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New discovery in Luxor

A Spanish archaeological mission working in Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor’s west bank has discovered a unique funerary garden almost 4000 years old. The discovery of the garden may shed light on the environment and gardening in ancient Thebes during the Middle Kingdom, around 2000 BC.

A unique discovery out of Egypt is the first of its kind. While scenes of funerary gardens have been witnessed in mosaic’s and paintings, this is the first one discovered in situ. It comes with the root and trunk of a 4,000 year old small tree. And a bowl with dates and fruit inside. on May 3, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

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The oldest depiction of the universe

This is one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th Century and the oldest depiction of the universe so far. Called the Nebra sky disc, named for the town where it was found in 1999, the artifact has been dated back to 1600 BC. It was buried about 3,600 years ago but could be much older. It has been associated with the European Bronze Age Unetice culture.

When it was first crafted, it would have been golden brown because the disc itself is made from bronze. Over time, the it corroded to green. Fortunately, the symbols are made of gold and thanks to them we know it was possibly an astronomical instrument.
There’s Sun, a central to northern European Bronze Age religion and the crescent moon (in ancient times, the moon was used to represent time). The clump between the sun and moon are thought to be the Pleiades constellation, which was an imporant constellation for Bronze Age farmers because it appeared and disappeared in important farming times. So the Nebra disc could have told people the right time to plant and harvest.

What’s more, astronomer Wolfhard Schlosser, at the University of Hamburg, found that if you draw a line from the center of the disc to the top and bottom end of the right arc, the angle between the two ends measures exactly 82 degrees. And it’s the same value for the left golden arc. This number is very important for only a small group of people who live at the same latitude as the current German town of Nebra since it’s the angle between where the sun sets on the horizon in mid-winter and mid-summer.

The bronze disc combines an extraordinary comprehension of astronomical phenomena enabling to peak into the early knowledge of the heavens. It’s   shocking it was almost lost to the black market.

In 2007, archaeologists discovered the 2,200-year-old remains of a man with a deformed knee attached to a prosthetic leg tipped with a horse hoof, in a tomb in Turpan, China. They uncovered that the man’s leg was extremely deformed with the patella, femur, and tibia fused together at an 80 degrees angle with the prosthetic leg attached. Wear indicated that the prosthetic had been used for a prolonged period.

At some point, you’ve probably heard or seen commercials from utility companies advising people to “call before you dig!”, so that when Johnny DIY decides to dig a new post hole for his mailbox, he doesn’t nick a gas line and blow up the neighborhood or, worse, hack through a fiber optic cable and fuck up everyone’s internet. A Briton by the name of Luke Irwin was laying some electrical cables to his barn so his kids could play table tennis and while he may have checked with the utility companies, he failed to consult his local Roman Historical Records.

Luke was digging a trench for the cable when he found some tiles that looked to belong to a long-buried mosaic. He took a picture of it, sent it off to some historians (who everyone in this article seems to be able to get ahold of with surprising speed), and they responded by excavating his entire backyard. What they found was not just an astonishingly well-preserved Roman mosaic, but an entire freakin’ Roman villa, thought to be one of the largest and most intact villas ever discovered in Great Britain.

5 Amazing Relics (Discovered In The Dumbest Way Possible)

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The writer, traveler, political officer, administrator, archaeologist and possible spy Gertrude Bell (fourth mounted figure from left) is flanked by Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence, on a visit to the Pyramids at the Cairo Conference in March 1921. 

Credit: The Gertrude Bell Archive Newcastle University.

In her youth, Gertrude Bell lived the life of an accomplished lady; she was the first woman to achieve a First in Modern History at Oxford University. She turned to a life of independent travel, first in the Alps and then in the Middle East, where she became involved with archaeological discovery and political observation. Few people of the time had explored so thoroughly the landscapes of Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Assyria. During and after the First World War she assumed a public role as political adviser to King Faisal, and was instrumental in founding the modern state of Iraq. 

Roman Hairstyle Perfection modeled by a potential Bride. Recent archaeological discoveries may indicate they used needles and thread to achieve the complicated braiding and beading. The word acus was translated hairpin but Jane Stephens Baltimore, MD a hair archeologist & embroidery hobbyist questioned this. She postulated acus was being used in its original meaning “embroidery” to create the intricate hairstyles. This theory has gained credibility.

