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An illustration of Vasilisa the Beautiful, by Ivan Bilibin.

A Freaky Fairy Tale of Ancient Folklore: Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga

“[…] In the evening the girl laid the table and began waiting for Baba-Yaga. It grew dark. The black horseman swept by and it was night. The skulls’ eyes began to shine. The trees creaked, the dead...
The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Grey Wolf

The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Grey Wolf

Ivan Tsarevich is a placeholder of sorts for the male protagonist of many famous Russian folk, myths and legends (Ivan is one of the most common names in Russia). Sometimes Ivan is the son of a...
Close microscopic inspection reveals them as being far from idealised female forms.

World Famous Ancient Siberian Venus Figurines are NOT Venuses After All

By Olga Gertcyk / The Siberian Times None are naked: instead, they're far more interesting… New groundbreaking research shows that a celebrated collection of prehistoric Venus figurines are - in fact...
An evil undead woman and a demon king spell the end of Khoma Brut in a Slavic tale

Beware the Evil Dead in Myth and Folklore: The Tale of Khoma Brut

A well-known medieval tale talks about the three living and the three dead. As the story goes, three young men meet three undead walking, talking corpses. The dead tell the living that they must mend...
Viktor Vasnetsov's Sirin (left) and Alkonost (right) Birds of Joy and Sorrow, 1896

Alkonost and the Gamayun, the mythical beings of Slavic folklore

The Alkonost and the Gamayun are mythological creatures with the body of a bird and the head of a beautiful woman. They derive from Slavic and Old Russian folklore, and are described as mythical...
St. Basil's Cathedral and the Spasskaya Tower of Kremlin in Moscow’s Red Square

Ancient road is the oldest ever found in Moscow

Archaeologists have discovered a road that dates back to around the founding of the city of Moscow in the 12 th century, making it the oldest ever found to date in the historic city. The Moscow Times...
Ancient nanostructures found in Ural mountains

Ancient nanostructures found in Ural mountains are out of place and time

By Leonardo Vinti / Epoch Times An Oopart (out of place artifact) is a term applied to dozens of prehistoric objects found in various places around the world that, given their level of technology,...
Siberian warlord horseman

1,000-year-old grave of Siberian warlord horseman who lost arm in battle revealed

Archaeologists in Siberia have unearthed an elaborate grave belonging to an 11 th century warlord horseman who lost his left arm in his final battle, according to a news release in the Siberian Times...
Ancient birch-bark letters -  Russia

Six ancient birch-bark letters unearthed in Russia

Archaeologists have unearthed six ancient Russian birch-bark texts in the historical city of Vekliky Novgorod in north-western Russia, according to a report in Voice of Russia . The discovery adds to...
Dolmens of the Caucasus

The Mysterious Dolmens of the Caucasus

The Western Caucasus, extending over 275,000 ha of the extreme western end of the Caucasus mountains and located 50 km north-east of the Black Sea, is one of the few large mountain areas of Europe...
Old pagan god figurine in Russia

Fisherman catches 4,000-year-old pagan god figurine in Russia

A Russian fishermen has hauled in an incredibly rare ancient figurine from the bottom of a riverbed in the village of Tisul in southern Russia, an area known to have been inhabited in ancient times...
Russian Mummies

Mystery mummies uncovered in Russia have connections to Persia

Archaeologists have resumed excavations at Zeleniy Yar , a remote site near the Arctic Circle known to the indigenous Nenets people as “the end of the earth”. This same site has already revealed...
Ancient Russian Hermit

A day in the life of an ancient Russian hermit

A 24-year-old man in Russia is spending eight months living alone in the freezing Russian wilderness as a 10 th century hermit as part of a social experiment. The project began in September and is...
Kenesary Khan Tomb

Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Kenesary Khan's Warriors

Archaeologists have discovered a tomb of Kenesary Khan’s warriors in an old Muslim cemetery located near Astana city in Kazakhstan. The tomb is marked by an old tombstone with lettering in Arabic...
 Ancient Treasures at Russian Burial Site

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Treasures at Russian Burial Site

Archaeologists have uncovered the tomb of a noble woman from a powerful tribe called the Sarmatians, Iranian people that roamed the Eurasian steppes 2,500 years ago in southern Russia. While most...

Human Origins

Ancient Technology

The Lycurgus Cup.
A strange chalice made its way into the British Museum’s collection in the 1950s. It is a 1,600-year-old jade green Roman artifact called the Lycurgus Cup. The image on the chalice is an iconic scene with King Lycurgus of Thrace...

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