Thursday, March 14, 2013

Knight's tomb found under parking lot

It's not just his royal majesty Richard III, that took a dirt name under a parking lot--it turns out a knight has been found under a lot in Scotland. The headstone above was discovered while excavating for a new building. An adult skeleton was found nearby, which is thought to be the knight or noble in question. The headstone has been dated to the 13th century. From MSNBC:

Builders at the site expected they would find historic objects during construction. Before it became a parking lot (coincidentally, once used by the University of Edinburgh's archaeology department), the site housed the 17th-century Royal High School, the 16th-century Old High School, and the 13th-century Blackfriars Monastery, researchers said. Archaeologists also apparently uncovered some medieval remains of the monastery, which had been destroyed and somewhat lost since the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Indiana Jones and the Lost Scripts

Indy discovers an ancient UFO
Mental Floss has great three-part series on the scripts that were almost made into movies. Some were meant to be more comedic, others began to take on the science fiction flavor that was prevelant in the last installment, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (KotCS).

While some of the "coulda' been" storylines might be heartbreaking for fans, there's some really great inspiration for writers, world-builders, and lovers of pulp action adventure. Check it out!
Abandoned concept for a Lost Expedition ride at Disney

  • Part 1: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King - A 1985 attempt to revive Indy after Last Crusade and would have followed that film's comedic tone. Indy's female sidekick, "Betsy with a Brooklyn" accent might have been a recipe for disaster!
  • Part 2: Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men From Mars - A noble "Indy vs. Aliens" effort that would have come to theaters in the mid 90s, but the wild success of Independence Day closed the door on Indy until...
  • Part 3: Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods - Frank Darabont's scifi script that was sadly rewritten (a number of times) and finally became KotCS.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Valley discovered under Antarctica

Using ice-penatrating radar over 1,500 miles long strech of ice, researchers studying ice loss on Antarctica have discovered a "Grand-Canyon-sized" valley beneath the glacial layer. From CNN:
“If you stripped away all of the ice here today, you’d see a feature every bit as dramatic as the huge rift valleys you see in Africa and in size as significant as the Grand Canyon," the lead researcher, Robert Bingham, a glaciologist at the University of Aberdeen, said in a press release.
Apparently the valley makes it possible for the warmer ocean waters to speed the melting of the glacier. The valley is on the western part of the continent.

Via CNN.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lost pyramids discovered via Google Earth

I've been behind on keeping this blog up to date! I've got a backlog of old posts, links, and half-articles. I'd feel better if I could just get a little caught up. So here are some (older) news briefs:

Archeologists may have discovered lost pyramids using satelite imagery from Google Earth.

From Archeology News Network:
The sites have been documented and discovered by satellite archaeology researcher Angela Micol of Maiden, North Carolina. Angela has been conducting satellite archaeology research for over ten years, searching for ancient sites from space using Google Earth. Angela is a UNC Charlotte alumnus and has studied archaeology since childhood. Google Earth has allowed her to document many possible archaeological sites, including a potential underwater city off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula that has sparked the interest of scientists, researchers and archaeologists. Angela is also a board member of the APEX Institute, founded by archaeologist William Donato, who is pioneering underwater archaeological research in the Bahamas. Angela has been assisted by Don J. Long, fellow APEX researcher and colleague.
So far, the sites have been confirmed as not being previously cataloged by egpytologists.

Images via Archeology News Network