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Stairway to Heaven: The Story of Jacob's Ladder

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 21:16

Jacob’s ladder is the name given to the stairway that appears in the dream of the Biblical Patriarch Jacob. But the ladder has also come to symbolize a connection between Earth and Heaven (or the cosmos), as well as the history of mankind, in which the steps of the ladder represent the succession of kingdoms that have ruled the world.

Jacob’s Dream in the Bible

Jacob’s dream occurred during his flight from his twin brother, Esau, who intended to kill him. In this dream, Jacob saw a ladder (or in some translations, a stairway) that connected heaven to earth. Additionally, Jacob is said to have seen God at the top of the ladder, and also angels, who were ascending and descending this structure. The story of Jacob’s Ladder is in the Book of Genesis.

According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob is said to have stolen his brother Esau’s birthright, which was his claim to inheritance and his father’s blessing. As a result of this, Esau was furious with Jacob, and sought to kill him. Jacob was warned of his brother’s intention by Rebekah, their mother. He was also told to flee, and to go to the house of his uncle, Laban, in Haran, until Esau’s fury subsided. Jacob obeyed his mother, and set off for his uncle’s house.

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Witches, Monsters and Dragons, All at Frankenstein Castle

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 19:33

Castles are often associated with the supernatural and gruesome events and none more so than one of the most famous castles in all of Germany, Frankenstein Castle. This ruined fortress is synonymous with the story of Frankenstein and his monster. 

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Radiocarbon Dating Pins Construction of Por-Bajin Island Fortress to 777 AD

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 16:56

Dating archaeological objects precisely is difficult, even when using techniques such as radiocarbon dating. Using a recently developed method, based on the presence of sudden spikes in carbon-14 concentration, scientists at the University of Groningen...

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Stunning Maya Wall Paintings Uncovered in Guatemalan House

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 19:14

Remarkable Maya wall paintings have been found in Guatemala that are unparalleled in Central America.  These newly discovered Maya murals are special because they contain both indigenous and Spanish imagery and motifs. 

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Original Purpose of World’s Largest Construction Exposed

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 18:51

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Great Pyramids of Egypt or Mexico were the “largest” constructions in the ancient world, but archaeologists have long known that this sublime title is held by the ancient long walls (or ‘great’) walls of the Eurasian Steppe and China

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Sacred Topography of Ancient Roman Town Revealed By Groundbreaking GPR

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 18:09

Historians, architects, and archaeologists have long clashed over the way in which Roman towns and cities developed, largely because evidence of ancient urbanization is restricted to excavations at a handful of extensively investigated sites, such as Pompeii and Ostia. 

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6,000-year-old ‘Arrowhead’ Found in British Columbia

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 16:42

An ancient pointed chert stone dating to the early Nesikep period is believed to be the oldest arrowhead ever recovered in the Williams Lake area. But is this interpretation accurate?

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Edward Colston Statue Sunk in Bristol Harbor

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 11:28

A historic but very controversial statue has been toppled in Bristol, England. Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors pulled down a statue of a figure who was prominent in the development of the Atlantic slave trade. This action has divided opinion in the city and country.

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The Life and Death of Sweyn Forkbeard and His Viking Empire

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 07:58

Sweyn I, known also as Sweyn Tiugeskaeg (which means ‘Forkbeard’), was a Viking chief who became the ruler of Denmark, Norway, and England. His byname, ‘Forkbeard’, is a reference to his long, cleft beard. 

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The Poetry Behind the Tale of Genji, A Heian Prince of Japan

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 05:09

Written in the early 11th century Japan, Genji Monogatari (源氏物語, The Tale of Genji) vividly describes the complex life and relationships of Genji, a handsome courtier, an excellent lover and a worthy friend.

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Glass Delusion: Bizarre Medieval Affliction Left People Shattered

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 16:46

There is a story dating back to the 1960s about a man who overdosed on LSD and became permanently insane. In his insanity, he believed himself to be a glass of orange juice. He was afraid to lie down, lest he be spilled, or go to sleep, lest someone drink him. 

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Mystery of Sweden’s Stone Age Cultures Unraveled with Genetics

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 11:44

Scientists in Sweden have completed a multidisciplinary genetic and archaeological study that provide clarity to the mysterious cross-cultural influences found in the grave sites of Stone Age dwellers.

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European Standing Stones: The Mute Witnesses of Forgotten Times

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 07:51

If we reach far back into the distant past of our ancestors, as far back as the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, we can get a critical glimpse into the lives and traditions of Europe’s ancient inhabitants.

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Tarot Resurgence: People Turn to Occult in Uncertain Times

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 16:51

Faced with the uncertainties of life under lockdown, is it any surprise that many people are turning to methods of fortune telling such as tarot cards? Journalists are often tempted to ask whether this is a resurgence of “pseudoscience”. The history of tarot suggests not.

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Biblical Village Cursed by Jesus Flooded by Rising Sea of Galilee

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 12:50

As life regains some normalcy in many countries, archaeologists have returned to work on several archaeological sites around the world. In Israel, local archaeologists were stunned to discover that an important site was flooded and now lies under a lagoon.

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The Roman Bridge of Cordoba that Transported Armies, and Spans Time

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 07:51

Ancient structures often tell us a great deal about the history of a region or country. They reveal what materials were available, the culture and beliefs of the people, and which nations, if any, had influence over or traded with the people of the area.

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Deciphering the Deities of Hinduism

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 19:48

There are no ancient civilizations that have not practiced some kind of religion. When we study the history of the oldest and the earliest civilizations, we do not find exact dates or traces of events with much accuracy. 

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Sunken Italian Medieval Village May Rise Once Again

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 16:58

An Italian medieval village, that has been underwater since the 1940s, may soon reappear from the depths of Lake Vagli. It is reported that there are now plans to drain the man-made lake which would allow visitors to witness the 13th century settlement in remarkably well-preserved condition.

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Genghis Khan: What Transformed Temujin Borjigin into an Unstoppable Force Bent on World Domination?

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 15:18

Genghis Khan was one of the most famous conquerors in the world history. He was the founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire. Although his beginnings were obscure and seemingly insignificant,

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Anticipating Armageddon: The Interpretation of Daniel’s Dream

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 13:17

“But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal it up so that it will not be understood until the end times, when travel and education shall be vastly increased! (Daniel 12:4). The traditional date of the Babylonian captivity, the era in which the army of Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem, is usually thought to be 586 BC.

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