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2009-06-25 12:46:55

U.S. archaeologists are using obsidian flakes left from the carving of tools to answer many questions about early human beings. University of Washington and Smithsonian Institute archaeologists used X-ray fluorescence spectrometers to determine the origin of 131 flakes of obsidian, a volcanic glass, found at 18 sites on eight islands in the Kurils. The flakes were found with other artifacts and dated to 2,500 to 750 years ago. The Kuril Archipelago stretches nearly 800 miles between the...


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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