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Tied Up in His Grave, The Strange 'Dancing Skeleton' of Ust-Ivanovka

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:45

A Dark Ages man aged around 30 years old was found in a medieval graveyard for unusually old people in the Russian Far East. “We were struck by his unusual position,” said the scientist about the skeleton which dates from the 7th to the 9th centuries.

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Egyptologists Find 4,000-year-old Dried Heart, 50 Embalming Jars and Mummification Materials of Ancient Vizier

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:59

A team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered a large cache of embalming materials for the Vizier Ipi of ancient Egypt’s 12th Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom, including large urns, shrouds and bandages, oils, and natron salts. The team also found the mummified heart of Ipi, who was overseer of Thebes and a member of the elite of King Amenemhat I’s court.

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Tutankhamun and the Age of Appropriation: Priceless Secrets and Palimpsests Hidden in Plain Sight–Part I

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:32

Among the stupefying hoard of over five thousand objects that were recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), some sported distinct Atenist leanings. While the golden throne of the boy-king is the most prominent in this regard, other treasures are no less sensational. It is the existence of palimpsests (where an artifact or text has been reused after original writing removed) on many artifacts that has intrigued Egyptologists for decades; mainly because they hint that a female pharaoh ruled before Tutankhamun.

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Ivar the Boneless: A Viking Warrior That Drew Strength From His Weakness

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:00

One would expect "boneless" to describe a man without a lick of bravery. Or perhaps a man without a shred of compassion in a heart of ice. Yet in the case of the infamous Ivar the Boneless, son of the renowned Ragnar Lodbrok, "boneless" means precisely what it sounds like: a man lacking sturdy bones, but not power.

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Did Ancient Aliens Impart Advanced Astronomical Knowledge to the Dogon Tribe?

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:02

Skeptics and proponents of the ancient aliens theory have faced off for decades on the issue of the Dogon tribe’s allegedly advanced astronomical knowledge. Here’s a look at some of the arguments on both sides concerning this tribe from Mali, Africa, and its purported knowledge of the motions of a star not visible on Earth without modern telescopes. 

Read moreSection: NewsMysterious PhenomenaUnexplained Phenomena

A Literary Treasure: The Oldest Surviving English Poem - Beowulf and His Epic Battles

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:52

Perhaps the oldest surviving long poem in Old English, Beowulf is commonly seen as one of the most important works of Old English Literature. While the date of the poem’s composition is still debated, the only certainty is that the physical manuscript was produced some time between 975 and 1025 AD.

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7.2 million-Year-Old Pre-Human Fossil Suggests Mankind Arose in Europe NOT Africa

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:48

A new analysis of two 7.2 million-year-old fossils belonging to a hominin species nicknamed “El Graeco” from Mediterranean Europe, suggests that mankind emerged in Europe and not in Africa. The new study could reshape history, since it openly challenges the “out of Africa theory.”

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Man Mound, Wisconsin: The Last Anthropomorphic Mound in North America

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:01

Man Mound (known also as the ‘Greenfield Man Mound’) is the name of a prehistoric earthwork located in the state of Wisconsin, USA. As its name suggests, this earthwork has a humanoid shape. 

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The Enchanted Sex-Word of Scotland’s Secret Seduction Society

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:01

Seduction, the most noble art. History books across the planet reveal the carnal activities of an endless number of femme-fatals, causing nations to collapse and dynasties to crumble.

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Descending into the Underworld of Teotihuacan: Labyrinthine Tunnels and Rivers of Mercury

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:05

Few of the modern visitors to Teotihuacan are aware of the vast and mysterious underworld of caves and man-made tunnels that extends under much of the ancient site and for miles around. The existence of these tunnels has been known for centuries, but not even the most recent research has been able to solve the mystery of their origin and purpose. Very much like at Giza, in Egypt, these tunnels are rumored to connect all the main pyramids by means of underground passageways, and perhaps even lead to the records of a lost civilization.

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Quick as a Fox, Powerful as a Demon: Legendary Foxes and Their Trickster/Temptress Ways

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:46

The fox plays a wide range of roles in 42 out of the 358 of Aesop’s fables. It is generally described as a quick, intelligent and adaptable animal which no doubt led to its importance as a symbol of cleverness in most cultures. In mythology, the fox usually has a positive connotation.

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Did Dutch Invaders Wipe Out Bronze Age Britons During the Construction of Stonehenge?

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 07:57

A new gene study suggests that large groups of newcomers arrived in Britain during the building of Stonehenge, around 2500 BC. The new study also implies that the possible invaders could have gradually replaced the people who were constructing Stonehenge.

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Severed Limbs and Wooden Feet: How the Ancients Invented Prosthetics

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:02

We are living through an incredibly exciting period for prosthetics. A pioneering brain computer interface that will allow veterans to control artificial body parts with their minds was recently announced by researchers in Virginia in the US. 

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Monk Lives Life of Solitude on This 131-Foot-Tall Rock with a 2,000 Year History

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 16:47

The Katskhi Pillar is the name given to a natural limestone column located in Georgia. On the top of this monolith is a monastery, which was built during the 1990s. Today, a solitary monk by the name of Maxime Qavtaradze lives in this monastery atop the Katskhi Pillar.

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The Wallace Sword: Was it Truly Wielded by the Famous Scottish ‘Braveheart’?

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 13:00

Many times, evidence of fantastic finds vanishes, leaving behind only legends (think the Tulli Papyrus or Robin Hood’s Hideout). However, sometimes, fabulous artifacts from history manage to survive intact across the millennia.

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The Monolith of Tlaloc: Did Moving This Massive Stone Statue Incite the Fury of the Aztec Rain God?

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 07:59

The Monolith of Tlaloc is a giant stone carving of the Aztec god of rain, water, lightning, and agriculture, Tlaloc. This monolith was once located near the town of Coatlinchan (which translates as ‘home of the snakes’). Today, however, the Monolith of Tlaloc is located at the entrance of the National Museum of Anthropology in the capital of Mexico, Mexico City.

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Five Bloodcurdling Medical Procedures That are No Longer Performed … Thankfully

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 19:59

Surgeries and treatments come and go. A new BMJ guideline, for example, makes “strong recommendations” against the use of arthroscopic surgery for certain knee conditions. But while this key-hole surgery may slowly be scrapped in some cases due to its ineffectiveness, a number of historic “cures” fell out of favour because they were more akin to a method of torture. Here are five of the most extraordinary and unpleasant.

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Why is the Evidence for the Outlaw Robin Hood as Elusive as the Man Himself?

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:57

The historic existence of the legendary English hero who ‘stole from the rich and gave to the poor’ is a perennial source of debate. Every few years, new evidence emerges of authenticity and possible identities of Robin and his friends/foes of Nottingham. 

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The Macabre Mystery of the Missing Prince And ‘Zombie’ King

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:58

In “The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun”, by Paul Doherty he remarks, “There is a passivity about Tutankhamun which is quite chilling.” Normally the text in the tombs of other Kings read in the present or future tenses, but as Doherty comments, “The inscriptions about Tutankhamun are always passive, in the main in the third person...”

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Is the Cascajal Tablet the Key to Understanding Giant Olmec Heads?

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:57

Bryan Hilliard’s “Does the Cascajal Block provide evidence of a written language of the Olmecs?” published by Ancient Origins, discussed the finding by many Mexican researchers that the symbols on the Cascajal tablet probably represent Olmec Writing.

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