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Buried Children With Coins In Their Mouths Found In Poland

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:34

The decaying remains of 115 children’s bodies have been discovered by construction workers laying the new S19 road in Jeżowe near the town of Nisko, in Podkarpackie province, south-east Poland. 

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The Location of the Lost Ark: Mecca

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:28

Could the Ark of the Covenant be hidden in plain sight, where thousands of pilgrims congregate at a Holy Site, unaware of the significance that this may hold for world religions? 

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A History of Timekeeping: Mankind’s Obsession With Time

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 08:08

From our humble hunter-gatherer beginnings to the most advanced of ancient civilizations, the sun and moon have always held a particular fascination for humanity. Several forms of tools, monuments, and mechanisms have been created to determine the dates, seasons, and keep the time. 

Read moreSection: ArtifactsAncient TechnologyNews

Sled dogs are closely related to 9,500-year-old 'ancient dog'

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 19:52

Sledge dogs are much older and have adapted to Arctic conditions much earlier than previously thought. In a new study from the QIMMEQ project, researchers from the University of Copenhagen show that ancestors of modern sledge dogs have worked and lived with humans for over 9,500 years.

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How Rollo the Viking Conqueror Settled in Normandy

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 17:01

Rollo was a well-known Viking leader who lived between the 9th and 10th centuries AD. He is best-known for becoming the ruler of Normandy and is therefore sometimes referred to as the first Duke of Normandy. 

Read moreSection: NewsHistoryFamous People

The Story of Ragnarok, The Ancient Norse Apocalypse

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:56

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a series of apocalyptic events that will define the end of the world, where giants of frost and fire will band together to fight against the gods in a final battle that will ultimately destroy the planet, submerging it under water. According to the legend, the world will resurface, the surviving gods will meet, and the world will be repopulated by two human survivors.

 Brothers will fight and kill each other, sisters' children will defile kinship. It is harsh in the world, whoredom rife —an axe age, a sword age —shields are riven— a wind age, a wolf age— before the world goes headlong. No man will have mercy on another.
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Ragnarok. (Seahorsevector /Adobe Stock)

Read moreSection: Myths & Legends

Investigators Puzzle Over 700-Year-Old Madonna in a Spanish River

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:00

A mysterious Madonna (statue of the Virgin Mary) has been recovered from a river in Galicia, Spain. The religious figure is believed to be up to 700 years old. Researchers are attempting to solve the puzzle of the Madonna in the river and there are a number of theories as to why it ended up in the water.

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Excavators Find Christian Town in Galilee’s ‘Forbidden Territories’

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 00:06

After years of investigations, Israeli archaeologists now believe that they have uncovered a Byzantine-era Christian town in Galilee. This site has yielded a host of remains and historic artifacts.

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Himeji Castle’s Fascinating Feudal History

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:53

Himeji-jo, known also as Himeji Castle, is located in Himeji City, in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture. A fort was originally built during the 14th century AD on the present-day castle site, though the current structure dates to the 17th century AD. 

Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAsia

History Was A Riot: Fist-Raising, Fire-Setting Revolts

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 18:28

From dinosaurs to entire continents to civilizations affecting millions of people, the mechanics of evolution is to construct and then to destruct. One of the key precursors in the collapse of ancient cultures is uncontrolled crowd behavior and collective violence, when evolution turns into revolution. 

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Metal Detectorist Finds Rare Lost Roman Lead Ingot in Wales

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 17:01

A metal detectorist in Wales, Great Britain, has made an important discovery. He unearthed a large lead ingot, inscribed and dated to the time of Roman rule. This find is providing experts more evidence regarding the history of mining in Britain which was essential for the economy and society of the Roman Empire.

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Top Ten Myths about Neanderthals

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:53

Neanderthals are generally classified by palaeontologists as the species Homo neanderthalensis, but some consider them to be a subspecies of Homo sapiens (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis). The first humans with proto-Neanderthal traits are believed to have existed in Europe as early as 600,000–350,000 years ago, and they died out around 30,000 years ago.

When it comes to behaviors, Neanderthals tend to get a pretty bad rap. However, a plethora of research over the last several years has been breaking down many of the myths associated with this ancient species.

Once depicted as barbaric, grunting, sub-humans, Neanderthals are now known to have had the same or similar levels of intelligence as modern humans. They also had their own distinct culture. Here we examine 10 myths about Neanderthals which have now been proven false.

The belief in the barbaric, grunting, primitive Neanderthal is changing. (anibal /Adobe Stock)

Myth 1: Neanderthal Tools were not as Good as Tools Made by Modern Humans

The predominant belief in mainstream archaeology over a decade ago was that Neanderthals only utilized very simplistic tools, like sharpened stones. However, research conducted over the last 10 years has revised this perspective based on new archaeological evidence.

Read moreSection: Human OriginsScience

Rare 17th Century Painting Deformed in Botched Restoration Job

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:22

Yet another piece of valuable Spanish religious art has been destroyed in a botched restoration job. The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables, is a 1678 AD oil painting by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, depicts the Virgin Mary gazing towards the heavens. 

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The Battle Axe Culture: Piecing Together the Age of Crushed Skulls

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 08:01

Peering into the development stages of the Neolithic cultures of Old Europe has always been a challenging task for archaeologists and scholars. Reaching so far back into time in the hope of piecing together a detailed picture is a task that involves decades of dedicated work. 

Read moreSection: NewsHuman OriginsScienceAncient PlacesEuropeHistoryAncient Traditions

Ancient Egyptian Wars – Navigating the Millennia of Bloodshed

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 20:04

In the histories of great ancient empires there was one thing that was always a certainty: war. To maintain power, to achieve wealth, and to ensure the prosperity of the people, war had to be waged: whether to conquer or to defend.

Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAfrica

The Flame of Freedom: Wat Tyler’s Rebellion

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 16:54

Throughout the history of the medieval period, the voice of the peasants and the working class was always suppressed. In the difficult periods of this era, the peasant was always the oppressed party, as rulers imposed high taxes and gave no social freedoms.

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Rediscovering a Centuries-Old Paradise

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 14:15

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most well-renowned botanical gardens in the United Kingdom, yet for decades it had lain abandoned and forgotten. Developed over the centuries by several generations of a Cornish family, the spectacular gardens fell into disuse when World War I broke out, only to be re-discovered in 1990, restored, and opened to the public in 1992.

Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesEurope

Discovered: The Highland Volcano That Collapsed Ancient Rome

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 12:59

Following Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC extreme climate change led to crop failures which in turn fueled the increasing social unrest in Rome, adding greatly to the social disruption caused by the civil war, that bought the Republic to an Empire. 

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Omar Khayyam: Lasting Achievements of the Persian Polymath and Poet

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 07:56

Omar Khayyam was a Persian polymath who lived during the 11th and 12th centuries AD. During his time, Omar was a reputed scholar. He was especially known for his scholarly work in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy. 

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The Nasrid Dynasty and the Birth of the Alhambra Palace

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 19:59

The Nasrid Dynasty was the last Muslim dynasty on the Iberian Peninsula. The Nasrids ruled over the Emirate of Granada, which was founded during the 13th century. The Emirate was the last Muslim state of Al-Andalus (also known as Andalusia) and was only conquered by the Christians around the end of the 15th century.

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