The ancient marble mosaic, which has now been returned to the Italian government in New York.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 22:54

A valuable piece of mosaic flooring from one of Caligula’s ‘orgy ships’, so-called for the lavish sex parties he hosted on the boats, somehow found its way from the bottom of Lake Nemi to the Upper East Side in New York, and now it's finally heading back home in Italy.

The ride to Asgard" by Peter Nicolai Arbo. 1872.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 18:56

In the beginning there were only native forests and wasteland. The Aesirs, one main group of Norse gods, cleared places to stay, both for themselves and the humans. They named the human’s home Midgard – because it is placed in the middle of the world. And in the middle of Midgard

A Buddhist monk creating a mandala
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 14:04

Although the word ‘Mandala’ simply means “circle” or “discoid object” in Sanskrit, the significance is far more complex. Traditionally, mandalas represented the intricacy of the universe and served as a guide for reflective practices such as meditation.

‘An alchemist being tempted by Luxuria.’ Oil painting after Marten de Vos.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 22:52

Spiritual alchemy is closely linked to secret knowledge and many who have attained this level of wisdom later decided to withdraw from it as they found they were not ready to receive it. The purpose of spiritual alchemy is attaining an ancient state which allows access to answers to the following questions: “Who are we?” 

A cape made from Madagascar Golden Orb spider silk exhibited at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 18:54

In 2009, what is believed to be the world’s largest and rarest piece of cloth made entirely from the silk of the golden silk orb-weaver was exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It is said to be the “only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today.” 

The skeletal remains found after stormy weather in Kilmore Quay, Ireland.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 13:55

Hurricane Ophelia sent strong waves beating against a coastal walkway in Ireland. This sped up erosion and revealed an unexpected discovery to people walking in the area the next day – human remains. Preliminary analysis suggests that the body may have been buried in the Iron Age

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‘Marius sitting on the Ruins of Carthage’ (circa 1791-1794) by Pierre-Joseph François.

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Paranthropus boisei (Forensic facial reconstruction) likely contracted the virus from eating chimpanzees.

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Guifré el Pilós (Wilfred the Hairy), Founder of Catalonia, Slaying a Dragon. Cathedral of Barcelona. Spain.

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Cao Cao cites a poem before the Battle of Red Cliffs, portrait at the Long Corridor of the Summer Palace, Beijing

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A handful of the rare Roman coins that were part of the hoard

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Egyptian hieroglyphics depict the pouring out of beer.

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The Giza Pyramids - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, and Egyptian god Thoth – CC0)

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Georgia, Savannah River, near Savannah, circa 1862. (Public Domain) with couple (Public Domain);Deriv.

Prehistoric Romeo and Juliet Lived Apart: But Why? The People of the Shoals and The People of the Hills

Just north of Augusta, Georgia, USA, near what is called the Fall Line of the Savannah River, lies Stallings Island. It has given its name to the culture that sparked the second great American...
Main: The ancient city of Chan Chan. Inset: One of the newly-discovered wooden sculptures

Peculiar Wooden Sculptures Discovered at Chan Chan in Peru and May Mark the Graves of Ancient VIPs

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Reog Ponorogo performer and spectators.

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Toys discovered inside the ancient child tombs.

Touching Discovery of 2,000-Year-Old Toys Inside Ancient Greek Child Tombs

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A collection of shoes, presumably from those who have taken their lives, inside Aokigahara forest.

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The Cave of Nightmares

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The Purusha or ‘cosmic man’, which has a thousand heads and permeates the earth and universe in all directions.

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Western passage at the megalithic site of Knowth with decorated orthostat on left. Co. Meath, Ireland.

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The ride to Asgard" by Peter Nicolai Arbo. 1872.
In the beginning there were only native forests and wasteland. The Aesirs, one main group of Norse gods, cleared places to stay, both for themselves and the humans. They named the human’s home Midgard – because it is placed in the middle of the world. And in the middle of Midgard

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The Ancient Invention of the Water Clock
Today, the ability to keep track of time seems to be taken for granted. One just simply needs to glance at a watch, clock, or mobile phone to know the exact time, even down to the nearest second...

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