmithsonianmag.com
December 21, 2020

As the Ice Age waned, melting glaciers drownedthe territory of Doggerland, the ground that once connected Britain and mainland Europe. For more than 8,000 years, distinctive weapons—slender, saw-toothed bone points—made by the land’s last inhabitants rested at the bottom of the North Sea. That was until 2oth-century engineers, with mechanical dredgers, began scooping up the seafloor and using the sediments to fortify the shores of the Netherlands. The ongoing work has also, accidentally,brought artifacts and fossilsfrom the depths to the Dutch beaches.

Fossil-hunter hobbyistscollected these finds,amassing nearly 1,000of the jagged bone weapons, known to archaeologists as Mesolithic…

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Posted by on April 3, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Hello my Blogger Friends

It has been some time since writing a post here on my blog but I hope you have all enjoyed reading interesting re-blogged posts from other blogging friends.
As you all know WordPress have changed their system for which I have not yet come to grips with their new editor, so i am still trying to keep you up to date with the old system as long as possible.

I hope you are all coping with the restrictions regarding Covid19 which has been and, still is most stressful for families not able to mix. Lets hope it will soon be over and we can all get back to some sort of normal living.

I have been keeping myself occupied with a new study i.e. The Minoan Linear A script writings which have not yet been deciphered, so this is a challenge as I need to do a lot of research. As you know I gained a BA Degree for my study of the Minoan Linear B scripts which took almost 6 years and, there is still more to learn about Linear B This is usual when you are interested in Ancient histories.

Our rescue dog Koko is now 7 yrs old I can’t believe we have had him that long. You may remember he has Lieshminiosis decease which is life threatening and comes from a bite from the sand fly. Koko has to have blood tests every three months as well as taking two tablets a day however, he is still a lively lovable and very obedient dog and we love him to bits.



Stay tuned for my next post where I will try getting some pictures on.
Stay safe everyone.




 
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Posted by on April 1, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Salt – Its Role In Insulin Sensitivity

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Dietary salt is often viewed as something to avoid, but could eating too little salt actually make metabolic issues worse?

Click here to sample the most interesting finding from this study

Benjamin Bikman, PhD is among the world’s foremost scientists on metabolic health and insulin resistance. Dr. Bikman has a PhD in Bioenergetics and a postdoctoral fellowship with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders. He currently explores the contrasting roles of insulin and ketones as key drivers of metabolic function. Ben frequently publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals, presents at science meetings, and is internationally recognized as a leading scientist based on his expertise in insulin resistance and metabolic disorders.

Research paper discussed in this presentation: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9589654/​

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Posted by on March 30, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Prehistoric women were successful big-game hunters, challenging beliefs about ancient gender roles

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Original article in Phys.org

very interesting article…JLP

by Vivek Venkataraman,The Conversation

Women were successful big-game hunters, challenging beliefs about ancient gender roles
New evidence suggests that contrary to long-held beliefs, women were also big-game hunters. Credit: Shutterstock

Archeological evidence from Peru has revealedthat some ancient big-game hunters were, in fact, women, challenging what science writer James Gorman wrote was “one of the most widely held tenets about ancient hunters and gatherers—that males hunted and females gathered.”

Man the Hunter” is anarrative of human originsdeveloped by early 20th-century anthropologists armed with their imaginations and a handful of fossils. They viewedhunting—done by men—as the prime driver of human evolution, bestowing upon our early ancestors bipedalism, big brains, tools and a lust for violence. In this narrative, hunting also gave rise to the nuclear family, aswomenwaited at home for men to bring home the meat.

As an anthropologist who studies hunting…

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Posted by on March 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

How early humans’ quest for food stoked the flames of evolution

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Original article on theguardian.com

Donna Ferguson

The Banquet of the Monarchs, c1579, by Alonzo Sanchez Coello
The Banquet of the Monarchs, c1579, by Alonzo Sanchez Coello: ‘high food culture’ in the middle ages.Photograph: Album/Alamy

A love of complex smells and flavours gave our ancestors an edge and stopped hangovers

Human evolution and exploration of the world were shaped by a hunger for tasty food – “a quest for deliciousness” – according to two leading academics.

Ancient humans who had the ability to smell and desire more complex aromas, and enjoy food and drink with a sour taste, gained evolutionary advantages over their less-discerning rivals, argue the authors of a new book about the part played by flavour in our development.

Some of the most significant inventions early humans made, such as stone tools and the controlled use of fire, were also partly driven by their pursuit of flavour and a preference for food they considered delicious, according to the new…

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Posted by on March 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

 
 
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