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The Fall of the Giants and Their Fate According to Ancient Texts

Ancient-Origins.net - Wed, 04/25/2029 - 17:44

Giants were here. In using the term giants, I am referring to persons at least 7 feet (2.1m) and up to 13 feet (4m) in height. Given that pre-modern man was significantly shorter on the average than we are today

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Caernarfon Castle: The Imposing Welsh Constantinople

Ancient-Origins.net - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 20:06

Caernarfon Castle (often anglicized as Carnarvon or Caernarvon) is a castle in Caernarfon, in the northern Welsh county of Gwynedd, that was built during the Middle Ages. The castle is closely associated with the conquest of Wales by the English king, Edward I

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Hagia Sophia Museum to Become a Mosque Again Says Turkish Government

Ancient-Origins.net - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 16:57

The government of Turkey has announced that the world-famous Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul will be turned back into a mosque. This former cathedral and mosque is widely considered to be one of the world’s most remarkable examples of architecture. 

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The Birth Of Greekness And The Great Land Grab

Ancient-Origins.net - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 14:35

During the Archaic period in the eighth century BC, a tipping point was reached in Greece. Perhaps as a result of better nutrition and of changes in marriage practices, so that women married younger than they had before...

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Iron Age Murder Victim Discovered at Ceremonial Monument

Ancient-Origins.net - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:16

Archaeologists in England have discovered evidence of a large ceremonial structure and a potentially brutal human sacrifice. While excavating a 4000-year-old Iron Age site at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, England, as part of the High Speed 2 (HS2) project (the biggest rail project in Europe’s history), archaeologists have discovered the skeleton of a man, who was buried face down, with his hands bound together beneath his pelvis, thought to be the remains of an Iron Age murder victim.

Skeleton of an Iron Age murder victim has been found while excavating an archaeological site at Wellwick Farm near Wendover. (HS2)

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Humayun's Tomb, the Mughal Mausoleum That Changed India’s Architecture

Ancient-Origins.net - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 07:56

Mughal Emperor Humayun ruled over vast territory in Asia from 1530 until he was ousted in 1540. With the aid of the Safavid, the ruling Persian dynasty, he regained his lands in 1556.

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The Battle of Trafalgar and the Deafening Thunder of English Cannons

Ancient-Origins.net - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 17:03

There have been crucial periods in the modern history of Europe that shaped its future and dictated the destinies of many nations. Sadly, these periods were often marked by wars and conflicts in which the proud nations of Europe battled for dominance and wealth...

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Stone Age Etchings of Camel Fight Found on Siberian Mammoth Tusk

Ancient-Origins.net - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:42

Ancient engravings etched onto a 13,000-year-old mammoth tusk have been examined and are believed to include the oldest known images of camels in Asia. Several ancient camel etchings on the tusk, one of which depicts a violent camel fight, are offering experts an insight into the world of ancient Siberians. 

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Gebel El-Arak Knife – A Link to Ancient Egypt’s Distant Beginnings

Ancient-Origins.net - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 08:04

The ancient, far reaching civilizations of the world are for many people a continuous source of inspiration. Ancient, ageless myths and wonders of emerging societies and archaic technologies are not only extraordinary...

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Can Gobekli Tepe Reveal Prehistoric Masonic Secrets?

Ancient-Origins.net - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 17:06

Our journey begins with the Freemasons. This late sixteenth century group occupies a strange, almost mythical place in modern popular culture and, while evoking many conspiracies, the self-proclaimed “society with secrets”...

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Augustus’ Draconian Marriage Laws And The Banishment Of Julia Augusti

Ancient-Origins.net - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 15:30

“Let her be banished for life,” Augustus (63 BC-14 AD) is recorded as saying about the harsh exile of his only biological child, Julia, to the barren and windswept penal island of Pandateria (present-day Ventotene). 

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Irresponsible Bikers Use 3,000-Year-OId Ring Cairn as Motorbike Circuit

Ancient-Origins.net - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 12:56

Scrambler motorbikes are a popular pastime in many countries, including Britain. However, a group of irresponsible scramblers have been using a 3000-year-old Welsh ring cairn as a motorbike circuit. 

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Sacred Geometry: Unlocking the Secret Structures of the Universe

Ancient-Origins.net - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 07:57

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines geometry as “the area of mathematics relating to the study of space and the relationships between points, lines, curves, and surfaces”. This definition fits nicely with the academic study of geometry, which is based on rationalism. 

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The Sacred Yet Mysterious Arvalem Caves in Beautiful Goa

Ancient-Origins.net - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 19:57

Goa is widely regarded as one of the most idyllic places to visit in all of India, if not Asia. Yet there is far more to this southwestern state than its beautiful beaches. Like the rest of India, it has many incredible heritage sites. 

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Silk Road Cat Pushes Back Central Asia Domestication to 8th-century AD

Ancient-Origins.net - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 16:45

Archaeologists have found the well-preserved remains of a Silk Road cat buried in Kazakhstan that likely dates from the 8th century AD, and the evidence suggests this was a “well-loved pet cat.”

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Speaking of Angels and Saints: The Story of Joan of Arc

Ancient-Origins.net - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 13:14

Joan of Arc was a young peasant woman who lived during the last phase of the Hundred Years’ War. This war was a series of military conflicts between France and England which began in 1337 due to an inheritance dispute over the French throne. It ended in 1453. The 116 years of the war saw the rise and fall of several kings and nobles, many of whom are noteworthy in their own right. Joan of Arc, however, may be one of the most extraordinary figures from this period.

Joan of Arc, The Pious Child that Heard Voices

Joan of Arc was born around 1412 in Domrémy, a village located in the north-east of France. This village was within the territory of the Duke of Burgundy. Although the Burgundians were allies of the English, the people of Domrémy remained loyal to France.

Joan’s father was a farmer by the name of Jacques D’Arc, and her mother was a woman named Isabelle Romée or Isabelle de Vouthon. According to popular belief, Joan spent her childhood in the pastures with sheep and cattle, though this perception is unfounded. She is said to have been a pious child, who often knelt in church absorbed in prayer.

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The Phantom Time Hypothesis: The Greatest Fiction Ever Written?

Ancient-Origins.net - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:35

Most researchers and scholars alike praise the importance of studying history. “The Phantom Time Hypothesis” contradicts the reliability of written history and asks key questions. 

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Warrior Pope’s Seal is 1.5 millionth Archaeological Find in Britain!

Ancient-Origins.net - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 08:02

A metal detectorist has unearthed the 1.5 millionth archaeological artifact to be found by the public in Britain under a government-backed scheme. This item is one of great historic interest. It is a pope’s seal that belonged to a powerful medieval religious leader who played an important role in the history of Italy.

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Cult Worship at the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia

Ancient-Origins.net - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 19:55

The Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia is a religious complex from the time of the Roman Republic. This ancient sanctuary is situated in Praeneste (known today as Palestrina), not far from Rome. 

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Evidence of 120,000-Year-Old String Discovered in Israeli Cave

Ancient-Origins.net - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:51

A team of archaeologists excavating a cave in Israel have made the incredible discovery of a collection of shells that were once threaded onto strings and worn by humans as beads 120,000 years ago. 

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