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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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Humans Coexisted with Giant Lizards and Mega Marsupials in Australia

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 19:55

When people first arrived in what is now Queensland, they would have found the land inhabited by massive animals including goannas six meters long and kangaroos twice as tall as a human.

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Grotte de Cussac And The Mystery Of The Cave Bear Nest Burials

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 17:01

A remarkable cave in France is revealing secrets about early human ritual practices and burial traditions. Grotte de Cussac cave is located in Dordogne, in southwest France, set between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees mountains. 

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The Bold and Beautiful Valkyries and Their Mortal Lovers

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 16:49

In Norse mythology, Valkyries were originally sinister spirits that would fly above the battlefield in search of the dead, deciding the fate of the fallen for Odin. The word “Valkyrie” means “chooser of the slain,” and once chosen the warriors would be flown by the Valkyries over Bifrost, the rainbow bridge, and on to Valhalla.

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The Facts and Fiction of Charlemagne and His Paladin

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:49

In the early Middle Ages, the most eminent members who surrounded the sovereign of the empire were defined as Paladins, or Palatine Counts, who, among various other duties, served as Judges for Preliminary Investigations, to bring before the Emperor only those cases worthy of his personal judgement. 

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Signs of Dynastic Incest at Newgrange Reveal Secrets Behind Irish Megaliths

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:34

The European Neolithic era was a time of change. The first agricultural revolution saw people take a stronger interest in farming, small-scale communities grew, polished stone axes cleared forests, and handmade pottery became popular. 

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Warrior Burial Is Scythian Amazon Girl No Older Than 13

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 01:28

The 'stunning' discovery appears further confirmation of ancient Greek claims about female fighters known as Amazons among the Scythians of central Asia. In 1988 Dr Marina Kilunovskaya and Dr Vladimir Semyonov came across the partially mummified young warrior’s grave Saryg-Bulun in Siberia’s modern-day Tuva republic during an emergency excavation. 

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Evidence Syphilis Did Not Arrive In Europe With Columbus Expedition

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 18:50

Mass burials are common remnants of the many plague outbreaks that ravaged medieval Europe. A number of these graveyards are well documented in historical sources, but the locations of most, and the victims they contain, have been lost to the pages of time. 

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Farmer Discovers Ancient Jain Statue Whilst Plowing in Southern India

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 16:58

In India, a farmer working his land has made an important discovery. He unearthed a rare Jain statue, that dates back over a millennium. It is believed that traces of a temple have also been uncovered. 

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A Herculean Effort: Can You Name the 12 Labors of Hercules?

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 16:40

Classical mythology is full of heroes but Hercules (known to the Greeks as Heracles) is undoubtedly the most celebrated of them all. Although his heroic life was packed with daring escapades from beginning to end, rescuing maidens in need, fighting immortals and even giants, he was the go to guy when it came to taking care of risky business.

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Ancient Settlement Network Found Mapped in Stone in Mexico

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:48

Archaeologists from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) have confirmed the discovery of an ancient stone map carved into a volcanic rock in Colima, Mexico dating from between 200 BC and 200 AD. 

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The Icelandic Viking Settlement Challenging the History Books

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 08:00

Demanding a rewrite of Icelandic history, in November 2015 a report in IcelandMag said archaeologists at an excavation in Fjarðabyggð, in east Iceland, found an old Viking farmstead at Stöð in Stöðvarfjörður fjord, where they believed the very first Vikings may have first settled in the Eastfjords.

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French Brotherhood, Still Burying the Dead After 800 Years

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 18:48

In France, a brotherhood that is over 800 years old is helping to bury the dead during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fraternity, which has its origins in medieval times, continues to assist at burials, particularly of those who cannot afford the burial costs. 

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Vandals Smash Monumental Fountain in Ancient Greek City of Apollonia

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 15:41

Vandals in Albania have destroyed a famous historical monument in ancient Apollonia causing “irreparable” damage. Founded in 588 BC by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth on a site where native Illyrian tribes once lived

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Hydrologic Engineering Marvels Hidden in History

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 13:13

Everyone is familiar with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but according to Scottish historical writer, stone mason, and founder of the Caithness Broch Project, Iain Maclean, while these “tourist traps have been done to death...

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Mixture and Migration Brought Food Production to Sub-Saharan Africa

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:59

A new interdisciplinary study reports on 20 newly sequenced ancient genomes from sub-Saharan Africa, including the first genomes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, and Uganda. 

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The Meaning of Mecca, Islam’s Holiest City

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 07:40

Mecca (also spelled as Makkah) is regarded as the holiest city in Islam. Apart from the fact that Mecca was the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, it is also the city where Islam’s holiest place of worship, the Great Mosque (more commonly known as al-Masjid al-Haram) is located. 

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Kings Weston Roman Villa, Where a Murder Lay Hidden for 1500 Years

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 16:58

Britain was part of the Roman Empire from the 1st century AD to the start of the 5th century AD when the emperor withdrew the legions from the islands and left the inhabitants to govern and fend for themselves. 

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45,000-Year-Old Weapons Discovered In Sri Lankan Cave

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 12:16

Evidence of the earliest use of the bow and arrow by humans outside of Africa has been discovered in Sri Lanka, dating back around 45,000 to 48,000 years ago.

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Researchers Find Relics from an Iron Age ‘Game of Mercenaries’

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 08:02

Archaeologists excavating a burial in Norway have made a discovery that is offering a unique insight into Iron Age games and pastimes. They found evidence of a board game that was modelled on a popular Roman pastime. 

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