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~The joy of discovery.~
   Three extraordinary mosaics were discovered at the ancient greek city of Zeugma, nowdays south Turkey. Alexander’s general Seleucus was the founder of the city of Zeugma, in 300 B.C. The mosaics found belong to the  2nd century B.C.
   We can see the nine muses in the first mosaic and Ocean and Tithys in the second mosaic. The third mosaic shows a young man, all three mosaics  were found in excellent condition.
  

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Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations

Source: New York Times

Archaeologists digging at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece, have discovered the rich grave of a warrior who was buried at the dawn of European civilization.

He lies with a yardlong bronze sword and a remarkable collection of gold rings, precious jewels and beautifully carved seals. Archaeologists expressed astonishment at the richness of the find and its potential for shedding light on the emergence of the Mycenaean civilization, the lost world of Agamemnon, Nestor, Odysseus and other heroes described in the epics of Homer.

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hey remember that au i have where kakyoin is a dead inside retail worker somehow having ended up at the only haunted 7-11 in japan while jotaro is a slightly haughty witch who comes in at 3am every morning and for some reason has made it his mission to try and scare kakyoin ? well i have a few ideas for it now haha:

- Jotaro’s been trying to scare Kakyoin because it was a dare from his grandfather, who is also a witch. Joseph was like ‘haha if youre really any witch worth your salt you can scare that cashier at the 7-11′. Jotaro is a shitty impulsive young adult and takes the bet but Kakyoin is so fucking indifferent to his attempts that it becomes an actual challenge

- All according to keikkaku- Joseph told Jotaro this because he wants his grandson to just fucking interact with people goddammit. If anyone can manage to befriend his reclusive water witch grandson its this cashier

- Joseph tends to use light and electricity magic to make himself young during the night- kind of like he recharges during the day as an old man and then goes out to play with the moon.

- There are at least three demonic possessions a week. At this point Kakyoin is just like ‘Sir if you don’t let that human go I’ll be forced to evict you from that body and the premises’. demonic screeching. Kak just fucking sighs and raises his broom like ‘alright no other choice’

- The youkai who come in slowly become unnerved by the human so willing to beat them around with a broom, who doesn’t seem to be startled by any chance of possession or attack. He has no power to speak of- no power except a powerful indifference, a healthy will to protect, and a determination for his next paycheck

- Kakyoin goes through several near death experiences. One that Jotaro walks in on ends up being with Kuchisaki-onna, and before he can even dash in and separate them Kakyoin has her weapon and has her on the ground, trying to talk to her politely while also putting the mask back on.

- There’s weird shit like sentient umbrellas and cotton balls that come in. The first time Kakyoin sees a paper umbrella with one eye hopping through the doors of this shitty convenience store he very nearly loses his goddamn mind and almost ends up laughing hysterically

- It’s not all bad- there’s a ghost that hangs around the store from 1800s England named Jonathan. He doesn’t know how he got stuck in modern day Japan, but he’s still very pleasant and all around nice to talk to, especially during quieter nights. He’s endlessly excited by modern technology and by new archaeological discoveries that have been made in the last century.

- He has somewhat of a soft spot for childlike spirits. Sure Kakyoin has no idea how to feel about kids but he sees that most of these kids are fairly well meaning and sneaks them little candies and things. In return, they bring him little trinkets and things of dubious supernatural value

- He gets away with this because he negotiates with his boss to get a raise, since he knows damn well no one else will take the night shift and he also knows damn well that 900 yen an hour is not enough for all the bullshit he puts up with. He Knows His Value

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Here’s a mystery found in a French cave. It appears that a group of Neanderthals walked into that cave about 176,000 years ago and started building something. Neanderthals were our closest living relatives but they weren’t known as builders or cave explorers.

Scientists identify the forms as “constructions,” but they can’t figure out what they were for.

It was in 1990 when a French archaeologist first ventured deep into Bruniquel Cave in southwestern France. Spelunkers had just broken through the entrance, which apparently had been obstructed for millennia. The archaeologist traveled deep into the cave, over 1,000 feet. There he discovered something strange — someone had broken stalagmites from the floor and arranged them in two large ovals. But he died before he could fully explore the site.

