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  • The Megalithic Temple of Malinalco: Could these Magnificent and Complex Rock-Cut Structures Actually Pre-Date the Aztecs?
    by Marco M. Vigato on 18 agosto 2017 at 17:48

    The little town of Malinalco lies at the margins of the Valley of Tepoztlan, some 115 kilometers (71 miles) to the southwest of Mexico City. Since Prehispanic times, its name has been associated with magic and sorcery: Malinalxochitl, goddess of snakes was worshipped on the Cerro de los Idolos, a hill overlooking the entire valley and the town below. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAmericas […]

  • Flaming Swords and Winged Beasts: What Were These Ancient Creatures? The Origins of Cherubim – Part II
    by Cam Rea on 18 agosto 2017 at 14:27

    The word angel comes from the Old English engel, or ‘messenger’. Angels have an ancient and global tradition, but with belief in these powerful but elusive supernatural beings still going strong today, it’s good to take a look at what the ancient Biblical description of these creatures were. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & Legends […]

  • Rock Art Rituals: Namib Desert Engravings Provide Fascinating Insight into Ancient Initiation for Girls
    by Alicia McDermott on 18 agosto 2017 at 13:00

    When it is carefully examined, rock art in the Namib Desert may shine light on forgotten rituals and practices from thousands of years ago. One particularly interesting feature appears to show ancient initiation rites meant to help young girls pass into womanhood.  Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • Mapping the Menacing Sea Monsters in Medieval and Renaissance Cartography
    by aprilholloway on 18 agosto 2017 at 0:50

    Until a few years ago, no serious consideration had been made of the many and varied representations of monsters found on world maps from the 10th century through to medieval and Renaissance times. Yet they made so many appearances for a reason. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsEuro […]

  • Oldest Examples of ‘Tree of Life’ Designs Discovered in Domuztepe Mound, Turkey
    by Theodoros Karasavvas on 17 agosto 2017 at 21:58

    Archaeologists have unearthed vessels portraying “tree of life” motifs during excavation works in the Domuztepe Mound in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş, which is considered to be the biggest settlement in the region since the usage of the term “Near East.” Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • Analyzing Mummy Genes: Were Ancient Egyptians closely Related to Middle Easterners?
    by Caleb Strom on 17 agosto 2017 at 17:52

    Egypt has been thought of by many as a quintessentially African civilization. There is, however, evidence that the ancient Egyptians may have been less African than modern Egyptians, at least genetically. Read moreSection: NewsHuman OriginsScienceReligions […]

  • Big Ben to be Silenced – But the Iconic Bell Will Chime Again!
    by Alicia McDermott on 17 agosto 2017 at 13:01

    The Victorian-era treasure known as Big Ben will be taking a four-year break from its hourly song starting at noon on Monday August 21. The bells making up the clock at the most photographed building in Britain Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • The Life and Death Power of Eclipses in the Ancient World
    by ancient-origins on 17 agosto 2017 at 0:58

    On Monday, August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse. Humans have been alternatively amused, puzzled, bewildered and sometimes even terrified at the sight of this celestial phenomenon. Read moreSection: NewsGeneralMyths & LegendsAsia […]

  • 2,000-Year-Old Tombs and Sarcophagi Uncovered in Hidden Burial Chambers in Egypt
    by Theodoros Karasavvas on 16 agosto 2017 at 21:52

    A team of archaeologists has discovered three tombs dating back 2,000 years in southern Egypt. The three new discoveries in El-Kamin El-Sahrawi point to a large cemetery covering the 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman period. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • Garden of Eden Depicted in Ancient Greek Religious Art
    by Robert Bowie Johnson on 16 agosto 2017 at 18:01

    If the early chapters of the Book of Genesis present a true account of human origins, then ancient secular human history must connect in significant ways to that account. Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNewsHuman OriginsReligionsHistory […]

  • Ancient Angels: Heavenly Messengers or Myths? The Origins of Cherubim – Part I
    by Cam Rea on 16 agosto 2017 at 14:38

    If one does a Google search and types in “movies about angels”, you will receive a plethora of films that feature angels or what could be angels. Of course, this list includes the fallen ones as well. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & Legends […]

