Scientific Museum, Vikings, South America discussed on Stuff You Missed in History Class
The pyramid was at the heart of a city that existed for about five hundred years and the team has found evidence of human sacrifice in numerous sites around the city. This includes six pits containing human heads near one rampart gate, and there were multiple excavations of child sacrifices in central and South America. Excavators. Mexico found a child sacrifice at the foot of an Aztec temple. And what's now? Mexico City was probably a boy of eight or ten years old placed in a pit under a floor of the temple an excavation. In northern Peru has revealed what may be the world's largest child sacrifice at a burial site belonging to the empire. Art, an archaeology professor who was involved in this fine described it as quote, they were pasta. Offering the gods. The most important thing they had as society and the most important thing is children because they represent the future. Moving on from human sacrifice to burning things a forest fire in southern Alberta. Canada uncovered a massive number of artifacts from the blackfoot tribe in particular officials at Waterton lakes, national park said that without the vegetation that was previously. There. They had a once in a lifetime opportunity to study as many as two hundred fifty blackfoot camps, some of which date is far back as seventeen hundred but they had to do it all very quickly since vegetation covered everything back up as it. Regroup. One of the archaeologists on the team is Kevin black plume who has talked about the project as an opportunity to bring more awareness of indigenous history in August fire outside of Berlin, set off unexploded World War Two ammunition. That is still buried all around the forests in the area on top of that being. Terrifying on its own it hampered the firefighting effort, nobody knows where all of this ammunition is buried so firefighters had to sort of steer clear of areas where it seemed likely that there might be buried ammunition. That is terrifying. Prospect the national museum in Rio was destroyed by fire in September. And as a consequence it's collection of more than twenty million or two fax was also destroyed the two hundred year old museum had struggled in recent years and had fallen into disrepair in the months leading up to the fire. Museum officials had criticized the government for failing to allocate enough money to maintain an improve it in a tragic irony. The museum had just secured funding for an improvement project that included fire prevention not long before the fire fighting the fire was also made more difficult because two of the hydrants near the museum were dry when firefighters tried to use them. So they had to bring in water from a nearby lake. The national museum was Brazil's oldest historical and scientific museum and has also described as the nation's most important museum a lot of the collections that are now destroyed related to science and the natural world so things like minerals, fossils and meteorites, but many of the collections also related to history. There was for example, a twelve thousand year old skeleton known as Luzia which was the oldest skeleton ever found the Americas that collection, also included art, tools and other artifacts from Brazil's native peoples and seven hundred piece AGIP shin collection, including five mummies. In addition to all of that the museum itself was an important part of Brazil's national identity so from so many different angles. This is just a colossal and irreplaceable loss. Okay. Moving on from things. Get very choked up and sad something that makes me very happy, and that's a textiles including so the widespread assumption has been that ancient. Arctic peoples learned how to spin yarn from the Vikings. And this was an assumption because the whale and seal oils used in the yard made it nearly impossible to conclusively date the fibers themselves. However, now, researchers have figured out how to basically shampoo the oils out of the yarn without damaging the fibers themselves. And what they discovered is that there's a lot of yarn that dates back to between five hundred and a thousand years before Vikings ever arrived in the area. So the ancestors to the Inoue who were living in the area. Basically knew about spinning yarn before Vikings ever got there and might have actually taught the Vikings something about it a team from the university of Cambridge has discovered that in Britain, Europe and parts of western Asia. Spinning was not the first method for making thread splicing was in spinning a fluffy massive fibers is drawn out into thread using something like a spindle or staff or much later a spinning wheel look. Out sleeping.