Twenty-three years later, in 2013, a crew of scientists managed to get back to the site. Geologist Dominique Genty with France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) was there.

“It was very strange,” he says, “it was kind of obvious that it was not natural.”

Mysterious Cave Rings Show Neanderthals Liked To Build

Photos: Etienne FABRE - SSAC (top) and Xavier Muth/Pascal Mora

Why 1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum is Amazing and You Should Play It

Hello fellow The Mummy fans, archaeology nerds, and visual novel/otome consumers! 

I have a game recommendation for a visual novel that hits all of those groups and more and I really want more people to play it because the fandom is essentially nonexistent and that is a tragedy.

(Also I desperately want the promised sequel.)

Protagonist

Scheherazade Keating, aka Sadie is by all appearances a spoiled blonde socialite living with her lush of an Aunt in 1930′s New York. She’s precocious, charming, and already a skilled archaeologist thanks to being raised by parents that are basically Rick and Evie from the Mummy movies, parents who are now missing and presumed dead by most.

The game starts on her 18th birthday when she graduates from high school, and goes on to cover the events of her first year of college as she pursues the mystery of her parent’s disappearance, has various archaeological adventures, and potentially finds romance. (Yes, a game with multiple women attending college in the 30′s! It’s historically accurate and delightful.)

You get to shape her personality to an extent, but overall she’s brilliant, full of sass, reckless, and kind. You also get to see her grow and mature over the course of the year, depending on the various paths you can take, which includes helping her to have a greater understanding of her privilege. 

Plot

The main plot involves the disappearance of her parents and various family secrets relating to their archaeological discoveries and a friend of the family,  Rüdeger von Prenzwald aka Ruddy, who is maybe helpful, maybe up to no good, and whose storyline strongly connects to the actual post-war state of politics in Germany in the 30′s.

There are also many side plots, or ‘capers’ involving various locations ranging from New Orleans, to archaeological digs in Egypt, to movie premiers in India. There is also the option at a certain point in the game to turn away from the main plot, the ‘Dream of Family’ to instead pursue one of the five romance options. Which path you choose will change the outcome and options of various events in the game.

This game is HUGE. I’ve played through almost all the routes, put in over a hundred hours of gameplay, and still haven’t gotten all the endings and definitely haven’t experienced every scene or dialogue option.

It’s witty as hell, super nerdy, and pretty historically accurate in terms of its archaeological and 30′s references. It also has a ton of sneaky pop culture references ranging from TMNT to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to classic noir movies.

Romances

So first of all, for any aromantics or just visual novel fans not in the mood for romance, you absolutely do not have to pursue a romance in this game if you don’t wish to, and can still become close friends with all of the romance options. This is not a game where it’s romance or nothing, and choosing one of the romance options does not alienate the others as companions. 

Unfortunately it is very heterosexual, all of the romance options are male, but in addition to those paths, you can instead choose to focus on your best friend, Anna, and building your friendship (and view it through as shippy a lens as you’d like.) 

If you do want to fall in love, I personally enjoyed (and have played through) all of the romance paths.

From left to right we have Felix, the childhood best friend you unexpectedly reunite with; Nigel, your (very young, think grad student) professor; Roland, a British spy you often run into on your adventures; Sterling, a fellow heir to an archaeological family and definite bad boy type; and my personal favorite, Ahmose, who is yes, a mummy, and a prince to boot. 

All of the romances are great and fully fleshed out, showing a year’s courtship with various obstacles to deal with and, my favorite aspect, a definite sense of partnership and a relationship of equals. Felix and Ahmose are my favorite as Felix’s path deals with the significant class difference between you and opening Sadie’s eyes to her privilege, and Ahmose’s has some amazing themes about cultural appropriation in archaeology that are still super relevant today. But honestly they’re all fun and I’d replay each romance in a heart beat.

Gameplay

I will say that this is an unusually difficult visual novel in a lot of ways, with a steep learning curve. It’s a stat builder and while I’m used to that in an RPG setting, it was surprisingly hard to get used to for this type of game.

