Romans, Bones, Bears, Repatriation & the Coelacanth


When The Pink Flamingo was in elementary school, I read a book about the discovery of the coelacanth.  I’ve been hooked, ever since.  Nat Geo has fantastic photo pin-up  of the critter.

“…Since this chance sighting, Latimeria chalumnae have been found in several pockets in the Indian Ocean. No one knows how many there are—maybe as few as 1,000 or as many as 10,000. Because of the depth of their habitat, they have mainly been photographed by submersibles and remotely operated vehicles. Divers first documented the fish in 2000; in January and February 2010, a specially trained team dived deep to take pictures of a small colony in Sodwana Bay, South Africa…”

What about the uptick in earthquakes in Arkansas?

A teenager has found one of the looted statues of  Akhenaton has been found in a garbage bin.

The buffalo herd at Yellowstone is being culled.  Before you get all animal rights about it, the herd is terribly diseased.

It is possible that there is now a bit of a warning about massive earthquakes – foreshocks!

Mayan archaeology

Short people

Has Coca-Cola’s “secret” recipe been found?

Coca Cola


The Pink Flamingo has long thought that the repatriation of artifacts and bones is a danger to archaeology.  They have ruined archaeology in this country because of superstitious mumbo-jumbo.  Now they are planning it in the UK.

Well, now, I might not be able to say anything about what is going on in this country as those who are unearthed are not my ancestors, but as for the UK, there’s a good chance I’m probably related to the ancients unearthed.  You want my dos centavos on the subject as someone who could put in a claim to the folks unearthed – study ’em.

Ever heard of Kennewick Man?

The story is about one of the darkest moments in American scientific history, where reason and knowledge were forced to pander to spoiled brat primitive racism.

“…According to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, if human remains are found on federal lands and their cultural affiliation to a Native American tribe can be established, the affiliated tribe can claim them. The Umatilla tribe requested custody of the remains, wanting to bury them according to tribal tradition. Their claim was contested by researchers hoping to study the remains.

The Umatilla argued that their creation myths say that their people have been present on their historical territory since the dawn of time, so a government holding that Kennewick Man is not Native American is tantamount to the government’s rejection of their religious beliefs.

obson Bonnichsen and seven other anthropologists sued the United States for the right to conduct tests on the skeleton. On February 4, 2004, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit panel rejected the appeal brought by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Umatilla, Colville, Yakama, Nez Perce and other tribes on the grounds that they were unable to show any evidence of kinship.

On April 7, 2005, during the 109th Congress, United States Senator John McCain introduced an amendment to NAGPRA which (section 108) would have changed the definition of “Native American” from being that which “is indigenous to the United States” to “is or was indigenous to the United States.”

However, the 109th Congress concluded without enacting the bill. By the bill’s definition, Kennewick Man would have been classified as Native American, regardless of whether any link to a contemporary tribe could be found. Proponents of this definition argue that it agrees with current scientific understanding, which is that it is not in all cases possible for prehistoric remains to be traced to current tribal entities, partly because of social upheaval, forced resettlement and extinction of entire ethnicities caused by disease and warfare. Doing so would still not remove the controversy surrounding Kennewick Man as then it would have to be decided which Native American group should take possession of the remains if he could not be definitively linked with a current tribe.

To be of practical use in a historical and prehistorical context, some argue further that the term “Native American” should be applied so that it spans the entire range from the Clovis culture (which cannot be positively assigned to any contemporary tribal group) to the Métis, a group of mixed ancestry who only came into being as a consequence of European contact, yet constitute a distinct cultural entity.

The remains are now at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, where they were deposited in October 1998. They are still legally the property of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, since they were found on land belonging to them…”

I’m not a primitive minded new age idiot who still believes in mother earth, father sun, and brother whale blubber.  I might not have any say about the abject idiocy surrounding the reburial of native remains here in the US – but I sure do in the UK.


Well, according to the rules we use here, heck, I can lay claim to anyone unearthed over there. They are my “ancestors”.  I want them studied so I can communicate with them.

The Pink Flamingo is sick and tired of this new age stupidity that is nothing but rank superstition pandering to the idiocy of the far left alleged Native American activists.

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A major Roman road ran from London to Exeter.  A portion of it has finally been unearthed.

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The Pink Flamingo has another theory.

I suspect the elevation of the road has nothing to do with “making a statement”.  The Romans were very good at that, but they were also some of history’s best engineers. The  problem with the below illustration is that it is probably quite wrong.

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Roman soldiers carried shovels and other road working tools as part of their pack of tools.  When they were not fighting, they worked building the roads that led to Rome.  While they did use slave labor odds are the soldiers were doing as much of the work.

Also, I suspect the road was elevated because of drainage. The Romans were amazing engineers.  Their roads are still in use today.  The road from London to Bath is over a Roman road.  The roadbed uncovered has survived for nearly 2000 years.  Our roads certainly will not.  Perhaps we should learn a thing or two from them.  I don’t think this is about making a statement, but about engineering.


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