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  1. Magu: The Hemp Goddess Who Healed Ancient Asia

    ... Yet the "criminal" side of cannabis itself is rather new; hemp, as it is also called, has long been part of medicinal and spiritual ... to be equivalent to the divine ambrosia of the Greek gods, hemp has long been named an "elixir of life".  The goddess Magu's association ...

    Riley Winters - 31/08/2017 - 22:51

  2. Cannabis: A Journey Through the Ages

    In 1997, a hemp rope dating back to 26,900 BC was found in Czechoslovakia, making it the ... object to be associated with cannabis.  Since that time, hemp has played an important role in humanity’s development.  For thousands ... cannabis-driven.  Archaeological evidence shows they wore hemp clothing, wove hemp, and produced hemp pottery.  Yangshao hemp ...

    Bryan Hill - 19/05/2015 - 00:35

  3. Wearing it, Smoking it, or Selling it? The Hazy History of Cannabis in Ancient Korea

    ... marijuana. Other products related to cannabis, for example hemp for fabrics, or hemp seeds as a food, are mostly accepted as they are farmed from strains ...

    Robert Brusco - 07/07/2017 - 01:47

  4. First hemp-weaved fabric in the World found wrapped around baby in 9,000-year-old house

    ... of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has revealed the world’s first hemp-weaved fabric, which was found wrapped around a baby skeleton in the ... due to its high level of preservation. The hemp-weaved fabric found in Çatalhöyük. Photo Credit “The fire ...

    aprilholloway - 06/02/2014 - 22:05

  5. Breathtaking Ellora Caves Were Preserved by Hemp

    ... discovered the reason the caves are so well preserved – hemp. The study was conducted by former superintending archaeological chemist ... and Sardesai explained the preservative qualities of the hemp mixture, as reported by Discovery . The cannabis fibers are more ...

    mrreese - 14/03/2016 - 20:48

  6. A Warrior’s Face Frozen in Time, Gold, Hemp, Tents and Cheese Tell the Scythian Tale

    ... a brazier that were used in tents where Scythians smoked hemp , a man’s headgear, furniture, tattooed skin , a decorated leather ... McDermott A Warrior’s Face Frozen in Time, Gold, Hemp, Tents and Cheese Tell the Scythian Tale ...

    Alicia McDermott - 13/09/2017 - 22:57

  7. Surprising 5,000-Year-Old Cannabis Trade: Eurasian Steppe Nomads Were Earliest Pot Dealers

    ... Hill, a writer of Ancient Origins, reports : ''In 1997, a hemp rope dating back to 26,900 BC was found in Czechoslovakia, making it the ... object to be associated with cannabis.  Since that time, hemp has played an important role in humanity’s development.  For thousands ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 22/07/2016 - 15:01

  8. Ancient Chinese Paper Armor Put to the Test – You Won’t Believe How Strong It Is!

    ... the year 105 AD. However, there is recent evidence that hemp paper may have been invented earlier, closer to 100 BC. Paper eventually ... heavy and less expensive than silk. Fragments of hemp wrapping paper dated to the reign of Emperor Wu of Han (141–87 BC) ( ...

    Caleb Strom - 02/05/2017 - 14:04

  9. A Versatile Plant: What Were the Many Uses of Cannabis in Ancient Egypt?

    ... so far. It mentions a number of formulas which make use of hemp to alleviate pain and inflammation caused by various diseases and ... of the boat’s curved hull were lashed together with hemp rope in a technique used until recent times by traditional shipbuilders on ...

    Robert Brusco - 17/03/2017 - 00:55

  10. The Kangyur Written with 9 Precious Stones

    Buddhism was founded over two and a half millennia ago in India by Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha (Sanskrit for ‘awakened one’). Like the practitioners of Hinduism, Buddhists believe in the concept of reincarnation, and the only way to escape this perpetual cycle of rebirth is through the attainment of Enlightenment. Having attained the state of Enlightenment whilst meditating under a Bodhi tree, the Buddha went on to spend the next 45 years of his life teaching many others the way to achieve Enlightenment.

    dhwty - 15/04/2014 - 03:26

  11. Archaeologists are Ecstatic that a Major Viking Age Manor is Finally Found in Sweden

    For centuries it has been speculated where the manor of the royal bailiff of Birka, Herigar, might have been located. New geophysical results provide evidence of its location at Korshamn, outside the town rampart of the Viking Age proto-town Birka in Sweden.

