A new archaeological find in the Orkney Islands off the northern tip of Scotland could have connections to Neolithic religion. Jeffrey Brown examines the background of the discovery and explores some of its surrounding mysteries, including why the site might have been part of one of the biggest barbecues in history. Continue reading
Flames engulf a viking longboat or galley during the Up Helly Aa fire festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland. The Up Helly Aa festival, introduced by men returning from the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January.
In other news Wednesday, a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland grounded flights in Scotland and Northern Ireland for a second day, and the U.S. Senate has dropped a $50 billion fund intended for liquidating banks from financial reform amendments over GOP objections it would lead to more bailouts. Continue reading
In other news, Scottish officials defend the country’s decision to release the Lockerbie bomber, and two bombs in Iraq killed at least 11 people. Continue reading
In other news, President Hamid Karzai, and his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, both claimed victory in Afghanistan’s presidential election, and President Obama called the elaborate homecoming for the freed Lockerbie bomber in Libya “highly objectionable.” Continue reading