Ancient warfare, Australia, Britain, Canada, India, medieval warfare, Military, Military history, Slingshot, United kingdom, United States
[Slingshot 308, September-October 2016]
Some time now I’m contributing to Slingshot, the research Journal of the Society of Ancients (published since 1964), specialized in ancient and medieval warfare, tactics and wargaming.
Many thanks for this to Paul Innes and Nick Harbud.
America, Anthropology, Canada, Caucasoids, Chukchi, DNA, Eskimos, Genetics, Indians, Mongoloids, native Americans, Russia, Siberia, USA
Republication from Pub Med
[maps added by the republisher]
Am J Phys Anthropol. 1999 Feb;108(2):193-204.
Nonmetric and metric traits were studied in cranial series representing prehistoric and modern populations of America and Siberia. Frequencies of the infraorbital pattern type II (longitudinal infraorbital suture overlaid by the zygomatic bone) are universally lower in Amerindians than in Siberians. The os japonicum posterior trace, too, is much less frequent in America than in Siberia. The only two Siberian groups with an almost Amerindian combination are late third to early second millennium BC populations from Okunev and Sopka, southern Siberia. The multivariate analysis of five nonmetric facial traits and ten facial measurements in 15 cranial series reveals two independent tendencies.
Alaska, America, Anthropology, Biology, Canada, Europe, Europeans, Genetics, native Americans, Prehistory
Republication from University of Utah News
PHOTO CREDIT: Ben Potter, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
This map shows the location of the Upward Sun River site in Alaska where the remains of two infants were found in an 11,500-year-old burial. A new University of Utah analysis shows the infants belong to two genetic groups or lineages known as B2 and C1. The maps shows other Native American groups throughout the Americas that are part of the same lineages.
University of Utah scientists deciphered maternal genetic material from two babies buried together at an Alaskan campsite 11,500 years ago. They found the infants had different mothers and were the northernmost known kin to two lineages of Native Americans found farther south throughout North and South America.
By showing that both genetic lineages lived so far north so long ago, the study supports the “Beringian standstill model.” It says that Native Americans descended from people who migrated from Asia to Beringia – the vast Bering land bridge that once linked Siberia and Alaska – and then spent up to 10,000 years in Beringia before moving rapidly into the Americas beginning at least 15,000 years ago.
“These infants are the earliest human remains in northern North America, and they carry distinctly Native American lineages,” says University of Utah anthropology professor Dennis O’Rourke, senior author of the paper set for online publication the week of Oct. 26 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
America, Aztecs, Brazil, Canada, Genetics, Incas, Latin America, Maya, Mexico, native Americans, Peru, Spanish America, United States, USA
Reblogged/ Source: news.ku.edu/2015/07/21/ancestors-native-americans-migrated-single-wave-23000-years-ago-genetic-study-finds
LAWRENCE — A new genome-scale study that includes a University of Kansas anthropological geneticist has determined ancestors of present-day Native Americans arrived in the Americas as part of a single-migration wave from Siberia no earlier than 23,000 years ago.
Later migrations of Aleuts and Eskimos occurred approximately 9,000 and 4,000 years ago.
“Using coalescence analyses, not just using one piece of DNA, but the entire genome, we find that the earliest someone could have come to the Americas was 23,000 years ago,” said Michael Crawford, head of KU’s Laboratory of Biological Anthropology and a professor of anthropology. “This study also pretty well does in the whole idea that gene flow from Europe contributed to the original migration of present-day Native Americans.”
Crawford is a co-author on the study, and the journal Science has published its results online. The Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen headed the international research team, which included co-authors Eske Willerslev, a Lundbeck Foundation professor at the center in Copenhagen; Maanasa Raghavan, a postdoctoral researcher at the center; Yun Song, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, statistics and integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley; and David Meltzer, an anthropology professor at Southern Methodist University, among others.
To more accurately pinpoint the account of how and when modern humans populated the Americas from Siberia, the team generated genomic data from several present-day and past Native American and Siberian populations. This included an analysis of the DNA of the fossil known as Kennewick Man, found along the Columbia River in Washington State in 1996.
