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Globalization & International Trade Started 1,000 Years Ago!

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 11:34

Viking ships touched down on the Canadian island of Newfoundland around 1000 AD, at what is now the archaeological site known as L'Anse aux Meadows.

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Ancient Humans Sat Down to Meals of Snakes and Lizards

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 11:19

A team of Israeli researchers have discovered the first evidence of ancient humans eating snakes and lizards as part of their diet. The University of Haifa archaeologists say 15,000 years ago residents of the el-Wad Terrace in the Mount Carmel area near Haifa “ate reptiles” in their diets and that this was possibly a part of transitioning to a sedentary lifestyle.

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Canyons of the Ancients Artifacts Thief Goes to Jail

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 08:04

Canyons of the Ancients, in southwestern Colorado state, is the Holy Grail of American archaeology with the largest number of archaeological sites dating back over 10,000 years. This week, The Journal reported that the American Bureau of Land Management...

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Atoning for Your Sins in the Himalayas: The Panch Kedar Pilgrimage

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 19:04

India is generally associated with two remarkable features: the vast Himalayan mountain range, which hosts some of the highest peaks in the world, and for being the birthplace of religions. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, all originated in India, while Hinduism has been described as the oldest religion in the world.

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Ritual Platform Discovered in Saudi Arabia, With Egyptian Artifacts

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 16:49

While the megalithic stone monuments of northern Arabia remain largely unknown, the discovery of a vast ritual platform and Egyptian artifacts in northern Saudi Arabia has shed light on the evolution of human occupation and ritual use in the region.

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The Monumental Fall of Babylon: What Really Shattered the Empire?

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 16:15

The fall of Babylon is a historical event that occurred in 539 BC. This event saw the conquest of Babylon by the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great and marked the end of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. 

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IWNW The Egyptian Atlantis, City of Yah Weh and Ra

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 15:52

The name given by Egyptologists for the sacred City of the Sun God, Ra, in ancient Egypt was IWNW or IUNU.  It is also affirmed not only by those who have studied the country of the Nile for many generations...

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Ancient Crocodiles Walked On Two Legs Like Dinosaurs

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:43

The discovery of large, well-preserved footprints belonging to an ancestor of modern-day crocodiles from the Lower Cretaceous Jinju Formation of South Korea is reported this week in Scientific Reports.

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The Rise of Ivan the Great and the Birth of The Russian Empire

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 07:58

During the medieval period, ruling over a nation as vast and powerful as Russia was never an easy task. The numerous rulers that came to its helm always experienced their ups and downs, and so this noble Slavic nation rose to great heights but great lows as well.

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Unveiling the Bridestones Cairn of Cheshire

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 19:32

The British landscape is dotted with the remains of its Stone Age past. We are all familiar with Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world, but few people are familiar with the Bridestones. 

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Romeo and Juliet: Not a Shakespearean Tale After All

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:43

William Shakespeare's world renowned Romeo and Juliet (written sometime between 1591 and 1595) stands in the historical record as one of the greatest love stories ever written. It has been retold many times in playhouses and theaters and has a wealth of film adaptations of both traditional and modern interpretations. It is most interesting to discover then, that Romeo and Juliet was not, in fact, truly of his own creation, but rather a variation on a story told many times from the 1400s onwards.

Centered on the theme of star-crossed lovers, borrowed from poets as far back as ancient Greece, Romeo and Juliet's tale was told at least a century before Shakespeare actually wrote it. This article intends to take a brief look at these particular tales, which eventually culminated in the Bard's celebrated play.

A Summary of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust provides this excellent short summary of the Bard’s famous play Romeo and Juliet:

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Advanced Bronze Age Kura-Araxes Burial Ground Found in Iran

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:05

Iran has been home to many important cultures and societies throughout history. Archaeologists now believe that they have found relics and artifacts from a burial ground related to a Bronze Age society that was very advanced for its time. 

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Oldest Example of East Asian 3D Art Discovered in Waste Pile

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:08

Examination of a tiny bone object extracted from a pile of waste material from digging a well in China revealed it to be what the experts think is the oldest example of three-dimensional art ever found in East Asia.

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History of the Vikings: All You Need to Know

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 08:00

Vikings are more popular than ever. With dramas such as Vikings and The Last Kingdom the ancient Norsemen have reached new generations. Of course, there is dramatic license taken to particular historical accounts that you may see on the screen. 

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Uprisings After Pandemics: It Happened Before and May Happen Again

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 19:14

As a professor of medieval Europe, I’ve taught the bubonic plague, and how it contributed to the English Peasant Revolt of 1381. Now that America is experiencing widespread unrest in the midst of its own pandemic, I see some interesting similarities to the 14th-century uprising.

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London’s Oldest Theater Unearthed in Whitechapel

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 16:56

Archaeologists in London have made an amazing discovery. They have unearthed what they believe to be London’s oldest theater, the Elizabethan Red Lion. This structure is of immense importance because it was a model for later playhouses of the Elizabethan era. 

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The Legendary Kraken: The Real Animal Behind the Monster

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 15:32

According to the Scandinavian mythology, the Kraken is a horrifying giant sea creature that attacks ships and is generally described as an octopus or squid. According to some tales, the Kraken was so huge that its body could be mistaken for an island.

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Harran Sanliurfa, City Of Prophets And Jerusalem Of Ancient Anatolia

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 13:50

The Lord said to Abram: “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing”. 

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LEGOLAND Korea Plows Ahead, Destroying Ancient Heritage Site

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 12:33

Here at Ancient Origins we receive many emails and social media messages accusing folks of willfully damaging archaeology and ancient sites of cultural heritage. Last year saw several cases of teen vandalism in the USA and in the UK...

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Irish Schoolboy Finds Ancient Log Boat While Out Paddling

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 07:54

In Ireland, a schoolboy went for a paddle and found a log boat that could date to the Stone Age. The boy, while playing in a nearby lake, came across a well-preserved boat that is possibly 4000 years old.

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