By James Delgado

Major archaeologist and consummate storyteller James Delgado takes readers on a rollicking deep-sea dive into his hugely strange life's paintings: finding and exploring the world's most renowned shipwrecks.

Colorful characters, close to misses, and the joys of status — or floating — in history's footprints make for a hugely unique examine the attention-grabbing heritage and glittering bounty underneath the waves.

Included are money owed of Pearl Harbor, the monstrous, and Bikini Atoll, web site of the world's first nuclear assessments.

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This is used to explain the phallic obsession of th e Nea r East , Anatolia , an d Ol d Europ e sinc e Natufia n time s (Gimbutas: 216). She even refers to the bull as an "invigorator" (ibid: 91). On the other hand, Gimbutas argues that the Great Goddess was androgynyously al l powerful , tha t she created everything out of her own powers, that phallicism was cathartic rather than erotic, and that Neolithic peoples did not understand the biology of conception (ibid: 196, 237). It is easiest to deal with the last notion first.

These include the bulls, stags, rams, snakes, pillars, he-goats , an d bucrania . Gimbuta s claim s alternativel y tha t antlered animals really are the Goddess equipped with male defenses or that the Great Goddess dominates these horned animals so that when they are depicted, the viewer is really supposed to think of the Great Goddess. Sometimes, as in the case of Artemis, she even claims that the Goddess appears as a doe (elsewhere as a doe with stag's antlers), is represented by a stag, and goes around hunting stags.

They wer e par t o f th e gene' s strateg y fo r survival , ofte n unde r ver y unfavourable conditions . Tw o cases immediatel y presen t themselves . (i) Replicatio n i s particularl y t o b e stresse d whe n surviva l i s i n question. An insufficient numbe r of births at one time may result in an inadequate foo d stor e a t anothe r time . On th eunder populationvie w we must assum e tha t th e replicator s thin k the y require more hands as food gatherers , hunters, or defenders i n pre-agricultural cultures, with the additiona l requiremen t o f mor e farmer s i n agricultura l communities.

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