    The results will be published in the international scientific journal Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt.

    ancient-origins - 19/01/2017 - 21:50

  12. Archaeologists Are Surprised to Find a 2,500-Year-Old Cannabis Burial Shroud Found in China

    ... time period: as a psychoactive substance, for textiles via hemp fibers, and as a food source with its seeds. However, as Jiang noted to National Geographic, “no hemp textiles have been found in Turpan burials, and the seeds of the plants in ...

    Alicia McDermott - 06/10/2016 - 00:52

  13. Researchers Unlock the Mystery of the Mummified Lung of a Merovingian Queen

    ... and a red and yellow silk veil. She was then wrapped in a hemp shroud, or had been covered with a hemp cloth. An interpretation of Queen Arnegunde in her burial ...

    Alicia McDermott - 20/04/2016 - 14:52

  14. The Everlasting Shoe: What Does This 5,500-Year-old Shoe Found in a Cave Tell Us About Ancient Armenians?

    ... In a moist, warm climate, most organic material such as hemp, cloth, wood, and leather will decay, leaving nothing but stone and ...

    Caleb Strom - 09/05/2017 - 22:59

  15. Why Do Couples Exchange Rings with Vows? The Elusive Ancient Origins of Wedding Rings

    ... ceremony, as early as 3000 BC. Rings were made of braided hemp or reeds formed into a circle—the symbol of eternity, not only for the ...

    lizleafloor - 09/10/2015 - 14:58

  16. The Oldest Known Calendar in Europe is based on the Orion Constellation

    In the late 1970s during the construction of an atomic bomb shelter, a shattered pot was found amongst the rubble. Archeologists were baffled by the strange patterns on the vessel, which dates back to 2600 BC until Dr. Aleksandar Durman finally cracked the code: it was a calendar. Yet, unlike the contemporary Egyptian or Sumerian calendars, this European timetable was based not on the sun or the moon but rather on the stars. Central to the charting of the seasons was the constellation named after the noble Greek hunter, Orion.

    Kerry Sullivan - 17/07/2016 - 21:57

  17. Drugs in Ancient Cultures: A History of Drug Use and Effects

    ... Ages Cannabis was cultivated in the past for its hemp fiber but it has also been used as a meditation aid and painkiller by ...

    Liza Knox - 09/06/2016 - 00:44

  18. The Cucuteni-Trypillian culture and the mysterious burning of the buildings

    ... They grew club wheat, oats, proso millet, rye, barley, and hemp, all which would have been baked into bread. In addition to grains, they ...

    mrreese - 22/03/2015 - 20:31

  19. When it Came to Ancient Undergarments Less Was Often More

    ... spectacular textiles in Ming Dynasty Tomb First hemp-weaved fabric in the World found wrapped around baby in 9,000-year-old ...

    dhwty - 02/10/2015 - 21:50

  20. Mythical Ancient Emperors Who Fought Over the Birth of China - Who Started It?

    ... Five Grains (soybeans, wheat, broomcorn, foxtail millet, and hemp or rice (depending on the version)). However, in other accounts Shennong ...

    Veronica Parkes - 15/04/2017 - 14:01

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Myths & Legends

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A legend is a tale regarded as historical even though it has not been proven, and the term “myth” can refer to common yet false ideas. Many myths and legends describe our history, but they are often treated skeptically. This is because many of them, while explaining a phenomenon, involve divine or supernatural beings.

Human Origins

Noah's Sacrifice - watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot
The imperfect state of archaeological researches in the Near East impedes any definite identification of the original race or races that created the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. According to Gordon Childe, however, the predominant racial element in the earliest graves in the region from Elam to the Danube is the ‘Mediterranean’.

Ancient Technology

Invention of Wheel - Sumer
In today’s world, technology is developing at an unprecedented rate. The latest gadget today is tomorrow’s antique. As a result of this rapid development of technology, we often take things for...

Ancient Places

Google Earth image of manmade stone structures in Saudi Arabia
Deep in the heart of Saudi Arabia, 400 peculiar stone structures have been found, dating back thousands of years ago. These stone features were discovered by archaeologists with the use of satellite imagery, identifying what they call stone "gates" in an extremely unwelcome and harsh area of the Arabian Peninsula.

Opinion

The ancient and mysterious Sphinx, Giza, Egypt.
In 1995, NBC televised a prime-time documentary hosted by actor Charlton Heston and directed by Bill Cote, called Mystery of the Sphinx. The program centered on the research and writings of John Anthony West, a (non-academic) Egyptologist, who, along with Dr. Robert Schoch, a professor of Geology at Boston University, made an astounding discovery on the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt.

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At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

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