Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
Ceiltic human sacrifice
What's missing from the above image? That's right, the sacrificial bodies.
The image is of a reconstructed henge, discovered near the village of Pömmelte, Germany. Dated to around 2,000 BC, archaeological excavations have only taken place since its discovery in 1991 - but one of the more recent finds is of a number of bodies, apparently sacrificial victims: 'German Stonehenge' Yields Grisly Evidence of Sacrificed Women and Children
This brings to mind discoveries of apparent human sacrifices around UK henge sites - and begs the question of whether Julius Caesar really was correct in his claims of druids conducting routine human sacrifice.
Mesopotamian human sacrifice
It's not just in Western Europe that we find evidence of ritualistic human sacrifice - excavations at Başur Höyük, a Mesopotamian site in Western Turkey, have found evidence of human sacrifice from around 3,000BC - just before the early states start to take form: Human Sacrifices Surround Ancient Mesopotamian Tomb
This may not be too surprising to those familiar with the story of Abraham.
Bronze age hair dyes
Still on the theme of death, research on funerary sites in Menorca from around 3,000 BC have found that some of the dead had previously dyed their hair - with red being an apparent favourite: 3,000 year old funeral rituals show earliest evidence of human hair dye
Viking colour palette
Research on the use of colour among Vikings has led to a reconstruction of a typical palette, which would have been used in their linseed oil paints: Here’s how to decorate like a Viking
Roman god lends hand to victory
Meanwhile, a bronze hand has been discovered near a ritual site along Hadrian's Wall in Britain - apparently giving thanks for the Emperor Septimus Severus's campaign against Scottish tribes: Ancient Roman ‘hand of god’ discovered near Hadrian’s Wall
Presumably it wasn't for him dropping dead at York - the 1st of two Roman Emperors to die in that city. Bonus points to anyone who can name the 2nd?
Hunt like a Neanderthal
Neanderthal's just keep getting smarter and smarter - apparently not content with sailing around the Mediterranean, they were also hunting in organized groups, according to the latest research: Popular Archeology - Scientists present new evidence for Neanderthal close-range hunting
Let love rule
And, finally, though Nazi Germany actively persecuted gay men, there remains little documentation on Nazi attitudes to lesbians. However, a recent study found 4 cases of criminal investigations from a Kriminalpolizei archive discovered in 2015: Nazi Germany and its curious treatment of lesbians
The results? No offence was committed against the German state, and the women could go about their business.