Ancient ritual sacrifice of children and llamas unearthed in PeruAncient ritual sacrifice of children and llamas unearthed in Peru
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 00:50

Archaeologists in Peru have announced the rare discovery of a ritual sacrifice of children and young llamas dating back 600 years. The finding is believed to be linked with the Chimú culture, which flourished along the coast of Peru from about 900 until 1470 AD, when it was conquered by the Inca empire.

Inside Amphipolis Tomb
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 21:56

The Greek Ministry of Culture has released the first ever video footage taken inside the Amphipolis tomb at Kasta Hill in northern Greece.

Wandering Wilas
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:29

In Slavic mythology, there is a form of nymph which lies somewhere between a ghost and a fairy.  The Wilas (pronounced viwa and also called Vili or Vilas) are fair-haired female creatures who have died but remain trapped between this world and the next.  Mysterious beings similar in appearance to the European tales of fairies, they are

The last known witch grave in Scotland
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:54

Archaeologists in Scotland believe that they have located the final resting place of Lilias Adie, who was accused of being a witch and, following her death in prison, was buried in deep mud with a heavy flat stone placed on top of her – a tradition based on the belief that witches could rise from their graves unless held down by a heavy stone.

Symbols of Samhain and Halloween – fire, the dead, lanterns, harvest
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 21:46

Halloween, or the ancient Samhain, is considered the time of year when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. As darkness falls and families light their pumpkin Jack-o'-lanterns, they are, perhaps unknowingly, repeating the ancient traditions of honoring the dead and marking the beginning of the ‘dark half’ of the y

Bulgarian farmer discovers skull resembling werewolf
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00

A Bulgarian born farmer, Trayche Draganov, claims to have found a box, chained shut, containing a werewolf-like skull while ploughing a new section of field in the village of Novo Selo, Republic of Macedonia.

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