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Discovery of 1,000 Sealings Reveals an Ancient City’s Devotion to the Graeco-Roman Pantheon

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:56

Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" of the University of Münster discovered a large number of sealings in south-east Turkey. "This unique group of artifacts comprising more than 1,000 pieces from the municipal archive of the ancient city of Doliche gives many insights into the local Graeco-Roman pantheon -- from Zeus to Hera to Iuppiter Dolichenus

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Secret Centuries-Old Document Discovered Inside Buttocks of Jesus Statue

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:50

During restorations of an 18th century wooden statue of Jesus Christ, Spanish workers discovered a peculiar note that appears to be a makeshift time capsule. The most surprising and bizarre thing about this unexpected discovery is that the note was found in the buttocks of the statue.

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Ancient Lovers: Five Touching and Sometimes Tragic Love Stories Before Romeo and Juliet

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:58

Do you believe in true love? Are you a romantic in constant search of the one thing that so many novels, poems, and films have been dedicated to, or are you one of those people who doesn’t have much faith in love, if any at all, and who mocks the bold “explorers” searching for their one true love?

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The Relationship that Started it All and Changed the World: The Yin Yang & Diagram of the Supreme Ultimate

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:27

Chinese mythology and cosmology rest on the concept that the universe is shaped and maintained by two fundamental forces called yin and yang. They are opposite yet complementary forces that interact to form a dynamic system where the whole is greater than the assembled parts.

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Remembering Numantia: Videogame Reminds Us of Brave Warriors and Their Blood on Roman Hands

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:55

The forgotten war between the Romans and the Celtiberians may not ring any bells with most people today, but many historians rank it as one of the most significant wars of the Roman era. RECOtechnology commemorated the 2150th anniversary of the Siege of Numantia by releasing a videogame that narrates the ancient conflict between Rome and the city of Numantia, in a war that lasted for more than two decades.

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Two Ancient Tombs Containing Numerous Treasures Unearthed in Egypt and One Contains a Mummy

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:04

Egyptian authorities have announced the discovery of two ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor that date around 3,500 years. They are packed full of grave goods, and one includes the mummified body of its occupant.

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Did the Viking Age Really Start on 8 June 793 AD?

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:01

 “Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race (…). The heathens poured out the blood of saints around the altar, and trampled on the bodies of saints in the temple of God, like dung in the streets”.

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Santa the Shaman Comes to the New World: The Shapeshifting Magic-Man from the Ancient Past

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 08:56

In 1626, a ship filled with folks from the Netherlands put into what would later be called New York Harbor and went about building a Dutch colony called New Amsterdam. The figurehead on the prow of their ship was none other than the patron saint of sailors, Saint Nicholas. The Dutch called him "Sinter Claes."  Thus, "Santa Claus" came to the new world.

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Do Adam and Eve Fit into the Evolutionary Story?

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:55

The common male and female ancestors of human beings are popularly known as “Genetic Adam” and “Genetic Eve.”  A study conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield claims all men can trace their origins to one male ancestor, ‘Adam’, who lived approximately 209,000 years ago. This places ‘Adam’ within the same time frame as ‘Eve’ - the ‘mother of all women’ – and provides evidence for the existence of a prehistoric ‘Adam and Eve.’

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Loftus Hall: Most Haunted House in Ireland Has Not Revealed All Its Dark Secrets

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:55

Driving along the isolated road that runs down the scenic Hook Peninsula in Ireland’s Ancient East, it is easy to spot the mansion that has earned itself the reputation as the most haunted house in Ireland.  If ever a building fit the stereotype of a home haunted by its bloody and tragic past, this was it...

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Stone Age Men Could Kill with One Swing of Their Club

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 08:59

Did war exist in Neolithic times? There is some controversy surrounding this idea, however it is known that violence took place. Archaeologists debate on exactly how much this happened, the nature and the reasons for it, but the story of which weapons were used is beginning to become clearer. All it took was some experimental archaeology, a healthy 30-year old man, and a wooden club replica.

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Overwriting Euripides: Hidden Classical Texts Were Washed Over in Medieval Times

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 20:49

The idea to reduce, re-use, and recycle is not a modern phenomenon. Over the last few years, there have been several instances in which scientists and historians have found ancient texts being written over by later generations. One interesting example came to light through analysis of a medieval document with multispectral imaging. 

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Man and Beast Depicted in Huge 2,000-Year-Old Petroglyphs Revealed in Venezuela

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:56

A team of UCL researchers has announced the discovery of rock engravings spotted in Western Venezuela. According to the experts, a few petroglyphs included are some of the largest ever recorded worldwide.

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Student’s Lucky Find Worth £145,000 Is Rewriting Anglo-Saxon History

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:50

A student in Norfolk probably never imagined that his discovery of a female skeleton wearing a pendant could rewrite Anglo Saxon history – but researchers say that the “exquisite” gold piece is doing just that.

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Burned Bones, Mysterious Timber Circles & the Rites of the Ancients - Adena Culture in Mason County

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:31

Mason County, West Virginia is a place rich in history. Founded in 1804, the county is named after George Mason, who was a delegate at the American Constitutional Convention of 1787. In October of 1774, Colonel Andrew Lewis successfully lead the Virginia militia against a confederation of Algonquian Shawnee and Mingo forces led by Chief Cornstalk in the “Battle of Point Pleasant”. 

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Bone Analysis Takes Us One Step Further to Confirming the Santa Claus Legend

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 08:56

The legendary nature of Santa Claus is mostly understood. However, the existence of Saint Nicholas, often said to be the inspiration for the jolly Christmas character, has been less agreed upon. With this question in hand, scientists decided to turn to relics of the famed saint to discover the possible nature of his existence. They decided that the bones match the dates, but is that enough to prove the historicity of Saint Nicholas?

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Researchers in Japan Discover the Secrets Behind Magic Mirrors and a Mysterious Shaman Queen

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:51

Magic mirrors are not just objects found in fairy tales. An experiment conducted on a replica bronze mirror in Kyoto’s National Museum shows that the original may be an example of an actual magic mirror that has been linked to a mysterious Japanese shaman queen.

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Most Complete Ancient Human Relative Skeleton Is Unveiled

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:51

South Africa's status as a major cradle in the African nursery of humankind has been reinforced with today's unveiling of "Little Foot," the country's oldest, virtually complete fossil human ancestor. Little Foot is the only known virtually complete Australopithecus fossil discovered to date.

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The Codex Amiatinus: The Skins of 500 Calves Were Used to Create this Monumental Manuscript

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:53

The Codex Amiatinus dates to the end of the 7th century AD; making it the oldest known surviving complete Catholic Bible written in the Latin Vulgate. It has been estimated that over 1500 calves were slaughtered to create the material for just three copies of this text and seven scribes were enlisted to write and decorate the monumental work.

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Hedonistic ‘Sunken City of the Caesars’ Recaptured By Divers After 1,700 Years

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:52

The sunken city of the Caesars that was lost for over seventeen centuries under the blue waters of Italy's west coast, has been uncovered in impressive new pictures taken by divers who were permitted to explore the area.

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