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Ancient Rice and Mung Beans Helped Solve a Longstanding Madagascan Mystery

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... water, they examined the residue found in the sediments and found that crops might have been brought to the island by the 8th and 10th century.
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Scientists believe they have just solved one of the longstanding mysteries of the ancient world. The origin of theMalagasy language has baffled archeologists over the years. People of Madagascar speak this language which is closely related to those spoken in Southeast Asia and Pacific- thousands of kilometers away from Madagascar. The similarity of language indicates a connection between the two but until now there has been no valid archeological evidence found that can link those people to South East Asians.After struggling for decades to find any evidence, an international team of researchers have finally found some clues. They have analyzed the remains of ancient rice and mung beans which remained buried in various archeological sites...
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Rice, Mung Bean Remains Help Solve Madagascan Mystery

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The data suggested an introduction of these crops, both to Madagascar and the neighboring Comoros Islands, by the 8th and 10th century. "Southeast ...
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Researchers have helped solve one of the enduring mysteries of the ancient world: why the inhabitants of Madagascar speak Malagasy, a language otherwise unique to Southeast Asia and the Pacific - a region located at least 6,000 km away. An international research team has identified that ancient crop remains excavated from sites in Madagascar consist of Asian species like rice and mung beans. This is thought to be the first archaeological evidence that settlers from South Asia are likely to have colonized the island over a thousand years ago. The findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Genetic research has confirmed that the inhabitants of Madagascar do indeed share close ancestry with Malaysians, Po...
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Theater Schmeater's 'Creature': A mystic out of step with her medieval times

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A review of “Creature,” about 15th-century mystic Margery Kempe, on stage at Theater Schmeater through June 25.
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A review of “Creature,” about 15th-century mystic Margery Kempe, on stage at Theater Schmeater through June 25. Who says piety is a prerequisite for sainthood? Margery Kempe is willing to test that idea in Heidi Schreck’s “Creature,” a darkly comic bit of historical fiction about the 15th-century English Christian mystic. The real woman is famous for her autobiographical “The Book of Margery Kempe,” in which she detailed a variety of religious experiences, including visions of Jesus Christ. Schreck, a Seattle-area native now based in New York who has written for the cable series “Nurse Jackie” and “Billions,” imagines her Margery as a woman deeply out of step with oppressive medieval expectations. She’s upfront about her carnal desires —...
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Video: Ming Cup fetches £3m for Staffordshire University

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The Cup dates back to the early 15th century and was sold in Hong Kong. It was part of a collection of oriental ceramics donated to the University by a ...
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A rare Ming cup bequeathed to Staffordshire University has fetched more than 拢3 million at auction. The Cup dates back to the early 15th century and was sold in Hong Kong. It was part of a collection of oriental ceramics donated to the University by a London chemist in the 1940s to prevent damage during the Second World War. Money from the sale will fund a purpose built centre for ceramics at the University's Stoke-on-Trent campus which will house the remainder of the 270 piece collection. Video from Lyon & Turnbull
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13th century inscription found

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The inscription says that Gandharvakottai, referred to as 'Kovil Nallur,' was invaded by Sengulatharayan, a chieftain, in the 13th century AD.
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PRICELESS:An ancient inscription unearthed near the tank at Pisanathur village near Gandarvakottai. A 13{+t}{+h}century inscription on the invasion of Gandharvakottai has been unearthed on the banks of a tank at Pisnathur village near Gandharvakottai recently.The inscription says that Gandharvakottai, referred to as ‘Kovil Nallur,’ was invaded by Sengulatharayan, a chieftain, in the 13th century AD.The residents had invited Kadungolan, a warrior, to protect Kovil Nallur from the invaders, the inscription says.It was found on a piece of rectangular stone which formed part of entrance to a temple. The stone was unearthed during deepening of the tank recently.After the temple was damaged, the stone pillar had been utilised as a ‘ madaikal ’...
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US to return 19 stolen Indian artefacts during Modi's trip

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Among the cultural property are two stone sculptures dating back to the Pratihara period between 7-11th century. They were stolen from a temple ruin ...
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A mid his attempts to improve business ties and bolster India's bid for membership to the Nuclear Suppliers' Group during his visit to America next week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be receiving a set of 19 artefacts stolen from India.A team of Archaeological Survey of India will head out on June 2 to authenticate the objects, which were seized by the US the Homeland Security in New York.Among the cultural property are two stone sculptures dating back to the Pratihara period between 7-11th century. They were stolen from a temple ruin at Atru in Baran district of Rajasthan."One of them is a Vishnu Lakshmi image and the other is a maithuna or copulating pair," said a senior government official.These sculptures along with a Bhodisatav...
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Ancient Plants Tell Story of Madagascar's Human's Ancestry

