Detail, decorative comb depicting weapons and dress of Scythian Warriors 5th Century
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 03:54

Scythian tactics included feinting or withdrawing from either the battlefield or even the region. An example of feinting comes from a battle mentioned in Part I (Scythian Tactics and Strategy: Blah - Part I), the battle of Carrhae in 53 BCE.

Battle between the Scythians and the Slavs
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 01:00

The ancient Scythians were renowned for their horsemanship and prowess in battle. What was the secret behind these nomadic peoples who were so dangerous and successful? Ancient Origins guest author Cam Rea reveals the strategies behind the Scythian victories.

Left: Egyptian blue shown in an image of Ramses III 1170 BC. Image source. Right: Egyptian Blue pigment.
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 22:01

Egyptian Blue is one of the first artificial pigments known to have been used by man. First created around 5,000 years ago by heating a mixture of a calcium compound, a copper-containing compound, silica sand and soda or potash to around 850-950 C, the precious pigment was reserved for the most exquisite of artworks.

The head of Nebiri with a broken canopic jar containing his lungs
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 14:54

The oldest case of heart failure in a mummy has been identified in the remains of Nebiri, Chief of Stables, who lived 3,500 years ago in Egypt. Nebiri’s head and a broken canopic jar with his internal organs were found in a plundered tomb in 1904 and researchers were allowed to test the tissues this year because the jars were not intact.

The concave hole found in the Catalonia cave
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 04:11

Archaeologists in Spain have made a number of discoveries inside an ancient cave in Catalonia which suggest that Neanderthals had hot water and separate living quarters around 60,000 years ago.  The finding adds to the mounting evidence that Neanderthals were a lot more sophisticated than previously thought and were at least as advanced, if not

Preserved Megalapteryx (moa) foot, Natural History Museum.
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 00:07

Nearly three decades ago, a team of archaeologists were carrying out an expedition inside a large cave system on Mount Owen in New Zealand when they stumbled across a frightening and unusual object…

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