Dear Readers: I was thrilled to have a piece featured at Bill Jacobson’s great site, Legal Insurrection: Shattering the Myth that the Tea Party is Dead. Please check it out, and leave a kind comment if it suits.
I also wanted to thank SovietKitchen.com‘s Michael Bogdanov for an awesome Canto Talk show last night (click HERE to listen): I learned a to ton about the Soviet Union and cooking. We will be featuring his site and recipes again for future update.
Now, something related to ancient Egypt — featuring something rally dead. Virtual autopsy: exploring a natural mummy from early Egypt
This is the first pre-dynastic mummy to have undergone a CT scan. From bone formation evidence, this specimen, referred to Gebelein man, was 18-21 years old at the time of death. The autopsy revealed he was likely stabbed to death. Fore more information on Gebelein man, click HERE. A snippet:
This man died more than five thousand years ago and was buried at the site of Gebelein, in Upper Egypt. The reconstruction of his grave illustrates the early Egyptian custom of placing the body in a contracted, foetal position, usually on the left side, with the head to the south, facing the west, the land of the dead where he would be reborn. Around him were all the things he might need for his afterlife, especially pottery to hold and serve food.
In the Predynastic period (4400-3100 BC), the time before the pharaohs, the dead were buried in shallow graves cut into the desert sand. The graves were often lined with reed mats, making them like a bed, and the body was covered with linen or skins and more mats, like a blanket, before the grave was refilled and perhaps topped by a mound of dirt. Contact with the hot dry sand naturally preserved the bodies because the sand absorbed the water that constitutes approximately 75% by weight of the human body. Bacteria cannot breed without moisture and as a result, the bodies frequently did not decay, but simply dried out. The body of this man is remarkably well-preserved, even down to his finger-nails and hair, which has probably faded with time.
Finally, a little link love to one of my dearest heroes, Captain Capitalism, who has a must watch video that addresses Christmas shopping!!! ;)