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Ignoring Omens and Seeking Vengeance: The Greco-Persian ‘War of the Ages’ Was a Disaster for All

12 hours 1 min ago

The Greco-Persian wars lasted for more than half a century in some respects. Some date the war as being from 499-448 BCE while others date the conflict from 492-448 BCE. Either or, the war itself was a disaster for both sides.

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She Met the Devil, Escaped a Dragon, and Survived Several Attempts on Her Life: The Remarkable Story of St. Margaret of Antioch

13 hours 35 min ago

St. Margaret of Antioch is a Christian saint venerated in both the Churches of the West and of the East. In the latter, she is known as Saint Marina the Great Martyr. Little is known for certain about St. Margaret’s life, and she was, at one point of time, even regarded in the West by some to be apocryphal. 

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The Mysterious Stories of Castle Ponferrada: Knights Templar, the Camino de Santiago and the lost Sword of Jacques de Molay

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 17:04

Every pilgrim who is traveling along the French route of the Camino de Santiago, going to Santiago de Compostela, will pass through the Ponferrada in the Spanish section. Most of them have no idea that centuries ago along the same route passed the legendary Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Templar Order.

Did they travel in their famous armors? I don't think so. It is more likely that they wore comfortable clothes, similarly to other pilgrims of their times. Just imagine, the famous Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Templar Order, traveling from France to Santiago de Compostela, located in the northwestern part of Spain. The journey was long and perhaps took a few weeks depending on the physical condition of the pilgrim. However, at the end of the route was waiting the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The primary reason to make this pilgrimage was, and still is, to offer a prayer to the Apostle James the Elder.

St James the Great by Guido Reni, 1636 (Public Domain)

The Story of the Monumental Castle

Ponferrada is known due to Castillo de Los Templarios, the Castle of the Templars which is the impressive size of 16000 square meters. Its appearance brings to mind legendary stories about the Spanish knights. A visit to the castle might inspire one to learn about the remarkable Spanish medieval history but also can allow you to travel back through time to a long lost era.

Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNewsMyths & LegendsEuropeAncient PlacesEurope

Tibet's Valley of the Kings: What Hidden Treasures Lie Within This Imperial Tibetan Graveyard?

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:09

Chongye Valley is known also as Tibet’s Valley of the Kings. This site adjoins the Yarlung Valley (about 180 km (111.85 miles)) to the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. The Chongye Valley is famed for its burial mounds.

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Who was the Powerful Amazon Queen Orithyia and What Drove Her to Launch a Fated Attack on Athens?

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:06

Orithyia was one of those dangerous women whose beauty was so often described by terrified and excited men that it became legendary. For centuries, the Amazons were believed to be nothing more than a legend, but nowadays researchers more often accept them as real. The Amazons were like a sensual dream about warrior women, whose exquisite bodies were like dangerous machines and a magnet for the blind desire of men.

The remarkable tale of Orithyia is fragmented but remains a fascinating story about a brave woman, whose roots and achievements stand out among other myths. Every story about one of these incredible women is full of battles, including skills in warfare that terrified the bravest armies, and of the power that they gained through collaboration with gods.

Wounded Amazon of the Capitol, Rome. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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The Ancient Kingdom of Colchis: A Legendary Land of Plenty, Conflict, and the Golden Fleece

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 19:59

Anyone familiar with Greek legends has heard of the Colchis Kingdom. It was to here that the band of heroes known as the Argonauts ventured in order to obtain the Golden Fleece, a symbol of authority and kinship, and it is here that Jason betrayed Medea, Princess of Colchis.

Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsEuropeAncient PlacesEurope

Was a Comet Swarm Memorialized on an Obelisk at Prehistoric Gȍbekli Tepe?

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 17:00

It’s entered modern lore as a nightmare scenario for planet Earth: A huge asteroid or comet or a swarm of smaller comet fragments hits Earth and causes a major catastrophe. Now, scientists think they have evidence of a comet-fragment swarm slamming into the planet about 11,000 BC and killing thousands of people, setting off a small ice age and obliterating many large animals.

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God or the Devil? Whose Mystical Eyes Follow Visitors through the Bulgarian Prohodna Cave?

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 13:00

Prohodna Cave is a natural cave located in North Central Bulgaria. This cave is a popular tourist attraction due to a certain natural feature in the cave, i.e. two eye-shaped holes in its central chamber. The pair of holes has been dubbed by locals as the ‘Eyes of God’, or ‘Oknata’ in Bulgarian.

