Reog Ponorogo traditional dance lion and peacock mask
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 00:01

A fearsome lion monster with peacock feathers on its head charged and twirled about as cavalrymen curtseyed and jumped by. The onlookers were entranced with the story playing out in front of them. This is just a taste of the Reog Ponorogo, a traditional dance which is more than just a performing art.

The Graveyard Prostitutes of Rome and Beyond
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 23:49

Ancient regulars of the world’s oldest profession may have grown bored with the “usual” items on the coitus menu. That may be why ancient Rome enjoyed a thriving sexual ecosystem with robust variety and a market for all kinds of Roman prostitutes. 

An Exceptional Medieval Irish Book Returns to Ireland
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 20:59

An incredibly significant medieval book of manuscripts has been returned to Ireland. The Book of Lismore is a collection of hand-written texts that was donated by an aristocratic English family to the University College Cork. 

Ancient UK Viking families, who are now part of the native populations of Ireland, Scotland and England, were not entirely violent or focused on looting. Now, they are all friends!
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 16:32

Understanding Viking families through the artifacts they left behind and their DNA is the latest approach to learning more about the Viking Age in the United Kingdom.

The six-headed chief was discovered within a medieval Scottish burial. Source: FAS Heritage
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 12:59

Scientists in Scotland have analyzed DNA samples from a bizarre 14th-century Scottish burial and have made headway in solving the mystery of the “six-headed chief.”

Volterra: Home to Three Civilizations and the World’s First Witch
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 23:49

Volterra, an archaeological gem in the province of Pisa, in Italy, is often eclipsed by more famous historical sites. This beautiful village, however, dates to the Etruscan period and also contains many fascinating Roman ruins and medieval buildings.