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Post 16421

Pastey

They got the costumes and props? smiley - biggrin Brilliant! smiley - biggrin


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Post 16422

Xanatic

However the robot is not a prop, that's a real robot they have brought with them to ISS.


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Post 16423

Icy North

A trip to the ISS sounds ghastly.


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Post 16424

Bald Bloke

You know that story about the old axe...?
Looks as good as new...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30197084


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Post 16425

swl

I grimaced at this bit - "The axe seems to have been jammed into what was once the seabed, perhaps as part of a ritual offering". Why is the assumption that almost everything they find has some ritualistic meaning?


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Post 16426

BMT~(ST)~Moderator~Ace~Guru

Probably not one of the beebs better headlinessmiley - spacesmiley - whistle


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30177505

smiley - cat


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Post 16427

Bald Bloke

SWL
I doubt the beeb writer knows anything about it.
I'll bet that was in the press release from the archaeologists.
In this case ritual is probably not a daft guess as it looks unlikely to get buried like that by accident or chance.
but I agree they do seem to use ritual to mean "B******* if I know why its there" far too often.


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Post 16428

Baron Grim

Oh, I dunno... I can picture some stone age fellow finding a good spot to fish in the shallows, realizing he left his big rock anchor at home and jamming that ax in the muck and tying his boat to it. Then he falls asleep, the tide rises lifting his rope over the top of the ax handle and he drifts away losing it there. Several thousand years later, some over educated folks would naturally think there had to be some ritual involved because no one would be so daft as to lose a perfectly good stone ax in the muck like that.


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Post 16429

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

smiley - offtopic
I have seen how quickly and straight down an axe will sink when
dropped overboard in clear cold water. I have also spent long hours
trying to lasso the wooden handle as it wafts back and forth in the
submarine wave motion.

Should you ever find yourselves involved in such ritualistic activities
please note that it is necessary to drop a noose all the way down
the shaft, then slide some weight down along the line to ensure the
noose will tighten as near to the axe head as possible.

A quick tug (if the head has not sunk deeply into muck) may cause
the axehead to come up like an anchor if it is snagged sharply
before the rope can slip upwards and off the wooden handle.

smiley - zen
~jwf~


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Post 16430

quotes

The readiness to describe something as 'ritualistic' always surprises me too, as does the way it's often assumed our ancestors had deep religious beliefs. Until we find a skull with a fossilised thought inside, we won't know what went on inside their minds.


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Post 16431

Pastey

It's a bit of an in-joke amongst archaeologists, that anything they find that can't be explained is "ritual" smiley - laugh


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Post 16432

SiliconDioxide

Ah, it's the old "votive offering/midden" dichotomy.


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Post 16433

Baron Grim

That's right... You know some archaeologists. smiley - ok

I really enjoyed our walk.


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Post 16434

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

smiley - skull
Sacrificial rites where young maidens are tossed off cliffs
also seems to be a somewhat short-sighted explanation of
many young female skeletons that died violently. Is it not
possible that teen suicide is not just a modern problem?
smiley - sadface
~jwf~


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