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Originally posted by BeastMaster2012
Here is "the Prince".
I can't find much information on this one. The book calls it The Prince and there aren't that many references to it so i don't think this is popular or the name changed.
This is a crazy one too!
Originally posted by tooo many pills
reply to post by Quadrivium
Did they specifically find tobacco seeds and leaves as we know and smoke them today, or did they find seeds and leaves from the genus Nicotiana? Because from what I've just read it seems like any plant from the genus Nicotiana is capable of producing tobacco, but I am not positive, nor am I an expert.
In the study, samples were taken from nine mummies that were dated from between 1070 B.C. to 395 A.D. The samples included hair, skin and muscle were taken from the head and abdomen. Bone tissue was also taken from the skull. All tissues were pulverized and dissolved in NaCl solution, homogenized, and centrifuged. A portion of the supernatant was extracted with chloroform and dried and then dissolved in a phosphate buffer. Samples were then measured by both radioimmunoassay (Merck; Biermann) and gas chromatography / mass spectrometry (Hewlett Packard) - hereinafter GCMS.
Hair samples were taken from 18 mummies from the Dakhleh Oasis which had under gone extensive autopsies and some of which had radiocarbon dating. These were subjected to coc aine and nicotine analysis by previously reported techniques. Hair samples were taken from a variety of ages and sexes. No samples were taken from individuals under six years of age.
These results indicate that all individuals were negative for coc aine and 10 of the 13 individuals had nicotine levels consistent with dietary or minimal tobacco exposure. These results indicate that all individuals were negative for coc aine and 14 of the 18 individuals (78%) were positive for nicotine. The positive levels clustered in a very narrow range from 0.7 to 2.1 ng/mg of hair. A cut off value of 2 ng/mg is used in modern testing to discriminate tobacco use from passive exposure and dietary sources of nicotine. In a study of ancient hair samples for Andean mummies this also was determined to be a valid cut-off value. All of the Dakhleh values are consistent with dietary origins. In contrast to the low levels found in Egyptian mummy hair the tobacco used in the South American population had values exceeding 20 Ng/mg hair.
Originally posted by sandri_90
When I visited the Louvre, our guide showed us the most enigmatic and interesting things in the Egypt department, like the depiction of different cultures or statues that looked like aliens
And I`ll always remember the drawing of what looked like a central-american native on the inside of a Sarcophagus.
If you`d like I could post tonight some of the photos that I took and see if there is something related to the OP. They`ll be scanned.
I have to leave now, I`m going on a trip with my friends.
The latest news of the progress of the explorations of what is now regarded by scientists as not only the oldest archeological discovery in the United States, but one of the most valuable in the world, which was mentioned some time ago in the Gazette, was brought to the city yesterday by G.E. Kinkaid, the explorer who found the great underground citadel of the Grand Canyon during a trip from Green River, Wyoming, down the Colorado, in a wooden boat, to Yuma, several months ago.
According to the story related to the Gazette by Mr. Kinkaid, the archeologists of the Smithsonian Institute , which is financing the expeditions, have made discoveries which almost conclusively prove that the race which inhabited this mysterious cavern, hewn in solid rock by human hands, was of oriental origin, possibly from Egypt, tracing back to Ramses. If their theories are borne out by the translation of the tablets engraved with hieroglyphics, the mystery of the prehistoric peoples of North America, their ancient arts, who they were and whence they came, will be solved. Egypt and the Nile, and Arizona and the Colorado will be linked by a historical chain running back to ages which staggers the wildest fancy of the fictionist.
"Over a hundred feet from the entrance is the cross-hall, several hundred feet long, in which are found the idol, or image, of the people's god, sitting cross-legged, with a lotus flower or lily in each hand. The cast of the face is oriental, and the carving this cavern. The idol almost resembles Buddha, though the scientists are not certain as to what religious worship it represents. Taking into consideration everything found thus far, it is possible that this worship most resembles the ancient people of Tibet.
"One thing I have not spoken of, may be of interest. There is one chamber of the passageway to which is not ventilated, and when we approached it a deadly, snaky smell struck us. Our light would not penetrate the gloom, and until stronger ones are available we will not know what the chamber contains. Some say snakes, but other boo-hoo this idea and think it may contain a deadly gas or chemicals used by the ancients. No sounds are heard, but it smells snaky just the same. The whole underground installation gives one of shaky nerves the creeps. The gloom is like a weight on one's shoulders, and our flashlights and candles only make the darkness blacker. Imagination can revel in conjectures and ungodly daydreams back through the ages that have elapsed till the mind reels dizzily in space."
In connection with this story, it is notable that among the Hopi Indians the tradition is told that their ancestors once lived in an underworld in the Grand Canyon till dissension arose between the good and the bad, the people of one heart and the people of two hearts. Machetto, who was their chief, counseled them to leave the underworld, but there was no way out. The chief then caused a tree to grow up and pierce the roof of the underworld, and then the people of one heart climbed out. They tarried by Paisisvai (Red River), which is the Colorado, and grew grain and corn.
1.Dan Brown asserts that the Museum Support Center, a storage center for objects in the Smithsonian collection not on display, houses more pieces than the Hermitage, the Vatican Museum and the New York Metropolitan, combined.
Fact: The MSC houses 55 million objects and specimens. Some quick sleuthing on the web sites of the Hermitage, the Vatican Museum and the Met reveal that the total number of objects in their collections, combined, is less than 10 million.