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How Castaway Survivor Alexander Selkirk Inspired the Tale of Robinson Crusoe

Many people would be familiar with the novel “ Robinson Crusoe” , a story written by the 17 th /18 th century English writer, Daniel Defoe. In the novel, the eponymous character is said to have been...
Ancient ring fortress - Vikings

Newly-discovered ancient fortress reveals architectural accomplishments of Vikings

Archaeologists in Denmark have discovered a ring-shaped Viking fortress on the Danish island of Zealand, which historians believe may have been used to train warriors before launching an invasion of...
Aegean Island Erotic Graffiti

Earliest known erotic graffiti found on an Aegean island

A Greek archaeologist has discovered a set of ancient erotic graffiti on a stone on the Aegean island of Astypalaia, believed to date back more than 2,500 years. Engravings of phalluses and...
Foothills of Mount Taygetos - Lacedaemon

The ancient city of Lacedaemon – is it the legendary Atlantis? Part Two

(Read Part One) Turning to the second “point of agreement” about the location of Atlantis is the highly disputed location of the ‘Pillars of Hercules’. Many scholars identified the Pillars with the...
The ancient city of Lacedaemon

The ancient city of Lacedaemon – is it the legendary Atlantis?

The name Lacedaemon is derived from the verb, λαγχάνω (lachano), to assign somebody something by lot, and δαίμων (daemon), which means God in ancient Greek. Lacedaemon therefore denotes the divine...
Akrotiri Greece

The ancient settlement of Akrotiri and the mass exodus of Therans

Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement situated on the Greek island of Santorini (classically and more recently referred to as Thera), in the southern Aegean Sea. Buried underneath ash and pumice...
Megalithic Money - Yap Micronesia

The Megalithic Money of Yap

The tiny island of Yap in the western Pacific holds a strange attraction for economists, because it cuts to the heart of a very basic question “what is money?” For centuries the Yap islanders have...
Four New Kingdom rock-hewn tombs discovered in Egypt - Elephantine Island

Four New Kingdom rock-hewn tombs discovered in Egypt

The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt has announced the discovery of four rock-hewn tombs on Elephantine Island in Aswan, Egypt, which date to the New Kingdom period (16 th – 11 th century BC). The...
Samos Artefact

Ancient Samos and the museum of mysterious artifacts

The island of Samos in Greece is an island about 1.5 km from the shores of Turkey, which has a long history dating back to 4,000 BC. The name ‘Samos’ is thought to have Phoenician origin and...
Mangareva - Binary System

Remote islanders invented binary number system before famous mathematician

Mangareva is home to just 2,000 inhabitants. The island is a tiny 18 square kilometres and is located halfway between Easter Island and Tahiti. Yet on this small, remote island, the ancient...
Easter Island

New Research Challenges Reason for Easter Island Collapse

Easter Island , or Rapa Nui, in the Polynesian language, is a small remote island a few thousand miles west of South America. One of the most interesting features of this island is its 887 giant...
The 'lost world' of Socotra

The lost world of Socotra, a remote island with plants up to 20 million years old

The remote island of Socotra could be straight out of a science-fiction movie. Its native flora is so unique and foreign to the eye that it has been described as the most alien looking place on earth...
3,500-year-old Neolithic art in Scotland

Archaeologists uncover magnificent example of 3,500-year-old Neolithic art in Scotland

Archaeologists have uncovered the finest ever piece of Neolithic art on a stone, which was found at the base of vast temple complex built in 3,500 BC on Orkney Island, Scotland. The carved stone was...
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...
The Cataclysm of Easter Island - The Museum in Hanga Roa

The Cataclysm of Easter Island - The Museum in Hanga Roa (Part 6)

Our last stop was the archeological museum in Hanga Roa. Our group made a walk to the museum at the far end of town. We bought our tickets to museum and trailed in to look at the various exhibits in...
Wall of Vinapu, Easter Islands

The Cataclysm of Easter Island - The Megalithic Wall of Vinapu (Part 5)

When Jacques Cousteau came to Easter Island, he performed several important investigations. One was diving around the island searching for statues and other possible artifacts in the ocean. The...

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