“This is not just mitochondrial DNA,” Crawford said. “It’s shown on the entire genome that’s been sequenced.”
America, Britain, British, Canada, Canadian Military, Canadian Military History Gateway, France, French, Irish, Military history, Renaissance warfare, United kingdom
By Periklis Deligiannis
A Governmental Web site with plenty of material that has really impressed me is the Canadian Military History Gateway, and especially its Online Reference Books under the general title ‘Canadian Military Heritage’. Materials on that web site were produced and/or compiled by the Canadian Department of National Defence and various partners, namely Rene Chartrand and Serge Bernier who wrote the texts and a group of renowned military illustrators: G.A. Embleton, Eugène Lelièpvre, Michel Pétard, David Rickman, Ron Volstad and others (I apologize for not mentioning all of them, due to lack of time).
The site also includes numerous photographs of classical paintings, drawings and diagrams of forts, battlefields, weapons, maps, statues, portraits and anything else related to Canadian Military History. Enjoy it!
Below are some illustrations and photographs of the site with their captions. Τhe captions were written by Rene Chartrand and Serge Bernier (Chartrand wrote the texts refereeing to the period AD 1000-1871 and Bernier the texts of the years 1872-2000):
Grenadier of the French Guyenne regiment (left) and a corporal from the Béarn regiment (right), circa 1756
Britain, Canada, Denmark, drakkar, England, Germany, ναυτική Ιστορία, naval history, Naval warfare, Norway, Scandinavia, Viking, Viking longship, warship
Τop: The famous Oseberg Viking ship.
Below: A German cog. These ships – real floating fortresses – were the Nemesis of the Viking longships. Note the high towers on the prow and stern, heavily manned with archers. The marines used to take posistions on the deck of the ship.
by P. Deligiannis
The Proto-Scandinavian boats, the progenitors of the Viking longships, first appear in cave paintings of Norway around 1500 BC. Millennia of evolution led to the superb Viking longships. Around 600-700 AD these progenitor ships were exclusively oared light, flexible and fragile structures that could not withstand the weight and pressure of the mast and sail. Soon afterwards the Scandinavian shipbuilders imitated the ships of the Mediterranean, adding a long beam (the keel) along the bottom of the ship. The keel made them strong enough to hold the mast and sail. The addition of the keel around AD 700 marked the beginnings of the classic Viking ship and since then it was no longer propelled only by oars. The Scandinavians soon adopted the square sail of the Mediterranean, which allowed them to sail in the seas far away from their homeland.
Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War, American North, Britain, Canada, Confederate, Confederate States of America, Diplomacy, France, geopolitics, geostrategy, Jefferson Davis, Military topics, U.S.A.
By Periklis Deligiannis
At the begginings of the American Civil War (1861-1865), the government of the Confederacy (Confederate States of America), had many hopes for help from Europe (military, resources, diplomatic etc.), especially from Britain and France. The Confederate President J. Davis hoped for an official recognition of the Confederation by these countries and (his ultimate hope) for their military involvement in the war in favor of the American South. But efforts to approach these countries failed, because of the following reasons. First, because of the fear of Britain and France for military intervention of the Union/Federation (United States of America) in their American colonies. Second, due to the common opinion of the people of the two European countries which rejected slavery and therefore did not want to enforce the Confederacy. Third, because of the skilful diplomacy of two Republican colleagues of the Federal President Abraham Lincoln: Foreign Minister William Seward and Federal ambassador in London, Charles F. Adams.
It seems that the British government could not “forgive” the “rebellion” of the Americans in 1776-1783 and their independence from the British Empire. Although the English could not support openly the Confederation, they did whatever they could for its “preservation to life”, aiming possibly to a permanent break of the U.S.A. Except the aforementioned vengeful tendencies of London and its concern for the exponential growth and rise of the U.S. in international politics, the British had two more good reasons to seek covertly for the weakening of the Union: the permanent American assertion in Canada and the national Irish liberation cause (Canada and Ireland were parts of the British Empire). But the same reasons prevented the British from their active support to the American South, as we shall discuss below.