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Started by Maladict, May 27, 2016, 02:34:49 AM
QuoteUntil now, scholars had supposed the Vascones had no proper written language – save for words found on coins – and only began writing after the Romans introduced the Latin alphabet. But the five words written in 40 characters identified as Vasconic, suggest otherwise.
Quote from: Jacob on November 15, 2022, 11:48:47 PMIt doesn't actually say "before any contact with the Romans." Personally I expect that the Vasconic runes were influenced by other alphabets, but whether that was Roman, Etruscan, Rhaetic, Greek, something else - or indeed a combination - is not something that seems immediately obvious to me.I mean, Elder futhark is thought to be derived from / inspired by Old Italic / Rheatic / Etruscan
Quote from: mongers on November 19, 2022, 09:16:13 AMWent into the museum yesterday afternoon, haven't been in a couple of weeks as the decant process has been paused as the museum redevelopment is ahead of schedule;There were no visitors at 4pm so I went round the main gallery and for the first time ever, did all of the interactive displays that are intended for children. :embarassed:
QuoteAbstractThe death of King Charles XII of Sweden has remained as a mystery for more than three centuries. Was he assassinated by his own men or killed by the enemy fire? Charles was killed by a projectile perforating his skull from left to right. In this study, we utilized a Synbone ballistic skull phantom and modern radiological imaging to clarify the factors behind the observed head injuries. We examined whether a musket ball fired from the enemy lines would be the most potential projectile. Our experiments with a leaden 19.5 mm musket ball demonstrated that at velocities of 200 to 250 m/s, it could cause similar type of injuries as observed in the remains of Charles . The radiological imaging supported the theory that the projectile was not a leaden but of some harder metal, as we could detect remnants of lead inside the wound channel unlike in Charles' case. In addition, our experiments showed that a 19.5mm musket ball produces max. 17mm hole into a felt material . The main evidence supporting 19.5 mm projectile size has been a 19-19.5mm bullet hole in a hat that Charles was wearing during his death. Additional experiments with a 25.4 mm steel ball produced approximately 20 mm hole in the felt. As our musket ball experiments also resulted in considerably smaller cranial injuries than those in Charles' case, we can conclude that the deadly projectile wasn't leaden and was more than 19.5 mm in diameter, potentially an iron cartouche ball that was shot from the enemy lines.
Quote from: The Brain on November 23, 2022, 03:55:39 PMThe murder theory has always struck me as fairly fanciful, and I've never believed it to be the most likely scenario. The guy was under enemy fire and was killed by a projectile, no need (explanation-wise) for an assassin.
Quote from: viper37 on November 24, 2022, 12:00:30 AMQuote from: The Brain on November 23, 2022, 03:55:39 PMThe murder theory has always struck me as fairly fanciful, and I've never believed it to be the most likely scenario. The guy was under enemy fire and was killed by a projectile, no need (explanation-wise) for an assassin.Why would he have been killed by his own troops and how would they cover it up, even during the battle? As the King and general, he would be standing behind his men, so he could see the battlefield, surrounded by his bodyguards, a little further away from the action. I mean, he was with his men on the front, but just not on the assault.Besides, I am under the impression that he wasn't particularly hated, right?
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