Did You Know? 5 Stories I’ll Bet You Missed

Stuff you’ve probably missed and I found interesting.

More on ‘ancient astronauts’ maybe, or something. Yep, here comes 21 DEC 12 again.

WTF1?! – The temperature inside The Great Pyramid remains constant at 68 degrees F, the same as earth’s internal temperature.

WTF2?! – A planetary alignment between the Orion belt and the pyramids of Giza will take place at…. that’s right – 21.12.2012

Continue reading  Did You Know? 5 Cool Facts About The Pyramids Of Giza.

Next, the Telegraph tells us that they may have built Battle Abbey on the wrong hill, and they think they know where the casualties are buried.

The site of where the Battle of Hastings has been commemorated for the last 1,000 years is in the wrong place, it has been claimed.

Ever since the 1066 battle that led to the Norman Conquest, history has recorded the event as happening at what is now Battle Abbey in the East Sussex town.

But although some 10,000 men are believed to have been killed in the historic conflict, no human remains or artefects from the battle have ever been found at the location.

This has given rise to several historians to examine alternative sites for the battle that was a decisive victory for William the Conqueror and saw the death of King Harold.

Now historian and author John Grehan believes he has finally found the actual location – on a steep hill one mile north west of Battle.

But Mr Grehan believes his research shows Harold never left his defensive hilltop position and the Normans took the battle to the English.

He has studied contemporaneous documents in the national archives and built up a dossier of circumstantial evidence that, when put together, make a more than convincing argument in his favour.

Witness accounts from 1066 state the battle was fought on steep and unploughed terrain, consistent with Caldbec Hill. Senlac Hill was cultivated and had gentle slopes.

Continue reading Are bodies of 10,000 lost warriors from Battle of Hastings buried in this field? – Telegraph.

The Telegraph also tells us that Hadrian’s Wall was good for business, which actually make sense. Most likely Legionnaires tended to buy things from the locals.

The 73-mile long Roman wall, built in AD 122 to defend the Roman Empire from hostile Celtic tribes, created a thriving economy to serve the occupying army, according to aerial surveys.

Farmers, traders, craftsmen, labourers and prostitutes seized the occasion to make money from the presence of hundreds of Roman troops.

“Some of the local population will have seen the opportunity presented by the occupying forces and gone for it,” said David MacLeod, of English Heritage. “There are entrepreneurs in every society ready to go for the main chance.”

The research carried out by English Heritage has revealed over 2,700 previously unrecorded historic features, including prehistoric burial mounds and first century farmsteads, medieval sheep farms, 19th century lead mines and even a WWII gun battery, sited along the 15 foot high wall which stretched from Wallsend on the English east coast to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast.

The study, based on over 30,000 aerial photographs taken over the last 60 years, offers an insight into the impact of the wall on the area’s history and landscape.

Continue reading http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/3463005/Hadrians-wall-boosted-economy-for-ancient-Britons-archaeologists-discover.html

The Telegraph is also telling us that Neanderthals died out because of… wait for it…Global Warming.

Analysis of DNA obtained from Neanderthal remains has revealed key differences from modern humans that suggest their bodies produced excess heat.

Neanderthal DNA reveals key differences from modern humans

Neanderthal DNA reveals key differences from modern humans

While in the cold climate of an ice age this would have provided the species with an advantage, as the earth warmed they would have been less able to cope. Ultimately this would have caused their extinction around 24,000 years ago.

Scientists at Newcastle University have put forward the theory after examining a particular form of genetic material which was obtained from the fossilised bones of Neanderthals.

By comparing it with that found in modern humans, they discovered that Neanderthals had key differences in the sections responsible for producing energy in all living cells.

Professor Patrick Chinnery, a neurogeneticist at Newcastle University, believes the differences in this mitochondrial DNA could have caused Neanderthals to be inefficient at producing energy, meaning their cells leaked heat.

Continue reading http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3867382/Neanderthals-could-have-died-out-because-their-bodies-overheated.html

And one more from the Telegraph, this time via History News Network. You remember we talked a while back that the University of Leicester thinks the have found Richard III’s body? Link here. Well, they seem to think they know who the second body they found is, too.

Archaeologists from Leicester University announced in September that two sets of human remains had been found amid the foundations of a historic church, located underneath a council car park in the city.

The find captured the nation’s attention after it was revealed that one of the skeletons was that of a man with battle wounds and a curved spine, a description fitting accounts of the Plantagenet king.

Now researchers believe the second set of bones could be the remains of the female founder of the Franciscan friary in which the church was located.

Experts said that historical records only name one woman buried within the Church of Grey Friars – Ellen Luenor, who is thought to have helped found or support the friary….

Link here http://hnn.us/articles/richard-iii-search-womans-skeleton-may-have-been-friary-founder

There’s a few stories that I’ll bet you missed.

 

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18 Responses to Did You Know? 5 Stories I’ll Bet You Missed

  1. JessicaHof says:

    You were right, dear friend, I didn’t know these – fascinating, especially the Hastings one.

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    • I try! I keep running across these and never seem to have enough for a post, except like this which is fun anyway.

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      • JessicaHof says:

        It is indeed dear friend. I’d hoped to be here more today, but other stuff got in the way, alas. But back now.

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        • Good deal. I, of course understand, but my poor blog feels like you’ve been neglecting it! 🙂

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Well I am back now – and much enjoyed today’s items – and am looking forward to the Saturday feature – you always picks such great music. 🙂 x

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        • Hopeful I can live up to your expectations, dearest friend. 🙂 x

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        • JessicaHof says:

          You always exceed them, dearest friend 🙂 xx

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        • WELL! Thanks, guess I’d better choose well! 🙂 xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          I have perfect faith that you will xx 🙂

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        • I’m glad, sometimes that’s the hardest post all week but, t’s also the most fun. xx 🙂

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Well, I always look forward to it 🙂 xx

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        • That’s why it’s so much fun, you are one of the people I think about as I’m trying to pull it together. 🙂 xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          That makes me smile – a lot 🙂 xx

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        • Good. You’re even lovelier when you smile. 🙂 xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          You’re very kind 🙂 xx

          Had a bit of a weepy day today – you’ll see why from the new post – nothing dramatic, just one of those days.

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        • They happen, more when I’ve read it, of course.

          Kind is as kind does, dearest friend. 🙂 xx

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