Debates Drool – Discovery Rules
by Amy Lignor
All the presidential candidates continue to yap. BOY, are they yapping. I mean, really? How many debates are these people going to have where they continue to repeat themselves and bore the rest of us to death? The news of the past seems to be far more interesting than the news we have presently. Some truly exciting events are taking place in the world of archaeology that will spark the mind, which is not something you can say about the debates.
We begin in Israel. As a group of archaeologists were digging around an ancient cemetery recently, they came across a discovery. 1,700-year-old inscriptions carved in stone that may just point out the burial place of “elite” rabbis.
Found in a place known as Sepphoris (once the Jewish capital of Galilee), the several hundred ancient tombs of Zippori were sitting there waiting to be discovered. Utilized between the 2nd and 4th centuries, sarcophagi, ossuaries, and other burial chambers were found. Within a national park, this newest discovery joins the already unearthed ancient streets, mosaic floors, and Roman-style theatre. A new discovery that will lead to more information on what life was like for the people who walked those streets in the past.
We move on to Pompeii, but not the one you already know about. Just recently, a new Pompeii rose from the past – this time in Britain. In the county of Cambridgeshire, archaeologists just unearthed Bronze Age homes that seemed to have been abandoned quickly by whoever lived there. Extremely well-preserved, it seems that the settlement played home to a few families that lived in circular houses made of wood, built on stilts at one time. It is apparent that a fire destroyed the settlement, which caused the houses to fall into the river allowing the silt and clay to preserve all the contents. It is truly an amazing find, showing exactly what domestic life was like for the people back in 1200 B.C. living in Historic England. From food eaten to pottery they cooked with, the findings will add a ton of data to a time that was thought to be completely lost. The most amazing find comes in the preservation of the footprints of the people who lived there; they are still visible in the sediment. Only halfway through the four-year project, archaeologists are trying to find the answer as to whether a fire accidentally was created, or if some hostile force made these people run.
Lastly… You want halftime? We will show you a halftime that was far more exciting than Super Bowl 50.
Archaeologists are still finding information and artifacts that show exactly what was done at Halftime during a Roman gladiator show. More projects are underway that prove the mighty arenas were actually empty, all except for seesaws and dozens of condemned criminals who sat on them with their hands tied behind their backs. Apparently, the halftime show would begin with one criminal pushing off the ground and rising fifteen feet in the air, while the criminal on the other end of the seesaw descended quickly. This seems boring, probably was boring to the Roman citizens as they wondered whether or not they should hang it up for the day and go home for a nap.
However, just before the people would depart, trapdoors in the floor of the arena opened and shot forth everything from lions to wild boars. The starved animals ran at the criminals and the seesaw partners would have to use all their strength to be the one high in the air as they sent their partner into the waiting jaws below. And the criminal who lasted the longest – instead of being regaled – would be saved for the largest lion that would prowl the outskirts of the arena.
More and more talk is being raised about the, let us say, MVP of the arena – the beast master, Carpophorus. Apparently he not only trained the animals to attack, but he would also stand in the center of the arena to do battle with the most fearsome creatures there. The past states that he had one match with a bear, a lion and a leopard that were released all at once, and he won. It will be interesting to see what crops up next from those ancient arenas.
In the end, who the President of the United States will be is most important. But it is also frightening considering the choices that are out there. But if the debates become more than a bit ridiculous for you in the coming months, and your intelligent mind needs something more, head into the past and check out the new discoveries that are happening on a daily basis. Also, pick up a book about Lincoln. After all, if you want to hear about a president who knew what they were doing, it’s obvious that you’ll have to go into the past to find one.