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X-ray Tech Reveals Remarkable Roman Artistry Hidden Under Ash of Vesuvius

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:55

Molten lava, volcanic ash, modern grime, salt, humidity. The ancient painting of a Roman woman has been through it all, and it looks like it. Scientists now report that a new type of high-resolution X-ray technology is helping them discover just how stunning the original portrait once was, element-by-element. 

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Geometric Stone Spheres of Scotland: Part 2 – Explanations From Platonic Solids to Sexual Healing

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:06

The purpose of these, predominantly Scottish in origin, spheres is unknown, although simple theories range from projectiles to predictive devices and more. But the sophistication of their design and manufacture seems to point us to there being a more intelligent and scientific nature involved. 

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Victory Over the Hun: Famous Lost Account of Han Dynasty Triumph Found Carved onto Mongolian Mountain

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:44

Archaeologists claim to have rediscovered a triumphant account of China’s ancient military which had been inscribed in cliff face. According to the experts, the inscription narrates how the Han dynasty conquered the nomadic Huns.

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Discovered: The Lost Mountain Gods of Colombia

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 08:00

Peña de Juaica - Penis of Juaica - (pronounced: why-ka) is a remote and legendary mountain situated between the municipalities of Tabio and Tenjo at an altitude of 3,100 meters (10,170ft) above sea level. This dominant phallic sentinel which once guarded the rich agricultural territories of the pre-Colombian Muisca people who inhabited this territory.

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Making Money Divine: Roman Imperial Coins had a Unique Value in Scandinavian Cultures

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:56

In a single sentence, the first Roman Emperor unknowingly immortalizes some of the earliest known interactions between his Empire and the “barbaric” regions of the far north. Augustus' Res Gestae provides evidence that, while the Romans...

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The Hidden Message in Khafre’s Pyramid: What Were the Builders Trying to Tell Us?

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:03

In Egypt, in the middle of 2013, I was on a very important job: the Giza Pyramids investigation through mathematical proportional applications. I focused all my attention on the three mysterious and majestic pyramids, without exception.

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Geometric Stone Spheres of Scotland: Part 1 – More Than A Projectile - What Possible Purpose 5,000-years Ago?

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:01

Four hundred and twenty geometric stone spheres have been found in the vicinity of Neolithic stone circles in Northern Scotland, with 169 coming from Aberdeenshire alone. Outside Scotland, examples have been found in Ireland at Ballymena, and in England at Durham, Cumbria, Lowick and Bridlington. 

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An Enigma Wrapped in a Mystery: The Living, Growing Aqueduct of Alicún de las Torres, Granada

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:27

Not far from the Moorish splendors of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, and close to the troglodyte cave-dwellings of the residents of Guadix, is the spectacular, living, El Toril Aqueduct. It is located across the road from the popular rural Hotel Balneario (Spa) de Alicún de las Torres

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Total Solar Eclipse of 2017: How Rare Cosmic Event Gave Rise to Ancient Myths and Legends

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:56

Today, August 21, America will darken under the path of a total solar eclipse. This rare and spectacular astronomical alignment, when the Moon appears to completely cover the sun, shadowing the surface of the planet...

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North Korean Regime Reveals Discovery of Ancient Royal Tomb in Rare International Announcement

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 19:55

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea claims that they have found an ancient royal tomb deep underground in a recluse state. The regime released a rare, English-language statement announcing that local archaeologists discovered the royal burial site of the Goguryeo Dynasty (918-1392) in its border city of Kaesong.

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Eclipse over Amarna: Beginning of the End for Akhenaten in his City of Light?

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 17:10

The ancient Egyptian civilization was wedded to the Sun, and yet, extant records only ever mention the solar aspect as the giver and sustainer of life that shines brightly for all eternity. Sterling astronomers, the Egyptians, unlike the Mayans, never left us details of the times...

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The Lost Knowledge of the Ancients: Were Humans the First? Part 6

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 12:55

Technology began with Hephaestus, or Vulcan, the world´s first metallurgist, according to Greek mythology. His workshop – a sparkling dwelling of bronze- was on Mount Olympus.

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Mysterious Japanese Second Capital Built 1200 Years Ago by Controversial Empress is Finally Found

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 07:57

Japanese archaeologists working in Yao, Osaka Prefecture believe they have found the remains of Yugeno-miya, an unfinished city began by the orders of an empress who is remembered for a turbulent reign and her alleged affair with a Buddhist monk.

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Mythbusting Ancient Rome – Did All Roads Actually Lead There?

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:53

We all know the phrase “All roads lead to Rome”. Today, it is used proverbially and has come to mean something like “there is more than one way to reach the same goal”. But did all roads ever really lead to the eternal city?

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Archaeological Mystery: 10,000 or More Caves were Dug into the Himalayas Over 2,000 Years Ago

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:54

One of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries is hidden in the Himalayas. 10,000 man-made caves have been tunneled through the rock from above or dug into the cliffside. Who built these ancient structures and why?

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Man Steals Samurai Sword From History Museum and Launches Attack Outside Taiwan Presidential Office

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:01

A Taiwanese man stole an antique samurai sword inscribed with the words “Nanjing battle, (this sword) killed 107 people” and used it to try to break into the Presidential Office, injuring a military police guard in the process.

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Medicine Maidens: Why Did Women Become the Primary Medical Providers in Early Modern Households?

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 08:00

A primary female occupation in the early modern period (AD 1500-1800) was that of medicine. Though there were formal doctors—known by various titles and with various tasks detailed by their occupations—household women were often turned to as the first, second, and sometimes third source of medical aid.

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Extensive Neolithic Trading Network Uncovered in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:01

A team of archaeologists from The Australian National University (ANU) has uncovered a vast trading network which operated in Vietnam from around 4,500 years ago up until around 3,000 years ago.

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Poisonings Went Hand in Hand with the Drinking Water in Ancient Pompeii

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:03

The ancient Romans were famous for their advanced water supply. But the drinking water in the pipelines was probably poisoned on a scale that may have led to daily problems with vomiting, diarrhea, and liver and kidney damage. This is the finding of analyses of water pipe from Pompeii.

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The Megalithic Temple of Malinalco: Could these Magnificent and Complex Rock-Cut Structures Actually Pre-Date the Aztecs?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:48

The little town of Malinalco lies at the margins of the Valley of Tepoztlan, some 115 kilometers (71 miles) to the southwest of Mexico City. Since Prehispanic times, its name has been associated with magic and sorcery: Malinalxochitl, goddess of snakes was worshipped on the Cerro de los Idolos, a hill overlooking the entire valley and the town below.

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