I highly recommend playing on the not quite accurately named easy mode the first time. You have to consistently build Sadie’s skills to get through the various challenges and earn the best endings, and the more skilled you make her, the harder those challenges become. Make sure you always have a full complement of inspiration cards to get you through the various challenges and don’t forget, like I did my first time through, that you can use multiple cards at a time to increase your stats.

Representation Notes

So I’m not thrilled that the only romanceable character of color is a mummy, to say the least, but as mentioned above, his romance is super well written and specifically deals with the issue of privileged white folks wandering into colonized countries and setting up archaeological digs.

Also almost all of the experts you deal with at the various dig sites/capers are native to the location, and racism, colonialism, classism, and sexism are ongoing themes throughout most of the adventures.

That said, it has its issues, and I hope to see even more improvement in the sequel.

In conclusion, 1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum is an incredibly difficult game to spell and an incredibly amazing game to play and I hope you give it a shot!

anonymous asked:

Does Malaysia have any parents or grandparents, like italy and grandpa rome?

Ibu = Mother

Langkasuka

Langkasuka was an ancient Hindu-Buddhist Malay kingdom located in the Malay Peninsula.The name is Sanskrit in origin; it is thought to be a combination of langkha for “resplendent land” -sukkha for “bliss”. The kingdom, along with Old Kedah, is probably among the earliest kingdoms founded on the Malay Peninsula. The exact location of the kingdom is of some debate, but archaeological discoveries at Yarang near Pattani, Thailand suggest a probable location. The kingdom is believed to have been founded in the 2nd century.

‘... the symbols of the Goddess Eostre were bunnies and eggs!’

NO. NO THEY WERE NOT. LET ME EXPLAIN WHY THEY WERE NOT.

Point one: our only source for Eostre mentions no symbols.
Eostre is attested in one, and only one, source: De Temporum Ratione by the Venerable Bede. He does not mention any ‘symbols’ of Eostre. He says only this:

Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated “Paschal month”, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.

No bunnies. No eggs. As the Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore states: ‘Nowadays, many writers claim that hares were sacred to the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, but there is no shred of evidence for this; Bede, the only writer to mention Eostre, does not link her with any animal.’

Point two: we can pinpoint exactly where and how the ‘bunnies’ association arose, and it was pure speculation.

The folklorist and linguist Jacob Grimm, writing in Deutsche Mythologie (1874) speculated that a Germanic version of Bede’s Eostre might have existed, and called her Ostara.

Grimm attempted to make sense of the ‘Easter Hare’ tradition, i.e. the hare that left the Easter Eggs for children to find. He couldn’t explain it, so he had a wild guess: ‘The Easter Hare is unintelligible to me, but probably the hare was the sacred animal of Ostara.


Point three: we can clearly trace how Grimm’s speculation was picked up by later authors and mistaken for a statement of fact.

725 CE: Bede mentions Eostre. He does not associate her with hares.
1874 CE: Grimm, in Deustche Mythologie, postulates Ostara and states 'probably the hare was the sacred animal of Ostara’.
1883 CE: K.A. Oberle in Überreste germanischen Heidentums im Christentum, oder die Wochentage, Monate und christlichen Feste etymologisch, mythologisch, symbolisch und historisch erklärt also states 'probably the hare was the sacred animal of Ostara’ echoing Grimm.
1890 CE: Charles Isaac Elton in Origins of English History states that Easter customs at 'Hare-pie Bank’ at 'Harecrop Leys’ 'were probably connected with the worship of the Anglian goddess Eostre’
1892 CE: Charles J Billson in Folk-Lore refers to Oberle’s association of the hare with Ostara as a conclusion, rather than as a speculation
1944 CE: John Lanyard in Lady of the Hare states that 'the Saxon Easter Goddess does seem to have been connected with the hare’.
1976 CE: Christina Hole in Easter and its Customs states that 'The hare was the sacred beast of Eastre (or Eostre) a Saxon goddess of Spring and of the dawn.’

