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In Case You Are Wondering

No we have not seen the new Star Wars film. We also have no intention of seeing it. For us the saga ended with episodes 4,5 & 6 (we do not include 1,2 & 3 here)and the whole series is just another volume of the vast amounts of fairy tales this world possesses in many literary forms and genres.

Star Wars has nothing of God in it, nor does Star Trek so it is advisable that Christians watch secular media with the aid of the Holy Spirit so they do not get trapped in sin, misled about God and Jesus or water down their faith.

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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in family, General Life

 

Another Good Film

We have the following up somewhere on our www.dakotascba.com  website but with all those pages we have forgotten exactly where and it might get lost in the shuffle. Here is a link to a very good film detailing the Mormon cult’s lack of any evidence for their faith.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QBZvk0-b9k

It is worth the hour to sit down and view it.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, comparative religions, faith, history, leadership, science, theology

 

We Have Decided

to block Haworth-robert’s posts for the time being as they are abusive, a distraction and do not achieve the purpose and goal for this website.  If we have anything to say about his comments we will go to the British website where he has been posting recently and address his concerns there.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

A Good Film

On our exodus 2 page ( http://dakotascba.com/The-Exodus-2.php)  we say the following

A few years ago I got wind of a new documentary being filmed about the Exodus. I was told that it had been in production for about 7 years and many top scholars would be involved but no release date had been set.

After some searching of their website, it turned out that the film was not based upon archaeological evidence or anything new that may have been turned up. It was based upon Ron Wyatt material and a book by the Caldwells (the worst book ever written).

In other words there was nothing scholarly about this movie or even factual.

Over the years since I first came into contact with the filmmakers and their project, they have done a lot of revision to their work and gave a limited release to their documentary. I was finally able to view the completed work and must say that it is vastly different from the initial information I had seen and it is quite good.

The handling of the material and the interviews was very professional, and thorough. I am impressed by the final result.  If you get a chance take the time to see it for it will help you resolve any doubts about the biblical Exodus. There were pieces of evidence in this work that even I was not aware of, which is something since my exposure to this topic is quite extensive.

 

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2015 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, controversial issues, education, faith, history, leadership, theology

 

I Try To Be Fair

and post all comments unedited on this website but some go too far and there is just no way they can be put up on the board. As an example here is the latest comment from Haworth-roberts

Are you really a Christian? I rather doubt it.
http://forums.bcseweb.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=3735

I put it here to show that those who oppose Christian beliefs cannot treat others with the same freedom, respect, tolerance, open-mindedness, and so on that they demand from believers. i have yet to meet any evolutionist who does not go to the insult, the personal attack, the rude, the false accusation when their ideas are opposed. Doesn’t matter if the opposition is rational or not, when the evolutionist sees that their ideas are not accepted, they resort to abuse, bullying and other dishonest measures to get their way.

I also left the link active so you can see first hand what they do as they attack the person only and ignore the facts, rational discourse and logical interaction to demean, disrespect, belittle their opponents.. It is sad to see take place but it is a fact of life.

Evolutionists are also too quick to play the liar card and when they do this they show a lack of everything decent.

Just so you know, if you read the terms of service at that discussion forum, you will see multiple violations committed  by Haworth-roberts in his haste to attack another human being who simply disagrees with his views. The following is the description of the forum where the above was posted

Creationist bloggers can be infuriating. If one has infuriated you by persisting in nonsense even when corrected, or refusing to reply to your criiticsm, you may feel driven to recording the fact. If so, you may register your disapproval here and hope a response is forthcoming.

That line in bold is funny as how can secular scientists correct anyone when they do not hold the truth themselves nor do they bother to find the real truth but opt for the best explanation which can be overturned at any time by a more prominent scientist or bigger unbelieving bully?

Creationists have the truth if the follow the Holy Spirit to it but one thing is for sure, evolutionists, of any variety, do not have it no matter how much science they throw at a person. The bible does not instruct anyone to follow science to the truth, especially the secular version. It instructs us to follow the Holy Spirit and that is what we do even when evolutionists make such abusive remarks as quoted initially above.

What has also been funny is Haworth-roberts dismissal of actual history and actual evidence simply because it showed his accepted established scientific thought to be in error. You cannot get honest, rational, logical discussion from evolutionists.

 

Just Archaeology- 20

One More — http://www.archaeologica.org/NewsPage.htm

#1. http://www.newswise.com/articles/iron-age-norwegians-liked-their-bling

t’s probably safe to say that few things excite archaeologists more than garbage dumps – or middens, as they are called in the trade. Even today, our trash says a lot about how we live – what we eat, what we wear, what we do for fun or work.

