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  1. The Posterity of Neo-Babylonia: The Dramatic Reign of Nebuchadnezzar II

    Born in 634 BC in what is now called Neo-Babylonia, Nebuchadnezzar II would one day become one of the greatest ancient Babylonian kings. The first-born son of his predecessor Nabopolassar, from a young age Nebuchadnezzar showed promise as the future leader of Babylon, defeating the Egyptian armies at Carchemish (605 BC) and thereby subduing both Syria and Phoenicia to Babylonian rule before he had even taken the throne himself.

    Riley Winters - 16/08/2015 - 14:50

  2. The Magnificent Constructions of King Nebuchadnezzar II

    Neo-Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II remains known as the leader of one of the most powerful ancient empires to have preceded that of the Athenians in Greek's Classical period.  However, aside from his military prowess, Nebuchadnezzar showed his leadership in other, more lasting ways.  Through a rigorous and intense construction endeavor that lasted from before Nebuchadnezzar's reign to its end in 562 BC, Babylonia was transformed into the height of a powerful ancient civilization.

    Riley Winters - 17/08/2015 - 01:01

  3. Lost in the Mists of Time: The Ancient Sao Civilization in Central Africa

    ... which is today partly owned by the countries of Cameroon and Chad. They settled along the Chari River, which is located to the south of Lake Chad. The modern Kotoko people, an ethnic group located in Cameroon, Chad and ...

    dhwty - 26/09/2015 - 04:01

  4. Nabopolassar: The Rebel Ruler of Babylonia Who Had the Gods on His Side

    Nabopolassar was the founder of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, which existed between the 7th and 6th centuries BC. But the Neo-Assyrians that were losing power at the time didn’t make his rise easy. If the rebel ruler wanted to gain control he’d have to fight for it. Thankfully for him, the gods were apparently on his side.

    dhwty - 22/08/2018 - 14:00

  5. By the Rivers of Babylon: Life in Ancient Babylon’s Thriving Jewish Community

    In the 6th-century BC, the armies of Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah. They tore down the city walls, burned the temples, and ran down every person who tried to escape. The few survivors were dragged out of their homeland and forced to live in Babylon as vassals to the men who butchered their children.

    And yet, when the Jews in exile won their freedom, most of them didn’t leave. They stayed in Babylon – and kept a thriving community that lasted for more than 2,000 years.

    Mark Oliver - 09/05/2018 - 18:44

  6. Searching for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

    The real location of the elusive Hanging Gardens of Babylon has eluded researchers for centuries.  It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World whose location is still unknown, yet despite a plethora of studies claiming to know the answer, there is still no consensus among historians and experts as to where this ancient wonder once stood.

    Joanna Gillan - 25/11/2013 - 04:50

  7. The Monumental Fall of Babylon: What Really Shattered the Empire?

    The fall of Babylon is a historical event that occurred in 539 BC. This event saw the conquest of Babylon by the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great and marked the end of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. The fall of Babylon is reported by a number of ancient sources, including the Cyrus Cylinder, the Greek historian Herodotus, as well as a number of books in the Old Testament.

    dhwty - 01/12/2018 - 22:54

  8. Research on Bakoni ruins of South Africa debunks colonial perceptions of primitivism

    There are many Bakoni ruins around the modern town of Machadodorp in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province, most of them situated on the hills above the town. The slopes here are covered with terraces made from stone walls and forming a large complex that also consists of settlements, fields and roads.

    Robin Whitlock - 27/06/2018 - 13:46

  9. The Magnificent Ishtar Gate of Babylon

    The Ishtar Gate was the eighth gate of the city of Babylon (in present day Iraq) and was the main entrance into the great city. It was a sight to behold; the gate was covered in lapis lazuli glazed bricks which would have rendered the façade with a jewel-like shine.  Alternating rows of bas relief lions, dragons, and aurochs representing powerful deities formed the processional way. The message of course, was that Babylon was protected and defended by the gods, and one would be wise not to challenge it.

    aprilholloway - 20/07/2014 - 00:53

  10. The Faces of Ancient Hominids Brought to Life in Remarkable Detail

    ... of a hominid found over a decade ago in the Djurab desert in Chad, Western Africa, belonging to the species known as Sahelanthropus ...

    aprilholloway - 20/03/2014 - 23:26

  11. The Isolated Ennedi Geological Formations Are Rarely visited But Never Forgotten

    ... The Ennedi geological features in the African country of Chad are a prime example. In some of the most desolate areas on ... The Ennedi geological features in the African country of Chad are a prime example. These are a series of extraordinary natural ...

