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Ancient Cannibalism Linked to Diseases

Thu Apr 10, 2003

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Cannibalism in ancient times may have caused epidemics of brain destroying diseases like kuru and Creutzfeld Jacob disease, a team of British researchers suggests.

Those two diseases and the human form of mad cow disease are believed to be caused by prions, an abnormal protein missing nucleic acid, that can cause proteins to clump in the brain. The diseases can be spread by eating flesh contaminated with prions.

Did the Swiss design Stonehenge?

Did ancient engineers from the Alps direct the construction of the Stonehenge stone circle, seen at right? Analysis of tooth enamel from the "Amesbury Archer" hints at that historical twist.

LONDON, Feb. 10 —  Stonehenge, the renowned and mysterious ancient monument seen as symbol of Britain, may actually be a marvel of Swiss or German engineering.

Author claims evidence points that Chinese discovered America

Sacramento Bee
January 07, 2003

- British author Gavin Menzies' controversial book "1421 - The Year China Discovered America," which goes on sale in the United States this week, claims that America was discovered by Chinese explorers 70 years before Columbus arrived.

Part of the alleged proof behind Menzies' theory - which is being heatedly contested by more traditional historians - purportedly rests beneath about 40 feet of mud in Glenn County, Calif., in the form of an ancient Chinese junk, itself the subject of considerable debate.

Scientists predict the mystery of the James burial box will never be unraveled

Tue Nov 5, 2002

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM - In a souvenir shop on the Via Dolorosa, an antiquities dealer studied a photo of what may — just may — be the oldest archaeological link to Jesus. Then he shrugged.

It's quite possible, he said, that he handled the limestone burial box with the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." But he couldn't remember.

A history of Iraq, whose roots go back 10,000 years

By LANCE GAY, Scripps Howard News Service
October 7, 2002

There are few places on Earth that have as rich and complex a history as Iraq, a nation that can claim roots that go back 10,000 years.

It considers itself to be the "cradle of civilizations," the likely birthplace of the modern alphabet and geometry, and the wellspring of several religions.

Archaeological Cover-ups -- A Plot to Control History? --

The scientific establishment tends to reject, suppress or ignore evidence that conflicts with accepted theories, while denigrating or persecuting the messenger.

Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 9, Number 3 (April-May 2002)
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