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Unearthing the Lost City Built By Prisoners Of The Famous Trojan War

1 hour 31 min ago

In a monumental archaeological announcement the Greek Culture Ministry told press this week that a team of their archaeologists “located the first tangible remains” of the ancient city which was built by captives of the famous Trojan War 

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Australian Scientists Explore The Medical Marvels Of Ancient Maggot Therapy

5 hours 35 min ago

The ‘next’ button is probably the best option for those readers of a prudish or squeamish nature, as this is a news story telling of advancements in the ancient medical arts of ‘Maggot therapy’ and why this somewhat cringeworthy treatment is making a comeback in modern therapeutic applications in Australia.

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The Last Lions of Asia Almost Lost to Mankind

7 hours 56 min ago

According to legend, about 3160 years ago, in the Levant, there was an enormously strong man, who tore the jaws of an adult male lion with his bare hands. Samson’ name was derived from the word semes which means ‘sun’. 

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Army Of Miniaturized Terracotta Warriors Discovered Guarding 2,100-Year-Old Chinese Prince’s Tomb

10 hours 34 min ago

A 2,100-year-old pit discovered in China was found to contain not only chariots and miniature statues of cavalry, horses, watchtowers, infantry, civil officials and musicians, but at its center was a scaled down version of the famous “Terracotta Army.”

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Is This the Real Reason Why Pirates Wore Eyepatches?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 20:44

Between 1700 and 1725, the Caribbean was a relatively lawless place with numerous merchant ships traversing the high seas with no authorities to protect them. These factors helped to make this period the golden age of piracy. It turns out that many common beliefs about pirates are not true.

Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAmericas

Journey into Darkness: The Fossil Discovery that Changed History

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 20:25
Speaker(s): Rick HunterEvent Category: On Human OriginsEvent Date(s): 26/11/2018 - 02:15 to 12:30

In the bowels of Mother Earth laid Naledi…

Join our expert caver and explorer, Rick Hunter as he takes us down the narrow chute into the bowels of Mother Earth to find Naledi, long-forgotten by time.

September the 13th fell on a Friday in 2013, a date reputed for bad fortune, though it proved one of the luckiest days in the history of palaeoanthropology. Within the unexplored compartment ~ 30 meters underground, now known as “Dinaledi Chamber,” Rick Hunter and his caving partner Steven Tucker discovered such an incredible surface collection of hominin fossils that even without training, they knew that both their lives and the face of an arcane field of inquiry were irretrievably changed. The long shadow of good fortune cast from that cavern has extended into all aspects of Rick’s life, both professional and personal.

Rick (as a “small space specialist”) and Steven went on to form the core of a dedicated five-member exploration team employed by Professor Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa to expand the list of known hominin fossil sites within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (CoH WHS). This has led to the discovery of scores of new sites, new fossils, and new skill sets. Always one to push the boundaries, Rick has pursued advanced off-road driving, rope work, venomous snake identification and handling, and recently received his RPL (remote pilots license) that will help pioneer a new level in exploration.

This exclusive interview will detail the discovery, recovery, analysis and interpretation of the newly discovered hominin species Homo naledi, as well as a spine-tingling ride through exploration deep within the depths of ancient caverns full of secrets.

Perhaps most remarkably, the context of the find has led the researchers to conclude that this primitive-looking hominin may have practiced a form of behavior previously thought to be unique to humans! Join Rick to find out.

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A native of Johannesburg and alum of Randpark High, Rick Hunter showed an early interest in dark and dangerous activities, much to his mother’s chagrin. Rick’s daunting resume includes rock climbing, abseiling, bouldering, technical rope work, Rap jumping, venomous snake-handling, and motorcycling.  Rick Hunter’s passion for exciting, outdoor activities brought him to caving in February 2013. By September 13, 2013, he had already logged over 50 underground trips, though the one that date was to become by far the most memorable. On that evening, along with colleague Steven Tucker (caver), Rick undertook the exploration of an unknown, tiny chute within the well-traveled Rising Star cave system, Cradle of Humankind, some 50 kilometers north-west of Johannesburg, South Africa.  |  University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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10,000-Year-Old Spirit Cave Mummy Revealed as Belonging to an Early Caravan of Immigrants to the Americas

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 18:01

A new twist in the mapping of early human migrations into North and South America has occurred after DNA samples from the 10,000-year-old “Spirit Cave mummy,” unearthed in a cave in Nevada, revealed it’s the ancestor of a Native American tribe.

