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Lowell2

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
6,541
California
#12
not so stupid: ancient medicine that works:
Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA - Telegraph Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA
Microbiologists were astonished to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics. A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the superbug MRSA.
Anglo-Saxon expert Dr Christina Lee, from the School of English, at Nottingham University, recreated the 10th century potion to see if it really worked as an antibacterial remedy.
The 'eyesalve' recipe calls for two species of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine and oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach).
It describes a very specific method of making the topical solution including the use of a brass vessel to brew it, a strainer to purify it and an instruction to leave the mixture for nine days before use.
None of the experts really expected the concoction to work. But when it was tested, microbiologists were amazed to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
#13
not so stupid: ancient medicine that works:
Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA - Telegraph Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA
Microbiologists were astonished to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics. A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the superbug MRSA.
Anglo-Saxon expert Dr Christina Lee, from the School of English, at Nottingham University, recreated the 10th century potion to see if it really worked as an antibacterial remedy.
The 'eyesalve' recipe calls for two species of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine and oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach).
It describes a very specific method of making the topical solution including the use of a brass vessel to brew it, a strainer to purify it and an instruction to leave the mixture for nine days before use.
None of the experts really expected the concoction to work. But when it was tested, microbiologists were amazed to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.
Someone should copyright the formula and market it, they will make a fortune.

Hmmmmm. ;)
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
#14
New instrument dates old skeleton?'Little Foot' 3.67 million years old
A skeleton named Little Foot is among the oldest hominid skeletons ever dated at 3.67 million years old, according to an advanced dating method.

Little Foot is a rare, nearly complete skeleton of Australopithecus first discovered 21 years ago in a cave at Sterkfontein, in central South Africa. The new date places Little Foot as an older relative of Lucy, a famous Australopithecus skeleton dated at 3.2 million years old that was found in Ethiopia. It is thought that Australopithecus is an evolutionary ancestor to humans that lived between 2 million and 4 million years ago.
Stone tools found at a different level of the Sterkfontein cave also were dated at 2.18 million years old, making them among the oldest known stone tools in South Africa.
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
#16
Resting place of Süleyman the Magnificent?s organs reportedly found in Hungary - ARCHAEOLOGY
The location where the internal organs of 16th century Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent were buried has been discovered in southern Hungary, daily Hürriyet has reported.

The sultan died in 1566 during the siege of the Szigetvar Fortress.

An official of the fortress, Janos Lebedi, said excavations to find the organs have been ongoing for two years in 18 spots around Szigetvar, but now the search has been narrowed down to just one spot. The suspected resting place of the organs is a vineyard in the city’s highest spot, seven kilometers away from the Szigetvar Fortress.

HDN Lebedi said an excavation had already been conducted in the 40-meter-long and 10-meter-wide vineyard in 1972. During this excavation, three Ottoman structures were found as well as Ottoman roof tiles, pottery and green ceramics.

“The communist regime of the time, which carried out the excavations, kept it a secret. But these findings can be seen in every part of the vineyard. The archived documents also show that there was an Ottoman bastion here, stating that the internal organs of Sultan Süleyman were buried there.
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
#17
Newfound scarabs highlight the pharaohs' military, cultural sway in ancient Canaan | The Times of Israel
Sccarabs bearing the signet of the pharaoh, clear signs of ancient Egypt’s erstwhile hegemony over Bronze Age Canaan, emerged from a cave in southern Israel after Israel Antiquities Authority agents thwarted would-be thieves.
Artifacts found at the site in September were shown to the press for the first time Wednesday ahead of the Passover holiday, which celebrates the Israelites’ liberation from Egyptian bondage. During the period from which the scarabs date, the 15th and 14th centuries BCE, however, Canaan, in the territory of present-day Israel, was firmly under the hegemony of the kings of Egypt.
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
#18
3,000-year-old human remains discovered in Fujian- China.org.cn
A set of human skeletal remains dating back to the Shang and Zhou Dynasties was found on March 25, 2015 at an archaeological site at the Qihe caves being excavated by the Fujian Museum and the Zhangping Culture and Recreation Bureau. Researchers also discovered a number of pottery shards from the Neolithic period, copper ornaments and burial objects made of tortoise plastron beneath the remains.
 

davu

Ad Honorem
Jun 2010
4,078
Retired - This Mountain isn't on a Map
#19
oh - OUCH -- my my my

Shocking Discovery: Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Be a Fake
An ancient Egyptian masterpiece, hailed by some scholars as the "Mona Lisa" of Egyptian painting, is in fact a fake created in the 19th century, a researcher says. But the painting may conceal an authentic Pyramid Age piece underneath
Shocking Discovery: Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Be a Fake

His finds will be shocking to Egyptologists and art historians, Tiradritti told Live Science in an email. After his work is published, he will be able to get more feedback
"will be shocking" --- :zany::zany: -- did I just feel the earth move --- nay, I'm in California......
 
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