Monday, December 06, 2004

Few more items:

At least it's not space aliens New theory on Stonehenge mystery

A fresh theory on how Stonehenge was built has been tested out by a group of experts and enthusiasts.

Gordon Pipes, of the Stonehengineers group of scientists and archaeologists, has suggested that levers may have been used to move the giant stones.

They have tested his "stone-rowing" theory which involves a 45-tonne stone being levered on a track of logs.

"It's akin to rowing a boat, weights can be picked up with levers using body mass and balance," said Mr Pipes.

We have no comment. Probably as good as any other idea.

Whew Greek Lawyers Drop Legal Threat to 'Alexander' Film

Greek lawyers are giving up efforts to have a new Hollywood film banned and its makers sued for depicting Alexander the Great as a bisexual.

The lawyers, who saw a preview just ahead of "Alexander's" release in Greece on Friday, said it did not have the explicit scenes they had feared, though they were still unhappy it dealt with this aspect of their national hero's life.

Historians and the film's makers say the youthful Macedonian warrior from the fourth century B.C. -- played by Irishman Colin Farrell -- loved both men and women.

It's pretty bad when your work doesn't even rate a lawsuit.

Of course, we all know now who the slayer of Alexander is:

Fight! Fight! Friends of Historic Glasgow (Delaware)

Christina School District and several private firms are aggressively attempting to purchase and then immediately develop the entire Barczewski farm (also known as the La Grange or Dr. Samuel Henry Black farm). Christina S. D. wants to buy almost 30% of the property, including the historic manor house and granary, so that a mega-school incorporating elementary and middle school facilities can be built.

The Barczewski farm's 236 acres contain two documented Native American Indian camps, earthen works from the British and Hessian occupation of Aikentown (Glasgow), remnants of the Benjamin Latrobe feeder canal from 1804, and several structures on the National Register of Historic Places (Dr. Samuel Henry Black). General Lafayette named the farm "La Grange" while a visitor there in October 1824. The Federal US Censuses of 1810 and 1820 for DE/NCCo/Pencader Hundred, show that there were three FREE African-Americans (unnamed - husband, wife, and daughter) who were part of Dr. Samuel H. Black's household.

This isn't a news item, it's an advocacy page. FYI.

Repatriation update II Remains at UH-Hilo
to be reinterred in late January

Three incomplete sets of native Hawaiian remains found in boxes at the University of Hawaii at Hilo will not be reinterred until late January, according to a member of a group involved in the repatriation.

The three sets of remains will be reinterred in Kau after the end of Makahiki, the Hawaiian season of sports and festivals, said Keolalani Hanoa, a member of the Punaluu Preservation Association.

The remains, which include bones of a child discovered in a Kau cave in 1954, were discovered during a recent inventory and were left behind by archaeologist Bill Bonk, said Peter Mills, head of UH-Hilo's anthropology department. The age of the bones is unknown.