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A Pearl of Prehistoric Spain in Danger of Disappearing: Can the 35,600-year-old Art of Altamira Cave be both Witnessed and Preserved?
by Natalia Klimczak on 25 aprile 2017 at 0:43
The cave located at Altamira was inhabited thousands of years ago and contains remarkable examples of sophisticated art from Prehistory. The first paintings appeared there most probably around 35600 years ago. The exquisite site is often compared to the famous cave of Lascaux, but Altamira tells its own story about the first people of Cantabria. The Cave’s Use The cave itself is impressive, with corridors that are over 1000 meters (3280.84 ft.) long. It has a series of chambers and twisting passages, each one of them from two to six meters (6.56-19.69 ft.) high. Archaeological excavations have proven the existence of human settlement inside the cave about 18500 years ago. When did the first humans arrive there? It is unknown, but we can estimate that this place was well known to people for much longer than 35000 years. Reproduction of the cave ceiling paintings at Altamira Museum. (CC BY-SA 3.0) The site would have been very attractive to the people in the Paleolithic and Old Stone Ages. Those people, whose lives remain mysterious to modern researchers, seemed to spend much of their time searching for food. However, at the same time, they needed a place to live where they were protected from the dangers of wild animals. The location of the Cave of Altamira provided both. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesEuro […]
Alexander the Great’s Capital Punishment? The Building of Persepolis and its Flaming Demise
by dhwty on 24 aprile 2017 at 21:58
Persepolis is an ancient city that once served as the capital of the mighty Achaemenid Empire. Persepolis is the Greek name for ‘Parsa’, and both these names mean ‘Persian City’ or ‘City of the Persians’. This city was founded by Darius I Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAsia […]
One of Jamestown’s Greatest Mysteries – Who Lies Beneath the Knight’s Tombstone?
by Theodoros Karasavvas on 24 aprile 2017 at 17:49
A team of archaeologists at Historic Jamestown is attempting to solve one of the biggest mysteries of the first English settlements in America: a knight’s gravestone that has been embedded into the floor of a church for almost four hundred years... Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]
Ignoring Omens and Seeking Vengeance: The Greco-Persian ‘War of the Ages’ Was a Disaster for All
by Cam Rea on 24 aprile 2017 at 14:34
The Greco-Persian wars lasted for more than half a century in some respects. Some date the war as being from 499-448 BCE while others date the conflict from 492-448 BCE. Either or, the war itself was a disaster for both sides. Read moreSection: NewsHistory […]
She Met the Devil, Escaped a Dragon, and Survived Several Attempts on Her Life: The Remarkable Story of St. Margaret of Antioch
by dhwty on 24 aprile 2017 at 13:00
St. Margaret of Antioch is a Christian saint venerated in both the Churches of the West and of the East. In the latter, she is known as Saint Marina the Great Martyr. Little is known for certain about St. Margaret’s life, and she was, at one point of time, even regarded in the West by some to be apocryphal. Read moreSection: NewsHistoryFamous Peo […]
The Mysterious Stories of Castle Ponferrada: Knights Templar, the Camino de Santiago and the lost Sword of Jacques de Molay
by Natalia Klimczak on 23 aprile 2017 at 22:04
Every pilgrim who is traveling along the French route of the Camino de Santiago, going to Santiago de Compostela, will pass through the Ponferrada in the Spanish section. Most of them have no idea that centuries ago along the same route passed the legendary Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Templar Order. Did they travel in their famous armors? I don't think so. It is more likely that they wore comfortable clothes, similarly to other pilgrims of their times. Just imagine, the famous Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Templar Order, traveling from France to Santiago de Compostela, located in the northwestern part of Spain. The journey was long and perhaps took a few weeks depending on the physical condition of the pilgrim. However, at the end of the route was waiting the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The primary reason to make this pilgrimage was, and still is, to offer a prayer to the Apostle James the Elder. St James the Great by Guido Reni, 1636 (Public Domain) The Story of the Monumental Castle Ponferrada is known due to Castillo de Los Templarios, the Castle of the Templars which is the impressive size of 16000 square meters. Its appearance brings to mind legendary stories about the Spanish knights. A visit to the castle might inspire one to learn about the remarkable Spanish medieval history but also can allow you to travel back through […]
Tibet's Valley of the Kings: What Hidden Treasures Lie Within This Imperial Tibetan Graveyard?
