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Locals stumble across ancient Mayan god monument while clearing debris in Mexico

Locals accidentally uncovered an ancient Mayan artefact while clearing debris on privately-owned land in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

The monument, believed to be the head of the Mayan god of maize and abundance, dates back to the late classical period between 600 and 900 AD. It was found underneath a house in the city of Suchiapa.

Archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) identified the authenticity and antiquity of the artefact.

The monument has been kept at the Regional Museum of Chiapas since it was found in September 2016.

The Maya civilisation emerged from the Yucatan Peninsula, in the south of what is now Mexico and parts of Belize and Guatemala. It was one of the most advanced and iconic pre-Colombian civilisations. Read more.


THE NACIONAL SIBLINGS! (Tribute art to the National Museum of the Philippines)

ink on paper

digitally colored in Adobe Photoshop CC


Meet the Museum Trio: Sergio, Antonio & Faustino Nacional! The gorgeous daddies of Old Manila! inspired by the three structures of National Museum of the Philippines.

Sergio is a gritty old man with burning passion for all forms of art. He is the eldest brother. The creases on his face represent the many years of his dedication to uplift the status of fine arts in the country. Despite his stoic face, Sergio is surprisingly approachable and warm. He is the National Arts Gallery

Antonio is one of the Nacional twins. An anthropologist who dedicated most of his life documenting the complex culture across all of Philippines’ history. Antonio is obviously an intellectual being but is never arrogant to think he knows everything. He represents the National Museum of Anthropology

Faustino is the younger another half of the Nacional twins. Had a sudden change of heart when he came back home from traveling all over the country. Now he’s a naturalist eager to share more about Philippine’s incomparable natural wonders. He is the National Museum of Natural History

Together, the Nacional brothers will always be there to promote our countries invaluable heritage!

The buildings are in Neoclassical style so their clothes are neoclassical too! However, I added a local flavor to it by blending it with our very own illustrado fashion and styling.

For Sergio, (S - Sining (art in Filipino)) I wanted his look to be minimal, manly yet with a hint of flamboyance or grace.

As for Antonio (Ant - anthropology), I added okir patterns on his coat to relate his clothes with the indigenous arts of Filipinos.

As for Faustino (Fau- Fauna), I went for cool shades of color present in Philippine nature particularly its water and rainforests. I also added an umbrella with a somewhat modern geometric pattern to go with his neoclassical look. that represents the tree of life which is a part of the drastic overhaul of the museum (which will open very soon!) His coat is also adorned with the national flower of the Philippines which is known as the Waling Waling or Vanda sanderiana.  It is considered to be one of the three most beautiful flowers in the world (The other two, I believe, are Rhododendron and Cattleya)

I am so proud of this art! I finally was able to draw something I think that is relevant to my country, not to mention that this combined my interest in visual arts, fashion, architecture, and literature and that this is entirely different from my usual subjects (which are my two gay OCs). I am so inspired by the artists I have discovered and befriended in Fb and Ig who are Jap Mikel, Redge Tolentino, Brent Sabas, and Japhers. I would like to thank them for making opuses that matter. I made this art as a thank you to the effort of the stakeholders to uplift the status of the museum of the Philippines! There is so much overhaul that is happening in the old district that it’s really exciting!

Ruth Shady (b. 1946) is an archaeologist and anthropologist from Peru. She is the founder and director of the archaeological project at Caral – the most ancient city in the Americas, and the site of the Norte Chico civilisation.

She has directed numerous archaeological projects around Peru, offering valuable information about the history of the Americas and the civilisations that once inhabited it. She also served as the director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of Peru, and professor at the National University of San Marcos.

Plot synopsis for the upcoming action-horror film, the Mummy (2017), indicates that the lead antagonist will be an ancient Mesopotamian queen “whose destiny was unjustly taken from her.” Tom Cruise will play a Navy SEAL on a mission in the Iraqi desert whose team stumbles upon an ancient tomb where an evil entity is trapped. This doomed queen/mummy could be inspired by the sensationalized 1920s and 1930s news stories of British archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley’s excavation of Queen Puabi’s tomb. Puabi (AKA Shubad) was depicted as a wicked queen who poisoned her servants and she herself was clubbed to death. This film is the first blockbuster production in recent memory to bring the pop culture eye to ancient Mesopotamia and Babylonia. The treasures and jewelry collection of Puabi’s famous tomb are kept at the British Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the National Museum of Iraq.

A news story about Queen Puabi published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sunday Magazine in September 28, 1930. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA.

Photo by Babylon Chronicle

“The crude method of trephining [sic] with the sharpened edge of a stone practiced by peoples living in Peru some 500 or 600 years ago is revealed by the skulls at the National Museum”

William H. Egberts examining trepanned Peruvian skulls in the anthropology laboratory of Smithsonian National Museum, 1926. 