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Who Built the Fascinating Ñaupa Iglesia? Mysterious Ruins in the Sacred Valley of Peru

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:59

Ñaupa Iglesia is a fascinating Peruvian ruin in the Sacred Valley of the high Andes. It is located between Ollantaytambo and Urubamba; Ollantaytambo being only 30 Km (18.64 miles) from Machu Picchu.

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Origins of Indonesian Hobbits Finally Revealed

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 19:56

The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed.

The study by The Australian National University (ANU) found Homo floresiensis, dubbed "the hobbits" due to their small stature, were most likely a sister species of Homo habilis -- one of the earliest known species of human found in Africa 1.75 million years ago.

Data from the study concluded there was no evidence for the popular theory that Homo floresiensis evolved from the much larger Homo erectus, the only other early hominid known to have lived in the region with fossils discovered on the Indonesian mainland of Java.

Cave where the remains of Homo floresiensis were discovered in 2004, Lian Bua, Flores, Indonesia. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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How Did the Skeptical Astrology of Johannes Kepler Contribute to Our View of the Cosmos?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:03

Johannes Kepler, a key figure in the scientific revolution and keen astrologer, paid the bills by writing horoscopes for the rich and famous. The namesake of NASA’s space observatory was a German scholar who wrote extensively on how the patterns of the stars had profound effects on planets such as Earth as well as on individuals’ lives. 

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The Brutality and Delicacy of Samurai Armor: Superior Protection with a God-like Aesthetic

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:58

The Samurai class was officially dissolved over 150 years ago. Nonetheless, the warriors’ elaborate armor is still recognized globally as an iconic emblem of Japanese military strength and virtue. The samurai were an elite group of strictly trained and well-armored soldiers – even the horses were armored.

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How Did They Do It? Masters of the Steppe: Battlefield Medicine and Gruesome Cures—Part III

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:32

Much is known about the ancient Mongol military and their incredible victories on the battlefield, but little is ever discussed about their arms, armor, horses, and logistics. What gear did they use? How did they deal with their wounded? How did they partner with horses to become masters of the steppe?

During the early reign of Genghis Khan, each warrior brought his own equipment. In doing so, each warrior could provide for the arban. While there is no doubt that the Mongols did acquire new equipment in the same way as bandits—from the dead scattered about the field of battle—Genghis Khan still made sure his men were equipped properly.

Illustration of Mongol mounted warriors (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Arms Manufacturing and Supply: Bandits and Artisans

As the Khan’s territory expanded, the ability to manufacture arms and to supply his men moved into full production. This allowed the armies to procure from the quartermasters. However, there is no doubt that many Mongols still repaired or produced much of their own equipment.

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Can Researchers Crack da Vinci’s DNA Code? Recently Discovered Relics Attributed to the Legendary Renaissance Man May Help

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:59

A team of Italian researchers claim that they have discovered two relics belonging to Leonardo da Vinci, which could them help in tracing the DNA of the legendary polymath whose work epitomized the Renaissance.

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Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 19:59

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics.

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Possibly Decimated by Conquistadors 400 Years Ago, Has the Lost City of Etzanoa Finally Been Found?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:56

It may be necessary to add another large nation of Native Americans to the list of peoples wiped out by the rapacious and genocidal Spanish conquistadors after they arrived in the Americas. The location of the lost city of Etzanoa, found recently in Kansas, mystified historians for 400 years.

When the Spanish conquistador plague arrived in the New World they wiped out civilizations and/or cultures, including the Arawaks (Taino) in the Caribbean, Peru’s Incas, Central America’s Aztecs and Maya, and populations along what became the Mexico-U.S. border.

It’s possible the Spanish were responsible for yet another huge holocaust, in Etzanoa in the 17th century. That city was described in historical documents but its whereabouts were unknown until an archaeologist with Wichita State University in the state of Kansas started digging in recent years.

Part of an ancient water shrine has been discovered, which locals used to bless water. (The Wichita Eagle)

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Southwest Orion Correlation Expedition

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:59
Event Date(s): 31/05/2017 - 19:00 to 06/06/2017 - 19:00

Hello to all those adventurous spirits out there. We will take a quest into the ancient Southwest this May 31st-June 6th with world renowned explorer and Egyptologist Robert Bauval, along with our Zuni elder Clifford Mahooty who will be able to give us insight into the ancient world of the Pueblo people to rediscover the magic that exists in our ancient world views, so that we might come to know our world and ourselves with a better perspective. I have lived here in Sedona for 14 years now, as my home base; for traveling all over the world to ancient sacred sites and the ancient Southwest has become one of my favorite places to explore.

