Events

Within Walls: The Archaeology of Magical House Protection

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 -
16:00 to 17:00
Dried cats, horse skulls, witch bottles, concealed shoes, written charms: all these artifacts and more were used to protect people and homes from invisible menace and the supernatural. But was it enough to keep witches at bay? In this intriguing Ancient Origins Premium Webinar by author and independent researcher Brian Hoggard , we delve into the archaeological evidence for magical house...

The Third International Multi-disciplinary Conference on The Archaeology of Sound

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 08:15 to Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 16:15
Organized by The OTS Foundation, The Instituto Terra e Memória (ITM) and The Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Portugal Presentations from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices will focus on the ancient use of sound in sacred and contemplative spaces. The multi-disciplinary aspect is expected to help highly specialized experts to understand...

ORIGINS 2017 (Origins of Civilization)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 20:00 to Monday, November 6, 2017 - 20:00
WELCOME BACK TO THE UK'S MOST CELEBRATED ANCIENT MYSTERIES CONFERENCE Join Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Gary Osborn, Jim Vieira, Hugh Newman, Andrew Collins and more for the UK's most important weekend in the ancient mysteries calendar. Listen to lectures, news and revelations, and share views and ideas with others on the great quest of discovery The Saturday Conference will end with a focused...

Hidden Charms 2 : The magical protection of buildings

Saturday, April 21, 2018 -
10:00 to 18:00
I am excited to announce that once again I (Brian Hoggard) have teamed up with Jeremy Harte and John Billingsley to organize Hidden Charms 2. Our conference in Norwich last year was a great success and we're confident we will have another great day, this time in the Medieval Hall in Cathedral Close, Salisbury. The list of speakers will be announced soon but rest assured they will represent the...

Top New Stories

The Three Distinct Scripts of Knossos: An Unfinished Epic
Linear A and Linear B are the names given to two sets of scripts from ancient Greece. A third known writing form of the time is Cretan Hieroglyphic. The Linear A script was used by the Minoan civilisation, which flourished on the island of Crete, whilst the Linear B script was used by the Mycenaean civilisation, which was centred on the Greek mainland. All three of these scripts were found in the same location at Knossos. Whilst Linear A has yet to be deciphered, Linear B has been found to be the oldest preserved form of written Greek that we know of at present.

Ancient Technology

New Revelations When 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Toe is Examined with Cutting Edge Technology
Egyptologists from the University of Basel have discovered details of production techniques and usage of one of the oldest prosthetic devices in history after re-examining it with the help of other experts. The find is nearly 3,000 years old and was discovered in a female burial from the necropolis of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna close to Luxor, Egypt.

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