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The relics humans have chosen to worship over the course of human history can often help us understand the extent of belief systems and the anatomies of faith. Source: Top: Village Preservation Blog Bottom: epic_images / Adobe Stock; Public domain; Golden Palace Events

Footprints, Fairies and even a Foreskin: 9 Bizarre Relics from History

From time immemorial, people had the need to venerate objects of great significance: religious relics, mythical symbols or depictions of holy figures. As if in answer to this need, the religious...
The Serpent Mound

The Great Serpent Mound of Ohio, the Largest Earthen Effigy in the World

The Great Serpent Mound is a 1,300-foot (396 m) long and 3-foot (91 cm) high prehistoric effigy mound located on a plateau of a crater along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio, and is the largest...
The tomb of the Black Prince in Canterbury cathedral. Source: Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Secrets of a Medieval Masterpiece Emerge The Tomb of England’s Black Prince

A new study of the effigy on the tomb of the Black Prince in Canterbury cathedral has revealed an extraordinary level of detail. Nobody expected to discover such a sophistication in construction,...
The Great Serpent Mound in Ohio

New Theory Links Serpent Mound Cults, Impact Craters and High Science

Within the lush Ohio River Valley lies the famous Serpent Mound effigy. It is an earthen mound aligned with the solstices, which rests on the ridge of a meteorite impact crater. This ancient,...
Alabaster Priest Effigy Discovered Behind St. Wilfrid’s Church Organ

Alabaster Priest Effigy Discovered Behind St. Wilfrid’s Church Organ

A mystery alabaster statue has been discovered during the renovation of a medieval English village church. The stone holy man was discovered during the restoration of England’s 10th century, Anglo...
An aerial view of Man Mound, 2014.

Man Mound, Wisconsin: The Last Anthropomorphic Mound in North America

Man Mound (known also as the ‘Greenfield Man Mound’) is the name of a prehistoric earthwork located in the state of Wisconsin, USA. As its name suggests, this earthwork has a humanoid shape. The...
Boat Effigy

Ancient Boat Effigy Artefact Found by the Navy in San Diego

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient boat effigy artefact on San Clemente Island (SCI) off the coast of San Diego at a newly discovered archaeological site. The prehistoric artefact made of...