Kyffhäuser Castle Monument - Barbarossa, Emperor Frederick I
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 01:59

The medieval Kyffhäusen Castle and the 19th century Kyffhäuser Monument were built on the Kyffhäuser hill range in Central Germany, located in the state of Thuringia, southeast of the Harz Mountains.

Papua New Guinean. There has been an increase in recent years in attacks aimed against Papua New Guinea witchcraft.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 22:49

Papua New Guinea is one of the few places in the world where literal witch hunts still take place on a regular basis.

Two photos of the ancient wheel.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 18:24

In 2008, a curious find was discovered down a coal mine in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. As it could not be safely or successfully cut out due to the nature of the sandstone in which it was embedded, the mysterious artifact looking much like an ancient wheel remains in situ down the mine. 

Face of King Robert The Bruce is Brought Back to Life 700 Years After His Death
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 15:08

In the recently released Netflix film Outlaw King, Chris Pine portrays Robert the Bruce as a noble and understated freedom fighter, with brown hair, steely blue eyes and a suitably chiseled chin. But how close does this portrayal come to the true looks of the 14th century King of Scotland?

The face of Christ with proposed reconstruction.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 13:53

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a painting of the face of Jesus Christ from the Byzantine period. 

Cupula of the basilica San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 02:02

When Byzantine Emperor Justinian conquered Italy in the 6th century, he continued the building of a fantastic, octagonal church, the San Vitale Basilica in Ravenna.


Archaeology News on Human Origins, Ancient Places and Mysterious Phenomena

Assyrian artwork sold by Christies.

$31 Million Assyrian Relief is Causing a Great International Controversy

A rare Assyrian stone relief has been sold in New York for the record-breaking price of $31 million, destroying the previous highest selling price for a piece of Assyrian art. Museums and collectors...
The bag alleged to have once held Sir Walter Raleigh’s head, found in West Horsley Place.

Has The “Red Bag” That Once Held Sir Walter Raleigh’s Decapitated Head Been Discovered At An Old Family Manor?

Four hundred years ago, Sir Walter Raleigh, the famous English poet, soldier and explorer responsible for the first ever English colonies in the New World, was beheaded for conspiring against Queen...
Depiction of a vampire.

Older than Dracula: In Search of the English Vampire

By Sam George / The Conversation The story of Count Dracula, as many of us know it, was created by Bram Stoker, an Irishman, in 1897. But most of the action takes place in England, from the moment...
Neanderthal man with spear in hand.

3D Ribcage Indicates Neanderthals Looked Nothing Like We Thought

An international team of scientists has completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton unearthed to date, potentially shedding new light on how...
Native American Tiny 'Elephant Stones', Mammoth Effigies, Carvings, Totems From Pennsylvania. Portable rock art such as this has been found globally.

Life Before the Clovis: Portable Rock Art as Evidence of Pre Ice Age Humans in North America

The worship of carved stone dates back to man’s earliest evolution. Portable rock art is human made markings on movable natural rock or stone. A global phenomenon, these Stone Age objects have been...
Hermitage Castle bei Carlisle, Südschottland.

Halloween Haunting: The Hideous History of the Hermitage Castle

It is Halloween and what better than a story about a sinister Scottish castle, its ghosts, its legends, and its blood-soaked history? Not referring to Glamis Castle with its notorious secret chamber...
Ancient Trail in Arizona State Park

Culturally Priceless Native American Sites and Artifacts Have Been Willfully Destroyed By Arizona State Parks & Trails

Building visitor attractions is big money business in North America, so much so that Arizona State Parks & Trails has willfully destroyed Native American archaeological artifacts and sites, a...
Detail of Mughal Emperor Jahangir weighing Prince Khurram (later crowned Shah Jahan of the Mughal Empire). Page from Tuzk-e-Jahangiri. 1610-1615, British Museum, London.

The Mughal Empire: Tolerance, Taxes, Addiction, Art, and Other Acts of Genghis Khan’s Relatives in India

Mongols, Mughals, are they the same? No, but there is a link between the Medieval / Early Modern empire that ruled over large parts of the Indian subcontinent and the powerful Khan force that hailed...
A 17th century engraving depicting an ordeal by water.

Trial by Ordeal: A Life or Death Method of Judgement

In the modern judicial system, the innocence or guilt of an accused may be established based on the evidence brought against him or her. In ancient and medieval societies, however, a different way of...
Japanese samurai warrior (brunogm / Fotolia)

Medieval Japanese Weapons Influenced Culture Long After the Middle Ages

Weapons are important instruments and are essential during wars. This was especially true regarding Japanese weapons used during the Medieval period. The wars that were fought, won, and lost impacted...
Barricades of Hambach Forest protest.

The Battle For 12,000-Year-Old Hambach Forest: Police At-tacked By A Unit Of Masked Petrol Bombing Activists

Thousands of environmental protesters have unified in a plight to save the last 200 hectares of Germany's ancient Hambach Forest from being felled by the coal hungry German energy giant RWE. In the...
King Robert the Bruce.

Dr Watson Provides Proof That Scotland’s Legendary King Robert The Bruce Was English Born!

A controversial new history book called Traitor, Outlaw, King, written by eminent medieval historian Dr Fiona Watson, a former lecturer of history at Stirling University with a PhD from the...
Jedars of Frenda

The Jedars of Frenda: Thirteen Once Grandiose Tombs Were Fit for Royalty

Around 30 km (18.6 miles) south of the Algerian city of Tiaret stand the Jedars of Frenda (Djeddar of Frenda), thirteen tombs dating back to Late Antiquity. They’re funerary monuments, probably those...
A cloaked witch (Leo Lintang / Fotolia)

The Evolution of The Medieval Witch – And Why She’s Usually a Woman

Flying through the skies on a broomstick, the popular image of a witch is as a predominantly female figure – so much so that the costume has become the go-to Halloween outfit for women and girls...
Medieval illustration of men harvesting wheat with reaping-hooks

Country House for Sale Lists Big Caveat – Purchaser Must Use Medieval Farming Techniques and is Bound by Ancient Code

News media outlets in England have announced that a unique piece of property is for sale. A country estate with houses, a pub, and a working farm has come on to the market. There is nothing too...
Gawain represented the perfect knight, as a fighter, a lover, and a religious devotee. (The Vigil by John Pettie, 1884)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Landscapes, Symbols and Metaphysics in 14th Century England

‘The paths he would take were strange, With little cheer to glean, And his hopes would often change Till that chapel could be seen.’ Sir Gawain and Green Knight is a late 14th-century poem, set in an...