Elephants, Peacocks, and Horses: The Amazing Animals of Alexander the Great
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 14:53

Alexander the Great was apparently fascinated with everything that could be seen as a symbol of power. Stories about his interest in animals are well known too.

Mexico Sees Resurgence of Pulque, Ancient Alcoholic Beverage of Mesoamerica
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 03:47

Mexico is seeing a renewed interest in the traditional alcoholic beverage known as pulque, a milky drink made from the sap of the agave, whose origins go back thousands of years.

The Enigmatic Columns of Horus: Hidden Tools, Weapons of the Gods? – Part I
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 02:15

Over the last two centuries, Egyptologists have proposed a host of certainties on Egyptian burial customs with the study of abundant literature found within the tombs, built during the Ancient and Middle Reign.

Birds, Stones, and Jaguars: Piecing Together the Multifaceted Ancient Olmec Religion
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 00:51

The Bilingual-Mayan inscription of Comalcalco and decipherment of the La Venta celts and Olmec iconography allows one to understand much about the ancient Olmec religion and its cult associations.

Facial Reconstruction Brings Back to Life the Last Missionary in the Land of the Rising Sun
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 21:49

A team of specialists at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan have recreated the pensive face of a European missionary. The man died in Tokyo in 1714 while he was kept in prison for his beliefs.

More than Battles of Armageddon: The Forgotten Story of Megiddo, An Archaeological Paradise
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 14:52

The city of Megiddo is well-known from ancient texts, but it was overlooked for many years. Over the centuries, people had forgotten whether Megiddo was a real city, or just a legend from the past.

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