The person who revealed the Maya script to the world

The person who revealed the Maya script to the worldThis year Yuri Knorozov would have turned 80. The Russian scientist proved false the hypothesis that the Maya script is impossible to decipher. The Moscow based Center of Mesoamerican Studies is named after him. The interest in Knorozov's personality is stirred by the predictions of the 2012 end of the word that was supposedly written in the Maya calendar.

Noted anthropologist, student of the “dark side,” dies

Noted anthropologist, student of the “dark side,” diesNeil L. Whitehead, a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died Thursday, March 22 in Madison following a bout with illness.
Whitehead was known for his studies of the Amazon basin and Caribbean, and in particular his exploration of violence, warfare and what he called "dark shamanism."

4,000-year-old stone likely astronomical marker

4,000-year-old stone likely astronomical markerAn ancient stone monolith in England was likely an astronomical marker, according to new archaeological evidence.
The 4,000-year-old stone is triangular in shape and angles up toward geographic south. Its orientation and slant angle are aligned with the altitude of the sun at midsummer, researchers said.

Rediscovered Native American remedy kills poxvirus

Rediscovered Native American remedy kills poxvirusAn old herbal remedy for treating smallpox that is thought to have been used by native Americans in the late 1800s has been rediscovered and found to kill the poxvirus. Smallpox has been eradicated, but the finding offers a possible treatment for poxvirus in the unlikely event of a bioterror attack or increased incidence of similar poxviruses such as monkey pox.

Noted faith-healer Jalal-u-Din shot at in Srinagar

Noted faith-healer Jalal-u-Din shot at in SrinagarIt was well past Isha, the Muslim night-time prayer, Peer Jalal-u-Din, a noted faith-healer in Srinagar, was crossing the lane leading his home at Batamaloo. He was a few steps from his gate when he heard a loud bang and a sharp pain in his leg stunned him. A bullet had pierced his right thigh, he turned around to face his assailants and was shot twice.