  • Analysis of Roman Coins Proves Roman Empire Got Rich on Iberian Silver
    by Theodoros Karasavvas on 16 agosto 2017 at 12:58

    An analysis of Roman coins has revealed information about the defeat of the Carthaginian General Hannibal and the rise of the Roman Empire. The scientists who examined them suggest that the defeat of the Carthaginian general led to a flood of wealth across the Roman Empire coming from mines on the Iberian Peninsula in Spain. Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • Discovered: The Great Wall of Siberia Dating to 1st millennium BC
    by ancient-origins on 16 agosto 2017 at 0:56

    Giant ramparts guarded Altai Mountains against attack from the north, says leading archaeologist Professor Andrey Borodovsky. The wall complex - now almost hidden to the naked eye - is believed to date from a long era that also saw such constructions as the Great Wall of China and Hadrian's Wall. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & ArchaeologyAncient Places […]

  • Fairies & Witches: The Witch Trials and Pagan Beliefs
    by ancient-origins on 15 agosto 2017 at 22:40

    Speaker(s): Richard Firth GreenEvent Category: On Human OriginsEvent Date(s): 23/08/2017 - 17:00 to 18:00What is the connection between Fairies and Witches? Archaeologist, folklorist, and historian Margaret Murray’s old thesis was that the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries were really an attack on fairy beliefs in an attempt to extinguish a surviving pre-Christian, pagan religion. Although later academically discredited, her theory gained widespread attention and was an influence on the emerging religious movement of Wicca. Author and researcher Richard Firth Green joins AO Premium for an intriguing Talk to an Expert Chat, and argues that while Margaret Murry overstated her case, there is a degree of truth in it and that much modern scholarship, in its concern to avoid blaming the victim, has generally missed an obvious connection between fairies and witches. Richard Firth Green is Humanities Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at The Ohio State University and acted as Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies from 2006 to 2013. He is the author of Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (2016), among other titles. Official URL: SIGN UP HERE!Event Location:  XX Online Event: Yes […]

  • Why is Odin the New God of Choice for White Supremacists?
    by ancient-origins on 15 agosto 2017 at 22:00

    Those who once worshipped the ‘great gods of the north’ would be ashamed if they knew their faith was used to support such hatred and violence as witnessed in Charlottesville Read moreSection: NewsGenera […]

  • God’s Gate and the Sun Temple: A Mysterious Incan Portal Leading to Other Worlds
    by Ken Jeremiah on 15 agosto 2017 at 17:56

    Peru has a rich and mysterious history.  With extant indigenous groups such as the Uros, Quechua, Aymara, and the Jivaro, which are known for their head-shrinking techniques, and historical populations like the Wari and the Chancay Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAmericasAncient PlacesAmericas […]

  • The Lost Knowledge of the Ancients: Were Humans the First? Part 5
    by Sam Bostrom on 15 agosto 2017 at 12:58

    This series has highlighted many real modern world phenomena that don’t quite fit the conventional wisdom regarding the ancient history of the world as we think we know it. In this section, we will look at anomalies in skulls and some mysterious early metallurgy. Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNewsUnexplained Phenomena […]

  • From Cremated Ashes to Holy Water for a Bride’s Ritual Bath, The Loutrophoros Was No Ordinary Vase
    by Veronica Parkes on 15 agosto 2017 at 1:01

    A loutrophoros is a distinctive type of Greek pottery characterized by an elongated neck with two handles. It is a specific type of amphora, which was a type of Greek container used as early as the Neolithic Period. Read moreSection: ArtifactsOther ArtifactsNews […]

  • Even in Viking Times Norway was Famous for its ‘White Gold’… a ‘Gold’ You can Eat!
    by ancient-origins on 14 agosto 2017 at 22:02

    New research using DNA from the fish bone remains of Viking-era meals reveals that north Norwegians have been transporting – and possibly trading – Arctic cod into mainland Europe for a millennium. Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology […]

  • The Ior Bock Saga: Is Everything We Know about History Wrong?
    by Caleb Strom on 14 agosto 2017 at 18:00

    There are many disagreements among scholars regarding historical events and individuals, however there is a consensus that most historians follow - a mainstream view of world history. At the same time, there are also those who challenge the mainstream view.  Read moreSection: NewsHistoryFamous Peo […]