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Archaeological Treasure Trove Of Bones Found In Mexican Burial Site
2012-08-08 14:03:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Archeologists working at a site in Mexico said they have found an unprecedented burial site where a young woman´s remains are surrounded by stacks of over 1,700 bones. The site, which was located 15 feet below the surface of Mexico City´s Templo Mayor, dates back to the end of the 15th century, when Aztecs and their culture dominated the region. Throughout the history of civilization, elite rulers have been buried en masse...

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2012-08-07 09:36:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online European explorers roaming through the American southeast in the late 1600's wrote of native purification rituals that involved dancing, vomiting and a 'black drink' in shell cups. Spanish, English, and French explorers, merchants, travelers, priests, and naturalists described its use among groups from southern Virginia to west of the Mississippi, according to the University of Iowa's Medical Museum. Recent evidence found at the site...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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