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by Ishtar
Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia
Replies: 19
Views: 10863

Re: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia

There's a lot of hoo-haa in the archaeology news about Homo sapiens being in India 14,000 earlier than they were supposed to be there. This is as a result of Michael Petraglia's dig in Andhra Pradesh which is finding evidence of Homo sapiens there 74,000 years ago, buried under the ash of the Toba e...
by Ishtar
Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells
Replies: 54
Views: 28213

Re: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells

The 'cathedrals' for the Hopi were the natural pyramids of the Grand Canyon. The 'stained glass windows' were the rock art ~ cave paintings and petroglyphs found in profusion all over North America. The Gothic arches and pillars were originally inspired by the groves and forests where they practised...
by Ishtar
Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: New World
Topic: Northwest Passage?
Replies: 46
Views: 11811

Re: Northwest Passage?

EP, I have now found the source of that story on the 1.83 million year old hand axes and it's here: USM discovers concrete evidence that will change the history of man It gives much more information. It says that the handaxes were found embedded in suevite rock, which was formed as a result of the i...
by Ishtar
Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia
Replies: 19
Views: 10863

Re: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia

Actually, Min, I am going to posit an Out-of-India-Into-Africa-Out-of-Africa-Into-Australia-Out-of-Australia movement, after which we have what's technically known as the hokey-kokey ... in out, in out, shake it all about.. around the South Pacific islands, followed by a steamy Argentine tango acros...
by Ishtar
Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells
Replies: 54
Views: 28213

Re: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells

Perhaps if ET lands here in five million years time and, by some miracle of technology, this post has been preserved for posterity, they might come to the same conclusion ~ that as a member of this primitive race, I was just trying to show you how good I am. :D Well, you were, weren't you? :lol: :l...
by Ishtar
Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia
Replies: 19
Views: 10863

Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia

This is the first time that I've seen a conventional archaeologist (with a grant to find out) consider this possibility, and it is from Australian archaeologist Mike Morwood as he begins further excavations of Homo floresiensis related finds on Flores. It starts off with all the usual stuff about ho...
by Ishtar
Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:13 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells
Replies: 54
Views: 28213

Re: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells

That's all true, but you apply it to the premise that those patterns have an intentional, considered, and composed meaning , that they are a conscious, reasoned effort to communicate something, a composed message, to others that might see it. And exactly that is a bridge too far, imo. Odds are that...
by Ishtar
Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:08 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells
Replies: 54
Views: 28213

Re: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells

I apologise for jumping to that conclusion, Rokcet. I was obviously wrong in that assessment. Mea culpa. :oops: But interestingly, I think this discussion highlights the nub of our problem in our trying to understand early man and how he thought. For instance, let's analyse what we call writing and ...
by Ishtar
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells
Replies: 54
Views: 28213

Re: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells

So where does the 'communication' bit come from? That, Roy, is an exquisite example of wishful thinking/projection. And that Roy, is an exquisite example of wishful thinking/projection by Rokcet boy that early man was cognitively impaired. :P Eggshell fragments from the oldest sediment layers at Di...
by Ishtar
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: New World
Topic: Northwest Passage?
Replies: 46
Views: 11811

Re: Northwest Passage?

Plus when ever Homo crossed that line other species could have also crossed at that time. Why did they not? I don't know, but I'm guessing it may have something to do with fauna not knowing about rafting/boating/sailing, while homo did... :lol: http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a91/gillharley/Palaeo...
by Ishtar
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: New World
Topic: Northwest Passage?
Replies: 46
Views: 11811

Re: Northwest Passage?

Don't quite follow you, Roy.

As I understand it, the oldest handaxes in Africa are dated to 1.6 million years old, compared to the 1.83 million year old Malaysian ones.
by Ishtar
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: New World
Topic: Northwest Passage?
Replies: 46
Views: 11811

Re: Northwest Passage?

So for now I peg the beginning of hominid (HE) boating/sailing at around 1 mya. Well, we have Malaysian handaxes dated to 1.8 million years old. So if you subscribe to the view that every single type of hominid came out of Africa at some point, which we know the Club does, you could be looking at p...
by Ishtar
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells
Replies: 54
Views: 28213

Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells

I leave the jokes about heads in the sand and such like to Min, whose sense of comic timing has always way surpassed mine. http://www.archaeologydaily.com/news/fotos/image3443_b.jpg Researchers say a cache of ostrich eggshells engraved with geometric designs demonstrates the existence of a symbolic ...
by Ishtar
Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:01 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Neanderthal shamanic rituals carried out in Polish cave
Replies: 16
Views: 11361

Re: Neanderthal shamanic rituals carried out in Polish cave

Yes ... but I'm afraid you didn't, Rokcet man .... so I'm boiling up an extra special brew for you. :wink:

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by Ishtar
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: New World
Topic: Northwest Passage?
Replies: 46
Views: 11811

Re: Northwest Passage?

Thought you guys might want to take a look at our Maps and Migrations thread, which has maps showing the outlines of landmasses as they were thought to be during the last LGM, with much lower sea levels. For instance, this one showing the British Isles is quite enlightening: http://i59.photobucket.c...