Get ready for winter, POWDER’s guide to the best skis for 2017 is here

Can you smell that? It’s winter, coming ever so closer. And for ski season it all starts with having the right equipment under your feet. Which is why POWDER has once again collected the best skis for the upcoming season, took the 30 riders from the POWDER Union and headed to Big Sky Resort for

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President Obama creates the Katahdin Woods National Monument in Maine

A day before the centennial of the National Park Service, President Obama officially created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine. Comprising some 87,500 acres of land in Maine’s North Woods, it came about in big part to a donation of land and tens of millions of dollars from Burt’s Bees cofounder Roxanne

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5,000-Year-Old Mystery Structure Discovered Near Stone Age Temple in Scotland

Ring of Brodgar, a Neolithic stone circle and henge monument, with the Loch of Harray in the background. Detail: Aerial view of the newly-uncovered structure.

A mysterious Stone Age building has been unearthed at the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland. Researchers discovered it while excavating a Neolithic midden (rubbish dump.) It is located near one of Scotland’s most famous rings of standing stones – the Ring of Brodgar.

According to The Herald Scotland, the site contains a Stone Age temple, and the discovery of the structure helped to re-date the location.

While digging at the Ring of Brodgar on Orkney, the researchers found the layout of a series of slabs which are unlike anything previously found on the island. The structure is 4 meters (13 ft.) long and it was unearthed amongst the remains of Neolithic rubbish.

Aerial view of the structure.

Aerial view of the structure. (James Robertson/Orkneyskycam.co.uk)

The walls of the construction are 10 meters (33 ft.) wide and the researchers say that the structure is about 5,000 years old. They speculate that the building was covered over by the huge midden, but it could possibly be a chambered tomb. The researchers also found human remains – a human arm bone.

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Eighth Priestess and Precious Grave Goods Unearthed in Famous San Jose de Moro Tomb

Eighth Priestess and Precious Grave Goods Unearthed in Famous San Jose de Moro Tomb

The remains of a Moche priestess have been unearthed at the famous tomb site of San Jose de Moro in Northwestern Peru. She is the fifth Moche priestess to be found at the site (an additional three priestesses belonging to the Transitional Period have also been discovered there). This has led to an increase in the interest surrounding the Moche culture. The priestess had been buried wearing an elaborate headdress and necklace, along with precious grave goods including a ceremonial knife and silver goblet.

The Moche period priestesses have been previously discussed in “Performance and Power”; this article intends to examine the later priestesses from San Jose de Moro (dating from the Transitional period) in relation to the most recent Moche finding.

The newest Moche priestess was once again discovered by Luis Castillo, one of the primary investigators responsible for the original priestess findings in 1992-3. As this new tomb possessed symbols of the high-status of the priestess as well as human burials, it was not difficult to recognize the tomb for what it was meant to express—the power and prestige of one of the final priestesses of the Moche Empire.

Representation of a Moche priestess.

Representation of a Moche priestess. (cinabrio blog)

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Mythical Benben Stone: The Landing Site of Egyptian God Atum

Mythical Benben Stone: The Landing Site of Egyptian God Atum

The Benben stone is an object that is found in the mythology of ancient Egypt. This mythical stone is said to have once been housed in a shrine within the compounds of the temple dedicated to the deity Atum in Heliopolis. The Benben stone is also an architectural term, and is the name given to the tip of an obelisk or the capstone placed on top of a pyramid. This architectural feature is known also as a pyramidion (or pyramidia in its plural form).

In the mythology of ancient Egypt, there are several accounts of the creation of the world. One of these is centred on the god Atum, and had its origins in the city of Heliopolis. According to this version of the creation story, the universe was brought into being by Atum. In the beginning, there was nothing but darkness and chaos. It was out of the dark waters that the primordial hill, known as the Benben stone arose, on top of which stood Atum. As the Benben stone rose from the primeval waters, it has been suggested that this word is associated with the verb ‘weben’, which is the Egyptian hieroglyph for ‘to rise’.

The god Atum, First book of respirations of Usirur

The god Atum, First book of respirations of Usirur (public domain)

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BASE jumping and wingsuit pioneer Alexander Polli dies in wingsuit accident

Skydiver and BASE jumping pioneer Alexander Polli died in a wingsuit accident on Monday, July 22 in the Couloir Ensa near Chamonix, France. Polli, 31, hit a tree in a wingsuit jump gone entirely wrong. According to NBC News, he was pronounced dead at the scene. He came to mainstream fame when his jump in

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Savvy seal jumps on boat to escape hungry orcas; video

A boat of whale watchers out on the Campbell River in British Columbia, Canada, got the surprise of a lifetime on Monday when a distressed seal being hunted by a pack of hungry orcas sought shelter on the back of their boat: The video of the close encounter with the seal comes from Kirk Fraser,

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In honor of Kelly Slater’s win: More ageless action sports stars

On Tuesday, Kelly Slater put on a show for the ages in an historic final day of action at the 2016 Billabong Pro Tahiti, winning his first Championship Tour event since 2013, at the age of 44. RELATED: Kelly Slater returns to form with perfect heat in Tahiti It was Slater’s 55th event victory, his

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Southeast Coast may get punched by hurricane early next week

When Superstorm Sandy came barreling into the New Jersey coast in 2012, folks had been familiar with her name for a week. Kelly Slater had already scored historic Sandy swell in Florida. Some storms make East and Gulf Coasters start thinking generators. Others make surfers reach for thrusters, after a summer of fat twin fins.

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