Jason and the Argonauts, the Golden Fleece, and Gold

Although most of the anthropology part of the blogosphere is buzzing over the paper on the gorilla, there was a second piece, in Nature, that I found interesting. In Fleece myth hints at golden age for Georgia Emiliano Feresin discusses recent research in Georgia (the country not the state) that discovered what may be the worlds oldest gold mine.

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Noah? In Greek Art?

Bullsnit. I say that as someone who is quite fond of ancient Greek sculpture and has more than a few books on the subject. Unless you consider the picture below to be a good representation of Noah:

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Mycenaean Grave Discovered

According to Reuters a Mycenaean grave has been discovered near the town of Agrinio:

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Sigh, Why Couldn’t it Have Been Athens?

According to Science Daily Rome, circa 320 AD, has been rebuilt using advanced digital technology, laser scanners and such:

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Has the Sanctuary of the Three Graces Been Found?

According to Yahoo News archaeologists may of have found the famous shrine of the Three Graces (or Charites) in Orchomenos.

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The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times

In his introduction to The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times., paleontologist Peter Dodson writes:

As a child I greatly enjoyed Greek mythology (always in preference to its more derivative Roman counterpart). I might also mention that my father, a biologist, majored in ancient Greek in college. I devoured Edith Hamilton and Bulfinch and D’Aulaire.

I could say something similar about myself. I have always been fascinated by ancient Greece, even taking ancient Greek in college (rather than German like most of the rest of my anthropological peers). I have read Hamilton and Herodotus, Dodds, Euripides and Harrison, and so on ad infinitum . So when I first first heard of a book that combined my two interests of old bones and ancient Greece I was immediately interested.

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Has the Theater at Acharnae Been Found

According to Yahoo News this is a possibility:

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Were the Ancient Greeks Paleontologists?

I ask because I tuned into the last half of Histories Mysteries on the History channel a little while ago. It was just in time to her some lady talking about how she had surveyed all the ancient Greek literature for mentions of “monster bones” and such. She then compared the locations of those mentions with known paleontological fossil beds and found almost a perfect fit. Turns out the Greeks found quite a few fossils and dedicated some of them in various temples and such. She was actually able to track down a few of the bones (after examining the field notebooks of the archaeologists who excavated some of the sites). Turns out her name is Adrienne Mayor and she has written a book on the subject. Sounds absolutely fascinating since it combines two subjects I am incredibly interested in (ancient Greece and old bones).

Were the Iliad and the Odyssey Written by a Woman?

That’s the question in a new book. According to Discovery News. Here is the argument:

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Antikythera Mechanism: Mystery Solved

From Science Daily:

The team believes the machine might have been used to predict the motion of the planets, although the mechanism involving more than 30 wheels and dials represents a technical prowess not to be replicated for thousands of years, The Scotsman said.
The scientists used three-dimensional X-ray technology to read the inscriptions that have gone unseen for more than 2,000 years.
Xenophon Moussas, a researcher at Athens University, told The Scotsman the inscription indicates the machine was used to track planetary bodies.