[Wupatki] Because the further we go back in time the better understanding of our world we discover and we will also discover that the ancient Southwest was some kind of a cross roads for peoples from all over the world, West to East & North to South, but especially from the Pacific where the lost continent of Mu/Lemuria once existed.

Robert Bauval In 1983 developed a theory that correlates the three pyramids of Giza in Egypt with the three stars of Orion’s Belt and, with the support of Egyptologist Sir I.E.S. Edwards, published a paper in the Oxford Journal in 1989. Bauval’s theory is now internationally known as ‘The Orion Correlation Theory’ (OCT). Gary A David is another author that brings to light that there is a similar correlation going on in the ancient southwest with the Hopi mesas of the Pueblo people which overlays in the Southwest just as it is found in Egypt.

[Antelope Canyon] We are excited to explore the ancient Southwest with an intimate group to look into the connections between the ancient Egyptians & the Southwest together with the constellation of Orion, where there are legends as well as rituals and ceremonies of the ancient Pueblo people that reveal there was a connection. Robert Bauval & Clifford Mahooty are both former civil engineers so they are very methodical and detailed oriented in their ways of investigation.

Clifford Mahooty being a Zuni elder of the Galactic medicine society will give us a unique perspective as the chants, rituals & ceremonies of his people tens of thousands of years old, speak of such ancient connections. Though Clifford is forbidden to reveal the secrets of his people, he can share with us what is not forbidden to share, and with that small information that is allowed, we will have a window into a historical understanding that will blow your mind and give you a better awareness of the Southwest along with a better understanding of our true history of humanity on Planet Earth.

We are keeping the group to 36 attendees to maximize connections. Thank you for your interest and looking forward to a very exciting and rich experience.

At the end of our last journey with Robert Bauval in May 2016, we imagined another expedition but much more extensive this time and in depth to exploring the Orion correlation in the Southwest.

We are going to some really cool locations with Robert Bauval & Clifford Mahooty exploring the Orion Correlations in the ancient Southwest. Our journey will take us too Wupatki, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley, Cnyn de Chelly,  Hopi Mesa's and the Chevelon Cnyn, Rock Art Ranch. From this journey you will gain a better understanding of how ancient the Southwest really is, and how the longest living original beings in North America the Pueblo People, have inhabited these lands for eons.

Total price is $1,975.00

$500.00 Deposit reserves your seat after 90 days prior to departure date their are no refunds. Final Payment of $1,475.00 due by April 30th, 2017.

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COSMIC ORIGINS May 26-28th, 2017 Early Bird Registration

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:51
Speaker(s): Dr. Robert SchochRobert BauvalWilliam HenryRegina MeredithDesiree & JJ HurtakClifford MahootyAlan SteinfeldGary OsbornEvent Category: Ancient CivilizationsEvent Date(s): 26/05/2017 - 18:45 to 28/05/2017 - 18:45


Book early and save. When we sell our tickets early, it saves us promotions and marketing expenses, we would like to pass that savings onto you. Ticket price will go up as we get closer, so get your ticket and save a bundle.

$175.00 until April 22nd           

$225.00 until May 22nd

$275.00 until May 26th 

MAY 26TH Fri 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • 7-9:00pm Dr Robert Schoch Origins of the Sphinx
MAY 27TH Sat 9:00am-4:30pm
  • 9:00-10:00am Opening Ceremony Native Americans
  • 10:00-11:30am Clifford Mahooty
  • 11:30am-1pm Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30pm Robert Bauval
  • 2:30-3:00pm Break
  • 3:-4:30pm Regina Meredith
MAY 28TH  Sun 9:00am-4:00pm
  • 9:00-11:00am All Speakers Panel
  • 11am-11:30am Break
  • 11:30am-1:00pm Dr.'s JJ & Desiree Hurtak
  • 1:00-2:30pm Lunch
  • 2:30-4:00pm William Henry
  • 4-5pm Book sign 
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From Mighty Bear Dogs to Breathless Bulldogs: How Human Manipulation Has Changed the Shape of Canines Forever

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:41

The early ancestors of Gray Wolves were a group of carnivores named the creodonts that roamed the northern hemisphere between 100 and 120 million years ago. About 55 million years ago, the creodonts gave rise to the carnassials, a group of wolf-like animals that had specialized jaws for eating meat. One member of this family, Miacis, is thought to be the common ancestor of ALL present-day wolves, dogs, bears, raccoons, and weasels.

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12 Facts About Lalibela

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 08:28

In the heart of Ethiopia is situated one of its holiest towns, known as Lalibela, where a group of eleven monolithic rock-hewn churches stand. They are the biggest monolithic temples in the world, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, yet much mystery still surrounds their construction.

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