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Templar Bishop David Richarde Reports on His Visit to Roslyn Chapel

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  • Rick Osmon
    Hello Loopers! In this issue: This Week s Show: David Richarde Op/Ed: So Simple a Caveman Could Do It. Other news: Keepers of the Lost Ark? Events: AKHA has
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 28, 2007
      Hello Loopers!
      In this issue:
      This Week's Show David Richarde
      Op/Ed: So Simple a Caveman Could Do It.
      Events AKHA has no meetings in December, but will resume in January.
      My thoughts go out to Jim and Marilyn Michaels and wishes for for Jim's swift improvement.
      Please send event schedules for your organizations and I will publish them.
      Last week's show:  Pre-Columbian Turkey Day
      This Week's Show: 
      David Richarde
      Templar Church Bishop David Richarde recaps his recent visit to Roslyn Castle and Roslyn Chapel. Overview and update on Wales Ark Site as well as Emerging Alternative History Items- Spent three days with Alan Wilson and Robert Schoch / visited sites in Wales revolving around the Ark Stayed in Roslyn Castle, visited Temple and Roslyn Chapel, explored Templar History at Newbattle Abbey.
      I hope you'll tune this Thursday at 9 PM eastern
      Op/EdSo Simple a Caveman Could Do It.
      The now familiar theme of the GEICO (Government Employee Insurance Company) commercials is that the caveman is offended by the implication that he and his brethren are "intellectually challenged" compared to homo sapien sapien. One of those commercials alludes to the invention of the wheel, mastering the use of fire, and other technological developments by "cavemen".
      Arguments, debates, popular surveys, and many monographs and essays have tried to determine or promoted the authors' opinions as to the most important invention to mankind. Everything from telephonic communication to bicycles to penicillin to photography have been mentioned to fill that blank, but anyone who ever walked (or tried to walk)  down a gravel road or through a briar patch while barefoot knows the real answer to that question.
      Washington University in St. Louis study of Upper Paleolithic human skeletal remains from western Eurasia indicates that people made and wore shoes (that is, left-and-right-fitting, semi-rigid footwear) as much as thirty thousand years ago and began insulating their feet from the cold as early as five hundred thousand years ago. In today's world, the capability to produce such fitted, comfortable footwear requires division of labor and specialization of skills as well as specialized tools. The same was true for any functional, fitted footwear made in that long ago era. Extended, that also implies both industry and commerce. Extended further, it implies rules of conduct, hence the rudiments of civilization.
      The earliest surmised invention and use of fitted footwear roughly coincides with some of the earliest known art (which we know as "cave art" and so we associate with "cavemen"). Much of that art depicts game animals of that era. Having a background in vocational, technical, and industrial training and education, I can only view those depictions as visual aids for training . So, I speculate, the specialized skills of the artists (quite impressive in their own right, in my opinion) were employed by the hunting specialists to train new hunters and scouts.
      A location in Britain known as "Grimes Graves", five miles north of present day Thetford,  was a mining area for flint some four thousand years ago. The site encompasses over four hundred mine-shafts, dug to extract high-quality flints. Using bone and wood tools and presumably the flints themselves, these ancient people excavated to a depth of twelve meters in some mines, to reach the flint nodules. Some estimates indicate that the miners needed to remove a thousand tons of tailings to extract eight tons of flint. The Thetford site covers nearly one hundred acres and the scope of the work is both staggering and reminiscent of copper mining on Isle Royale, but is still miniscule in scope compared to the latter location.

      Although more advanced mining technologies had developed elsewhere, the task of the ancient Brits was anything but easy. The mining work required timbers to shore up their excavations and ladders to reach down in to them. Lighting was required in the deeper pits, presumably fueled with animal fat or fish oil, and they needed tools, which were made from deer antlers, so they had to manage the local herds of red-deer (or at least harvest the shed antlers). A separate and skilled industry was required to work the extracted flints and to market and distribute them. The Grimes Graves operation exemplifies a sort of society that required and thrived on division of labor and specialization of skills. The timescale was quite different from our own. Excavation at Grime's Graves is thought to have lasted more than five centuries. In contrast, tube electronics lasted only fifty years, being replaced by transistors.. The pace of innovation is ever increasing. Transistors gave way to integrated circuits after only twenty years. And now, the most sophisticated central processing unit (computer chip) will be obsolete within one year.
      At Thetford, someone specialized in animal husbandry, others in food preparation and preservation, still others tanned hides and made clothing and a myriad of other occupations. Imagine extending the scope of that divided labor network to support the four hundred thirty three mine pits at Thetford to the labor force required for the estimated five thousand mine pits on Isle Royale.
      While styles change, and some specialization is appropriate, the idea of protective footwear is likely the longest held invention of man in continuous use, that is, since we quit using bone needles a couple thousand to three hundred years ago. The needle qualifies as an "enabling technology" for shoes and the two rank equally as the most important inventions in my view. And both occurred in the dawn of "modern" humans, some thirty to forty thousand years ago. As soon as the shoes were finished some forty plus thousand years ago, they used the needle to start on the sails...These were NOT stupid people! For instance, how did the miners know there was flint forty feet down in the chalk at Thetford?
      Beyond that, the earliest known date for humans wearing shoes extends back to thirty nine to forty two thousand years in China. Additionally intriguing is that no "modern human" remains from that period are found between China and Lebanon. So any migration was most likely coastal, hence my comment about the sails. Add to the list of trades and specialized skills of the period: sailing, navigation, shipwrighting, pharmacology, tactical planning, logistics management, accounting, residential construction, ad nauseum.
      Pretty smart, those cavemen.
      Disclaimer: I have no association with GEICO, but I do occasionally associate with cavemen.
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      Other news: 

      Keepers of the Lost Ark?  Christians in Ethiopia have long claimed to have the ark of the covenant.

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      Pre-Columbian Turkey Day

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