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The researchers postulated the Asian crops were brought to Madagascar and the Comoros Islands by the eighth and tenth century. “We've been able ...
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In 2005, a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics found the human inhabitants of Madagascar can trace their genetic lineages back to two regions, the relatively nearby Eastern Africa and the Southeast Asian island Borneo, around 4,500 miles away. At the time, the researchers noted that while the Malagasy people’s lineage is roughly a 50-50 split between the two regions, they speak a language derived exclusively from Indonesia. Now, researchers believe they’ve found archaeological evidence of settlers from Southeast Asia. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. After excavating 18 ancient settlement sites from Madagascar, neighboring islands, and the East African coast, the researcher...
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„Gläserne Decke“

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"Glass ceiling"
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... bei den heutigen Namensträgern um Nachfahren von gleichnamigen Familien aus dem 15. Jahrhundert handelt, ist laut den Studienautoren hoch.
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... at the today's plays to descendants of the families from the 15th century is, according to the authors of the study.
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Eine neue Studie widerspricht der bisher verbreiteten Vorstellung, wonach sich Vermögensvorteile im Laufe mehrerer Generationen weitgehend in Luft auflösen. Zwei Forschungsmitarbeiter der italienischen Nationalbank untersuchten die Verhältnisse in der Renaissancestadt Florenz - und zwar jene von 1427 und jene von 2011. Konkret verglichen sie die für beide Jahre vorhandenen und nun digitalisierten Steuerlisten, die Namen, Beruf, Einkommen und Vermögen festhalten. Das Ergebnis des Vergleichs ist eindeutig: „Die Spitzenverdiener unter den aktuellen Steuerzahlern waren auch vor sechs Jahrhunderten bereits an der Spitze der sozioökonomischen Leiter“, so Guglielmo Barone und Sauro Mocetti auf VoxEU.org.Die gleichen fünf NamenDie fünf Topverdie...
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A new study contradicts the previously widespread idea that financial benefits largely resolve over the course of several generations into air. Two employees of the Italian National Bank examined the conditions in the Renaissance City of Florence - and those of 1427 and those by 2011. specifically compared the existing for two years and now digital control lists that hold name, occupation, income and assets. The result of the comparison is clear: "The top earners under the current taxpayers were also six centuries ago already at the top of the socio-economic ladder" on VoxEU.org.Die same Guglielmo Barone and Sauro Moccetti five name five Topverdie...
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Ancient crops reveal mass migration from Asia to Madagascar

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The information indicated an introduction of these crops, both to Madagascar and the nearby Comoros Islands, by the 8th and 10th century. “Southeast ...
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Science May 31, 2016 by Brett Smith Anthropologists assert that people migrated from Southeast Asia to Madagascar around 1,000 years ago and a new study has revealed the first proof of such a migration. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the new study reveals evidence of ancient crop remains from Asian species like rice and mung beans at sites in Madagascar. DNA research found the inhabitants of Madagascar have a common ancestry with Malaysians, Polynesians, and other Southeast Asians. In fact, the inhabitants of Madagascar speak Malagasy, a language common to Southeast Asia and the Pacific. To date, archaeological studies have recognized human settlements in Madagascar from the first millennium. There are ...
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Climate may have defeated Mongol invaders

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Climate fluctuation not only may have paved the way for Genghis Khan's conquests of Asia in the 13th century, sudden climatic change may also have ...
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Two scholars − one skilled in historical documents and another in interpreting tree rings to deliver weather reports through history − say that cold and heavy snowfalls may have blighted the pastureland of the Great Hungarian Plain in 1242.This would have produced marshy conditions that would have made it difficult or impossible for 130,000 horsemen to campaign or even survive so far from home.Genghis Khan’s vast but fleeting empire began in 1206, when the leader united the Mongol tribes, and by 1279 one hitherto impoverished group of nomads had swept across China, Russia, central Asia and Iran. Genghis died in 1227, but by 1242 an army of 130,000 Mongol cavalry had entered Hungary.On the marchIn 2014, a team of US scientists looked at t...
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