Please bear in mind that no new evidence arose during this time to change the speculative association into a definite one. The shift from 'probably the hare was the sacred animal of Ostara’ to 'the hare was the sacred beast of Eastre’ wasn’t based on any archaeological discoveries, collected oral traditions or unearthed documents. It appears to have been based completely upon authors borrowing from other authors, and in so doing, shifting the goalposts of certainty until one person’s speculation had become another’s unchallenged fact.


Point four: the popular story in which Eostre turns a bird into a rabbit can be traced to a New Age book from 1990, Mrs Sharp’s Traditions by Sarah Ben Breathnach, and no further.

It’s not an ancient pagan legend. It’s a modern New Age legend.


Point five: people only began adding ‘eggs’ as puported symbols of Eostre at the end of the last century.

The unsubstantiated conceit that Eostre had a hare companion had become common belief by the 1990s, when the BBC documentary Shadow of the Hare commented upon it and featured a song by Maddy Pryor in which the hare claims ‘I’m Eostre’s token’.

But eggs are an even more recent addition to the mix and seem to have come about purely as a result of Internet-based myth circulation. The intent is clearly to lay retroactive claim to popular, well-known Easter traditions in the name of paganism.

There is simply no evidence for these claims; furthermore, we can confidently point out how and when the claims arose in the absence of evidence.

Modern paganism does not need to be buttressed by this kind of bullshit.

According to the archaeologists who drew the short straw when being assigned career moves, the Chinchorro first appeared in the area in 5,000 B.C., right around the time that mutilated (respectfully mutilated, mind) corpses started appearing in the landscape. Over the course of the 3,000+ years that they were living in this area, several distinct styles of corpse decoration emerged. In the first, the dead would be disassembled into a pile of bones. Then, using sticks and reeds, they would be “rebuilt” with working limbs and fleshed-out insides made from earth and animal hair. As for the skin, this would be reconstructed using an ashen mixture, and voila … a puppet made from nightmares.

7 Archaeological Discoveries Out Of Your Darkest Nightmares

Creator’s update #2

Hey guys! I’m back with another update to keep y’all posted on what I’ve been up to (= I’m getting this up a week later than I wanted to, but hey, what can ya do. It’s still very much up to date, I just didn’t have the time to get this typed up last week, buuuut making up for that now!

Mood: Juuuuuust chillin’~

Music I’ve been digging recently:

This is basically just gonna be a looooong list of Selena Gomez, because dammit I’m into her music right now. The girl is gorgeous and I’ve always liked her music, but I used to be more into her old stuff, and now I’m just living for all the songs I didn’t listen to as much from the time she released her Stars Dance album and onwards. These are just a select few of the songs I’ve been listening to on repeat for the past week or so lol.


Writing

So I DID ACTUALLY DO SOME WRITING THESE PAST FEW WEEKS OMG.

I finished editing an entire scene I’d been struggling with for the looooongest time (and now I’m having trouble with the next scene, sigh you just can’t win). For that scene, I had to rearrange three different scenes and combine them into one in a way which made sense, and geez it wasn’t fun. The real struggle is finding out what to keep and what to cut, right? I dunno ‘bout you guys, but I’m very reluctant to cut anything until I’m sure I don’t wanna use any of the prose somewhere else.

The light came to me late one night (as it usually does) when this random line popped in my head as I was mulling over what to name my second chapter. Okay, backtrack, I title my chapters, and ever since I started revisions and essentially condensed the first four chapters down to three, I couldn’t figure out what to name the second chapter. The other two chapters could easily just take on the titles they had previously, but the structure and overall focal point of the second chapter had changed so much that I needed to rethink the title (at least if I wanted it to be a good title lol). So chapter 2 was untitled until just recently, when this line came to me and finally made me decide on a name: The Find. A find in this sense refers to an archaeological discovery (my main characters study and work in the archaeological field), and you might see how it plays into the chapter in my excerpt later this post. But yeah, this line came to me, and along with that came the realisation that I could move a whole paragraph from the scene I was revising in chapter 3 to chapter 2, since that paragraph was oriented in a pretty similar fashion to what I was going for with that new line. Does any of this make sense? My thought process is a little strange lmao.

