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Taj Mahal

Controversy in India as Minister says Taj Mahal is part of Ancient Hindu Temple

Anyone who has visited the Taj Mahal would have been told the endearing love story behind its construction – 17 th century Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, was heartbroken following the death of his...
Design of the Amphipolis tomb and the magnificent sculptures

The artistic value of the magnificent sculptures of Amphipolis

Roman writer Pliny the Elder (1 st century AD), in his writings about ancient Greek art, said that after the Greek sculptor Lysippus, art ceased to exist (“deinde cessarit ars”). He believed that...
Jason and the Argonauts and the golden Fleece

Did ancient gold mining methods create REAL Golden Fleece and inspire legend of Jason and the Argonauts?

The mythical Golden Fleece is best known for featuring in the ancient legend of Greek hero Jason and his band of sailors, the Argonauts. Geologists have theorized from investigations that the Golden...
Phaistos Disc

New Research suggests recent phonetic decipherment of the Phaistos Disc is implausible

Last month, Dr Gareth Owens, a researcher at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete, claimed to have cracked the code of the enigmatic Phaistos Disc , a 4,000-year-old artifact containing...
Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Transcription of ancient manuscript suggests Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had two children

An ancient manuscript unearthed at the British Library and dating back nearly 1,500 years says that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had two children, with their names and descendants reportedly...
Alexander the Great

Alexander – A New Theory on an Ancient Legend

Like millions of others I have been enthralled by the mystery of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. So when I read that in the 9 th century a certain Caliph Al Ma’mun had literally smashed his way into it,...
Ancient tablet depicting lewd scene  - India

Ancient tablet depicting lewd scene becomes object of veneration in India

An ancient stone tablet depicting a scene of bestiality has been turned into an object of veneration and added to a temple in a Naigaon village in Vasai, India, with locals believing the relic will...
Mysterious 6,000-year-old Moose Geoglyph in Russia

Children Helped Build Mysterious 6,000-year-old Moose Geoglyph in Russia

New research has revealed that an enormous geoglyph of a moose in the Ural Mountains, Russia, is among the oldest examples of land art in the world, dating back some 6,000 years. According to the...
Himalayan ‘Viagra' - caterpillar fungus

Traditional Himalayan ‘Viagra‘ fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush

Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often...
The last known witch grave in Scotland

Have archaeologists found the last known witch grave in Scotland?

Archaeologists in Scotland believe that they have located the final resting place of Lilias Adie, who was accused of being a witch and, following her death in prison, was buried in deep mud with a...
Bulgarian farmer discovers skull resembling werewolf

Bizarre Discovery of Werewolf-Like Skull in a Chained Box in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian born farmer, Trayche Draganov, claims to have found a box, chained shut, containing a werewolf-like skull while ploughing a new section of field in the village of Novo Selo, Republic of...
Gladiators

New evidence suggests Gladiators consumed plant ash for bone strength

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed evidence that gladiators drank a beverage made from plant ash, vinegar, and water that was rich in calcium, essential for enhancing bone...
The mythical Saraswati river of Rig Veda

Did the mythical Saraswati river of the ancient Vedas really exist?

Coming together, glorious, loudly roaring, Saraswati, Mother of Floods. This is the description of the Saraswati River as written in the Rig Veda, a sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns dating...
Sekhemka statue at Northampton Museum

Northampton Museum punished for shameful sale of ancient Sekhemka statue

Northampton Museum has been issued at least a five year ban from membership to the Museum Association of Britain for auctioning off a precious Egyptian statue of Sekhemka. The 4,400-year-old statue...
Kraken

Is this the creature that inspired tales of the legendary Kraken?

Captain John Bennett and his crew were stunned when they dragged onto their fishing boat a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates, while fishing in Antarctica’s remote...
Teotihuacan

Ancient People of Teotihuacan Drank Alcohol as Nutrient Booster

Archaeologists have found evidence that the ancient people of Teotihuacan in Mexico, one of the largest and most important sacred cities of ancient Mesoamerica, made and drank a traditional alcoholic...
Dalai Lama

Chinese government says Dalai Lama must reincarnate to respect tradition

The Dalai Lama has said that he may choose not to reincarnate inside Tibet if it is not free, and that no one has the right to choose his successor for political ends. However, the Chinese government...
Antikythera Mechanism

Daring new search of ancient Antikythera wreck begins today

The Antikythera wreck in the Aegean Sea is a world-famous underwater archaeological site thrown into the spotlight in 1900 when researchers discovered an incredible mechanical device, now known as...
Icelandic legendary monster

Icelandic government commission announces legendary sea monster exists

A government investigation carried out by the Fljotsdalsherao municipal council in Iceland has ruled that a legendary sea serpent named Lagarfljotsormurinn, which is rumoured to inhabit Lake...
Pyramids in Egypt

Majesty of ancient Egypt brought to life in spectacular detail

For many people, visiting the last of the seven wonders of the ancient world is a lifetime dream, but not everyone has the opportunity to experience their majesty in the flesh. However, it is now...
Viking Women

Research suggests Viking women accompanied warriors on overseas missions

A study has revealed that previous research examining the gender ratio of Vikings in Medieval England may have underestimated the number of Viking women because they assumed that graves showing...
Nubian King leads his queens through a crowd during a festival

‘Gold and the Gods’ opens window to rulers of ancient Nubia

King Piankhi, otherwise known as Piye, was the first of the great Nubian kings who reigned over Egypt for three-quarters of a century in the 25 th Dynasty. King Piankhi and the so-called black...
Siberian elders vote to rebury 2,500-year-old mummy with angry spirit

Siberian elders vote to rebury 2,500-year-old mummy with angry spirit to prevent more disasters

The Siberian Ice Maiden, also known as the Princess of Ukok and the Altai Princess of Ochi-Bala, is a 2,500-year-old mummy of a woman found in 1993 in a kurgan (mound) of the Pazyryk culture in the...
Reconstruction of Golden Woman, the ancient Scythian Princess of Kazakhstan

Reconstruction of Golden Woman, the ancient Scythian Princess of Kazakhstan

Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have recreated the impressive attire of an ancient Scythian princess from fragments discovered in a treasure-filled burial discovered two years ago in the Terekty...

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