But it takes some really tough trash to survive 1500 years. Mostly, what archaeologists find are beads, glass and metal objects and ceramics, if they are lucky.

“Most of the time we don’t even find middens at all on sites that are older than the Mediaeval period,” Ystgaard said.

In this case, however, the team has also found lots of old animal and fish bones – mainly because the soil in the area is made from ground-up seashells, which isn’t very acidic. Normally, soil in Norway tends to be more acidic, and eats away at bones.

“Nothing like this has been examined anywhere in Norway before,” Ystgaard said.

There are enough bones to figure out what kinds of animals they came from, and how the actual animal varieties relate to today’s wild and domesticated animals, she said. The archaeologists have also found fish remains, from both salmon and cod, and the bones from seabirds, too.

Solomon said there was nothing new under the sun so why are these researchers surprised to find bling in ancient graves?

#2. http://humanities.ku.dk/news/2015/greek-danish-team-of-archaeologists-investigates-one-of-the-most-important-harbour-towns-of-the-ancient-mediterranean/

underwater archaeology

In Greece, underwater excavations of Lechaion, ancient Corinth’s partially submerged harbour town, reveal the infrastructure of more than a thousand years of flourishing maritime trade. Researchers from the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports and the University of Copenhagen are using cutting-edge methods to uncover the configuration and scale of the harbour.

#3, http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/177362/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-discovered-in-Aswans-Ge.aspx

wo niches with six figures cut in rock in high reliefs were uncovered during a survey carried out by a Swedish archaeological mission from Lund University inside two New Kingdom Egyptian chapels named Chapel 30 and 31.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty described the discovery as “important,” as the Gebel Al-Silsila area was completely covered with sand and block ever since it was hit with a destructive earthquake in antiquity. Erosion elements have also impacted the area and its monuments.

Eldamaty explains that the rock-hewn figures were discovered despite Argentine Egyptologist Ricardo Caminos describing Chapel 30 as “completely destroyed.”

#4. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151224-egypt-climate-change-old-kingdom-archaeology/

As world leaders celebrate a new agreement to limit the impact of greenhouse gases on human society, archaeologists have been taking a fresh look at one of the most dramatic instances of a civilization confronted with devastating climate change.

For nearly a millennium, Egypt’s early pharaohs presided over a prosperous and wealthy state that built countless temples and palaces, enormous public works, and the famous Giza pyramids. Much of that prosperity depended on the regular inundations of the Nile River in a country that otherwise would be only desert.

Theories go nowhere. We need the truth not someone’s subjective opinion.

#5. http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2015/article/the-mystery-of-red-deer-cave1

It was in 1989 when miners, quarrying limestone in the Maludong Cave near the city of Mengzi in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, stumbled across a cave with some curious fossils. The cave became known as Red Deer Cave, because of the fossils of giant red deer subsequently excavated at the site. But the most curious fossils discovered at the site appeared to be those of humans. Archaeologists stored these fossils away and they remained unexamined for nearly two decades. They languished in obscurity. That is, until 2008, when an international team consisting of scientists from Chinese and Australian institutions began to study them in earnest.

What the new team uncovered in their analyses would prove to be nothing less than extraordinary. Led by Associate Professor Darren Curnoe of the University of New South Wales, Australia, and Professor Ji Xueping of the Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, the team identified skeletal elements of an archaic human, represented by three individuals, who sojourned in Red Deer Cave between 14,500 and 11,500 years ago. They knew the date range based on radiocarbon dating of charcoal deposits within the cave. Also present were stone tools. Whoever they were, they controlled fire and used it to process and cook the deer. Curnoe and colleagues also examined evidence of another archaic human whose remains, consisting of a similar partial skeleton found in 1979 in a cave near the village of Longlin in the neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, appeared to exhibit similar characteristics.

Most likely they are pre-flood world people

#6. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cult-of-zeus-found-in-metropolis-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=92606

A cult area built for Zeus, the main god of the ancient Helen mythology, has been found in the ancient city of Metropolis, located in Aegean İzmir province’s Torbalı district.

According to a statement made by the Sabancı Foundation, this year’s excavations, carried out by the foundation in collaboration with the Culture and Tourism Ministry, have been completed in the ancient city.

Pieces of columns, which indicate the area was a center of worship, a piece of an altar and a sculpture pedestal have been discovered in the excavation. Detailed examinations made by the excavation teams revealed the region was a cult area dedicated to Zeus.

