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

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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500,000-Year-Old Horse Bone Tools Discovered in England

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:02

Every doctor, physician and nutritionist who has ever donned a white coat would agree that, to a great extent, we humans really are what we eat. But over recent years, with advances in scanning technologies

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Men from the Land of Amber: The Shocking History of the Fierce Curonians

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:59

The modern Baltic nations of Latvia and Lithuania owe a lot to their fierce and rich history. The fearsome tribes of Balts – close cousins to the neighboring Slavs – carved for themselves a small nook on the shores of the Baltic Sea

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A Fascinating Roman Industrial Complex Has Been Excavated In England

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:02

The remains of a Roman period industrial complex has been uncovered by archaeologists in England, and includes kilns for making lime, mortar and pottery, and this discovery represents a detailed picture of what life was like for working class folk in the Roman outpost of Britannia.

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Fingal’s Cave: Legends and Inspiration Near the Scottish Sea

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 16:00

Fingal’s Cave is a natural feature located on the island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. During the 18th century, Staffa was inhabited by 16 people. Now, no one lives on the island, and it would probably be forgotten, if it were not for the existence of the spectacular site called Fingal’s Cave.

This sea cave has been able to draw tourists to the deserted island for several reasons. Apart from being a geological marvel, Fingal’s Cave is also an important site in Irish legends. Another of the cave’s claims to fame is that, despite being in an uninhabited part of the world, it has been visited by a number of well-known figures over the centuries, and it even served as the inspiration for a concert overture.

Fingal’s Cave, Island of Staffa, Scotland by Thomas Moran, 1884-5, High Museum of Art. (Public Domain)

The Beauty of Fingal’s Cave

Fingal’s Cave has a height of about 22 m (72.18 ft.) and a depth of about 82 m (269.03 ft.). It has been speculated that Fingal’s Cave is over 50 million years old. As the island of Staffa is situated in an area of volcanic activity, Fingal’s Cave was created by lava flow.

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The Jester of God and Murderous Heretic of 14th-Century Italy

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 14:42

"Penitenzàgite! (Do penance)", shouted Gherardo Segarelli, a young and eccentric peasant, with flaming, hallucinated eyes and a long beard, as he wandered barefoot, wrapped only in a cloak, in the streets of Parma, Italy in 1260. 

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Medieval Sword Found Preserved in Polish Lake is Over 1000 Years Old!

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:28

Polish archaeologists have found a rare medieval sword and other artifacts from the period at the bottom of a lake in Poland. This important artifact has been dated and is over 1000 years old. 

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Council Closes Market Invoking 800-Year-Old King’s Charter

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 08:03

English law is riddled with ancient entries and charters pertaining to past worlds; and from time to time they emerge and catch out the unsuspecting. 

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Botallack Mine, Clinging to the Cliffs of the Wild Tin Coast

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 19:45

Cornwall, in south-west England, has a distinctive regional character. Much of the landscape was transformed in the 18th and early 19th centuries as a result of the rapid growth of copper and tin mining. 

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Archimedes: An Ancient Greek Genius Ahead of His Time

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 18:15

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, scientist, mechanical engineer, and inventor who is considered one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. The father of simple machines, he introduced the concept of the lever and the compound pulley, as well as inventions ranging from water clocks to the famous Archimedes screw. He also designed devices to be used in warfare such as the catapult, the iron hand, and the death ray.

The Life of Archimedes: Syracuse and Alexandria

Born in Syracuse on the island of Sicily in 287 BC, Archimedes was the son of an astronomer and mathematician named Phidias. Very little is known about his family, early life, and schooling other than that he was educated in Alexandria, Egypt - the chief center of Greek learning at that time. Alexandria is where Archimedes studied with disciples of Euclid, a famous Greek mathematician, before he returned to Syracuse for the remainder of his life.

In the third century BC, Syracuse was a hub of commerce, art, and science. The ancient Greek biographer, Plutarch, mentions that while in Syracuse, Archimedes offered his services to King Hiero II. It was due to his relationship with the king, and his son Gelon, that Archimedes achieved fame.

Engraving of Archimedes (1584). (Public Domain)

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Culturally Misunderstood: The Struggles and Advances of Early American Women

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 17:08

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw a series of transitions in life in America, as many, particularly women, strove to find their identities in patriarchal society. Early American women were identified primarily by their abilities to provide household services and for bearing children. 

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Detectorist Finds Bronze Age Treasure Cache With Sword In Scotland

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 13:08

In fiction, treasure hunters cut through dense jungles, dive down to dangerous shipwrecks, and search the Holy Land looking for buried artifacts with high market value in an industry fueled by rare antiquities.

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The Bodiless God of Wisdom: Mimir in Norse Mythology

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 06:49

The god who transcends even Odin’s power, Mimir (or sometimes called Mim) is remembered throughout Norse mythology as the oracular head from which the two races of gods, the Aesir and Vanir, seek knowledge.

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Historic Wine Windows Reopen in Italy, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 18:11

The bubonic plague, otherwise known as the Black Death, originated in Asia during the late Middle Ages and spread north into Europe through the bacteria Yersinia pestis on infected fleas. 

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Pope Alexander VI: Unscrupulous Borgia Patriarch With a Lust for Power

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 16:55

Alexander VI was a pope who lived during the 15th century, when Italy was experiencing the Renaissance. He is considered to be one of the most controversial popes in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Instead of focusing on spiritual matters, Alexander was more concerned with material wealth and earthly power. Moreover, Pope Alexander VI was willing to fulfil his worldly ambitions by any means necessary. On the other hand, it has been argued that Alexander’s behavior was not exceptional when compared to other popes of the period. Some historians claim that his reputation deteriorated more than it should partly due to the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation.

Originally Rodrigo Borgia, Alexander VI came from a Spanish noble family prominent in both ecclesiastical and political affairs. (Public domain)

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The Bitter Battle of Bubat: Divorcing the Javanese and the Sundanese

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 13:39

The modern-day Java Island of Indonesia now boasts diverse ethnic and religious communities, but the island was once divided by the bitter Battle of Bubat, when a royal wedding turned into a blood bath. 

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August 10 612 BC: Nineveh, the Largest City in the World, Fell

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:34

On this day, 2,632 years ago, the ancient metropolis of Nineveh fell. “ABC 3” is a historiographical text from ancient Babylonia which records August 10th 612 BC as the date of this dramatic occurrence. At that time, Nineveh was the largest city in the world and the capital of Assyria. 

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Blidworth Druid Stone: Sacred Altar or Lifeless Rock?

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 07:55

Referred to locally as the “Druid Stone” or “Altar Stone,” this monumental stone stands about 4 meters (13 feet) high on private land in the village of Blidworth, England, and is viewable from a public footpath. 

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The Aurora Airship Incident: UFO Crash, Mars Fever or Hoax?

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 17:00

The most famous early example of a story about a UFO crash landing is the Roswell incident of 1947. This event is known to have helped spark the modern UFO subculture and the idea that Earth is being regularly visited by intelligent beings. 

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First Ever Viking Helmet Discovered in Britain

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 12:57

A re-evaluation of a helmet discovered in Yarm has led experts to believe that it is the earliest Anglo-Scandinavian helmet ever to have been found in the British Isles. The remarkable Yarm helmet is one of only two nearly complete Viking helmets ever unearthed.

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