Anyway, so knowing what I needed to do with chapter 2 gave me the push I needed to move on with that scene I struggled with in chapter 3, and I finally managed to restructure all the bits and pieces of those scenes I had to combine. It became much easier because I’d moved an entire paragraph that didn’t really fit in that scene anyway to a place where it was much better suited lol. Since the new dialogue was already written out, it was pretty straightforward to draft new narrative to go with it after I had reassembled the pieces (though I’m sure it’s all veeeeery rough cuz I’ve not given it a proper read through yet).

It all worked out in the end, and I’m so happy I made that progress wee! And I think I know what to do with the next scene, so it’s just about kicking my ass into gear lol (special thanks to @coffeeandcalligraphy who helped me brainstorm for this scene, ugh bless my friends). I already knew the next scene needed to be edited a lot, because basically the entire thing was just filler. The first half was a way too long narrative summary with a bunch of unnecessary detail which could be condensed significantly, and the next half was a scene also way too long for the purpose it served, and to make matters worse, it also introduced a bunch of pointless characters that never show up again, so the scene just feels kinda forced. I’ve done some trimming on the narrative summary, and I’ve cut out the scene that follows, so what I need to do next is add some details that pertain to the timeline and illness change (if you read my last post, you might recall me mentioning that I was doing these revisions in the first place because I aged my characters up and changed the illness of my MC’s sister), and then I’m gonna draft a new much shorter scene that’ll serve the same purpose the previous scene did, but without so much pointless, contrived detail, and without friggin’ introducing new characters that’ll never appear again, my god Soto what were you thinking.

But you know what, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I’ve made an important discovery during these edits, which I discussed with @shaelinwrites, who herself was recently stuck in revision hell with her manuscript I’m Fine, and we both agreed; it’s honestly much easier to draft new, better prose than trying to elevate very old less mature prose. As I’m revising these chapters, I sometimes get the feeling that my prose isn’t very complex or sophisticated, but then when I get to draft completely new lines or even paragraphs, I wonder how the new words seem so much better than the old ones. Then I look back at the date and remember that these chapters I’m revising were written in friggin’ 2014. It’s no wonder the prose ain’t that sophisticated lmao. It’s hard work improving something which at its core is less refined!

With that said, I think it’s time for some excerpts. I didn’t show any last time since I hadn’t been working much on my writing recently, but this time I have stuff to show!

Excerpt:

He seemed a hidden gem waiting to be uncovered, layered deep in the crusts of his own humility and class, a rare find with all the potential it entailed – academical and monetary.

This was the line I talked about which basically solved all my problems for me lol bless this line. And bless @shaelinwrites who convinced me to get rid of an unnecessary word, THANK YOU GIRL, I WAS DUMB, YOU WERE RIGHT, THE WEASEL WORD HAD TO GO.

Excerpt:

They arrived in Naples, grandest seaport of the Mediterranean, without incident. The capital of the Sicilies was a majestic sight when approached from the sea, rather alien with its numerous colourful structures raised on slanting green hillsides amongst sprouting palms, so very different from the grey, uniform London back across the English Channel.

Just some description; looking at pictures of Naples helped a lot for this lmao. I’m still not entirely happy with it, it needs a good clean up and stuff. Buuuuuut you know what, it’s progress, and that’s all that matters right now!

  • Chapters edited: 2/16
  • Current total word count: Around 123k (I’ll give a more precise number when I’ve gathered all my chapters in one document)
  • Current total chapter count: 16

Look at the lovely progress on chapter 3 since last update <3


Art

So honestly I don’t have a lot of WIPs to show in the art department this time around, because a) I’ve mostly been finishing up the sketches I showed last time, and b) the new stuff I’ve started are secret projects I’d rather not reveal yet. So don’t blame it on inproductivity! d:

Like I said, I’ve finished some of the WIPs I talked about last time, and even better, I’ve posted them as well, so you can go and take a look at the final product: the Disney portraits, and my portraits of the Armstrong siblings.

And with that said, can we just marvel at this improvement?

Sometimes it can feel like you’re never getting anywhere, and that’s when it’s important to gaze back at your journey and see how far you’ve come. I’m certainly pretty happy with how my skills have developed in the past two years! I want to do more “draw it again” pieces in the future so I can track my own development n.n

The only thing I feel I can show a WIP of (that I’ve not already shown, anyway) is this character portrait I’m working on for Serena. Used my girl Selena Gomez as reference cuz she’s the best face claim for Serena I’ve come across <3 It’s actually this portrait’s fault that I got into this entire Selena Gomez groove, and oh how grateful I am for it because Selena Gomez slaaaaaays.

