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Stunning Photos Show Caves Where Ancient People Lived For Centuries Before Suddenly Vanishing


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These stunning pictures show the caves where the ancient Anasazi people lived in America thousands of years ago.

Amateur photographer Wayne Pinkston snapped the astonishing images around the south-west of the U.S.

The pre-Columbian Anasazi civilisation lived in the alcoves because they could be easily defended.

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But they suddenly abandoned their homes around 1300AD, and never came back.

Virginia-based Mr Pinkston said it was “enthralling” and “very primal” to “look out and see the same thing they did so long ago.”

“Being in these ruins at night is fascinating. To see the starlit sky, and be surrounded by ancient habitations where people once thrived is magical,” he wrote on his Flickr account.

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“It’s like going back in time. The alcoves just glow with the light. You can imagine the glow of fires illuminating the ceiling and walls centuries ago,” he added.

The people lived in the area from around 200AD until 1300AD, when the disappeared.

Some researchers speculate that they migrated elsewhere, with others thinking they left because of drought.

(Pictures courtesy of Caters News Agency)

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Stone bracelet is oldest ever found in the world…..


Oldest Stone Bracelet - Siberia

Stone bracelet is oldest ever found in the world

It is intricately made with polished green stone and is thought to have adorned a very important woman or child on only special occasions. Yet this is no modern-day fashion accessory and is instead believed to be the oldest stone bracelet in the world, dating to as long ago as 40,000 years.

Unearthed in the Altai region of Siberia in 2008, after detailed analysis Russian experts now accept its remarkable age as correct.

New pictures show this ancient piece of jewellery in its full glory with scientists concluding it was made by our prehistoric human ancestors, the Denisovans, and shows them to have been far more advanced than ever realised.

‘The bracelet is stunning – in bright sunlight it reflects the sun rays, at night by the fire it casts a deep shade of green,’ said Anatoly Derevyanko, Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Made of chlorite, the bracelet was found in the same layer as the remains of some of the prehistoric people and is thought to belong to them.

Made of chlorite, the bracelet was found in the same layer as the remains of some of the prehistoric people and is thought to belong to them. Pictures: Anatoly Derevyanko and Mikhail Shunkov

‘It is unlikely it was used as an everyday jewellery piece. I believe this beautiful and very fragile bracelet was worn only for some exceptional moments.’

The bracelet was found inside the famous Denisova Cave, in the Altai Mountains, which is renowned for its palaeontological finds dating back to the Denisovans, who were known as homo altaiensis, an extinct species of humans genetically distinct from Neanderthals and modern humans.

Made of chlorite, the bracelet was found in the same layer as the remains of some of the prehistoric people and is thought to belong to them.

What made the discovery especially striking was that the manufacturing technology is more common to a much later period, such as the Neolithic era. Indeed, it is not clear yet how the Denisovans could have made the bracelet with such skill.

New pictures show this ancient piece of jewellery in its full glory with scientists concluding it was made by our prehistoric human ancestors.

New pictures show this ancient piece of jewellery in its full glory with scientists concluding it was made by our prehistoric human ancestors. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Writing in the Novosibirsk magazine, Science First Hand, Dr Derevyanko said: ‘There were found two fragments of the bracelet of a width of 2.7cm and a thickness of 0.9 cm. The estimated diameter of the find was 7cm. Near one of the cracks was a drilled hole with a diameter of about 0.8 cm. Studying them, scientists found out that the speed of rotation of the drill was rather high, fluctuations minimal, and that was there was applied easel drilling – technology that is common for more recent times.

Traces of the use of easel drilling on the bracelet from Denisova Cave.

Traces of the use of easel drilling on the bracelet from Denisova Cave. Polished stone bracelet of Neolithic era.

Traces of the use of easel drilling on the bracelet from Denisova Cave. Polished stone bracelet of Neolithic era. Pictures: Anatoly Derevyanko and Mikhail Shunkov, Vera Salnitskaya

‘The ancient master was skilled in techniques previously considered not characteristic for the Palaeolithic era, such as easel speed drilling, boring tool type rasp, grinding and polishing with a leather and skins of varying degrees of tanning.’

Chlorite was not found in the vicinity of the cave and is thought to have come from a distance of at least 200km, showing how valued the material was at the time.

