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Medieval Sword in Excellent Condition Accidentally Found in a Peat Bog in Poland

7 hours 33 min ago

An excavator operator who was working in a peat bog in Poland last month, accidentally discovered a magnificent 14th century longsword, which is in an extremely good condition. Experts believe that this is a unique find to the region.

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The Battle of Pavia: Paving the Political Roads of Rival Rulers with Blood

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 16:53

February 24, 1525. A day that is not marked in infamy but in the blood of France. On this date, the Battle of Pavia occurred – the decisive event in a longstanding war and rivalry, and the crushing blow for a king and his political desires.

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Ancient Bones of Mystery Creature Dug up by Children in Yakutian Village

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:59

Experts were called to check remains uncovered during road building excavations close to Tit-Ary in Khangalassky district. The remnants of the ancient creature were found in melting permafrost, revealed Varvara Kuzmina, head of the local school lore museum.

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Love is a Battlefield: The Legend of Ishtar, First Goddess of Love and War

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 08:04

As singer Pat Benatar once noted, love is a battlefield. Such use of military words to express intimate, affectionate emotions is likely related to love’s capacity to bruise and confuse.

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Bridging the Living and the Dead: Scotland's 300-Year-Old Coffin Bridge

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:12

The oldest surviving packhorse bridge in the Scottish Highlands, the "coffin bridge" at Carrbridge in Inverness remains one of the most significant. Built in 1717, this packhorse bridge is located near the city of Inverness, capital of the Highlands, and was erected in an arch from "tooled rubble…springing from natural rock abutment".

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Was the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaton in Fact the Father of Modern Monotheism?

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:49

This passage may read like a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible; but, this is a quote from the Hymn of Aten, a work by Pharaoh Amenhotep IV better known as Akhenaton.  This so-called heretic king was the only known Pharaoh in Egyptian history who believed in a monotheistic doctrine when most of the ancient world adhered to polytheism.

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Subutai: The Forgotten Force Behind the Fearsome Mongol Military

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:07

As the right-hand man to Genghis Khan, Subutai (Subotai) was a brave and powerful strategist and general. Subutai was a reliable choice for famous Mongol leaders to help in the expansion of the empire. He joined the Mongols as just a youth, but his amazing skills propelled him to become one of Genghis Khan’s ‘dogs of war.’

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Science ‘To Answer Russian Royal Mystery’: Did Tsar Stage Death to Become Siberian Monk?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:03

Officially, Alexander I died of typhus aged 47 on December 1, 1825, but evidence suggests he faked his demise and lived as a holy man. Genetic analysis is soon to be used to determine whether Tsar Alexander I lived for almost four decades as a modest monk after his supposed - and unexpected - death in Taganrog on the Azov Sea, a senior Russian churchman has indicated.

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Significant Inscriptions Found in Egypt: From the Earliest Huge Hieroglyphs to Greek-Roman Period Graffiti

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:02

A team of Egyptologists has discovered giant rock-art hieroglyphs so big the team was “absolutely flabbergasted” at their size. They date back an estimated 5,200 years on some rock faces in a desert that they say may represent signs for the solar cycle and luminosity.

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Unearthing Unexpected Fossil Usage in Ancient Medicine (Part 1): Ogre Balms to Dragon Tongues

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:04

Whenever a person thinks of fossils today, lively images of dinosaurs or other primordial beasts emerge within one's mind. Indeed, most people nowadays would connect fossils with museums, excavation digs, or research laboratories. However, people have viewed fossils very differently in the past; usually through wilder... more phantasmic interpretations.

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Puzzle of the Unidentified KV35 Mummy: Boy Kings and the Specter of Smenkhkare—Part II

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:33

The staggering number of royal mummies that Victor Loret found in the final resting place of the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh, Amenhotep II, consisted of some individuals who have not yet been positively ascertained. Prime among them was the body of a young boy who has been identified variously by Egyptologists, with Prince Webensenu topping the list of probable candidates. Are we accurate in our findings, or is a DNA test required to solve the matter conclusively?

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Renaissance Aesthetics at its Finest: The Exquisite Parade Armor of Henry II of France

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:02

The crowded, dusty square was full of excitement. Even the heat and the cramped space served as no deterrent to the people who continued trying to push their way into the already full meeting place. What was everyone looking at? It did not take long to discern where all eyes were turned, with hands grasping, and bodies pushing to get closer to the shining, majestic presence sitting atop the mighty steed – the king in his celebrated parade armor.

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The Three Distinct Scripts of Knossos: An Unfinished Epic

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00

Linear A and Linear B are the names given to two sets of scripts from ancient Greece. A third known writing form of the time is Cretan Hieroglyphic. The Linear A script was used by the Minoan civilisation, which flourished on the island of Crete, whilst the Linear B script was used by the Mycenaean civilisation, which was centred on the Greek mainland. All three of these scripts were found in the same location at Knossos. Whilst Linear A has yet to be deciphered, Linear B has been found to be the oldest preserved form of written Greek that we know of at present.

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New Revelations When 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Toe is Examined with Cutting Edge Technology

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:50

Egyptologists from the University of Basel have discovered details of production techniques and usage of one of the oldest prosthetic devices in history after re-examining it with the help of other experts. The find is nearly 3,000 years old and was discovered in a female burial from the necropolis of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna close to Luxor, Egypt.

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Jaisalmer Fort: The Imposing Desert Fort With a Bone-Chilling Custom

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:00

Sitting in the desert with its towering golden-hued walls and imposing bastions, the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort certainly makes an impact. This fort has two important titles - the oldest desert fort in the world and the second oldest of all of Rajasthan’s forts. Its historical value is also recognized, with one particularly chilling custom having taken place within its walls at least three times.

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Frederick I Barbarossa: A Megalomaniac Roman Emperor On a Crusade for Power

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:00

Some people believe they were born for greatness but fall short and some go on to exceed all expectations. Frederick I Barbarossa falls into the second category. His ambition for power was limitless and it seems he believed his authority second only to God. Certainly, he thought the Pope his inferior, and, although a fearless supporter of the religious crusades of the Latin Church, he could not accept the authority of the Papacy over his own.

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DNA Analysis Suggests Cats Chose to Be Domesticated

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00

According to an extensive DNA analysis of cat genes the domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice; once in the Near East and then in Egypt. The study suggests that cats lived for thousands of years alongside humans before they were eventually domesticated.

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Lasting Puzzle of the Unidentified KV35 Mummy: Is it Really Prince Webensenu Or Another?—Part I

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:50

A host of pharaohs who were removed to safety from their burial places in ancient times rested peacefully for millennia within the bowels of the magnificent tomb of Amenhotep II. Among the great names lay the desecrated mummy of a youngster whose identity has caused much debate among Egyptologists for over a hundred years. Who was he?

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The Spiritual Center of Taxila: One-time Jerusalem and Alexandria of the Buddhist World

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:07

For centuries, ancient Taxila in Punjab, modern Pakistan, was revered as a center of learning and a holy city in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. It hosted one of the earliest institutions which could be called a university, though there are disagreements over whether it counted as a true university. It is also considered to be the birthplace of Mahayana Buddhism

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The Underwater Temple Garden: A Unique Fusion of Bouyancy and Enlightenment

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:49

The Underwater Temple Garden is a unique dive site located in Bali, Indonesia. This underwater garden was created in recent years, and contains a Balinese Hindu temple compound. A photo of the site circulated on the internet sparked excited rumours that this was an ancient archaeological site, and that more structures like it were to be found underwater. Furthermore, some even claimed that the ‘Atlantis of the East’ had been discovered. 

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