More? Check out these notable embalmings
Although the Chinese and Egyptians perfected embalming, the modern journey took a more convoluted route.
The Civil War brought swift changes in the techniques and fluids used. Families who desired to have their dead soldiers shipped home instead of being buried in shallow graves began to pay increasingly higher costs. The increased prosperity caused surgeons to quit their professions and become embalmers, making as much as $100 per body.
Prevailing embalming fluids were causing the deaths of medical students who worked on cadavers. Thomas Holmes developed a "safe" solution: 4 ounces of arsenic mixed with one gallon of water. He sold the product to undertakers for $3.00/gallon. Other early solutions contained creosote and even mercury.
The most unusual story, however, occurred in 1775 in London, England when Martin van Butchell, an eccentric dentist, embalmed his wife. With glass marbles in his eyes and dressed in lace, he put her on display to attract attention to his dental office, which was also his home.
He might not have been as eccentric as one would think. A rumor surfaced that a clause in the van Butchell marriage certificate claimed that Martin would continue to receive income from Mary's estate as long as she remained "above ground".
Martin's new wife demanded he remove the corpse, which now resides in the Royal College of Surgeons.
The Neanderthal man has long been portrayed as a pre-human "cave man" who spoke only in grunts, relying heavily on body language, as do primates.
However, after finding a fossilized Neanderthal hyoid, a bone that is instrumental in enabling speech, this assumption has been revisited.
Using a computer model of the bone, scientists compared it to that of modern humans. It demonstrates that modern man and the Neanderthal have very similar linguistic capabilities.
In non-human primates, the hyoid is not placed in the right position to vocalize like humans.
Our human capacity for speech and language has long been used as a fundamental characteristic that makes us human.
Researcher, Stephen Wroe says, “If Neanderthals also had language then they were truly human too.”
This, added to other recent discoveries, show that far from being pre-humans, Neanderthals were extremely similar to ourselves in almost every respect.
Over 80 golden artifacts are presumed stolen from the museum depot in Skopje, the capital of FYROM, the Reformed Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Many of the items were golden earrings dating back from the Hellenic era. They were discovered in digs between 2009 and 2010.
Several archaeologists (illegal excavators) working as employees of the culture ministry, have been charged with helping to determine the price of the artifacts and find buyers abroad.
FYROM's former chief excavator, Pasko Kuzman, was arrested in July for misuse of office, leading to speculation of his involvement in the theft.
And so the "Indiana Jones-esque" intrigue continues.
Extra tidbit: Though the country’s residents call themselves the “Republic of Macedonia,” its neighbor, Greece, is outraged. It has threatened economic blockades, fearing the use of the name “Macedonia,” might provide claim to ancient Macedonian lands that reside well within Greece.
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Reassembled after 2300 years, a beautifully decorated collar was found in fragments in an Egyptian tomb in Thebes.
Called “wesekhs,” they were made of beads and worn by people in ancient Egypt while alive. The painted “cartonnage” collars were worn by the mummy only after death.
The tomb became crowded through the years, as more mummies found homes there, a common occurrence with possible economic motives
An inscription written in a mud-clay seal near the collar says that it was made for a man named "Padihorwer."
The translation reads he was "privy to the mysteries and god's sealer, 'embalmer,' scribe, prophet of the 'desert' (necropolis) of Qus," which is located north of Thebes.
While traveling around Italy, I met a store owner in Tuscany. After I explained I was a novelist, he asked,
"Have you seen the Sword in the Stone?"
He went on to explain the site was only 15 kilometers away. Thoroughly jazzed, I drove to San Galgano with my husband the following day. Wow!
Even if the story had proved to be false, the Chapel of San Galgano and the fabulous ruined Abbey were spectacular.
However, the story is real...
In 1178, a wayward knight was challenged by a heavenly vision to leave his destructive style of life.
The violent man responded, "That would be as easy as plunging my sword into this stone." He thrust his sword at the stone and was recorded as saying, "It melted like butter." For centuries, pilgrims arrived to view the miracle.
(Keep in mind this event occurred one year BEFORE the sword in the stone story appeared in the King Arthur tales.)
Galgano became a hermit and stayed atop Montesiepi until his death in 1181. Five years later, a chapel was erected to protect the miracle.
Not a believer yet? A few years ago, vandals broke off the hilt, but were caught and the piece of sword recovered. This permitted a scientific study, which confirmed the sword was indeed twelfth century!
Now, how does a suspense writer leave a scene like this without using this extraordinary event in a novel? She doesn't!
I am pleased to announce my latest novel, "The Proof." It will not be released until next month, but please enjoy a peek at the story through the video trailer HERE, and please, don't be shy about sharing it.
See more beautiful photos of San Galgano HERE.
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Did you know there are over 3000 Stonehenge-like formations around the world?
Placed in circles or rows, these structures still baffle the experts. They have been linked with worship, sacrifice, and alignment with the planets
A newer idea is that they were used for their earthquake-warning ability. Hmmm.
A beautiful example are those in France, called the Carnac Stones, which are configured in different patterns.
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How could an advanced, thriving civilization the size of Norway just disappear?
The Indus Valley Civilization, India’s oldest known people group, once occupied the Indus Valley that stretches from western India to Afghanistan. Their abrupt collapse in 1500 BC is baffling—the scale rivaling that of the great Mayan decline.
In 1922, archeologists started uncovering remnants of this people’s fascinating cities, lost for 4,000 years. By 1998, 1400 town sites were discovered, some occupied by 50,000 residents!
Adding even more mystery, the towns were laid out in perfect grids by experienced, organized engineers and workers. Each brick home had its own bathroom, connected by clay pipes that ran underground and dumped waste outside the city. Each had running water and windows that opened onto a central courtyard.
Residents were skilled in metallurgy, jewelry-making, and even dentistry. They developed their own precise measuring system and their hard, uniform bricks still survive. In the fertile valley, they grew a surplus of food and each town had a large central storage building for grain.
So what happened? Wouldn't you know if your great-grandfather lived in 50,000-person city? How could this information vanish from the records and memories? With no known natural disaster and no evidence of a military defeat, scientists continue to search for more clues.
Here’s my question: If massive, complex cultures can exist for 2000 years, then virtually vanish off the face of the earth, with no one knowing what happened, what makes us think it couldn’t happen to us?
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Though the natural beauty is what draws many to this tropical paradise, the legends surrounding it are sure to be part of the appeal.
For one thing, it is bottomless. No diver has reached the lower extent of its blue majesty, lending an eerie feeling to those diving into the abyss.
What lies beneath?
Swimmers can enjoy the enchanted waters at their leisure until noon, when all are asked to stay on shore. At that time, the caretakers throw a feast onto the surface, calling swarms of fish from out of nowhere.
Yet, no fish has ever been caught from this pool. One story purports that at dusk, fishwives of the area laid their fish traps, but returned to find them hanging on a branch the next day.
Two pale-skinned women with flowing hair were viewed bathing under a full moon. The witnesses, a father and son, said the apparition vanished in a swirl of fireflies.
Even Neptune has a part in the stories, and is said to have carved sets of furniture in a nearby cave for "King Neptune's Party."
The legends seem to flow with the gentle energy of the pool, which is fully accessible - even accommodations are provided for the fortunate traveler to this popular area.
Link to more photos at Entravel.blogspot.com.
Link to more mysterious trivia and travel info at Inquire News.
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