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North Korean Regime Reveals Discovery of Ancient Royal Tomb in Rare International Announcement

1 hour 55 min ago

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea claims that they have found an ancient royal tomb deep underground in a recluse state. The regime released a rare, English-language statement announcing that local archaeologists discovered the royal burial site of the Goguryeo Dynasty (918-1392) in its border city of Kaesong.

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Eclipse over Amarna: Beginning of the End for Akhenaten in his City of Light?

4 hours 40 min ago

The ancient Egyptian civilization was wedded to the Sun, and yet, extant records only ever mention the solar aspect as the giver and sustainer of life that shines brightly for all eternity. Sterling astronomers, the Egyptians, unlike the Mayans, never left us details of the times...

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The Lost Knowledge of the Ancients: Were Humans the First? Part 6

8 hours 55 min ago

Technology began with Hephaestus, or Vulcan, the world´s first metallurgist, according to Greek mythology. His workshop – a sparkling dwelling of bronze- was on Mount Olympus.

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Mysterious Japanese Second Capital Built 1200 Years Ago by Controversial Empress is Finally Found

13 hours 53 min ago

Japanese archaeologists working in Yao, Osaka Prefecture believe they have found the remains of Yugeno-miya, an unfinished city began by the orders of an empress who is remembered for a turbulent reign and her alleged affair with a Buddhist monk.

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Mythbusting Ancient Rome – Did All Roads Actually Lead There?

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:53

We all know the phrase “All roads lead to Rome”. Today, it is used proverbially and has come to mean something like “there is more than one way to reach the same goal”. But did all roads ever really lead to the eternal city?

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Archaeological Mystery: 10,000 or More Caves were Dug into the Himalayas Over 2,000 Years Ago

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:54

One of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries is hidden in the Himalayas. 10,000 man-made caves have been tunneled through the rock from above or dug into the cliffside. Who built these ancient structures and why?

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Man Steals Samurai Sword From History Museum and Launches Attack Outside Taiwan Presidential Office

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:01

A Taiwanese man stole an antique samurai sword inscribed with the words “Nanjing battle, (this sword) killed 107 people” and used it to try to break into the Presidential Office, injuring a military police guard in the process.

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Medicine Maidens: Why Did Women Become the Primary Medical Providers in Early Modern Households?

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 08:00

A primary female occupation in the early modern period (AD 1500-1800) was that of medicine. Though there were formal doctors—known by various titles and with various tasks detailed by their occupations—household women were often turned to as the first, second, and sometimes third source of medical aid.

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Extensive Neolithic Trading Network Uncovered in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:01

A team of archaeologists from The Australian National University (ANU) has uncovered a vast trading network which operated in Vietnam from around 4,500 years ago up until around 3,000 years ago.

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Poisonings Went Hand in Hand with the Drinking Water in Ancient Pompeii

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:03

The ancient Romans were famous for their advanced water supply. But the drinking water in the pipelines was probably poisoned on a scale that may have led to daily problems with vomiting, diarrhea, and liver and kidney damage. This is the finding of analyses of water pipe from Pompeii.

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The Megalithic Temple of Malinalco: Could these Magnificent and Complex Rock-Cut Structures Actually Pre-Date the Aztecs?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:48

The little town of Malinalco lies at the margins of the Valley of Tepoztlan, some 115 kilometers (71 miles) to the southwest of Mexico City. Since Prehispanic times, its name has been associated with magic and sorcery: Malinalxochitl, goddess of snakes was worshipped on the Cerro de los Idolos, a hill overlooking the entire valley and the town below.

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Flaming Swords and Winged Beasts: What Were These Ancient Creatures? The Origins of Cherubim – Part II

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:27

The word angel comes from the Old English engel, or ‘messenger’. Angels have an ancient and global tradition, but with belief in these powerful but elusive supernatural beings still going strong today, it’s good to take a look at what the ancient Biblical description of these creatures were.

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Rock Art Rituals: Namib Desert Engravings Provide Fascinating Insight into Ancient Initiation for Girls

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 08:00

When it is carefully examined, rock art in the Namib Desert may shine light on forgotten rituals and practices from thousands of years ago. One particularly interesting feature appears to show ancient initiation rites meant to help young girls pass into womanhood. 

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Mapping the Menacing Sea Monsters in Medieval and Renaissance Cartography

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:50

Until a few years ago, no serious consideration had been made of the many and varied representations of monsters found on world maps from the 10th century through to medieval and Renaissance times. Yet they made so many appearances for a reason.

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Oldest Examples of ‘Tree of Life’ Designs Discovered in Domuztepe Mound, Turkey

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:58

Archaeologists have unearthed vessels portraying “tree of life” motifs during excavation works in the Domuztepe Mound in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş, which is considered to be the biggest settlement in the region since the usage of the term “Near East.”

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Analyzing Mummy Genes: Were Ancient Egyptians closely Related to Middle Easterners?

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:52

Egypt has been thought of by many as a quintessentially African civilization. There is, however, evidence that the ancient Egyptians may have been less African than modern Egyptians, at least genetically.

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Big Ben to be Silenced – But the Iconic Bell Will Chime Again!

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:01

The Victorian-era treasure known as Big Ben will be taking a four-year break from its hourly song starting at noon on Monday August 21. The bells making up the clock at the most photographed building in Britain

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The Life and Death Power of Eclipses in the Ancient World

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:58

On Monday, August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse. Humans have been alternatively amused, puzzled, bewildered and sometimes even terrified at the sight of this celestial phenomenon.

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2,000-Year-Old Tombs and Sarcophagi Uncovered in Hidden Burial Chambers in Egypt

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:52

A team of archaeologists has discovered three tombs dating back 2,000 years in southern Egypt. The three new discoveries in El-Kamin El-Sahrawi point to a large cemetery covering the 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman period.

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Before Eden there was the Hesperides: Ancient Greek Religious Art Presents a Different Paradise

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:01

If the early chapters of the Book of Genesis present a true account of human origins, then ancient secular human history must connect in significant ways to that account.

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