Dr Derevyanko said the bracelet had suffered damage, including visible scratches and bumps although it looked as if some of the scratches had been sanded down. Experts also believe that the piece of jewellery had other adornments to make it more beautiful.

‘Next to the hole on the outer surface of the bracelet can be seen clearly a limited polished zone of intensive contact with some soft organic material,’ said Dr Derevyanko. ‘Scientists have suggested that it was a leather strap with some charm, and this charm was rather heavy. The location of the polished section made it possible to identify the ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ of the bracelet and to establish that it was worn on the right hand.’

  Polished zone of intensive contact with some soft organic material. General reconstruction of the view of the bracelet and comparison with the modern bracelet.

Polished zone of intensive contact with some soft organic material. General reconstruction of the view of the bracelet and comparison with the modern bracelet. Pictures: Anatoly Derevyanko and Mikhail Shunkov, Anastasia Abdulmanova

Located next to the Anuy River, about 150 km south of Barnaul, the Denisova Cave is a popular tourist attraction, such is its paleontological importance. Over the years a number of remains have been found there, including some of extinct animals such as the woolly mammoth. In total evidence of 66 different types of mammals have been discovered inside, and 50 bird species.

The most exciting discovery was the remains of the Denisovans, a species of early humans that dated back as early as 600,000 years ago and were different to both Neanderthals and modern man.

In 2000 a tooth from a young adult was found in the cave and in 2008, when the bracelet was found, archaeologists discovered the finger bone of a juvenile Denisovan hominin, whom they dubbed the ‘X woman’. Further examination of the site found other artifacts dating as far back as 125,000 years.

The institute’s deputy director Mikhail Shunkov suggested that the find indicates the Denisovans – though now extinct – were more advanced than Homo sapiens and Neanderthals.

he traces of reparation on the cracks. Bracelet had suffered damage, including visible scratches and bumps.

The traces of reparation on the cracks. Bracelet had suffered damage, including visible scratches and bumps

The traces of reparation on the cracks. Bracelet had suffered damage, including visible scratches and bumps. Pictures: Anatoly Derevyanko and Mikhail Shunkov

‘In the same layer, where we found a Denisovan bone, were found interesting things; until then it was believed these the hallmark of the emergence of Homo sapiens,’ he said. ‘First of all, there were symbolic items, such as jewellery – including the stone bracelet as well as a ring, carved out of marble.’

The full details of the ring are yet to be revealed.

‘These finds were made using technological methods – boring stone, easel drilling, grinding – that are traditionally considered typical for a later time, and nowhere in the world they were used so early, in the Paleolithic era. At first, we connected the finds with a progressive form of modern human, and now it turned out that this was fundamentally wrong. Obviously it was  Denisovans, who left these things.’

This indicated that ‘the most progressive of the triad’ (Homo sapiens, Homo Neanderthals and Denisovans) were Denisovans, who according to their genetic and morphological characters were much more archaic than Neanderthals and modern human.’

The entrance to the Denisova cave and the archaeological excavations inside.

The entrance to the Denisova cave and the archaeological excavations inside.

The entrance to the Denisova cave and the archaeological excavations inside. Pictures: The Siberian Times

But could this modern-looking bracelet have been buried with older remains?

The experts considered this possibility but rejected it, saying they believe the layers were uncontaminated by human interference from a later period. The soil around the bracelet was also dated using oxygen isotopic analysis.

The unique bracelet is now held in the Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East in Novosibirsk. Irina Salnikova, head the museum, said of the bracelet: ‘I love this find. The skills of its creator were perfect. Initially we thought that it was made by Neanderthals or modern humans, but it turned out that the master was Denisovan, at least in our opinion.

All jewellery had a magical meaning for ancient people and even for us, though we do not always notice this. Bracelets and neck adornments were to protect people from evil spirits, for instance. This item, given the complicated technology and ‘imported’ material, obviously belonged to some high ranked person of that society.’

While bracelets have been found pre-dating this discovery, Russian experts say this is the oldest known jewellery of its kind made of stone.

Featured image: While bracelets have been found pre-dating this discovery, Russian experts say this is the oldest known jewellery of its kind made of stone. Picture: Vera Salnitskaya

The article ‘Stone bracelet is oldest ever found in the world’ was originally published on The Siberian Times and has been republished with permission.

