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Article An extensive cache of Aztec ritual offerings provides new insight into pre-Hispanic religious rites and political propaganda — excavations continue in downtown Mexico City, where the empire's holiest shrine was historically situatedreuters.com
Discussion/Question What is the oldest tribe or clan that has been existing throughout history? And also, the oldest ethnicity?
By this I dont mean tribes like e.g. Amazonas tribes or Aborigines or Khoisan of Africa. I am also not asking for family lines. Ive heard of Chinese family lines going back to the Zhou dynasty. But I am interested to know of broader groups of an identity that would also manage to keep their language and more or less their culture. The continuation of its location is secondary. Obviously, for this question we can exclude the cultural change (industrialisation and huge advancement of technology etc.) that happened the last centuries.
E.g. the Guran tribe of Kurds goes ultimately back to the Iranic tribe of the Avestan people of ca. 1200 BC and has kept the language (continuously the same) and all the core aspects of culture. Its the oldest continuously living group. Arguably with the Yazidi Kurds and perhaps with the Indo-Aryans too. Since the Egyptians became assimilated to Arabs in language and culture and the Greeks became Christians (change of culture). I am not knowledgeable about the Chinese in this case. Ive only taken some information from Wikipedia. The Han Chinese people are not as old as the Indo-Aryans or as Guran either. Am not sure how the Chinese prior to the Han are connected and/or interrelated with the start of the Chinese from the Han dynasty onward.
Thanks in advance.
Article Lost islands cited in Welsh folklore and poetry are plausible, new evidence on the evolution of the coastline of west Wales has revealedswansea.ac.uk
Article Medieval shipwreck discovered in Norway during hunt for WWII ammunitions - could be one of Norway's oldest shipwrecks has been found on the bottom of a lake near Oslo.livescience.com
I could be off about this one, but I read at one point that the reason the New Testament was written in Greek was because it was the lingua franca of that area, owing to the centuries the Greek Seuclid Empire held dominion over Canaan, but by the time of the early Christian writers, the place had come under Roman rule, and usually, when the Romans take over an area, people quickly begin start speaking vulgar latin (see Gaul, Hispania, Romania, Provence). So my question is, why was it that the linguistic influence Rome usually had over its conquered territories did nothing to dislodge Greek as the language of choice for the composers of the bible?
Article Researchers in Galicia open 15th-century tomb to test Columbus link theory. Explorer is generally believed to have been born in Italy in 1451 but some argue he was in fact born in Spaintheguardian.com
Discussion/Question Might be a stupid question, but I've been watching a lot of stuff regarding the Spartan and Persians recently and I always wondered how would these people have communicated back then? Were there specific scholars in both countries that were trained in various languages?
One of the things I've noticed is that all of these countries waged war with various regions and they had to somehow communicate with the leaders from that region. Obviously learning a different language hundreds of years ago is not as easy then as it is now, nor is education as accessible. So I wonder how they knew how to negotiate surrenders or peace treaties. I can't imagine the Spartans had linguists that were fluent in Persian.
A new Netflix release (1899) opens with the mysterious disappearance of The Prometheus, an Atlantic ocean liner, with over a thousand people on board. At first, I found this quite unlikely, but then I wondered, what if there were no other ships within broadcast range of The Titanic to pick up the survivors? Could its disappearance have become a complete mystery? How likely that would that have been? Maritime history is full of disappearances but to my knowledge I can't think of a case of a ship so large and modern just disappearing. I'd love to hear people's thoughts on this.
P.S. For those of you that are unsure, I'm NOT asking about the accuracy of the series. I'm asking about the history of ships disappearing without a trace.