General Discussion

Anything and everything ancient that is not covered by the other categories.

has anyone talked about this before? bird-head man drawing on Easter island


it’s my first time posting here. I know the connection between Gobekli tepe and Easter island has been discussed by many, but the discussion was mainly focused on Moai and the stone pillars. I am not sure if anyone has talked about the below artifact or not: 

Increase A303 Stonehenge Tunnel to 6.12km (3.8mi)

Increase A303 Stonehenge Tunnel to 6.12km (3.8mi) Garry Denke d/b/a A Texas Tycoon (net worth £1T) has offered to Solely Fund construction of A303 Stonehenge Tunnel provided its length is increased to 6.12km (3.8mi) at no cost to UK Taxpayers. Good Faith deposit is already in National Trust / English Heritage hands. Accept offer. Citizens save £2B. Majority of stakeholders in Agreement to said increase.

Chambers inside the Sphinx - 1914 report

Hi everyone, 

I stumbled across a newspaper article (just a small article) from March 1914 in an Australian newspaper that says that in 1914 Professor G. A. Reisner of Harvard University excavated the hole in the top of the Sphinx head and found rooms including a sun temple AND the sarcophagus of Pharoah Menes. This seems to have all been forgotten, strangely. Has anybody else ever seen anything on this? 

I made a video for my new YouTube channel to show this. Please take a look:

What's your favourite Fairy Tales (and their possible origins)

Fairy Tales are beloved by all, deservedly so. So which Fair Tales do you enjoy most? If you can tell us its origin, or possible meaning, then please share that too! It’s always great to learn something new about our favourite stories :)

Mine is The Singing Bone, which has its origin (possibly) from an old Greek Myth (Meleager and the Calydonian boar) both stories have a boar, a murdered brother, and a sort of ‘Stick of fate’ effect.

However, the Greek Myth does not have a singing bone XD, which would have upped the epicness.

‘Ancient Alien Expeditionaries’ Reality Check

‘Ancient Alien Expeditionaries’  Reality Check

To begin, I am a realist; presenting a realistic theory of plausible explanations of alien contact an influence in one section of Earth known as Mesopotamia prior to and during the ‘Great Flood’ and impact of both in the aftermath.

Earliest mention of the Durian Fruit


I am doing research on the history of the durian fruit. I am writing a book and looking for the earliest mention of durian by explorers or traders in Southeast Asia. 

Currently, my earliest reference to durian is either Zheng He’s expedition around 1407 or Niccolo da Conti’s voyage around 1421.

However, both Ptolemy and Pliny make references to the jackfruit from India, and as it seems there was trade going on between Malaysia and ancient Rome as early the 1st century AD, I see no reason someone would not have mentioned durian in their writings much earlier.


Ancient Technology

Grinding stone, Dendera Temple, Egypt.
Most people know of the great construction achievements of the dynastic Egyptians such as the pyramids and temples of the Giza Plateau area as well as the Sphinx. Many books and videos show depictions of vast work forces hewing blocks of stone in the hot desert sun and carefully setting them into place.

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View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)