I’m not entirely sure I’m gonna keep the portrait like this for her official character portrait though, because I feel it’s a little risqué~ for a Victorian portrait LOL. I mean, slay that hair, Serena, you know ya sexy af, but gotta stay in character with your setting, yanno? Lmao I dunno, I need to rethink it a bit, but regardless I’m digging the sketch thus far!

I think the next thing I’m working on will be lining and colouring Owen’s portrait, and then I also have all these secret things in the works that I wanna make progress on so I can reveal them. Aside from this, I’ve been hard at work on setting up commissions, and I’ll soon make an announcement, so keep an eye out for that if you’re interested in getting a portrait done by me!


Youtube

It’s been a month since last update, and I upload new videos every Friday, which means I’ve got new videos to announce to y’all! So if any of you like kpop, vocal covers, or speedpaints, here’s where you should look :D

I’ve actually gotten pretty good at this Youtube thing (thanks to the scheduling feature, it saves lives), so my uploads are fairly consistent. I upload every Friday; every other week it’s a vocal cover (usually kpop, but not exclusively), and the other week it’s a speedpaint, so *hint hint* you should subscribe if you haven’t already *hint hint*. I’ll soon run out of covers to upload though, so I should record some more… Ahem.

Anyway, here’s the most recent one I uploaded. The song is a bit obscure if you’re not a dedicated 4minute fan, but it’s one of my favourites!

And my second cover can’t be embedded due to copyright, but I’ll leave a link for it here so you can check it out! It’s for the song So Good by Kara. The acapella for this one was super fun to record what with all the harmonies and background vocals and stuff.

And of course, I uploaded a few speedpaints as well! There are actually four up on my channel now because one of the speedpaints was split into two parts to prevent a 45 min video lol. So if any of you are interested in seeing my process, check them out! The first one was a birthday gift I made for the amazing @juliajm15 back in March <3

And the second, split into two parts (lineart and colour), is one I find particularly interesting since it’s more elaborate. I really do like how the colouring came out for this piece!

So yaaassss, remember to subscribe if you’re into this sort of stuff!


Bonus: Fanart feature!

So you guys, I have some really amazing friends who make some really amazing fanart for me, and I must share.

Where to even begin? I seriously get all teary-eyed when someone takes the time to make something because they enjoyed my story and characters so much *cries*. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably seen me gush about all the amazing artwork @juliajm15 has done for me over the past couple years, but I wanna shine some light on two of my other good friends and loyal supporters who made some incredible and thoughtful tributes to my little labour of love!

First up are some amazing edits as well as a drawing done by Rachel over at @coffeeandcalligraphy.

This pretty thing is a fan book cover Rachel made for my first book, Memoirs! I love the aesthetic of the title so much, and there’s some actual symbolism in there with how she chose to colour coordinate the elements; green for Daniel, red for Serena. Just knowing how much thought and care she put into it makes my sentimental little heart swell <3

These two edits are just GORGEOUS. Once again done by Rachel, she made this for my birthday last year <3

For the first one, she used lyrics from Elton John’s Daniel because I’d mentioned that this song was the perfect message for Hazel to give Daniel, and the little doll reading the book is sooooo adorable because Daniel and Hazel have this thing with reading fairytales together *cries* and then it’s wearing a white nightgown too, which is basically what Hazel always wears since she’s confined to her bed!

For the edit beneath, she picked an actual quote said by Serena to Daniel, and the summer aesthetic with the greeneries and the flower in the background to symbolise the summers they spent together, bah it’s too much! The care and thought put into this makes me emotional all over again, and these edits are just so lovely!!

And last one: my darling, Daniel! Rachel actually made this for our friendship anniversary a short while ago, and I still feel bad that I didn’t think to make anything for her lmao. She used the ref I found for Daniel, and his face honestly is just so friggin’ adorable, and then she used a quote from Renaissance to go along with it! I seriously have the best and most thoughtful friends in the entire world, like wow.

