Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges

Professor Donald Blakeslee in one of the pits being excavated in Arkansas City, Kan. (David Kelly / For The Times)

Of all the places to discover a lost city, this pleasing little community seems an unlikely candidate. There are no vine-covered temples or impenetrable jungles here — just an old-fashioned downtown, a drug store that serves up root beer floats and rambling houses along shady brick lanes.


Yet there’s always been something — something just below the surface.


Locals have long scoured fields and river banks for arrowheads and bits of pottery, amassing huge collections. Then there were those murky tales of a sprawling city on the Great Plains and a chief who drank from a goblet of gold.


A few years ago, Donald Blakeslee, an anthropologist and archaeology professor at Wichita State University, began piecing things together. And what he’s found has spurred a rethinking of traditional views on the early settlement of the Midwest, while potentially filling a major gap in American history.


Using freshly translated documents written by the Spanish conquistadors more than 400 years ago and an array of high-tech equipment, Blakeslee located what he believes to be the lost city of Etzanoa, home to perhaps 20,000 people between 1450 and 1700.

They lived in thatched, beehive-shaped houses that ran for at least five miles along the bluffs and banks of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers. Blakeslee says the site is the second-largest ancient settlement in the country after Cahokia in Illinois. [   ]


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Part two of the lovely sunrise captured at Ocean Isle Beach.  This post includes a couple of monochrome compositions as well.  While the lovely color hues are a significant feature in the color compositions, the monochromes elevate the interesting patterns and textures of the clouds and tidal morning seascape.

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Punakaiki shoreline in Paparoa National Park, New Zealand

Punakaiki shoreline
Punakaiki shoreline in Paparoa National Park, New Zealand
This portion of New Zealand’s South Island coast features plenty of strange geology. These sea stacks and surf-tossed rocks are fragments of a much larger formation called the Pancake Rocks, so named due to their stacked, flat layers of sediment and stone. They were once all underwater, and as the Tasman Sea receded, the strange rocks marked the shore of the Punakaiki region. The 118-square mile landscape of the encompassing Paparoa National Park continues the unusual geology of the Punakaiki coast with cliff openings called ‘blowholes,’ rugged mountains, and for the brave, a cave system open for tours.

Discover amazing pancake rocks, lush native forests, delicate cave formations and limestone canyons – all in one beautifully diverse national park.

This fascinating national park, towards the northern end of the South Island’s west coast, runs all the way inland from the ocean to the rugged ice-carved Paparoa Mountain Range.

In the interests of science, the boundaries of the park were carefully established to encompass a complete range of landscapes and ecosystems – from the granite and gneiss summits of the Paparoa Range down to the layered rock formations of Punakaiki.

By following the historic Inland Pack Track, formed originally by gold miners, visitors can discover some of the park’s most special places. Camping under a natural rock shelter – the Ballroom Overhang – is an unforgettable experience. read more

Image found at Windows 10 SpotLight Images. 2018. Paparoa beach, Northland, New Zealand | Windows 10 SpotLight Images. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 14 August 2018].

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Today’s Beautiful Hadith is about Respect

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Today’s Beautiful Hadith is about Respect


Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): A black man or a black woman used to sweep the mosque and he or she died. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked about her (or him). He was told that she (or he) had died. He said, “Why did you not inform me? Show me his grave (or her grave).” So he went to her (his) grave and offered her (his) funeral prayer.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, Book 8, Hadith 106)

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Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascapes, part 1 — C.S. Young Jr. Fine Art Photography

These lovely sunrise images were captured last week while on vacation at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The view is from the east end of this barrier island looking across the channel to Holden Beach, another in a series of North Carolina barrier islands. Mother Nature’s display this morning was quite spectacular! Thank you for […]

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