    Ed Whelan - 01/02/2019 - 01:49

  12. Exploring an Ancient and Undeciphered Language: Eteocypriot and the Amathus Bilingual Inscription

    An English architect by profession and self-trained in the discipline and studies of linguistics and ancient history, Michael Ventris would be the first to identify the Mycenaean written Linear B inscriptions (1450 - 1200 BC) as a language belonging to a more archaic form of Greek. With the aid of John Chadwick, a full decipherment of the Late Bronze Age corpus would continue from 1951 to 1953, and in turn be published for the world to see (Chadwick, 84).

    pkoutoupis - 15/09/2017 - 13:59

  13. Babylon -a wonder of the ancient world to be resurrected once more

    Babylon, the capital of Mesopotamia and the cradle of early civilization was known to be a magnificent city, especially because of its hanging gardens and walls. No wonder it is counted among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.  But today Babylon is hardly what it was in the past, with its plunder of treasures, conflicts and its tyrant rulers.

    aprilholloway - 30/04/2013 - 13:53

  14. The Ishtar Gate and the Deities of Babylon

    Read Part 1 - The Magnificent Ishtar Gate of Babylon

    aprilholloway - 20/07/2014 - 14:59

  15. Did Ancient Humans Acquire Nautical Knowledge by Sailing the Prehistoric Megalakes of Africa?

    ... of early migration by sea. ( Nicholas Thompson and Chad DiGregorio ) A stone tool kit, hand axes, scrapers, and ... The lakes in Africa were thousands of miles long. Mega Chad was a freshwater lake in Africa covering 139,000 sq miles (360,000 sq km). ...

    Clyde Winters - 12/06/2017 - 14:00

  16. Lake of Blood: The dark history of Laguna Yahuarcocha, Ecuador

    ... are working on excavating and conserving it.  Credit: Chad Gifford / Pambamarca Archaeological Project The Battle of Yahuarcocha ... built by the Inca on the ridges of Pambamarca.  Credit: Chad Gifford / Pambamarca Archaeological Project In the decades following ...

    Bryan Hill - 13/07/2015 - 21:22

  17. The Ior Bock Saga: Is Everything We Know about History Wrong?

    There are many disagreements among scholars regarding historical events and individuals, however there is a consensus that most historians follow - a mainstream view of world history. At the same time, there are also those who challenge the mainstream view.

    Caleb Strom - 14/08/2017 - 19:00

  18. The Rock of Dunamase: Vikings, Anglo-Norman Nobles, and Oliver Cromwell Paint the Castle’s History

    The Rock of Dunamase is a large limestone outcrop located in County Laois, a county in the middle of the eastern Irish province of Leinster. The site is today known for the ruins of Dunamase Castle, which was built during the Middle Ages by Anglo-Norman nobility. Archaeological evidence suggests that an earlier defensive structure had already occupied the outcrop, and been attacked by Vikings, as early as the 9th century AD.

    dhwty - 22/07/2018 - 14:01

  19. The King of Beasts That Have Witnessed the Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations

    Lions are often said to be the kings of all animals. They are also a symbol of power and popular archetypes for influential rulers. Most civilizations have depicted these regal animals in their artwork as an important attribute of power. Many beautiful statues and amazing reliefs with the graceful creatures have survived from ancient times, but some of them stand apart for their fascinating stories. 

    Natalia Klimczak - 17/12/2016 - 00:44

  20. In Search of the Origins of the Philistines – Part 2

    (Read Part 1 here) Commonly referred to as the modern Queen of the Philistines, archaeologist Trude Dothan, believes that in some part, the Philistines originated from the island of Cyprus to the North of Egypt and West of Canaan (Dothan, Queen of the Philistines, 59) Dothan would continue to excavate outside of Israel and on Cyprus. Working closely with Cyprus’s director of the Department of Antiquities, Dr.

    pkoutoupis - 19/05/2014 - 22:30