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Prehistoric temples on Maui reveal origins of First Kingdom. http://westerndigs.org/prehistoric-temples-on-maui-reveal-origins-of-islands-first-kingdom/

hawaiian-temple-sharpA new study of prehistoric temples in Hawaii has set out to discovery when the island’s native peoples first came together under a single ruler.  http://westerndigs.org/prehistoric-temples-on-maui-reveal-origins-of-islands-first-kingdom/

#Archaeology. World’s largest underwater museum…wow.

Mexico underwater-museum-1http://www.businessinsider.com/cancun-underwater-museum-museo-subacutico-de-arte-2015-5

Can’t wait to go see this magnificent underwater museum off the coast of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.  Just need to learn to scuba dive…


The Lusitania is not your personal play thing, Bemis…it’s world heritage.


When the passenger ship, the Lusitania, was sunk by a German submarine in 1915, it became one of the pivotal moments of World War I.  Should any individual have “salvage rights”–which means the right to strip the Lusitania bare and sell the artifacts (think about the Titanic)–to a critical part of world heritage?  The Irish government is doing the right thing, trying to protect it from possible exploitation by a profiteer.  Good work, Ireland.




Athenian democracy…you know why it’s different from modern democracy.

Those who’ve read our PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE quartet of books already know why American democracy–and modern democracies around the world–are different from classical Greek democracy.  People like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin valued and incorporated Iroquoian  democratic principles into the fabric of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Women, of course, were still excluded from voting.  In Iroquoia everyone voted, women, children, and often prisoners of war were allowed to vote.  

Here’s our question for you:  If you were a voter in ancient Greek society and you voted to go to war, you had to run home, grab you bow and armor, pack some food, and head off to fight.  So…if we were obeying Grecian rules of democracy, and you knew you had to fight if you voted to go to war in Syria, Iraq, or Iran, how would you vote?  http://www.historyextra.com/blog/ancient-greece/ancient-greek-democracy-similar-ours-we-think

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Bog bodies…an archaeological perspective on the Weerdinge Couple

Take a careful look at these two bodies.  They are both men and date to around 2,000 years ago.  Do you think they were thrown into the bog and accidentally ended up in these positions?  Or did someone deliberately arrange them?  Why or why not?

http://www.archive.archaeology.org/1005/bogbodies/index.htmlBog Weerdinge Couple  two men 

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