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The Dome of the Rock: A Magnet Attracting Multiple Religions to a Single Sacred Spot

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:57

The Dome of the Rock (known also as Qubbat al-Sakhrah in Arabic) is an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

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Elfdalian, the Ancient Viking Forest Language of Sweden, Set to be Revived

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:44

The ancient Viking language of Elfdalian has been almost entirely wiped out, with an estimate of only 3,000 people in a tiny forest community in Sweden currently keeping it alive. Now, people fight to revive the historic tongue by bringing it back to schools and online before it vanishes completely.

The Conversation reports that the ancient dialect of Elfdalian (älvdalska in Swedish and övdalsk in the language itself) was a vigorous language until well into the 20th century. Sounding to listeners like a beautiful and complex language as spoken by the Elven race in fantasy epics, Elfdalian is actually derived from Old Norse, the language of the Vikings. However, it is radically different from Swedish, writes University of Copenhagen linguist Dr. Guus Kroonen.

He explains that it “sounds like something you would more likely encounter in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings rather than in a remote Swedish forest.”  It can be heard on the video below.

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Why Were The Shrove Tuesday Riots So Brutal?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 08:58

The Shrove Tuesday Riots (known also as the Bawdy House Riots of 1668, or the Messenger Riots) were a series of brutal riots that took place in London in 1668. 

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Emperor Diocletian: The Stabilizer of Rome Had a Green Thumb

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 20:50

Diocletian was a Roman emperor who lived between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. Prior to his ascension to the throne, the Roman Empire was going through the Crisis of the Third Century, a period during which the empire was in turmoil, and was on the brink of collapse.

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Egypt: Tombs and Temples Tour

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 18:37
Speaker(s): Ted LoukesEvent Category: On Human OriginsEvent Date(s): 05/01/2019 - 10:30 to 12/01/2019 - 10:30

Visit 40 tombs and temples in a week! Join author and Egyptological researcher Ted Loukes, and fellow author and Egypt enthusiast, Gavin Athienedes.  Pooling their knowledge, resources and personal experiences, Gavin and Ted will lead you on a fascinating exploration back in time, following in the footsteps of the great pioneer Egyptologists who opened up the sprawling necropolis of Ancient Thebes.

Unique features: No set-in-stone itinerary or rushing for the bus! Many temples and tombs not on the traditional tourist list and Ted and Gavin accompany you into the tombs and read hieroglyphics.

Day 1 Sunday: Luxor Museum, Mummification Museum, Luxor Temple

Day 2: Valley of the Queens, Worker’s Village at Deir el-Medina, Tombs at Qurnet Marais, Mortuary Temple of Ramses III – Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon

Day 3: Tombs of the Nobles at Qurna, The Ramesseum and Temple of Merenptah

Day 4: Valley of the Kings, including the tomb of Tutankhamun, Howard Carter’s House, Western Valley

Day 5: Mortuary Temple of Seti I, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Tombs of the Nobles at Dra Ab el-Naga, Khokha and Asasif

Day 6: Karnak, Precinct of Mut

Day 7: Pyramids at Giza, Cairo Museum

There will be a river sunset cruise and also some souvenir shopping time while we are in Luxor.

Cost: The tour price of £843,00 / $1 099,00 / € 955,00 includes:

(Prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations)

  • Accommodation for 7 nights on the West Bank, Luxor (hotel with pool) (single supplement £28,00 / $35,00 / € 31,00)
  • All entrance fees to historical/archaeological sites
  • All transfers to and from Luxor International Airport
  • All transport between sites
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • All transport in Cairo
  • Local Sim card
  • Water on all excursions
  • Tipping

It excludes:

  • All air tickets
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

To Book contact [email protected] or via https://gnttours.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/GnTEgyptTours/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaV-CbCEB28

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Tombs and Temples tour

Have you always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt? 
Are the Pyramids on your bucket list? 
How about the Valley of the Kings?

Join us on an all-inclusive (excl flights) tour from Jan 05-12 and live that Egyptian dream. An adventure week in Luxor, Egypt exploring the Valley of the Kings, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Temple of Hatshepsut, Karnak and much much more. Plus, an additional extra day to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx, as well as a chance to see close up the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun.

