We took a tour in the closed section of the Castle Museum’s lapidarium, where many finds and fragments that were unearthed in the 20th century’s later half are still stored in world war ammo crates.

thefirstpaganking:

The Last Japanese Mermaids 

For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama. The few women left still make their living by filling their lungs with air and diving for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean, with nothing more than a mask and flippers.

In the mid 20th century, Iwase Yoshiyuki returned to the fishing village where he grew up and photographed these women when the unusual profession was still very much alive. After graduating from law school, Yoshiyuki had been given an early Kodak camera and found himself drawn to the ancient tradition of the ama divers in his hometown. His photographs are thought to be the only comprehensive documentation of the near-extinct tradition in existence

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We’ve found eight 16th century gold coins in the mass grave that we’re excavating for almost a month now. They were so clean that all the kings’ names and all of the dates (ranging between 1549 and ‘89) could be read without restoration! 

I’m definitely buying a metal detector.

As we were doing a rescue dig on the future track of a sewage pipe in Eger Castle’s courtyard we found several early modern age skeletons likely related to the castle’s siege in 1596. Among the many finds (by that I mean a tremendous amount, these dead were tossed into a massive pit of trash composed by ceramics, wooden structures and animal remains) my favorite is this bone dice. It adds to the flavour that gambling was forbidden in Hungary at the time.

wuckfit:

“No chemicals!” The label on a container reads. I open it and I am stunned. It is truly devoid of chemicals, they have finally done it, finally created a pure vacuum unmarred even when exposed to matter. Quantum physics must be rewritten. Scientists everywhere stand in awe at such a feat.

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vintagenatgeographic:

Ghoulish mud man from the Asaro River Valley, New Guinea, dons a helmet of dried clay and smears mud over his body to portray an evil spirit
National Geographic | July 1969

vintagenatgeographic:

Ghoulish mud man from the Asaro River Valley, New Guinea, dons a helmet of dried clay and smears mud over his body to portray an evil spirit

National Geographic | July 1969


The Last Tribal Tattoo Artist | Kalinga, Philippines
Apo Whang Od, 93, is literally one of the last living connections to pre-colonial Filipino culture. She is the last mambabatok (or tribal tattoo artist) in the Philippine region. 

The Last Tribal Tattoo Artist | Kalinga, Philippines

Apo Whang Od, 93, is literally one of the last living connections to pre-colonial Filipino culture. She is the last mambabatok (or tribal tattoo artist) in the Philippine region. 

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I’m gone digging, and won’t be home until the end of July. Excavation photos are coming!

I’m gone digging, and won’t be home until the end of July. Excavation photos are coming!

My buddy and I on island Hvar.

My buddy and I on island Hvar.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Statue of mass murderer Christopher Columbus topples in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Photo via Teri New Di

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Statue of mass murderer Christopher Columbus topples in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

Photo via Teri New Di

froksz:

egelantier:

my childhood russian edition of lord of the rings had the most amazing, medievally styled illustrations by sergey yuhimov. 

i haven’t appreciated them when i was a child (i obviously wanted something more aesthetically obvious), but now i think they’re just - really badass. going to upload all i could find, in three posts.

part 2

part 3

part 4

Gyűrűk Ura pravoszlávosan, középkorosan. elég király.

A colleague opening an Árpád dynasty tomb.

A colleague opening an Árpád dynasty tomb.

purgatorialsociety:

  1. Saint Nikoloza Bursa

  2. Saint John Olini

  3. Saint Leon Bembo

  4. Saint Paul Archbishop of Constantinople

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uafairbanks:

Permafrost core sample.

uafairbanks:

Permafrost core sample.

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