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  • Did Ancient Aliens Impart Advanced Astronomical Knowledge to the Dogon Tribe?
    by ancient-origins on 24 maggio 2017 at 1:02

    Skeptics and proponents of the ancient aliens theory have faced off for decades on the issue of the Dogon tribe’s allegedly advanced astronomical knowledge. Here’s a look at some of the arguments on both sides concerning this tribe from Mali, Africa, and its purported knowledge of the motions of a star not visible on Earth without modern telescopes.  Read moreSection: NewsMysterious PhenomenaUnexplained Phenomena […]

  • A Literary Treasure: The Oldest Surviving English Poem - Beowulf and His Epic Battles
    by Veronica Parkes on 23 maggio 2017 at 21:52

    Perhaps the oldest surviving long poem in Old English, Beowulf is commonly seen as one of the most important works of Old English Literature. While the date of the poem’s composition is still debated, the only certainty is that the physical manuscript was produced some time between 975 and 1025 AD. Read moreSection: ArtifactsAncient WritingsNews […]

  • 7.2 million-Year-Old Pre-Human Fossil Suggests Mankind Arose in Europe NOT Africa
    by Theodoros Karasavvas on 23 maggio 2017 at 17:48

    A new analysis of two 7.2 million-year-old fossils belonging to a hominin species nicknamed “El Graeco” from Mediterranean Europe, suggests that mankind emerged in Europe and not in Africa. The new study could reshape history, since it openly challenges the “out of Africa theory.” Read moreSection: NewsHuman OriginsScienc […]

  • Man Mound, Wisconsin: The Last Anthropomorphic Mound in North America
    by dhwty on 23 maggio 2017 at 13:01

    Man Mound (known also as the ‘Greenfield Man Mound’) is the name of a prehistoric earthwork located in the state of Wisconsin, USA. As its name suggests, this earthwork has a humanoid shape.  Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAmericas […]

  • The Enchanted Sex-Word of Scotland’s Secret Seduction Society
    by Ashley Cowie on 22 maggio 2017 at 22:01

    Seduction, the most noble art. History books across the planet reveal the carnal activities of an endless number of femme-fatals, causing nations to collapse and dynasties to crumble. Read moreSection: NewsHistory […]

  • Descending into the Underworld of Teotihuacan: Labyrinthine Tunnels and Rivers of Mercury
    by Marco M. Vigato on 22 maggio 2017 at 18:05

    Few of the modern visitors to Teotihuacan are aware of the vast and mysterious underworld of caves and man-made tunnels that extends under much of the ancient site and for miles around. The existence of these tunnels has been known for centuries, but not even the most recent research has been able to solve the mystery of their origin and purpose. Very much like at Giza, in Egypt, these tunnels are rumored to connect all the main pyramids by means of underground passageways, and perhaps even lead to the records of a lost civilization. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAmericasOpinionGuest Authors […]

  • Quick as a Fox, Powerful as a Demon: Legendary Foxes and Their Trickster/Temptress Ways
    by MartiniF on 22 maggio 2017 at 14:46

    The fox plays a wide range of roles in 42 out of the 358 of Aesop’s fables. It is generally described as a quick, intelligent and adaptable animal which no doubt led to its importance as a symbol of cleverness in most cultures. In mythology, the fox usually has a positive connotation. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & Legends […]

  • Did Dutch Invaders Wipe Out Bronze Age Britons During the Construction of Stonehenge?
    by Theodoros Karasavvas on 22 maggio 2017 at 12:57

    A new gene study suggests that large groups of newcomers arrived in Britain during the building of Stonehenge, around 2500 BC. The new study also implies that the possible invaders could have gradually replaced the people who were constructing Stonehenge. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • Severed Limbs and Wooden Feet: How the Ancients Invented Prosthetics
    by ancient-origins on 22 maggio 2017 at 1:02

    We are living through an incredibly exciting period for prosthetics. A pioneering brain computer interface that will allow veterans to control artificial body parts with their minds was recently announced by researchers in Virginia in the US.  Read moreSection: NewsHistory […]

  • Monk Lives Life of Solitude on This 131-Foot-Tall Rock with a 2,000 Year History
    by dhwty on 21 maggio 2017 at 21:47

    The Katskhi Pillar is the name given to a natural limestone column located in Georgia. On the top of this monolith is a monastery, which was built during the 1990s. Today, a solitary monk by the name of Maxime Qavtaradze lives in this monastery atop the Katskhi Pillar. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAsia […]

