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Odysseus at the Court of Alcinous (1814-1816) by Francesco Hayez (Public Domain)

Clues To King Alcinous’ Scheria: The Lost Sickle In The Sea

The mythological Alcinous and the location of his kingdom of the Phaeacians have remained one of the most elusive topics of ancient Greek literature. Clues to the ruler and his kingdom survive only...
King Philip’s War: 17th-Century Hostility Between The Wampanoag and The Pilgrims

King Philip’s War: 17th-Century Hostility Between The Wampanoag and The Pilgrims

On June 20, 1675, the small border town of Swansea, Massachusetts, was attacked by a band of Pokanoket of the Wampanoag tribe . No casualties resulted from the Pokanoket raid that day, except for...
Ghosts of Presidents Past In The Oval Office

Ghosts of Presidents Past In The Oval Office

Ghost stories abound about American presidents haunting the Oval Office. Wandering spirits returning from the dead to haunt the places they lived and worked in have been central components in...
Pumas, Cougars And Jaguars: Feline Deities Of Prehistoric South America

Pumas, Cougars And Jaguars: Feline Deities Of Prehistoric South America

The Andean mountain lion, often called the South American cougar, ( Puma concolor ), is perhaps best known simply as the puma, and this manhunter ruled the forests and jungles of western South...
Crusaders marching to concord enemy

17th Century Manuscript Traces Templar Knights Treasure to Heretical Umbria

A link to the treasures of the Templar Knights have come to light by way of a 17th-century manuscript, discovered by a historian, Giovanni Tomassini, in the small village originally called Ferentum...
An archetypal character who appears in the myths of many different cultures, the Trickster gleefully crosses and breaks physical and societal laws of both humans and gods, destroying norms, while openly challenging and ridiculing authority.

Māui, The Fun-Loving Trickster Of Polynesian Mythology

An archetypal character who appears in the myths of many different cultures, the Trickster gleefully crosses and breaks physical and societal laws of both humans and gods, destroying norms, while...
Mighty Gilgamesh: Archetype Of The Nephilim

Mighty Gilgamesh: Archetype Of The Nephilim

Gilgamesh is one of the greatest heroes of the ancient Middle Eastern world. The epic named after him has become one of the greatest literary works of all ages. There is, however, one aspect of...
Food Security: Rethinking The Agricultural Revolution

Food Security: Rethinking The Agricultural Revolution

The Agricultural, or Neolithic (New-Stone Age) Revolution , marks the birth of modern civilization. Traditional wisdom says that is when we started to become us. That is when we began to grow crops,...
Honey Liquid Gold Of The Ancient World

Honey Liquid Gold Of The Ancient World

In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey and from whom bees were believed to have received their name. Regarded as nectar of the gods, honey is obviously as...
Traditions of Twelfth Night: Dismantling the Christmas Tree

Traditions of Twelfth Night: Dismantling the Christmas Tree

Counting from December 25, using the Julian calendar , Twelfth Night – January 6 – takes place on the last night of the ‘ Twelve Days of Christmas’ , marking the coming of the Epiphany, celebrating...
Pinpointing The Celestial Garden Of Eden By Hallowed Heavenly Writing

Pinpointing The Celestial Garden Of Eden By Hallowed Heavenly Writing

The historical existence of the Garden of Eden ( Genesis 2:4-3:24) remains a mystery. The Hebrew text depicts the Judaic Deity, Adam, Eve, and the villainous Serpent interacting within an intimate...
Reconstruction of a Guanche settlement of Tenerife (Wouter Hagens/ CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Fan Pyramid of Tenerife, A Guanche Stone Solstice Marker

A peculiar pyramid with a ‘fan structure’ stands as an ancient stone solstice marker in Icod de los Vinos, a municipality on the island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands (Spain). The precolonial...
Are Eastern Jinn, Western Faeries and Middle-Eastern Shedim Related?

Are Eastern Jinn, Western Faeries and Middle-Eastern Shedim Related?

In normal times (and the year 2020 is definitely not normal times) the Christmas holiday season is the point in the year when, in the United Kingdom, the annual pantomime theatre shows get underway...
Hunting Buffalo by Alfred Jacob Miller (1858) Walters Art Museum (Public Domain)

Preserving The Beasts That Powered The Canadian First Nations

In Canada the term ‘First Nations’ represents the aboriginal communities who draw their origins from the pre-contact era (before the arrival of Europeans) up to the present day. Historians generally...
Hidden Biblical Calendar Reveals The Concise Date Of The Star Of Bethlehem

Hidden Biblical Calendar Reveals The Concise Date Of The Star Of Bethlehem

The first Christmas day was on February 26 in the year 6 BC for new evidence suggests it was the date when Jesus was born. The key to unlocking the mystery of Christ’s birth lies within the...
Medieval celebrations ( blairthornburgh)

Be Merrie All: Medieval Christmas Celebrations

Just as with the appropriation of Pagan sacred sites by Christian authorities, as recommended by Pope Gregory I to St Augustine in the late sixth century, there was a natural tendency in the late...
The Star Of Bethlehem Leading the Magi To The Cave Of Treasures

The Star Of Bethlehem Leading the Magi To The Cave Of Treasures

According to the Gospel of Matthew , Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea at the time of King Herod and some Magi from the East arrived in Jerusalem to inquire where the new-born King of the Jews was...
View over Swaziland from the mouth of Border Cave. (Public Domain)

Ancient Mining In South Africa: Specularite Of Enoch’s Shining Gods

Bronze was a prized metal in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. It is an alloy of copper and tin and its production requires smelters at temperatures above 1 500 degrees Celsius. It is unlikely to have...

Octavian’s Trolling and Propaganda Against Mark Antony

In 1493, the invention of the Gutenberg printing press dramatically amplified the gathering and dissemination of news. However, this innovation came with a dark side as it later delivered the Great...
The Invisible History of Military Camouflage

The Invisible History of Military Camouflage

For at least 150,000 years, if not much longer, small groups of human hunters adorned themselves with the skins, horns and oils of the beasts they tracked to better conceal their presence and to...
The Zeno Map And Travels Of the 14th-Century Venetian Zeno Brothers

The Zeno Map And Travels Of the 14th-Century Venetian Zeno Brothers

A century before Columbus , at the zenith of Venice's splendour, two brothers, Nicolò and Antonio Zeno embarked an extraordinary journey to the far north following Viking trade routes on the shores...
Orthostats Of Çayönü Tepesi, Nevalı Çori And Göbekli Tepe

Orthostats Of Çayönü Tepesi, Nevalı Çori And Göbekli Tepe

One day in October 1994 Professor Klaus Schmidt, an archaeologist working with the German Archaeological Institute and the University of Heidelberg, made the trek out to a bleak limestone plateau,...
An invocation to I-em-hetep, the Egyptian deity of medicine by Ernest Board. (Wellcome Images/ CC BY-SA 4.0)

Medicine Of The Gods: Egyptian Secret Book Of The Physician

As in many other areas of endeavor, the Egyptians had a very good reputation for their medical skills - diplomatic letters often made requests for remedies, including the seemingly miraculous, when...
Cerro Gordo Standing Sentinel Over Teotihuacan

Cerro Gordo Standing Sentinel Over Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan was by the fifth century AD the largest city in the American continent and one of the largest and most populous in the western hemisphere. Often called the ‘Rome of America’, its cultural...

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