Join author and Egyptological researcher Ted Loukes, and his business partner, fellow author and Egypt enthusiast, Gavin Athienedes, on a voyage of discovery to the ancient city of Thebes, one-time capital of the land of the Pharaohs, and the extraordinary burial grounds of Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom. Pooling their knowledge, resources and personal experiences, Gavin and Ted will lead you on a fascinating exploration back in time, following in the footsteps of the great pioneer Egyptologists who opened up the sprawling necropolis of Ancient Thebes. With an itinerary that takes in the finest tombs and temples, we will walk the paths of not just kings and queens from the distant past, but also those of the nobility of the age, the men and women who held the reins of officialdom in the name of the Pharaoh, and the oft-forgotten workmen who laboured under extreme conditions to bring these massive undertakings to life.

The Tombs and Temples Tour is designed to visit as many of the more interesting tombs and temples in the Luxor area, many of which are not on the general tourist itineraries. This means spending most of our time on the West Bank, and to this end we will base our accommodation here. This is a budget adventure tour and will entail a degree of walking, steps and stairs, maybe some crawling, climbing in and out of minibus transport, and hopping on and off boats. That said there are plenty of rest stops and we will always stop for lunch. As the Tombs and Temples Tour is not a standard tourist excursion there are some differences, and these are what make this tour unique.

Firstly, we set our own times, so, although there is an extensive itinerary, we are always in control of how long or how short we are in any given place. Our secure transport is flexible and arrives when we want it, which means we never have to rush through any of the many sites we plan on visiting. If necessary, we can change the itinerary as we wish.

Secondly, we are staying in one place for 7 nights, as all we want to see is within a few miles of our base, and to this end we have selected one of the West Bank hotels as close to the Nile as possible. This allows us to travel across the West Bank easily and quickly, but we are also only a short boat ride from the East Bank. We will utilise the Luxor Pass which allows into all tombs and temples in the Luxor area. This means, for example, that in the Valley of the Kings we will enter 10 or 11 tombs, as opposed to the standard tourist visit of 3.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, with all the tourist trips the guides are not allowed into the tombs with you, whereas we are able to accompany you, explaining what is going on, who is who, and what god is what. An ability to read some of the hieroglyphic texts is just an added bonus. 

The tour is scheduled to start on Saturday January 5th with everyone meeting at our hotel. Because of different arrival times/flight schedules we have set the rest of this day aside as time to meet each other, discuss what we will get up to over the next few days, and also sort out any outstanding admin, for example getting the Luxor Pass. The tour proper will start on the Sunday morning. This is day 1.

Day 1: Luxor Museum, Mummification Museum, Luxor Temple

Day 2: Valley of the Queens, Worker’s Village at Deir el-Medina, Tombs at Qurnet Marais, Mortuary Temple of Ramses III – Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon

Day 3: Tombs of the Nobles at Qurna, The Ramesseum and Temple of Merenptah

Day 4: Valley of the Kings, including the tomb of Tutankhamun, Howard Carter’s House, Western Valley

Day 5: Mortuary Temple of Seti I, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Tombs of the Nobles at Dra Ab el-Naga, Khokha and Asasif

Day 6: Karnak, Precinct of Mut

Day 7: Pyramids at Giza, Cairo Museum

There will be a river sunset cruise and also some souvenir shopping time while we are in Luxor.

If we achieve all of this we will take in some 40 tombs and temples within a week.

Day 7 is the 12th of January and we will leave Luxor early to fly to Cairo. Because of differing flight schedules leaving Cairo this day is made up of several options: Either leave Luxor later that morning and connect at Cairo International with your outbound flight, in which case you get a reduction in price. Leave Luxor with everyone else and only do half of the Cairo day, although that might be difficult with Cairo traffic. The airport is to the north-east and we will be in the south-west. The third option is to do the Cairo day, overnight near the airport and fly out the next day. This extra night’s accommodation is not currently included in the price.

