60 pieces of scroll have been reassembled in the latest scroll.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 22:58

Researchers from the Haifa University have reconstructed the contents of one of the last two undeciphered Dead Sea Scrolls, disclosing a distinctive calendar used by a Jewish sect that lived in the Judean Desert during the Second Temple period.

The Inspiration of Christopher Columbus by José María Obregón, 1856.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 18:56

One of the great adventurers and explorers of Spain’s Golden Age of discovery was Cristoforo Colon, Christopher Columbus. His exploits, centering on the discovery of new lands across the Atlantic, gave rise to an incredible personality cult that bestowed upon the man an almost ‘extra-human’ identity in western civilization history books.

A carnivorous dinosaur track heading up the rock face at Cretaceous Park, Bolivia.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 14:01

Some ancient rock art shows the deliberate leaving of hand prints by our ancestors leaving a lasting impression of their existence. The surprising prints that are to be found on a rock face in Bolivia were a completely unintentional mark left by unwitting artists. Sometimes a fortunate sequence of events leaves a puzzling phenomenon on the earth.

"Ertränken im Fass oder Sack", a 1560 sketch showing ‘punishment of the sack’.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 02:00

Early Roman history is full of stories about the terrible fates that befell citizens who broke the law. When a certain Tarpeia let the enemy Sabines into Rome, she was crushed and thrown headlong from a precipice above the Roman forum.

The face of the teenager reconstructed from the 9000-year-old skull found in Greece.
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 22:56

Forensic scientists have reconstructed the face of a 9,000-year-old female teenager based on a skull archaeologists found in a Greek cave. Experts claim that the reconstructed face reveals how much our facial features have changed over the millennia.

‘End of the World’ artistic representation.
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 18:55

Historians often declare that at least 3500 end of world prophecies have appeared over the same number of years. And those are only the written ones! Eschatology is theology concerned with the final events of history and the ultimate destiny of humanity.

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Archaeology News on Human Origins, Ancient Places and Mysterious Phenomena

Damascus Gate -Jerusalem

Ancient tablet dedicated to Emperor Hadrian may explain mystery of Jewish revolt

Archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered an extremely rare limestone block inscribed with an official commemoration to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who reigned in the 2 nd century AD. The ancient...
6,000-Year-Old Temple in Ukraine

Archaeologists unearth 6,000-Year-Old Temple in Ukraine

A massive prehistoric settlement has been uncovered in the Ukraine consisting of a large temple, human-like figurines, and animal remains, which dates back to around 4,000 BCE. According to Live...
The Roman god Bacchus

The Roman god Bacchus as a Christian icon

Before the acceptance of Christianity, Roman polytheism was dominant in the western world. Rome's borders extended as far west as Britain and as far east as modern day Greece and Turkey. To help ease...
Tutankhamun Face mask

New research suggests Tutankhamun died from genetic weakness caused by family inbreeding

In November last year, scientists announced that they had finally solved the mystery of King Tutankhamun’s death after 3,300 years. The boy king, they claimed, died after being struck by a speeding...
Murals uncovered in Ming Dynasty tomb

Stunning murals uncovered in Ming Dynasty tomb

Archaeologists in China have unearthed a Ming Dynasty tomb decorated with spectacular and finely-detailed paintings, according to a report in China.org.cn . Scientists are excited by the finding as...
Ancient Ski discovered in Norway

Archaeologists uncover 1300-year-old ski in Norway

The melting of the long-frozen snow and ice in Norway, and elsewhere around the world, has already yielded numerous ancient artifacts, from hunting tools to goat-skin leggings, shoes, and even Otzi...
Helen of Troy

In Search of Helen of Troy

Her face was the face that launched a thousand ships. Considered to have been the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen would be seduced by the Trojan prince, Paris and travel to his homeland of...
3,000-year-old Sanxingdui artifacts

Unique 3,000-year-old Sanxingdui artifacts to be revealed in all their glory

Amid the once-tranquil village of Sanxingdui, in a quiet part of Sichuan province in China, a remarkable discovery took place which immediately attracted international attention and has since...
New mosaic revelations strongly suggesting Amphipolis tomb is for a Macedonian Royal

New mosaic revelations strongly suggest occupant of Amphipolis tomb is Macedonian Royal

Archaeologists working in the Amphipolis tomb in northern Greece have uncovered a new section of the stunning mosaic uncovered last week, which covers the entire floor space in the second chamber...
The Lady of the Spiked Throne

The Lady of the Spiked Throne and her Mysterious Entourage

The Lady of the Spiked Throne refers to a mysterious artifact from the Indus Valley civilization that has been dated to the 3 rd millennium BC. It depicts a woman in a position of power seated in a...
Arachne and the Spider in Dante

The symbolic spider that wove its way through history

The spider is an ancient and powerful symbol found round the globe, and have always elicited a wide range of emotions in people: fear, disgust, panic, and sometimes curiosity and appreciation. This...
Ritual and Magic in Egypt

Magic and superstition in ancient Egypt

On a grey November day in London’s Hyde Park we passed beneath a cluster of leafless trees, their skeletal branches alive with the chatter of hundreds of starlings. Suddenly, the birds fell silent. A...
Haakon the Good

The long goodbye to Scandinavian Paganism and the Christianization of three realms

Prior to Christianity, the lands of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway saw the worship of an amalgamation of deities known most widely as the Aesir and Vanir. The Aesir were the primary gods, ruled by the...
Enormous auroch skeleton at Ness of Brodgar Neolithic site

Enormous auroch skeleton found at Ness of Brodgar Neolithic site

The Ness of Brodgar is a Neolithic site on the Scottish island of Orkney, consisting of the remains of housing, paved walkways, coloured facades, decorated stone slabs, a massive stone wall, and a...
Ancient Siberian princess use cannabis to cope with breast cance

Did ancient Siberian princess use cannabis to cope with breast cancer?

The Siberian Ice Maiden, also known as the Princess of Ukok and the Altai Princess of Ochi-Bala, is a 2,500-year-old mummy of a woman found in 1993 in a kurgan (mound) of the Pazyryk culture in the...
Rare and ornate chariot parts and equestrian tools unearthed in Iron Age hillfort

Rare and ornate chariot parts and equestrian tools unearthed in Iron Age hillfort

Archaeologists excavating an Iron Age hillfort in Leicestershire, England, made a stunning discovery when they unearthed a set of 2,200-year-old bronze chariot parts, and what appears to be horse-...

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Human Origins

Photo of Zecharia Sitchin (left)(CC0)Akkadian cylinder seal dating to circa 2300 BC depicting the deities Inanna, Utu, and Enki, three members of the Anunnaki.(right)
In a previous 2-part article (1), the authors wrote about the faulty associations of the Sumerian deities known as the Anunnaki as they are portrayed in the books, television series, and other media, which promotes Ancient Astronaut Theory (hereafter “A.A.T.”).

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Roman glass (not the legendary flexible glass). Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart.
Imagine a glass you can bend and then watch it return to its original form. A glass that you drop but it doesn’t break. Stories say that an ancient Roman glassmaker had the technology to create a flexible glass, ‘vitrium flexile’, but a certain emperor decided the invention should not be.

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