The excavations also revealed that the main god Zeus was mentioned with the title “Krezimos” in the ancient city of Metropolis for the first time anywhere in the world.

It is believed that Krezimos means “protective Zeus who brings abundance and wealth to Metropolis” since Krezimos, which is a unique title to Metropolis, is similar to the word “crescere,” meaning “to grow” or “cultivate” in Latin.

#7. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/stonehenges-bluestones-were-moved-wales-10591475

It is an archaeological enigma which last week a team of experts professed to have resolved: if and how the ‘bluestones’ at Stonehenge were excavated and transported from Pembrokeshire by our prehistoric ancestors.

The team of archaeologists and geologists – led academics from University College, London, said they definitively confirmed two sites in the Preseli Hills – Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin – had been quarried for two types of stone.

It was suggested the stones were first used in a local monument, somewhere near the quarries, that was then dismantled and dragged off to Wiltshire.But the assertions on how the stones were removed and transported, apparently leaving evidence so-called “engineering features,” have been branded “all wrong” by another team of earth scientists, in a conflicting report published today.

In a peer-reviewed paper published in the Archaeology in Wales journal, Dr Brian John, Dr Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd and John Downes say there are “no traces of human intervention in any of the features that have made the archaeologists so excited”.

The group does not accept the idea of a Neolithic quarry in the Preseli Hills and says the supposed signs of ‘quarrying’ by humans at Craig Rhos-y-Felin were entirely natural.

They also believe that the archaeologists behind the report may have inadvertently created certain features during five years of “highly selective sediment removal”.

A lack of remains does not make something ‘natural’ It may mean that they tools used were moved to another job site or rotted, eroded, rusted away.

#8. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/12/14/archaeologists-discover-elite-6th-century-ad-cavalryman-with-unique-foot-prosthesis/

In Hemmaberg, Austria, archaeologists excavating a cemetery associated with an early Medieval church discovered the remains of a middle-aged man whose left foot had been amputated. In its place, a unique foot prosthesis was found. Through analysis of the burial and the bones, the researchers tried to figure out who this man was and whether his foot was amputated for medical reasons, accidentally, or as punishment for a crime.

Heavily occupied in the Late Roman to Early Medieval periods, Hemmaberg was a site of early Christian pilgrimage due to its abundance of churches. Archaeological excavation of graves near the Church of St. Hemma and Dorothea revealed early Christian burial practices as well: east-west aligned pits with few grave goods and little evidence of clothing. But one grave in particular piqued researchers’ interest. Situated close to the church, buried with a short sword and an ornate brooch, was a man who likely died during the Frankish reign in the area, the mid- to late-6th century AD, but who had clearly survived a foot amputation.

The analysis of the skeleton, which will be published in the March issue of the International Journal of Paleopathology, was led by bioarchaeologist Michaela Binder of the Austrian Archaeological Institute (OEAI). She and her team pored over the bony evidence, and also x-rayed and CT scanned the remains, in order to learn as much as possible about this man’s life and injury. His name is lost to history, but his bones provide a wealth of information.

Again, Solomon said nothing is new.

#9. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/6000-year-old-skeletons-french-pit-came-victims-violence

A gruesome discovery in eastern France casts new light on violent conflicts that took lives — and sometimes just limbs — around 6,000 years ago.

Excavations of a 2-meter-deep circular pit in Bergheim revealed seven human skeletons plus a skull section from an infant strewn atop the remains of seven human arms, say anthropologist Fanny Chenal of Antea Archéologie in Habsheim, France, and her colleagues.

Two men, one woman and four children were killed, probably in a raid or other violent encounter, the researchers report in the December Antiquity. Their bodies were piled in a pit that already contained a collection of left arms hacked off by axes or other sharp implements. Scattered hand bones at the bottom of the pit suggest that hands from the severed limbs had been deliberately cut into pieces.

Or the mess came after they were buried created by hungry animals or some natural disaster.

#10 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-12/10/c_134904597.htm

A rare golden colored horse might have galloped across northwestern China’s Gobi Desert 2,000 years ago, an archaeological DNA analysis has suggested.

The discovery comes after archaeologists with the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS) institute of archaeology analyzed the bones of five horses from a nomad tomb complex dating back to the Western Han Dynasty (202BC–8AD) in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

“The color of the horse’s body was golden, or palomino, while its mane and tail were nearly white,” said Zhao Xin, lead researcher of the project.

“Though it’s not the first archaeological discovery of a golden horse, such genovariation is very, very rare,” she said.

