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  1. Juan Ponce de León and his Search for the Fountain of Youth

    Juan Ponce de León was one of the first Europeans known to have set foot on what is today the United States of America. This was due to his expedition to the area now known as Florida (the first one conducted by Europeans). Incidentally, the name Florida is said to have been given by Ponce de León himself. Additionally, Ponce de León discovered the Bahama Channel, and colonized Puerto Rico.

    dhwty - 01/01/2016 - 16:22

  2. Terrifying Mesoamerican Skull Racks Were Erected to Deter Enemies

    A skull rack, known also as Tzompantli in the Nahuatl language, is an object documented to have been used in several Mesoamerican civilizations, including the Aztecs, the Toltecs, and the Mayas. Skull racks are recorded to have been used by these civilizations to display human skulls. Depictions of skull racks can be found in paintings and in written descriptions from the early colonial period. Several types of skull racks have also been discovered during archaeological excavations over the years.

    dhwty - 08/10/2016 - 00:42

  3. What Happened in Eden? Alternative Translation Tells a Very Different Story

    All modern concepts of the Garden of Eden stem from a few verses in the biblical Book of Genesis, none of which is entirely free from ambiguity. The ancient Hebraic documents, from which the early part of the Book was compiled, contained simple and basic writing with very few vowels, and none of the modifying inflections which, later, gave flexibility to the language. The absence of vowels lead to this ambiguity; which is why, even today, after millenia of scholarship, no-one knows how the name of God was pronounced.

    christianobrien - 17/02/2018 - 23:08

  4. Excitement Builds Around Finding Tomb of Antony and Cleopatra

    Several sensational claims have emerged recently stating that archaeologists have finally uncovered the long lost tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Others say experts are practically at the door of the famous couple’s final resting place. Unfortunately, neither statement seems to be true. While there’s a chance that archaeologists may be searching in the right area, Antony and Cleopatra’s tomb has not been discovered yet.

    Alicia McDermott - 23/01/2019 - 18:47

  5. Tools of Medieval Wisdom Unearthed Beneath England’s Ancient Academic Hub

    Archaeologists in England have unearthed in excess of 10,000 medieval artifacts in central Oxford and every single one of them is providing a clearer picture of day to day life at Oxford University, as it was seven centuries ago.

    ashley cowie - 06/03/2018 - 13:55

  6. Since Ancient Greece, the Olympics and Bribery Have Gone Hand in Hand

    ... competed for Thailand, an American-Italian couple for Dominica, and a German for Mexico. Laying down the law Modern officials ...

    ancient-origins - 01/08/2016 - 21:48

  7. Greek archaeologists find 5,800-year-old skeleton couple in loving embrace

    Archaeologists have found the remains of a young Neolithic couple embracing each other at an archaeological site near the Diros Caves in the Peloponnese region of Greece.

    aprilholloway - 14/02/2015 - 22:36

  8. Gruesome Remains of Aztec Skull Tower Discovered in Mexico Include Women and Children

    Archaeologists have uncovered a tower of human skulls beneath the heart of Mexico City. The new find has given birth to new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after numerous skulls of both women and children were found among the hundreds embedded in the ominous building. Previous historical reports that the heads stacked were those of captured warriors are now in serious doubt as an explanation for the new findings is sought.

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 03/07/2017 - 18:57

  9. Rosetta-style engraving lauding Cleopatra I and two Ptolemaic Pharaohs unearthed in Egypt

    A 2,200-year-old Rosetta-style limestone stele has been found at an ancient site near the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Alexandria in Egypt. Though archaeologists and Egyptologists haven’t deciphered the entire meaning yet, they say that, like the Rosetta stone, the stele commemorates ancient Egyptian royalty, in this case two Ptolemaic pharaohs and Cleopatra I.

    Mark Miller - 08/06/2018 - 02:36

  10. The Zugarramurdi Witch Trials: Welcome to the Spanish Salem

    On the border with France, embraced by a vast green pasture on which the cows calmly graze, lies the village of Zugarramurdi. Located in the Navarre region of Xareta this tiny village currently has just 250 inhabitants and, despite being known for its magnificent pine and chestnut trees as well as for hosting an impressive cave carved by water, Zugarramurdi owes its fame to sad and dark events mostly completed by its residents in the seventeenth century. Some of these events led the 

    ancient-origins - 14/09/2015 - 21:41

  11. The Basilica of San Petronio: The Biggest Church in the World…if the Pope Had Allowed it

    The Basilica of San Petronio is one of the most important churches in Bologna, the largest city (and the capital) of the northern Italian administrative region of Emilia-Romagna. The basilica is often mistaken for the city’s cathedral, due to its central position on the Piazza Maggiore, and enormous dimensions. Additionally, this basilica is the 15th largest church in the world, though it was originally planned to be the world’s largest.

    ancient-origins - 03/04/2016 - 03:52

  12. Bodies Left Behind - A Cruel History of Persecution, Shamanic Ecstasies & the True Witches Sabbath

    ‘The witches are carried sometimes in their bodies and clothes, at other times without, and the examiner thinks their bodies are sometimes left behind. Even when their spirits only are present, yet they know one another.’  -Witch trial record from Taunton, England, 1664.

    nrushton - 12/04/2017 - 15:30

  13. Voynich Manuscript Is Solved And This Time It’s Academic

    Claims of ‘cracking the code’ of the Voynich manuscript have lost their sheen somewhat over the last few years, with weak cases being presented from all and sundry. This attempt, described confidently in a research paper and presented in a press release by a UK university seems to have solid backing.

    Gary Manners - 15/05/2019 - 17:34

  14. Feeling Guilty About Drinking? Well, Ask the Saints

    Michael Foley / The Conversation

    ancient-origins - 20/11/2017 - 01:55

  15. The Secrets of the Kabbalists Garden

    Does a hidden garden hold the encoded secrets of the Kabbalists?

    Hidden away in a cul-de-sac at the base of the towering medieval walls of Girona, Catalonia, Spain, is a tranquil garden. A statue of a long-haired angel stands guard over the entrance, its hands clasped in prayer. If the iron gate is unlocked, which happens erratically, you can enter the terraced garden.

    Elyn and Gary - 02/07/2018 - 14:02

  16. Piers Gaveston: Exile, Secrets, and Jealousy Marked the Life of the Favorite of King Edward II

    Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall, was an English nobleman who lived during the 13th and 14th centuries AD. He was “the favorite” of English king Edward II - what exactly that means in his case is a subject of debate. Regardless, this favored position caused him to become a victim of jealousy, exile, and eventually murder.

    dhwty - 31/12/2018 - 14:01

  17. Speaking of Angels and Saints: The Story of Joan of Arc

    Joan of Arc was a young peasant woman who lived during the last phase of the Hundred Years’ War. This war was a series of military conflicts between France and England which began in 1337 due to an inheritance dispute over the French throne, and only ended in 1453. The 116 years of the war saw the rise and fall of several kings and nobles, many of whom are noteworthy in their own right. Joan of Arc, however, may be one of the most extraordinary figures from this period.

    dhwty - 27/12/2015 - 21:45

  18. The Story of the Midgard Serpent: A Mythological Tailspin

    In Teutonic mythology the Middle Earth was wrapped round by the Midgard Serpent. Above this the gods built their mansions in the sky. Yet, curiously, in the lower world there lived all those people who had ceased to live.

    This lower residence was alive with the undead. But it was not viewed as a place of punishment, as was later consigned by the Christian conversion of Hell.

    Gerald Hausman - 17/12/2016 - 14:48