The first ever Roman boxing gloves found in Britain are now on display at Vindolanda.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 23:01

Still molded to the form of their former owner’s knuckles, boxing gloves found at the Roman site of Vindolanda in Northumberland, England hint at tales of soldiers increasing their battle skills, keeping up their fitness, and passing the time gambling on fights while stationed in the far northern lands of the empire.

The now destroyed Nebi Yunus in Nineveh. Iraqi archaeologists excavate the monumental entrance to a late Assyrian building. The large head of a bull-man sculpture lies in a passageway.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 19:01

Hidden deep beneath the ancient Iraq city of Nineveh, archeologists assessing the destruction of Isis treasure hunters have uncovered 2,700-year-old inscriptions describing the rule of an ancient Assyrian king “helping in our understanding of the world’s first empire” reported The Telegraph.

 Model of two ancient humans.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 13:57

Researchers recently used DNA from the 10,000-year-old “Cheddar Man”, one of Britain’s oldest skeletons, to unveil what the first inhabitants of what now is Britain actually looked like. But this isn’t the first time DNA from old skeletons has provided intriguing findings about our ancestors. 

Top: A petroglyph portrays multiple symbols on Har Karkom ridge, Israel. (CC BY-SA 4.0). Bottom left: Instances of names of god found in rock art of the Negev as sited by Yehuda Rotblum.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 01:59

A chain of holy mountains with “god’s name” painted in ancient rock-art has led a scholar to claim he has finally identified the long sought after “lost region" inhabited by the proto-Israelies after the Exodus from Egypt.

‘Njord god of the sea’. (Deriv.)
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 23:02

Njord was the god Norse sailors and fisherman turned to in times of need. He was a sea god with powers over the wind and the fertility of land along the coast. But what this deity is best remembered for is the strange nature of his marriage to a giantess.

13,500 year old carved bison bone dredged from the North Sea.
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 18:57

Snared in a fishing net at the bottom of the North Sea, on the edge of the continental shelf,  the “oldest Dutch work of art” has been found, according to an article published in Cambridge Antiquity magazine last week.

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The first ever Roman boxing gloves found in Britain are now on display at Vindolanda.
Still molded to the form of their former owner’s knuckles, boxing gloves found at the Roman site of Vindolanda in Northumberland, England hint at tales of soldiers increasing their battle skills, keeping up their fitness, and passing the time gambling on fights while stationed in the far northern lands of the empire.

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