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs


The Field Museum’s Economic Botany collection contains everything from a seed bank (literally vials upon vials of organized seeds), to hats made out of various grasses and straw material, musical instruments and shoes made from certain trees and barks, stalks of wheat, cobs of corn, bags of tea, dyes, medicines. Some of the items are decades old, and a large portion date back to the 1893 World’s Fair, when the trade and sale of such products was essential to industry growth.

This is a collection about the relationship between people and plants, documenting our use and interactions with items we’ve grown and harvested. It’s botanical as much as it is anthropological: the variety of uses for plants that people have discovered and created over thousands of years is staggering and astounding. As we continue to move towards automated agriculture and become further removed from the direct sources for our food and raw materials, I am grateful and intrigued that we may look into a jar of cherry syrup from the 1890′s and gain a bit more knowledge about the way we used to live. 


  • A jar of cherry syrup from Guyana, 1893
  • A variety of pasta products, presented by the National Macaroni Association, 1920′s
  • Tortillas from Mexico, 1901 
  • Sugars from Egypt, 1904 
  • Maize from Brazil, 1948-1949

See more about the Economic Botanical Collection on The Brain Scoop!

Buff Kennewick Man Had Coastal Diet
Anna King
Buff Kennewick Man Had Coastal Diet

“For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9,500-year-old bones known as Kennewick Man. Now, after years of careful examination, scientists are releasing some of their findings to tribes at meetings this week in Central Washington. It runs out ‘Kennewick Man’ grew up on the coast.

Kennewick Man was buff. I mean really -– beefcake. So says Doug Owsley. He’s the head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and led the study of the ancient remains. Owsley can read the bones like we might read a book. He looks for ridge lines that indicate which muscles Kennewick Man used the most and what he was doing with them. First off? He had muscular legs like a soccer player –- likely from running, trudging and hunting.

“In his leg structure he’s certainly accustomed to very rapid movement, quick movement and you can read that in those muscle ridges,” Owsley explains. He also likely had killer arms, because he threw a spear with the aid of a lever like tool. Owsley says Kennewick Man was so strong in his right arm he was like a pro baseball pitcher, and the bones show he got today’s equivalent of a career-ending sports injury.

“If it happened to a contemporary baseball pitcher, they’d need surgery. And so it took off a piece of bone off the back side of the shoulder joint that would have been essentially loose. And I’m sure that caused great complications in his ability to throw.”

Owsley says Kennewick Man who stood about 5’7” and weighed about 170 pounds. And he wasn’t any stranger to pain. The evidence shows, K-Man as he’s known in Eastern Washington, got hit on the head a few times and stabbed with a basalt rock point that embedded in his hip” (read more).

***Haven’t listened to this yet.

(Source: NPR)

anonymous asked:

Will you tell us what the DAI cast all does too?

I mean, most of it is said in the story. 

Since being released and pardoned, Varric writes television screenplays. 

Cassandra was a parole officer recently promoted to a corporate crime investigator. 

Leliana makes knitting patterns online. (And possibly something else.) 

Cullen is a former Templar (or, a DEA agent, would be the modern equivalent) now working in witness protection. 

Josephine is the Director of Collections in the National Ferelden Museum. 

Vivienne is the Minister of Justice to the Orlesian Republic. 

Iron Bull owns a bar and a rugby team, the Chargers. 

Krem is a bartender.

Sera is a student. 

Cole icanttellyouyetsorrypleaseaskagainlater.

Dorian is an anthropology teacher and a social worker. (And a trust fund baby) 

Solas is an ancient history teacher and an archaeologist. (And also a dickhead anonymous freelance journalist.) 

anonymous asked:

Mas respeto if you do not follow the catholic religion keep your mouth shut and respect the virgen. Do not use her to look cool or for your pictures etc.

1.“When I look at la Virgen de Guadalupe now, she is not the Lupe of my childhood, no longer the one in my grandparents’ house in Tepeyac nor is she the one of the Roman Catholic Church, the one I bolted the door against in my teens and twenties. Like every woman who maters to me, I have had to search for her in the rubble of history. And I have found her. She is the sex goddess, a goddess who makes me feel good about my sexual power, my sexual energy, who reminds me that I must, as Clarissa Pinkola Estés so aptly put it, “[speak] from the vulva … speak the most basic, honest truth,” and write from my panocha.”
2.“To me, la Virgen de Guadalupe is also Coatlicue, the creative/destructive goddess. When I think of the Coatlicue statue in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, so terrible it was unearthed and then reburied because it was too frightening to look at, I think of a woman enraged, a woman as a tempest, a woman bien berrinchuda, and I like that. La Lupe as cabrona. Not silent and passive, but silently gathering force.”
3.“When I see la Virgen de Guadalupe I want to lift her dress as I did my dolls, and look to see if she comes with chones and does her panocha look like mine, and does she have dark nipples too? Yes, I am certain she does. She is not neuter like Barbie. She gave birth. She has a womb. Blessed art thou and blessed is the fruit of thy womb…. Blessed art thou, Lupe, and, therefore, blessed am I.”

From Sandra Cisneros’ “Guadalupe the sex goddess”