  • The Wallace Sword: Was it Truly Wielded by the Famous Scottish ‘Braveheart’?
    by Kerry Sullivan on 21 maggio 2017 at 18:00

    Many times, evidence of fantastic finds vanishes, leaving behind only legends (think the Tulli Papyrus or Robin Hood’s Hideout). However, sometimes, fabulous artifacts from history manage to survive intact across the millennia. Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNews […]

  • The Monolith of Tlaloc: Did Moving This Massive Stone Statue Incite the Fury of the Aztec Rain God?
    by dhwty on 21 maggio 2017 at 12:59

    The Monolith of Tlaloc is a giant stone carving of the Aztec god of rain, water, lightning, and agriculture, Tlaloc. This monolith was once located near the town of Coatlinchan (which translates as ‘home of the snakes’). Today, however, the Monolith of Tlaloc is located at the entrance of the National Museum of Anthropology in the capital of Mexico, Mexico City. Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNewsAncient PlacesAmericas […]

  • Five Bloodcurdling Medical Procedures That are No Longer Performed … Thankfully
    by ancient-origins on 21 maggio 2017 at 0:59

    Surgeries and treatments come and go. A new BMJ guideline, for example, makes “strong recommendations” against the use of arthroscopic surgery for certain knee conditions. But while this key-hole surgery may slowly be scrapped in some cases due to its ineffectiveness, a number of historic “cures” fell out of favour because they were more akin to a method of torture. Here are five of the most extraordinary and unpleasant. Read moreSection: NewsHistory […]

  • Why is the Evidence for the Outlaw Robin Hood as Elusive as the Man Himself?
    by Kerry Sullivan on 20 maggio 2017 at 21:57

    The historic existence of the legendary English hero who ‘stole from the rich and gave to the poor’ is a perennial source of debate. Every few years, new evidence emerges of authenticity and possible identities of Robin and his friends/foes of Nottingham.  Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAsiaHistoryFamous Peo […]

  • The Macabre Mystery of the Missing Prince And ‘Zombie’ King
    by Malcolm Hutton on 20 maggio 2017 at 12:58

    In “The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun”, by Paul Doherty he remarks, “There is a passivity about Tutankhamun which is quite chilling.” Normally the text in the tombs of other Kings read in the present or future tenses, but as Doherty comments, “The inscriptions about Tutankhamun are always passive, in the main in the third person...” Read moreSection: NewsHistoryFamous Peo […]

  • Is the Cascajal Tablet the Key to Understanding Giant Olmec Heads?
    by Clyde Winters on 20 maggio 2017 at 12:57

    Bryan Hilliard’s “Does the Cascajal Block provide evidence of a written language of the Olmecs?” published by Ancient Origins, discussed the finding by many Mexican researchers that the symbols on the Cascajal tablet probably represent Olmec Writing. Read moreSection: ArtifactsAncient WritingsOther ArtifactsNews […]

  • Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists
    by ancient-origins on 20 maggio 2017 at 0:49

    The question of whether a god exists is heating up in the 21st century. According to a Pew survey, the percent of Americans having no religious affiliation reached 23 percent in 2014. Among such “nones,” 33 percent said that they do not believe in God – an 11 percent increase since only 2007. Read moreSection: NewsHuman OriginsReligions […]

  • Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of Huge Viking Camp in England
    by Mark Miller on 19 maggio 2017 at 21:59

    Maybe you pictured Viking raiders numbering in the dozens or hundreds, making a beachhead in the middle of the night to do lightning-fast strikes onto English soil, taking riches and women and then stealing away back to Scandinavia. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • Did Eternity Obsessed Ancient Egyptians Know How to Prevent Pregnancy?
    by ML Childs on 19 maggio 2017 at 18:01

    It is hard to believe that the Ancient Egyptians, a culture completely infatuated with the preservation of life after death, would be concerned with the prevention of pregnancy. But they were one of the first ancient cultures to successfully employ birth control methods. Read moreSection: NewsHistoryAncient Traditions […]

  • Staked Through the Heart and Buried at the Crossroads – The Profane Burial of Suicides
    by Charles Christian on 19 maggio 2017 at 14:29

    I uncovered a curious tale about a scrubby patch of land while writing a book on the folklore and history of East Anglia. Marked on modern maps as Lushbush, you pass it heading eastwards out of the South Norfolk town of Harleston, England. Read moreSection: NewsHistory […]