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Agricola among Roman generals and emperors in this frieze from the Great Hall of the National Galleries Scotland by William Brassey Hole (1897) (Public Domain)

Did The Roman Empire Reach The Brochs Of Orkney?

Greatly simplified, one of the primary reasons for the decline of the Roman empire was its rapid expansion, and ultimately its vast size became too expensive to manage effectively and it fell to...
Politics Behind The Jewish-Roman War: Vespasian Versus Izates Manu

Politics Behind The Jewish-Roman War: Vespasian Versus Izates Manu

A few years ago, the world of biblical archaeology was treated to a spectacular mosaic find from the ancient Huqoq synagogue , an archaeological site just north of Tiberias. The image-exclusive was...
2021 The Year Virtual Archaeology Fights Back

2021 The Year Virtual Archaeology Fights Back

The 2020 lockdowns saw thousands of planned archaeological excavations canceled and postponed and those archaeologists who persisted at their projects faced serious challenges accessing archives,...
Aspasia The Metiki Who Seduced And Confused Athens’ Powerful Men

Aspasia The Metiki Who Seduced And Confused Athens’ Powerful Men

In his writing on the Athenian Statesman Pericles, Plutarch (c. 46 – c. 119 AD), marvels at the "... great art or power this woman had, that she managed as she pleased the leading men of the state...
The Royal Lineage Of Jesus, Descendant Of Cleopatra

The Royal Lineage Of Jesus, Descendant Of Cleopatra

The simplistic story of the life of Jesus, as it is presented in the New Testament accounts, is well known. He was supposedly a poor carpenter born in a stable, a disadvantaged child who rose to...
Ancient Chinese And South Asian Flights Of Fancy

Ancient Chinese And South Asian Flights Of Fancy

It may not be surprising that early cultures pondered the wonder of flight: people in most parts of the world could see birds, bats, and insects flying about, and this likely inspired a great sense...
Psychology

Panconsciousness: A Quantum Leap To Ancestor-Simulation-Program

Panpsychism holds that the universe is a web of consciousness – an empty stage in which everything that exists has somehow come into being in order to act out the great drama of life. Panpsychism may...
Ubiquitous Ancient Education: Training Young Minds And Bodies

Ubiquitous Ancient Education: Training Young Minds And Bodies

What was school like in the ancient world? In the pre-covid-age, the enduring general image of attending school for most pupils is one of learning in a classroom with a group of fellow students with...
The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat, John Reinhard Weguelin, 1886 ( Public Domain )

Therapies, Pseudo-Science And Bizarre Remedies Of Egyptian Medicine

Everything known about ancient Egyptian medicine comes from four different types of sources: works of art, the writings of ancient historians, palaeopathology and papyri. Medical papyri can be...
José de Madrazo's painting of the death of Viriathus (Public Domain)

The Hillforts Of Iberia: Ruins Of Proto-Celtic Tribes Who Resisted The Romans

Dotted like an ancient matrix in western Iberia are hillforts that once belonged to the ancient Celtic peoples of Iberia . Some of these forts were dismantled, others left untouched, but they were...
Elusive Mount Sinai, Hidden In Plain Site In Egypt

Elusive Mount Sinai, Hidden In Plain Site In Egypt

Many locations have been proposed for the biblical Mount Sinai. One of the latest sites is Jebel Madhbah near Petra, and while this and the classical site for Mount Sinai are all possibilities, there...
The Cinder-Tree: Origins Of The World’s Most Famous Fairy Tale Cinderella

The Cinder-Tree: Origins Of The World’s Most Famous Fairy Tale Cinderella

The Cinderella tale common in most households is one of the most pervasive narratives in human culture and across global geography. Types of this story exist as far back as 2000 BC in the Sumerian...

Buccaneers’ Brimstone, Booty, Brotherhood and Betel Nut

The goal of a pirate of the West Indies was to capture his prey, with as little damage as possible, so that he could resell the vessel, including its cargo and crew. Therefore generally, the...
Men Playing Board Games in Alegria (1890 – 1900) (Public Domain)

Ancient Board Games Simulating War Strategies And Predicting Afterlife

Board games provide humanity with entertainment, distraction and exercise for the mind whether they are played on the ground, on the floor or on wooden boards. They have formed such a large part of...
Reconstruction of a Guanche settlement of Tenerife. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ancient Guanche Solar Worship And Fertility Rites In The Canary Islands

The Canarian laurel forest is a prehistoric forest about 20 million years old, present in many enclaves on the north coast of Tenerife. This wonderful and ancient forest formation treasures great...
Petroglyphs Sun Writing Of The Gods: Cosmological Orientation Of Fremont Indian Rock Art

Petroglyphs Sun Writing Of The Gods: Cosmological Orientation Of Fremont Indian Rock Art

Clear Creek Canyon is a three-mile-long desert ravine located in south-central Utah in the United States. A small stream runs down its center, running along an interstate highway and flowing by a...
Mythological Sea Serpents And Lake Monsters Versus Scientific Sharks And Surviving Dinosaurs

Mythological Sea Serpents And Lake Monsters Versus Scientific Sharks And Surviving Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs roaming the Amazon, plesiosaurs hunting in glacial lakes, half-octopus, half-shark creatures that drag ships down to the seabed and a giant anaconda, are but a few of the monsters recorded...
Ancient Asian Technology: Chinese Mirrors And Forerunners Of The X-Ray

Ancient Asian Technology: Chinese Mirrors And Forerunners Of The X-Ray

Mirrors appear in a wide range of human cultures throughout history. The idea of an image somehow floating, disembodied and separate from the person looking — shining on a piece of polished stone or...
The Secret Prophetic Alphabet of Armageddon

The Secret Prophetic Alphabet of Armageddon

In the beginning was the word, and by the time that word was made flesh some 85 million people would be dead. It would be incumbent upon us to discover just what that word might be. The word was ‘...
The Death of Leonardo da Vinci, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, (1818) (Public Domain)

The Mysteries Of The Mortal Remains Of Genii: Da Vinci And Mozart

In every period throughout human history men and women have disappeared under unknown or mysterious circumstances. These disappearances present some of the most intriguing historical puzzles ranging...
Connecting The Dots From Enoch To Sheba And Solomon

Connecting The Dots From Enoch To Sheba And Solomon

Jews of Ethiopia have long believed they were descended from King Solomon through the mysterious queen of Sheba . In I Kings , chapter 10, she is said to have traveled to Jerusalem to experience for...
The Thule Culture: Medieval Mariners Migrating In Search Of Meteoritic Iron

The Thule Culture: Medieval Mariners Migrating In Search Of Meteoritic Iron

The modern English word, ‘Thule’, first appeared in ancient Greek and Roman cartographic documents as the Latin word Thūlē, describing farthest north location in the known world. Over the centuries...
Ye Xian, Chinese Cinderella At The Chinese New Year Spring Festival

Ye Xian, Chinese Cinderella At The Chinese New Year Spring Festival

February 12, is the celebration of the Chinese New Year Spring Festival . In ninth-century Chinese folklore, this is the festival where Ye Xian, the Chinese Cinderella, lost her slipper, and the rest...
Divers inspecting the underwater site of Yonaguni in Japan. (nudiblue / Adobe stock)

The Jōmon People of Ancient Japan: A Blueprint for Hope

When considering an ancient civilization, especially one that has been largely unexplored, it is easy to form ideas based on unexamined assumptions. The phrase ‘Lost Civilization’ probably brings to...

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