Another one of my friends who’s been giving me a bunch of cute fanart lately is @sarahkelsiwrites! Just take a look at this adorable drawing she did of Hazel:

Hazel is a very beloved character, but she doesn’t get nearly as much love in terms of artwork as my other characters, so it’s always so nice when someone remembers her <3

And okay, but this one kills me:

I literally screamed when she sent me this. LOOK AT HIS TATS HAHAHAHAH. So for some context, basically @coffeeandcalligraphy has a weird fetish for angst, and we started talking about how our characters have different kinds of angst. I started calling her characters angsters, because they angst like it’s cool to angst, aka gangster, aka angster. Rachel then said that Daniel’s angst is elegant, which turned into a really lame pun, and the rest is history…

Long story short, don’t mess with E. Angst’s tea, yo. Much British, very angst.

And the last one and I DIE CUZ MY BBY LOOKS SO HANDSOME <3 <3 <3 So Sarah brooded that somehow, everytime she tries to draw a girl, it turns into Daniel, but yanno… Can’t complain.

LOOK AT THE SMOOTH LINEART THO. I couldn’t draw smooth lineart for the life of me until I’d had my graphic tablet for like two years. Ugh I love how Danny looks here, his expression is so perfect! Thank you so much @sarahkelsiwrites and @coffeeandcalligraphy for the amazing gifts, I feel so blessed to have such generous, thoughtful and talented friends! <3


So that was all for this time around; I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been working on! I’ll be back soon to summarize my progress on all my projects again, so until next time, folks!

Unravelling the Mystery of the Maronite Mummies: Why Were Medieval Mummies Hidden in a Cave?

When archaeologists found a cache of medieval mummies in a Lebanese cave, the amazing discovery took their breath away. The remarkably well-preserved bodies of eight people who were buried in Qadisha Valley opened the gates to a forgotten story. Imagine this meeting of living researchers and people who died centuries ago – although the faces of the deceased were still recognizable, their names and companions were already long gone. How would you have reacted to this discovery? How do you think the mummies came to be in a cave?

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anonymous asked:

Girl what do you think about the notion that Jon Snow has a more legitimate claim to the Iron Throne because of his undiscovered heritage? How do you think this will play out with the end of the show/with Jonerys definitely happening?

I’m bit of a history nerd, especially Indian history. I love GoT’s thousands of years of backstory with the Ruins of ancient Valaria, children of the forest inhabiting Westeros, invasion by First men, invasion by Andals and invasion by Targeryns. The cultural/political issues these invasions cause remind me a lot of all the foreign invasions India has been through in the last 6000 years of recorded history, growing by the day due to archaeological discoveries. 

This situation brings to mind our Mughal empire, our last dynasty established from a foreign invasion. They were overthrown during a rebellion at one point and the living descendants were forced to flee to Persia but a thirteen year old child came back with a large army and invaded India to reclaim the empire. 

That’s the thing about monarchy, the rules of succession apply during a family’s stable reign in times of peace. In war, rebellion and invasion, protesting “This isn’t fair. This person isn’t the rightful heir.” is what gets people killed like Ned Stark in season 1. 

The Targeryn reign ended when the Baratheons overthrew them, so that line of succession means nothing now. It was the Baratheon line of succession which has legitimacy and that is why the war of five kings started. Despite all of that, Cerei sits on throne with no right to it but because she claimed it, she can’t be overthrown without a rebellion/assassination. If Dany wants to reclaim the throne that she believes is her right, since her ancestors had a long dynasty in Westeros, she has to come in like a foreign invader and take the throne by force.

Once Dany accomplishes that goal and starts her reign, Jon can’t just say “Hey I found out just now that I’m a Targeryn and since I’m a man I think you should move over.” He would have to rebel against her, which he will never do because he has no interest in sitting on the Iron Throne whatsoever. The Targeryns have no legitimate claim to the throne, no one alive at this point has any legitimate claim to the throne. If either Dany or Jon wants to sit on it, they have to invade King’s landing and re-establish the Targeryn dynasty. If Dany does that, her reign begins and Jon can’t question that despite being a Targeryn.