 

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in academics, archaeology, education, General Life, history, science

 

Just Archaeology- 19

Continuing to mine stories at http://www.archaeologica.org/NewsPage.htm

#1. http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2015/12/13/archaeologists-discover-3000-year-old-ancient-thracian-necropolis-with-gold-finds-during-rescue-digs-near-bulgarias-dragoman/

An Ancient Thracian necropolis which is more than 3,000 years old, and contains golddecorations has been discovered by archaeologists during rescueexcavations in WesternBulgaria.

The rescue digs near the town of Chukovezer, Dragoman Municipality, located to the west of Sofia, near Bulgaria’s borderwith Serbia, are being conducted because of the construction of the Bulgaria-Serbia Gas Interconnector, a long-anticipated natural gas pipeline.

The newly discovered Ancient Thracian necropolis dates back to 1400-1000 BC, lead archaeologistAssist. Prof. Dr. Borislav Borislavov from the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has told Offnews.

#2. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/12/08/this-one-bone-provides-the-only-skeletal-evidence-for-crucifixion-in-the-ancient-world/

The Romans practiced crucifixion – literally, “fixed to a cross” – for nearly a millennium. It was a public, painful, and slow form of execution, and used as a way to deter future crimes and humiliate the dying person. Since it was done to thousands of people and involved nails, you’d probably assume we have skeletal evidence of crucifixion.  But there’s only one, single bony example of Roman crucifixion, and even that is still heavily debated by experts.

Crucifixion seems to have originated in Persia, but the Romans created the practice as we think of it today, employing either a crux immissa (similar to the Christian cross) or a crux commissa (a T-shaped cross) made up of an upright post and a crossbar.  Generally, the upright post was erected first, and the victim was tied or nailed to the crossbar and then hoisted up.  There was usually an inscription nailed above the victim, noting his particular crime, and sometimes victims got a wooden support to sit or stand on. But Seneca, the Roman philosopher, wrote in 40AD that the process of crucifying someone varied greatly: “I see crosses there, not just of one kind but made in different ways: some have their victims with their head down to the ground, some impale their private parts, others stretch out their arms.”

When nails were involved, they were long and square (about 15cm long and 1cm thick) and were driven into the victim’s wrists or forearms to fix him to the crossbar.  Once the crossbar was in place, the feet may be nailed to either side of the upright or crossed.  In the first case, nails would have been driven through the heel bones, and in the second case, one nail would have been hammered through the metatarsals in the middle of the foot.  To hasten death, the victim sometimes had his legs broken (crurifragium); the resulting compound fracture of the shin bones may have resulted in hemorrhage and fat embolisms, not to mention significant pain, causing earlier death.

#3. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12052798/Dog-has-been-mans-best-friend-for-33000-years-DNA-study-finds.html?

Man’s best friend came about after generations of wolves scavenged alongside humans more than 33,000 years ago in south east Asia, according to new research.

Dogs became self-domesticated as they slowly evolved from wolves who joined humans in the hunt, according to the first study of dog genomes.

And it shows that the first domesticated dogs came about 33,000 years ago and migrated to Europe, rather than descending from domesticated European wolves 10,000 years ago as had previously been thought.

Scientists have long puzzled over how man’s best friend came into existence but there is conflicting evidence on when and where wild wolves were first tamed.

Scientists think that they have to pronounce judgment before anyone knows anything. Scientists are usually the last to know and they are generally wrong.

#4. http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/12/16/archaeologist-claims-to-have-unlocked-phaistos-disk-mystery/

The goddess of love, the Minoan Astarte, is the key figure that unlocks the mystery of the Phaistos Disk, according to linguist, archaeologist and coordinator of the program Erasmus of Crete Technological Institute; Gareth Owens.

Speaking to the ANA – MPA news agency, Owens said that after new data found in his research, his theory has changed slightly compared to the position he had expressed about a year ago. The focus is no longer the “pregnant mother”, as originally estimated, but a “pregnant goddess” that takes shape in the face of Astarte, the goddess of love.

“There is no doubt that we are talking about a religious text. This is clear from a comparison made with other religious words from other inscriptions from the holy mountains of Crete. We have words that are exactly the same,” Owens said and added, “I suspect that the Phaistos Disc is a hymn before Astarte, the goddess of love. Words such as those mentioned on the disk have been found on Minoan offerings and as with today’s offerings, people pray when they are troubled, because of health problems or personal reasons. Man doesn’t change, after all.”

We do not even know if those pictures are an actual language or not so this decipherment is not so clear or true. I doubt it is a religious text.

