Tomb of Roxana

Here is an exciting archaeological discovery. Several years ago I outlined a book on Roxana I wanted to write, but put aside. This spurs me to pick that project back up and finish it.

Greek tomb at Amphipolis is ‘important discovery’

Experts believe the tomb belonged to an important figure dating back to the last quarter of the Fourth Century BC.

A large mound complex has been unearthed at the Kasta hill site in the past two years.

Lead archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said it certainly dated from after the death of Alexander the Great.

“The land of Macedonia continues to move and surprise us, revealing from deep within its unique treasures,” Mr Samaras said while visiting the mound complex on Tuesday.

Other ancient sites have been found in the Macedonia region of northern Greece, principally the Vergina tomb of Alexander’s father, Philip II, which was unearthed in 1977.

There has been widespread speculation that a prominent figure in ancient Macedonia may have been buried at Kasta hill, 600km (370 miles) north of Athens.

The burial mound is 497m (1,600ft) long and constructed with marble imported from the nearby island of Thassos and there are suggestions it was built by the renowned architect, Dinocrates, who was a friend of Alexander’s.

Ms Peristeri has in the past spoken of key historic events in the area involving some of Alexander’s generals.

Alexander’s widow Roxana and their son Alexander were murdered in 311BC by Cassander, who came to the fore after Alexander the Great’s death in Babylon in 323BC.

A lion statue found at the site has been erected close to where it was discovered at Amphipolis, which was originally an Athenian colony but later conquered by Philip II.

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Coming Back

To (mis)appropriate an excerpt from Mary Oliver, “And now you’ll be telling stories of my coming back…”

You see, it is my pleasure to announce that I am coming back to the world of comic books. Met with some lads last night and we’re going to venture forth once more into the world of indy comics. Should be fun!

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From the Police Files of Inspector Cramer

Recently posted this on Facebook:

Reading Rex Stout’s early mystery Red Threads. It is fascinating in that, despite the fact it is not a Nero Wolfe novel, the locale and supporting cast are the same, ie New York with police Inspector Cramer. It could be labeled From the Police Files of Inspector Cramer, I suppose. But, it is very oddly similar, so much so that with every scene you breathlessly await the arrival of genius Nero Wolfe or the wisecracking voice of Archie Goodwin.

Still interested in discovering if Stout did a series of Cramer tales. Does any one know? I am not a Stout scholar, so would appreciate a tip where to find out.

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Bahamian Desert

So, you’re saying that Atlantis has its origins in the Sahara desert, eh?

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Bahamian paradise built by bacteria using Saharan dust

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Therizinosaur Dinners

I was reading a Dinosaur encyclopedia and ran across Therizinosaurs, so had to share their goofy look with my son at lunch.

Therizinosaurs are sometimes called the “oddest” looking dinosaurs, as they average about 30 feet, have squat feet and legs, big pot bellies, small heads, and winged arms tipped with very long claws (one meter/three feet).

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But I also thought of something about their nature which I have not read elsewhere.

In the encyclopedia they theorize that they use their claws defensively, to fend off attacking tyrannosaurids, for instance. However, since they are obviously plant-eaters and are said to resemble giraffes with the long reach of their necks, it seems obvious to me that perhaps the analogy moves more towards sloths or anteaters. Perhaps their claws were instead used to ferrets out insects inside bark and/or inside large mounds? Those meter-long claws would make phenomenal digging tools.

Furthermore, CT scans of related skulls by Lautenschlager and others have revealed they have large forebrains and well developed senses, such as balance, hearing, and smell. These could all be useful in ferreting out moving insects inside other objects. Their relatively small heads would also enable them to burrow inside objects more easily.

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Guardians in the Metahuman

Blast from the past: Here are some of my Guardians tales, which have been going for decades, when they appeared in Metahuman Press.

1) Seduction

2) When Gods Fall

3) Damned and the Dangerous

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