Some child likely played with this carved wooden boat a thousand years ago. It was found in an abandoned well during an extensive archaeological dig at the Ørland Main Air Station, on the coast west of Trondheim.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 01:54

A thousand years ago, for reasons we will never know, the residents of a tiny farmstead on the coast of central Norway filled an old well with dirt.

 Krampus, the Christmas Devil
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 22:35

It is well known in America that Santa Claus maintains a Naughty and Nice list for when he comes to town. Good kids get presents; bad kids get coal. This makes for a great Christmas carol but it is not really an effective means to encourage good behavior.

‘The Banquet Scene’ relief panel, 645BC-635BC.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 19:23

"A cuisine of striking richness, refinement, sophistication and artistry, which is surprising from such an early period,” is how French Assyriologist and gourmet chef Jean Bottero, who decoded three ancient ‘cookbooks’, described the Akkadian recipes meticulously inscribed in cuneiform t

The Braganza Brooch.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 13:34

The story of a warrior and animals depicted in a small but gorgeous ancient fibula increases the pulse of researchers and others who are passionate about Celtic history.

Detail of ‘Velleda’, as imagined in a 19th-century painting by Charles Voillemot.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 02:04

Legends about beautiful women who drove armies of men to glory are very familiar in history. In the case of Veleda, her story didn't end with the loss of her people, but withstood the passage of time due to her unique talents and the weakness of a Roman Emperor.

The newly-discovered jewel with 30 hieroglyphs on its back, a private message seen mostly by the king who wore it.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 23:19

A group of archaeologists have discovered in Belize a large, carved jade pendant that once belonged to an ancient Maya king, inscribed with a historical text delineating its first owner.

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