Every time something is discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the whispers begin. Is it the queen? Has she finally been found? They’re asking about Nefertiti, the legendary beauty who was married to one of ancient Egypt’s strangest pharaohs. Her burial site has never been found, and its location is one of the enduring mysteries in Egyptology.

The buzz is now as loud as ever, as scans of King Tut’s tomb indicate there may be hidden chambers behind sections of walls. Questions have inevitably arisen about possible links to Nefertiti, and whether archaeologists will peek behind the walls to find room after room filled with the dazzling grave goods of the long-lost queen.

The Volnoe Delo Oleg Deripaska Foundation, one of the largest private charities in Russia, has announced that Russian archaeologists working at the site of the ancient Greek city of Phanagoria near the Black Sea have discovered traces of a violent coup at the site, which at one time was the capital of the Kingdom of Bosporus in the 5th-4th century BC.

Following the Foundation-supported 12th archaeological season at the site of ancient Phanagoria, archaeologists reached ancient layers dating back to the 6th-5th century BC. They unearthed fragments of a city destroyed by a massive fire in 480-470 BC. It matches historic chronicles about power transition in the Kingdom of Bosporus when a Thracian dynasty of Spartocids deposed the ruling Archaeanactids dynasty in the 5th century BC.

 

It may not have been a coup.

 

#7. http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/21/egyptian-pharaoh-tutankhamuns-wet-nurse-might-have-been-his-sister

 

Archaeologists believe Maia, Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s wet nurse, may have actually been his sister Meritaten.

On Sunday, Egyptian officials and French archaeologist Alain Zivie unveiled Maia’s tomb to journalists ahead of its opening to the public next month.

The tomb was discovered by Zivie in 1996 in Saqqara, a necropolis about 20km (12 miles) south of Cairo.

Maia was the wet nurse of Tutankhamun, whose mummy was found in 1922 by renowned British Egyptologist Howard Carter in the Valley of Kings in Luxor along with a treasure trove of thousands of objects.

DNA tests have proven that the pharaoh Akhenaten was the father of Tutankhamun. The identity of his mother has long been a mystery, although she is not believed to be Akhenaten’s Queen Nefertiti. Some theories suggest the boy king’s mother was one of his aunts.

 

Sigh…

 

#8. http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2015/12/21/thracologists-discover-ancient-thracian-rock-step-pyramid-in-eastern-rhodope-mountains-in-southern-bulgaria/

 

n Ancient Thracian rock step pyramid with a rock sun temple dating back to 2500 BC has been identified in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Southern Bulgaria by an expedition of historians and thracologists.

The Thracian pyramid in question was shaped out of the natural rocks in the mountain near the town of Kovil, Krumovgrad Municipality, Kardzhali District.

It is about 15 meters tall, and consists of five stepped terraces, with the sun temple hacked into the rocks inside it, according to Prof. Vasil Markov, a historian specializing in the civilization ofAncient Thrace.

#9. http://www.livescience.com/53167-rattles-found-in-prehistoric-infant-grave.html

 

Tiny figurines that may have been used as rattling toys or charms to ward off evil spirits were discovered in the grave of an infant dating back 4,500 years, archaeologists say.

The burial was discovered on the northwest shore of Lake Itkul in the Minusinsk basinin Russia. The infant’s remains, which were found in what appears to be a birchbark cradle, suggest he or she was less than a year old at death. On the infant’s chest, archaeologists found “eight miniature horn figurines representing humanlike characters and heads of birds, elk, boar and a carnivore,”wrote archaeologists Andrey Polyakov and Yury Esin, in an article published recently in the journal Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia.

 

Or the child was buried with its favorite toy. Archaeologists drive me crazy sometimes.

 

#10 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/History-mystery-Gold-tool-discovered-in-cemetery-structure-leaves-archaeologists-stumped-438035

The Antiquities Authority turned to the public Tuesday to understand the purpose for a mysterious artifact that was discovered in an old building in a Jerusalem cemetery.

Several months ago, a maintenance worker for the cemetery noticed an abandoned package inside an old structure on the grounds. In accordance with security protocol, the worker immediately alerted police forces in the area who carried out a controlled explosion within the building to eliminate any possible threat from the package.

The damage caused to the structure revealed a gold-colored object which was turned over to the authority for study.

At 8.5 kg., the IAA has been stumped by the gold object, having never seen anything of the like in the past. The object has since been taken in for testing and analysis by experts who tried to understand the use and purpose of the item.

 

Of course they are stumped, modern researchers do not give the ancients credit for anything.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in academics, archaeology, education, General Life, Genetics, history, science

 
 
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