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Ancient Polish Megaliths or Open-pit Mine? A Question of Coal Verses Cultural Heritage

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:56

The earliest historical heritage and cultural identity of many Europeans is threatened – by coal. A year ago, in the forest area of Góry in Eastern Wielkopolska (Poland), a set of 5,500-year-old megalithic tombs were discovered. 

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Peruvian Oracles Threw Stones and Clubs at Commoners in Acts of Ritual Violence

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:01

Healed over fractured skulls and limbs and a dislocated elbow – these are signs that archaeologists are interpreting as evidence of ritual violence having taken place in Peru about 3,200 years ago.

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Reviving a Leafy Dinosaur: The Wollemi Pine

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:49

A popular idea in science fiction is the resurrection of prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs, mammoths, and even Neanderthals. In reality, such a resurrection of a prehistoric creature has yet to be achieved, although there is currently an attempt to create a hybrid mammoth-elephant embryo by a Harvard team.

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200 Unique Medieval Horsemen Sculptures Found in the Himalayas

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:49

A combined Russian-Indian expedition that has been searching the Himalaya Mountain’s area bordering India and Pakistan for the past three years, has discovered 200 “Medieval Stone Horsemen” dating back to the 5th century AD.  

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900-Year-Old German Monastery Forced to Shut Down Because of Monk Shortage

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:56

Himmerod Abbey, a Cistercian monastery that's existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to running expenses and also a shortage of monks. Notably, the monastery was used during the 1950’s in a distinctly non-monastic capacity, as a secret meeting point of former Wehrmacht high-ranking officers discussing West Germany's rearmament.

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Ruins of Ramses II Temple Unearthed in Giza's Abusir

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:57

An Egyptian-Czech archaeological mission has unearthed the ruins of a King Ramses II temple during excavation works taking place in the Abusir necropolis in the governorate of Giza. Ramses II was one of the most powerful and celebrated Egyptian kings and was revered as a god in his own lifetime. 

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Temples of Palenque Reveal Story of Lady Cormorant and Her Three Sons, The Triad Gods

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:48

In the mountain rain forest of Chiapas, México, sits the ruins of Palenque, considered the most beautiful ancient Maya city. Silhouetted against a backdrop of natural hills and valleys, the elegant pyramids and palace offer fine Maya bas-relief carvings of high-grade limestone and stucco. 

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Did He Create a Blissful Utopia or a Tyrannical Communist Nightmare? Plato’s Ancient Class System and Social Engineering Revealed

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:31

Perhaps surprisingly to some, classical Greek philosopher Plato was a social engineer; and he was the first of many “planners” to come. In essence, Plato, who laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science, was the first communist before the advent of Karl Marx in the 19th century.

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Beasts of the Pagan Wild Man Ritual Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:00

The wild man is a creature found in various pagan traditions across Europe. Generally speaking, a wild man is a man dressed up in a beast-like costume for certain pagan rituals, which were normally aimed at providing protection from evil spirits or promoting fertility. These rituals are still practiced today in various parts of Europe, especially in rural villages.

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Mystery Deepens As Study Finds Native Americans Did NOT Help to Populate Easter Island

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:57

Easter Island is a place of mystery that has captured the public imagination. Famous for ancient carved statues and a location so remote it boggles the mind, the island presents a captivating puzzle for researchers eager to understand how and when it became inhabited, and by whom.

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5,000-Year-Old Toy Chariot Unearthed in Child Tomb in Turkey

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 16:49

Archaeologists have unearthed a 5,000-year-old toy chariot and rattle while excavating an ancient city in Turkey. Experts suggest that the recent discovery could shed light on how children in the Bronze Age used to play.

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Mystery of the Sphinx: An Ancient Message of Ethnic Diversity in Dynastic Egypt

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 12:43

In 1995, NBC televised a prime-time documentary hosted by actor Charlton Heston and directed by Bill Cote, called Mystery of the Sphinx. The program centered on the research and writings of John Anthony West, a (non-academic) Egyptologist, who, along with Dr. Robert Schoch, a professor of Geology at Boston University, made an astounding discovery on the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt.

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4,000-Year-Old Pyramid Peak Discovered at Long-Lost Burial Site of 6th Dynasty Egyptian Queen

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 07:51

The peak of a pyramid, dating back to around 2,000 BC, has been unearthed at the long-lost burial site of Ankhnespepy II, an important Egyptian queen of the 6th dynasty.  The rest of the pyramid is yet to be discovered.

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Do the Four Rivers Lead Us to the Garden of Eden?

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 20:04

In the Biblical Book of Genesis, chapter 2, the description of the Four Rivers of Eden provides clues for locating the lost garden of paradise. Following these clues leads to a connection between the lost city of Akkad and Eden.

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Dissolving Myths: Vikings Did NOT Hide Behind Shield Walls

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 17:00

According to Rolf Warming, an archaeologist and researcher at the University of Copenhagen, the Vikings did not use shield walls in combat. A typical Viking shield was relatively small and light, and used as an active weapon.

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An Ancient Method of Forced Euthanasia: The Disturbing Truth Behind a Sardonic Grin

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 12:51

Creepy and more than a little uncomfortable to behold, one usually thinks of DC Comics' Joker when hearing the phrase "sardonic grin." A "smile" that pulls up the corners of the mouth in a way that paints the image of an invisible coat-hanger shoved between the teeth, the sardonic grin is essentially what stereotypical horror movie serial killers are made of. 

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The ‘Dynastic Race’ and the Biblical ‘Japheth’ Part II: Ethnology and Influence

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 07:56

In Part I, the author pieced together the possible genealogy to be found in Mesopotamia and Egypt, taking as his starting point the Biblical account of human developments in the region after the deluge, which, of course, begins with Noah and his family. Part I concluded with the assertion that a New Race referred to as a ‘Dynastic Race’ was evident in the region. What further clues to the ethnology of this race can be found?

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Icelander Sagas May Have More Truth to Them than You Think

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 20:00

Myths and legends – purely the creation of creative and imaginative minds, right? Not necessarily. Numerous stories, sagas, and texts from the ancient past have been proven to hold facts. For example, a 2013 study validates an intriguing idea presented in the Icelander Sagas - Vikings were probably less brutal than many people assume.

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The Rise of Quetzalcoatl: From Plumed Serpent to Creator God

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:54

Quetzalcoatl was one of the most important gods in the ancient Mesoamerican pantheon. Its iconic appearance is identified in the name of this god. Quetzalcoatl is a combination of two Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs) words, quetzal, which is the emerald plume bird, and coatl, which means serpent. Therefore, Quetzalcoatl is commonly also known in English as the Plumed Serpent or Feathered Serpent.

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Demonic Dames: Watch out for the Vengeful Women of Japanese Legends

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:01

Japan has had stories about oni (demons or ogres) and yuurei (ghosts) for hundreds of years. As time passes, new vengeful spirits continue to appear and their stories are told even in the present day. 

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