by dhwty on 23 aprile 2017 at 18:09
Chongye Valley is known also as Tibet’s Valley of the Kings. This site adjoins the Yarlung Valley (about 180 km (111.85 miles)) to the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. The Chongye Valley is famed for its burial mounds. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAsia […]
Who was the Powerful Amazon Queen Orithyia and What Drove Her to Launch a Fated Attack on Athens?
by Natalia Klimczak on 23 aprile 2017 at 13:06
Orithyia was one of those dangerous women whose beauty was so often described by terrified and excited men that it became legendary. For centuries, the Amazons were believed to be nothing more than a legend, but nowadays researchers more often accept them as real. The Amazons were like a sensual dream about warrior women, whose exquisite bodies were like dangerous machines and a magnet for the blind desire of men. The remarkable tale of Orithyia is fragmented but remains a fascinating story about a brave woman, whose roots and achievements stand out among other myths. Every story about one of these incredible women is full of battles, including skills in warfare that terrified the bravest armies, and of the power that they gained through collaboration with gods. The Dramatic Life and Death of Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons Female Warriors of the Amazon: A Literary Approach Wounded Amazon of the Capitol, Rome. (CC BY-SA 3.0) Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsEuropeHistoryFamous Peo […]
The Ancient Kingdom of Colchis: A Legendary Land of Plenty, Conflict, and the Golden Fleece
by Kerry Sullivan on 23 aprile 2017 at 0:59
Anyone familiar with Greek legends has heard of the Colchis Kingdom. It was to here that the band of heroes known as the Argonauts ventured in order to obtain the Golden Fleece, a symbol of authority and kinship, and it is here that Jason betrayed Medea, Princess of Colchis. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsEuropeAncient PlacesEuro […]
Was a Comet Swarm Memorialized on an Obelisk at Prehistoric Gȍbekli Tepe?
by Mark Miller on 22 aprile 2017 at 22:00
It’s entered modern lore as a nightmare scenario for planet Earth: A huge asteroid or comet or a swarm of smaller comet fragments hits Earth and causes a major catastrophe. Now, scientists think they have evidence of a comet-fragment swarm slamming into the planet about 11,000 BC and killing thousands of people, setting off a small ice age and obliterating many large animals. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]
God or the Devil? Whose Mystical Eyes Follow Visitors through the Bulgarian Prohodna Cave?
by dhwty on 22 aprile 2017 at 18:00
Prohodna Cave is a natural cave located in North Central Bulgaria. This cave is a popular tourist attraction due to a certain natural feature in the cave, i.e. two eye-shaped holes in its central chamber. The pair of holes has been dubbed by locals as the ‘Eyes of God’, or ‘Oknata’ in Bulgarian. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesEuro […]
Who Built the Fascinating Ñaupa Iglesia? Mysterious Ruins in the Sacred Valley of Peru
by David Walton on 22 aprile 2017 at 12:59
Ñaupa Iglesia is a fascinating Peruvian ruin in the Sacred Valley of the high Andes. It is located between Ollantaytambo and Urubamba; Ollantaytambo being only 30 Km (18.64 miles) from Machu Picchu. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAmericas […]
Origins of Indonesian Hobbits Finally Revealed
by ancient-origins on 22 aprile 2017 at 0:56
The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed. The study by The Australian National University (ANU) found Homo floresiensis, dubbed "the hobbits" due to their small stature, were most likely a sister species of Homo habilis -- one of the earliest known species of human found in Africa 1.75 million years ago. Data from the study concluded there was no evidence for the popular theory that Homo floresiensis evolved from the much larger Homo erectus, the only other early hominid known to have lived in the region with fossils discovered on the Indonesian mainland of Java. Humans Wiped Out the Hobbit: New Study Suggests Homo Sapiens Caused Extinction of Tiny Homo Floresiensis Species Second Group of Tinier than Hobbit Hominins Found on Flores Island Cave where the remains of Homo floresiensis were discovered in 2004, Lian Bua, Flores, Indonesia. (CC BY-SA 2.0) Read moreSection: NewsEvolution & Human Origins […]
How Did the Skeptical Astrology of Johannes Kepler Contribute to Our View of the Cosmos?