The tour price of £843,00 / $1 099,00 / € 955,00 includes:

(Prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations)

  • Accommodation for 7 nights on the West Bank, Luxor (hotel with pool) (single supplement £28,00 / $35,00 / € 31,00)
  • All entrance fees to historical/archaeological sites
  • All transfers to and from Luxor International Airport
  • All transport between sites
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • All transport in Cairo
  • Local Sim card
  • Water on all excursions
  • Tipping

It excludes:

  • All air tickets
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

To Book contact [email protected] or via https://gnttours.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/GnTEgyptTours/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaV-CbCEB2

Official URL: Tombs and Temples Tour WebsiteEvent Location:  West Bank Hotel Egypt See map: Google Maps EG Javascript is required to view this map.Online Event: No

Skulls Show Evidence Ancient Chinese Brain Surgeons Operated 3,000 Years Ago

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:58

Chinese experts have determined that two skulls found in a historic site show evidence of ancient craniotomy. 

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Ancient Laws and Women’s Rights: The 6000-Year-Old World War Continues

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 13:58

The term ‘legal rights of women’ refers to the social and human rights of women. There has never been a time in history where this subject has been more at the fore of politics

Read moreSection: NewsHistoryAncient Traditions

How a Woman Toppled the Legend of the Walls of Jericho: The Legacy of Kathleen Kenyon

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:57

According to the Bible, in the Book of Joshua, the Israelites encountered the city of Jericho as the first Canaanite stronghold they had to conquer in order to settle in their promised new land. In archaeological terms, Joshua the war lord, would have approached Jericho during the Late Bronze Age, circa 1400 BC. 

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Deep Mining the Mythology of Ganesha and the Ancient Temple Well

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 08:59

According to Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987), the famed U.S. American Professor of Literature who wrote extensively about comparative mythology and religion

Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNewsMyths & LegendsAsiaHistoryAncient Traditions

Who Stole the Gold? Part 3: Blow Smoke and Look the Other Way…

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 21:09

This is the thrilling conclusion to the investigation on the true mystery regarding the Tayos Caves – what has happened to the pure, prestigious, and lustrous golden ore?

Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology

Espada de Anibal - The Mystery Behind Hannibal’s Magical Lost Sword

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:06

Ancient Origins’ readers were recently delighted with the news that Hannibal’s first battlefield, fought on the river Tagus in Spain in 220 BC has finally been found. But for historian Ricky D Phillips, the quest for the truth behind this lost battle didn’t end with the discovery of the battlefield itself. There was a great deal of evidence, legend, and mythology still to debunk if centuries of history were to be rewritten; chief amongst which was the myth of the “Espada de Anibal” the magical sword said to have once been the property of Hannibal Barca himself.

Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsEurope

Egyptian Tomb Yields Sarcophagi Filled with Mummified Cats and Beetles Plus Sealed Door Yet to be Opened

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 14:29

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed a fascinating tomb complex with rare finds in Saqqara.  Within the complex they found dozens of mummified cats and an extremely rare collection of mummified scarab beetles within seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years. Egyptologists are also excited about the discovery of a sealed door to what is presumably an unlooted tomb and will be opening it in the coming weeks.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that the discovery was made at the edge of the King Userkaf pyramid complex in the Saqqara Necropolis, and consists of three New Kingdom tombs and four Old Kingdom tombs, the most important of which belonged to Khufu-Imhat, the overseer of the royal buildings in the royal palace.

Rare Mummified Scarab Beetles

Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced that the Egyptian mission unearthed the first-ever mummified scarab beetles in the Memphis necropolis. Two large mummies of scarabs were found inside a rectangular limestone sarcophagus with a vaulted lid decorated with three scarabs painted in black. D. Waziri said that an analysis on the beetles revealed they were wrapped in linen and very well-preserved. Another collection of scarab mummies was also found inside a smaller, limestone sarcophagus decorated with one scarab painted in black.

Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology

The Ancient Art of Smudging: From Banishing Evil to Curing Ailments

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 09:35

The burning of plant materials to produce smoke with positive effects has been practiced since ancient times. One of the best-known examples is the use of incense in the ancient Near East. Another popular example is smudging, which has been practiced for centuries by Native Americans and, more recently, in the New Age movement. Although smudging is often performed for spiritual purposes, it also provides a number of health benefits.

Smudging is a ceremony practiced by various cultures around the world. This ceremony involves the burning of a smudge stick, which is a bundle of dried herbs, most commonly white sage. The smudging employed by New Age movements is based on a Native American practice known as the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing, with smudging being its common name.

Smudging. (Alice Popkorn/CC BY NC ND 2.0)

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