Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ancient does not mean stupid...

We frequently give ancient cultures less credit that they deserve for their engineering and even social accomplishments. For example, I have always assumed large monuments were erected by massive applications of labor.

For proof of the opposite, check my following blog entry from Also visit the builder's website.

Speaking of Stonehenge, archeologists have unearthed houses near there of surprising size and comfort.

The buildings all had plaster floors and timber frames, and most had a central hearth. Two, including a house possibly inhabited by a community chief or priest, were enclosed by ringed ditches, the largest measuring 131 feet across. Postholes indicate a wooden fence would have surrounded the smaller of the two structures.

"If the structure inside the large ditch was indeed a chief's house, this individual would have been living rather humbly like the rest of the population, since the building itself wouldn't have been elaborate," Thomas said. "It's like a humble house that was meant to be separated and secluded from the outside world." [More]

The more we know about ancient people, the more persistent some human charactersitics seesm to be. Much of what we think of as enlightenment may simply be fashion, not social evolution.

[via Neatorama]


Anonymous said...

We have missed your early morning program on channel 21 in the Ft. Wayne, In. area. We still get the Ag/business program. At least we have this avenue to keep the world in touch with agriculture business and life. We realize that you are very busy. For those who do not get the rural channel, this helps keep the world in touch with what is important from a real agriculturist and not just a journalist. We do enjoy our Successful Farming Magazines but the program made it come alive, again.
Those in farming need to keep in touch as the program helps to bring respect to the industry. There are young FFA members who need to see those positive images.
We love to see how people are being industrious in rural communities and farming. We enjoy seeing people who have revived yesterday with their equipment and heritage. There used to be a show that took us to the country fairs and brought good country living to our lives. The programs are on very early which make it difficult to see for many. Unsure of the solution.
Thanks again for the past enlightenment.

John Phipps said...

Les and Liz: Thanks for watching USFR. We are constantly working to keep our coverage as wide as possible. If braodband is an option for you and please consider this investment - you can watch the whole show at your convenience at

Oh - USFR is affiliated Farm Journal, not SF...

Unknown said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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