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Origins Of Farming In The Fertile Crescent
2013-07-06 05:04:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previously established theories have stated that Mesopotamia, or the "cradle of civilization," was the place where humans began to transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers. However, a new study from archeologists at the University of Tubingen in Germany indicates that prehistoric people living just outside Mesopotamia, but still within the Fertile Crescent, in modern-day Iran cultivated cereal grains between 12,000 and 9,800 years ago....

Digging Deep For Clues On The Origins Of The Maya Civilization
2013-04-26 05:57:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The origins of the Maya civilization remain something of a mystery to researchers, despite the fact it is well-known for elaborate temples, a sophisticated writing system, and mathematical and astronomical developments. A new study led by the University of Arizona (UA) suggests the origins of the civilization are more complex than previously thought, challenging the two prevailing theories. In the debate on the origins of the...

Massive Ancient Site Unearthed In Cradle Of Civilization
2013-04-05 13:46:55

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A team of British archaeologists from the University of Manchester has discovered what they believe to be a large building complex underground in an area of Iraq near Tell Khaiber. Using a satellite, the team spotted the 87-yard-long building before confirming its presence by way of geographical survey and trial excavations. They now believe this 4,000-year-old building could have had a critical function in Ur, one of the...

2013-03-14 23:00:03

When the World was Black, a two-volume text that spans over 900 pages, covering over 200,000 years of Black history, and over 100 countries. “This is heavy stuff, so I wanted to make sure it would be easy enough for a high school student to read and enjoy,” Author, Supreme Understanding says, “So I drew on my experience writing curriculum to make these books reader-friendly, even for people who don´t like reading about anything, much less about history.” Atlanta...

Archaeologists Find Tomb Of Mayan Ruler
2012-10-26 14:21:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Archaeologists have uncovered a tomb complete with jade jewelry and decorations that belong to an early Mayan ruler. The experts said on Thursday that the discovery at Guatemala's Tak'alik Ab'aj temple site may help to broaden the spectrum of what life was like during the Mayan culture. Archaeologists Miguel Orrego said carbon-dating indicates the tomb was built between 700 and 400 B.C., which was several hundred years before...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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