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Mimicking Gods and Gladiators: The Assassination Of Emperor Commodus

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 18:51

Commodus, the son and heir of the distinguished ‘philosopher emperor’ Marcus Aurelius, was a failure as a Roman emperor. He was appointed co-emperor of Rome and ruled alongside his father when he was just 16 years old and became the sole emperor after the death of his father in 180 AD.

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Ancient Sarmatian Warrior Unearthed During Russian Road Works

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 17:00

The body of an ancient Sarmatian warrior has been unearthed in an early Iron Age burial mound along the planned route of the Far Western Bypass of Krasnodar on the M-4 Don highway in Russia. 

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Largest Neolithic Circle Ever Discovered In Britain

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 10:15

Archaeologists in Britain have made an amazing discovery near Stonehenge. They have detected a massive circular monument near the world-famous Neolithic site. It is possibly the largest monument from the Neolithic period found in the British Isles and it is transforming our understanding of our Stone Age ancestors.

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The Hanseatic League: Dominating the Baltic Maritime Trade

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 08:05

The Baltic Sea has historically been an important region for maritime trade. Its favorable location, which acts as a connection between major nations and trading hubs, always made it a focal point for north European traders and merchant caravans. 

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Nalanda, Ancient University Opens to International Students Again

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 17:00

India is a religiously diverse nation and has many important archaeological sites associated with Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Islam, to mention a few.

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New Artifacts Found at America’s Famous Lost Roanoke Colony

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 12:26

The fate of the mysterious vanishing Roanoke Colony is becoming clearer as archaeologists excavate evidence on Hatteras Island. As historical mysteries go, there is perhaps none so famous as the vanishing Roanoke Colony...

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The Hundred Years’ War: A Century of Bloodshed

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 07:59

As one of the key strategic regions of Europe, and a prosperous, large kingdom of the Middle Ages, France was always an area of struggle, intrigue, war, and vying for power. 

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Donnington Castle, Proud Survivor of Parliamentary Guns

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 17:02

There are various types of castles in Britain built by conquerors, rightful kings and wealthy supporters of the monarchs. One of the most distinctive is that of Donnington Castle (not to be confused with Castle Donington, a town 127 miles to the north).

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The Life and Times of the Notorious Medieval Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 12:45

Eleanor of Aquitaine is considered to have been one of the wealthiest and most powerful women of medieval Europe during the 12th century. For a start, Eleanor was Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right, which made her the most eligible bride on the continent at that time.

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The Star-Gazing Sultan and His Ulugh Beg Observatory

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 08:02

The Ulugh Beg Observatory is an astronomical observatory located on a hill near Samarkand, in modern day Uzbekistan. This observatory, which is often considered to be one of the finest of its kind in the medieval Islamic world, was constructed during the 15th century when Samarkand was one of the two most important cities of the mighty Timurid Empire (the other being Herat, in modern day Afghanistan).

The observatory was built by Ulugh Beg, sultan of the Timurid Empire. The Ulugh Beg Observatory is believed to have been built during the late 1420s, though serious studies in astronomy may have already begun in Samarkand two decades beforehand. This is entirely possible, as Ulugh Beg was governor of Samarkand at that time.

Ulugh Beg: The Rising Astronomer

Ulugh Beg was interested in astronomy from an early age, and when he became sultan he continued to be far more interested in the arts, culture and scholarly pursuits than in governing an empire. In fact, Ulugh Beg is best remembered as an astronomer and mathematician. Otherwise, his name would have likely been relegated to a mere footnote in the history books.

Statue of Ulugh Beg (CC BY-SA 3.0­­­)

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The Shamanic Essenes, Keepers of the Dead Sea Scrolls And Other Secrets

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 20:19

On the fourth floor of the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, there is a permanent exhibit that many thousands of people have gladly paid more than $20 to visit in order to gaze with rapt attention at fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

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The Summer Solstice at Stonehenge - A History-Making Livestream

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 14:52

In the northern hemisphere, when the summer solstice occurs around June 21, the North Pole is tilted about 23°27´ toward the Sun, which itself is traveling its longest path through the sky, and that day therefore has the most daylight and is celebrated as the longest day.

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3 Problems to Remember When Trying to Find Atlantis

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 13:15

It is perhaps the greatest unsolved mystery of all time: Did the lost city of Atlantis actually exist? And if it did once exist, where was it located before its watery demise? Fortunately, the original account of a civilization that vanished beneath the waves contains a surprising amount of realistic detail that might be used to answer these questions. Unfortunately, not all of those clues are of equal value. Three thorny problems in particular must be dealt with to avoid embarking on a wild goose chase to the bottom of the sea (where, incidentally, Atlantis almost certainly did not end up).

Artist’s representation of Atlantis. (Source: BigStockPhoto)

Problem Number One

Every Single Reliable Clue We Have about Atlantis comes from Plato.

The Athenian philosopher Plato was the greatest thinker in Western Civilization. He was also the original source of the Atlantis story. Nothing specific referring to Atlantis appears before his account, and anything that comes after draws from his original. For anyone hoping to find the lost city, this is usually assumed to be a good thing. If one of the most brilliant thinkers of all time wrote about Atlantis, and repeatedly described the original story as true—which he did—then it must be real, right?

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Mystery Solved For Football Sized Antarctica Fossil

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 13:01

Researchers believe that they have deciphered the secrets of a mysterious fossil that was found in Antarctica. They now believe that the Antarctica fossil was a soft egg that belonged to an extinct sea reptile. 

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The Radhanites: A Glimpse into the Trade Networks of the Middle Ages

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 07:58

It is no secret that throughout the classical and early medieval period, trade played an immense role in the economy of the world. Trade routes were spread all over Eurasia, and effectively connected western and eastern societies. 

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The Ancient Temples and Tolerance of Ramateertham Village, India

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 20:01

India is blessed with an abundance of ancient historic and religious sites, but the small village of Ramateertham is unique. Nestled in its hills are sites that are sacred to Buddhists, Jains, and Hindus...

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The Amazing Ascent of the Japanese Shoguns from 1192 to 1867

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 17:00

The shoguns were the military rulers of Japan during the country’s feudal period. Although Japan had emperors, they were mere figureheads for centuries. Actual power was held by the shogun, who ruled in the name of the emperor. 

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Sumerian Vampires Inspired Tales of Bloodsucking Baobhan Sith, Satan, and Dracula

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 15:49

Many folktales, stories, and myths around the world begin with folk “straying from the path” and meeting beautiful females, only to discover that they are treacherous vampires. 

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Villagers Unearth Indian Temple Buried in River Sand

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:55

In India, local people have discovered an old temple that had been buried beneath river sand for 80 years. The Hindhu temple is dedicated to Lord Nageswara and was once immensely popular with residents. 

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Ritual Thracian Pit Sanctuary Found in Bulgaria

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 07:59

A new pit sanctuary has been uncovered in Bulgaria during construction work. This site is up to 2500 years old and is thought to have been used by Thracian tribal groups, for ritual purposes. The newly discovered pit sanctuary can help experts to better understand this culture and society, who were often the enemies of the Greeks and later the Romans.

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