by Kerry Sullivan on 21 aprile 2017 at 22:03
Johannes Kepler, a key figure in the scientific revolution and keen astrologer, paid the bills by writing horoscopes for the rich and famous. The namesake of NASA’s space observatory was a German scholar who wrote extensively on how the patterns of the stars had profound effects on planets such as Earth as well as on individuals’ lives. Read moreSection: NewsHistoryFamous Peo […]
The Brutality and Delicacy of Samurai Armor: Superior Protection with a God-like Aesthetic
by Kerry Sullivan on 21 aprile 2017 at 17:58
The Samurai class was officially dissolved over 150 years ago. Nonetheless, the warriors’ elaborate armor is still recognized globally as an iconic emblem of Japanese military strength and virtue. The samurai were an elite group of strictly trained and well-armored soldiers – even the horses were armored. Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNewsHistoryAncient Traditions […]
How Did They Do It? Masters of the Steppe: Battlefield Medicine and Gruesome Cures—Part III
by Cam Rea on 21 aprile 2017 at 14:32
Much is known about the ancient Mongol military and their incredible victories on the battlefield, but little is ever discussed about their arms, armor, horses, and logistics. What gear did they use? How did they deal with their wounded? How did they partner with horses to become masters of the steppe? During the early reign of Genghis Khan, each warrior brought his own equipment. In doing so, each warrior could provide for the arban. While there is no doubt that the Mongols did acquire new equipment in the same way as bandits—from the dead scattered about the field of battle—Genghis Khan still made sure his men were equipped properly. Illustration of Mongol mounted warriors (CC BY-SA 2.0) Arms Manufacturing and Supply: Bandits and Artisans As the Khan’s territory expanded, the ability to manufacture arms and to supply his men moved into full production. This allowed the armies to procure from the quartermasters. However, there is no doubt that many Mongols still repaired or produced much of their own equipment. Read moreSection: NewsHistory […]
Can Researchers Crack da Vinci’s DNA Code? Recently Discovered Relics Attributed to the Legendary Renaissance Man May Help
by Theodoros Karasavvas on 21 aprile 2017 at 12:59
A team of Italian researchers claim that they have discovered two relics belonging to Leonardo da Vinci, which could them help in tracing the DNA of the legendary polymath whose work epitomized the Renaissance. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]
Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics
by ancient-origins on 21 aprile 2017 at 0:59
For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics. Read moreSection: NewsScience & Spac […]
Possibly Decimated by Conquistadors 400 Years Ago, Has the Lost City of Etzanoa Finally Been Found?
by Mark Miller on 20 aprile 2017 at 21:56
It may be necessary to add another large nation of Native Americans to the list of peoples wiped out by the rapacious and genocidal Spanish conquistadors after they arrived in the Americas. The location of the lost city of Etzanoa, found recently in Kansas, mystified historians for 400 years. When the Spanish conquistador plague arrived in the New World they wiped out civilizations and/or cultures, including the Arawaks (Taino) in the Caribbean, Peru’s Incas, Central America’s Aztecs and Maya, and populations along what became the Mexico-U.S. border. It’s possible the Spanish were responsible for yet another huge holocaust, in Etzanoa in the 17th century. That city was described in historical documents but its whereabouts were unknown until an archaeologist with Wichita State University in the state of Kansas started digging in recent years. Five Legendary Lost Cities that have Never Been Found The Lost City of Z and the Mysterious Disappearance of Percy Fawcett Part of an ancient water shrine has been discovered, which locals used to bless water. (The Wichita Eagle) Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]
Southwest Orion Correlation Expedition
by ancient-origins on 20 aprile 2017 at 17:59
Event Date(s): 31/05/2017 - 19:00 to 06/06/2017 - 19:00Hello to all those adventurous spirits out there. We will take a quest into the ancient Southwest this May 31st-June 6th with world renowned explorer and Egyptologist Robert Bauval, along with our Zuni elder Clifford Mahooty who will be able to give us insight into the ancient world of the Pueblo people to rediscover the magic that exists in our ancient world views, so that we might come to know our world and ourselves with a better perspective. I have lived here in Sedona for 14 years now, as my home base; for traveling all over the world to ancient sacred sites and the ancient Southwest has become one of my favorite places to explore. [Wupatki] Because the further we go back in time the better understanding of our world we discover and we will also discover that the ancient Southwest was some kind of a cross roads for peoples from all over the world, West to East & North to South, but especially from the Pacific where the lost continent of Mu/Lemuria once existed. Robert Bauval In 1983 developed a theory that correlates the three pyramids of Giza in Egypt with the three stars of Orion’s Belt and, with the support of Egyptologist Sir I.E.S. Edwards, published a paper in the Oxford Journal in 1989. Bauval’s theory is now internationally known as ‘The Orion Correlation Theory’ (OCT). Gary A […]