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Relief from a scribe's tomb found in Flavia Solva. (Public Domain) Background: Latin stone inscription.

Acta Diurna: The Telegraph of Ancient Rome, Bringing You All the Latest Gladiator Combat News

‘Roman emperor conquers new lands !’ ‘Five new ways to use your fish paste .’ ‘When do the stars say you will marry ?’ ‘ Viae militares expand our reach to foreign lands.’ These may have been some of...
 A painted relief of Ankhesenamun; design by Anand Balaji

The Hunt for Ankhesenamun: How Did a Young Woman Stop an Ancient Dynasty from Imploding? Part I

The names of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and Tutankhamun—prominent players from the Eighteenth Dynasty of the New Kingdom period in ancient Egypt—have been in the spotlight for well over a century...
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Amid the rush of daily life, it’s easy to miss some interesting news stories. So to make it easy for you, we have compiled a round-up of the most important stories from the past week. Ancient Bones...
Dozens of Large, Mysterious Rings and Rock Piles Identified in Peru

Dozens of Large, Mysterious Rings and Rock Piles Identified in Peru

Dozens of circular geoglyphs have been mapped by archaeologists in Peru, near the ancient town and archaeological site of Quilcapampa. The glyphs have been dated to between 1050 and 1400 AD, and are...
Life on Mars Deep

Life May Lie Deep Below Mars Surface

For those interested in the big question ‘Does Life Exist on Mars’?, it is an anxious wait to hear reports coming back from the Mars Curiosity Rover. To date, the Rover has been taking surface...
Alien in Sirius Documentary

More details on tiny Alien to be revealed in ‘SIRIUS’ Documentary

All of us are waiting for the premiere of the important UFO documentary ‘Sirius’ of Dr Steven Greer, in April 22. The research project is going to disclosure facts about UFOs, extra-terrestrial...
Mars One Colony Project

Are you ready for a One-Way trip to Mars? Apply now!

Who would believe that we would reach the point where volunteer astronauts would be required for a one-way trip to colonize Mars? A non-profit organization called Mars One plans to create a global...
Darwin Theory

Moving on from a Darwinian World View

Darwin’s vision of the world significantly influenced biology in the 20 th century, despite persistent questions posed by factors such as lateral gene transfer, neutral evolution, and chaotic...
Belief in God programmed in Brain

Belief in ‘God’ is programmed in our brains

Old news but current. Back in 2009 a scientific study had shown that the belief in ‘God’ or supernatural force that is above everything is programmed in different parts of our brain. This is...
Invisible Life Forms Earth

Are we sharing our planet with unusual and invisible lifeforms?

In the Atacama desert in Chile, the Mojave desert in California and many other arid locations, a strange ‘sheen’ made up of manganese, arsenic and silica can be found on rock surfaces. Despite...
Vatican for Extra-Terrestrials

Vatican Astronomers Join Search for Extra-Terrestrials

According to two evangelical authors and researchers, Tom Horn and Chris Putnam , Vatican astronomers are using an observatory in Arizona and another telescope with the acronym LUCIFER, to search for...
Enceladus Thrusters

The ‘Thrusters’ on Saturn’s Moon, Enceladus

Enceladus is one of the moons of Saturn, bearing the Greek Mythology name of one of the Giants, child of Earth and Uranus, with serpent like lower part of the body. Enceladus is connected to...
Neolithic Carpenters - Water Well

First Carpenters in Europe more than 7,000 years old

Wood was one of the first materials to be used by the early humans. Many different artefacts like wooden tools have been found in Tanzania, England and Germany but even more depicted in the paintings...
Stephen Hawking, Mankind Survival in Space

Hawking Claims Mankind Must Leave Earth to Survive

According to British physicist, Stephen Hawking, human beings will need to go out into space and find habitation on another planet in order to survive, and has called on scientists to embark on...
Indus Valley Civilization

The Indus Valley Civilization – One of the Oldest and Most Neglected

In the same period that the Egyptians were building their pyramids, the people in the Indus Valley (located in what is today Pakistan and western India), were building India’s first cities. Evidence...
Nazi Holy Grail

Nazis did search for the Holy Grail like in Indiana Jones

In a recent exhibition in Bremen in Germany it was shown that Heinrich Himmler visited Spain in order to hunt for the Holy Grail. Himmler was a leading member of the Nazis as well as one of the...

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Detail from Venus and Mars, Botticelli, tempera on panel
The Roman weekday ‘dies Veneris’ was named after the planet Venus, which in turn took its name from Venus, goddess of love. The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. The Romans named their days of the week after the planets, which in turn were named after the Roman gods:

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Detail from Venus and Mars, Botticelli, tempera on panel
The Roman weekday ‘dies Veneris’ was named after the planet Venus, which in turn took its name from Venus, goddess of love. The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. The Romans named their days of the week after the planets, which in turn were named after the Roman gods:

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Hopewell mounds from the Mound City Group in Ohio. Representative image
During the Early Woodland Period (1000—200 BC), the Adena people constructed extensive burial mounds and earthworks throughout the Ohio Valley in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Many of the skeletal remains found in these mounds by early antiquarians and 20th-Century archaeologists were of powerfully-built individuals reaching between 6.5 and eight feet in height (198 cm – 244 cm).

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