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The first “lost and found?”

A pyramid-shaped platform that may have been an ancient ‘lost and found’ for pilgrims walking through the ancient city of David in Israel has been discovered.

Archaeologists uncovered the ‘unique’ 2,000-year-old podium in the City of David National Park, close to the walls of old Jerusalem.

It was right next to a street that ran through the city during the Second Temple period which was used by pilgrims as they made their way to the Temple.

Experts at first thought the stepped platform might be the entrance to a building or a plinth for some kind of statue.

But as they uncovered the stone structure, they found it was an empty podium that stood by itself at the side of the road.

Archaeologists leading the excavation say they believe could have been used as an official platform for delivering news or announcements to the passing populace.

However, they have also discovered historic texts and pottery around the podium that suggest it may even be a historic ‘Stone of Claims’ for reuniting pilgrims with their lost property.

Dr. Joe Uziel, co-director of the excavation from the Israel Antiquities Authority, said: ‘This is a unique monument and is not found anywhere else that we know of.

‘It sits on the main street from the Second Temple period, which led from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount.

‘Two thousand years ago, many Jewish pilgrims would have marched up here in order to take part in the services in the temple.

‘We believe the structure was a kind of monumental podium that attracted the public’s attention when walking on the city’s main street.’

Part of the podium was initially exposed around 100 years ago by British archaeologists who mistakenly believed it was steps to a house that had been destroyed.

However, archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority returned to the site, which sits above a 2,000 year old drainage channel that carried rainwater out of the city.

They also discovered whole pottery vessels, stone vessels and glassware around the foot of the pyramid, suggesting it may have been used for some sort of trading.

Historical records, however, mention ‘stones’ used for public purposes in the Second Temple period as some sort of auction block.

The Mishna and Talmud also mention a ‘Stone of Claims’ existed during the Second Temple Period.

They said: ‘Our Rabbis taught: There was a Stone of Claims in Jerusalem: whoever lost an article repaired thither, and whoever found an article did likewise.

‘The latter stood and proclaimed, and the former submitted his identification marks and received it back. And in reference to this we learnt: Go forth and see whether the Stone of Claims is covered.’

Dr Uziel and Nahshon Szanton, another archaeologists who took part in the excavation, are due to present their findings to the annual conference of the City of David Studies of Ancient Jerusalem.

Dr Uziel said: ‘What it was used for is a big challenge for archaeologist.

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And they ate well…..before it sank……

A rare lunch menu from the Titanic that was saved by a survivor is up for auction in New York and is expected to fetch as much as $70,000.

Abraham Lincoln Saloman, a first class passenger, saved the menu after he escaped the doomed ship before it sank with the loss of 1,522 lives.

The menu, which listed corned beef, dumplings and other savory items, is signed on the back in pencil by another first-class passenger, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who escaped on another lifeboat.

It is believed that the two men lunched together on that fateful day in 1912.

Saloman, boarded lifeboat No. 1 nicknamed ‘the Money Boat’ by the press who reported at the time that one of the passengers bribed seven crew members to row the boat away quickly from the sinking ship rather than rescue others. This rescue vessel was full of a handful of millionaires.

The menu, which gives a fascinating insight, is being sold by online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs.

The auction house also plans to sell two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat No. 1 which will go up on the block on September 30.

The auction marks the 30th anniversary of the wreckage’s discovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Salomon also took away a printed ticket from the Titanic’s opulent Turkish baths, which recorded a person’s weight when seated in a specially designed upholstered lounge chair.

It bears the names of three of the five other first-class passengers with him on Lifeboat 1. One of four weighing-chair tickets known to exist, it’s estimated it will bring $7,500 to $10,000.

The third artifact is a letter written by Mabel Francatelli to Salomon on New York’s Plaza Hotel stationery six months after the disaster.

She had climbed into Lifeboat 1 with her employer, aristocratic fashion designer Lucy Duff-Gordon and her Scottish husband Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon, who it was alleged bribed the crew to row them to safety in the boat that had a capacity of 40.

This artist’s impression shows the doomed Titanic ship going down on April 14, 1912 after it struck an iceberg in thick fog off Newfoundland. The Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ocean liner of her time, and thought to be unsinkable.

The Duff-Gordons, who were the only passengers to testify about the disaster, were cleared by the British Wreck Commissioner’s inquiry, which determined that they did not deter the crew from attempting to rescue other people but that others might have been saved if the boat had turned around.

A letter by Lady Duff-Gordon grumbling about the ‘disgraceful’ treatment they received from the press and public upon their return to England sold at an auction in Boston earlier this year for nearly $12,000.

‘We do hope you have now quite recovered from the terrible experience,’ Francatelli wrote to Salomon.

‘I am afraid our nerves are still bad, as we had such trouble & anxiety added to our already awful experience by the very unjust inquiry when we arrived in London.’

It’s estimated it will sell for $4,000 to $6,000.

Lion Heart Autographs says the seller is the son of a man who was given the items by a direct descendant of one of the survivors of Lifeboat 1.

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Not sure how I stumbled across this but it was billed as an ancient version of “Little Red Riding Hood” done in a now-extinct language, Gaulish.

Damned thing had over 17,000,000 views!!

And her eyes!!!!

They’re a heavy metal band called Eluveitie out of Switzerland that incorporates hurdy gurdys, bagpipes, flutes, etc.

Here are the lyrics and their translation:

Immi daga uimpi geneta,
lana beððos et’ iouintutos.
Blatus ceti, cantla carami.
Aia gnata uimpi iouinca, pid in cete tu toue suoine, pid uregisi peli doniobi?
Aia mape coime, adrete!
In blatugabagli uorete, cante snon celiIui in cete!
N’immi mapos, immi drucocu. In cetobi selgin agumi, selgin blatos tou’ iouintutos.
Nu, uoregon, cu, uorigamos, lamman, cu, suuercin lingamos, indui uelui cantla canamos!
Ne moi iantus gnaton uorega, iantus drucocunos uoregon, cante toi in medie cete.
Cu allate, papon sod urege, eððiIo de iantu in cridie.
VediIumi: cante moi uosta!
Ne, a gnata, cante t’ usstami, ne uostami, ne te carami.
Ne carami, nec carasumi.
Boua daga uimpi geneta.
Immi trouga, lana nariIas.
Vrit- me lindos dubnon -piseti.


Girl: I am a fair, pretty girl, full of virtue and youthfulness. The forest’s flowers and songs I love.
Wolf: Hey, pretty young girl, what are you doing in the forest alone, so far from all beings?
Girl: Hey, handsome boy, come here! Let us pick some flowers in this forest together!
Wolf: I am not a boy, I am the bad wolf. In the woods I hunt, hunt for the flower of your youth.
Girl: Well, wolf, let us play a game, let us dance a joyful dance, let us sing decent songs!
Wolf: I don’t like children’s games, I like playing sinister wolf games in the depths of the forest, with you.
Girl: Wild wolf, do whatever your heart longs for, but I beg you: Stay with me!
Wolf: No, girl, I will not abide with you, I’m not staying with you and don’t love you. Never loved you.
Girl: I was a fair and pretty girl. Now I’m poor and overcome with shame. Now only the deep pond awaits me.

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This is too funny!

Alabaster White is the reporter. It ought to give you an idea of where it’s headed.

H/T: Rodger

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