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About Inside Detecting…..


The popularity of Inside Detecting and Dave McMahon is growing:

I thought today was the time to address what makes a great radio show, and why the host is so important. The quality of the voice is a must, and often that’s something given at birth. Other than a good-sounding voice, a good host is able to speak clearly and articulate well, and talk “on their feet” (able to improvise and make it sound natural). This is something that puts Dave McMahon far above the rest of the internet radio show hosts. Dave loves what he does, and it’s reflected in his work. Dave is not someone that speaks down to you, he speaks “TO” you. The Detecting Lifestyle Radio, Inside Detecting and Metal Detecting Beyond Sight and Sound operate on the same principle of “To the People, From the People” and do not use the approach of “We’re hip and you’re not, so we’re going to degrade and humiliate our guests”. Instead you will find that The Detecting Lifestyle Family Network of shows, tries to have good wit and also the Host makes himself the butt of the jokes rather than the listeners. His ability to relate with his audience in a personal way is what make it seem as he is your “friend”.
I grant you I have known Dave McMahon for many years and that may seem to some that my opinion expressed here is biased but it is my opinion. If you have not listened to Inside Detecting yet, I do encourage you to do so, if you have time listen to the archives of previous shows, they are available soon on Itunes for your enjoyment any time of the day or night.
You the listeners are why Dave does this and your support is greatly appreciated.

Live show on Thursday nights at 8:30 PM Eastern time, archives are below the radio player on this link:

http://en.1000mikes.com/show/inside_detecting_2

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Hitler Hates Metal Detecting Shows…video


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Dave McMahon, Ed Cropski and Ron Guinazzo..Video Metal Detecting


This is the first, Ron GuinazzoEdward Cropski and Dave McMahon ..
I’m going to try to work on more of these, and get them out there, with the help of Chicago Ron.

 

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Last Radio Show until August…Tonight Friday, the 13th, 2014


Tonight, Friday, June 13, 2014 …8:30 PM Eastern time.. THE DETECTING LIFESTYLE RADIO SHOW… Join us live tonight as we dive into a great show tonight!! And for this event tonight, our guest will be Seener 53!! We will discuss the hobby/lifestyle of metal detecting, his technique and history in the hobby, what type of hunting he does, finds, and more.. Also wide open for anyone to call in and join in on the mayhem!! Call in # is …1-609-961-1842 Listen in, you never know what else we just may do!! Click the link below to listen live to the show through the player!! Also you never know what surprises we may have up our sleeves!!

http://en.1000mikes.com/show/the_detecting_lifestyle_familyposter3

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Father’s Day Minelab 3030 special….


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Hey all if you are looking to get a great detector or move up to one, we have a Fathers day special going, purchase a MINELAB CTX 3030 and receive a 17″ coil for free through Father’s Day!!!!!! We are offering this now!!!!..follow the link below or contact Chuck Smalley here on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/SWShooterSuppliesAndProspectingctx3030

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Radio Show tonight…8:30 Eastern Time…


10409392_10202430017775174_2901126174915323762_nTonight June 10, 2014 8:30 PM Eastern time… THE DETECTING LIFESTYLE RADIO SHOW!!! Join us tonight for a GOOD ONE folks!! We are joined tonight by Mr. Terry Barnhart, from Ohio. Terry has been lighting it up with some great digs!! Join us as we talk with Terry about the hobby/lifestyle, his finds, where and how he detects, permissions, etc, etc…. Gonna be good folks, don’t miss it!! Call in live tonight.. 1-609-961-1842 Click the link below to listen to the show live through the player!!! Hope to have you all join us tonight!!!

http://en.1000mikes.com/show/the_detecting_lifestyle_family

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Relic Roundup on Monday Night 9 June 14


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Gary Schafer of Minelab talks about the just released SDC 2300 detector, this Monday on Relic Roundup, June 9. According to press releases, “The SDC 2300 is a high performance mid-range gold detector, perfect for chasing down those elusive sub-gram nuggets both on land and underwater.” Talk to Gary live on the air, join our chat, or just sit back and listen. Tune in June 9, 9 pm EST, at www.relicroundup.blogspot.com/. The player is in the upper right hand corner, click on the green arrow to listen in.

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