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The Legend of the Christmas Spider is a folktale that dates back hundreds of years from German and Ukrainian origin. Source: VideoCorpus / Adobe Stock

Silver and Gold: The Legend of the Christmas Spider and Tinsel

If you celebrate Christmas, you likely have annual traditions when it comes to decorating your Christmas tree. There are many accessories we like to decorate our trees with, but one of the most...
This is the scene archaeologists found in the bedroom in the middle-class Pompeii House of the Larario, so-called because of the many Lares guardian deities found in the home’s well-decorated courtyard.  Source: Pompeii Sites

Bedroom Furnishings Offer a Glimpse of Middle-Class Life in Pompeii

Four new rooms discovered in a house in Pompeii provide a poignant picture of life as it existed for ordinary middle-class Pompeiians when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 brought everything...
Is There a Right Time to Take Down Your Christmas Decorations?

Is There a Right Time to Take Down Your Christmas Decorations?

In this day and age, Christmas has for many become a secular holiday, associated less with the birth of Jesus than with family get-togethers and the eager exchange of presents . Therefore, many...
A woman in a forest holding holly. Credit: LoloStock / Adobe Stock

Decking the Halls of History: The Pagan Origins of Christmas Decorations

The idea of hanging up decorations in the middle of winter is older than Christmas itself. Decorations are mentioned in ancient descriptions of the Roman feast of Saturnalia , which is thought to...
Labrets are a kind of jewelry, which can be made of shell, bone, or stone, and is inserted into the lip as an ornament in some cultures. Picture here and below: Krasnoyarsk Geoarkheologiya

Neolithic Chic: Body Piercing Fashion from the Arctic Around 5,000 Years Ago

By The Siberian Times reporter Ancient items of jewellery found by archeologists on Taymyr peninsula are stone labrets which were inserted into the face below the bottom lip. The discovery was made...
Decorative wood in Wales - Ancient

6,000-year-old Ancient Decorative Wood Carving

Archaeologists have made an incredible discovery in Rhondda Valley, Wales – a 6,000-year old piece of wood with elaborate decorations carved into it. The age of the artefact is incredible considering...
Ancient Phallic Decorations

30,000 Year Old Phallic Decorations Give Insights into Ancient Ancestors

Spanish researchers Javier Angulo and Marcos García have spent many years cataloguing depictions of sexuality, reproduction, and eroticism from the Upper Paleolithic Period (40,000 to 10,000 years...